Mini Blueberry Cornbread Muffins {gluten-free}

Mini Blueberry Corn Muffins

These cutie patooties have a special place in my hardened heart as they were the very first thing I baked for Cole. For the past few months they have been a staple of my Sunday meal prep. I bake up a batch and the ones that aren’t gobbled up straightaway are stuck in the freezer ready to be quickly defrosted for mid-week snacking.

Mini Blueberry Corn Muffins

Since they were designed with the little guy in mind they are totally sugar-free and the fact that they are gluten-free too means I can have as many as I want too. Happy baby and happy mama.

Mini Blueberry Corn Muffins

I wouldn’t normally bake a mini muffin as I am not known for my restraint in portion sizes. However I wanted a muffin that a tiny baby could grasp in his chubby little paws and these fit the bill completely. They are absolutely perfect for snacking but also teamed with a helping of vanilla scented yoghurt I have found they also make a handy dandy breakfast option.

Mini Blueberry Corn Muffins

His (and my – let’s be honest) love for blueberries knows no bounds either so I have to make sure they are chock full of our purple friends. There is no sugar in these at all save for a hearty dollop of unsweetened apple sauce for texture purposes (and perhaps a hint of natural sugars) so don’t expect a snack to satisfy your sweet tooth but instead the joy comes from the little pops of blueberry – so delightful.

Mini Blueberry Corn Muffins

On reflection I’m not sure if mini muffins are the way forward if you are wanting to cut down on your muffin intake. It is usually somewhere around the fourth muffin that I realise I might as well have baked me up a batch of full-sizers. I haven’t tried an adult sized version so can’t guarantee results but I can only imagine you just need to bake them for a bit longer – 18-20 minutes I’d say.

Mini Blueberry Corn Muffins

I also haven’t tried baking these with sugar, honey, maple syrup etc. but if you’re happy with letting a bit more sweetness come into play then I see no reason why you couldn’t add a few tablespoons of a sweetener of your choice. Anyhow, these are pretty delicious as is – Cole agrees and so do I.

Mini Blueberry Corn Muffins

Mini Blueberry Cornbread Muffins

Makes 24

150ml whole milk
100g unsweetened apple sauce
40g unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
150g cornmeal or polenta
50g ground almonds
2 teaspoons baking powder
125g blueberries

  1. Pre-heat oven to 190°C and grease a mini muffin tin.
  2. Whisk the milk, apple sauce, melted butter and eggs together to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk the cornmeal, almonds and baking powder.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir.
  5. Drop in the blueberries and stir until they are evenly incorporated into the batter then pour the batter directly into the holes of the muffin tin.
  6. Bake for around 12-15 minutes until just going golden. Leave for a few minutes in the tin before removing carefully with a knife or baby spatula.

Comments

  1. I don’t have a muffin tin so used 12 paper American Muffin cases – actually they look like fairy cakes. I baked them for 17 minutes which was just right for my oven. I thought on first tasting that they weren’t sweet enough – having rather a sweet tooth – but after eating the second one have decided they are just right. Good to know they can be frozen. Highly recommend.

    • I know what you mean about the sweetness as they are not as traditionally sweet as a regular muffin but it really means the blueberry flavour comes through and before you know it you are eating one after another. Thank you for your feedback, I’m happy that the recipe worked well for you!

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