Tender Blueberry Muffins lightly sweetened, enhanced with lemon zest, vanilla, and cardamom made with fresh or frozen blueberries. A delicious breakfast or afternoon snack. Gluten-free adaptable. Video.

Tender Blueberry Muffins with lemon zest, vanilla and cardamom, lightly sweetened & can be made with fresh or frozen blueberries. Gluten-free adaptable. A delicious breakfast or afternoon snack. Gluten free adaptable.

These blueberry muffins are moist and delicious and completely irresistible. We give them a boost of healthy nutrients with whole wheat flour and minimal sugar- just enough to bring out their lovely flavor! Tangy yogurt, lemon zest, vanilla, and a touch of cardamom all work together to create the perfect marriage of flavors.

For an optional enhancement, sprinkle streusel on top for a delicious crunch and a fancier look. Looking for more healthy muffin recipes? Try these delightful Rhubarb Muffins!

Ingredients In healthy Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients in blueberry muffins.

Ingredient Notes

  • Blueberries– fresh or frozen. When using frozen blueberries, give a quick rinse if covered in ice crystals and pat dry as best you can with a paper towel. But do not thaw, add in frozen. The batter may tint blue slightly but the muffins will still be delicious.
  • Whole wheat pastry flour this very light wheat flour adds a nutty flavor and more nutrients. You can substitute all-purpose flour, or use 1/2 wheat, 1/2 white, or cup-to-cup gluten-free flour mix.
  • Greek Yogurt– the thick consistency of Greek yogurt is important in creating a thick batter, helping the blueberries to stay suspended throughout the muffins rather than sinking to the bottom.
  • Olive oil– feel free to replace it with a neutral oil like avocado. You can use butter or coconut oil though they tend to create a dry muffin, especially the next day.
  • Cardamom– the combination with blueberries and lemon zest is so lovely. Leave it out if you prefer or replace it with cinnamon.
  • Sugar– just enough to give the muffins flavor and help to brown the tops. These muffins are not super sweet.

*See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.     

How To Make healthy Blueberry Muffins

Heat the oven to 375F degrees. Oil or line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper (spray oil the papers!)

Mix streusel: Mix together the streusel by mixing together the flour, sugar, salt and mash the butter in until in forms a coarse crumb. Pop it in the freezer while you make the muffin batter.

Dry ingredients: Measure out flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom (if using), and salt. Stir together.

Wet ingredients: In a separate bowl whisk together thoroughly olive oil, eggs, Greek yogurt, vanilla, milk, and lemon zest.

Combine: Add the wet ingredients into the dry and gently mix until mostly incorporated. Add the blueberries, folding in just enough to distribute.

Scoop batter into the muffin tin, an ice cream scoop works great for this. Fill up to the top. Press a few blueberries into the top of each muffin. 

Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of the streusel over the top of each muffin.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they bounce back when pressed in the center. Or around 200F degrees internally on a thermometer. Remove muffins from the tin and let cool on a rack.

Tender Blueberry Muffins with lemon zest, vanilla and cardamom, lightly sweetened & can be made with fresh or frozen blueberries. Gluten-free adaptable. A delicious breakfast or afternoon snack. Gluten free adaptable.

Blueberry Muffin FAQS

Does flour keep blueberries from sinking?

It does not seem to make a huge difference. If the batter is thin, the berries will sink anyways. A thick batter helps to distribute the berries more evenly.

Is it better to use fresh or frozen blueberries?

It is easier to use fresh blueberries though sometimes they can be lacking in flavor when they are off-peak. Frozen berries may streak the batter with blue ribbons though the berries are frozen at peak harvest and can have more flavor.

Can blueberry muffins be made gluten-free?

Yes, choose a flour blend that will replace the flour cup-to-cup.

Can blueberry muffins be frozen?

Yes. Cool completely and place in a freezer bag for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and warm if you like!

Are blueberry muffins healthy?

Using wholegrain flour and minimal sugar is a great way to make blueberry muffins healthier!

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Enjoy!

~Tonia

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Tender Blueberry Muffins lightly sweetened, enhanced with lemon zest, vanilla and cardamom made with fresh or frozen blueberries. A delicious breakfast or afternoon snack. Gluten-free adaptable.

Blueberry Muffins Recipe

  • Author: Tonia | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: baked
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Tender Blueberry Muffins lightly sweetened, enhanced with lemon zest, vanilla and cardamom made with fresh or frozen blueberries. A delicious breakfast or afternoon snack. Gluten-free adaptable.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 1/2 cups (300 grams) ww pastry flour (use all purpose or 1/2 wheat 1/2 white)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup (100 to 150 grams) sugar (see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon cardamom (optional or use 1 teaspoon cinnamon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup olive oil (or a more neutral oil if preferred)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk (plant based is fine if preferred)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups (220 grams) blueberries, fresh or frozen (do not thaw-*see notes)

Streusel Topping (optional- but makes them special!)

  • 1/4 cup flour (use a gluten free blend if desired)
  • 1/4 cup sugar, coarse or regular
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cardamom

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 375F degrees. Oil or line a 12 hole muffin tin with papers (oil the papers!)
  2. (Optional)Mix streusel: Mix together the streusel by mixing together the flour, sugar, salt and mash the butter in until in forms a coarse crumb. Pop it in the freezer while you make the muffin batter.
  3. Dry ingredients: Measure out flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom (if using), and salt. Stir together.
  4. Wet ingredients: In a separate bowl whisk together thoroughly olive oil, eggs, Greek yogurt, vanilla, milk, and lemon zest.
  5. Combine: Add the wet ingredients into the dry and gently mix until mostly incorporated. Avoid over mixing! Add the blueberries, folding in just enough to distribute.
  6. Fill: Scoop batter into the muffin tin, a mechanical ice cream scoop works great for this. Fill up to the top. Press a few blueberries into the top of each muffin. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of the streusel over the top of each muffin. 
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they bounce back when pressed in the center or around 200F degrees, internally, on a thermometer. Remove the muffins from the tin and let them cool on a rack.

Notes

Store at room temperate in a sealed container up to 3 days. To freshen up pop in oven at 350F for 5 minutes or air fry at 300F for 3 minutes. 

Sugar– 1/2 cup (100 grams) gives a light sweetness which we prefer, but adding another 1/4 cup will give them a full sweet flavor.

Frozen blueberries– give a quick rinse if covered in ice crystals and pat dry as best you can with a paper towel. But do not thaw, add in frozen. The batter may tint blue slightly but the muffins will still be delicious.

Freeze- in a sealed container or bag up to 3 months.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 muffin (without streusel topping)
  • Calories: 261
  • Sugar: 11.1 g
  • Sodium: 125.6 mg
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31 g
  • Fiber: 3.3 g
  • Protein: 6.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 31.8 mg

Keywords: blueberry muffins, crumble top blueberry muffins, streusel top blueberry muffins, lemon blueberry muffins

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  1. I made the blueberry muffins this morning – really good! I made just a few tweaks: reduced the olive oil to 1/2 c & sub’d in 1/2 c ground almonds. There was plenty of sweetness with 1/2 c sugar, and I used 0% greek yogurt. My husband had 2 right away. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Absolutely delicious, like all of your recipes! Thank you. This will be a hit repeat at my place 🙂

  3. Great tasting muffins! I used half whole wheat and half white flour and added a tad more milk because the batter seemed thick (thought I forgot to add an ingredient). I was nervous about the cardamom so added only 1/2 tsp but next time will use the full amount. Love the flavor and that they are not too sweet.

  4. Great muffins, omitted the milk and the streusel and didn’t add spice (my children prefer the muffins on the plainer side). Added 3/4 cup sugar, I think half a cup would be not at all enough.

  5. These are AMAZING! I made them vegan with vegan butter, a flax egg, and vegan yogurt and they were absolutely delicious!

  6. Amazing recipe – I followed it exactly, used a gluten free 1:1 flour, olive oil, followed your recipe exactly, including strusel. Batter was stiff and I thought uh oh, but had faith because love your work at feasting at home. These turned out perfectly. (Also, I’m from Canada and we use cup measurements here too). I will make these regularly. Thank you! 🙂

    1. Yay Kim! So happy these worked out for you and appreciate hearing the process! 🙂

  7. These were amazing muffins! I made six, (instead of 12) using a large muffin pan. Bake time 30-35 minutes.

  8. These were very good. Just the right amount of ‘sweet’. I used 1/2 c of sugar and cut the oil to 1/2 c using half grape seed 1/2 evoo. I love the blueberry cardamom lemon trio. Also used frozen berries. Left them in the freezer until needed added to dry ingredients then immediately adding the wet and gently mixing..no purple muffins! Also used 0% Greek yogurt. No problems! Light and moist and a good size muffin too! Thank you, will make again and again!

  9. Will definitely try this recipe, have several on file always happy to try a new one! Especially since I love blueberries!
    Did I mention I love blueberries!!
    Thank you for the recipe
    Jim B

  10. This was just what I was hankering for! Oh my… so good. Luckily I had all the ingredients so made them as written.

  11. Very good and very light, no doubt due to the olive oil. That being said, I found these to be a bit too “rich” (oily isn’t quite the right word, but somewhere on that spectrum), no doubt due to the combination of olive oil and full-fat yogurt.
    Although we enjoyed them, not sure I would make them again.

    1. Hey Tonia you may want to review the metric equivalents in the recipe, they are incorrect. Ie amount of yogurt in the ingredients. It says 1 cup/414ml….414ml is not equal to one cup. Should be 250ml.
      2/3 cup of oil is not equal to 80ml.
      In Canada we use metric and these are not the usual equivalencies.

    1. You might be able to cut out the sugar and use applesauce for part of the yogurt measurement though we have not experimented with this. Let us know if you give it a try.

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