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Whole Grain Blueberry Citrus Muffins are packed with nutrition and so simple to make. Free of oil, dairy, and added sugar, these muffins make for the perfect healthy treat to make for yourself or someone special. Share them with someone you love!
Friends, I don’t know about you, but there’s no one I know that will turn down a good muffin… especially when there are blueberries involved!
I’ve loved muffins since I was a little girl, not just because I like to enjoy them myself but also because I like to share them with others.
Muffins make a fabulous treat to enjoy at breakfast, they’re a great snack, and they’re an instant “I was thinking of you” kind of gift that you can easily make for someone you love or someone you’re just meeting for the first time. Muffins are the epitome of sharing love and comfort with others, and that’s exactly what these muffins are meant to do, all in a healthier way.
My Inspiration for Making These Muffins:
I love to bake muffins for myself, but they’re much more fun to make for someone else. Your friends, family, spouse, significant other, someone going through a hard time, a co-worker, and even neighbors occasionally. But what I don’t love about muffins is all the unhealthy ingredients found in most pre-packaged muffins or muffin mixes.
Which is just where this muffin recipe for Whole Grain Blueberry Citrus Muffins comes into play because I recently made up a batch for my mom as a way to gift her with a healthy recipe, just to say “I love you!”
Making muffins for my mom is something I’ve always loved to do anyway. I used to make them for my Dad and have always made them for my mom. Sometimes I’d make them on random weekdays, and sometimes on special occasions like Mother’s Day.
In fact, I make up a batch of banana nut muffins every single year for my mom for Mother’s Day and have done so since I was a little girl. But God bless her, she won’t eat most of my healthy treats because she loves the taste of traditional muffins (with all the white flour and sugar).
So I created this recipe to be healthier recipe she could enjoy that tasted similar to traditional muffins without all the gluten, sugar, and oil.
Ingredients in Whole Grain Blueberry Citrus Muffins:
These muffins are still incredibly nutritious while also being super tasty! I personally loved them and will definitely make them again.
They are made with organic buckwheat flour, coconut flour, flax meal, and whole grain oat flour. This combination of ingredients creates that same hearty muffin flavor we all love, and it also creates a really nice soft muffin that’s not too dense but still rich in fiber to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Did you know?
Buckwheat is not a derivative of wheat and is entirely gluten-free. Buckwheat is actually a seed and has a delightful, dark brown color that makes it perfect for muffins like these. Using all buckwheat flour in a baked recipe, however, is not optimal. So, I’ve paired with it oat flour and coconut flour for a cake-like, really nice and light muffin that’s so moist and nutty. Buckwheat is a great source of minerals such as magnesium, and it’s a good source of amino acids and immunity-supportive antioxidants.
Gluten-Free? No problem.
These muffins are naturally gluten-free! Just be sure you use gluten-free oat flour if you’re super sensitive since oat flour can be contaminated with wheat during the processing of grains.
I also sweetened these muffins naturally with fruit and with a touch of stevia. My mom normally hates stevia, but in a baking recipe mixed with fruit, she doesn’t even know it’s there. The result is a healthy muffin with no refined flour, no oil, and no added sugar, but also a batch of muffins that are still flavorful and reminiscent of traditional muffins that everyone loves.
Make Someone’s Day Special With These Muffins:
These muffins would make for the perfect recipe to share with your mom or any other special woman in your life, especially for Mother’s Day coming up next month. They’re sweet, nutty, and so filling!
Muffins are a great gift to give to your mom, a friend, a family member, a co-worker, or even your neighbor on Mother’s Day (or any day), and you can do so with very little ingredients and a small budget if need be.
Besides, everyone loves baked goods!
You can serve these muffins fresh or even package them up in cute, high-quality gift-wrapping with a beautiful, kind card. Your friends, mother-in-law, or any other special lady in your life would also love these too!
My favorite go-to brand to purchase consistently beautiful, high-quality packaging and cards from is–and has always been–American Greetings. I always choose American Greetings products to give to my mom and other special women in my life on Mother’s Day because they’re always beautiful and make for a classy, elegant, yet trendy presentation.
American Greetings makes beautiful cards, tissue paper, gift bags, wrapping paper, and more items that are perfect for any occasion. They’re even great for using to package up food gifts, too!
In fact, I often like to package up a batch of muffins for someone special to share with them and take them in a cute gift bag. Wrapping the muffins up in tissue paper is so simple to do, and it will keep the muffins fresh until you can deliver them. While your recipients will need to eat the muffins within a few days (or keep them in the fridge), it’s much nicer to give and deliver your muffins in creative packaging versus just a reusable container.
See my step-by-step photos below on just how to do that!
Now, let’s make some muffins shall we? 🙂
- ½ cup buckwheat flour
- ½ cup organic oat flour
- ½ cup organic coconut flour
- ¼ cup organic ground flax seed (flax meal)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. pure stevia extract (without any additives)
- ½ tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup (small container) of organic unsweetened applesauce
- 1 small, very ripe, mashed banana
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup filtered water (cold or room temp)
- the juice from one large orange
- 1 chia egg*
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries (or regular organic frozen blueberries)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake/muffin liners.
- In a large bowl, add the buckwheat flour, oat flour, coconut flour, flax seed meal, baking powder, and stevia extract to a bowl. Stir and sift well with a fork to ensure there are no clumps and everything is mixed together really well.
- In a separate bowl, add the vanilla extract, the applesauce, the mashed banana, and stir well to mix together. Next, stir in the almond milk, the juice of one orange, and the chia egg (or you could use an egg), and stir again.
- Add the wet ingredients to the first bowl of dry ingredients and stir together really well until it starts coming together. Now, add the water and stir again, just until combined (don't overmix).
- Finally, fold in the frozen blueberries and stir once more, just to incorporate them well. Set the mixture aside.
- Scoop the mixture into a 12-cup muffin pan lined with cupcake/muffin liners. Dollop in around ¼ cup of the mixture into each cup.
- Bake for 26-28 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until they're slightly golden on top and a fork comes out clean. (My muffins took a full 28 minutes in a fully preheated oven.)
- Let them cool for 10 minutes in the pan after removing from the oven, then remove and serve or let them cool for one hour at room temp if you're packaging them up.
*If you don't want to use banana, feel free to eliminate it, but keep in mind that it adds moisture, helps bind the recipe, and it adds natural sweetness too. You can experiment with others options if you choose. More applesauce and an extra chia egg would likely work well.
* If you don't use stevia, note that I have not made these with any additional sweeteners so I can't say what will work. Experiment with ones you like, but keep in mind that if you use a liquid sweetener, you'll need to adjust the other liquids in the recipe. If you use a dry sweetener except for stevia, be mindful that you'll need to use more since stevia is more concentrated and the muffins will come out different than mine did. You may also need to adjust the other ingredients.
*You can use fresh berries in this recipe, I just prefer frozen since they ooze out a delicious juice which makes the muffins more tasty and sweeter naturally.
I suggest serving these muffins with fresh fruit or feel free to pair them with some yogurt or nut butter if that’s more your thing. My mom loves them just as they are, or with a few slices of fresh oranges (her favorite fruit of the late that inspired this recipe!).
How to Package These Muffins Up to Share With Someone Special:
Here’s how to package these muffins up in cute packaging to take to your mom, a friend, or share with someone else you love.
- Pick out some cute gift packaging for your recipient. You’ll need a gift bag, some tissue paper, and a pretty card. Look for American Greetings brand which has excellent, beautiful choices to choose from for whatever occasion you’re looking for.
- After the muffins have cooled at least one hour after baking, place three large pieces of tissue paper in the bottom of a large gift bag (this is to fill in the bottom of the bag).
- Then, lay 3 pieces of tissue paper evenly on top of one another. Place 6 cooled muffins in the middle of the paper, spaced evenly apart just by a bit.
- Next, wrap up the muffins gently by folding up all the sides of the tissue paper around the muffins. Place this in the bag on top of the tissue paper from step 2.
- Finally, repeat with the other 6 muffins since this recipe makes 12 muffins.
- Layer some more tissue paper on top to fill in the top of the bag and put a card in the bag that you picked out for the person you’re taking the muffins to. Be prepared to make someone smile! 🙂
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Walmart is my go-to place to find American Greetings at a great price. You can find American Greetings cards and wrapping needs wherever the cards are located in your local store and keep an eye out for their “Make Her Mother’s Day” display!
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