Healthier Blueberry Streusel Muffins {Recipe}

I’m currently at the lake on a family vacation, sitting on a couch with my niece and nephew. My nephew is playing a video game, and my niece is watching Madagascar 2. I’m sort of watching Madagascar 2 in between drafting this blog post and creating the image below. Who knew you could spend so much time moving text around on a photo to see where it best fit? My niece saw me working on the graphic for this post and asked about it. She seemed skeptical when I told her I took the photo of the muffins. “Youuu took that?” she asked. Damn skippy. Oh wait, you don’t say that to children, right? Just kidding. Of course I didn’t say that! Sheesh!

Anywho, I’ve been meaning to share this recipe for Healthier Blueberry Streusel Muffins with you guys for a few weeks now. Nothing like a vacation to use my R&R time to get this together. Blogging is sometimes work, but oftentimes fun for me. The fun, the challenge, and the encouraging words from you guys keep these blog posts coming. Thank you for the kind words (on Facebook, email, and text) about my last blog post on rejection. Those raw posts are a little harder for me to share sometimes, but I’m hoping to do more.

Now, on to those muffins! Blueberry muffins were probably most made (or would tie for second most made) in my house, growing up. I decided to try out the vinegar trick I use in some cake mini and doughnut recipes to make healthier but still moist sweets, and it worked like a charm. I threw the streusel topping together for a little extra texture and sweetness. Yum!





Healthier Blueberry Streusel Muffins

I used the vinegar trick from my Chocolate Depression Cake Minis to make these muffins light and moist while reducing the oil and butter used in traditional blueberry muffins. The streusel adds a little butter and sugar back in, so if you’re really trying to be healthy, skip the topping. But, even the streusel is a little lighter than normal. Enjoy these muffins on your next lazy morning with coffee or tea and a dose of relaxation.

Yields: 12 muffins

*Vegetarian, Vegan options listed below*


  • non-stick spray or muffin liners
  • 2 cups flour (I used unbleached all purpose)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sucanat (or sub sugar for a sweeter taste)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs (or flaxseed eggs for a vegan recipe)
  • 1 cup milk (or sub vegan milk substitute) (I used 2%)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 small container fresh blueberries (or 1 cup fresh or frozen – go with 1 1/2 cups if you want them extra-EXTRA fruity)

Streusel Ingredients:

  • 1/4 old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted/softened (or sub vegan substitute, like Earth Balance)
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour of choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 12 cup muffin tin with either muffin cups or non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk till evenly combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together sucanat and canola oil. One at a time, whisk in eggs. Add milk, vinegar, and vanilla extract. Whisk till evenly combined.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients. Stir gently to combine, just till all dry ingredients are mixed in (careful to not over-mix – batter will be a little lumpy and pretty liquidy). Gently stir in blueberries.
  5. Evenly distribute batter into each cup of a 12-cup muffin tin (should fill muffins cups pretty full).
  6. Mix streusel ingredients together and evenly distribute on top of the muffins.
  7. Bake muffins for 18-22 minutes, until muffins are cooked through (a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin or loaf comes out clean).
  8. Let muffins cool till they’re safe to touch. Serve warm or wait longer and serve room temperature. Enjoy!


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  1. Theresa Harris says

    These were horrible!!!! I chose not to use the streusel. They turned out so rubbery. What did I do wrong. I did use Splenda sweetener for them. Could that have been the problem?

    • says

      Hi Theresa! Oh no! I’m very sorry to hear the recipe didn’t work out for you. I actually have never used Splenda in baking before, so I’m not sure how that substitution would affect this recipe. I asked a couple friends who have baked with Splenda, and they said that the sub isn’t 1 to 1 for sugar and that there is a special version of Splenda that is designed for baking. Sorry I can’t help more. I really just don’t know anything about Splenda, since I don’t use it at all. :(

    • says

      Hi Theresa, just a quick update…my friend tested out the recipe and said the texture wasn’t rubbery. She made it as is with the sugar, though. I’m thinking the Splenda threw off the texture for you. I’m not familiar with baking with Splenda since I don’t use it, but maybe google around for Splenda baking tips for next time? Also, I believe there is a special type of Splenda just for baking.

      For a more natural substitution (if you’re allowed to consume sugar), perhaps try sucanat? It’s a more raw form of sugar that I find a little less sweet than sugar. I love to use it in baking and substitute it for sugar all the time with great results. Thanks for stopping by!

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