Melissa lives in Downtown Albuquerque. She loves sharing her local discoveries with fellow travelers and explorers.
Fresh Blueberry Muffin Recipe
Somewhere along the way I found this recipe for fresh blueberry muffins on the back of an oatmeal container. I used it a few times and liked its simplicity and the results enough that I kept the recipe and have used if ever since.
I liked it so much that I started playing with the ingredients, even got so BOLD as to make substitutes and, in cases where my cupboards were bare, I even dropped a few ingredients.
Although the taste may have changed dramatically, the recipe held up and has become the one I choose when I want a good, fruit muffin from scratch.
Muffin Recipe Details
- The recipe fills 12, two-and-a-half-inch muffin cups OR 24 mini muffins.
- The oven should be preheated to 400 degrees.
- 12 muffins cook for 18 to 20 minutes.
- 24 mini muffins cook for 9 to 11 minutes.
Muffin Recipe Nutrition Information
Here is the nutrition information provided with the recipe.
When following the recipe: each muffin is 181 calories (I, unfortunately, eat three or four at a time.)
Each muffin has 27g of carbs, 3g of protein, 7g of fat, 160mg of sodium and 1.5g of dietary fiber (oatmeal is a main ingredient in this recipe and is a great source of dietary fiber) and ZERO cholesterol.
Tools to Make Fruit Muffins
- a 12-hole muffin tin
- a measuring cup
- a set of measuring spoons
- two mixing bowls (one for solids and one for liquids)
- colander for rinsing off the blueberries
- whisk or mixing spoon
Different Types of Muffin Tins
I'm a twelve-hole baking tin girl myself, but heart-shaped baking pans and the over-sized muffin pans are tempting choices.
FYI Depending on the shapes of the tin you are using, you might need to double up the muffin recipe. For instance, if you're using a over-size muffin tin for the big results, you could end up with only nine muffins if you use the recipe provided.
Blueberry Muffin Ingredients
- 1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 cup quick or traditional oatmeal
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 egg or 1/4 cup of cholesterol free egg product
- 1 cup blueberries drained - the blueberries can be fresh, canned or frozen.
The Type of Oatmeal to Use in Muffins
Stay away from the steel cut oats for this recipe--these oats are too nuggety and lumpy.
Instead, use the regular flake (rolled) oatmeal. It works much better and holds the batter well when mixing and cooking.
Blueberry Muffin Recipe Directions
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Grease the muffin tin. I use a tablespoon of vegetable oil and smear it around in each cup using a paper towel but you can use the spray on oil too.
- Mix the dry ingredients in one mixing bowl.
- Mix the wet ingredients in another. I usually beat the egg before I put it in the mixing bowl.
- Add all of the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and do it all at one time. Then gently mix the two together. Stir until everything is moist and then stop mixing.
- Fold in the blueberries by placing the fruit into the mixed ingredients and gently fold the mix over the fruit and turn the bowl as you fold. When you reach a full turning of the bowl, stop. Too much mixing breaks the fruit and creates a mushy result.
- Fill the muffin cups evenly. I use one scoop from a soup spoon and place the mixture in each cup. Then I return to refill if I have any mixture left over.
- Place the filled muffin tin on the middle rack in the pre-heated oven.
- Bake 18 to 20 minutes for a dozen muffins and 9 to 11 minutes for 24 mini-muffins
- Use a toothpick or fork to test whether the muffins are done cooking. Just push the toothpick in through the top of a muffin and pull it out. If the tootpick is damp with the original mixture or has crumbs on it, the muffin needs more baking time. If it comes out clean, the muffin is ready to remove.
- Remove the baking tin from the oven and place it on a backing rack or protected surface. Allow the muffins to sit for about five to ten minutes before removing the muffins.
TIPS for better baking results:
- Mixing the dry ingredients first allows you to use the same measuring cup wihtout needing to clean it first.
- You may have to really scrape the bottom of the bowl to get all the dry ingredients incorporated.
- Eat them warm with butter. Yummy!
Fruit muffins are great to use as the "bread" for a lunch salad or a tuna or deli sandwhich.
Alternative Ingredients for Breakfast Muffins
Here are some ways to play with the recipe and increase the taste.
- Use brown sugar instead of white sugar.
- Use maple syrup (use Grade B real maple syrup!) instead of white sugar. This means the sugar becomes a wet ingredient and not a dry one. Use a 1/2 cup of maple syrup.
- Use orange juice instead of plain water.
- Choose a different type of fruit. Dried cranberries are a great substitute but so are bananas (you will need to peel them and mash them before placing them in the mix) and fresh strawberries (wash, remove the stems and core and then chop in quarter to half inch pieces.)
- Make almond and lemon muffins using a half cup of almond slices and a half teaspoon of lemon extract instead of blueberries.
- Add extracts to vary the taste. Almond, lemon and vanilla extracts seem to work the best. Just choose one type of extract and use a half teaspoon.
- Add two to three tablespoons of plain yogurt to the wet ingredients and stir it in, a few lumps are okay but try to get as much of it to breakdown into the mixture as possible. The yogurt makes the muffins lighter and fluffier when you bite into them.
- Add a few teaspoons of wheatgerm for more fiber in your diet.
- I have used a 50-50 mix of all purpose flour and rice flour. The muffin is much flatter than a regular muffin but adding the yogurt helps build it back up.
Maple Syrup as an Alternative to White or Brown Sugar
More Ways to Use a Blueberry Muffin Recipe
- Make a dozen, freeze them and use them as needed. They warm easily in the microwave. I wrap them in a damp paper towel and heat for about 20 seconds.
- Use them at every meal to get your fiber for the day. Oatmeal is a whole grain. Adding wheatgerm gives you more fiber per bite.
- Use them for a mid-morning or afternoon snack. Add a schmear of cream cheese, goat cheese or a nut butter (almond, peanut) for more protein.
- Place one in a small bowl and add a scoop of creme fraiche, whipped cream or even ice cream and a flavored syrup like chocolate or hazelnut to make a delicious dessert. Adding a scoop of fresh fruit to a plain muffin works too!
What would you add to this muffin recipe?
Melissa (author) from Albuquerque, NM on August 03, 2018:
If you want lots of blueberries in your muffins, then go for the smaller blueberries. If you want a big burst of flavor when you take a bite, the larger ones are good to use...not as many of them but they tend to be juicer.
Melissa (author) from Albuquerque, NM on July 31, 2018:
Yes. Fresh, canned, or frozen.
Katelyn on July 18, 2018:
Does this recipe work with blueberries that was just picked? I want to make some to give to my grandmother and aunt. I want to make sure I do it write because I tend to misread the articles a lot. One time I made pudding and I read it as 1 cup of salt but it really said one teaspoon. It tasted like a wave washed over my face. I don’t want to make that mistake again. Thanks so much!
othellos on August 03, 2013:
Thank you for sharing this information and these tips. Very thorough and so well done!
microfarmproject on January 14, 2013:
I might add a little flax meal, but it looks great just the way it is!
anonymous on January 10, 2013:
Nothing- I LOVE blueberry muffins! Great lens.
pawpaw911 on October 01, 2012:
I love them, and made from scratch makes them even better.
Scullyvan on August 28, 2012:
Two thumbs waaaaay up! Thanks for sharing.
KandDMarketing on August 05, 2012:
My teeth! Sounds like a good one!
JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on June 26, 2012:
anonymous on April 20, 2012:
It's time to start Baking, the Weekend is almost Here and Blueberry Muffins Sounds like a Good Idea!!! ;)
AJ from Australia on March 05, 2012:
Can't wait to try your blueberry muffins!
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on February 02, 2012:
Delicious! We love blueberry muffins!
Shari O'Leary from Minnesota on September 07, 2011:
I can't think of a thing to add to it. I'm going to have to try this, maybe with raspberries.
Jackie Block from SE Michigan on July 18, 2011:
I like to add poppy seeds to all of my muffins! Nice recipe, I love all the suggestions for substitutes. Will be trying those out. Thanks for sharing.