But why the allure of the basic muffin? Well let me tell you a story about my first-year at University. I was 20 and considered myself a health conscious young adult. I would eat a 'healthy' diet, drink 'moderately' on the weekends and exercise regularly. However despite this, first-year university me was puzzled on why my weight never shifted! I mean, my diet was not that bad right?! Right?!
Well....along came a muffin.
Putting my other terrible dietary habits at the time aside, (hello binge drinking and sugar addiction), I was completely clueless to the calories and sugar that were found in cafe and shop bought foods. You see I had this ritual, every Monday morning at uni during my 1 hour break I would journey to the campuses 'healthy' food eatery and buy myself a ginormous blueberry muffin. It was my treat to myself for being such a dedicated university student that used my brain so hard. This ritual continued for nearly the entire year, until one day health conscious me thought I should look into the nutritional contents of my morning muffin treat. A quick look at the eateries website left me feeling sick. My 'humble' muffin contained a shocking 543 calories, 65grams of carbohydrates with 19g of that being sugar. As you can imagine I just wanted to cry. No wonder I was not losing weight.
This brings me to my point. Muffins are alluring because they appear as a 'healthier' treat alternative which induces people to be more likely to consume them. But in reality they are as calorie and sugar dense as cake. Food suppliers that call themselves 'wholefood' stores, and sell these mega calorie muffins are also to blame for the false imagery of muffins (among other foods). This same 'wholefood' store at my university also sells a Cocoa Cardomom Muffin which contains a scary 697 calories... yes you heard me right... and which also has 88g of carbs. That is more then what a McDonalds Quarter Pounder contains! How on earth is anyone expected to be healthy in a world full of false advertising and misguided information?
Four years on I can tell you I have never eaten another store or cafe bought muffin since. I pack my own lunches and bake my own versions of morning treats. I still eat blueberry muffins. Just a different kind and in more appropriate portion sizes.
These muffins are small, but moist, flavorful and bursting with ripe juicy blueberries. Each muffin contains 116 calories, 5 grams of carbs with only 2 grams being naturally occurring sugar, 6 grams of protein and 9 grams of fat. After many experimentations, I can honestly say this is the best blueberry muffin recipe I have tried, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do, and feel you never have to eat another store bought muffin again!
The Best Low Carb Blueberry Muffins
1/2 cup premium quality coconut milk (I used Ayam Brand)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla essence
20 drops vanilla liquid stevia (or regular)
2 tbsp granulated stevia
2 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
1. Preheat the oven to 180 (350F) and line 6 muffin holes with paper cases.
2. Mix the coconut flour, chia seeds and the baking paper in a large mixing bowl and put aside.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, eggs, vanilla essence, lemon zest and stevias, until well combined. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture, gently folding the ingredients together until the mixture appear smooth and uniform. Once done, gently fold through the blueberries.
4. Spoon the batter into the paper-lined muffin holes and bake for 25 minutes or until the top have turned a rich golden brown. Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the pan before removing and eating. Yum!