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Blueberry Muffins Sweetened With Agave

Updated on June 8, 2017

Blueberry Muffins with Agave

Blueberry Muffin Recipe with Agave Nectar
Blueberry Muffin Recipe with Agave Nectar | Source

Very Berry Blueberry Oat Muffins with Agave Sweetener

  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Quick Cooking Oatmeal
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Milk, Warm, but not boiling.
  • 3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Blue Agave
  • 1 Egg, Room temperature.
  • 3/4 Cup Frozen Blueberries

Instructions

  1. Set oven at 350º to preheat and prepare a 12 cup muffin pan.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together.
  3. Mix liquid ingredients together and stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  4. Stir in blueberries.
  5. Divide batter into muffin cups.
  6. Bake approximately 14 minutes, until muffins begin to brown.
  7. Let cool about 5 minutes and remove to a plate to finish cooling.
  8. Store in an airtight container if there are leftovers. May be frozen.

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Information About Agave

If you haven’t heard of using agave as a sweetener just yet then you are probably not familiar with the supposed source of this delicious sugar substitute, much less it's amazing taste.

Well, here's a quick look at the scoop:

  • Even though it is cactus-like, agave is not cacti.
  • It is a succulent that is at home in southern and tropical areas of the USA.
  • It's also a fantastic sugar substitute that works well in most recipes.
  • It has some valuable health benefits, as well.

Now that you are in the know about agave and its advantages, read on for more info about using this gift from nature. You might be pleasantly surprised!

An Ancient Sweetener is a New Product--Check Out Agave!

I was hesitant to try agave because I’ve never found a sweetener for my coffee that I like better than sugar. Using stevia in anything fruity such as lemonade or desserts makes my taste buds dance, but neither the raw or any of the packaged brands work in my coffee. Honey is also great in most drinks and foods as far as I’m concerned, but it doesn’t do it for my coffee either.

Of course, artificial sweeteners are out of the question, so it’s not that I’m closed to trying unusual natural sweeteners. It’s just that I had not found another sweetener of any kind that did it for my coffee, and if you are a coffee lover, you understand. If you use a sweetener in it, its absolutely gotta’ do right by the coffee.

Eventually, my friend convinced me to try the agave in my coffee. I broke down in a weak moment and now I’m glad I tried it. Glad because we all need to consume the healthiest foods we can and anytime we can drop the amount of sugar that we use we are doing ourselves a huge favor, but there are some issues that we need to consider when using all sweeteners. This one is no different.

Organic Blue Agave is a Healthy Sweetener.
Organic Blue Agave is a Healthy Sweetener. | Source

One of creation’s wonders, agave is promoted as an all natural low-glycemic sweetener that is 1 1/2 times as sweet as sugar, meaning, obviously, that even we who deal with a sweet tooth can be satisfied with less.

There is some question as to whether it truly has added health benefits over sugar, and as well, whether it should be considered a low-glycemic sweetener that is safe for diabetics.

The jury is out, as they say, and more research is needed, but for the average person, agave used in moderation may be a better choice than refined white sugar. If a little sweetener is needed in a smoothie, a lemonade, or other drink, why put white sugar in it if there is a good substitute?

The agave nectar that we buy at the store is processed. Even those that advertise “raw” agave should be carefully scrutinized if you want to be sure of what you are buying.

The details of its fructose content are an interesting study and if you want to check out a couple of articles on the subject go here and here, but don't stop there. Do the research for yourself in order to make the best decision for you and your family.

Well, after all that research I still wanted to know if agave products would work well in baked goods because stevia recipes must include sugar if cakes, cookies, or muffins are going to turn that appealing “done” brown color that we are so used to.

After fiddling around in the kitchen with a few ingredients I discovered that it does indeed play nice when used for baking and I came up with the following recipe as my first experiment with this sweetener.

It is a hearty, dense, easy-to-make muffin for a quick, good-for-you breakfast or snack. You may be interested in some or none of the substitutions I use for the milk, eggs, and oil.

Very Berry Blueberry Muffin Recipe Is Lightly Sweetened With Agave
Very Berry Blueberry Muffin Recipe Is Lightly Sweetened With Agave | Source

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    • RTalloni profile image
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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      gracenotes:

      I'm so glad that the stevia blend suits your needs. We use it especially for teas that need a little sweetener, and some baking--though that requires a little agave or sugar. It's my opinion that some diabetics can tolerate agave better than others, at least that how it seems from reports I've read. That's not surprising really, none of us nor our needs are all the same!

      So glad you have benefitted from my gluten free hubs. I'm looking forward to your hub on going wheat free. Recipes, we hope!? :)

      Thanks much for coming by--always good to hear from you!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Sally's Trove:

      I'm looking forward to those recipe hubs! Thanks for checking out this blue agave information.

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      gracenotes 5 years ago from North Texas

      I am now officially conflicted on blue agave, which I have been using for 5 years or so.

      I found a stevia blend that I could like (Truvia -- it's good, and I'm used to it now).

      I still do squirt a little agave nectar occasionally into my hot tea to help round out the flavor. But presently, I'm trying very hard to limit my consumption of fructose, which agave is, or table sugar, or high-fructose corn syrup.

      I've also gone wheat free, and I will write a hub about this, but anyway, I do appreciate your experiences and your hubs with the recipes, RTalloni.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What a good suggestion. I'll have to talk to her and see what she thinks of this. I think she's on to something very good but hasn't thought about sharing it through writing. Thanks so much for the idea!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Sally's Trove:

      Thanks for letting us know of your diabetic friends positive experience with agave! That's exciting and you are right, the more we experiment the more we will learn of its valuable uses. Do you think your friend would let you publish some of her recipes? If you do I would like to link them here.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Sally's Trove:

      So glad you found this info on agave sweetener helpful--thanks much for stopping in!

      Am in the middle of updating my hubs with info I learned about using links correctly and I just saw your oil-dree salad as I was double-checking my updates. I was already looking forward to checking it out shortly--thanks bunches for the link.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      One more thing...a friend of mine who has diabetes and is also a supreme baker recently discovered that she could modify all of her baking recipes with agave and still keep her sugar levels, level. Obviously, she can't eat two slices of pie for any reason in any way, but with agave, she can have a small portion with no problem.

      Her baked goods are outstanding, but they are less sweet than one would expect, and this is refreshing!

      I think there's a lot of experimentation that needs to be done with agave, and all of it will be worthwhile.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      This is an excellent resource for understanding what agave is and why it is a different sweetener with certain benefits. Glad you wrote it! I linked to here from my latest hub on an oil-free salad dressing for those who are following the Eat To Live program. Up, all the way!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      cardelean:

      Oh, you make me laugh--and I needed to tonight! :) Thanks bunches for your kind comments! Agave is my most versatile sweetener at this point. There's a lot to love about it and I'm glad you are getting to do so. :)

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I substitute agave whenever I can, we love it. Your recipes always sound so wonderful. I think one day I will stay home and become RTalloni the baker and try all of your recipes! Thanks for the link and I am reciprocating.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      So glad that you visited and commented, but mostly that you found the hub to be a learning experience. Appreciate your stopping by!

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      charlesspock 6 years ago from Vermont

      thanks for the great information and the intersting links to the other articles I really learned a lot from this

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      A lot of friends use honey in their coffee, but I just can't get used to it. I hope you both like the muffin recipe, for a change. :)

      Thanks so much for your visit and your comments!

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      TINA V 6 years ago

      I have never tried agave, and we use honey for our coffee. I think your suggestion to try it with baking is great. My husband loves blueberry muffin, but I’ll try your recipe for a change. I guess sometimes change is good. Your hub is informative and useful. The video is also informative. Thumbs up!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much for this information. I'll be checking out your hub on agave--thanks for mentioning it! It's interesting to study the way it is processed and what the labels actually mean. Keeping the amount of sugar we eat to a minimum is smart business.

      Very much appreciate your coming by with your input!

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      gracenotes 6 years ago from North Texas

      Appreciated this information, and I'm always interested in recipes using agave nectar. Wholesome Sweeteners agave nectar is the best one out there, and I advertise it on one of my hubs. If I'm only using it to sweeten my morning cup of tea, I'm not overdoing it! I cannot stand stevia, so the agave is a good substitute for sugar. I have cut back on all sweets for the last 2 months, and I feel better because of it.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      So glad this was helpful, Chatkath! It's kind of fun to ask knowledgable questions of the experts who act like they know so much about their products, but we need to help each other stay informed so we can be ready for them :)

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Great informative hub as always R., I have never used it but now that I know something about it I will! It can really be confusing since the information we get as consumers always has a sales incentive...

      Thanks so much for sharing!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      mark_bradshaw:

      Thanks much for your input. I've recently highlighted a stevia product called Sun Crystals that you might be interested in. There are a wide variety of sweeteners to choose from and I want to be sure I'm using the healthiest ones.

      Appreciate your stopping by very much!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      sangre:

      "Sweeter than sugar" does not mean tastes like sugar, does it? :)

      Thanks kindly for stopping in with your comment!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      T F P:

      Somehow, even though there may be problems with processed agave, it is probably still better for you than tequila.

      Thanks much for hopping by and sharing your ribbit!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Ashlea B:

      I agree about honey, although I like it in some breads. Thanks for sharing your agave to honey ratio. Hope your little guy likes his muffins. :) Thanks bunches for stopping by with your input.

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      mark_bradshaw 6 years ago from Illinois

      I've been using agave for a while, and I really like it. I've recently been introduced to Stevia, and that's something that I want to experiment with more.

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      Sp Greaney 6 years ago from Ireland

      Have tried other sweetner, they never taste as good as sugar, don't think that product is here yet. Would be nice to give it a try and see if it is a good substitute.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Somehow I have associated agave with alcohol. Thanks for some excellent info here.

      The Frog

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      Ashlea B 6 years ago

      We use Agave Nectar! It's great. For me honey has a "flavor" rather than just a sweetness to it, but I don't find that in the Agave Nectar as much. Our whole wheat bread calls for honey, but I can really taste it in the bread, so I substitute agave nectar using half the amount. I look forward to trying your recipe. I may just have everything I need to make them now-ish. My 4 year old loves the chance to bake! Thanks!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      KoffeeK Gals: Thanks so much! Appreciate your coming by and commenting. Hope you like the muffins! :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      rpalulis:

      You are welcome. It was interesting to experiment with agave and learn about it. Thanks kindly for stopping by with your comments.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      So, Pamela, you are a straight-on coffee drinker! I'm afraid I have a bit of a sweet-tooth. :)

      Thanks so much for stopping in. Always appreciate your input.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I haven't tied it yet but think I will. Great information. Your recipe looks delicious. I will be trying it.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks for the recipe, I have never heard of agave before. I guess I am fortunate that as the coffee lover I am, that I prefer it without sugar, but curious to try agave out in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I have never tried agave and I don't use sugar in my coffee but I would like to try it and baked goods. Your recipe sounds very good so I'm going to look for when I go to the store and make some muffins. Thanks for the information.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      It is an interesting study. I think Costco carries two kinds. Thanks bunches for coming by with your input!

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      Susan Kaul 6 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      Very nice education here, I was fearful to try it. but I noticed it at the local Costco recently. Maybe I should get over my hesitation. Thanks