Lemon Blueberry Muffins are light and tangy muffins with a super moist center. Filled with fresh lemon flavor and sweet blueberries, blueberry lemon muffins are a delicious breakfast or snack!

Love all things blueberry? Some other favorites are healthy blueberry muffins and almond flour blueberry muffins.

Lemon blueberry muffins stacked on top of which other.

Homemade lemon blueberry muffins are a variation of my lemon muffin recipe and a version of my healthy lemon blueberry muffins but made with all-purpose flour rather than whole wheat flour and milk instead of Greek yogurt.

Quick and easy muffin recipes really hit the spot first thing in the morning. I am on a huge lemon kick and love these blueberry lemon muffins!

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Tasty: A classic flavor combination! These muffins are bursting with juicy blueberries and lots of lemon flavor.
  • Convenient: Easy year-round recipe, you can use fresh or frozen blueberries.
  • Easy: This lemon blueberry muffin recipe uses one bowl and is ready in less than 40 minutes.
  • Texture: We use oil instead of butter so they’re super fluffy and moist.
  • Versatile: Make with regular flour or whole wheat flour, use whichever you have on hand.

Ingredients for Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Gather these very simple ingredients and make lemon blueberry muffins today.

Blueberries, maple syrup, oil, egg, lemon, all purpose flour, milk, baking soda, vanilla, baking powder, salt.
  • Milk: I like to use whole milk because it yields more moist muffins, but you can use any milk.
  • Lemons: We will be using the lemon juice and zest, so fresh lemons are the best and add vibrant flavor.
  • Egg: Binding agent that brings the muffin batter together.
  • Oil: Use a mild oil like avocado oil or vegetable oil for a light and airy texture.
  • Sweetener: Maple syrup or honey sweetens lemon blueberry muffins without using sugar.
  • Baking essentials: Baking powder, baking soda, and salt. These three ingredients helps muffins rise, and enhances the flavor.
  • Flour: Stick to all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour for the best results. All flours are different and do not act the same.
  • Blueberries: You can use fresh blueberries or frozen blueberries. Frozen blueberries do not need to be thawed.
  • Vanilla extract

How to Make Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Here is a quick photo overview of how to make this lemon blueberry muffin recipe from start to finish.

Preheat your oven to 425 F. We start baking at a higher temperature for bakery-style dome top blueberry lemon muffins.

Step by step process how to zest lemon and sour the milk for lemon blueberry muffins batter.
  • Zest and juice the lemon: Wash and dry lemon. Hold the lemon over a large bowl and zest the yellow part only with a zester, then squeeze the fresh lemon juice.
  • Add milk: Pour milk into the bowl, whisk to combine and let mixture stand for 10 minutes. It should curdle.
  • Mix in sweetener and baking essentials: Add egg, oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk well until you no longer see lumps. 
  • Finish muffin batter: Add in the flour. Use a spatula to gently mix and be careful not to overmix. A few flour patches is fine, you want to mix just enough to combine.
Step by step process how to make lemon blueberry muffin batter and bake the muffins.
  • Prep and add blueberries: In a separate bowl, coat blueberries with 1 tablespoon of flour. Pour them into the muffin batter then fold until evenly distributed.
  • Fill muffin pan: Fill 12 muffin cups with even amounts of batter. I like to use a regular ice cream scoop.
  • Bake: First bake muffins at 450 F for 7 minutes. Then reduce heat to 350 F and bake for another 13-15 minutes. Your lemon blueberry muffins are ready when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool: Remove muffins from the oven, leave them in the muffin tin for 10 minutes before transferring onto a wire rack. Enjoy!
Close up of lemon blueberry muffin recipe showing texture.

Tips for Best Results

My lemon blueberry muffin recipe is the best! Here are the tips and tricks I stick to every time I make them.

  • If you would like to use buttermilk: You can skip the 10 minute wait time in the beginning, there is no need to let buttermilk sit with lemon juice and curdle.
  • Don’t overmix the batter: This crushes the air bubbles. For fluffy lemon blueberry muffins mix the muffin batter just enough to combine.
  • Do not overbake the muffins: This is the number one cause of dry muffins. All ovens vary and effect the total time, make sure to watch them closely and do a toothpick test.
  • If you would like to use gluten-free flour: I think the recipe will work. I would use the same amount of all purpose gluten-free flour as whole wheat flour and let batter sit for 5 minutes. If it’s too thick add a splash of milk, if it’s too thin add a little bit of flour.
  • Make sweeter muffins: If you prefer sweeter muffins, add up to 1/4 cup extra maple syrup next time you make these. It can be tricky to find sweet fresh blueberries year round, you can also taste test a couple blueberries before adding to the batter.
  • Make mini muffins: My kids used to love mini muffins when they were young. Bake mini muffins for 12-15 minutes and do a toothpick test.

How to Store and Reheat Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Store: Moist lemon blueberry muffins are best stored at room temperature for the first 2 days. I like to keep mine on the kitchen counter covered with a towel. Then add them to a container with the lid on and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Freeze: Once cooled all the way, place muffins in an airtight container and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Place muffins on the counter for a few hours to thaw or warm them in the microwave.

Storage Tip

Check out my full guide how to store muffins and how to freeze muffins for more tips and tricks.

FAQs

How do I zest lemon for baking?

Start by washing and drying the lemon. Using a microplane grater, go back and forth 2 or 3 times in each section and zest the yellow part without getting any of the white underneath. The white will add a bitter taste.

Can I use lemon extract for this lemon blueberry muffin recipe?

Yes. You can add up to 1 teaspoon of natural lemon extract in addition to lemon juice and zest. If you would like to use only lemon extract I recommend to use 2-3 teaspoons and buttermilk.

Why are my lemon blueberry muffins dry and dense?

Overmixed batter or overbaked will result in dry and dense muffins. You can bring back moisture by placing the baked muffins in resealable Ziploc bag.

Can I use sour cream or yogurt to make lemon blueberry muffins?

I recommend making healthy lemon blueberry muffins and use 2 2/3 cups white flour instead of whole wheat flour.

Can I use frozen blueberries or dried blueberries?

Yes. Add cup for cup frozen berries without thawing. I recommend to add 1/2 cup of dried blueberries.

More Lemon Blueberry Recipes to Try

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Lemon blueberry muffins stacked on top of which other.

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins are light and tangy muffins with a super moist center. Filled with fresh lemon flavor and sweet blueberries.
5 from 3 votes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 182
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and spray non-stick 12 muffin tin with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add milk, lemon zest and lemon juice. Whisk and let mixture stand for 10 minutes. It should curdle somewhat and become sour milk.
  • Add egg, oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk well until combined and no small lumps are visible. Add flour and mix gently with spatula just enough to combine. Do not overmix and a few white flour patches are fine.
  • In a small bowl, combine blueberries and 1 tablespoon of flour. Stir to coat, add to a muffin batter and fold a few times until incorporated.
  • Distribute batter evenly between 12 openings of a muffin tin (I used regular ice cream scoop) and bake for 7 minutes minutes. Then reduce heat to 350 F and bake for another 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove lemon blueberry muffins from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Store: On a plate on a kitchen counter covered with a towel for first 2 days. Then transfer muffins to a container with a lid and into the fridge for another 3 days.
  • Freeze: Bake, cool and place muffins in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, just place one muffin on a counter for a few hours or microwave.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 222mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g
Course: Muffins and Quick Bread
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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Welcome! I grew up in Ukraine watching my grandma cook with simple ingredients. I have spent the last 11 years making it my mission to help you cook quick and easy meals for your family!

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious Lemon Blueberry muffins. Followed recipe exactly using whole wheat flour. There is a picture of vanilla showing – and no mention of it in the recipe. First batch I made no vanilla, so delicious. This batch in oven I decided to add 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla.
    Love your recipes. Love your storytelling
    Love your tips for baking .
    Thank you Olena.
    Glory to Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ!!!!
    JETTA

    1. Iโ€™m so happy to read this! Thanks for your positive feedback! Oh sorry I missed vanilla in the recipe card. Will add it now.

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