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These juicy lemon blueberry muffins are the perfect way to start your mornings! They make a delicious healthy treat, they’re packed with low-calorie blueberries and keep moist and fresh for days.
I always love having a fresh batch of muffins for breakfast on the run and this is one of my staple recipes: easy, quick to make from scratch and loaded with fruit.
Plus, these babies are healthier than your average muffins. They are made with whole-grain flour and they contain a small amount of unrefined cane sugar, which makes them delicious but not overly sweet.
However, you can swap whole grain flour with all-purpose flour or you can use white sugar instead of cane sugar, they will turn out delicious anyway!
What ingredients you need
- Whole grain flour or all-purpose flour
- Frozen or fresh blueberries
- Unrefined cane sugar or regular sugar
- Vegetable oil
- Baking powder
How to make them
- Preheat the oven to 450℉/230℃
- In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, lemon zest
- Mix well
- In a mixing bowl combine oil, milk, and egg
- Pour the wet ingredient into the dry and mix with a fork just until combined
- Gently fold the blueberries into the batter (they release some of their juice, but it’s fine)
- Divide the batter evenly between 6 muffin cases
- Bake for 5 minutes at 450℉/230℃
- Then reduce the oven temperature to 400℉/200℃
- Bake for about 20 minutes
RECIPE NOTES & TIPS
ARE BLUEBERRY MUFFINS HEALTHY?
Let’s start by saying that these muffins are packed with healthy and low-calorie blueberries and wholesome ingredients such as spelt flour.
Plus, they’re not overly sweet since they contain a little amount of unrefined cane sugar, which compared to refined sugar, is much less processed.Another added bonus is the whole grain flour, rich in nutrients and fiber content.
CAN YOU PUT FRESH BLUEBERRIES IN MUFFINS?
Of course, you can use fresh or frozen blueberries, whatever comes handy.
I used frozen blueberries, cheaper than fresh blueberries, and available in the freezer aisle year-round.
Both fresh and frozen blueberries hold the shape nicely, and the right amount of liquid in this recipe prevents them from sinking to the bottom. Plus, the color of the batter doesn’t turn green.
HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR BLUEBERRY MUFFINS FLUFFY?
- Use eggs and milk at room temperature
- Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until just barely combined, a lumpy and sticky batter is fine
- Don’t overmix the batter, that would ruin that lovely fluffy texture
- Make sure the baking powder is fresh and not expired
- Measure liquid, baking powder, and flour accurately
HOW DO YOU STORE FRESH LEMON BLUEBERRY MUFFINS?
In case you have leftover muffins, you can store them at room temperature, in an airtight container, for up to 3 days or you can freeze them for up to 3 months.
Recipe updated: originally posted in August 2019, I’ve tweaked the post adding new pictures, notes, and nutritional values.
LEMON BLUEBERRY MUFFINS VARIATIONS
Berries and lemon zest are my absolute favorites, they make these muffins lemony and moist.
However, you could easily play around with this recipe swapping blueberries for the same amount of raspberries, or adding 1/4 cup of nuts, seeds, chocolate chips or dried fruit for a different taste and texture.
MORE HEALTHY EASY TREATS?
If you love these delicious and moist lemon blueberry muffins, you’ll love these healthy and easy recipes:
- Blender beetroot and chocolate cake
- Healthy Yogurt cake
- Pumpkin muffins
- Blender healthy carrot cake
- Healthy blender Chocolate zucchini bread
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I would love to hear from you!
LEMON BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
- 1 ½ cup (190 grams) whole-grain flour or all-purpose flour (I used white spelt flour)
- 1 cup (130 grams) blueberries, fresh or frozen (I used frozen blueberries)
- 1/2 scant cup (90 grams) unrefined cane sugar or white sugar*
- 1/2 cup (120 grams) milk
- 1/3 cup (70 grams) vegetable oil (I use expeller pressed canola oil)
- 2 lemons, zest
- 1 egg, possibly at room temperature
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp fine salt
- Preheat the oven to 450 F°/230C°
- Grease with butter or line the muffin pan with paper cases.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour with the baking powder, salt, sugar and lemon zest. Mix them together with a whisk.
- In a jug or in a bowl, combine the oil, the egg and the milk and mix well.Note: If you use a large egg, reduce the amount of milk (1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp of milk should be fine).
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a fork, just until combined.
- Pat dry the blueberries with kitchen paper, and using a spatula gently fold them into the batter
- Divide the batter evenly between the 6 muffin cases and bake for 5 minutes at 450F°, then reduce the oven temperature at 400F°/200C° and bake for a further 20 minutes, or until the muffins are golden on top and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
- Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool and serve them dusted with icing sugar if you like.Note: if you have leftover muffins, store them at room temperature, in an airtight container for 2-3 days or you can freeze them for up to 3 months.
- Frozen blueberries do not need to be thawed before you add them to your muffin batter. If they are already thawed like the ones I used for this recipe, gently pat them dry with kitchen paper. Frozen and fresh blueberries have similar weight.
- You can reduce the amount of sugar a little bit further, 1/3 cup sugar (about 75 grams) works just fine if you prefer less sweet muffins.
- White spelt flour is one of my favorite whole grain flours, it's a light and doesn't weight down your cakes and muffins. It tastes delicious and it's easier to digest than wheat flour.
- If you use a large egg, reduce the amount of milk (1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp of milk should be fine).
- It is very important not to open the oven for at least the first 15 minutes until the rising is finished.
- NOTE: nutritional values are estimates only.