Guilt-Free Blueberry Muffins

Sweet breads at breakfast are one of my very favorite things. Eating blueberry muffins without wondering if my pants are still going to button the next day is even better.

Guilt-Free-Blueberry-Muffin

Technically, these probably aren’t totally guilt-free, but they are lower in fat than most breakfast muffins I eat, so that counts for something!  Also, they are overloaded with blueberries, which have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit.

These muffins are also very dense, making them fairly filling for a breakfast muffin.  I’ve been known to eat two or three homemade muffins for breakfast (this may be the cause of my too-tight pants); but I felt pretty satisfied after eating just one of these beauties.

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Actually, I made these muffins for my good friend Ashton over at Something Swanky.   See, Ashton just moved into a new house (yay!!) and a few of us decided to throw a little housewarming party for her–’cause that’s what girlfriends do, right?  Party with food?

I “met” Ashton about a year and a half ago when she graciously allowed me to guest post for her…back when I knew very little about blogging and even less about photography.  She’s truly a genuinely kind person who is always willing to help others out and share her knowledge.  Believe me – Kitchen Meets Girl wouldn’t be half the blog it is today if it not for Ashton.  Through her design tips, PicMonkey tutorials, and Online BlogCon, I’ve learned so much.

Plus, she’s just an absolute sweetheart, and I’m so happy to call her friend.

blueberry muffin collage

I decided to bring a “guilt-free” muffin to the party, since I’m a huge fan of Ashton’s Skinny Saturday posts.  Psssst, Ashton?  These muffins are only 6 WW+ points.

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Guilt-Free Blueberry Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup sugar, divided
  • ¾ cup Greek blueberry yogurt (I used Chobani)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup fat free skim milk, divided
  • 1½ cups fresh blueberries, washed
For the struesel:
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Place muffin liners in a 12-hole muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg with ¾ cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Add yogurt and beat until thoroughly combined; blend in vanilla extract.
  4. Add half of flour mixture and half of milk to sugar mixture; beat until just combined. Add remaining flour mixture and milk; beat until smooth.
  5. Fold in blueberries and fill each muffin liner about ¾ full.
To make streusel topping:
  1. Combine remaining ¼ cup each of sugar and flour in a small bowl. Pour in melted butter and combine with fingertips. Divide crumb mixture over muffins; gently press into top of muffin batter with fingertips.
  2. Bake for 5 minutes at 425, then reduce your oven temperature to 325. Bake for an additional 12 to 15 minutes, or until slightly golden and a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in pans for about 10 to 15 minutes and then transfer muffins onto racks to cool completely.
Notes
adapted from Weight Watchers
Nutrition Information
Serving size: makes 12 muffins

Be sure to check out all of these great recipes some of Ashton’s other friends brought to the party, and stop by Ashton’s blog to welcome her into her new home.

Ashton's Housewarming

Julianne at Beyond Frosting – Pound cake with Champagne Glaze

Kate at Food Babbles – Raspberry Lemon Coffee Cake

Anna at Crunchy Creamy Sweet – Glazed Vanilla Donut Muffins

Loretta at A Finn in the Kitchen – Caramelized Almond Nougat Mousse Ice-cream

Joanne at Fifteen Spatulas – Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

Amber at Bluebonnets and Brownies – Lemon Drop Cookies

Dorothy at Crazy for Crust – Reese’s Fudge

Joan at Chocolate Chocolate and more – Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Quiche

Roxana at Roxana’s Home Baking – Banana Sheet Cake

Julie at White Lights on Wednesday – Mocha Cupcake Milkshake

Hayley at The Domestic Rebel – Banana Split Poke Cake

Tanya at Lemons for Lulu – Lemon Muffins

Natasha at The Cake Merchant – Nutella Layer Cake

Jocelyn at Inside BruCrew Life – Butterscotch Banana Muffins

46 Comments

    • Ashley

      I’m terrible about remembering to use the fruit I have in my freezer! 🙁

      Reply
    • Ashley

      LOL, I hear you. I eat plenty of cupcakes/cookies/cake/brownies/etc., too. Blogging is a tough job, but someone has to do it. 🙂

      Reply
    • Ashley

      Thank you! And thanks for the pin!

      Reply
  1. Ashton

    Oh my gosh, girl! These look INCREDIBLE! Your photography is always so stunning! And I can’t even tell you how surprised I was to log on to twitter this morning and find out that you girls were throwing a party for me! Seriously, you all are the best blogging friends a girl could ask for! I can’t believe how sweet you all are to me!! And I don’t care what you say– I think I’d have to eat at least 10 of these muffins. There’s no way I could eat just one!!! They look so incredible!
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    • Ashley

      Well, stopping at one was really, really hard. I’m soooooo trying to be good on this WW plan, but it’s hard and I hate it. I’d rather have some Rolo-Stuffed Monkey Bread! 🙂 Happy Housewarming, Ashton!

      Reply
  2. tanya

    Your pictures are stunning! I couldn’t resist these whether they were guilt free or not!

    Reply
    • Ashley

      Thanks, Tanya!

      Reply
  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    While I am loving that these are guilt-free, I do not think eating all 12 would constitute guilt-free, soooo…. 🙂

    These look great, girl! I am having a muffin moment lately where I want to eat like, every muffin in sight. Apparently I’ve neglected them for too long? Anyways, blueberry has always been my favorite and right now, I want to pick apart those gorgeous muffins from the computer screen!
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    • Ashley

      I’m just trying to be good now so I can hog out when we’re in Austin. 🙂

      Reply
  4. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

    I love the guilt free idea, wonder if after eating a dozen of them I’ll still be feeling guilt free because there’s no way I could stop at just one!
    Roxana | Roxana’s Home Baking recently posted..Banana sheet cakeMy Profile

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    • Ashley

      LOL! That’s the danger with these…they are so good, and not terribly bad for you…so you’re tempted to just keep eating! Thanks for getting all of this organized, Roxana!

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    • Ashley

      Thanks so much, Elise!

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    • Ashley

      Thanks, Kate. Blueberry muffins are one of my favorites!

      Reply
  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I am SO in love with this recipe Ashley!! OMG. I’ll stock up on these because I just ate a pan of fudge… 😉
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    • Ashley

      OMG, Dorothy…your fudge looks so good! I’ll totally trade you for some muffins.

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    • Ashley

      Thanks, Ashley. I love blueberry muffins, too!!

      Reply
  6. Ling @thefooddash

    I’ve always wanted to try blueberry recipes but they’re so expensive here and they never go on sale! But I think I’m going to have to suck it up and try it anyhow! Your muffins look incredible and with all these healthy recipes I’ve been seeing lately, I feel a wee bit guilty for my obsession with baking not-so-healthy stuff haha!
    Ling @thefooddash recently posted..banana-passionfruit cake with toasted almondsMy Profile

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  7. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Seriously can I come over and eat your muffins while you teach me some photo tricks? Your pics are always so stunning. I’m thinking I need to invest in some new lighting…back to the muffins. I love that these are a skinnier version because I always eat more than 1 at a time.
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted..Coconut Oreo FudgeMy Profile

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  8. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry

    You say guilt free and I am in! These muffins look like the ones you get from Costco aka the best muffins known to man but they have about enough calories as a big mac. Can’t wait to try this recipe and be able to button my pants the next morning.
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  9. Melody

    You could make these even more guilt free by changing the milk out for almond or coconut milk, and the egg for half of a banana and a tsp of baking soda! To go even farther Use UNBLEACHED (not enriched) flour and natural stevia instead of sugar! and use sea salt, not table salt- since iodized salt takes minerals out of your body!
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    • Ashley

      All fabulous ideas, Melody! Thank you so much for sharing!

      Reply
  10. sama

    what can be used as a substitute to sugar.

    1 cup of sugar is alot 🙁

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    • Ashley

      I’ve used baking stevia in these and they are just as tasty!

      Reply
  11. Mar

    Can we use frozen blueberries. If so how much. Helpppppp? 🙂

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    • Ashley

      You sure can – just use the same amount. 🙂 I’d roll the frozen berries in just a bit of flour before adding them to your batter – this will keep the color from “bleeding.”

      Reply
  12. Laurie

    Thank you do much for posting this. I have some beautiful fresh cranberries in my fridge, I feel a substitution!

    Reply
  13. Hilary

    Can you use regular greek yogurt and add more fresh blueberries ? I can’t get the one in the recipe here in UK.

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    • Ashley

      Absolutely!

      Reply
  14. BrennieOhio

    These were the best muffins I have ever made! So delicious and moist. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  15. donna

    Total waste of my blueberries. They were like rubber

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  16. Lilia

    So… this recipe was an epic disaster for me. Like another poster mentioned, they were total rubber. I noticed something was wrong while mixing them… the batter was incredibly sticky and glue-like. Ugh.

    My daughter’s school is having a bake sale tomorrow and I’m in charge of muffins… so I perused the internet and picked out six recipes. This recipe was last. All the other turned out fine, so I don’t think I did anything wrong if I could manage to follow the instructions on all the others.

    Can the author maybe re-check the recipe?? Just can’t figure out what went wrong. I certainly didn’t overmix (made that mistake in the past, now I’m very aware not to do it).

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  17. Bonnie Blumel

    These just look delightful. I just started doing weight watcher, and have been looking for some delicious recipes to try out. I adore muffins, so I definitely need to bake these. Thanks for sharing, and I am definitely going to explore your site more and try to find more yummy recipes to try out.

    Reply

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