Monday, October 31, 2011

Low Calorie Blueberry Muffins

My hubby was craving some blueberry muffins, so of course I had to make them healthy!! The only problem was we weren't digging the whole wheat muffin flavor. So out of many batches of trial and error, here is what I came up with to meet the health factor as well as the flavor factor and to my surprise they ended up being low in calories too!

Low Calorie Blueberry Muffins
1 3/4 cup oat flour (blend oatmeal)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sucanat or brown sugar*
1/4 cup stevia
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg whites
1 cup vanilla yogurt (I used plain non fat yogurt with 20 drops of vanilla stevia or to taste)
1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil (or oil of choice)
1 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line muffin tins with liners. Spray muffin liners with nonstick cooking spray so the muffins come out of the paper easily. Combine vanilla, egg whites, and yogurt in bowl. Combine the rest of the ingredients (dry ingredients) except blueberries in a seperate bowl; stir yogurt mixture just until blended. (The batter may be a little runnier than most muffin batters, but it bakes just fine.) Gently stir in blueberries. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin liners and bake 14-16 minutes or until golden brown.
 Yields: 12 muffins
Calories for one muffin- 100 calories**

 * I have also reduced the sucanat or brown sugar to 1/4 cup (making it only 85 calories per muffin) and I still thought they were great! My husband likes them a little sweeter!
**The calorie calculations were based off of the 1 cup of yogurt being 100 calories.
Did you know blueberries are repeatedly ranked in the U.S. diet as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings?!
Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA.

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