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These muffins are not only tender and moist, bursting with berries and wafting with the fruity aroma of cardamom, they are better-for-you too, made with whole-grain flour, healthful oil and with less sweetener (in the form of honey) than most muffins have. You could keep them refined-sugar free, if you prefer, but a finishing sprinkle of coarse sugar is a worthy flourish delivering a delightful crunch.
Storage notes: The muffins can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or individually wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months.
Active time: 25 minutes | Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 12 (makes 12 muffins)
120ml neutral oil, such as grapeseed or canola, plus more for brushing the pan
125g whole-wheat flour
94g whole-wheat pastry flour, white whole-wheat flour or all-purpose flour
212g fresh or frozen (unthawed) blueberries
1½ tsp baking powder
1¼ tsp ground cardamom
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp fine salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
170g mild honey
123g plain full-fat or low-fat yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tsp demerara or turbinado sugar (optional)
Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 180C. Lightly brush a 12-cup muffin tin with oil.
In a medium bowl, whisk together both flours. Place the blueberries in a small bowl. Take 1 tsp of the flour mixture and sprinkle it over the berries, tossing to coat evenly.
Add the baking powder, cardamom, baking soda and salt to the bowl with the flours and whisk to combine.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, honey, yoghurt and vanilla until well combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined; do not overmix. Gently stir in the blueberries.
Evenly divide the batter into the prepared muffin pan. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles. Sprinkle the top of each with ¼ tsp of the sugar, if using.
Bake for about 17 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of one of the muffins comes out clean. Let cool in the tin on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then run a butter knife around the muffins to loosen them and unmold. Serve warm, or let cool completely.
“This is my version. It makes a large loaf and is quite rich, so you’ll get a lot of slices out of it,” says food writer Anna Jones.
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