Healthy Blueberry Muffins
So you’re trying a healthier diet by eating sugar-free with as little processed food as possible. That’s great! I’ve got this Greek yogurt blueberry muffin recipe to keep you going strong.
Luckily, you can make just about any treat healthy while still being delicious. I’ve changed out a few key ingredients with better ones to nourish your body. These healthy muffins are packed with protein and other nutrients! So let’s dive into what makes these so different.
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Can Muffins Be Healthy?
Of course! Depending on what you put in them. I know it’s been said in the past that muffins are one of the worst things you can eat (source). And that’s not wrong in the conventional sense.
A traditional muffin is essential a cupcake without the frosting and waaaay more sugar. But it’s more socially acceptable to eat a muffin every day instead of a cupcake. Eating a regular muffin from the coffee shop for breakfast every day is one of the worst things for you!
Starting your day off with essentially a slice of cake sets your body up for disaster for the rest of the day. The carbs will spike your blood sugar, which leads to an afternoon slump. I don’t know about you, but I become absolutely useless at work if I hit a wall.
But which muffins are the healthiest? It really doesn’t matter, so long as you make each ingredient intentional. What I mean by that is you want to nourish your body, not feed it empty food with no purpose other than to get a sugar fix.
Your first meal of the day should be nutrient dense and low-carb. That way, your body has energy to feed off of the entire day instead of all at once. So my two cents is that you shouldn’t even have a healthy muffin for breakfast, simply because there’s better options out there. But there’s nothing wrong with having it as a snack!
Why Sugar-Free Muffins and Greek Yogurt Work So Well
Now I want to start off by saying that these muffins are refined sugar-free. This means that there’s still a sweetener agent added, but it’s made from Mother Nature herself, and that is raw unfiltered honey.
I love using honey as a refined sugar replacement! It still makes my creations pleasantly sweet, but not over sweet. And I don’t get a sugar buzz or headache from the onslaught of sweetness into my system.
As for the Greek yogurt, it’s a great substitute for the sour cream that typically goes into blueberry and other kinds of muffins. It gives the muffins their rich, tangy flavor while also packing in a good amount of protein and probiotics.
With all these healthy substitutes, you’ll have a sustaining snack to get you through the day that leaves your taste buds happy! There won’t be any kind of sugar buzz or crash from these bad boys! So let’s get cooking.
My Greek Yogurt Blueberry Muffin Recipe
How do you make healthy muffins from scratch? It’s much easier than you think! To make these lovely and healthy blueberry muffins, you will need:
- 2 cups flour of choice (I like whole wheat or almond)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon real salt
- ½ cup raw unfiltered honey
- 4 tablespoons unsalted organic butter, melted
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 cup blueberries
- ½ cup almond milk (or more as needed)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin by spreading olive oil with a paper towel or line with muffin liners.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs together, then add the honey and whisk vigorously until thoroughly combined.
- Add the butter very slowly to the honey and egg mixture while lightly whisking to keep it all even.
- Add your Greek yogurt to the wet mixture and whisk until thoroughly combined. You should have a thick, golden, and sweet tasting mixture!
- Add the blueberries to the flour mixture and mix gingerly with a rubber spatula. Then add the bowl of wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and slowly combine with the spatula. Be careful not to smash the blueberries!
- Add the almond milk and mix together. The consistency of the mixture should be thick but not runny. If it’s still not quite runny, add more almond milk as needed. Your mixture should look something like this:
- Scoop your muffin mix into your tins and bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and an inserted knife comes out clean.
- Let cool for a few minutes and serve warm with butter, or eat whenever!
Some Tips and Tricks with Making Healthy Muffins From Scratch
I like to use 2% Greek yogurt to make my healthy blueberry muffins because it gives them a richer flavor. Like I’m eating a rich cake! I’ve made this recipe with regular nonfat yogurt, and it just wasn’t the same.
Most blueberry muffin recipes involve using sour cream, but Greek yogurt is a little more nutritious. It has protein and gives these healthy muffins their great flavor!
As for the honey, it’s a great substitute for refined sugar! Yes, it’s still a sugar, but our bodies are better equipped to handle the absorption and digestion of honey over refined sugar.
Just make sure that you use raw, unfiltered honey over the traditional little teddy bear honey bottles. Honey that’s filtered has all of the antioxidants taken out of it. In other words, all the benefits and nutritional value has been removed from the honey!
You might also be wondering what I meant by “real salt” up in the ingredient list too. It’s seriously life changing! If you’re able, I highly recommend that you switch your salt out with Redmond’s Real Salt. It’s salt in it’s purest form that’s been mined right here in the U.S.
Real salt is full of trace minerals, which is something that everyone needs more of in their diet. Traditional Morton salt has been, you guessed it, completely processed with all of the trace minerals taken out. Why this happens, I have no idea.
I love cooking with real salt because now I know I’m adding nutritional value to my meals instead of empty flavor. That’s what I love about this entire recipe. Every ingredient has nutritional value, instead of empty nutrients for taste only.
Final Thoughts on Healthy Muffins for Clean Eating
I made this Greek yogurt blueberry muffin recipe for the first time and made them almost every week when I was doing a clean eating challenge with no cheat meals. They became my saving grace when I had a sweet tooth craving!
Eating these muffins warm with a little bit of butter is simply divine! It really helped satisfy my cravings for a rich pastry. And I can eat a rich pastry without feeling guilty!
You can also use the base of this recipe for other flavors too! Just take out the blueberries and add whatever you want. I made lemon poppy seed muffins with this base recently and they tasted great! I just added some zest from a lemon and two tablespoons of poppy seeds.
One thing I really like to empower people with in terms of food is that you don’t have to give up your favorite foods to be healthy. Just learn how to make a healthier version of your favorite foods. This philosophy has seriously got me through a drama-free switch to a healthy diet.
Would you eat these healthy blueberry muffins? Let me know in the comments below!
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