Summer is definitely the time for blueberries. My grandmother has blueberry bushes, and she is very generous with her berries each year. Blueberries are expensive, so I’m always thankful when I receive my tasty berries from her!
We had a dear family friend, now in Heaven, who called blueberry bushes GOLDberry bushes because he spent a lot of money planting them! If you check the prices of these tiny blue treasures in stores, you may think you are purchasing goldberries, so free blueberries are definitely a blessing!
I usually freeze the blueberries and use them in muffins, plain non-fat Greek yogurt (free on Weight Watchers® Freestyle!!!), and smoothies.
I have experimented with blueberry muffin recipes for quite some time. Coconut Blueberry Muffins with Oatmeal and Chocolate Chips is a recipe I created last year in an effort to use a couple cans of coconut milk that I had in the kitchen cabinets. My blog post, Summer Blueberries and Two Recipes, features two recipes for blueberry bread, and one of the recipes is a blueberry banana bread.
While both of these recipes are delicious, I’m sure the WW® points are higher, so yesterday I decided to experiment with creating a low-point recipe. I love baked goods and breads and am one who doesn’t like cutting out food groups like carbs. Carbs can be limited and eaten in moderation!
That’s one reason I enjoy the WW® (Weight Watchers®) program! Tracking points on my smartphone is so easy, I can eat the foods I love in moderation, and the program really just helps me be aware of healthy food and exercise choices. WW® (Weight Watchers®) is all about healthy lifestyle and not just a diet to lose pounds and then gain them back.
When I prepared my recent recipe for Weight Watchers® Freestyle Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins, I used paper muffin liners, but I do not recommend using them. I don’t know if it is the blueberry juice that causes the sticking or what, but I don’t like it when part of my muffin stays attached to the paper!
I have had bad experiences with paper liners in the past, but this time I wanted less cleanup and gave them another chance. Not a good idea! When I bake the next batch, I plan to lightly spray the muffin tin with cooking spray and forgo the paper muffin liners. I will have to scrub the muffin tins a little more, but that’s okay!
Listed below are the ingredients along with the points for each ingredient.
Ingredients for Weight Watchers® Freestyle Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins with Low Points
Servings: 15 Muffins
Point Value: 4 Points per Muffin
2 Eggs (0 points)
1 ½ cups Unsweetened, No Sugar Added Cashew Milk (1 point)
¼ cup Olive Oil (17 points)
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract (0 points)
1 cup Steel Cut Oats (quick oats – 15 points)
¾ cup Stevia in the Raw Sweetener, Granulated (6 points)
1 Tbsp. Baking Powder (0 points)
½ tsp. Salt (0 points)
2 cups White All-Purpose Flour (25 points)
1 ½ cups Blueberries (0 points)
Recipe Directions for Weight Watchers® Freestyle Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
1. Add eggs, cashew milk, olive oil, and vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl and stir.
2. Add steel cut quick oats, stevia, baking powder, and salt to the liquid mixture and stir. I like adding the oats to the liquid mixture first to give them a little time to soak while the additional ingredients are added.
3. To thicken the muffin batter, add the flour and stir until well blended.
4. Add one cup of blueberries. Stir.
5. Lightly mist the muffin tins with cooking spray and divide the mixture evenly to make 15 muffins. Top with remaining blueberries.
6. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
7. Allow muffins to cool and enjoy with a glass of almond, cashew, or low-fat milk and a banana! Cashew milk is my favorite because two cups is only 1 point for the brand I purchase!
Breakfast is served, and these yummy muffins are great for a quick afternoon snack as well. By the way, these are full-size muffins, not mini muffins! You won’t feel cheated with the portion size!
Don’t forget to check out Weight Watchers® Freestyle Chicken Salad Recipe with Zero Points for a great lunch option!
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