A recipe post was coming up so I was going to re-post an oldie from the archives. My tried-and-true very famous chocolate chip banana muffins. A hit in my house – that’s for sure. But, a post on Instagram stopped me in my tracks.
The best blueberry muffins by @Rainbowplate.
I thought to myself – these look so good, I gotta check this out. And I did. And then I reached out directly to the lovely Janet Nezon to ask her permission if I could share this delicious little gem on my website. Janet generously agreed and well, here it is!
By the way, @Rainbowplate is this incredible organization that encourages children to have a healthy and positive relationship with food and eating. I have been following them for years and applaud them for the work that they do.
A few words from Janet
Everyone loves cake and muffins and it’s great to have a simple recipe that can be whipped up in no time, using any fruit you have on hand. This crowd-pleasing recipe is easy to adapt to use whatever fresh fruit happens to be in season. It also works great with frozen fruit – I always keep a bag of blueberries in the freezer, so I can make these at the last minute. They’re great for breakfast or snack time!
This might seem crazy, but I love watching muffins bake in the oven… (I know – I need to get out more!) To me, it’s magical watching the changes that happen as the batter bakes and the muffins rise up. Have you ever tried it? Bake these muffins with your kids and take a few minutes to peek through the oven window. Talk about what you see happening and see if you find it magical too!
The Recipe: The Best Blueberry Muffins!
2 cups flour (I usually use half unbleached all-purpose and half whole wheat pastry flour)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup canola oil
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup (175 mL) milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups (375 mL) fresh or frozen blueberries (*substitute any other berries or chopped fruit!)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray 12 muffin tins with cooking spray or line with paper liners.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. – This is a fun step for kids to help with!
In a separate, larger bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, oil, milk, and vanilla.
Toss the blueberries with a tablespoon of flour, just to coat them. This helps them stay evenly distributed in the batter.
Gently fold the dry mixture into the wet, stirring just enough to moisten. (It’s ok if there are lumps!)
Carefully stir in the blueberries. Don’t worry if the whole thing turns blue – kids love to eat blue food!
Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin tins.
If you like, sprinkle the tops with a bit of granulated sugar for a bit of sparkle and crunch!
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned.