Treat your taste buds to our irresistible nutty blueberry muffins. These heavenly buttermilk cakes are not only incredibly flavorful, but also have a reduced sugar content. These lighter muffins are perfect for starting the day and are a delicious addition to your breakfast menu. Served warm and straight from the oven, these muffins will fill your kitchen with a comforting aroma that will have everyone eagerly reaching for seconds. Treat yourself guilt-free and enjoy the nutty flavors of blueberries in every bite. You won’t be able to resist the charm of these delicious muffins!
- oil spray or 12 muffin cups
- 200g self-raising flour
- 100g hazelnuts, with or without shell, lightly roasted
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 284 ml buttermilk
- 100 ml skimmed milk
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tbsp agave syrup
- 75 ml rapeseed oil (we used flavored butter)
- 100g blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
- Lightly grease a silicone muffin tin with oil spray or line it with paper liners.
- Place the flour and hazelnuts in a food processor and mix until the nuts are finely ground.
- Place the mixture in a bowl and stir in the baking soda.
- Mix buttermilk, milk, eggs, agave syrup and oil.
- Mix the wet ingredients with the dry until a smooth mixture is formed.
- Stir in blueberries.
- Divide the mixture between the muffin holes.
- Bake for 20 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
- Turn the muffins out of the tray.
- If frozen, thaw at room temperature.
- Warm in the oven before serving.
Equipment and tools
To make nutty blueberry muffins you will need the following equipment and tools:
- oil spray or 12 muffin cups
- muffin tin
- mixing bowl
- Whisk or fork
- measuring cup
- measuring spoon
- Cooling rack
These nutty blueberry muffins may contain allergens. Please note the following allergen information:
- Hazelnuts: This recipe contains hazelnuts. If you have a nut allergy, please avoid or substitute with an alternative ingredient.
- Eggs: This recipe contains eggs. If you have an egg allergy, please avoid it or replace it with an alternative ingredient.
- Milk: This recipe contains both buttermilk and skim milk. If you have a milk allergy or lactose intolerance, please avoid or replace with a dairy-free alternative.
Storage and leftovers
Once the nut blueberry muffins are baked and cooled, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Alternatively, you can store them in the fridge for up to a week.
If there are any leftovers, you can reheat the muffins in the microwave for a few seconds or in a preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) for about 5 minutes to freshen them up again.
Health Benefits of Nutty Blueberry Muffins
When it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth without compromising your health, nutty blueberry muffins are an excellent choice. Packed with nutritious ingredients, these muffins not only offer delicious taste but also various health benefits to support your well-being.
1. Rich in antioxidants
Blueberries, the main ingredient in these muffins, are known for their high antioxidant content. Antioxidants help protect your body from free radicals, harmful molecules that damage cells and can contribute to aging and chronic diseases such as cancer.
2. Nutritional powerhouse
Hazelnuts, which are lightly roasted and incorporated into the muffins, provide a wonderfully nutty taste and offer numerous health benefits. They are rich in healthy fats, fiber, vitamin E and minerals such as magnesium and potassium. Hazelnuts are associated with heart health, improved digestion and increased brain function.
3. Good source of protein
Eggs, an essential ingredient in nutty blueberry muffins, are an excellent source of high-quality protein. Protein plays a critical role in building and repairing tissue, supporting a healthy immune system, and aiding muscle recovery after exercise.
4. Heart-healthy ingredients
Incorporating buttermilk, skim milk, and canola oil (or butter-flavored canola oil) into the recipe adds to the heart-healthy aspect of these muffins. Buttermilk and skim milk are low in fat and cholesterol, while canola oil contains a good balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health.
5. Little added sweeteners
Instead of using too much refined sugar, these muffins use a modest amount of agave syrup as a natural sweetener. Agave syrup is a popular alternative to sugar due to its lower glycemic index and therefore has a milder impact on blood sugar levels.
6. Fiber boost from flour
Including self-raising flour in the recipe provides a source of fiber. Fiber is essential for digestion as it adds bulk to stools and promotes regular bowel movements. It also helps maintain a healthy weight and control blood sugar.
Nutty blueberry muffins not only satisfy cravings for a tasty treat, but also offer a number of health benefits. Combining antioxidant-rich blueberries, nutrient-dense hazelnuts, heart-healthy ingredients, and a modest amount of natural sweetener, these muffins are a wonderful way to incorporate nutritious elements into your diet.