5/25/11

Blueberry & Oat Muffins with Sea Salt


I've shared other muffin recipes here that are quite delicious. But anything with flour and sugar and a load of oil will promise to be tasty.

The real challenge is to make a muffin that still gives you a feeling of comfort and a full belly, but is actually good for your entire body and won't add to your waistline.

These muffins won't promise to be fluffy or super sweet. Instead they are a little heavier and very moist. And, might I add, so yummy considering they have less than 1/2 the calories of a regular home-baked muffin, a very small amount of sugar,  and no flour or oil.

You can easily eat 2 of these, feel full and satisfied, and not worry one bit about "muffin" top. Man I despise muffin top.

Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins
2 c. cooking oats
1/4 granulated sugar (or substitute)
2 egg whites
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce (w/cinnamon added)
1/3 c. skim milk
1 t. baking soda
1 t. vanilla extract
1 ripened banana, mashed
1 c. fresh blueberries
2 T. sea salt

In a food processor, grind oats until they are a fine powder, similar to flour. Add the baking soda  to the ground oats and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, add together the banana, sugar, applesauce, milk, eggwhites, and vanilla. Stir well.
Add oat mixture into the banana mixture and stir just until combined. Fold in the blueberries. Fill greased muffin cups 3/4 full (these don't rise much at all). Sprinkle a small amount of coarse sea salt onto each muffin top.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes or until middles are set and they are light golden brown. Yields 12 muffins






Some highlights of my week so far:
--Getting in my cardio by taking long walks with Henry-the lilac trees are in full bloom along with so many other beautiful trees and flowers. Such a pretty world right now

--Sam is visiting the highschool with his class this week to see what it'll be like next year. I work there. If I see my baby walking around the highschool hallways, I just might shed a tear or two..

--Rich is getting further on the mudroom makeover. It looks SO much better already! It's light and bright and clean. Will share it soon!

--I have 3 working days left (2 this week, 1 next) until summer break..yes!

--I've been receiving emails and comments from readers who are so generous with praise. It means a lot to me..this blog is my special place. Thank you!

YOUR TURN....

--Do you have any children in highschool/or have you been there done that already? Any advice for Sam or Rich and I for making it a great time?

--Did you plant any flowers in your garden/yards yet? If so, what's your favorite go-to flower that you look forward to every summer?




7 comments:

Anna said...

Tanya, thanks much for this muffin re-do. I'm looking forward to trying this!
Flowers are planted - geraniums and petunias are the easy, pretty, no-brainer type flowers for us :)

Jenelle said...

Tanya - I am excited to try your version of muffins. It sounds really good and I love the idea of healthy.

I planted marigolds in my veggie garden last night to help keep the animals out. Other than that I do not do any flower planting. I do hanging baskets. Impatience work best due to not having much sun close to the house.

Have a great holiday weekend.

Jenelle

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

I really appreciate seeing healthful recipes. We love muffins at our house, and blueberry season will be here soon. You've done a great job with this recipe. I know I'll use it. That's the way I like to bake.

Thank you Tanya for commenting on my blog.

Anonymous said...

These look delicious and easy. Your healthy recipes are just what I needed to jump start my lazy butt! You have a talent.

Alice

Tanya said...

Anna-cover those flowers-frost tonight!

Jenelle-hope you like the muffins! I need some deer repellent flowers. They get mine every year.

Thanks Pinkoveralls and Alice-love having you visit here!

Rebecca said...

I love blueberry muffins! So happy I found this site! One question though, instead of skim milk, could I use soy or rice milk?

Brittany Long said...

I decided to bake these up the other day and wow they are so delicious! I even forgot to add the sugar and they came out so moist and yummy! I think the banana and apple sauce give it plenty of sweetness. Thank you for this lovely recipe :)! I will be making these again!