Thursday, April 8, 2010

Honey Blueberry Whole Wheat Muffins

This week's Bake Of The Week is Honey Blueberry Whole Wheat Muffins.

I'm trying to eat healthily nowadays. And cakes and muffins and stuff like that are actually quite unhealthy. With all the fats and sugar and empty calories, they are erm...very unhealthy.

So this recipe calls for whole wheat flour to add more fibre into my diet and also uses only 2 tbsp of canola oil to reduce the fats. Also, I use blueberries which is one of the 'super food'. The Produce Bible tell us that blueberries contain "cholesterol lowering compounds, antioxidants, Vitamin C, potassium, folate, and dietary fiber. It is even thought that their consumption can have anti-aging effects."

I've made a few changes to the recipe. I don't have unsulphured molasses so I used honey. I don't have wheat bran so I changed it to whole wheat flour. I also brushed the top of the baked muffins with some honey, giving it a honey blueberry flavour.

6 April 2010

When I'm biting into one of these muffins, I feel just a little bit healthier ;)

Honey Blueberry Whole Wheat Muffins (recipe adapted from Joyofbaking's Blueberry Bran Muffin)

Blueberry Bran Muffins:

1 cup (130 grams) all purpose flour
1/3 cup (50 grams) whole wheat flour
cup (40 grams) wheat bran (I used whole wheat flour)
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (80 grams) light brown

2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
large egg white, lightly beaten
1/4 cup (60 ml) unsulphured molasses (I used honey)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk

Blueberry Bran Muffins: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners or else spray with a nonstick vegetable spray.

In a large bowl, stir together the flours, wheat bran, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon.

In another bowl whisk together the lightly beaten egg white, molasses, vanilla extract, oil, and buttermilk.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir just until moistened. Gently stir in the berries, making sure not to crush them.

Fill the muffin cups, using two spoons or an ice cream scoop, about 3/4 full. If you like, sprinkle the tops of the muffins with rolled oats. Bake about 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.(I brushed the top of each muffins with a thin coat of honey)

Makes about 12 - 14 standard-sized muffins.


blubbieMs said...

I really got to ask you for baking advices now once I get my oven. I am a failure in the kitchen area! HAHAHAHHA

tanshuyin said...

emily...ur 1st bake must be muffins. they are the EASIEST to make. u sure wont fail ;)

im using the cheap portable oven. not the canggih built-in wan.