Strawberry Blender Muffins – 5 Smart Points

Strawberry Muffins

Fresh strawberry muffins are one of my favorites. About a year ago, my mother-in-law gave me a recipe for fresh strawberry muffins that I fell in love with. They were so tender, delicious and moist. The fresh strawberries made them really tasty. My only problem with them was the fact that they were a little involved to make. The way to get them to turn out perfectly involved sifting dry ingredients, creaming butter and sugar, and so on. I’m someone who likes to toss baking recipes together all in one bowl, mix and be done. So I went on the search for a simple and delicious replacement for my favorite strawberry muffins. I found these blender muffins that were just perfect. Originally, they had bananas in the recipe, so I tried it without first and just added the strawberries. They’re OK that way, but the bananas add the extra moistness that they really needed to be tasty. Everything, except the fresh strawberries, gets tossed in the blender (or food processor), pureed and then fold in the strawberries. They’re ready to go in just a few minutes, and bake in a few more minutes. Fresh out of the oven they are just amazing. I’m really enjoying my new strawberry muffin recipe, especially since if I use gluten free oats, they’re gluten free, and have no need for me to adjust flours. They’re easy, tender, moist and really delicious. They’re perfect for breakfast or snack – whether they’re fresh and warm or leftover.

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Fresh Blueberry Muffins – 6 Smart Points

Blueberry Muffin

In addition to some projects we were working on last weekend, my in-laws also brought us some really delicious, fresh, ripe blueberries. I love blueberries. Growing up, my grandparents lived on the coast of Washington. Grandma had the most amazing blueberry patch ever. It was about 6 feet by 10 feet and completely encased in a large chicken wire cage, to keep the birds out. The only downside was the bugs, because we could go in there and have as many blueberries as we could eat. Each summer, I try to get some fresh blueberries so that I can freeze them to add to sauces, muffins and all sorts of other things the rest of the year. A few blueberries have to be saved to be eaten fresh, and a few have to be used in a special recipe. This years special recipe was fresh blueberry muffins.

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Double Chocolate Banana Muffins – 7 Smart Points

Chocolate Banana Muffins

This banana muffin is probably my all time favorite banana recipe. It is moist, delicious and very easy to put together. I’ve made it about a dozen times and it has yet to fail me. The original recipe was for a banana bread, but I rather dislike making banana breads. They take so long to bake and a piece of banana bread isn’t nearly as convenient as a muffin. I almost always make my quick breads into muffins. In fact, I love to make these as mini muffins. The mini muffins are just perfect for a couple of bites of a snack without going overboard. As much as I love mini muffins, I left this one as regular sized muffins for this recipe. These regular muffins are great for me as a treat after a walk or bike ride, or as a mid afternoon snack with some fruit or veggies. I always make mine gluten free with a baking mix, but you can use regular all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour just as easily with no substitutions. Use up your leftover bananas with these delicious muffins. The moist, rich chocolate muffin won’t disappoint.

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Breakfast Muffins – 5 Points +

Breakfast Muffins

I’m someone who isn’t a morning person. I love to eat and cook, but mornings are one of those times that if I’m not really inspired, breakfast is just a chore. Any time that I can find a delicious recipe for breakfast, I’m always excited. I love things that don’t require forethought and these muffins fit the bill. They are tender, moist and delicious. The whole cranberries add a wonderful tart flavor. If you’ve only got dried cranberries, use half of the amount, since dried cranberries add several points to each muffin. The sliced almonds add a little crunch and the whole wheat flour provides whole grain goodness. If you’re concerned about whole wheat products being grainy – make sure you get a whole wheat flour that’s very finely ground. If it’s finely ground, you won’t be able to tell the difference, and you’ll love these wonderful breakfast muffins!

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Whole Wheat Banana Nut Mini Loaves – 5 Points +

Whole Wheat Banana Nut Mini LoavesWith school getting ready to start back up soon, I know I need to be prepared for those hectic mornings where getting the family fed becomes an on-the-go task. When I have spare time, I love making wholesome, baked breads or muffins to have on hand for those days when cooking breakfast just isn’t going to happen. These Whole Wheat Banana Nut Mini Loaves are ideal for this exact situation. Made with all clean ingredients, healthy fats, and nothing artificial, they are nutritious as well as incredibly moist and delicious. I like to make them in mini loaf form because my kids think it’s super cute. But, alternatively, you can use mini muffin cups instead. Both options make them easily accessible and portable! For just 5 Points +, this banana bread recipe will leave you feeling happy and satisfied. Enjoy!
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Fresh Strawberry Muffins – 5 Points +

Fresh Strawberry Muffins

This delicious recipe is one that my mother-in-law has shared with me. It’s one of my favorite muffin recipes, I love the flavor of the fresh strawberries in the muffins. These are delicious for breakfast with scrambled eggs, or for a snack in the afternoon, or even as dessert. They’re simple and easy to make, but turn out light and fluffy each time. I make mine gluten free, substituting 2 cups of gluten free flour, but these work well as wheat muffins too – just use regular flour. Give these a try this weekend, they’ll be a sure hit with the whole family.

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Irish Soda Bread Muffins Recipe – 4 Points +

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, and I’ve been in the kitchen experimenting with a few new recipes to celebrate the holiday with. One of which are these incredible Irish Soda Bread Muffins. Traditional Irish Soda Bread is usually made in a loaf with just flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. But these Irish Soda Bread Muffins put a tasty twist on the traditional Irish fare. By adding in some honey and golden raisins, the muffins get a slightly sweet taste, while still maintaining a moist and heavenly texture that is typical of traditional Irish Soda Bread. I let my kids help me make these, and I allowed them to add in some of their favorite additions, so they added some regular raisins, sunflower seeds and goji berries to a few of the muffins, which were quite tasty. :) A few small adjustments make these muffins an ideal Weight Watchers St. Patrick’s Day Recipe to share. Best served warm, with coffee or tea.

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Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins Recipe – 3 Points +

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins

Both of my kids are great sleepers, which is awesome at night, but means we are often struggling to get out the door on time in the morning to schlep my son to preschool. So sitting them (and myself!) down for a healthy breakfast is practically impossible. I needed some new ideas for something that the kids and I could eat in the car, that was filling, and that was delicious and overall nutritious. And I hit the jackpot with these Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins. They are so incredibly easy to make, and they come out moist, flavorful and perfect for an on the go breakfast or snack. I make a big batch and then freeze them so I’ll always have some on hand for a hectic morning. If you aren’t concerned about an increase in Points, add in some raisins, nuts or dried cranberries for extra deliciousness. Also, I chose NOT to use cinnamon in these as I often tire of cinnamon in almost every muffin recipe. I wanted something more “vanilla”, so I didn’t use it. But if you are a cinnamon person, feel free to add some in. My husband loves them as a healthy snack with his coffee in the afternoon, and I LOVE having a 3 Points + muffin that tastes incredible and helps satisfy me. Tired of your office tempting you with those carb-heavy bagels? Make a few dozen of these Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins and treat everyone to a healthier option! These were so good and have definitely become a staple around here.

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Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins Recipe – 4 Points +

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

These Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins are a healthier and lighter version of a basic, traditional Blueberry Muffin Recipe. Still moist and delicious, but just 4 Points + per serving. I like to make a big batch and freeze some so I’ll have a quick and healthy Weight Watchers breakfast on hand whenever I’m feeling too tired (or lazy) to cook. They are also great to give to my toddler for a tasty and healthy breakfast on the go. I’ve seen a lot of variations of these blueberry muffins with nuts or icing added, but in order to keep in Weight Watchers friendly, I stuck to the basics. Plus, I often enjoy a simple muffin without too many ingredients. Occasionally, I’ll add a tablespoon of flaxseed Powder for some added health benefits. This is really a deliciously healthy and easy muffin recipe to add to your collection, and it’ll satisfy your blueberry muffin craving without using up too many of your Weight Watchers Points. P.S. They go great with a bit of Brummel & Brown Yogurt Spread! Yum!

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Maple Pear Muffins Recipe – 5 Points +

Maple Pear Muffins

This weekend, I was a baking madwoman, experimenting with a couple new Weight Watchers recipes and having lots of fun! One of my baking triumphs was this Maple Pear Muffins Recipe. Each muffin has just 5 Points + per serving, which isn’t bad for a carb-based food using sugar AND maple syrup. They were the perfect wintery treat, and were so delicious when served warm with a tablespoon of Brummel & Brown Yogurt Spread. They were sweet, dense, moist and satisfying, and make a great idea for a healthy breakfast on the go. So instead of buying on of those atrociously fattening (and overpriced) muffins at Starbucks, make a batch of these delicious low fat Maple Pear Muffins, and save yourself some calories and some cash!

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Goat Cheese and Fig Muffins Recipe – 5 Points +

Goat Cheese and Fig Muffins

Need a healthy idea for something to serve on Christmas morning? Well these amazingly delicious Goat Cheese and Fig Muffins are not only tasty and festive, they are just 5 Points + each. Each healthy fig muffin is stuffed with a rich, creamy honey and goat cheese filling. They are moist and fluffy, and oh-so yummy! The combination of the sweet figs and honey combined with the tangy goat cheese make for a wonderfully decadent treat. These yummy muffins also make a great gift to bake for your friend, neighbor, or child’s teacher!

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Bacon, Mushroom and Cheese Breakfast Muffin Recipe – 4 Points +

These unbelievably delicious Breakfast Muffins make the perfect idea for a healthy, low calorie breakfast on the go. Each muffin has just 4 Points +, and are very filling! Loaded with bacon, mushrooms and cheese, these savory muffins taste so good, it’s hard to believe they are Weight Watchers friendly. Since we are often running around like crazy in the morning, it’s nice to make these the night before, and then we have a quick and healthy breakfast to grab on the way out the door the next morning. You can also bake an extra batch or two and freeze them, so you’ve always got a good, low Points breakfast food on hand that you can re-heat in a pinch.

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