Delicious Make-Ahead Blueberry Muffins {Plus Freezing Instructions}

Remember all of those blueberries I put in the freezer last summer?  This is one of the recipes I hoarded stocked up on them for.  These are moist and delicious with just the right blend of blueberries and lemon. I make these up ahead of time and freeze for use during the week {freezer instructions at the end of the recipe}.  Then, a couple mornings a week I throw a few in the oven and we have fresh-baked blueberry muffins.  A delicious start to the day!

Although the recipe makes a dozen muffins, they are a dozen large muffins. You can portion them smaller and bake them for a few minutes less.

They are also sublime with a sprinkle of coarse sugar on top!

Lemon-Blueberry Muffins
Makes 12 Large muffins
Source: America's Test Kitchen

3 cups all-purpose or a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup whole or low-fat plain yogurt or sour cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw if frozen)

Adjust the oven rack to the middle and heat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
In a large bowl whisk the 3 cups flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. In a small bowl (or a 2-cup glass measuring cup) whisk the yogurt or sour cream, eggs, and lemon zest together until smooth. Gently fold the yogurt mixture into the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until just combined. Fold in the melted butter.

**If the blueberries are frozen, toss them in a small bowl with 2 teaspoons flour to prevent them from sinking when baked.** Fold the blueberries into the muffin mixture.

Grease a 1/3-cup measuring cup or ice cream scoop and use it to portion out the batter into each muffin cup. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs on it, 24-28 minutes. Let the muffins cool in the tin for 5 minutes and then flip them out onto a wire rack.

Let them cool for 10 minutes before serving.

**To make ahead - the muffin batter can be refrigerated in a covered container for up to 24 hours; portion and bake as directed. The muffin batter can also be proportioned into the tin {lined with paper muffin cups} and frozen. When the unbaked muffins are frozen solid, transfer them to a large freezer-safe bag. To bake, return the frozen muffins to the muffin tin and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes while heating the oven. Bake 30-35 minutes.


  1. As an unabashed fan of blueberry muffins, this post made my heart skip a beat LOL

  2. This looks yummy! Can't wait to try...

  3. I tried to make these as they sounded so good. The mix was way too think, like dough when making noodles. It seems like an ingredient is missing such as a cup of buttermilk or whole milk? I added a cup of milk with thinned it out to a batter consistency and I have 22 minutes to see if it works out.

    Thanks for the fun blog.

  4. Unknown - believe it or not the recipe is correct. They make a VERY thick batter. :)


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