Saturday, April 18, 2015

Wholewheat Blueberry Muffins

Moist, soft and delicious, I make these blueberry muffins sugar free and no one ever knows. They are perfect when blueberries are in season and always a favorite.

Julian's Wholewheat Blueberry Muffins
They are similar to my banana nut whole wheat or my heart healthy sugar free (sweetened with carrots) muffin recipe. You can of course use sugar if you prefer and I give the substitution in the recipe. The recipe makes a dozen standard sized muffins. Below I recommend a half pint of blueberries. I've used as much as a full pint for a dozen muffins. But that leaves each muffin loaded with berries which makes this a bit too moist. Use your discretion here or use a pint to make two dozen.

Ingredients (Muffins)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup Splenda Baking mix or
          3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 egg
1/3 cup milk or cream
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
6 oz plain yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 to 3/4 pint blueberries

Ingredients (Topping)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
   or Splenda brown sugar mix
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup oatmeal plus 1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons butter, direct from refrigerator, cut into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon almond paste, optional
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
Sanding or other course sugar for decoration

Preheat oven to 400F and spray 12 muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper muffin cups.

Stir together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.  Lightly beat egg in a small bowl and add milk, applesauce and yogurt; whisk until smooth. Stir the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients until moistened. Gently fold in the blueberries.

Topping: In small bowl, mix together the topping ingredients except for the nuts coating the butter and optional almond paste very well.  Using a hard bladed (not wire) pastry blender/knife, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it forms small pieces. You can also pulse in a food processor if you prefer. Stir in the chopped walnuts if using. If using whole walnuts as I often have on hand, simply use the pastry blender to chop the walnuts right into the topping mixture until they are at the size you prefer. Set aside.

Ready for the Oven
Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle topping on muffins and lightly press down.

Bake muffins in the preheated oven until they rise and the tops are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin should come out clean.

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