Every morning’s a treat if you can start it with these fantastic Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping for breakfast! Jam-packed with blueberries, and buttery and delicious – these muffins are the BEST blueberry muffins you’ll ever make! 🙂
Perfect homemade blueberry muffins topped with a crunchy lemon streusel topping!
Have you been a victim of sad, soggy blueberry muffins? Well, not anymore! Here’s the recipe to make PERFECT blueberry muffins, right in the comfort of your home, with all my tips and tricks to guarantee deliciously buttery, blueberry-packed results!
What are muffins?
Muffins are a type of quick bread. They are easy to put together and quick to make too. Other quick bread type baked good are zucchini bread, banana breads, scones, and biscuits. You can read more about muffins in my post here.
Blueberry muffins are probably my second favorite type of sweet muffin (right on the heels of chocolate chip muffins). My husband would gladly choose these blueberry muffins over chocolate chip muffins any day though.
You can have these blueberry muffins as is – but to kick them up another notch, I added a delicious crumb topping (streusel topping) that is lightly infused with lemon flavor.
This blueberry muffins recipe has been adapted from my basic muffin recipe with the addition of blueberries. There are a few ways you can amp up the flavor of these muffins even more, all of which I will share with you in this post.
Ingredients for making blueberry muffins
This recipe could not be any easier. We will be using the melting method (explained in this post) to make this, since I’m only making one flavor, and just one batch.
If you do want to make a double batch or more, then I would recommend following the Stella Parks method of making muffins that I shared here.
Measure out all the dry ingredients and wet ingredients.
Dry ingredients include,
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
It also includes additions like,
- Blueberries (frozen blueberries or fresh blueberries – I prefer using wild blueberries)
- Lemon zest (optional, but recommended)
Wet ingredients include,
- Sugar (white sugar or brown sugar or even a mix of the two)
- Dairy (I use sour cream here)
- Vanilla extract
If you’re making the streusel topping as well, then you will also need,
- Sugar (you can use all brown sugar, or half and half with white sugar)
- All purpose flour
- Chopped almonds (optional)
You will also need,
- Standard muffin pan (each well has a capacity between 1/3 cup and 1/2 cup)
- Cupcake liners – to make clean up easy
- 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup ice cream / cookie scoop
Make the streusel topping
This step is optional, but a muffin with streusel topping is just divine!
Making this is as easy as combining all the ingredients and cutting the butter into the dry ingredients. Much like making a pie crust, the butter needs to be cut into (rubbed into) the flour to get small clumps of butter coated in flour.
The sugar will caramelize as it bakes and create a buttery, crunchy crumble topping! This streusel topping can be made days ahead and stored in an air tight container in the fridge.
Make the muffin batter
In a small bowl or jug, heat the butter until just melted. If the butter is really hot, let it cool down slightly.
Add the sugar, and whisk with the butter. This will help the butter cool down as well. Next add the eggs, and the rest of the wet ingredients, and whisk well to combine. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk to mix evenly. Add the blueberries and lemon zest and toss them through the dry ingredients. If you’re using frozen blueberries, add them while frozen – DO NOT THAW!
Add the egg-sugar-butter mix into the dry ingredients. Using a spatula, fold the ingredients gently until just combined. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to not leave any dry spots of flour. Lumps are OK, but dry spots are not! You should only need about 10 – 15 folds to have all the dry ingredients hydrated. Take care not to crush the blueberries.
Let the mix sit for 5 minutes. This allows all the flour to be completely hydrated.
Finally it’s time to divide the batter into the muffin pan wells. Add about 1/3 cup of batter into each well. Use a cookie scoop to evenly place the batter in the wells.
You can either add the streusel topping on top, or sprinkle some raw sugar or granulated sugar on top for some crunch. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, and the muffin tops are golden brown. This can take about 15 – 20 minutes.
Once baked, let them cool for about 5 minutes, and then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool down further. I like to eat these while still warm, but they are just as delicious at room temperature too.
Can I make these muffins vegan or dairy free?
Yes! You can substitute the butter with oil or coconut oil or vegan butter. The eggs can be replaced with 1/4 cup pureed apple per egg, or an equivalent amount of chia eggs. The sour cream/milk can be replaced with a plant based milk.
The texture will change slightly, but they will still turn out great with these alterations!
More tips on how to make perfect blueberry muffins
I’ve shared plenty of tips on how to make perfect muffins in this post here. But here are some of the most important ones for this blueberry muffins with streusel topping recipe.
- Do NOT over-mix the batter. It’s the secret to soft, moist muffins. The more you mix the batter, the more rubbery and chewy the muffins will be.
- Use sour cream for best results, but I have also used yogurt (NOT non fat yogurt), cream, buttermilk or milk.
- Use wild blueberries if you can get your hands on them. Frozen or fresh is also fine. The simple secret to having SO MANY blueberries in my muffins is using wild blueberries. The smaller they are, the more delicious blueberries you can pack into your muffin.
- Lemon brings out more of the sweetness of blueberries.
- If you only have one muffin tin, you can keep the remaining muffin batter covered in the fridge until the first batch is baked. You can keep this in the fridge for up to 30 minutes – 1 hour, however, keep in mind that the muffins may not rise as much then.
- Use cupcake paper liners for your muffin tins to make clean up easy. Alternatively, you can just butter and flour the wells in your muffin tin too.
How to store blueberry muffins
These muffins are best eaten within 24 hours. They are better when warmed slightly, and served with some salted butter.
However, if you do have leftover muffins OR you’d like to bake muffins for a whole week (happens quite often in our house!), that is completely do-able too.
To do this, simply FREEZE the muffins if you’d like to store them for up to 1 month. Then just let the muffins thaw out for a few hours before eating them, or heat in a low heat oven to reheat the muffins.
Blueberry muffins with streusel topping
Dry ingredients for blueberry muffins
- 340 g AP flour 2 ¾ cups
- 1 tbsp baking powder 3 tsp
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 280 g wild blueberries 200 g regular blueberries
- 2 tsp lemon zest
Wet ingredients for blueberry muffins
- 150 g butter 10 ½ tbsp, melted
- 170 g sugar ¾ cup + 1 ½ tbsp
- 2 eggs
- 180 g sour cream ¾ cup buttermilk or milk or yogurt or cream can be substituted for the sour cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 60 g AP flour ½ cup
- 200 g brown sugar 1 cup
- Zest from 1 lemon
- 115 g unsalted butter, chilled and cubed 1 stick
- Generous pinch of sea salt
- 100 g chopped almonds optional
- Preheat oven to 375°F / 190°C.
- Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners, OR butter and flour all of the muffin pan wells.
- Place all the dry ingredients except for blueberries, in a large bowl. Whisk to mix really well.
- Add the blueberries (fresh or frozen) and toss to coat them in flour. Set aside.
- Add the sugar to the melted, warm butter. Whisk until well mixed. Add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla, and mix until smooth and well mixed.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
- Fold to mix the wet and dry ingredients. Be careful not to over-mix and make sure there are no spots of dry ingredients in the batter. It’s OK if the mix is lumpy.
- Set aside for a few minutes to let the flour completely hydrate.
- Using a cookie scoop, place ⅓ cup of batter in each well of your muffin pan. You should get about 14 - 16 muffins.
- Sprinkle the streusel topping (see below) on top.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 15 - 20 minutes, or until a skewer/toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and let the muffins cool for 5 minutes. Turn the muffins out onto a cooling rack.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
Streusel topping (can be made up to 5 days ahead of time, and is sufficient for THREE batches of muffins)
- Place the flour, brown sugar, lemon zest and salt in a bowl. Add the chilled, cubed butter. Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour to form small lumps of flour coated butter.
- Mix in the chopped almonds.
- Cover and chill until needed, for up to 5 days.