Healthy Blueberry Muffins

Want a muffin recipe that’s actually healthy? These healthy blueberry muffins are full of oats, berries, and bananas; and they’re totally tasty, too.

Healthy blueberry muffins

Excuse us while we vent a little: but isn’t a muffin usually just an excuse to eat a cupcake for breakfast? Most muffin recipes are a sugar bomb. And if our 20 year old selves could handle that, our 30 year old selves most certainly cannot! So it’s a matter of practicality that brings you this healthy blueberry muffins recipe. Alex and I got tired of the standard muffin, so we created a new formula: it’s 100% oats (no flour!), made in a blender with bananas and a little maple syrup for some sweetness. The original gets rave reviews…and the tangy blueberry takes them to new heights.

Related: 10 Best Blueberry Recipes

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Why make these muffins?

So, you know how most muffins are made with all purpose flour and refined sugar? Alex and I wanted these healthy blueberry muffins to be completely different. What’s so special about these healthy blueberry muffins? With thousands of blueberry muffins recipes on the internet, here are three reasons why you should add these muffins to your arsenal:

  • They’re made with mostly oats, bananas & berries: no flour! That’s right, there’s no flour at all in these muffins! They’re more like eating oatmeal, a banana, and a handful of blueberries. This also makes them naturally gluten free.
  • No refined sugar! These muffins have no refined sugar and are lightly sweetened with maple syrup instead.
  • They’re blender muffinsIf you haven’t made blender muffins before, it’s time to start! Somehow whizzing everything together in a blender makes for less mess than a normal muffins recipe.

Want more oatmeal muffins? Try our Apple Oatmeal Muffins and Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Healthy blueberry muffins

How to make healthy blueberry muffins

Now, while Alex and I wouldn’t feed a traditional muffin to our two year old son Larson for breakfast, we rest assured feeding these healthy blueberry muffins to him! And to ourselves. They’re full of whole food ingredients, and topped with a little creamy peanut butter, they’ve got everything you need to start the day right. They’re also perfect for snacks. In fact, we’re obsessed with them too.

These healthy blueberry muffins are made with (see full recipe below):

  • Rolled oats
  • Blueberries
  • Ripe bananas
  • Maple syrup
  • Neutral oil
  • Eggs
  • Spices, baking powder, & baking soda

Blend up the batter and mix in the blueberries, then pour the batter into muffin cups. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. If you’d like, you can add crunchy turbinado sugar to the tops for an added crunch: or just top them with oats as shown in our banana muffins.

Healthy blueberry muffins

Fresh or frozen blueberries?

This healthy blueberry muffins recipe can work with either fresh or frozen blueberries! We’ve only tested it with fresh blueberries, so please let us know in the comments below if you try them with frozen blueberries.

Another way to use blueberries? Our Famous Blueberry Scones.

Storing these healthy blueberry muffins

These healthy blueberry muffins work wonderfully frozen! In fact, we freeze these all the time. Typically I’ll make a batch and then put a few in the refrigerator and the rest in the freezer. Then when it comes time for making a snack or a school lunch for our son Larson, it’s perfect for popping into a lunch box smeared with a bit of peanut butter or almond butter.

These muffins should save in the freezer for at least 3 months (maybe more), stored in a sealed freezer safe container.

Healthy blueberry muffins

What are health benefits of oats?

We all probably that blueberries are full of health benefits, from vitamin C to prevention of heart disease. But what about oats?

Because these healthy blueberry muffins are mostly made of oats, they bring all the benefits of eating a big bowl of oatmeal! According to the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, oats:

  • Are high in fiber
  • Can reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Can be helpful for weight control
Healthy blueberry muffins

Looking for more healthy breakfast recipes?

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This healthy blueberry muffins recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free, and naturally sweet.

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Healthy blueberry muffins

Healthy Blueberry Muffins


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x

Description

Want a muffin recipe that’s actually healthy? These healthy blueberry muffins are full of oats, berries, and bananas; and they’re totally tasty, too.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana or 3 large very ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups rolled oats, plus more for topping
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil (sunflower, vegetable or grapeseed)**
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 heaping cup blueberries
  • Turbinado sugar, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Mash the bananas. Place the bananas, eggs, oats, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and kosher salt in a blender. Blend everything on high for a minute or two until a smooth batter forms.
  3. Add the blueberries to the blender; gently stir until combined.
  4. Place 12 muffin cups into a muffin tin and pour the batter divided evenly between the cups. To see more blueberries on the tops of the muffins, we pressed a few extras into the tops of the muffins. Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar (or extra oats and gently press them down).
  5. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the muffin tin and allow them to cool a few minutes before serving. Store refrigerated for about 1 week, or frozen for up to three months.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Healthy blueberry muffins, blueberry muffin recipe, best blueberry muffins

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

8 Comments

  • Reply
    Jen
    August 8, 2019 at 8:47 am

    these look amazing! pinning for after soccer season is over and i have time to bake again! LOL

  • Reply
    Tari
    August 10, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Just made these for supper. While they didn’t turn out looking quite as lovely as your pictures do, they are very tasty and the family was grabbing them over the purchased muffins. I’ll definitely make them again!

    • Reply
      Tom Harrison
      November 9, 2019 at 9:13 am

      Can you apple sauce instead of oil? Like you use in the pumkin muffin recipe, which is really good by the way. I’ve made them twice.

      • Reply
        Sonja Overhiser
        November 9, 2019 at 3:48 pm

        Great question! Thanks for making the pumpkin muffins: so glad you enjoyed them! In our Banana Bread Muffins (which are similar to these blueberry muffins), we had reader test them with 1/4 cup applesauce in place of the oil and she said both versions were good! The apple sauce version was nice and moist, dense but a bit flat. The oil version was great, lighter and a bit more dry. So short answer: yes! The texture is a little different, but still good.

  • Reply
    Charline Blair
    August 16, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Can these be made in the microwave? I live in an assisted living facilty and only have a microwave, these look and sound sooo good.

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      August 17, 2019 at 1:33 pm

      Sorry, I don’t think they’d work in the microwave.

  • Reply
    Laura
    September 4, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    I made these today and they turned out perfectly! I was worried that they would be really dense, but they were fluffy enough. I added some walnuts as well and they looked cute with a sprinkle of oats on the top. Great alternative to the typical dessert muffins.

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      September 5, 2019 at 10:35 am

      So glad you enjoyed them!

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