How to Make Healthy Blueberry Muffins
you have a weak spot for blueberry muffins? I have loved them for as long as I can remember but I don't
indulge in them very often. Blueberries are healthy but the blueberry muffins found in today's bakery cases
are not! They are huge calorie and sugar bombs that my body really does not appreciate. Sure, they taste good,
but within an hour or two I am left shaky and ravenous - a feeling I try to
Did you know that muffins
sold today in coffee shops, grocery stores, and vending machines are more than twice
as big as
those sold back in the 1950s, and are more than three times the size of one standard
Blueberry Muffins - The Nutritional
A little online research revealed that
the blueberry muffins sold at Starbucks pack 450 calories, 22 grams of fat, and 31 grams of sugar, while
those at Dunkin Donuts are even worse! That is more than twice the calories of a glazed donut and more than the
typical chocolate croissant.
That is where healthy blueberry muffins come
in. You can boost the nutrition of your blueberry muffins in lots of different ways. Here are a few of my
How to Make Healthy Blueberry
Here is a healthy blueberry muffin recipe for
you to try. It uses whole wheat flour and a modest amount of sugar and butter so they still taste great but have
about half the calories of the typical coffee shop muffin.
Healthy Whole Wheat Blueberry
makes 12 muffins
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups white wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 to 2 cups (about 1 pint) blueberries, either fresh or frozen
1 tablespoon sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon for sprinkling on top
Preheat your oven to 375°F. Grease 12 muffin
cups with nonstick vegetable spray.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the
butter and sugar with an electric mixer until they are light and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well
after each addition.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour,
baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar/egg mixture, and beat just until blended. Stir
in the milk and vanilla, mixing just until smooth. Quickly stir in the berries.
Fill the muffin cups 3/4 to almost full,
using all of the batter. An ice-cream scoop works well for this. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture, if
Bake the muffins for 25 to 30 minutes, until
they are light golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a rack to cool for 10 minutes. After 10
minutes, run a knife around the edge of one muffin, and try to lift it out of the pan. If the muffin lifts out of
the pan without crumbling, remove all of the muffins and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack. If the
muffin sticks or the top peels off, allow them to cool an additional 10 minutes, then try again. (Even if they
crumble, they will still taste great!)
About 202 calories per muffin. Which is about
half the calories of the typical coffee shop muffin.
Martha McKinnon is a health coach who
believes that healthy eating and losing weight can be simple and delicious when you slow down and learn to trust
your body's inner wisdom.
If you are struggling to lose weight and are
overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutritional advice being circulated these days she is here to help. It is all
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