Posted by: thefitacademic | February 7, 2011

Healthier Blueberry Muffins + a Shadow Box

Not a very interesting title, but it accurately sums up this post. So lets get right to it!

Has anyone else been stocking up on blueberries lately? I have! And it was a pint-sized container of blueberries staring at me from the fridge shelf that inspired me to make them into some muffins. But if I’m making it from scratch, why not try to healthify it a little, ya know?

And then these babies were born!


Sorry, I didn’t take any pictured during the mixing process, but you can imagine for yourself, kay? Here’s the recipe.

Healthier Blueberry Muffins (makes 12)

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

3 Tbs sugar

¾ tsp Truvia

1 scoop whey protein powder (vanilla praline)

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

2 Tbs. butter, melted

¼ cup applesauce

¼ cup almond milk

2 eggs

¼ cup greek yogurt (honey flavored)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ½ 2cup blueberries

1 tsp lemon juice

Bake at 400

Mix together all dry ingredients in a small bowl

Mix together wet ingredients in a larger bowl.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until flour just moistened (it will still be lumpy). Fold in blueberries. Divide batter and bake 18 – 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes before serving (or storing)

Ta Da!


Check out that plump, juicy blueberry! YUM!

I loved it – thought it was perfect! It could stand to use just a touch more truvia (it wasn’t very sweet), but I like them not overly sweet so I thought it was great!

And now the shadow box…

I bought a shadowbox shortly after my half-marathon, determined to put it together so I can always remember my first half! I was duped into buying an official race photo of me crossing the finish line (it was so packed my family couldn’t get a shot of me crossing the finish) and today I FINALLY got around to going to Kinkos to Make a color copy of my race number, but shrunk down in size so it would fit. Then, I used velcro to secure everything in place inside the box. It was super easy and took about 5 minutes tops!

Finished product:




I was pretty stoked with how it came out……although now that I’m looking at it I feel like I should swap the sides for the picture & race number to make it more symmetrical.


Anyways, I might much on another one of those muffins before jumping in the shower. It’s been a long & crazy busy (but very productive) day! It feels good, though! I got a TON of BIG stuff knocked off my To-Do List today!



  1. I love blueberry muffins! It’s been way too long since I’ve made some. That needs to change 🙂

  2. I ❤ muffins- to me they are just the perfect snack. Especially if you can make them healthy! Great idea with the shadow box! I ran my first half in May and haven't gotten around to anything like that- one of these days 🙂

  3. The muffins look delicious! And the shadow box is a great idea!

  4. Um, yeah, I cant make those muffins b/c they would be gone within a day. But then again, I could make them on a work night and then bring some to coworkers for popularity reasons. Plus I have blueberry protein powder so I wonder how that would be in them??

    • hey- i say its worth making a batch just to find out! : )

  5. Love the shadow box!

  6. Oooh, those muffins look great! I love when the blueberries stay plump during baking – it offers a nice burst of flavor when you bite into it!

    • definitely! I love the naturally sweet flavor of the blueberries! Really makes the muffin rockin’ : )

  7. Muffinnnnnnnnnnnnnns! They look amazing, and your shadow box is totally badass!

  8. Yum-healthified blueberry muffins?! I’m sold!

  9. Your shadow box looks so cool! I can’t wait to get one!

  10. Does the Truvia have any bitter aftertaste like Splenda?

    I love your shadowbox idea!

  11. A wonderful, healthier muffin version. Who can resist a blueberry muffin?

  12. Cute picture box! I did the same thing with the stuff from my 2 marathons last year!

  13. i haven’t made muffins in so long-and with blueberries being on serious sale, i think it’s time 🙂

  14. Blueberry muffins are my favorite!! I might may them slightly unhealthier by eating them warm with a slab of butter 🙂

  15. LOVE muffins! Man I havent made a good muffin in ages. And my favorite is totally blueberry. I may just have to make yours 🙂

  16. i have been loving blueberries lately too! 🙂 and your shadowbox looks great. what a great way to remember your accomplishment!

  17. The photo looks great- I just did something similar from a marathon we ran about 2 years ago – oops 🙂

  18. […] remember when I showed you my shadow box before? I rearranged it awhile back like I had wanted, but never took an “after” shot. Here it […]

  19. I love blueberry muffins! Those looks awesome!

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