Light Mini Blueberry Muffins

Ah, the infamous blueberry muffin.  Do you find yourself in search of the perfect one?  You know, it’s like looking for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe or the perfect take-out pizza place.  Perhaps it’s the food blogger in me, or that I’m a perfectionist, or a combination of both that keeps me on the go to until I have found the perfect whatever.  As soon as I heard the angels singing as I bit into this scrumptious blueberry muffin, I knew it was a winner.

These muffins are loaded with fresh blueberries and have a touch of lemony goodness.  Oh yeah, and they are light because they have less fat and calories than a typical blueberry muffin.  (Actually quite a lot less.)

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Light Mini Blueberry Muffins Recipe
(Makes 20 miniature sized muffins)

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour Measure your flour correctly!
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup plain low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup blueberries

(Optional) For the sugar topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup white sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease 20 miniature sized muffin cups and set the baking pan aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set the dry ingredients aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
  5. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  6. Beat in 1/3 of the dry ingredients and half of the yogurt. Then beat in another 1/3 of the dry ingredients and the remaining half of the yogurt.  Last, beat in the remaining 1/3 of the dry ingredients.  Mix each step just until the flour mixture is incorporated.  Be careful not to over mix.
  7. Gently fold in the blueberries with a spatula.
  8. Pour the muffin batter evenly into 20 greased miniature muffin tins.
  9. Bake them in the preheated oven for about 11 minutes or until a tester inserted comes out clean.
  10. Let them cool in the pan for about 5 minutes and then move them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  11. (Optional) Once the muffins have cooled, dip the top of each muffin into a bowl of melted butter, then immediately dip the top into a bowl of white sugar.

Adapted from: The America’s Test Kitchen: Family Baking Book

 

Muffins are super easy and quick to whip up.  Head on over to my Baking Muffins 101 page if you’d like some handy dandy tips.

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Have you ever had one of those weeks where you are crazy busy, overwhelmed, and find it hard to concentrate?  That is me this week, so to help keep me from rambling on and on, I’m going to make a list of why these blueberry muffins are amazeballs.

1.     They have a fluffy and light texture.  I am not a fan of dense, heavy, or greasy muffins.  They’re just not my thing.

2.     They are super moist.  Thank you, Greek yogurt!  (Side note, you do have to use “Greek” yogurt because it’s thicker than the regular stuff.  If you use the regular yogurt they might come out soggy.)

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3.     The blueberries are the shining star here (duh, they’re called blueberry muffins for a reason), but there is also a hint of lemon flavor going on too.  The zesty-ness enhances the flavors of the blueberries and takes the flavor pallet to another level.  In order words, you’re not eating a boring white muffin with purple spots.  These are all about flavor, flavor, flavor.     🙂

4.     If you skip the sugar topping, then these blueberry muffins are truly a lighter and healthier recipe than most other muffin recipes because they have less sugar and butter in them.  And guess what?  They are still as tasty as the full fat heavy duty ones.  In fact, I think these are more delicious!  No one in my family even realized that these were made with less sugar and butter. Scooooooooooooooooooore!

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I’ve made these blueberry muffins with and without the sugar topping, depending on how many calories I was counting that day.  Both taste delicious, but I will say that I prefer them with the sugar topping… Hello, there’s more sugar and I’m a sweet junkie.  The sugar topping adds awesome crunchy sweetness to every bite.  You can even switch up which kind of sugar you use.  I’ve tried the bigger decorative crystals of sugar and of course my old stand-by of powdered sugar.

I’ve also made these blueberry muffins with more lemon zing to them because blueberry and lemon is a rockin’ flavor combo.  (Yes, I’ve made a lot of blueberry muffins recently but this recipe is that versatile and delicious!)  If you want the lemon flavor to pop in these little guys, then simply double the amount of lemon juice and zest.  Technically they’d be more of a “lemon blueberry muffin” or “blueberry lemon muffin” but titles aren’t important.  You’re still getting a yummy muffin.  In fact, my husband and dad prefer this lemony batch.

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How crazy adorable are these in miniature form?  It’s bad when I sit here counting how many I could eat to be the equivalent of one normal sized muffin.  As if I need to justify eating three of them in one sitting.

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I guess being a perfectionist isn’t so bad.  After all, it got me to this muffin recipe.  Actually I fell in love with my Light Chocolate Chip Muffins that I made a few months ago, which is a slight variation of this muffin recipe.

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Do you have a favorite blueberry muffin recipe?  If yes, how does it differ from this one?

 

Rating:

5 Hats

 

Here are some other beautiful blueberry beauties.

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Blueberry Scones

Blueberry Scones

Lemon Blueberry Loaf

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Comments

  1. So adorable! I love mini muffins, since you can have three of them at once. 🙂 Love how healthy these are too!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks! Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂

  2. My guys go crazy for a mini muffin. They want to claim them just for the kids. Like an adult wouldn’t want a mini muffin…yeah right. I’m all for the mini muffin. I love these little blueberry guys. They look so light and love the sugar topping 😀

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe…your little guys are so cute! Yeah, us adults love them too. 🙂

  3. Allison says:

    These are absolutely adorable! Gorgeous photos! I love that muffin tin too -I MUST GET ONE. Blueberries are coming into season right now where I live and I can’t wait to do some baking with them 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      I’ve been obsessed with blueberries lately! Thank you for your sweet compliments. I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

  4. Ashley says:

    Blueberry muffins are the best! These look so cute and delicious! I really need to bake more with greek yogurt – I eat so much of it so you would think I would use it more in my baked goods!

    1. Tina says:

      I love eating Greek yogurt too! I only started baking with it recently and love it! Have a great weekend Ashley. 🙂

  5. These remind me of the little Hostess muffins I ate as a kid. They certainly weren’t the best, but they made me happy with a bit of vanilla frosting. I know these muffins are so much tastier and better for you.

    1. Tina says:

      Yeah, you’re right…they do remind me of the little Hostess ones! Oooh, I’m all for trying these with vanilla frosting next time!!!

  6. I’m definitely with you on searching for the perfect blueberry muffin (or banana bread and pound cake as well). It can be so disappointing to think you have the perfect one, and then it ends up failing. But these little muffins look delicious! Love the touch of lemon in here too. And I think I would definitely dip these in some sugar! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      It’s nice to hear that someone can relate to me! 🙂 Go go sugar!!

  7. marcie says:

    These are so adorable, and yes, I’m always searching for the next great blueberry muffin recipe! I love using Greek yogurt in my muffins — these look perfect, Tina!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks Marcie!

  8. These little guys are totally adorable!! I love that they are light – greek yogurt makes baked goods so delicious! Hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Cate! 🙂

  9. Tina, I’m all about the sugar on top, too! More sugar, the better! I am putting this recipe for THE blueberry muffin recipe to make… because you know I totally trust your words and wisdom… and creations!

    1. Tina says:

      I’m flattered and that means a lot to me! Let me know how you make out. 🙂

  10. Mary Frances says:

    Angels singing is always a good thing! 🙂 I’m not surprised, with how beautiful these mini muffins are! The sugar topping is a must 🙂 Happy weekend Tina!

    1. Tina says:

      You are so sweet! Thanks Mary Frances. 🙂

  11. dina says:

    they look yummy!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks!

  12. Love your photos! So pretty!
    My go-to blueberry muffin recipe doesn’t use greek yogurt, but I’ll have to try these! I also love the sugar topping….there is never enough sugar!

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

  13. Bite sized yummies… Always on the hunt for a great berry muffin, although I stopped searching a few years back when my bestie made a batch and promised to keep me in supply (no more baking muffins that just don’t cut it for me). Know what ya mean about it being crazy season with the work load, feeling totally overwhelmed myself. Hope next week is better for you lovely one. 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Sounds like a fantastic bestie! I hope you have a lovely week and that it’s not too crazy.

  14. What cute small muffins! Looks se delicious. I love fact that they are light 😀

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you Josefine! 🙂

  15. Renee @AFS says:

    I am definitely in search of the perfect blueberry muffin! Can’t wait to try this recipe, they look stunning!

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! I hope you love it just as much as we do. 🙂

  16. Oh well I’ve been looking for the perfect blueberry muffin recipe for years now! I never get it right since my trials always turn out green eeeek :'( You bet I’m trying your version next. I love how adorable they look, and the ingredient list is perfect!

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome sauce! Let me know how you make out. 🙂

  17. Very cute – too bad I cold eat a bakers dozen!
    kathi

    1. Tina says:

      Lol! Thanks Kathi.

  18. These are the absolute cutest!!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

  19. So cute! Mini muffins means I can eat twice as many… right? Blueberry muffins on sunny mornings are a summer staple!

    1. Tina says:

      Absolutely! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  20. Since they are light, I can obviously eat a whole bunch of these, right?! Right?!?! Hahaha they look great Tina!

    1. Tina says:

      Right! 😉

  21. Oh, man. Blueberries muffins are like my ultimate breakfast weakness. Double the deliciousness if they’re MINI-sized! I can’t stand how adorbs these muffins are and love how loaded they are with juicy blueberries! Oh, and so agree with you about the zest—I usually use orange zest in my blueberry muffins, but you really can’t leave any kind of zest out—-definitely wouldn’t be the same! 😉

    1. Tina says:

      Ooh, I’ve never tried orange zest so I need to give that I try!

  22. These looks amazing! I love blueberry muffins! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you! 🙂

  23. Love the photos and love the recipe! Come bake for me!!

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you, thank you! Anytime, my friend. 🙂

  24. Helena says:

    Do you know how many calories there are per muffin?

    1. Tina says:

      No, I’m sorry but I don’t count calories for my recipes.

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