Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Source: Food Hero

Serving size: 1 muffin

Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and fiber. This recipe will contribute to your whole grains for the day.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup nonfat or 1% milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Materials

muffin sheet mixing bowl

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat the bottom of 12 muffin cups with oil or baking spray.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, blend vegetable oil, egg, milk and applesauce until smooth. Stir the liquid ingredients into the flour mixture until just moistened. Lightly stir in the blueberries.
  4. Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full.
  5. Bake about 20 minutes, or until the muffin tops are golden brown. A toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin should come out moist but without batter.

Notes

To avoid rancid whole wheat flour, store it in a container or bag that keeps the air sealed out. Keep in a cool dark area for up to 3 months or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Buy amounts that you can use within those lengths of time.

To use sweetened applesauce, remove about 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar from the measured amount.

More About Blueberries

How to Select

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened. White and green colored blueberries will not ripen after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO ripen after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to ripen).

How to Store

Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container. Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy. Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days. Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

How to Prepare

Wash and eat them raw, bake them in a bread or pie, or cook them down into a compote.