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HG's Big Fat Blueberry Muffins
HG's Big Fat Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Thrill
Here at the HG HQ, we spent an entire day whipping up versions of this recipe until we got it juuuuuuuuust right. The result? Ginormous, fluffy muffins packed with gazillions of blueberries! Woohoo...

Ingredients:
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup light vanilla soymilk
1/4 cup sugar-free pancake syrup
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
3 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread, room temperature
2 tbsp. no-sugar-added applesauce (get Mott's Blueberry Delight if you can find it!)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, Splenda, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well. In a separate, large mixing bowl, combine soymilk, syrup, egg substitute, butter, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Using an electric mixer or a whisk, mix until thoroughly blended. (Don't worry if butter bits do not break up completely.) Add dry ingredients from the first mixing bowl to the mixture in the large one. Mix until completely blended. Then fold in the blueberries. Line a 6-cup muffin pan (or half a 12-cup pan) with baking liners and/or spray with nonstick spray. Evenly distribute batter among the 6 cups. Place in the oven and bake for about 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Enjoy! MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1 muffin
Calories: 137
Fat: 2.25g
Sodium: 269mg
Carbs: 26.5g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 7.5g
Protein: 4g

PointsPlus® value 4*

HG Tip! We've heard that freezing your blueberries can help keep them from sinking to the bottom during baking. Cool!

Blueberry Muffin, Average
Blueberry Muffin, Average

Blubbery Muffin
How many times have you proudly bypassed donuts, cheesy breakfast sandwiches, and other "bad-for-you" AM meals in favor of a simple fruity muffin? If the answer is MANY, we apologize in advance for this sad (and somewhat shocking) news. An average blueberry muffin actually contains around 400 calories and a ridiculous 18 grams of fat! Even more outrageous is the fact that SO many coffee shops, convenience stores, restaurants, and bakeries serve up super-sized versions. (And really... who can leave any part of a muffin over? Muffin-hating FREAKS, that's who!) If you pick up Au Bon Pain's blueberry muffin, be prepared to chew your way through 490 calories and 17 fat grams. Munch on one of the blueberry-studded muffins from Wawa, and you're looking at 610 calories and 30g fat. Ahhhhhh!!! By the way, you might think you're safe if you order a low-fat version. GUESS AGAIN. The average low-fat blueberry muffin still contains around 315 calories. So unless you want to balloon out like a giant blueberry ("Violet, you're turning VIOLET!"), you might wanna skip ALL of those crazy blueberry treats. Feel free, however, to indulge guilt-free in HG's Big Fat Blueberry Muffins. They're large and super-delicious!

Serving Size: 1 average-sized muffin
Calories: 394
Fat: 18g
Sodium: 387mg
Carbs: 52g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 27.5g
Protein: 5g

PointsPlus® value 11*

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