For several months now I have been on a mission to come up with a tasty, whole wheat, refined sugar free, vegan muffin. It’s been a long hard road – with a handful of ugly or dense or borderline inedible muffin attempts along the way. But last week I made these and my 5 year old commented that these muffins were his new favorite. So I can breath a sign of relief – mission accomplished!
These muffins are tender and fluffy – even with the addition of wholesome whole wheat. The blueberries are such a perfect match for the coconut and the real, Vermont maple syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness. I hope you enjoy these simple, healthy muffins. If you don’t like coconut or are allergic, feel free to skip the coconut in the topping and instead combine the maple syrup with quick cooking oats. I tried that in one batch and thought they tasted pretty great too.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour, plus 1 tablespoon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1/4 coconut oil (sunflower or canola would also work)
- 1/4 maple syrup or sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a muffin tin or line with paper liners.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a smaller bowl, whisk together the maple syrup (or sugar), applesauce, and oil. Once combined, whisk in vanilla extract.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined - try not to over-mix. Toss the blueberries in the flour and gently fold into the batter - to keep the batter from turning completely blue!
- Add the batter to the muffin cups, filling them up about 3/4 of the way full. In a small bowl. toss the shredded coconut with the maple syrup making sure the coconut is well coated, add more syrup if needed. Top each muffin with a sprinkle of the shredded coconut. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the muffin tops are fully set and the coconut is golden.