Highlight the season’s delicious blackberries with these healthy oat and whole wheat blackberry muffins that are lightly sweetened only with honey, which really allows the berries to shine. Plus they’re freezer friendly for easy on-the-go snacks everyone will love.
Welcome to July’s Tuesdays In The Garden! This month my garden friends and I are bringing you garden-to-table recipes to give you a few ideas on ways to use your garden or farmer’s market bounty. I’m sharing glorious blackberries in a healthy muffin recipe – be sure to check out all the great ideas from the other ladies at the end of this article.
Oh it’s a happy day around here when the blackberries are ripe! Whether it’s my newer favorite Triple Crown Thornless blackberries, the classic Northwest favorite Marionberries, or even our Oregon wild blackberries – our whole family loves them all. We pick and eat a ton fresh but we also make sure to have some to use in recipes like 10 minute, no-cook chia seed freezer jam, whole wheat skillet blackberry cobbler, individual big crumb berry crisps, or whole wheat blackberry crumb bars.
Even though you can easily freeze blackberries (just like strawberries) so you can use in pies, crisps, smoothies, and more, there’s just something wonderful about those months you can get them fresh, isn’t there?
I decided to create a new recipe for this season’s blackberries – a whole wheat blackberry muffin sweetened only with honey since I thought it would be great to have as a healthy, portable snack or breakfast option. After a few near misses when I experimented with a gluten-free all oat version, I came up with this oat and whole wheat muffin that we all LOVE. (If you’re interested in the gluten-free muffin, I’m sharing the oat flour version below with a photo – they’re good, they just don’t puff up like the whole wheat muffins and the flavor is of course a bit different.)
If you don’t grow blackberries and you live in an area you can, I highly recommend planting a couple of Triple Crown Thornless. They are easy to grow and maintain and once established will reliably produce for you every year for a few months in the summer. Plus with no thorns, picking is a breeze! The berries pictured above, though, are our local Marionberries which are a bit smaller but packed full of flavor. Whatever type of blackberry you can get is better than no berries I think!
I go into lots of details about growing blackberries (and raspberries) in The Ultimate Caneberry Guide, where you’ll also find a TON of recipes for preserving and cooking with both types of berries. It’s a great resource to bookmark or pin on Pinterest so that you have it available when the berries are producing!
Honey Oat Whole Wheat Blackberry Muffins
Okay, lets make some muffins! I wanted to start by mentioning the muffin tin lining/greasing options. You can always line them with cupcake liners, but I prefer muffins to have that crisper crust so I always choose to grease the pan instead. To do this easily, use softened butter and a small pastry brush to get each cup fully covered, including the bottom edges. When I do this, they pop out easily.
I’ve found that spray oils leave residue all over the pan that is hard to remove after time, so I avoid them. You can use regular oil and a brush, though I’ve found that the oil pools a bit on the bottom resulting in a greasier bottom. Experiment to see which way your prefer.
Muffins are so easy! They only require prepping a muffin pan and then mixing all the ingredients together before distributing the batter between the muffin cups. It’s really only a 10 minute prep time, even with collecting all your ingredients (well, if you don’t have to go out to a garage or storage room or have a huge kitchen I guess…).
This recipe makes a dozen, so it’s easy to get the right amount of batter in each muffin cup. They will be about 2/3 to 3/4 full after evenly dividing the batter. TIP: use an ice cream scoop with a spring release to add the batter without too many drips on the pan.
Oh my goodness do they have a nice crumb and flavor! And that berry goodness along with the lightly honey sweetened batter – what a great combo. I did sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and raw sugar on the tops for a bit of crunch, but it’s totally optional.
One thing that’s nice with the berries in the muffins is there’s not much need for butter or anything, which makes them perfect to take with you as a snack or on-the-go breakfast. This and a hard boiled egg would be a filling and healthy breakfast.
What to make them gluten free?
If you’re looking for a gluten free version that uses just pantry ingredients (and you don’t mind that they are flatter…) here are the changes you’d make to the recipe:
- follow the directions on the full recipe (click on the arrow below)
- substitute oat flour for whole wheat flour – you can make oat flour by whirring rolled oats in a blender or food processor to the finest grain you can achieve.
That’s it – use oat flour instead of whole wheat and you’ll have a healthy, honey sweetened gluten free blackberry muffin!
Be sure to let me know what you think of either version of these muffins, the all-oat or the whole wheat blackberry muffin!
Click the arrow for the full recipe (with print options)!
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