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Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon and blueberry is a combo made in heaven, not to mention the numerous health benefits of blueberries from brain support to glowing skin. These light & healthy muffins are made with whole wheat flour and extra light olive oil. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Makes: 12 muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup reduced fat buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tablespoon extra light olive oil or canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • zest of two large lemons

  • 1 heaping cup fresh blueberries

  • Glaze (optional):
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar + 2 1/2 tsp. lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan or insert paper liners.
  2. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl.
  3. In another bowl or a measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest.
  4. Fold buttermilk mixture into flour mixture. Gently fold in blueberries. Batter should be a bit lumpy so don’t over-mix.
  5. Divide batter evenly between muffin cups.
  6. Bake about 20 minutes.
  7. For glaze, combine powdered sugar & lemon juice. Let muffins cool for 5 minutes and brush glaze on warm muffin tops.

No buttermilk? No whole wheat pastry flour? See Substitutions in my blog.

28 Comments on "Lemon Blueberry Muffins"

  1. Jeanne

    I just popped them in the oven. Made them exactly as the recipe said to make them. I love your recipes. They aren’t loaded with butter and the oil makes everything quite tasty.

    Today I had blueberries I wanted to use and I started looking at recipes and all of a sudden I thought ‘check out Jenny Can Cook I bet she has a recipe for Blueberry Muffins’. Sure enough.

    Thanks again. BTW I’m once again thinking about your Oven BBQ Ribs. I am inviting the kids over for dinner next time I fix them.

    Thank you for the great recipes Jenny.

  2. Rose

    May I know what is whole wheat pastry flour? Thank you!

  3. Hannie

    I have a packet of frozen blueberries – do you think they would work in this recipe?

  4. joline

    Can I replace the butter milk to sour cream? Cos i can’t get butter milk here.

    • Jenny

      Please see my blog posting titled “Substitutions” – http://www.jennycancook.com/category/substitutions/

      • Joline

        If I using store bought butter milk, leftover butter milk must keep in refrigerator or freezer? Can keep in how long and defrost at fridge or at room temperature?

        • Jenny

          You can keep buttermilk for about a month in the refrigerator. Otherwise, it freezes well. It’s a good idea to freeze it in 1-cup portions and then thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. Then to re-use it just stir it up first.

  5. Alice Fong

    I saw many comments say butter milk is make from real butter.. What do you think? So, the substitute butter milk is 1 cup of milk+ 1 teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice right? Isn’t safe to make food?

  6. Freya

    Hi Jenny,
    All of these recipes look fantastic. Only issue is I’m British..so have no idea about the amount you talk about when you are saying ‘cups’ do you know what weight this would be in grams etc?

    I am also thinking of making these without the blueberries and adding poppy seed instead. Do you think this will work?
    Thanks

    • Jenny

      I never expected so many international visitors but I put a metric conversion chart in my blog to help with ingredients: http://www.jennycancook.com/category/a-metric-conversion-chart/ As for using poppy seeds, it sounds like it would work.

      • Freya

        I love your baking, so yummy. I made the lemon brownies yesterday.. I’m glad to say they didn’t last long. Now to try the muffins. Thank you so much for the conversion chart. It’s been very handy. Freya

  7. Alice Fong

    Jenny, i have a few questions to ask you, can I use sunflower oil for this recipe and other recipes? Can replace the baking soda to baking powder? Baking soda isn’t necessary must discard after one month opening, can continue using after one month? My muffin pan only have six, so must i reduce the temperature and timing?

    • Jenny

      Sunflower oil can be used to replace any oil in my recipes. Baking powder can not be substituted for baking soda as they have different functions. Baking soda reacts with acid ingredients to give a lift to baked goods. Baking soda should have a one to three-year expiration so it does not make sense to discard after one month. And with a 12-cup or 6-cup muffin pan, the time and temperature would stay the same.

      • Alice Fong

        Thanks a lot for answering my questions 🙂 you are wonderful, cos you will reply to anyone of us, some people will not like you, that’s why I like you so much, keep up the good work Jenny 🙂

  8. Barb

    Hi Jenny can I subsitute saskatoon berries for the blueberries?

    • Jenny

      I had to look them up and it appears that Saskatoon berries can be used to replace blueberries in many recipes so they should be good in muffins too.

  9. Justyna

    What do I use instead of buttermilk? I’m lactose

    • Jenny

      The reason buttermilk is so good for baking is its acidic nature, which makes muffins and pancakes light and fluffy. You could try to make your own buttermilk with lactose-free milk. If you google lactose free buttermilk and you’ll find some recipes for making your own using either lemon juice or vinegar. I hope that works.

  10. Nina

    Hi Jenny,

    Can I just pour the batter into separate cups like cupcake? The same result right?

    • Jenny

      I always bake cupcakes and muffins in the same pan but if you have individual cups, you can bake these muffins in them as long as you have twelve. If you have less cups, you may have to increase the baking time. Just a note: muffins and cupcakes are very different. Cupcakes and more light and cakey and muffins are more like a quick bread. So don’t expect this batter to result in light and fluffy cupcakes. You would need a different recipe for that.

  11. Monique

    This recipe was AMAZING, I had used self rising flour so it subtracted a few ingredients and substituted the blueberries for apples covered with cinnamon. It came out really good :0) with the help of your awesome recipe!

  12. Unyime

    What do I use in place of whole wheat pastry flour?

    • Jenny

      I know that can be hard to get. If you use regular whole wheat flour the muffins may be too dry and tough. In that case, just use all purpose flour for the whole recipe.

      • namira

        what if I dont have wheat pastry flour? Should I replace it with all purpose flour 1 cup too?

        • Jenny

          You can replace the one cup of whole wheat pastry flour with one cup of all purpose flour. This means you would use a total of 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour for the whole recipe.

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