Low Calorie Blueberry Muffins and a Giveaway

Is there anything better than a freshly baked blueberry muffin? How about one that is only 122 calories?

I recently made these low calorie blueberry muffins, replacing sugar with Born Sweet® Zing™ Baking Blend.  Zing™ Baking Blend is made with a combination of stevia leaf extract and pure cane sugar and has only 5 calories per serving. It bakes and browns just like sugar but with fewer calories.

I’m always looking for clever ways to cut down on calories, especially since I bake so often and consume so many of my baked goods, so I was definitely curious to see how well Zing™ Baking Blend would work.

My low calorie muffins baked up just like my regular muffins. They rose beautifully and had golden tops just like they should. Appearance-wise, I didn’t see any difference.

And they tasted great too: fluffy, soft, bursting with fresh blueberry juices. I can never resist a blueberry muffin straight out of the oven. I nearly burned my mouth digging into one of these, but it was worth it. And I was able to eat the whole thing without feeling guilty! Okay, who am I kidding?! I actually had two right away. It might be three by the time I finish writing this.

Because these are meant to be low calorie, these are not your super-sweet, covered in streusel type of muffin. These are light and sweet and just enough to satisfy those cravings for a baked good without going overboard.

I was provided with a 20 oz. canister of Zing™ Baking Blend. I’ve seen it at Walmart and Amazon. You can use it in most baking recipes, by using about half the amount of Zing™ Baking Blend for the amount of sugar a recipe calls for, so this canister actually goes a long way. I especially love the easy pour spout, which is less messy than scooping ingredients from a bag.

I’ll definitely be experimenting more with some of my other recipes. You can learn more about Zing™ Baking Blend on their website.

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I don’t normally provide a nutritional breakdown for my recipes, but since I keep discussing the calorie count, I did have the recipe analyzed through My Fitness Pal and here is the information:

Low Calorie Blueberry Muffins


  • 1/2 cup Zing™ Baking Blend
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking power
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup fat free milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake/muffin liners.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together Zing™ Baking Blend  and egg until combined. Add in remaining ingredients except blueberries and whisk until batter is smooth. Stir in 1 cup of blueberries.

3. Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full with batter. Drop a few of the remaining blueberries on top of each muffin.

4. Bake for about 20 minutes until muffins are puffy and knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let muffins cool before eating.

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130 comments on “Low Calorie Blueberry Muffins and a Giveaway”

  1. i will make oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies

  2. tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/651678153228726272

  3. Wow, my son is obsessed with BROWNIES so I’m always trying new recipes, this might be perfect!

  4. I would use it in cupcakes!
    I LOVE making cupcakes(especially chocolate!)

  5. I’m always baking muffins so I’d love to see how this product stacks up!

  6. I will be using Born Sweet Baking Zing to bake all my pumpkin treats this fall!! Can’t wait to try this! 🙂

  7. Your Blueberry Muffins look incredible! My Dad has Diabetes and it runs in my family so I am always looking for healthier dessert recipes and I like the Born Sweet Zing Baking blend to make my Red Velvet Cupcakes and Cinnamon Apple Muffins. I make these low calorie versions.

  8. tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/651748222071758848

  9. i would make cookies

  10. I will bake carrot cake.

  11. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/651762156275372032

  12. I would bake muffins

  13. I’ve already been using it in several of my sourdough cakes!

  14. I would use it in all my holiday baking! This would be perfect for my family. Thank you for the opportunity.

  15. I would bake some banana bread using the  Born Sweet® Zing™ Baking Blend! 

  16. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/aliciaa0795/status/651799938515496961

  17. I love donuts but am afraid of deep frying, so I’d love to use this blend to BAKE donut muffins! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. With the change of the season I’m back on my pumpkin trend! I would be interested to see how it would hold up in my pumpkin cheesecake recipe! Graham cracker crust???

  19. I would make my pumpkin rolled cake with it

  20. I would love to use Born Sweet Zing Baking Blend to make some oatmeal chocolate chip butterscotch cookies and apple muffins.

  21. I would love to make pumpkin muffins with this!

  22. I would bake a chocolate cake.

  23. I would make banana bread!  Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  24. Tweet:

    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  25. I would really like to try to make some banana nut bread. Its so delicious!

  26. i’d love to make some cinnamon rolls with zing!!!

  27. I would make carrot cake cupcakes

    groogruxking40 @ gmail dot com

  28. tweet- https://twitter.com/groogruxking40/status/651922445021020160 

  29. I would bake zucchini bread1

  30. I will bake brownies!

  31. I would make zucchini bread.

  32. I would use this for muffin and quick breads.

  33. I will use Zing Baking Blend to bake Buttermilk Pie.

  34. I’d use it for cupcakes.

  35. I would use it to bake pumpkin and apple pies this holiday season for a less guilty treat! 🙂

  36. I would use this to make apple bread

  37. I’ll use the Born Sweet® Zing™ Baking Blend to make their cinnamon apple muffins. They look tasty!

  38. I want to bake vanilla cookies and halloween treats with it!

  39. I’d make pumpkin muffins!

  40. I would make some pumpkin bread!! yum

  41. I’d love to bake lots of sugar cookies this Christmas!


  42. very cool! i love this. i always cut back the amount of sugar in baking recipes, especially banana bread (holy moly some banana bread recipes are insane!). i’d use this mix for lots of great fall goodies including my favorite: pumpkin chocolate chip muffins 🙂

  43. I would make blueberry cupcakes.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  44. tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/653028044941099008

  45. I’d make my favorite cookie…Double Chocolate Chip!

  46. I posted a tweet:  https://twitter.com/FireRunner2379/status/653234287525908480.

  47. These blueberry muffins look amazing and would be the first recipe I’d try with the Zing Baking Blend.

  48. I would make a cheese cake with Zing Baking Blend

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  49. I would bake the Peanut Butter and Banana Cake recipe from their site using Born Sweet® Zing™ Baking Blend.

  50. I’d try using this in my favorite: jam thumbprint cookies.

  51. Mmm, I’d probably make some pumpkin bread or muffins!

  52. I would make pumpkin pie

  53. Chocolate Lava Cakes!!!

  54. I’d bake cheesecakes and pies.

  55. Chocolate Chip Banana Brown Butter Cake!
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  56. Ooh those look so delicious to remake! I want to win! ????

  57. I would make some cranberry and lemon scones.

  58. tweeted https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/655070120453251072

  59. I’d like to try it in bread pudding.

  60. I’d try using it in my Pecan Butter Ball cookies!

  61. I will make a lighter version of my favorite chocolate chip cookies.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  62. tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/655883413489123328

  63. I would love to make some Pumpkin Raisin Bread!!  

  64.  would bake some banana bread using the  Born Sweet® Zing™ Baking Blend! 

  65. I would love to use it with my holiday baking. Sugar cookies and also wonder if I could put it in my blender to spin it up to make it like powder sugar to use in my shortbread cookies. I would love to try it out on my recipe for low sugar banana bread by using it instead of agave nectar. Thanks for the great looking recipe and the chance to win.

  66. I would love to try to make some pumpkin tartlets with Zing. truckredford(at)Gmail(dot)Com

  67. Would be awesome with in my pumpkin bars

  68. All kinds of treats but I guess I’d make some cookies first. 

  69. I would use it to make Blueberry, Strawberry, Coconut Cupcakes.

  70. I would like to try Zing in my chocolate walnut brownie recipe.

  71. I would make chocolate chip cookies!

  72. Mini cheesecakes

  73. Tweet https://twitter.com/Lindiac/status/659111535961182208

  74. I would make brownies.

  75. I would make blueberry muffins.

  76. I would try it in a light version of my apple crumble ?

  77. My tweet https://twitter.com/AurelieRed/status/659717289919578112

  78. I would make apple crisp

  79. I will make pumpkin muffins.

  80. I would love to try making no-bake chocolate cookies.  mmmm I love those!

  81. I tweeted here:  https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/660119262372241408 

  82. I’d like to try Zing in some of my Christmas Cookie recipes.

  83. tweeted – https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/660190671186194432

  84. I will probably make some blueberry, almond and flax seed muffins.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  85. I’d use it in making both donuts and waffles for my family!

  86. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/pixel_berry_pie/status/660308349162885120

  87. i would probably try to make chocolate chip cookies 

  88. i posted a tweet:  https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/660342501622943744 

  89. I would make banana bread

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  90. tweet  https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/660489852274802688

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  91. I would make some banana nut bread with Zing!

  92. I sent out a tweet: https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/660519748162052096

  93. i would make banana bread 

  94. I love blueberry muffins so I’m going to be trying your recipe. I would use this to make banana nut bread.

  95. #SweepstakesEntry I would bake zucchini bread, banana bread and also Lintzer tart cookies


  96. I would make peanut butter cookies.

  97. I’d love me some blueberry-lemon cupcakes with blueberry frosting


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