Healthy Chocolate Snack

Need a chocolate fix? This chocolate snack tastes rich and chocolaty, but it’s just Greek yogurt, cocoa powder and maple syrup. And it’s made in 2 minutes! Want a chocolate fix? Have we got one for you! This one I invented by chance, and it’s not really even a recipe! I stir it together when I get a chocolate craving in the evenings, and I don’t even measure. Here’s the great part: it tastes just like dark chocolate pudding! But it’s only Greek yogurt, dark cocoa powder, and maple syrup. So, you weirdly get the protein and probiotics of yogurt while getting your chocolate fix. Even better, you can make it in 2 minutes! My mom tried it recently and said, “You HAVE to share this!” If you’re a dark chocolate lover like we are, keep reading. Let’s clear some things up. What’s a healthy chocolate snack? First of all: what does the term healthy even mean? We used it to modify this “chocolate snack” because it’s healthier than most chocolate treats. But healthy is a hard word to define. If you really want something healthy, eat a salad! But if you need your chocolate fix, this chocolate pudding is […]

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Need a chocolate fix? This chocolate snack tastes rich and chocolaty, but it’s just Greek yogurt, cocoa powder and maple syrup. And it’s made in 2 minutes!

Healthy chocolate snack

Want a chocolate fix? Have we got one for you! This one I invented by chance, and it’s not really even a recipe! I stir it together when I get a chocolate craving in the evenings, and I don’t even measure. Here’s the great part: it tastes just like dark chocolate pudding! But it’s only Greek yogurt, dark cocoa powder, and maple syrup. So, you weirdly get the protein and probiotics of yogurt while getting your chocolate fix. Even better, you can make it in 2 minutes! My mom tried it recently and said, “You HAVE to share this!” If you’re a dark chocolate lover like we are, keep reading.

Healthy chocolate snack

Let’s clear some things up. What’s a healthy chocolate snack?

First of all: what does the term healthy even mean? We used it to modify this “chocolate snack” because it’s healthier than most chocolate treats. But healthy is a hard word to define. If you really want something healthy, eat a salad! But if you need your chocolate fix, this chocolate pudding is indeed a healthier option than most. Here’s why:

  • It’s got lots of protein (8 grams). Here’s why I prefer this snack to eating a bar of chocolate or chocolate cake. It has lots of protein: 8 grams in a serving! Alex and I have been working out more and protein is helpful for building muscle and staying strong.
  • You can enjoy the probiotics of yogurt. The probiotics in yogurt are helpful for gut health. You don’t get that from a cupcake!
  • It’s only 175 calories. I like that this chocolate snack is a reasonable amount of calories! Alex and I don’t count or restrict calories. But I wanted to make sure my “healthy” chocolate snack wasn’t loading on 500 calories in the evenings.
  • It’s naturally sweet, but it does contain sugar! While maple syrup is not refined sugar, guess what? It still contains sugar! This chocolate snack is not sugar free.
Chocolate snack
Yes, this is my secret chocolate obsession.

Use Dutch processed / dark cocoa powder!

Here’s the most important thing about this chocolate snack recipe. YOU MUST USE DARK COCOA POWDER! Please tell us you read that? I’ll say it again in normal case now. That’s right, please use dark cocoa powder, also known as Dutch process cocoa powder or Dutched cocoa. The package may also say “100% cocoa”.

What is it? Dutch process cocoa powder is essentially like a dark chocolate version of cocoa powder. It’s been treated with an alkali to make it pH neutral, which gives it a darker color and milder flavor. The dark cocoa powder is what gives this snack its dark chocolate flavor. I’ve tried it with regular cocoa powder and it’s not nearly the same flavor: it almost tastes fruity. The dark cocoa is what combines with the maple syrup to taste like chocolate. Please heed this advice!

Dutch process vs regular cocoa powder
Here’s the color difference between Dutch process and regular cocoa powder.

Where to buy Dutch process or dark cocoa powder?

You should be able to find dark chocolate or Dutch process cocoa powder for this chocolate snack at your local grocery store, next to the regular cocoa powder. Here are the two brands I’ve used and liked:

  • Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder: This is the one that’s easiest to find at groceries, but here’s a link for it online. (I may have stocked up on 4 containers.)
  • Ghiradelli Dutch Process Cocoa Powder: This one is much more expensive, but we tried it when I ran out of Hershey’s once. WOW is the flavor rich and delicious! If you have the budget, use this one for the highest quality chocolate snack experience. (Ha!)
Chocolate snack

My chocolate snack obsession

This post is oddly personal, because I eat this a lot as my “secret” late night snack. So now the cat’s out of the bag! I was absolutely not going to share it here, on my professional recipe website. However: my mom was visiting and saw me whipping this up. We’re both dark chocolate fiends. She eats dark chocolate every single day. And when she tried this, she could not stop talking about it.

You have to share the recipe! she urged me. People are going to love this! So though it’s more of an idea than a recipe, and I never measure it, I unveil my secrets to getting your dark chocolate fix. In a healthy-ish manner. If you’re a dark chocolate lover, let us know if you try our healthy chocolate pudding and what you think. (If not, I’ll just be eating it between 9 and 10 pm watching Netflix.)

Healthy chocolate pudding

Wait, did you want real chocolate?

We’ve got that too. Here are a few favorite chocolate recipes that could count as a chocolate snack:

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups These homemade peanut butter cups are truly perfect! They’ve got a glossy sheen and make a mouthwatering peanut butter filling.
  • Favorite Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Super rich and chocolaty, it’s filled with zucchini to make it moist and chocolate chips.
  • Easy Chocolate Banana Bread This easy chocolate banana bread recipe is moist and rich. Perfect for brunch, a snack, or even dessert! Add dark chocolate chips for an even richer experience.

This chocolate snack recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, naturally sweet and refined sugar free. While we make a lot of plant based recipes around here, we don’t recommend trying it with vegan yogurt (sorry!).

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Healthy Chocolate Snack


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving

Description

Need a chocolate fix? This chocolate snack tastes rich and chocolaty, but it’s just Greek yogurt, cocoa powder and maple syrup. And it’s made in 2 minutes!


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Mix everything together in a bowl. It will be very thick at first, but it will smooth out once the cocoa powder incorporates. If your yogurt is very thick, you can add 1/2 to 1 tablespoon water to get a bit lighter texture, but all yogurts vary. (Also, you can always add a little more cocoa powder or maple to adjust to your own taste.)

Notes

*The secret to this recipe is the dark cocoa powder! It is also called Dutch process cocoa powder and can be found at most grocery stores. Don’t buy the regular kind! See the section above for more about what it is and where to find it.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: Chocolate Snack, Yogurt Recipe, Yogurt Pudding, Healthy Chocolate Pudding

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Poinsettia Drink (Cranberry Champagne Cocktail)

A Poinsettia drink is a cranberry champagne cocktail that’s vibrant and refreshing. Great for entertaining, it’s a perfect winter or holiday drink! Ready for the most vibrant, stunning cocktail for cool weather entertaining? Enter the Poinsettia, a cranberry champagne cocktail! Its brilliant color and cozy vibe makes it the perfect holiday, fall or winter drink. It makes any fall or winter occasion more fun, from Thanksgiving to holiday parties to Christmas to New Year’s Eve. Of course, you can serve it any time of the year too! It uses only a few simple ingredients. Let’s get started! Want more champagne cocktails? Here’s our favorite. What’s in a Poinsettia drink? The Poinsettia drink is festive, perfect for entertaining, and even better: uses only a few ingredients. It’s a cranberry champagne cocktail: so you can call it that if you prefer. Here’s what’s in this cranberry champagne cocktail: Cointreau (or other orange liqueur) Cranberry juice Champagne That’s it! Of course, the garnish is what takes it over the top. All you’ll need is a few rosemary branches and some fresh cranberries. You can use the leftovers for holiday decorations like a table centerpiece. Or, we’re working on a cranberry bread recipe for […]

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A Poinsettia drink is a cranberry champagne cocktail that’s vibrant and refreshing. Great for entertaining, it’s a perfect winter or holiday drink!

Poinsettia drink

Ready for the most vibrant, stunning cocktail for cool weather entertaining? Enter the Poinsettia, a cranberry champagne cocktail! Its brilliant color and cozy vibe makes it the perfect holiday, fall or winter drink. It makes any fall or winter occasion more fun, from Thanksgiving to holiday parties to Christmas to New Year’s Eve. Of course, you can serve it any time of the year too! It uses only a few simple ingredients. Let’s get started!

Want more champagne cocktails? Here’s our favorite.

Pouring champagne

What’s in a Poinsettia drink?

The Poinsettia drink is festive, perfect for entertaining, and even better: uses only a few ingredients. It’s a cranberry champagne cocktail: so you can call it that if you prefer. Here’s what’s in this cranberry champagne cocktail:

  • Cointreau (or other orange liqueur)
  • Cranberry juice
  • Champagne

That’s it! Of course, the garnish is what takes it over the top. All you’ll need is a few rosemary branches and some fresh cranberries. You can use the leftovers for holiday decorations like a table centerpiece. Or, we’re working on a cranberry bread recipe for using up the fresh cranberries…

Cranberry champagne cocktail

Make sure to find 100% cranberry juice!

The most important thing to note with the Poinsettia drink is this: make sure to find 100% cranberry juice! There are lots of variations of cranberry juice on the shelf, and many of them have added sugar. If you find bottles labeled cranberry juice cocktail: stay away! It has added sugars or high-fructose corn syrup for extra sweetness.

Alex accidentally bought the sweet stuff when making this cranberry champagne cocktail recipe. Sadly, it turned out tasted overly sweet and “fake” tasting. When we looked at the bottle: it wasn’t 100% juice! I dashed off to the store and we remade it with 100% cranberry juice. It tasted perfectly crisp and tart: exactly what we wanted! All that to say: make sure to check the label and find 100% cranberry juice for this Poinsettia!

Poinsettia drink (Cranberry champagne cocktail)

Can you make a non-alcoholic Poinsettia drink?

You absolutely can make this Poinsettia drink without alcohol! All you have to do is substitute non-alcoholic sparkling cider, grape juice, or wine for the champagne. These days there are some great non-alcoholic sparkling wine options on the market. Check your local grocery to see what is available!

Making mocktails or 0 proof cocktails is perfect for including people who don’t drink alcohol, pregnant women, or kids. Our son Larson always wants to drink what we’re drinking…so you could make up some kiddie cranberry champagne cocktails for the young ones!

The Poinsettia (Cranberry champagne cocktail)

Do I need a cocktail shaker?

Cocktail shakers are inexpensive and if you make cocktails often, worth buying for ease of use. A cocktail shaker quickly chills cocktails by shaking them against ice. It has a perforated lid so you can easily strain out the cocktail. Here’s the cocktail shaker we use: 24-Ounce Cocktail Shaker | Amazon

What’s a substitute for a cocktail shaker? If you want to make this Poinsettia drink without one, use a glass mason jar! Place the cocktail in the jar and fill it with ice. Then screw on the top and shake! When you pour out the cocktail, use a mesh strainer to keep the ice inside the mason jar.

Pouring champagne

When to serve this Poinsettia drink (cranberry champagne cocktail)

The Poinsettia is perfect for winter and fall when cranberries are in season. With its vibrant color, it’s fantastic for the holidays. This cranberry champagne cocktail works well as a:

  • Thanksgiving drink
  • Holiday party drink
  • Christmas drink
  • New Year’s Eve drink
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Cranberry champagne cocktail

Poinsettia Drink (Cranberry Champagne Cocktail)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink

Description

A Poinsettia drink is a cranberry champagne cocktail that’s vibrant and refreshing. Great for entertaining, it’s a perfect winter or holiday drink!


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cointreau, or other orange liqueur
  • 4 tablespoons 100% cranberry juice
  • 1/2 glass champagne (6 tablespoons)*
  • For the garnish: 1 rosemary sprig, whole cranberries

Instructions

  1. Place the cointreau and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 15 seconds until cold. Strain the liquid into a champagne flute. (You can skip this step if the cranberry juice is well chilled.)
  2. Top off the glass with champagne (no need to measure). Garnish and serve. (Note: You can also make a large batch of cointreau and cranberry juice ahead if desired, then measure out 6 tablespoons per glass.)

Notes

*You’ll get about 8 to 10 drinks per 1 bottle of champagne. Make it non-alcoholic by using non-alcoholic sparkling wine.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Poinsettia Drink, Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

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Quick Instant Pot Applesauce

Instant Pot applesauce is quick and easy to make at home, and oh so delicious! Outside of apples, all you need is a pressure cooker and a cinnamon stick. What to do with lots of apples? Make applesauce, of course! I grew up with an apple tree as a kid, and have fond memories of my family making applesauce every year. This homemade applesauce is our family favorite recipe, and it’s so good that Alex and I have adapted it for the Instant Pot! A pressure cooker makes it seriously quick and easy to make. All you need is a bunch of apples and a cinnamon stick. It comes together with no added sugars in under 30 minutes! Before we start: let’s talk apples! What apples are best to use in applesauce? Use any sweet tart cooking apple: and make sure you love the flavor raw! The flavor of homemade applesauce is 100% dependent on the type of apple you use. So take a taste before you start. Alex and I love tart apples, so our favorite varieties are Macintosh, Jonathon, Ida Red, and Honeycrisp.  How to make Instant Pot applesauce: a tutorial Alex and I just took our son Larson […]

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Instant Pot applesauce is quick and easy to make at home, and oh so delicious! Outside of apples, all you need is a pressure cooker and a cinnamon stick.

Instant Pot Applesauce

What to do with lots of apples? Make applesauce, of course! I grew up with an apple tree as a kid, and have fond memories of my family making applesauce every year. This homemade applesauce is our family favorite recipe, and it’s so good that Alex and I have adapted it for the Instant Pot! A pressure cooker makes it seriously quick and easy to make. All you need is a bunch of apples and a cinnamon stick. It comes together with no added sugars in under 30 minutes!

Apples

Before we start: let’s talk apples!

What apples are best to use in applesauce? Use any sweet tart cooking apple: and make sure you love the flavor raw! The flavor of homemade applesauce is 100% dependent on the type of apple you use. So take a taste before you start. Alex and I love tart apples, so our favorite varieties are Macintosh, Jonathon, Ida Red, and Honeycrisp. 

How to make Instant Pot applesauce: a tutorial

Alex and I just took our son Larson apple picking, and we have a huge bag of apples to use up. Now that we have an Instant Pot, we use this Instant Pot applesauce instead of our stovetop recipe. It takes less time, and it’s much more hands off. It’s a healthy applesauce too: there are no added sugars, just fruit! A cinnamon stick infuses cozy flavor. It’s a great project to do with kids, too (our son actually did it at preschool, which is how we got the idea). Here’s exactly how to make applesauce in a pressure cooker!

Step 1: Core and chop the apples (no need to peel!).

Wash, core and chop 3 pounds of sweet cooking apples. Should you leave the apple skin on for applesauce? We do! But it depends on your preferences of prep time, equipment, and applesauce color.

  • Leave the apple skins on. Leaving the skins makes for fast prep, and it gives the applesauce a rosy color! The tradeoff is that you’ll have to food process (or blend) the applesauce, then strain out the skins, or use a food mill. To us, it’s worth the blending step: and we love the look of rosy applesauce!
  • Peel the apple skins. If you prefer, you can peel the apple skins. It takes more time before pressure cooking, but you won’t have to food process or strain at the end. You also can just mash with a potato masher. Using this method, the applesauce will be more of a yellow brown color.
Instant Pot applesauce: chop the apples

Step 2: Pressure cook for 6 minutes, then natural release for 5 minutes.

Add the apples to the Instant Pot with 1 cup water, a cinnamon stick, and 1 pinch kosher salt. Pressure cook on high for 6 minutes (note that it takes about 5 minutes for the pot to “preheat” and get up to pressure). Then set a timer and wait for a natural release for 5 minutes. Open the pressure cooker and remove the cinnamon stick.

Step 3: Blend or mash the applesauce.

Once you get to the blending or mashing, there are a few options depending on whether you’ve chosen to leave on the skins and what your equipment is:

  • Chunky applesauce: This method is easiest if you’ve peeled the skins. Mash down the apples with a potato masher. If you have left the skins on, you can remove the apple skins with a fork.
  • Smooth applesauce (shown in photos): Run the applesauce through a food processor (or blender) until it’s smooth but still has texture. Then pass it through a strainer to remove any pieces of the peel. Another option is to run it through a food mill, which quickly removes the peel. (This is my family’s method, but not everyone has a food mill these days!) 
How to make applesauce: Strain it

Step 4: Taste.

Depending on the apples you use, this Instant Pot applesauce will likely be perfect without any added sweetener! If you’d like, you can add a drizzle of maple syrup to taste. But it should come out perfectly sweet and tangy. (It’s nothing like the “natural” flavor sold in stores, which is totally tasteless!)

Homemade Applesauce
Our son Larson with the hand modelling here (only 2 and he’s a pro!)

More with apples!

We’ve got lots more apple recipes where these come from! Since we’re focused on the Instant Pot, here are two apple recipes we think you might enjoy:

  • Applesauce cake: Want to bake with this Instant Pot applesauce? This Easy Applesauce Cake is mixed right in the pan so you don’t have to dirty any bowls. It comes out perfectly moist and spiced, with a dusting of powdered sugar (it’s great for making with kids, too).
  • Apple crisp: Did you know you can make Instant Pot apple crisp? It cooks in just 2 minutes and the apples come out tender and cozy. This one has become a favorite in our house (and the topping has a short cut using organic granola).
Apple picking
Nothing’s better than a day at the apple orchard!

What kind of Instant Pot to use?

All pressure cooker brands vary! Here’s the brand we use: an Instant Pot 6 Qt Programmable Pressure Cooker. This recipe is customized for a 6 quart pressure cooker. We also can’t speak to other brands and types of pressure cookers. For example, Instant Pot Mini works differently, so use it at your own risk!

This Instant Pot applesauce recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, vegan, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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Quick Instant Pot Applesauce


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: About 4 cups

Description

Instant Pot applesauce is quick and easy to make at home, and oh so delicious! Outside of apples, all you need is a pressure cooker and a cinnamon stick.


Ingredients

  • 3 pounds apples (6 to 8 medium apples)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Chop the apples: Core and dice the apples. Core and dice the apples. Leave on the skins (for an applesauce with a rosy color), or if you’d like, peel the apples (it’s easier to make chunky applesauce this way; see Step 3).
  2. Place the apples in the Instant Pot with the water, cinnamon stick, and salt. Lock the lid. Place the pressure release handle (vent) in the “Sealing” position.
  3. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. Note that it takes about 5 minutes for the pot to “preheat” and come up to pressure before it starts cooking. (During cooking, avoid touching the metal part of the lid.)
  4. Natural release for 5 minutes. After the Instant Pot beeps, set a timer and wait for the natural release to let the Instant Pot release pressure. Then vent any remaining steam by moving the vent to “Venting”, covering your hand with a towel or hot pad. Never put your hands or face near the vent when releasing steam. (During this time the pressure indicator in the lid may drop on its own, meaning that there is no remaining steam in the pot.)
  5. Open the Instant Pot and carefully remove the cinnamon stick. To make a chunky applesauce, mash down the apples with a potato masher. If you left the skins on, remove the apple skins with a fork (it’s easiest to do a chunky applesauce if you peel the apples first). To make a smooth applesauce, use one of the two methods: run the applesauce through a food processor (or blender) until it’s smooth but still has texture. Then pass it through a strainer to remove any pieces of the peel. Another option is to pass it through a food mill, which quickly removes the peel.
  6. Taste: depending on the type of apples, the applesauce will likely be sweet enough as is. If not, add a drizzle of maple syrup.

  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Apples

Keywords: Instant Pot Applesauce, pressure cooker, applesauce, apple, sauce

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Favorite Blueberry Waffles

These fluffy blueberry waffles are about to become everyone’s favorite! Topped with a quick blueberry sauce, they’re brunch perfection on a plate. ‘That was the best waffle I’ve ever eaten. I’m not even joking.” This is a real quote from my sister, Lisa. Our recipe was inspired by a 5-pound bag of blueberries we brought back from a little Michigan U Pick farm called Dee’s, most likely one of the steals of the century. (Do you know how much 5 pounds of blueberries is? A LOT.) One of our favorite ways to create recipes is to be inspired by an ingredient we have in our kitchen. And looking at that enormous bowl of blueberries, Alex said “blueberry waffles.” And I said “blueberry sauce.” Keep reading for both recipes! Don’t have a waffle iron? Try our Easy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes. How to make blueberry waffles Making blueberry waffles is mostly just like any other waffles recipe. But unlike with pancakes, you add blueberries directly to the waffle batter. (With blueberry pancakes you do not, I repeat DO NOT, add them to the batter. Trust me.) What results here is a lightly sweet waffle with nuanced, tangy bursts of blueberries. To set […]

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These fluffy blueberry waffles are about to become everyone’s favorite! Topped with a quick blueberry sauce, they’re brunch perfection on a plate.

Blueberry waffles

‘That was the best waffle I’ve ever eaten. I’m not even joking.” This is a real quote from my sister, Lisa. Our recipe was inspired by a 5-pound bag of blueberries we brought back from a little Michigan U Pick farm called Dee’s, most likely one of the steals of the century. (Do you know how much 5 pounds of blueberries is? A LOT.) One of our favorite ways to create recipes is to be inspired by an ingredient we have in our kitchen. And looking at that enormous bowl of blueberries, Alex said “blueberry waffles.” And I said “blueberry sauce.” Keep reading for both recipes!

Don’t have a waffle iron? Try our Easy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes.

Blueberry waffles

How to make blueberry waffles

Making blueberry waffles is mostly just like any other waffles recipe. But unlike with pancakes, you add blueberries directly to the waffle batter. (With blueberry pancakes you do not, I repeat DO NOT, add them to the batter. Trust me.) What results here is a lightly sweet waffle with nuanced, tangy bursts of blueberries.

To set them over the top, we highly recommend the quick blueberry sauce. Simmering blueberries with maple syrup makes a purple, thick glaze that tastes like 1 million blueberries in one bite. Top that on these blueberry waffles, with a little fluffy whipped cream, and well, there’s not really anything more magical. ‘That was the best waffle I’ve ever eaten. I’m not even joking.” We all agreed to that.

Here’s how to make our family favorite blueberry waffles (scroll down to the full recipe below):

  • Preheat your waffle iron. You can use either a regular size or Belgian size waffle maker.
  • Mix together the dry ingredients: all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Mix together the wet ingredients: egg, butter, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Then pour them into the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  • Stir in the blueberries.
  • Cook the batter in a waffle iron until golden brown.
Blueberry waffles

How to make quick blueberry sauce

Could I highly recommend this blueberry sauce again? The best part of these blueberry waffles is the blueberry sauce. It takes just a few minutes to whip up, and you can do it while you’re cooking the waffles! For the full recipe, head over to Quick Blueberry Sauce. But here are the main steps to show you how easy it is:

  • Place blueberries, pure maple syrup, and lemon zest in a small saucepan. Add cornstarch diluted with a little water.
  • Heat until boiling, then heat gently bubbling until the berries start to break down and the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
Quick blueberry sauce

How to store blueberry waffles

If you’re a blueberry waffles fanatic, we suggest making a double batch of these waffles and freezing them for later. Freezing waffles couldn’t be simpler! To freeze these blueberry free waffles, first let them cool completely on a wire rack (this prevents the bottoms from steaming and getting soggy). Once they’ve cooled to room temperature, stack the waffles in a freezer-safe baggie and freeze for later.

When you’re ready to eat the blueberry waffles, just pop them into the toaster and cook them on a low setting two or three times. Cooking them for longer on a lower heat warms the waffles all the way through without scorching the outside.

Blueberry waffles

What is the difference between a regular waffle and a Belgian waffle?

This blueberry waffles recipe makes about 4 regular waffles or 2 Belgian waffles. What’s the difference? Belgian waffles are much larger than regular waffles: their both larger in diameter and thicker, with a deeper grid pattern. This makes Belgian waffles even fluffier than regular waffles because they are taller.

Alex and I used to have a regular waffle maker, but we switched it out in favor of a Belgian waffle maker because we like the taller waffles: and we think they’re prettier! One thing to remember: if you’re eating Belgian waffles, a serving size is just 1/2 of the waffle (two quarter pieces), whereas with a regular waffle you could eat the entire waffle (four quarter pieces).

Speaking of waffle irons…

What’s the best waffle iron?

As I noted above, Alex and I ditched our standard waffle maker in favor of a Belgian waffle maker. We like how they’re fluffier and taller than a standard waffle. Here’s the waffle maker that we got: we love it! It’s also great for gifts (like wedding gifts!).

Get it: Belgian Waffle Maker | Amazon

This blueberry waffle recipe is…

Vegetarian, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free. For dairy-free, substitute coconut oil and non-dairy milk (we’ve tested it and it works!). For gluten-free, try our Fluffy Gluten Free Waffles and add blueberries.

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Favorite Blueberry Waffles


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 waffles or 2 large Belgian-style waffles

Description

These fluffy blueberry waffles are about to become everyone’s favorite! Topped with a quick blueberry sauce, they’re brunch perfection on a plate.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted (substitute coconut oil for dairy-free)
  • 1 1/4 cups milk (substitute non-dairy milk for dairy-free)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 recipe Quick Blueberry Sauce, for serving
  • Greek yogurt, Homemade Whipped Cream or Yogurt Whipped Cream, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the waffle iron to the high heat setting.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and kosher salt until thoroughly combined. In another bowl, whisk the egg. Then stir in the melted butter, milk, vanilla, and maple syrup. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix gently until just combined. Stir in the blueberries.
  3. Immediately, add the batter into the center of the waffle iron and let it spread it to within 1/2-inch of the sides, then cook according to the waffle iron’s instructions. Remove the cooked waffles and place them on a baking sheet without stacking. Make the waffles to order, or place cooked waffles in a 300°F oven to keep warm. Serve with Quick Blueberry Sauce. (As a note, these blueberry waffles stick to the waffle iron a bit more than a standard waffle, so make sure to clean it afterwards.)
  4. Cooked waffles can be frozen; place them in a plastic bag and remove the remaining air with a straw before sealing. To reheat, remove from the freezer and lightly toast in a toaster.

  • Category: Breakfast / Brunch
  • Method: Waffle Iron
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Blueberry waffles, Waffles Recipe, Blueberry Sauce, Blueberry waffle,

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Easy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Stop right there. These are the easiest, fluffiest, tangiest, most tender blueberry buttermilk pancakes. You need them in your life—stat. Even just the words “blueberry buttermilk pancakes” conjure up the most beautiful scene, don’t they? That slanty morning light. Hot coffee brewing. That smell when butter hits the griddle and makes the entire kitchen smell heavenly. Yes, blueberry pancakes are the definition of cozy nostalgia. And the flavor of these: they’re pretty perfect, if we do say so ourselves. The crumb is light and fluffy, perfectly tender. They’re lightly sweet, punctuated by the tangy blueberries. Topped with pure maple syrup, the flavor simply pops. Alex and I aren’t really breakfast people…but we’re blueberry buttermilk pancake people. Keep reading for our secrets! Why these are the perfect blueberry buttermilk pancakes One thing I love about being recipe developers is that we get to make recipes that work for us. So this blueberry buttermilk pancakes recipe is optimized to what we feel like is perfect. Here are some of the things we love about this recipe: Relatively short ingredient list. Compared to other blueberry buttermilk pancake recipes, it has a short ingredient list: 8 ingredients plus salt. No melting butter required. I […]

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Stop right there. These are the easiest, fluffiest, tangiest, most tender blueberry buttermilk pancakes. You need them in your life—stat.

Blueberry buttermilk pancakes

Even just the words “blueberry buttermilk pancakes” conjure up the most beautiful scene, don’t they? That slanty morning light. Hot coffee brewing. That smell when butter hits the griddle and makes the entire kitchen smell heavenly. Yes, blueberry pancakes are the definition of cozy nostalgia. And the flavor of these: they’re pretty perfect, if we do say so ourselves. The crumb is light and fluffy, perfectly tender. They’re lightly sweet, punctuated by the tangy blueberries. Topped with pure maple syrup, the flavor simply pops. Alex and I aren’t really breakfast people…but we’re blueberry buttermilk pancake people. Keep reading for our secrets!

Blueberry buttermilk pancakes

Why these are the perfect blueberry buttermilk pancakes

One thing I love about being recipe developers is that we get to make recipes that work for us. So this blueberry buttermilk pancakes recipe is optimized to what we feel like is perfect. Here are some of the things we love about this recipe:

  • Relatively short ingredient list. Compared to other blueberry buttermilk pancake recipes, it has a short ingredient list: 8 ingredients plus salt.
  • No melting butter required. I kind of hate melting butter to go in pancake batter (an odd pet peeve, I know). I just want to mix up everything as fast as possible: not have to bother with my microwave or stovetop. This recipe uses neutral oil, which is so much easier: just pour it in and go!
  • Quick time investment for big return. Because of these enhancements, it’s very simple and quick to mix up these pancakes: and the flavor is so, so good that you’ll be glad you did.

Now this blueberry buttermilk pancakes recipe is a classic pancake recipe. We went with all purpose flour and buttermilk for maximum fluffiness and a touch of maple syrup for sweetness. Many of our pancakes recipes here on A Couple Cooks have a healthy spin: we like to use oats in our pancakes so that they’re more filling and nutrient dense. If you’re looking for something a little more nutrient dense, we’d recommend heading to these recipes instead:

Blueberry buttermilk pancakes

What does buttermilk do in pancakes?

Buttermilk isn’t exactly a pantry ingredient. What makes buttermilk so great in pancakes? It adds a tangy flavor, but even better: it also helps to make the pancakes light and fluffy. We’d recommend getting a carton of buttermilk for this recipe: we had one on hand from making our Buttermilk Biscuits.

What’s a buttermilk substitute?

Now, if you don’t have any buttermilk onhand: can you still make these pancakes? Yes. You can make a buttermilk substitute that’s not exactly the same, but it’s still pretty close!

What’s a buttermilk substitute? The most popular buttermilk substitute out there is using milk plus an acid: either lemon juice or white vinegar. This mimics the tang and acidity of the buttermilk. Here’s how to do it:

  • Combine 1 scant cup milk with 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar.
  • Allow to stand for 5 minutes before using.
Blueberries

What’s the best way to add blueberries to pancakes?

This might sound like a silly question. But if you’re like me, you didn’t grow up eating blueberry pancakes, and you didn’t eat them in college. So you don’t know the answer to this very important question:

Question: Should I add blueberries to the pancake batter, or after the pancakes are on the griddle?

Answer: After the pancakes are on the griddle! The best way to get the most even blueberry distribution is to place the blueberries right on top of the pancakes while they’re on the griddle. Placing them in the batter itself makes for lumpy pancakes and uneven distribution. You’ll find that when you add the blueberries to pancakes on the griddle, the “top” side of the pancake won’t really show the blueberries. And that’s ok! You can see them when you slice through the middle.

Blueberry sauce

How to step up these pancakes

When we made these blueberry buttermilk pancakes, we’d just come into a beautiful bounty of blueberries: 5 pounds that we picked in Michigan! And miraculously, they only cost $5. If you have a lot of blueberries, please make our Quick Blueberry Sauce to serve with these pancakes. My, oh my is it tasty! It takes the blueberry-ness to a whole new level. It’s an absolute must if you have blueberries to spare.

Need a vegan option?

We’ve got you covered! Buttermilk is not required for this recipe. If you eat vegan or plant-based, head over to our Vegan Blueberry Pancakes recipe.

Blueberry buttermilk pancakes

This blueberry buttermilk pancakes recipe is…

Vegetarian, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.. For gluten free, go to our Gluten Free Pancakes and add blueberries. For vegan, go to our Vegan Blueberry Pancakes recipe.

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Easy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 to 10 medium pancakes

Description

Stop right there. These are the easiest, fluffiest, tangiest, most tender blueberry buttermilk pancakes. You need them in your life—stat.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, plus additional for serving
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil (vegetable or grapeseed)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Optional: Quick Blueberry Sauce, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and kosher salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, then pour in the buttermilk, maple syrup, and oil.
  3. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  4. Lightly butter a skillet and wipe off extra grease with a paper towel. Heat the skillet to medium heat. Pour the batter into small circles, and place blueberries on top. Cook the pancakes until the bubbles pop on the top and the bottoms are golden. Then flip them and cook until done. Serve immediately with maple syrup.

  • Category: Breakfast / Brunch
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, Blueberry Pancakes, Buttermilk Pancakes

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Chemex Iced Coffee

Looking for pour over iced coffee that you can make in a Chemex? This Chemex iced coffee recipe takes just 10 minutes and doesn’t even require chilling! Heyo, coffee lovers! As you may know, Alex and I are devoted coffee nerds. We love the ritual of our morning Chemex pour over coffee. (Two, maybe three pots.) And then of course we’re obsessed with cold coffee, too. We make cold brew coffee, which makes the perfect base for iced coffee. So why another iced coffee recipe? Well, this iced coffee recipe is seriously quick: it takes only 10 minutes! You don’t have to chill overnight or for hours: you make it right when you’re craving it. Honestly, one fact makes us make this Chemex iced coffee all the time. Here’s how to do it! Making pour over coffee in a Chemex Making Chemex iced coffee is very simple if you have a Chemex and are used to using it! If you don’t have a Chemex, head over to How to Make Coffee in a Chemex immediately. That post shares all the details about making our perfect cup of coffee, including all the gear you need and a video showing how to […]

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Looking for pour over iced coffee that you can make in a Chemex? This Chemex iced coffee recipe takes just 10 minutes and doesn’t even require chilling!

Chemex Iced Coffee (Pour over iced coffee)

Heyo, coffee lovers! As you may know, Alex and I are devoted coffee nerds. We love the ritual of our morning Chemex pour over coffee. (Two, maybe three pots.) And then of course we’re obsessed with cold coffee, too. We make cold brew coffee, which makes the perfect base for iced coffee. So why another iced coffee recipe? Well, this iced coffee recipe is seriously quick: it takes only 10 minutes! You don’t have to chill overnight or for hours: you make it right when you’re craving it. Honestly, one fact makes us make this Chemex iced coffee all the time. Here’s how to do it!

Chemex iced coffee

Making pour over coffee in a Chemex

Making Chemex iced coffee is very simple if you have a Chemex and are used to using it! If you don’t have a Chemex, head over to How to Make Coffee in a Chemex immediately. That post shares all the details about making our perfect cup of coffee, including all the gear you need and a video showing how to do it. Really, it’s helpful to watch the video for this once since it shows the technique!

Pour over iced coffee

How to make Chemex iced coffee

Once you’ve mastered how to make pour over coffee in a Chemex, you can move on to Chemex iced coffee! The main concept is that you’ll put ice in the bottom of the Chemex, then brew the coffee right on top of it. We’ve provided just the right ratios so that you end up with cold coffee at the end. Then, serve with ice (and if desired, milk or sweetener!).

Here’s how to make pour over Chemex iced coffee (scroll down for the full recipe):

  • Grind 34 grams coffee and heat water to 200 degrees in an electric kettle.
  • Place 20 grams ice in the Chemex.
  • Wet the Chemex filter. Place it in the top of the Chemex with the coffee.
  • Pour in a little water and wait 1 minute for the coffee to bloom. Then add the remainder of water, for a total of 320 grams water.
  • Once the coffee is done brewing, swirl the coffee so that the ice melts. Pour into glasses and serve over ice.
Chemex iced coffee

What you need to make Chemex iced coffee

We recommend making this Chemex iced coffee recipe if you already have a Chemex and all the related equipment! To make really good pour over coffee, this is the set up we have. (If you want an iced coffee method with less required equipment, make our Cold Brew!) It might seem like a lot, but many of these items are multi-purpose.

Pour over iced coffee in Chemex

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Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, refined sugar free, and naturally sweet.

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups of coffee

Description

Looking for pour over iced coffee that you can make in a Chemex? This Chemex iced coffee recipe takes just 10 minutes and doesn’t even require chilling!


Ingredients

  • 34 grams coffee beans, medium-fine ground
  • 200 grams ice
  • 320 grams filtered water

Instructions

  1. Heat a pot of filtered water to 200 to 205F. We use an electric kettle that shows us the exact temperature. You could also use a teapot on the stove — just heat to boiling, then let the water cool down for a few minutes.
  2. Use a food scale to weigh out 34 grams of coffee, then grind it to a medium fine grind (slightly more fine than standard pour over grind). We use an electric burr grinder to get a consistent grind.
  3. When the water is heated, hold the filter over a sink and carefully wet it with hot tap water.
  4. Place the Chemex on top of the food scale and add the 200 grams of ice. Place the filter in the Chemex, then add the ground coffee into the filter and shake it to level it out. Tare the food scale so that the it reads 0. Slowly pour in 70 grams of water in a circular motion. Then stop and wait for 1 minute: this allows the coffee to bloom (you may have to tap your scale once so that it doesn’t time out!).
  5. Then slowly add the remaining water in two batches, pouring very slowly in concentric circles, pouring right onto the coffee and not touching the coffee filter. Fill to 200 grams water, wait for the water level to go down a bit, and then fill the remaining water up to 320 grams.
  6. After a few minutes, all of the water will filter through the coffee grounds into the pot below. Swirl the coffee until ice mostly melts and the coffee is cool. Remove the filter and discard it (we compost ours).  Serve over ice, or add milk and sweetener as desired.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Chemex
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Chemex iced coffee, Pour over coffee

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Best Piña Colada Recipe

Here’s the best piña colada recipe you’ll find! It’s takes only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes, and has incredible flavor. Drink umbrella required! When’s the last time you had a piña colada? Alex and I don’t drink them often, but since we’re on a homemade cocktail streak, we decided to give them a try. Turns out, homemade piña coladas are perfect for entertaining! They take only a few minutes to blend up, only require 5 ingredients, and taste so refreshing. They’re not only for the 1990’s or beach resorts, we promise! Alex and I just had a patio party with shrimp tacos and elote — and these piña coladas were the absolute perfect signature drink for the fun. How to make this piña colada recipe The piña colada originated in Puerto Rico; the name means “strained pineapple” in Spanish. It’s a drink of pineapple, rum, lime, and coconut, served either blended or with crushed ice. Some purists claim it’s most traditional with crushed ice: but it is popularly served blended, which is the method we decided on here! There are lots of different methods for how to make a piña colada: some people use fancy ingredients like coconut cream or […]

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Here’s the best piña colada recipe you’ll find! It’s takes only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes, and has incredible flavor. Drink umbrella required!

Piña Colada Recipe

When’s the last time you had a piña colada? Alex and I don’t drink them often, but since we’re on a homemade cocktail streak, we decided to give them a try. Turns out, homemade piña coladas are perfect for entertaining! They take only a few minutes to blend up, only require 5 ingredients, and taste so refreshing. They’re not only for the 1990’s or beach resorts, we promise! Alex and I just had a patio party with shrimp tacos and elote — and these piña coladas were the absolute perfect signature drink for the fun.

Piña Colada

How to make this piña colada recipe

The piña colada originated in Puerto Rico; the name means “strained pineapple” in Spanish. It’s a drink of pineapple, rum, lime, and coconut, served either blended or with crushed ice. Some purists claim it’s most traditional with crushed ice: but it is popularly served blended, which is the method we decided on here!

There are lots of different methods for how to make a piña colada: some people use fancy ingredients like coconut cream or two types of rum. We wanted to keep our version simple but pure in flavor. How do you make a simple piña colada recipe? In a blender, blend up:

  • Frozen pineapple
  • White rum
  • Coconut milk
  • Lime juice
  • Maple syrup (optional)

Taste and see if you’d like to add a little maple syrup to add sweetness: we found that a splash was just enough to brighten the flavors even more. Serve garnished with a drink umbrella for maximum fun!

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Make ahead and leftovers

The nice thing about the piña colada is that unlike some of our frozen alcoholic drink recipes, you don’t have to prepare anything in advance. (For example, our Frozen Margaritas and Frozen Sangria require freezing some ingredients the night before.) This makes it simple to whip up with no advanced notice, right before guests arrive.

It is not recommended to make this piña colada in advance, because it’s best when it’s freshly blended. If you do have leftovers that you want to save in the freezer you can, but the texture becomes icey when frozen. When you want to serve, you’ll need to blend it in the blender again with a bit of reserved coconut milk to get the texture back. So we recommend simply mixing it up when you need a batch!

What about a virgin piña colada?

Want to serve this piña colada to friends who don’t drink, are pregnant, or even kids! We developed a virgin piña colada version that’s just as delicious — so that everyone can drink together! Go to Virgin Piña Colada Recipe.

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Where to get drink umbrellas

Perhaps you don’t stock drink umbrellas in your pantry? You can buy them at party stores, but if you’re like Alex and I, you might want them delivered to your door instead. Why not be ready for a party at any moment? This pack will work for you and 143 of your closest friends.

Get them! Drink umbrellas | Amazon

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4 drinks

Description

Here’s the best piña colada recipe you’ll find! It’s takes only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes, and has incredible flavor. Drink umbrella required!


Ingredients

  • 1 pound / 3 heaping cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • 3/4 cup white rum
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the sweetness as desired.
  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with drink umbrellas (required!).

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Tropical

Keywords: Piña Colada, Best Piña Colada Recipe, Piña Colada Recipe

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Healthy Blueberry Muffins

Want a muffin recipe that’s actually healthy? These healthy blueberry muffins are full of oats, berries, and bananas; and they’re totally tasty, too. Excuse us while we vent a little: but isn’t a muffin usually just an excuse to eat a cupcake for breakfast? Most muffin recipes are a sugar bomb. And if our 20 year old selves could handle that, our 30 year old selves most certainly cannot! So it’s a matter of practicality that brings you this healthy blueberry muffins recipe. Alex and I got tired of the standard muffin, so we created a new formula: it’s 100% oats (no flour!), made in a blender with bananas and a little maple syrup for some sweetness. The original gets rave reviews…and the tangy blueberry takes them to new heights. Related: 10 Best Blueberry Recipes Why make these muffins? So, you know how most muffins are made with all purpose flour and refined sugar? Alex and I wanted these healthy blueberry muffins to be completely different. What’s so special about these healthy blueberry muffins? With thousands of blueberry muffins recipes on the internet, here are three reasons why you should add these muffins to your arsenal: They’re made with mostly oats, bananas […]

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Want a muffin recipe that’s actually healthy? These healthy blueberry muffins are full of oats, berries, and bananas; and they’re totally tasty, too.

Healthy blueberry muffins

Excuse us while we vent a little: but isn’t a muffin usually just an excuse to eat a cupcake for breakfast? Most muffin recipes are a sugar bomb. And if our 20 year old selves could handle that, our 30 year old selves most certainly cannot! So it’s a matter of practicality that brings you this healthy blueberry muffins recipe. Alex and I got tired of the standard muffin, so we created a new formula: it’s 100% oats (no flour!), made in a blender with bananas and a little maple syrup for some sweetness. The original gets rave reviews…and the tangy blueberry takes them to new heights.

Related: 10 Best Blueberry Recipes

Banana blueberry muffins

Why make these muffins?

So, you know how most muffins are made with all purpose flour and refined sugar? Alex and I wanted these healthy blueberry muffins to be completely different. What’s so special about these healthy blueberry muffins? With thousands of blueberry muffins recipes on the internet, here are three reasons why you should add these muffins to your arsenal:

  • They’re made with mostly oats, bananas & berries: no flour! That’s right, there’s no flour at all in these muffins! They’re more like eating oatmeal, a banana, and a handful of blueberries. This also makes them naturally gluten free.
  • No refined sugar! These muffins have no refined sugar and are lightly sweetened with maple syrup instead.
  • They’re blender muffins! If you haven’t made blender muffins before, it’s time to start! Somehow whizzing everything together in a blender makes for less mess than a normal muffins recipe.
Healthy blueberry muffins

How to make healthy blueberry muffins

Now, while Alex and I wouldn’t feed a traditional muffin to our two year old son Larson for breakfast, we rest assured feeding these healthy blueberry muffins to him! And to ourselves. They’re full of whole food ingredients, and topped with a little creamy peanut butter, they’ve got everything you need to start the day right. They’re also perfect for snacks. In fact, we’re obsessed with them too.

These healthy blueberry muffins are made with (see full recipe below):

  • Rolled oats
  • Blueberries
  • Ripe bananas
  • Maple syrup
  • Neutral oil
  • Eggs
  • Spices, baking powder, & baking soda

Blend up the batter and mix in the blueberries, then pour the batter into muffin cups. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. If you’d like, you can add crunchy turbinado sugar to the tops for an added crunch: or just top them with oats as shown in our banana muffins.

Healthy blueberry muffins

Fresh or frozen blueberries?

This healthy blueberry muffins recipe can work with either fresh or frozen blueberries! We’ve only tested it with fresh blueberries, so please let us know in the comments below if you try them with frozen blueberries.

Another way to use blueberries? Our Famous Blueberry Scones.

Storing these healthy blueberry muffins

These healthy blueberry muffins work wonderfully frozen! In fact, we freeze these all the time. Typically I’ll make a batch and then put a few in the refrigerator and the rest in the freezer. Then when it comes time for making a snack or a school lunch for our son Larson, it’s perfect for popping into a lunch box smeared with a bit of peanut butter or almond butter.

These muffins should save in the freezer for at least 3 months (maybe more), stored in a sealed freezer safe container.

Healthy blueberry muffins

What are health benefits of oats?

We all probably that blueberries are full of health benefits, from vitamin C to prevention of heart disease. But what about oats?

Because these healthy blueberry muffins are mostly made of oats, they bring all the benefits of eating a big bowl of oatmeal! According to the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, oats:

  • Are high in fiber
  • Can reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Can be helpful for weight control
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Healthy Blueberry Muffins


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins

Description

Want a muffin recipe that’s actually healthy? These healthy blueberry muffins are full of oats, berries, and bananas; and they’re totally tasty, too.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana or 3 large very ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups rolled oats, plus more for topping
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil (sunflower, vegetable or grapeseed)**
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 heaping cup blueberries
  • Turbinado sugar, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Mash the bananas. Place the bananas, eggs, oats, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and kosher salt in a blender. Blend everything on high for a minute or two until a smooth batter forms.
  3. Add the blueberries to the blender; gently stir until combined.
  4. Place 12 muffin cups into a muffin tin and pour the batter divided evenly between the cups. To see more blueberries on the tops of the muffins, we pressed a few extras into the tops of the muffins. Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar (or extra oats and gently press them down).
  5. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the muffin tin and allow them to cool a few minutes before serving. Store refrigerated for about 1 week, or frozen for up to three months.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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