Big and beautiful blueberries, is there anything better?
Blueberries are a great easy, healthy snack.
Ingredient substitution made in this recipe:
- Replace a portion of all purpose flour with whole wheat flour.
- Cut the sugar.
Recipes with rolled oats are naturally sweeter than flour so you are able to use less sugar.
- Replace butter with extra virgin olive oil.
You may be able to use 25% less oil than butter in a recipe because butter contains water.
- Up the spice.
Adding cinnamon & vanilla, plus the sweetness of the blueberries add to the taste while cutting the sugar.
- Add rolled oats to the recipe.
(Sometimes I will add buckwheat flour.)
- Swap white sugar for brown sugar.
- Add more egg.
- Get nutty. Replace milk with a nut milk.
I get so excited when I see the extra large berries in the store. Honestly, I don’t know if they always taste better, but they are my favorite.
Working with clients throughout the years one of the most common questions is about recipes.
What is a healthy snack?
Do you have suggestions for breakfast?
You can enjoy an oatmeal blueberry muffin for both a snack and as a healthy breakfast muffin.
Muffins and quick breads are pretty forgiving when it comes to ingredient substitutions. Making a few changes to the recipe strikes a balance between healthy enough and tasting great.
Healthy ingredient swaps for oatmeal blueberry muffins
Are old fashioned oats, rolled oats?
What’s the difference between old fashioned oats and rolled oats?
Do you get confused by all the different names for oats?
I know I get confused time and again when a recipe states old fashioned oats and then some say rolled oats.
What are old fashioned oats? And are old fashioned oats, rolled oats?
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Cinnamon Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins
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- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup light brown sugar lightly packed
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon or more to taste
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup almond milk or any nut milk
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup blueberries fresh
- Preheat to 400°F
- Add all the dry ingredients to your mixing bowl, and combine well.
- In a stand mixer on low setting (or separate large mixing bowl) combine brown sugar and extra-virgin olive oil.
- In stages, add your dry mixture. When the mix becomes too dry, add in the 1 cup almond milk, 2 large eggs, and 2 teaspoons pure vanilla.
- With your spatula, gently fold in the blueberries by hand.
- Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups.
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven, and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Hand Size Portions
When you look at the nutritional values of a meal to log what you are eating, that is called tracking macros. A lot of people use this method to reach their health goals.
Looking at hand portion size and using this method to gauge how and what you eat is also a great method to help you reach your health goals. Many people who use this method often think this form of tracking meals is easier and more sustainable for a lifetime.
Want to learn more about hand portion size and how to use it to reach your goals? Check out the article How to Get Started with Hand Portion Sizes.
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