I don’t consider myself the most tech-savvy person, but I do have a few tricks up my sleeve from time to time. One of my “tricks” (which is probably common knowledge, mind you) is filtering out email addresses from my inbox. Like many of you, I receive a frightening amount of press releases and other spam. You know the ones that start out like, “Regards Webmaster” or “Dear [any name except your own]”.
To help combat my spam woes, I started filtering out email addresses a couple years ago. If you use Gmail, you probably already know about this filtering feature. The beauty is that if you receive an email from an unwanted recipient you simply click “more” and then “Filter messages like these” and then choose how you filter out the email. That way, if they should try to spam you again from the same email (and you know they will) the message will go straight to the archive, trash, etc. – whichever you prefer! I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my inbox, cutting down unwanted emails by probably 50% over the past couple years. It’s quite amazing to see how many are filtered out each day! You can also use the filtering feature to have emails sent directly into folders of your choosing.
So, back to not being the most tech-savvy person.
Last week we were getting ready to leave on a trip to visit my family. In preparation, I somehow managed to create an email filter that sent all new/unread emails straight into my trash bin. Who knew that was even possible? I still have no clue how it happened…I swear! So all last week, I was in this blissful state of ignorance thinking that I was having a rather “light” week for email. [We all know that doesn’t happen unless it’s Christmas holidays. fool!]
Do you know how good that week felt though? I was free!
When we returned home, I realized something was majorly wrong because I wasn’t even getting my own emails (yes, I email myself…not weird at all…). When a girl can’t get her own emails that’s where I draw the line! So the investigation began. Eric, tech-ninja-genius, suggested I check my trash and spam bins. There, in the trash bin among the lowly filtered-out spam, I found emails from my family, friends, publisher contacts, editor, blog readers, and fact checkers. Dear Lord what did I do? I was getting follow-up emails like, “I haven’t heard from you yet, please reply ASAP!!!!” and then I had to try to explain that I created a filter that sent their emails to the trash. It wasn’t my proudest techy moment.
Tech-ninja fixed the problem and I’m back in email action and caught up, but I will never forget that week of freedom. It almost brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it.
Lesson learned: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
There are, of course, exceptions to every rule, like these vegan blueberry muffins…
Blueberry Banana Muffins
12 large muffins
Delightful, healthy banana blueberry walnut muffins made with spelt flour so they are naturally wheat-free (but keep in mind that spelt has gluten in it). If blueberries aren't in season, I suggest using frozen blueberries and saving the fresh ones for summer baking. You can also leave out the walnuts and swap the almond milk for coconut milk if you'd like a nut-free version.
- 3/4 cup (180 mL) mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium)
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (210 mL) unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) coconut oil, melted
- 2 cups (280 g) white spelt flour
- 4 to 6 tablespoons (40 to 60 g) coconut sugar or natural cane sugar*
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup (50 g) walnut halves, chopped (optional)
- 1 1/4 cups (160 g) frozen or fresh blueberries**
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease a muffin tin.
- In a medium bowl, mash bananas and measure out 3/4 cup. If you have any leftover mashed banana you can freeze it for a smoothie.
- Place mashed banana into medium bowl along with the milk, vinegar, maple syrup, and vanilla. No need to stir it yet.
- Melt the coconut oil in a small pot over low heat. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda).
- Stir coconut oil into the wet mixture. Pour wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not overmix as spelt is a fragile little flour.
- Gently fold in the walnuts and then the blueberries, being sure not to overmix as this can result in dense muffins.
- Spoon a heaping 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin tin, filling each tin about 3/4 full (they will be almost full, but this is normal). I like to press a few extra blueberries on top of each so they look pretty after baking.
- Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 23 to 27 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. I baked them for 25 minutes.
- Cool in pan for 5 to 8 minutes and then transfer muffins to a cooling rack and cool for another 15 minutes.
- * When using ripe, spotty bananas I find 4 tablespoons of sugar is plenty sweet, however if your bananas aren't overripe, you might need to use the full 6 tablespoons. Add to your taste.
- ** If using frozen blueberries, be sure to leave them in the freezer (do not thaw) until just before you stir them into the batter. This helps prevent bleeding.
That is a funny story! I LOVE using filters and rules so things go straight to folders. I subscribe to a lot of different blogs but I was finding the emails were overwhelming my inbox so I created an inspiration folder where they are all sent. Whenever I have free time or need inspiration I check out the unread email in the folder!
The muffins also sounds amazing bwt!
I can’t believe I’ve never tried coconut sugar! I’m hunting down some STAT so I can make these! They look and sound fan-freaking-tastic!
Aww… I love reading your stories :-) They make me smile. And I’m sure those muffins would make me smile too! :-)
Gah sorry to hear about your filtering accident, Ange! I’m in the same boat – I’ve got several filters set up to send all the crap I receive to my junk mail, but I still check it occasionally just to make sure there aren’t things in there that I really need to see! These muffins look delicious! Blueberry muffins were my fave flavour as a kid and yours look so perfect and fluffy. Pinning! :)
I guess I am late to the game but WOW are these tasty, comfy, sweet. I had to use wheat flour but they were still amazing.
Love yr blog but I just have to mention… Spelt is an ancient species of wheat.
True, spelt is a type of wheat. However, most people who are intolerant of gluten and a few celiac cases have absolutely no problems with it if they eat it infrequently.
Sorry I’m confused… where does it say this recipe is gluten free? Is OSG a gluten free blog? I’m genuinely curious- anyone?
@angela.. You need to correct this recipe.. Spelt is wheat. Just a more nutritious version.
thank you so much for this! i have been trying to figure out this spelt flour for days! google isn’t exactly clear so i figured out it wheat flour from what i could tell and then the recipe says white spelt flour, gah! i guess i will just use regular flour, maybe organic. thanks!!
I’m a sucker for super huge blueberry muffins. I haven’t made any from scratch in years. I’m hoping to grow my own blueberries and strawberries this year so hopefully I’ll be making these often!
These look great! I love using spelt flour for recipes! It’s so light and adds a great nuttiness to recipes! Can’t wait to try these out. :)
Thank you for these! It’s so disheartening to come across “healthy” or vegan recipes that claim to be better for you, and then are full of all-purpose flour and sugar! These look to die for. :)
Those look wonderful! And I actually have some spelt flour that I am yet to use! Everything else I have made from your blog has been delightful, im sure these are too! I have Nu Naturals, I am hoping that will be okay instead of the coconut flour?
As my mileage is now at around 75 miles a week, and I am in full swing trying to reach my 1:13 goal for a half marathon, now would be the perfect time to try these muffins out for after my runs! Thanks for the idea, as always you provide nutritious, yet delicious ideas :)
Thanks for your kind words! Is Nu Naturals an artificial sweetener? I don’t have any experience with it so can’t say for sure how it would impact the recipe (I assume you meant swapping it for the coconut sugar and not flour). Good luck!
Hi Angela, just wondering if I can use regular unbleached multi purpose spelt flour for these muffins or does it have to be light spelt flour?
Hi Tina – if you have spelt flour, try Heidi Swanson’s oatcakes (sweetamandine.com/2013/03/long-live-oatcake.html). I doctor the recipe a little but I’ve had so many compliments whenever I make these, and they’re terrific.
i’ve been using the spam filter in my email for about a month or two now, because i was SO TIRED of the amount of crap i was getting on a daily basis, and it’s true- it is a time saver!
i don’t know that i’ve ever seen a more perfect blueberry muffin. they are filled with blueberry goodness, and are healthy, too! almost too good to be true, except i know they are amazing, because you made them!
Are there any substitutions for spelt flour? Will buckwheat or oat flour work?
Hi Karen, I haven’t tried anything besides the spelt flour so I’m not sure.
I’ve tried making them with oatflour and they are delicious! Not as fluffy but still fantastic! I’m about to make some now!!
So did you secretly know I just bought spelt flour for the first time and was hoping to find a banana muffin recipe or is this just serendipity? :-)
Making these this weekend!!
Oh wow, they’re from spelt and they are do light! Impressive x
These look absolutely delicious and look like they’re bursting with blueberry goodness! I’m not very tech-savy either, but every once in a while I surprise myself and do something really cool…. haha!
Oh nooo, it’s so easy to get carried away with the filters, good thing you figured out what was going on : )
That’s a funny story! And even if it was unintended, it’s nice to get away from email for a little while. These muffins sound delicious! It’s been too long since I’ve had blueberry muffins in my life.
p.s. – I email myself too. :)
They sound just like these blissful blueberry muffins made with dates. I like the idea of subbing banana for the tofu (yogurt).
These look so tasty! Is spelt flour GF? I have heard different answers from different people. If it isnt, I would have to make a GF version of these – do you think brown rice flour would be a good substitute?
Hi Jen, it’s wheat free but it’s NOT gluten-free. I’m not sure about subbing it as I haven’t tried it. An all purpose GF flour might do the trick though!
I would use 2 thirds rice flour and 1third sorghum flour for a substitution. It gives the flavour of wheat without the agony. In a pinch Bob’s Red Mill gluten free blend will work. I wouldn’t use the new Robin Hood gf blend, it’s just gross :-( (and expensive).
Mmm I love baking with spelt! These muffins look great!
These look absolutely delicious!!!
Ha! I totally email myself – all the time! The muffins look beautiful!
So nice to see some recipes with berries, I am so over this winter and the snow and the rain, these remind me of summer!
Thank you for this recipe, and all your other recipes. I love your work!
I’ve never tried baking with spelt, but these look great!
I am soo making these this weekend!!! Can I just say, I am so envious of those Wild Canadian Blueberries (I’m assuming) poking out of these muffins? Amazing!!
Yes they are! Cute little things :)
My son is allergic to wheat (not gluten) and nuts (so almond flour is out). Is there another flour I can use? I don’t like the taste Bob’s Gluten Free Flour gives to everything…
And has anyone ever cooked with Sunflower Seed flour?
I was thinking of maybe trying this with gf oat flour (I usually just grind my own in the blender!) Not sure if it will work as well, but I think it’s worth a try! :) I, too, don’t always like the gf flour mixes available.
I used 1 1/4c flax meal, 3/4c oat flour and 1 tablespoon potato starch subbed for the spelt flour. They came out delicious. You may need to add a little more liquid, extra blueberries did the trick for me. Don’t over mix, like Angela said or they will be very dense. : )
Oh my, these look delicious!! I’m drooling… Haven’t had muffins in ages, I’m giving this a go at the weekend.
I’m making these tonight! I was looking for a new banana bread/muffin recipe last night to use up my overripe bananas. I have all these ingredients in my cupboard too! You must have psychic powers!
I’m in the habit of making a batch of muffins per week and these just won the prized nomination for this coming week. Yum! (and not sure if you got my email, but I sent you one last week) :)
You’ll have to let me know what you think! And of course, if they pass the test with the kiddos. :)
Yes, I fished your email out of my delete bin (lol) and will get back to you soon!
Mm I love healthy muffins! I may just have to make these today, thanks!
Blueberries and bananas are some of my fave things ever to use in muffins! These are gorgeous & as always, amazing what you can do to keep things vegan AND then refined sugar free. You’re amazing :) pinned
These muffins look amazing! What sorts of things do you recommend adding besides butter?
there’s no butter in the recipe – Just coconut oil :)
How timely, I needed a muffin recipe for this weekend! Perfect!
What flour substitute would you suggest be best for gfo? They look amazing!!
I’ve never worked with spelt before, but these look delicious. I may have to brave it!
— Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo
These look great! And you are in great company with not being the most tech savvy person. I’m horrible and get super frustrated when I can’t figure out little glitches with tech stuff. At least we eat well though right?!
Yum! These look great! I love blueberry muffins and yours look so much healthier than my own go-to recipe :-)
I have regular spelt flour…not light spelt flour. Does it make a difference?
Hey Lauren, It shouldn’t be a problem – they will just turn out more dense than using light.
Beautiful muffins, can’t wait to try making:)
That was the best tangent EVER!
These muffins look amazing… SQUIRREL! :P
These looked great. However… They turned out heavy and gummy. Don’t understand as I followed the recipe exactly. Not cheap ingredients, and I was counting on it for breakfast, so this was harder for me than any tech problem! I will say, lovely blueberries!
Made these tonight – so delicious!!
Glad to hear that!! :)
I really had to laugh at your filtering story. I can just picture myself doing that and then the horror / hilarity when I discovered my error.
These muffins look gorgeous too!
these blueberry muffins look amazing and I would love to try them out. Unfortunately I would need to tweak the recipe a bit since I am allergic to apple (in any form): what can I replace the apple vinegar with? Regular vinegar? Or something else entirely? Would be grateful for your suggestion!
Thanks and congratulations to your blog!
Hey Lilly, Yes I would use regular white vinegar. EnjoY!
Thank you so much for the blueberries suggestion, Angela.
I won’t make these because they are not gluten free, but for sure I’ll remember your advice next time I’ll bake with blueberries. Thanks a lot!
Oh man! At first I was excited about the filter idea, but now I’m not sure I’ll try it. I would surely do something like what you did and filter all emails. :)
These muffins look fantastic! I love that you call them “blissful.”
How did you know that I was searching for a blueberry muffin yesterday???
All I’m missing is the Spelt Flour! I’ve been meaning to get some since I hear it’s so versatile….I guess these muffins give me good reason now :)
they look delicious… have to try them…. thanks for sharing.
Any chance brown rice flour would work in place of spelt? I have a ton on hand I’ve been trying to use:) love your website!
These are muffins are the perfect breakfast on the run! I had to use a wheat free flour substitute and they still came out excellent, the frozen blueberries make them so moist and yummy!
I received the email today saying your cookbook is shipping out to me now! Cannot wait!