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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Recipe: Blueberry Cornbread Muffins

Blueberry Cornbread Muffins - Gluten Free Low Fat Healthy Vegan

I have to apologise for being so slack this week but, you see, not only have I been super busy with work and organising some awesome new things for Southern In-Law - Jesse decided to give me the plague..... or his man-flu. Luckily I haven't been dying like Jesse was - but when you combine feeling yuck with a mountain of work - you end up falling into bed at 8pm and struggling to concentrate, let alone find the time to bake or blog! But I have something delicious to share that I made last week!

After my Chocolate Cornbread Muffins, I got lots of comments, messages and email from those of you who loved the unusual combination - and I did too!

Though, when I was eating one of those Chocolate Chip Cornbread Muffins, I thought of something better. What they needed was big, juicy blueberries - that would be perfect. So the next day, I found myself in the kitchen once again with the polenta, flour and my gigantic Costco bag of frozen blueberries.

And ohhhhh was I right about the deliciousness.

Healthy Sweet Cornbread Recipe with Blueberries - Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegan

Jesse was grossed out. "Chilli and cornbread, butter and cornbread, cornbread on its own - not with sweet things... that's... just... worse than you adding peanut butter and banana to grits"

So what did I call these muffins? Blueberry Polenta Muffins - and he said they were really good. I know, I know - I'm evil - but I have to get him out of the box somehow! 

I'll tell you what, sweet cornbread is good - and it should be done more often - and from those of you who have already tried the Chocolate Chip Cornbread Muffins - I know you'll agree with me! 

But if you don't? Just pretend they're Blueberry Polenta Muffins - because then they just sound a little bit fancy. 

Blueberry Polenta Muffins - Cornmeal, Gluten Free, Low fat, Healthy, Vegan

Blueberry Cornbread Muffins (Or Blueberry Polenta Muffins)
makes 10 gluten free, vegan*, refined sugar free, low fat muffins  
Adapted from my Healthy Cornbread Muffins

1 1/2 cups Gluten Free Polenta/Cornmeal
1/2 cup Plain Flour/GF Plain Flour (if GF)
3/4 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1/4-1/3 cup Honey/Maple Syrup* (use more/less depending on how sweet you like things)
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
~1/2 cup Water or Milk of your choice
~2/3 cup of Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Optional: I added in some ground flax to this batch for a little something extra and it was delicious! Feel free to add in whatever mix ins you feel like.

Preheat your oven to 180°C/355°F
Prepare your muffin tins or loaf/cake tin
Combine your polenta, plain flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl 
Mix honey and applesauce, adding enough water/milk to combine all ingredients and form a thick batter. Carefully mix through your blueberries until evenly dispersed.
Pour your mixture into your muffin tins/loaf tin. 
For muffins: Bake for ~15 minutes or until a skewer inserted removes clean
For a cake/loaf tin: Cooking time depends on the size and thickness of your loaf - in a small loaf tin, my mixture took ~30 minutes, however, keep an eye on yours!

*For vegan cornbread - make sure you use maple syrup (or a vegan friendly sugar/sweetener) and water or non-dairy milk 

So tell me, do you have an "outside of the box" recipe that you love?
or it might be a combination you love that others think is so weird. 

I want to know all about it - because I am the queen of weird but good combinations ;P 

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  1. Wow! This looks so good. I love sweet cornbread and I love blueberries. You never know what combination tastes good unless you try it out.
    And, the weirdest food combo I've tried is everything. I think everyone has their own food preferences. It also depends on culture.

    1. Thank you, Helen! You are so right - it totally depends on your own tastes and what foods you grew up with!

  2. Yummy what a great twist on a blueberry muffin. My cornbread crazy boyfriend will love these.

    Although I don't think its weird, I used to be addicted to French toast for breakfast with BBQ sauce :P

    1. French toast with barbeque sauce? Do you mean sweet french toast - or savoury french toast? Haha

  3. I actually add a bit of sweetener when I make cornbread so I think cornbread is delicious with sweet combinations. I've actually been looking for a healthier blueberry cornbread recipe so I'm definitely giving this one a try. Thanks for what looks and sounds like a yummy recipe.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! You'll have to let me know what you think! :)

  4. You are a baking genius! I stumbled onto your blog, and I'm mesmerized! Love it all!!! :)


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