Lime Blueberry Muffins

Recently limes have been on sale at my local market and, as I love the flavor, I have a hard time resisting getting a bunch at 10 for a dollar! So with many limes on hand I’ve been experimenting with recipes both old and new and found some real winners.

We’ve visited blueberry muffins before, but this lime blueberry muffin is a unique blend of citrus and blueberry with a moist tender batter around it. The lime is an interesting choice because unlike the lemon blueberry we’ve done before the flavor is more subtle and enhances the blueberry instead of contrasting with it. Not that both aren’t awesome, but I really liked the different option.

The original recipe called for 4 eggs, but I substituted Ultra Gel and some water for 2 of the eggs, cutting back calories, fats and cost! Not to mention the Ultra Gel helps make a very tender muffin which is still soft and lovely after being frozen or even sitting out for a day or two. Speaking of…I’m sure I need a snack!

lime blueberry muffin

Lime Blueberry Muffins

zest of 4 large or 5 medium limes

1 Tablespoon lime juice (fresh)

2 cups sugar

2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

4 Tablespoons Water

2 eggs

1 cup canola or olive oil

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour

2 cups white wheat flour (whole wheat also works, but is a little heavier)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

16 ounces reduced fat sour cream

1 pint blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and prep muffin tins.

In  stand mixer, combine sugar, lime zest and lime juice and mix until thoroughly combined and fragrant. Let sit for 3-5 minutes. Add Ultra Gel and water and beat until smooth. Add eggs one at a time mixing smooth between each. With mixer on low drizzle in oil until thoroughly combined. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour, soda and salt. Alternatively add sour cream and dry ingredients into creamed mixture in three doses. Mix until just combined. Do not over beat.

Fold in blueberries with a spatula and dose batter into muffin tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean and tops are golden and delicious.

If you want more lime flavor combine a little lime juice and powdered sugar for a glaze.

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