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. Sue

    Batter is delicious! I added some rolled oats as batter was thin; I’d halved th recipe. Instead of all maple syrup I used agave nectar for 2/3rds of sweetener. I’d also used 1 tbsp earth balance instead of2 tbsp oil. I like to make items lower in fat because I’m, well, fat, too! Working on losing pounds..
    The orange zest adds a real punch!

    Baking these in toaster oven…too hot out to use regular oven.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Sue.

  2. Arpitha

    Can I use blue berry jam instead of the real blue berry? Thanks in advance

    • Madhuram

      That won’t work Arpitha.

  3. Jodie

    Just made these and they are amazing. I used oat milk and honey instead plus maybe a little extra cinnamon and they are so delicious. So glad I found this recipe

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for the feedback, Jodie.

  4. J

    Hi – I just made a batch of these (the only substitution was soy milk instead of almond milk). The texture turned out great! They were not too sweet, so perfect for for kids’ snacks (and adults), but I’d probably add some sugar if I were making it for “an event” or to take somewhere. My only question/problem was that I could taste the baking soda (not strong, but very much there). Did I do something wrong, or is that normal with this recipe? I baked my usual banana nut muffins along side these and that recipe uses 1 teaspoon of baking soda (vs 1.5 tea in this recipe). I don’t think that 1/2 tea of baking soda extra should make much difference in taste. Any ideas/tips? Could I use less baking soda? Thank you once again for a great recipe! My dairy allergic two year old loved his “bube musshins” πŸ™‚

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for the detailed feedback J. Do you think the aftertaste was from the baking soda or the vinegar? Initially I was using white vinegar in my baking recipes and always felt that it left an aftertaste and then switched to apple cider vinegar and use that only in my baking recipes and never had any issues about the smell or taste.

  5. Nupur Rathod

    Can i use egg in this recipe? I want to bake them tonight and dont have flaxseed in hand.

    • Madhuram

      Yes you can.

  6. KK

    Hello Madhuram, I’m very impressed that you’ve managed to find a recipe that is healthy without making any compromises to the taste. The muffins came out looking like store bought ones. My fussy toddler loved them. 1/2 cup maple syrup seemed a bit less but my almond milk contained agave syrup so the sweetness was just right. Also a big fan of your “I can’t believe it’s eggless chocolate cake”. Thank you and keep up the good work!

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome KK. Thank you for your valuable feedback.

  7. J. Russell

    Thank you, these were good.
    My son is coeliac so I used 3/4 cup of besan flour and 1 cup of g.f. Flour. Then I needed to add more besan flour and more ground flaxseed to get the proper consistency. But I was very pleased with the result.

    • Madhuram

      Oh..that’s great to know!

  8. Miryam

    The best I’ve made yet !!!!! Thank you!!!!
    I just replaced vegetable oil with coconut oil
    Maple syrup with agave syrup and orange zest with lemon zest
    Also my almond milk contains natural vanilla flavour which is perfect since I didn’t have vanilla extract (can’t seem to find one without alcohol)
    Cheers!!! Go eggless or go home !!!

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Miryam. Love your spirit!

  9. Ery

    Thank you very much , these turned out very fluffy and tasty i am making another dozen tonight !

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Ery. πŸ™‚

  10. Dawn

    Tried these for the first time today. I replaced the oil with applesauce because I try to avoid all oils/fats. Also replaced almond milk with rice milk and orange zest with lemon zest because they are what I had on hand. They were fabulous! Thank you so much for the recipe:)

    • Madhuram

      Thank you very much for the detailed feedback Dawn.

  11. Sirisha

    Wonderful healthy muffin recipe. I replaced almond milk with buttermilk. They came out perfect. The sweetness is perfect for me.Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Sirisha.

  12. Kika

    Hi Madhuram,

    Is it ok to subs the baking soda with baking powder, how it will be different if I sub with baking powder? Thanks πŸ˜€

    • Madhuram

      It doesn’t work like that Kika. At least in most of the recipes one cannot be substituted for the other.

  13. Yassir

    Light and delicious! Came out perfect the first time. I cut back on the maple syrup slightly and substituted with Stevia and threw in a quarter cup of chocolate chips – just because. Great combination! Thanks!

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for the feedback Yassir.

  14. Charity

    Hello! Would it be okay to omit the flax seeds or replace with chia seeds? Or perhaps add rolled oats? Thank you!

    • Madhuram

      Yes you can use chia seeds instead of flax seed.

  15. Glen

    Just wanted to say thanks for these! They’re my go-to healthy recipe for when I want something sweet.

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Glen.

  16. Keya

    Just tried this recipe. I used sugar instead of maple syrup and mixed whole wheat, oat flour and all-p flour. Came out great. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Keya.

  17. Nicole

    Hi, can I replace orange zest with something else? Or omit this perhaps? Thanks.

    • Madhuram

      Yes you can omit it. It’s not a must.

  18. Shema

    Hi thanks so much 4ur recipe!!! It’s going to be our snack on our family road trip this afternoon! πŸ™‚ I stumbled upon ur blog while looking for Eggless & yoghurt-less muffin recipes mainly because I’m out of these 2 ingredients;) & I’m on a diet..not too sure if my twist would still count as vegan though. I added 1/2 cup less wheat flour, instead adding 1/2 oat bran, handful walnuts + raisins + dried cranberries (had no blueberries!), 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (had no maple syrup! πŸ™ and bit more milk for a muffin batter. I loved it, not too heavy yet filling, not too dry & great taste!! Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Shema.

  19. CB

    These look great. Just to confirm, whole wheat pastry flour is equivalent to plain wholemeal flour (as opposed to self-raising wholemeal flour?) Just want to be sure I’m using the right sort.

    • Madhuram

      Whole wheat pastry flour is milled from softer variety of wheat and because of that it has lesser gluten content making the pastries a little delicate than baked with regular whole wheat flour. If that’s not available we use 50% each of plain flour and whole wheat flour.

  20. Leah

    I have a nut allergy, can the almond milk be replaced with soy, rice, or coconut milk? Thanks!

    • Madhuram

      Yes it can be.

  21. Shital

    Hey! I love your recipes and use then frequently for baking cakes for my daughter who is allergic to dairy. I have a couple of questions and am wondering if you can help. Can I substitute ground flax seed with flaxseed meal flour in the recipe? Also in the previous bb muffin recipe, can I use cake mix instead of plain flour?
    Many thanks.

    • Madhuram

      Ground flax seed is as same flax seed meal and flax seed flour. Are you talking about cake flour instead of plain flour?

  22. cιcile

    I really want to try this recipe today and I was wandering if I could use Coconut oil ? Thanks (:

    • Madhuram

      Yes you can.

  23. Divya

    The muffins came out great!!! It did not feel vegan at all!!! I used unsweetened
    Applesauce instead of oil and Agave syrup instead of maple syrup to make it more healthier!!!!

    • Madhuram

      Those are wonderful subsitutions Divya. Thanks for the feedback.

  24. Lizabeth T.

    Great recipe! Just made them and they were delicious and beautiful. I didn’t have ground flax seed, so I increased the WW Pasty Flour to 2 c. and just added 2 Tbsp of whole flax seed. Also did not have orange zest so I used lemon and it was lovely. I’m new to veganism and this was my first attempt at vegan baking – so nice that it was a success!

    • CB

      Just grind the flaxseed in a coffee grinder. You get more nutrients that way, too (whole flaxseed just passes through you).

  25. Anita

    Why do we need Orange zest and can we substitute anything else ?

    • Madhuram

      You can omit it if you don’t have it. It adds flavor to the muffins.

    • Lizabeth T.

      I didn’t have oranges, but I used lemon zest instead and it was wonderful.

      • Madhuram

        Thanks Lizabeth.