September 9, 2015 | by Kate Alexander
Back-to-School Blueberry Corn Muffins (gluten-free!)

Struggling to get the kids up, dressed, fed and out the door?  You are not alone! Breakfast is always the one part of my family’s routine that suffers. If your house is like mine, you are probably searching for quick and easy ways to get your kids to eat a healthy breakfast. I know it’s a challenge, especially if your kids are picky eaters.  So, I thought a healthy breakfast muffin would be the best and most welcomed fuel for their busy school day! Muffins are also transportable, so if you and your family have no time to sit down and eat, you can take them on the road.
In addition to making a healthy muffin, I thought a gluten-free one would be an added bonus. I happen to love corn muffins, and corn meal is gluten free, so it works perfectly. In order to boost the health factor (and to ensure it is gluten-free), I replaced white flour with oatmeal.  Oatmeal has lots of health benefits.  In addition to being high in fiber, oatmeal helps lower cholesterol. However, not everyone loves the texture that rolled oats bring to baked goods. So, I threw my oats into the food processor and turned them into a flour. You will never know there’s oatmeal in these muffins, but you will reap the incredible health benefits! My muffins are also studded with blueberries which happen to be high in fiber, potassium, vitamin C — and also help lower cholesterol. I think they are the perfect addition. However, if you are not high on blueberries, try adding peaches or another berry of your choice!

If I were you, I would make a batch of muffins on Sunday, and save them for the week. They will last a few days if stored in an air-tight container. But, you might want to make two batches, these muffins are yummy!

Back-to-School Blueberry Corn Muffins
Yields 12 muffins

1 cup of rolled oats (broken down into a flour in the food processor)
1 cup of corn meal
1/4 cup of grade B maple syrup
1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of safflower oil
1 egg
1 banana (mashed)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup of fresh blueberries

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.

Line a muffin tin with paper liners. You will only need a 12-cup tin for this recipe.

Put your oats in a food processor and pulse until it forms a flour-like consistency.

In a large bowl, add the wet ingredients (maple syrup, milk, oil, egg) and mix. Add the mashed banana and the oatmeal, flour, baking powder and salt. Stir until combined. Add the blueberries last, and mix gently so they don’t break up.

Spoon the mixture evenly amongst the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

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