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Healthy Blueberry Muffins

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).

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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).

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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!).

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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

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Healthy Blueberry Muffins

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: 12 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.

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Healthy Blueberry Muffins

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground flax seeds
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • ¾ cup plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup raw turbinado sugar + 1 tablespoon for topping
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: 12 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.

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a muffin tin with 12 liners.
  • Prepare a flax "egg" by combining the ground flax seeds and warm water. Stir and allow to thicken for 3 minutes. Stir the lemon juice into the almond milk and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup raw turbinado sugar, avocado oil, and vanilla. Stir in the flaxseed mixture and almond milk/lemon juice mixture. Sift in the spelt flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until just combined, being careful not to over-mix. Gently fold the blueberries into the batter. Note: If you're using frozen blueberries, before you fold the berries into the batter, rinse them under cold water until the water runs almost clear.
  • Divide the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling each about three-quarters full. Sprinkle with coconut sugar and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then serve warm or place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes [3]

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.

Copyright © 2019 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. Erika says

    Beautiful muffins!! I love a classic blueberry muffin, and these sound just perfect!

  2. Katie says

    These muffins sound so good! I like the simple flavor and all of those blueberries.

    1. I added a TON of blueberries. haha Never enough. 😉

  3. Lauren says

    I can just imagine how amazing my kitchen will smell while I bake these. 🙂 I can relate to what you said about treating yourself more often. I do the same, and for what? Life is too short!

    1. These will definitely make your kitchen smell amazing. And I’m glad I’m not alone on being too disciplined sometimes. You’re right that life is too short!

  4. Frances says

    I love the changes you made to make the muffins healthier!

    1. Thanks, Frances! I’m very happy with how these turned out. They hit the spot while still being relatively wholesome.

  5. Janet says

    I can’t wait to try these muffins, they’re perfect for a gloomy day. Thank you for always sharing such wonderful recipes.

    1. My pleasure, Janet! Thank you for the kind words.

  6. Mary says

    I just made a batch of these using your gluten-free flour suggestion (Bob’s Red Mill in your recipe notes) and they came out perfectly, for anyone wondering about replacing the spelt flour.

    1. Awesome! That Bob’s Red Mill GF flour blend is my go-to. I’ve never had it NOT work. 🙂

  7. Rachel says

    Those blueberry muffins look too good, and I have everything to make them at home already! P.S. What you said about treating yourself really resonated with me. I’m working on letting myself have more “fun” purchases too instead of always being so practical.

    1. So sweet, thank you Rachel. <3 I love that you're in the same boat working on giving yourself permission to have more fun and not be practical 100% of the time.

  8. Sharon says

    I just made these with my daughter as an after-school baking project and they’re delicious! We’ll be making them again very soon. Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Yay! That makes me so happy that you made these with your daughter. That would have been my ideal after-school project growing up. 🙂

  9. Stine Mari says

    It turned out, this is exactly what I wanted now. That sugar crumble on top seems so delicious! Life’s too short not to eat muffins!

    1. Yes, exactly! And the sugar crumble lends a great texture. 🙂

  10. Melissa says

    These look amazing! I want to make them now! I have all the ingredients in my pantry except flax seeds. Do you think these would work with a chia ‘egg’ instead? I’m new to your blog…i want to make these and so much more NOW!

    1. I think a chia “egg” would work great! Thank you so much for the very sweet comment, Melissa. 🙂

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