If you’ve been a reader at Ghastly Girl a while you may have noticed that we have a bit of a love of cupcakes. Since my daughter’s recent medical diagnosis though, we have been making a change to a healthier lifestyle. There are tons of ways that you can make even cupcakes healthy. We have been taking it a step further though and changing our cupcakes out for fresh and fruity muffins. These blueberry muffins with cottage cheese are a great tasting hearty and healthy snack for any time of day!
There are a ton of ways that you can change even cupcakes to be a little healthier. Although we use brown sugar in this recipe we have been using date sugar in its place in many of our recipes. In place of traditional castor, or white, sugar we always go with cane sugar. If you don’t want the cholesterol of eggs you can even make a simple substitute with chia seeds and water.
We have been taking it a step further though and learning completely new recipes to use in our change to a healthy lifestyle. These blueberry cottage cheese muffins are a great healthier alternative to traditional muffins. The mild flavor of cottage cheese makes it versatile enough to be a great low-fat choice in a variety of foods and mixes.
How to Make Blueberry Muffins with Cottage Cheese
These muffins come together just as easily as a traditional muffin mixture. The only major change you are making is adding the cottage cheese where you may add milk in other recipes. We are also making a tasty streusel topping to put on top of our muffins. If you prefer you can omit the topping, but it’s so easy and tasty that I recommend you at least give it a try once!
For the Muffins
1 C cottage cheese
1/2 C unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 C organic flour
1/2 C pure cane sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 C blueberries ( fresh preferred but frozen are ok too!)
For the Topping
4 T unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 C brown sugar
1/2 C organic flour
1/2 C old fashioned oats
1/8 tsp salt
Combine flour, baking powder, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Use a whisk to gently combine all of the ingredients and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer combine sugar and melted butter with a whisk attachment. Add cottage cheese to the mixture and blend until combined. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix again until all ingredients are incorporated.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture. Be sure to let the mixture combine completely. It will start to form a sticky dough, and will still be a little liquid when it is finished.
Carefully fold the blueberries into the mixture and set aside for the time being.
Combine the streusel toppings in a separate mixing bowl. Use a fork to mash the butter into the flour, brown sugar, and oats. You want it to start forming small clumps. This is very similar to cutting butter into a pie crust mixture. Set aside when finished.
Use a tablespoon or cookie scoop to add about 2 tablespoons into lined muffin tins. This recipe gets about 16-24 muffins depending on size.
Using your hands or a spoon carefully sprinkle the streusel topping over the muffin dough. As it bakes the butter will melt down into the muffins slightly to leave behind a tasty oat and brown sugar topping held together by the flour.
Bake at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on your muffins as oven times and temperatures can vary greatly. You can test the center of one before removing from the oven. If you find that your muffins aren’t quite done yet you can add another couple of minutes to the baking time. Remember that they will continue to cook a little once you take them out of the oven too.
The Versatility of Cottage Cheese
Did you know that these delicious blueberry muffins aren’t the only baked goods you can use cottage cheese in? It’s a great addition to tons of treats such as waffles, crepes, and even donuts! It’s a great way to add a little extra protein to your favorite treats. The mild flavor of cottage cheese truly allows the flavors of your other add-ins to shine through.
Head over to Hiland Dairy’s page for tons of great ways to add cottage cheese to your favorite recipes and for a chance to win an awesome cottage cheese prize pack!
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