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Bakery-Style Lemon Blueberry Muffins

4.72 from 166 votes
Whether you have a leisurely morning stretched out before you or just a five minute respite from chaos, my sunny lemon blueberry muffins will make for a perfect escape! 
The wrapped peeled back from a Lemon Blueberry Muffin

Hi Bold Bakers!

Sometimes we just need to get away from it all, and usually, it’s just when we can’t. Why is it that days can feel endless and yet time just never seems to stop? I was really busy before I became a mother, and now — well, getting through my days and actually checking things off my list feels like a small miracle. How do I make this happen?  Here’s my secret: If we honor our downtime with the same reverence as we do our productive time, we actually can have the energy to get it all done.

Here is where I urge you to stop, put down whatever it is you are trying to finish, sneak away into the kitchen, and make my delightful Lemon Blueberry Muffins! They take no time at all to mix together and before you know it, you will be nourishing your senses with the smell and taste of tart lemons, fresh blueberries, and a soft, sweet muffin. Make a few minutes feel like a long, quiet morning, and get the break you need with my Lemon Blueberry Muffins!

My Lemon Blueberry Muffins recipe resulted in these bakery-style muffins, arranged on a cooling rack.

What Are Lemon Blueberry Muffins?

Lemon blueberry muffins are simply my muffin recipe with fresh or frozen blueberries and lemon zest added in. Lemon zest is the very outer yellow part of the lemon skin – it is what lemon extract is made from, and it gives my muffins a bright, fresh flavor. I don’t use lemon juice because when baked, the flavor is too subtle, and lemon extract can give a bitter taste.

What You Need To Make Lemon Blueberry Muffins

A close up of my Homemade Lemon Blueberry Muffins, to show the texture and consistency.

How To Make Lemon Blueberry Muffins

This is honestly as simple as mix and bake! Can you imagine having Lemon Blueberry Muffins ready for breakfast? Heaven. Here’s how easy it is (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, down below):

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° (190°C) and line 8 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a bowl, mix sugar, egg, yogurt, oil, milk, vanilla and lemon zest.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Gently fold in the blueberries.
  6. Spoon batter evenly into the 8 prepared muffin cups.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Let cool in the tin for ten minutes before removing from tin.

How Do I Store Lemon Blueberry Muffins?

Store these muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.  These muffins can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to two months. Defrost in a 300°F (150°C) oven or just pop in the microwave for a minute.

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The interior of one of my Bakery-Style Lemon Blueberry Muffins, showing texture and the amount of blueberries inside.

Gemma’s Pro Tips for Making Lemon Blueberry Muffins 

  • The best zest: A microplane makes zesting quick work. A fine, sharp cheese grater will work if you don’t have a microplane. Either way, when zesting, make sure to only remove the yellow part of the skin and try not to get any of the white pith which can give the muffins a bitter taste. 
  • Another zest tip! Zest can clump up. When mixing the zest into your wet ingredients, check to make sure that it is evenly distributed through your batter before you add the dry ingredients.
  • Any blueberries will do! Fresh or frozen blueberries will work fine in the recipe. If they are frozen, do not defrost before mixing into your batter!
  • You can use other berries! You can replace the blueberries with an equal amount of fresh or frozen raspberries or blackberries so something different but just as delicious.  I don’t recommend strawberries as they release too much water and can result in a soggy muffin.

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

Bakery-Style Lemon Blueberry Muffins Recipe

4.72 from 166 votes
Whether you have a leisurely morning stretched out before you or just a five-minute respite from chaos, my sunny lemon blueberry muffins will make for a perfect escape! 
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 Muffins
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Whether you have a leisurely morning stretched out before you or just a five-minute respite from chaos, my sunny lemon blueberry muffins will make for a perfect escape! 
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 Muffins

Ingredients

  • cup (5oz/142g) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup (2oz/57g) plain yogurt
  • ½ cup (4floz/115ml) flavorless oil (canola, sunflower, etc.)
  • cup (2 ½ floz/71ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 ¼ cups (6 ¼ oz/177g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (5oz/142g) blueberries, fresh or frozen

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375° (190°C) and line 8 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • In a bowl, mix sugar, egg, yogurt, oil, milk, vanilla and lemon zest.
  • In another bowl, blend together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Mix the wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Gently fold in the blueberries. A few lumps are ok.
  • Spoon batter into the muffin cups until almost full.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes on an upper-middle rack in your oven, until a knife inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Let cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing. Enjoy these muffins warm with a well-deserved cup of tea! You can store these muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze them for up to two months.

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Lorna
Lorna
3 months ago

I have no yogurt.. ate it at breakfast .. what can I substitute it with Gemma

Robin wilkinson
3 months ago

Seriously!!!! this is great. I agree with lemon Zest vs. Juice of the lemon. Thanks for all your good works.

Robin

BushraFatima
8 days ago

Hi Gemma ,
Your recipes are simple and easy … After watching your videos I am much more interested in baking than cooking …. Haha
I have tried crazy muffin recipe .. every time I baked it was a hit ….
This muffin recipe has yoghurt but there is no baking soda ….🤔

BSR
BSR
22 days ago

These are very good. I’ve been looking for a solid blueberry muffin recipe- this is a keeper!

Aria Clemens
2 months ago

Worked really well! Thank you! 😊

Shaida
Shaida
3 months ago

Hi. I wanted to ask can I use gluten free flour instead, as i am celiac. I just love all ur recipes so far. Cant resist to make these. Will it turn out the same or do I need to add anything else?

Maryam
Maryam
3 months ago

Have you made a genoise sponge recipe before and is there a substitute for cake flour or how to make your own cake flour. Also I love your recipies they always turn out amazing and delicious. And I’m going to make these muffins soon 😊

Cynthia Deleon
Cynthia Deleon
3 months ago

Gemma I have a question sweety I was wondering if you could let me know what the carb intake on these muffins are. I am diabetic and have to keep my carbs down. And also can this recipe be substituted with sweetener instead of sugar? Thank u soo much!! I love to watch your videos your sooo gifted!! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR LITTLE FAMILY 😊😊❤❤

5 days ago

Delicious!!! Great recipe, very good. Thanks Gemma

Susi V
Susi V
5 days ago

Super easy and came out great!

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