I’ve been “treating myself” more often these last few months—a nice-smelling candle, a fancy bar of soap, and some good dark chocolate have all become a few of the ways that I offset a long to-do list. Another indulgence? Letting myself get a vegan muffin (and a scone for Aaron) from the bakery section when I do our grocery shopping. I realize that might sound really silly—”letting myself get a muffin”—but most of the time I’m very disciplined about sticking to a more practical grocery list (both for budget and health reasons because let’s be honest, those muffins may as well be cake).
Recently, however, I’ve been making an effort to be more relaxed about these smaller, fun types of purchases and using food as self-care not only for the nutrition, but also because sometimes you just want a damn muffin (or a bagel, or a bowl of pasta the size of your face). That’s how these homemade vegan blueberry muffins came to be—a form of comfort food and a way to treat myself without the junky vegetable oil and processed white sugars that are used in most store-bought baked goods (yes, even at Whole Foods).
Admittedly, these blueberry muffins are not your oversized bakery muffins. These are snack-sized, lightly sweet, no-worries-if-you-eat-two (or three) sorts of muffins. They’re studded with juicy blueberries (an add-on from our weekly Terra’s Kitchen meal kit delivery) and topped with a sprinkle of crunchy raw turbinado sugar. I use a flax “egg” to bind them together, almond milk + lemon juice to make a sort of buttermilk, and a small amount of avocado oil in place of butter. I’ve been using a lot of avocado oil lately because it’s neutral tasting, loaded with healthy fats, great for high-heat cooking, and just generally super versatile. Plus unlike coconut oil, I don’t have to melt it beforehand (one less thing to do!).
I prefer my blueberry muffins freshly baked and warm out of the oven, but you can also freeze them too! Simply store your muffins in an airtight bag in your freezer, then pop them in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes, or let them thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes or so (microwaving for 20-30 seconds works as well). They’ll keep for a good month in the freezer.
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Healthy Blueberry Muffins
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 12 mins Total Time: 22 mins
Simple vegan muffins that are studded with juicy blueberries. These blueberry muffins are lower in fat and lightly sweetened, while still being extra fluffy and satisfying.
Feel free to replace the raw turbinado sugar with an equal amount of coconut sugar.
I find it helpful to use an ice cream scoop to evenly portion the batter into the muffin tins.
To make this recipe gluten-free, replace the spelt flour with an equal amount of gluten-free baking blend.
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