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When my first son was old enough to have solids, he started like any other kid. He had an interest in food but didn’t care much if he was eating the same thing as me or something totally different.
Then around the time he was 8 or 9 months old, he started to notice whenever I was eating something that he wasn’t.
This presented a problem for me when it came to baked goods. We had decided not to give him any refined sugar until he was much older, but baked goods are always choked full of added sugar.
So I started experimenting with refined sugar free baking and it turns out that you really can have baked goods without all of the added sugar.
These Healthy No Sugar Added Blueberry Muffins were the first recipe I made without added sugar and as someone who’s grown up on store bought, sugar filled muffins, I was skeptical. But these muffins are so good and you don’t even notice there isn’t added sugar in them!
How do you make muffins without sugar?
There are a few ways to bake without sugar. You can use applesauce, honey, maple syrup, or dates to sweeten baked goods without sugar, using naturally found sweeteners.
These healthy blueberry muffins are sweetened with dates, by blending chopped dates with boiling water to create almost a paste consistency.
I love that these no sugar added blueberry muffins are perfect for toddlers. I’ve made these handfuls of times for play dates or just an after nap snack.
These muffins are a treat that the whole family can shamelessly indulge in! My husband actually took them to work and only told people that they were refined sugar free after they commented about how good they were.
What makes these blueberry muffins healthy?
There are a few aspects of these blueberry muffins that make them healthier than your average store bought muffin:
- No refined sugar, simply sweetened with dates.
- Oats are one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat!
- Fresh blueberries add sweetness and also tons of health benefits.
How do you make muffins in a blender?
Making muffins in a blender is almost as easy and pouring all of the ingredients into the blender and turning it on!
You’ll want to put the solid ingredients like flour, baking powder and spices on the bottom and pour the liquid on top.
Add in fresh fruit after blending the batter completely by folding fruit into the batter.
What can you use instead of a blender for these muffins?
If you don’t have a blender, you can use a food processor instead! You really do need one of these two things to be able to puree up the dates. If you don’t have either, you can try this Healthy Lemon Blueberry Muffin recipe instead, which is still refined sugar free, but sweetened with coconut sugar instead of dates.
What kind of flour do you need for Healthy Blueberry Muffins?
You can pretty safely alternate between any kind of flour for this recipe: all purpose, whole wheat flour, bread flour, pastry flour, even a 1-1 gluten free flour. You can also do all oats instead of oats and flour, if you prefer. Each one may have a little different texture, but won’t affect the overall quality of the muffins.
What kind of milk should you use for Healthy Blueberry Muffins?
You can use any kind of milk, whole milk or 2% milk or a nut milk like unsweetened almond milk. I like to use unsweetened almond milk because I often make these for toddler play dates and have some friends who are dairy free.
Can you use frozen blueberries in blueberry muffins?
Yes, you can use frozen blueberries in place of fresh blueberries in a blueberry recipe. Do not thaw the frozen blueberries.
How do you make Healthy No Sugar Added Blueberry Muffins? Step by step process:
- Preheat oven to 350° degrees.
- Chop dates and add them to your blender. I like to use kitchen sheers to cut pitted dates in half and throw them right into the blender.
- Add 1/2 cup of boiling water to the dates and blend until smooth. There will be small pieces of the dates in the mixture, that’s okay.
- Add the rest of the remaining ingredients, starting with the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Then add the liquids, vanilla extract, eggs, and almond milk.
- Blend until mixture is well combined.
- Pour in fresh blueberries and fold into the batter with a flexible silicone spatula.
- Bake in a muffin tin for 18-22 minutes, until muffins are nicely browned and bounce back when gently touched.
What to pair with these No Sugar Added Healthy Blueberry Muffins for brunch:
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Healthy no sugar added blueberry muffins are the perfect treat. These muffins are sweetened naturally with dates and can be quickly thrown together using just your blender!
- 1 cup pitted dates, chopped (10-12 dates)
- 1/2 cup water boiling
- 1 cup of all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 1/2 cups of blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Start a small pot of 1/2 cup water and wait for it to boil.
- Place chopped dates into a blender. Then pour 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 mixture comes together.
- Gently fold in blueberries with a rubber spatula.
- Pour directly into a greased or lined muffin pan, about 3/4 full.
- Bake for 18-22 minutes, until the center of the muffins bounce back when gently 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 flour.
If you’d like these to be sweeter, you can also add a tablespoon of honey to the mix.
Recipe adapted from Bren Did Blog.