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Blueberry Orange Oatmeal Detox Muffins - Every Little Thing

Blueberry Orange Oatmeal Detox Muffins

I feel as if I’ve had a slow start to this new year. I’m usually one for making resolutions and trying my hardest until, oh, March, then mellowing out into my typical routine. This year though, I haven’t even started. I made a halfhearted resolutions list (can’t even tell you what I did with it) and just haven’t quite been in the “new year, new you” kind of mood.

I’m blaming this at least partly on snowmageddon (those egg rolls though…), and the fact that I delayed ordering a 2014 planner until the first of the year. It arrives Monday, and if Whitney English Day Designers are all they’re cracked up to be, I should be whipped into shape faster than you can say, “you paid how much for a planner?!”

At least I can say that I’m trying my best to eat kale rather than cookies. Detox recipes are nonstop in January and they’re wiggling their way into my brain (and stomach). And that’s OK, because who can’t use a little detoxification?

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One of the resolutions that I wrote down in that haphazard list (where is that thing?!) was to try harder at whole foods breakfasts. I enjoy smoothies in the morning but even with freezing ingredients ahead of time, it still requires I get out of bed and freeze my feet on our tile kitchen floor. You have to admit that it’s about a thousand times easier to grab a protein bar in the morning on your way to work then to actually cook something. It is!

Regardless, I wanted to try my hand at baking a blueberry muffin suitable for breakfast. A lot of muffins out there claim to be breakfast-worthy but the amount of sugar and lackluster ingredients say otherwise. This muffin (the one I was baking up in my head, of course) would be suitable for breakfast – it would keep you full all morning long and not overload you with so much sugar that you crashed before lunch.

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Enter blueberry orange oatmeal detox muffins. Inspired by this recipe from Edible Perspective and this recipe from Food52, these muffins are easy to grab and nutrient dense. Go crazy in the AM folks – this muffin is what I’ve been looking for.

Blueberry Orange Oatmeal Detox Muffins

Yield: 12-14 muffins

Adapted from Edible Perspective


    For the topping (make this first):
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 tbsp turbinado sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil, softened
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • Pinch salt
  • For the muffins:
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose white flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted completely
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup milk (cow's, soy, almond...)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 1.5 cups blueberries


    For the topping:
  1. Combine oats, sugar, flour, softened coconut oil, cinnamon, orange zest and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. For the muffins:
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with baking cups (or spray with nonstick spray). Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl (flours, oats, flax, baking powder, baking soda, salt) and set aside. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs, then whisk in the brown sugar, honey, liquefied coconut oil, applesauce, milk, vanilla, and orange zest. Once well combined, quickly pour into large bowl with dry ingredients and mix with a large spoon until just combined (quickly so the coconut oil doesn't become solid again). Fold in blueberries again, until just combined.
  4. Fill baking cups completely full, then top each muffin with about a tablespoon of topping. Bake for approximately 25 minutes until tops are golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes in the pan, then set on cooling racks until cooled completely (this is important - the muffins won't crumble as much and will hold together when cooled completely).
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The first thing you need to realize about these muffins (really, all detox muffins)  is this: muffins shouldn’t taste like cake. I still have a hard time with this one. I’m baking something that isn’t overly sweet, isn’t light and fresh, and isn’t loaded with frosting? Why am I baking again?

This muffin is dense, but it’s supposed to be. It’s hearty, again because it’s supposed to be. Want to be full until noon? You need a dense, hearty detox muffin, and this is the one.

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I did a casual estimate of nutrition for these muffins using the My Fitness Pal recipe calculator and here is the breakdown (this is not an official breakdown of nutrition – simply an estimate):

  • Calories: 294
  • Fat: 13 grams
  • Protein: 6 grams
  • Sugar: 18 grams
  • Carbs: 41 grams

Now compare these numbers to your preferred protein bar. You’ll see most are close, with protein a bit lacking. In my opinion, with all the heart-healthy fats, natural sugars, and filling oats, I’d still happily eat these detox muffins over protein bars filled with natural flavors and soy protein isolate (and these are ingredients in even the best protein brands).

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So now I can add these blueberry orange oatmeal detox muffins to my breakfast rotation and still be full and happy until lunch (as happy as one can be sitting in morning traffic on the way to work). Now, I just need that darn planner to get here so I can start my year.

Tell me, what’s in your breakfast rotation? Have you found a good breakfast muffin or cookie that is worthy of being called breakfast?


  1. I wish I would have found your vegan recipes for the last year when I was dairy-free. These look delish:)

  2. Oh muffins, even you don’t like them…you can’t stop yourself from eating them. They put you in a trance or something and now they are made healthier…oh my, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

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