My son was craving blueberry muffins, but with our new Mediterranean diet way of eating, I am trying to limit sugar in my family’s diet. Still, blueberries are healthy and sweet and make a great addition to muffins and quick bread, so I decided to play around with my family blueberry muffin recipe to make it healthier. This Honey Blueberry Oat Muffins recipe is the result of my experimentation, it is absolutely scrumptious!
Honey Blueberry Oat Muffins
Blueberry muffins make a delicious breakfast treat or afternoon snack, but traditional muffins are loaded with refined sugar. These honey blueberry oat made from scratch muffins are a delicious and wholesome alternative, made with hearty natural oats, fresh blueberries, whole wheat flour, vanilla, honey, and a touch of spice. The flavor is heavenly!
Health Benefits of Blueberries
Blueberries are not only delicious, they are also nutritious. One cup of blueberries contains 24% of the daily allowance of Vitamin C and 14% allowance of dietary fiber, as well as potassium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and Vitamin K. Blueberries are chock full of antioxidants, phytonutrients, and are cholesterol-free, making them a heart-healthy option.
There are several substitutes in this honey blueberry oat muffins recipe you should be aware of that make this healthier than the typical blueberry muffin recipe. You can mix and match the ingredients to conform with your own dietary restrictions.
Whole Wheat Flour – I use a mix of oats, white wheat, and almond flour in this recipe. Whole wheat flour has more B vitamins, fiber, riboflavin, protein, calcium, and iron than regular flour. You could substitute regular unbleached flour if you would like, but whole wheat flour is a healthier option and has a more pronounced “nutty” flour that adds a subtle sweetness to the muffins.
Almond Flour – Almond flour has more nutrients, including manganese and protein, is low in carbohydrates, and has more fiber.
Almond Milk – I use almond milk instead of regular cows milk. Almond milk has fewer calories, sugar, and less saturated fats than dairy. For this recipe, I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
Grass-fed Butter– Although butter has more saturated fats, grass-fed butter is a healthier option when you need butter in your cooking. Grass-fed butter has more nutrients and more unsaturated fats. If you want to make this recipe even healthier, use light refined olive oil instead of butter.
Honey – Honey is a natural sugar, not refined, so it is a healthier option for those watching their weight or sugar consumption. Raw honey has more nutrients, less fructose, more probiotics, and is digested slower.
Eggs – I use grass-fed organic eggs in the batter, but if you want to make this vegan-friendly, use flax eggs or silken tofu.
Vanilla Extract – Use real vanilla extract, not the fake stuff.
Baking Powder – Use aluminum-free baking powder or substitute with 1 cup of unsweetened Greek yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.