Vegan Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

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Vegan Blueberry Muffins

A couple of days back I stumbled upon blueberry muffin recipe using maple syrup instead of sugar. It also used a considerable quantity of whole wheat flour and ground flax seed. I decided to incorporate some of these changes in the already popular vegan blueberry muffins I have in this blog and I was very pleased with the result and decided to share it with you all.

If you have tried the original vegan blueberry muffins I have here, I’m pretty sure that you are going to love this one too because taste wise and texture wise it is pretty much the same but this new version is healthier than the old one. Now who wouldn’t love this! I used whole wheat pastry flour instead of a combination of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour. Since I have baked quite a lot with whole wheat pastry flour we didn’t miss the white flour in the recipe. The pastry flour gave a nice texture and nutty flavor to the soft and delicate muffins. It wasn’t too sweet either. Just perfect.


Vegan Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
15 Mins20 Mins10 muffins
Vegan Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
5.0 from 35 reviews
Can whole grain and vegan blueberry muffins be as tasty as its white counterpart? Try this recipe and you will definitely agree with me.
  • 1/4 cup Ground Flaxseed
  • 1 and 3/4 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons Orange Zest
  • 1 and 1/2 cups Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • As needed Sugar for sprinkling on muffin tops (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C for 15 minutes. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and grease it well with non stick cooking spray.
  2. Mix together the almond milk and vinegar; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine together the ground flax seed, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, oil, milk mixture, vanilla extract and orange zest.
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredients and stir in the wet ingredients with a rubber spatula until just moistened. Fold in blueberries.
  6. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups; about 3 tablespoons in each. Sprinkle the tops with sugar.
  7. Bake the muffins until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean which is about 15-20 minutes. I took out mine after 17 minutes.
  8. Transfer the tin to a cooling rack and leave it there for 5 minutes. Then remove the muffins out of the tin and let it cool completely.
My Notes:
  1. If you are not able to find whole wheat pastry flour, then you can use 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 3/4th cup of all purpose flour as mentioned in the original recipe.
  2. If using frozen blueberries, do no thaw it because it will bleed.
  3. I guess you could use any non dairy milk instead of almond milk.
  4. If you are a spice fan you can use up to a teaspoon of cinnamon.
  5. Since we prefer mildly sweet treats, I did not sprinkle sugar on top of the muffins.
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  1. Jennie

    I made these with 100% whole wheat flour and they were perfect: denser and grainier and very filling, which is what I like in a muffin (if you want cupcakes, make cupcakes.) I had no oranges so used lemon zest and used about half the maple syrup. The blueberries were sweet enough to take over the rest! The flaxseed was wonderful, almost like oat bran. Sending this to my mom, who isn’t vegan but will love these.

    • Madhuram

      Thank you for the feedback, Jennie.

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  3. Sara

    Best blueberry muffin recipe I have found in 8 years as a vegan. Consistently good and so simple to make. Thank you!

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome, Sara. Thank you for trying the recipe and for the feedback.

  4. Rebecca

    I have not baked in many years. But with the pandemic ive been obsessed with British Baking Show. This is the recipe I chose. I just made a batch this morning. Left out the salt and zest and used frozen raspberries. I have already eaten 3! Moist chewy satisfying and not too sweet! ( I sprinkled small amount coconut sugar on the tops) thank you for this!

    • Madhuram

      Thank you very much for the feedback, Rebecca.

  5. Bridgette

    Love this recipe!! I baked these in my toaster oven and it turned out great. I used 1/2 the amount of maple syrup and a little less oil to and still turned out wonderful!

    • Madhuram

      Wow! That’s awesome, Bridgette! Now I can’t wait to try with the modified measurements.

  6. Yael

    Hi since you asked for feedback, i personally would love to have an option for printable versions of the recipes since when i bake i prefer to work from a paper. Thanks

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for the feedback, Yael. We did have that option earlier and it got messed up. My husband is working on it. Hope to update the recipes with a print option soon.

      • Madhuram

        Wow! That’s an awesome tip, Wayne. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Jen

    Great tasting, quick and easy. Here’s the substitutions I made. Lemon rind and juice instead of orange. No sugar. Three tbls of date paste (soaked dates blended with a bit of water) Mostly WW flour 1/4 white flour. So good!!

    • Madhuram

      Wow! Date paste!? That’s awesome! Thanks for the feedback, Jen.

  8. Kristi

    Thank you sooo much for the awesome recipe! I made a few batches for my Son’s 1st birthday party and everyone loved them! I used less syrup and added a vegan buttercream frosting on top! My baby enjoys them plain too and I dont have to feel guilty giving him a “sweet” because the ingredients are healthier I cant wait to make more!

    • Madhuram

      That’s awesome, Kristi. Thank you for leaving a comment.

  9. Meg

    Finally a vegan recipe that makes a muffin that rises well! I used chocolate chips and reduced maple syrup to 1/3 c.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for the feedback, Meg.

  10. Elisheva Fiszer

    Hi! is it possible to substitute the flour with whole spelt flour? any adjustments that need to be made?

    • Madhuram

      I think it should be okay to substitute it measure for measure.

  11. Allyson

    Could you please tell me the nutritionals on the Vegan blueberry muffins recipe,looks yummy!
    Thank you so much!

    • Madhuram

      I will try to update it within a day or two, Allyson.

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  13. Meredith Colman

    Just made this recipe as a way to get more flax into my every day eating. Delicious, we loved it, with so many healthy ingredients that we love. Thank you. So glad to have found your website. Meredith.

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome, Meredith. Thank you for taking the time to leave your valuable feedback.

  14. Jeanie

    I did a taste test comparison of this recipe and a Martha Stewart vegan blueberry muffin recipe expecting the Martha recipe to win, but your recipe won! Much healthier! Will make often.

    • Madhuram

      That’s so kind of you, Jeanie. Thank you very much for the feedback.

  15. G

    Your recipe came out really great! I used spelt flour so adjusted the liquid and amount of flour. I couldn’t find a “print” button so had to use my snip ap instead. Is it there and I just missed it?

    • Madhuram

      Wow! That’s great to know it worked with spelt flour too. We used to have a print button. Will check it with my husband.

  16. Tee.

    I cannot get pastry flour. Can I sub whole wheat flour?

    • Madhuram

      Yes, you can, but if you haven’t tried whole wheat flour in your baking before, go for a combination of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour.

  17. T

    I’ve now made this recipe three times and I love it! I make some mods for our family’s taste:

    1. Use either white whole wheat or all-purpose unbleached flour
    2. Leave out orange zest
    3. The first two times, I needed to add about 1/4 cup more flour to get the batter to “proper” muffin consistency. So this last time I just measured out 2 cups and it was perfect.

    I have been looking for a naturally sweetened go-to muffin recipe, so I’m really happy to have found this one! My little boys adore them.

    • Madhuram

      Wow, that’s great, T! Thanks for the feedback.

  18. Maria

    Can I just use regular whole wheat flour instead of whole wheat pastry flour?

    • Madhuram

      The taste might be a bit different. I’m not sure if you are used to it. So decide accordingly. Or you can use a combination of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour.

      • Maria

        So between this version vs. your non whole-wheat version, I noticed that you added ground flax seeds and cinnamon to this whole-wheat version. May I ask the reason? Is it for a better taste reason? A texture reason?

        • Madhuram

          I have used a generous amount of ground flaxseed to make it healthier. I think you can simply substitute it with flour itself.

  19. Angela Anderson

    This was delicious but it seemed to come out runny so I added 1/2 c of flour and added 5 min to bake time.

    • Madhuram

      Hmm..I don’t remember the consistency of the batter, Angela. Thanks for trying the recipe and for the feedback.

  20. Patricia

    I meant to take a photo, but they didn’t last in a house with three hungry children! Terrific recipe. Best out of the four vegan muffin recipes I’ve tried this holiday. I used cake pastry flour instead of all purpose, and frozen wild blueberries (smaller than regular). Delicious. Thank you.

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome, Patricia. Thanks for trying the recipe and for the feedback.

  21. Fareeda

    I made this yesterday. They are moist and flavorful. I didn’t have vinegar, so used lemon juice. For the oil, I used half and half olive oil and plain yogurt. I also used 10 packages of stevia instead of the sugar.
    Great recipe. Thanks

    • Madhuram

      Wow, Fareeda! Great to know that the recipe turned out good even after all the modifications.

  22. Barb

    These muffins were the best and i am not vegan but im trying to be.

    • Madhuram

      Thank you very much for the feedback Barb.

  23. Mandy

    So glad I found your recipe! I just made these and ate them with Trader Joe’s vegan cream cheese — they are so delicious!!

    • Madhuram

      That’s great Mandy. Thank you for trying the recipe.

  24. Laurie

    These are fantastic., thank you!

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Laurie.