When your favourite fruit comes into season, you grab the opportunity by the horns and stock up! This is how I feel about my current obsession, blueberries. Since embarking on a more real food, plant based lifestyle – I needed to come up with a nutritious snack to fill the lunchboxes. The ever popular MUFFIN. You will understand my frustration when you meet the fussy two men I live with.
The perfect healthy snack
If you have also made the switch, you would be happy to know that the initial struggle of cooking from scratch, planning and prepping is short lived. I found with all the menu ideas and planning of our main meals, that we were seriously lacking in the healthy snack department. Getting yourself to eat a variety of greens, healthy muffins like these Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Muffins – are perfect to nibble on in between meals to keep the hunger pangs at bay.
Gluten Free Muffins
I mean, it’s great to have a delicious muffin to your disposal – but I needed to make these muffins extra healthy by replacing my normal cake flour with something a bit more nutritious, and without the gluten. My newest find is Chickpea Flour and I try and utilize it in most of my baking adventures, and I am loving it. These Vegan Chickpea Pancakes is a true testimony at that. It’s still such a hit!
No Dairy Muffins
Not only are these blueberry morsels gluten free, but I also tried and cut out any and all animal products, like the usual milk/yogurt/butter vibe in my baking recipe. For this version, I used almond milk and coconut oil. If you aren’t used to all these new health ingredients, it might seem daunting at first. I for one was skeptical. But, I am happy to report that these Blueberry Muffins came out perfectly. The result is a pretty dense, cakey muffin – so best to store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You should also check out these Vegan Banana and Choc Chip Muffins – to die for!
Benefits of Blueberries
Known as a Superfood, blueberries are most beneficial for the high amounts of antioxidants they contain. Antioxidants are basically molecules that helps fight the free radicals found in the environment that can be damaging to our health. Think about smoking, pollution, alcohol and chemicals found in processed foods. These ‘oxidants’ are pretty damaging to our cells and it causes the chemical altering of DNA that can lead to cancerous growth. Blueberries contains loads of anthocyanins (antioxidants), Vit C, Vit K, Potassium and a whole list of other magical things. Some nutritionists say that it’s the healthiest fruit in the world. PREACH!