In my family, we love muffins. By that I mean that we make them 2-3 times a week and fight over the last ones. Avery would eat nothing but muffins if left to her own devices, so it is very important that our muffins are not only tasty, but healthy. One of the things that makes these the best ever muffins is that they are packed with delicious flavor and are full of healthy ingredients. For starters there is no white flour in this recipe. The result is that these taste more like muffins than cake. Now don’t get me wrong, I like those insanely sweet cake like muffins, but they are just not healthy enough for everyday consumption. Trust me that once you try these you will be hooked.
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/3 c. canola or light tasting olive oil (see link at bottom of article)
1/2 c. applesauce (this is exactly how much is in one of those kid size applesauce cups)
1 mashed over ripe banana
1/4 c. water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. ground flaxseed meal (optional)
2 c. blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Here’s what you do:
Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and flaxseed meal. In another bowl combine the egg, applesauce, mashed banana, water, milk, vanilla and oil. Mix the wet ingredients until they are well combined. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine. Once it is well mixed carefully fold in the blueberries. Spoon mixture into 12 muffin cups. I fill the muffin cups almost all the way up because we like big muffins and use paper muffin cups to make the cleanup easier. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-22 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Now I know this seems like a lot of ingredients, but most of them I am sure you already have in your home. For the oil, you could substitute vegetable oil, but using a canola oil blend or light tasting olive oil really kicks up the healthiness of these muffins. The ground flaxseed meal is also optional, but adds great health benefits as well as helps keep the muffins moist. Flaxseed meal is available at all major grocery stores. Keep it in your freezer so it will last longer. Trust me that once you try these you will be hooked. Another great thing about these muffins is that they freeze well. You could store them in a ziploc bag in your freezer and just take out one at a time. Happy baking!