These vegan blueberry muffins SO tasty and have no refined sugar or dairy; they’re made with coconut oil and maple syrup.
A few months ago, we received this email from reader Rochelle: “I want to make healthy blueberry muffins this weekend but can’t find a good recipe anywhere. Do you have a muffin recipe you might recommend?” Since we didn’t have a go-to, Alex and I set out to create a healthy blueberry muffins recipe! Blueberry muffins are so versatile: they work as a snack or a side as well as breakfast. So we decided it was high time to find one we love. And after lots of testing, we ended up with this delicious recipe that’s become a fan favorite! Keep reading for our vegan blueberry muffins recipe.
How to make vegan blueberry muffins
These vegan blueberry muffins are incredibly tasty and are a total crowd pleaser! With a hint of turmeric, they have a beautiful golden color too. Since there’s still quite a bit of sugar in them, these muffins can be considered healthy-ish — but there are a lot of features that make them a healthier choice than most blueberry muffins! Here’s what makes these vegan blueberry muffins special; they have:
- Less sugar compared to most muffin recipes
- No refined sugar; instead they use maple syrup for a naturally-sweet take
- Whole wheat flour for a bit of added nutrients
- No dairy or eggs, using coconut oil, almond milk and applesauce instead
- Turmeric for color, which may or may not have health benefits
And to top them off, we added lemon zest for a little brightness, and turbinado sugar for a sparkly, crunchy topping. They come out perfectly moist, with a nuanced flavor and seriously tangy pockets of blueberries. Overall, we think they’re everything that you could want in a muffin! We’d love to know if we’ve hit the mark: let us know in the comments below what you think.
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Praise for these vegan blueberry muffins
These vegan blueberry muffins have quickly become a fan favorite! It’s been so fun to hear from those of you who’ve made and loved these muffins. Here’s some of what people are saying:
- “My daughter and I made your vegan blueberry muffins yesterday. We had a lot of fun and they’re so good! I love that you have so many vegan recipes since she can eat them.”
- “I tried the vegan blueberry muffins and the fudgy vegan brownies yesterday and they are both terrific.”
- “These are delicious!! So soft and fluffy! I added a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Yum!”
Looking for more turmeric recipes?
Turmeric is getting a lot of play these days, but whether it’s a miracle spice is still up for debate. Either way, it’s absolutely delicious. For more with turmeric, give these recipes a try:
- Broccoli and Turmeric Rice Bowls
- Turmeric Poached Egg Avocado Toast
- Simple Vegetable Paella
- Kale, Sweet Potato & Chickpea Stew
- Creamy Mac and Cheese with Greek Yogurt
- 12 Top Turmeric Recipes
Looking for more healthy breakfast recipes?
Outside of these vegan blueberry muffins, here are some of our favorite healthy breakfast recipes:
- Healthy Banana Bread Muffins
- Apple Gluten Free Oatmeal Muffins
- Best Blender Muffins
- Vegan Apple Streusel Muffins
- Acai Bowl Recipe
- Healthy Blueberry Muffins
- Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
- Best Blueberry Smoothie
- Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie
- Healthy Banana Bread
- Perfect Boiled Eggs
- Chocolate Muesli Recipe
- Banana Blueberry Muffins
- Best Instant Oatmeal Recipe
- Apple Cinnamon Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats
- Avocado Toast with Turmeric Egg
- 5-Minute Pesto Arugula Breakfast Sandwich
- Glowing Green Smoothie
This recipe is…
Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar-free. (For gluten-free, you could try with gluten-free one-for-one flour, but we have not tested this option. Let us know if you give it a try!)Print
These vegan blueberry muffins so tasty and have no refined sugar or dairy; they’re made with coconut oil and maple syrup.
- 1/2 cup refined coconut oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 6 ounces frozen or fresh blueberries
- Turbinado sugar, for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare muffin tins with liners or non-stick spray.
- If using frozen blueberries, place them in a bowl and cover them with cold water to defrost while completing the first steps of the recipe.
- Melt the coconut oil, then cool it to room temperature. In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the coconut oil and maple syrup until well combined. Add applesauce and vanilla and mix again until combined. (Note that if the coconut oil is too warm or if you leave the bowl unattended, it may solidify. If so, simply reheat the entire mixture and whisk together again until fully combined.)
- Sift together 1 cup all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder, and turmeric in a bowl. Add the flour mixture in 1/4 increments to the wet mixture alternating with 1/4 of the milk. Stir in the lemon zest.
- If using fresh blueberries, wash them; if using frozen berries, drain. Dry the berries with paper towels, then add them to a medium bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour. This will keep blueberries suspended in the batter while baking, instead of sinking to the bottom. Gently fold blueberries and flour into the batter mixture, then spoon it into muffin tins (12 large or 24 mini) and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
- Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes (large/standard muffins) or 25 to 30 minutes (mini muffins), until a toothpick comes out clean. Let stand in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: America
Keywords: Blueberry Muffins, Muffins, Turmeric, Healthy Muffins, Turmeric Muffins, Vegan Muffins, Vegan
About the Authors
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 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.