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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

I'm Tasting Blue


Blueberries that is. I've been refining this blueberry muffin recipe for a couple of years now. It's taken so long, because I haven't been baking like I used to and I prefer to use fresh blueberries. During the summer, I'll buy some blueberries, but it's too hot to bake. So I'll use them in cereal, in yogurt, or just nibble on them here and there without any adornment whatsoever. Just true blue.

This summer, fresh blueberries that were priced right only seemed to happen for a few weeks. I finally gave up on the price being right and started searching for any fresh blueberries that I could find. But it was too late. The season was over. Luckily I had frozen some. I just used the last of these precious blues for these muffins. Now, it's back to frozen blueberries from the supermarket.

I think I might have reached a turning point with this recipe. These are good! My recipes always seem to be a work in progress, but I feel pretty confident sharing this recipe with you now. They truly are something old and something new. Since I'm sharing them, for you they are something borrowed, but mostly, they are something blue...

Anali's Blueberry-Oatmeal Muffins

Yield (12 regular size muffins or 6 mega muffins)

2 T maple syrup
¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
2 T melted butter
2 eggs
1/3 cup vanilla rice milk (or regular milk)

2/3 cup Splenda
½ cup sugar
½ tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1 ¼ cups uncooked oatmeal
1 ¼ cups flour

2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Combine wet ingredients and then stir in dry ingredients. If blueberries are frozen, (especially if you froze them fresh and unwashed) rinse in cold water. Smash half of blueberries with potato masher.

Stir blueberries into muffin batter until combined. Place paper muffin cups into muffin pan. Spoon out mixture into muffin pan. Bake for 35 minutes. After removing from oven, use knife to tilt up muffins to the side in pan. Let cool for 30 minutes.


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17 comments:

shs said...

mmmmm that makes me hungry.

jac said...

I plucked the first fruits from my blueberry and what a surprise here. Your recipe !!

Sorry, I can't try your recipe because LOL...I wana eat those few.

And I can't amend it.
:)

So Simple said...

Sounds divine I will try them for my next staff lunch.
But first what is Splenda please?

something from me said...

What do you prefer?
Ordinary or mega?
I think I know the answer.
S

Anali said...

shs - Welcome! Glad you enjoyed the picture. ; )

jac - Do you have a blueberry tree?

so simple - Very interesting... I assumed that Splenda was international. I guess I cannot assume

Splenda is a really good sugar substitute, at least in my opinion. It's made from sugar, but there are no calories. You can just use sugar in place of it for this recipe.

Here is a link about Splenda. http://www.splenda.com/

You might want to eliminate the syrup if you use all sugar. It could be too sweet, but you can just play around with the recipe. I've been trying to make the recipe healthy with less calories and fat.

something from me - Definitely mega! Unfortunately, I need more mega paper muffin cups and I cannot seem to find them in the stores. I may have to order them online.

wheresmymind said...

Yummers!! I'd love to see more cookin' on here ;)

samuru999 said...

Oh they look so yummy!
And, I have some blueberries in my freezer...I am going to try your recipe!
Thanks Anali for sharing it!

Margie
P.S Oh, the snow is almost all gone here....unlike Boston, it does not hang around for too long.

Mosilager said...

around here people go blueberry picking once a year and the more culinarily inclined among them bake great blueberry pies. mmm...

Dezel said...

Hello Anali,

Look yummy! You go girl ; )

-- So Simple, THANK YOU
I've got the recipe and will visit your site to see how the finished dish should look. Thanks again : )

Happy Sipping!

Dezel

Jeseem said...

yummy.
hey it is unfair to post pic of muffins and not give any to eat :)

divya said...

woo..for lazy ones like me ...just the thought of fresh baked muffins sounds good enough!!

Anali said...

wheresmymind - I want to see more cooking on here too! Only thing is that I actually have to cook more!

samuru999 - Let me know how they turn out! I'm glad the snow has melted. I'm dreading our first snow. We're getting spoiled here. Today (Nov. 1) was in the high 60's and sunny!

mosilager - I haven't had blueberry pie in a while. Yum!

dezel - Thanks! : )

jeseem - All you have have to do is reach into the screen and grab one! LOL.

Anali said...

divya - Welcome! And thoughts are unlimited with no calories too! : )

Anne Bucoy said...

omigod it's been long time since i'm doing baking stuff.wish i could do it again...anyway it looks delicious!!

Jeseem said...

u really r a born-lawyer.
hey so tagging u
http://jeseem.blogspot.com/2006/10/wonder-years-tag.html

imagined-community said...

yummm! thanks for the recipe Anali. I really like that they have maple syrup in them.

Anali said...

anne bucoy - Thank you!

jeseem - The tag will be my next post!

imagined-community - You're welcome! Glad you like it! I'm a maple syrup fan myself.

 
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