I have been collecting all kinds of blueberry recipes, and had them printed as a cookbook as a fund raiser for the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation. The cookbooks sold quickly and the fundraiser was a success.
I put this book together last year, but that doesn't mean that I am finished collecting blueberry recipes. I'll always try a new blueberry recipe. If you have a good one, send it my way, please.
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
2 T. plus 3/4 cup all purpose flour, divided
2 T. plus 1/2 cup brown sugar, divided
5 T. chopped macadamia nuts, divided
2 T. canola oil, divided
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 large egg
1 large egg white
3/4 cup non-fat buttermilk
2 T. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. coconut or vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a standard muffin pan with non stick cooking spray. Notice that several ingredients in this recipe have a divided use. That's because we will be making a topping for the muffins as the first step with part of the ingredients.
In a small bowl, combine coconut (The recipe calls for unsweetened, but I used sweetened. Some things just aren't available at my local grocery store.), 2 T. flour, 2 T. brown sugar, and 2 T. macadamia nuts.
Next, mix the dry ingredients for the muffins.
In a medium bowl, whisk the remaining 3/4 cup all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
In another bowl, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, the remaining 1 T. oil, egg, egg white, buttermilk, melted butter and coconut extract (or vanilla extract) until well combined.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients; stir until just combined.
Fold in the blueberries and the remaining 3 T. macadamia nuts, stir just to combine.
Bake at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes. or until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Then remove from the pan and let cool on a wire rack at least 5 more minutes before serving. Makes 12 muffins.
These are not your typical blueberry muffins. They have a lot going on - first of all the macadamia nuts and coconut give them a unique taste and crunch, and the whole wheat flour and brown sugar just add a little yummy denseness to the muffin. These muffins will give you a little tropical vacation to enjoy for breakfast.