Looking for a healthy treat that can be served to adults and children alike? These healthy no sugar added blueberry muffins are the perfect treat because they are sweetened naturally with dates, instead of added sugar and can be quickly thrown together using just your blender!
Baking was a bit of a gateway for me into cooking.
When I was in high school, a friend of mine would always come over and we would bake various things in the middle of the night. I remember being in awe at how effortless it was for her to just “whip together” brownies or muffins, or even to have the idea to do so.
At the time, I’m pretty certain we only made mixes for various baked goods because we never had a full stash of baking supplies in my parents house. It just wasn’t something that happened often around there. But even that little of “baking” felt over my head.
Baking has since become a past time I love and something I do when I am feeling any range of emotions. While I do love it, I have just recently started to branch out and try my own variations of recipes I might find on Pinterest. I still am no baking expert, but I’ve loved learning to think outside of the box (quite literally) when it comes to baking.
I recently found this recipe and was intrigued by the idea of a no sugar added muffin recipe that I could share with my toddler. After making the version from Bren Did, I decided to make some changes to it. Greyson’s favorite thing in the world might be blueberries. I can pretty safely attribute that to it being a huge craving of mine while I was pregnant. So it was a natural substitution for my own version of healthy no sugar added blueberry muffins.
I can’t say that I always opt for no sugar added treats, but now that my son is very much aware of the things I eat, I try to limit both his and my intake of refined sugars as often as I can. These muffins are sweetened with pureed dates, so they are a treat that the whole family can shamelessly indulge in! My husband actually took them to work and only told people after they commented about how good they were that they had no sugar added.
I also love that these muffins are made in a blender. My mind was BLOWN the first time I tried making muffins in a blender. It was super easy to make everything using one container and my son was able to easily help me pour in ingredients because it was a one-bowl kind of recipe!
I’m the girl who has a bowl of ice cream every night, after my kid is asleep of course, so trust me when I say you won’t miss the sugar in these blueberry muffins.
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup of bread flour
- 1 cup dried dates chopped
- 1 1/2 cups of blueberries
- 1/2 cup water boiling
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Start a pot of water and wait for it to boil.
- Place chopped dates into a blender. Then pour 1/2 cup of boiling water on top of the dates. Blend until dates are pureed.
- Add remaining ingredients (except blueberries) to blender, starting with the dry ingredients.
- Once all ingredients are in the blender, blend until oats are well ground.
- Gently fold in blueberries with a rubber spatula.
- Pour directly into a greased or lined muffin pan, about 3/4 full.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the center of the muffins bounce back when poked.
- Allow to cool for two minutes in muffin tin before moving to a wire cooling rack.
You can also make these without flour. Just substitute oats for the bread flour. If you'd like these to be sweeter, you can also add a tablespoon of honey to the mix. Substitute your favorite non-dairy milk if you are dairy free.
Recipe adapted from Bren Did Blog.
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