My kids eat a lot of fruit. 3 kgs of grapes, 1kg of blueberries, 16 plums, 12 apples, 6 bananas, 4 pears, 2 pkts of strawberries and a couple of oranges – and that's just in a week! The first thing people say (apart from our dentist) when you tell them is “you’re so lucky,” and I agree but it is so, so expensive. And as much as they love fruit it has to be the freshest, crispiest, crunchiest fruit that you can buy, so no bargain buys for me. The problem I had this week was that a lot of the blueberries were a bit squishy and I have to admit that even I struggle with soft, squishy blueberries but at £4 a punnet I have to find a way to use them up. I don’t necessarily want to turn them into a sugar and fat laden dessert just for the sake of using them up so the healthiest option for me is these muffins I found in Annie Bell's Baking Bible. The kids still refuse to eat them because of the squishy blueberries but they are the perfect snack for me together with my much loved daily cup of coffee. There is no butter in them and I have used a blend of sugar and stevia to cut down the sugar content and of course my favourite ingredient of the moment is the delicious seeded spelt flour from Sharpham Park. These muffins are not necessarily frugal if you have to go out and buy the ingredients but if like me you have some over ripe fruit to use up then it is preferable to throwing the fruit out.
These muffins are deliciously moist and stay fresh for a few days and like most muffins will freeze really well.
Blueberry & Orange Muffins
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Yield: 8 - 12 depending on size
- 80 ml extra virgin olive oil
- 180 ml orange juice, no bits (approx 2 large oranges)
- finely grated zest of 1 orange
- 2 medium eggs (I used 2 large eggs)
- 275 g plain flour (I used Sharpham Park Seeded Spelt Flour)
- 2 tsps baking powder
- 200 g golden caster sugar (I used 100g Tate & Lyle's Stevia & Sugar blend)
- 150 g fresh blueberries (I used 200g)
- Preheat oven to 190C (170C fan).
- Whisk the oil, orange juice, zest and eggs lightly in a bowl.
- Add the flour, baking powder and sugar and stir until just combined.
- Fold in two-thirds of the blueberries.
- Spoon the mixture into your muffin tray, two-thirds full.
- Scatter over the remaining blueberries and a little extra sugar and bake for 30 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
Recipe adapted from Annie Bell's Baking Bible
Written by Angela Darroch