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Skinny Blueberry & Buttermilk Muffins | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

I love muffins.  Love.

But muffins are tricksy little things.  You think they are healthy for you because they have bran or bananas or some other fruit, but they are sneakily full of hidden calories.  Oil, butter, nuts, fatty (but delicious) streusels and glazes.  Sometimes they have chocolate.  Not that there’s anything wrong with chocolate!

Today I have for you a healthy muffin that you can feel really great about starting your day with.

Packed with blueberries.  Rich moist tangy buttermilk.  Zesty lemon.  A crunchy coarse sugar sprinkling on top.  And only 127 calories each!

Skinny Blueberry & Buttermilk Muffins | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Skinny Blueberry & Buttermilk Muffins | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

In addition to having only 127 calories, these muffins are half whole wheat flour.  No butter.  A scant 1/3 cup of sugar. Despite these facts, these muffins are not flavorless, dense, dried out little teeny weeny mini muffins.

I have a few secret weapons hiding in these muffins.  I started with my normal muffin recipe and cut the sugar not just in half, but nearly in 3!  I replaced part of the sugar with unsweetened applesauce.  They are not overly sweet, but between the blueberries and the coarse sugar topping, there is plenty enough sweetness in these babies.

Then I cut out the vegetable oil and replaced that with 2% greek yogurt.  I can honestly tell you that these guys are not missing the oil, at all.  They are very moist!

Finally, I replaced regular milk with 1% buttermilk. Buttermilk gets a bad rap.  It has the word ‘butter’ in it’s name.  Therefore it is not good for you, right?  WRONG!  It is actually cultured milk, which gives it a thicker texture.  In most cases it actually has fewer calories and less fat than regular milk!  Buttermilk gives these muffins such a wonderful, moist, rich texture.  It pairs perfectly with the blueberries and lemon zest.

I sprinkled the tops of these muffins with coarse sugar, which gives the tops a pretty, sparkly shine, and a nice, sweet note when you bite into the muffins.  Since I only used 2 tsp, that’s 30 calories, and divided by 12 muffins, well that’s 2.5 calories per muffin.  You are welcome to cut out the coarse sugar, but if you ask me, it’s worth the 2.5 calories 😉

Skinny Blueberry & Buttermilk Muffins | sweetpeasandsaffron.com Skinny Blueberry & Buttermilk Muffins | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Here’s the caloric break-down:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour- 440
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour- 440
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce- 50
  • 1/3 cup sugar- 255
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt {I used 2%, Liberte brand}- 43
  • 1 large egg- 70
  • 1 cup buttermilk {I used 1%, Beatrice brand}- 110
  • 1 cup blueberries- 85
  • 2 tsp coarse sugar- 30

TOTAL:  1523 calories / 12 muffins = 127 calories per muffin!

*calories obtained from MyFitnessPal.

Skinny Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (125g; fluffed, spooned & levelled)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (125g; fluffed, spooned & levelled)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • zest of 1 lemon (2 tbsp approximately)
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt (I used 2%)
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar (67g)
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I used 1%)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh if possible)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sugar (for sprinkling tops)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F. grease a standard sized 12-count muffin pan (I use spray oil and a paper towel).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sugar, applesauce and greek yogurt. Whisk until no lumps remain. Stir in buttermilk, egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until just combined. Batter will be lumpy. Gently fold in blueberries.
  4. Spoon batter evenly into muffin tray. Sprinkle the tops with coarse sugar.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until edges brown and a toothpick comes out clean. 22 minutes in my oven.


Recipe adapted from AllRecipes

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{ 12 comments… add one }

  • Zainab May 8, 2014, 3:37 am

    Yummm!! Skinny is always means I can have two servings

    • Denise May 9, 2014, 2:12 am

      I am not admitting to how of these I ate…but it was more than two!!

  • Mary Frances May 8, 2014, 5:22 pm

    That is so true – the steusels add up so quickly! I often assume a muffin is healthier, but it isn’t always true. These skinny muffins look absolutely incredible and not all healthy! Gorgeous photos, Denise!

    • Denise May 9, 2014, 2:13 am

      Thanks, Mary Frances, they were nearly impossible to photograph. They were not cooperative photogenic muffins! But they tasted really good at least 😉

  • Katie May 8, 2014, 7:35 pm

    I am making blueberry muffins next week, I can only hope they look as great as yours. Wow they look yummy!

    • Denise May 9, 2014, 2:14 am

      Thank-you, Katie! I have a soft spot for blueberry muffins. I’ll be sure to check your’s out!

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! May 8, 2014, 7:40 pm

    Yum! Few things get me as excited as skinny versions of something I absolutely love – these muffins definitely fit into that category! Gosh, I can already tell that nobody would even notice that these are skinny. Wish I could grab one through the screen!!

    • Denise May 9, 2014, 2:15 am

      That’s so nice of you to say, Kathi :) None of my taste-testers could tell they were skinny, and my mom couldn’t believe there was no butter or oil. Greek yogurt=magic!

  • Kathy @ Olives & Garlic May 9, 2014, 1:52 am

    Beautiful! Love the use of real blueberries. Did you know that Dunkin Donuts doesn’t use real blueberries. Yuck

    • Denise May 9, 2014, 2:16 am

      What?! What do they use? Nothing beats the real deal :)

  • Maddy June 9, 2014, 7:42 am

    What a beautiful blog! I baked these delightful blueberry muffins today for a girls afternoon tea, and they were fantastic. Thank you for sharing the recipe :)

    • Denise June 9, 2014, 2:22 pm

      Hey Maddy, I’m so glad you loved the muffins! Thanks for reporting back :)

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