Skinny Blueberry Muffins
Sounds too good to be true right? Well these muffins really dont contain any added sugar, they're sweetened by fruit and honey and are a low calorie clean option that can replace traditional cake in your household.
Ive replaced almost half of the flour in traditional cake recipes with rolled oats to get more nutrition in these muffins, as well as cut down the calorie content. I used white self raising flour but you can use any flour along with a little extra baking powder, whole wheat would be a healthier option. Mix your flour, oats, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
To replace much of the wet ingredients and sugar in this recipe we will be using fat free natural yogurt. If your not worried about calorie content then feel free to use full fat yogurt. You can also use greek yogurt if you dont want to use natural, I cant tell the difference anyway! In another bowl, mash your banana along with your yogurt, egg, honey and vanilla.
Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and mix well. Now we get to one of my biggest tips when it comes to cake making. Have you ever made a cake with fruit, nuts or choc chips to find that by the time theyve cooked, everything has sunk down to the bottom of your cake, well, this is how to fix that all too common conundrum: Grab a spoonful of cornflour (or plain flour works too) and mix this in with your berries, so that every berry has a light, even covering of flour. This stops your berrys, or chocolate chips or whatever chunky bits you may be adding to cake batter from falling to the bottom, it will keep them evenly distributed within the batter whilst the cakes rise in the oven. So now that youve floured your berries you can add them into the mix too, safe in the knowledge that they will stay exactly where theyre wanted.
Spoon your batter into cupcake cases. If your not oil free and you would like to, you can spray your cases with oil to prevent them sticking to the cakes, although, this is not something I do personally. This batter should make 18 cases, although i have crammed it into 12 before when I've not had the time to do 2 separate batches and it still rose fairly well but took an extra 10 minutes to cook. This obviously isn't an issue if you have room to do 18 cases in one load. I should really invest in a second cupcake tray, shouldn't I 🤔
Bake on 180 for 25-30 minutes until the outside is golden and they have risen to their full potential. Now, similar to brownies, the middle of these cakes doesn't set properly until they've completely cooled down so, if your wanting to try these whilst they're still warm just be aware that the middle will be soft and you wont be able to get it out of the case in one piece (its so good though) After a couple of hours, once they've completely cooled down they should come out of the cupcake case without too much hassle and make the perfect snack for one the go. These also make great breakfasts, they're healthy, and that makes it totally okay to have a muffin, or two, for breakfast! I'm working on a few savoury recipes for these muffins because I think cheese would go so well with this batter! I'll link here when I've perfected the cheese muffin recipe.
These muffins should be eaten within 2 days or frozen and taken out as required. Due to the high content of fresh fruit and yogurt in this recipe they do not have a long shelf life.
70kcal per muffin
♥ 1 cup self raising flour (or alternative with baking powder)
♥ 1 cup rolled oats
♥ 1-2 cups blueberries
♥ 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
♥1/4 teaspoon salt
♥ 1 ripe banana
♥ 1/3 cup honey
♥ 3/4 cup natural fat free yogurt
♥ 1 egg
♥ 1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Mix flour, oats, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl, Preheat oven to 180°C
2. In a separate bowl, mash your banana and combine all other wet ingredients, then add to the dry ingredients and mix well to form a batter.
3. In another bowl, tray or bag, mix a spoonful of flour in with blueberries to coat them, then add these blueberries to the batter and mix.
4. Spoon the mixture into cup cake cases and bake at 180°C for 20-25 minutes or until golden and risen.
5. Wait until the muffins have completely cooled before you try to de-case them.
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