At our house, we love a good muffin. And what’s not to like about a banana muffin topped with sweet, crumbly oats and bursting with blueberries?! The best part is that these are low in sugar, and I use low GI coconut sugar + unrefined honey to sweeten these bad boys. And my picky toddler loves them! For real though. She’s hit or miss on fresh blueberries, but these muffins get her every time. It’s a win-win!
These muffins are so easy to get together. If you don’t have coconut sugar, you can use any granulated sugar. And if you only have all-purpose flour stocked in your pantry, then feel free to use only AP flour – I just prefer WWPF because it creates such a fluffy muffin! I throw in a bit of white whole wheat flour, too. It’s important that your ingredients are room temperature so your coconut oil stays liquid. And you don’t want to use frozen blueberries – I tried that once and ended up with blue muffins. Yes, the batter turned blue, and it wasn’t cute. Or appetizing. So fresh blueberries are the way to go! Happy baking!
Healthier Banana Blueberry Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 medium ripe bananas (1 cup mashed banana)
1/2 cup almond milk, room temp
2 large eggs, room temp
1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour (or whole wheat flour)
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup + 1/4 cup fresh blueberries (washed and patted dry)
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
2 Tbsp coconut sugar
2 Tbsp flour of your choice
2 Tbsp liquid coconut oil or melted vegan butter
1.) Preheat your oven to 350°F and prepare your muffin pan by adding paper liners or spraying with olive oil/nonstick spray.
2.) In a medium bowl, combine the coconut sugar and honey. Mash your bananas and add to the sugar mixture. Add the almond milk, eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla extract, and whisk with a fork until everything is totally combined.
3.) In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add 1 cup of the blueberries and gently toss. Pour liquid ingredients into dry and gently fold until no flour pockets remain.
4) Fill muffin pan nearly to the top. Sprinkle the 1/4 cup of blueberries on top of the muffins, slightly pressing the fruit into the batter; set aside.
5) Make your oat topping by combining the oats, coconut sugar, flour, and oil/vegan butter in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the unbaked muffins.
6.) Bake your muffins at 350°F for 17-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean or with small crumbs. Let baked muffins rest in the pan for 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Enjoy warm! Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature, or in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life.