Healthy Gluten-free Blueberry Muffins
Blueberries are probably the biggest fruit product that I buy during the summertime, except for watermelon of course! Blueberries are so versatile, you can literally put them in anything and the amount of antioxidants and their support of a healthy digestive system is undeniable.
I am a bit picky though when it comes to the texture of blueberry that I like, for example I can’t eat them when their mushy. The texture just whigs me out, I love when my blueberries are firm and almost a little sweet. This does help when cooking them because instead of cooking mushy blueberries and having them become even mushier and maybe even runny during the baking process. When I cook specifically firm blueberries the texture of the blueberry after it bakes is a lot more blended and in my opinion tastier.
Another amazing thing about blueberries is that they are not poisonous to dogs and are in fact a useful way to lessen the effects of brain aging on your pooch. So, if you cook the way I do, which is a little messy, then you don't need to be worried because I know that when Miss Oreo races me to devour the food on the floor she will not only be safe but will become even healthier!
Okay, blueberry lesson over, but if that wasn’t sufficient enough foreshadowing, our recipe today will be utilizing the BLUEBERRY! Over my summer I like to travel a lot and my favorite on the road snack are these VEGAN blueberry muffins. Muffins are so playful and petite; I love just popping them in my mouth while I’m on the road, sunbathing on one of the beautiful Southern California beaches, or in the middle of a yoga pose... hey, don’t knock it till you’ve tried these muffins!
These gluten-free/vegan blueberries muffins are a great healthy alternative to traditional muffins. They only require one bowl (which I love because it makes cleaning up SO much easier). Also, I use coconut sugar as the sweetener because coconut sugar is low glycemic and guilt free!
I hope that you all enjoy baking and eating my blueberry muffin recipe, if you do enjoy it be sure to post in my comments, pictures on how they turned out!
- 1 cup applesauce
- ¼ cup coconut oil melted
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cup gluten free oat flour
- ¾ cup almond meal
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 full dates (pitted and chopped)
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- Dash of salt
- A very generous two handfuls of blueberries (FIRM)
1. Take your flax seeds and put them in a blender or grinder(any kind)and blend until they become the texture of flour-ish. After in a separate bowl combine your now “flour” with 4 tablespoons of water, mix this together and place in the fridge for about 15 minutes. (This is a vegan version of eggs for binding)
2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
3. Take all of the dry ingredients and mix in a bowl, then add in all of your wet ingredients including your “egg”. Mix thoroughly.
4. Take your muffin pan.... preferably a 12 pan but if you only have a 6 pan-you have
enough for another batch (YAY) and line with whichever muffin liners you would like. I
usually don’t line my pan with anything other than some coconut oil, but if you’re
feeling festive go for it!
5. Now that your muffin pan is lined and your mix is ready and your oven has probably
already dinged at you a couple of times fill your muffin pan with the mix (do not fill all
the way to the top, I always try to fill ¾ of the way up).
6. You may add additional blueberries to the top of your muffins (I do cause they look
7. Bake for around 20 minutes, it all depends on your oven though and the way you like
your muffins. The three times I made them one batch took 18 minutes, one took exactly
20 and the other took 23. I like my muffins the same way I like my blueberries, super
firm, so my ideal cook time was 20 minutes. The way to tell if they are done is to stick
either a toothpick or a knife into the center of your muffin and if it comes out clean it is
done, if it comes out with anything on it, it’s still cooking!
8. Take out your muffins when ready and enjoy on any occasion! Add more blueberries if
your a blueberry nut like me :)
If you try this recipe comment below and let me know how it turned out!