Classic, easy, bakery-style vegan blueberry muffins! These are the muffins you want when you're craving a moist, soft, tall vegan blueberry muffin. This recipe makes 6 jumbo muffins or 14 regular size muffins. Only 11 ingredients and 35 minutes to prepare! Gluten-free option included.
Why You'll Love Them
When it comes to muffins, usually I'm all about whole-grain flours and natural sweeteners. But recently my husband asked me to make "regular" vegan blueberry muffins, with all-purpose flour and plenty of sugar. How could I say no? After all, he is my #1 taste-tester and supporter.
These muffins are a classic! No one will believe they're made without eggs or dairy. You'll love the moisture and richness provided by vegan butter, the tender crumb, juicy blueberries, and irresistible muffin tops, complete with a sprinkle of sugar.
They're also a breeze to prepare. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries, and whether you want jumbo muffins or standard size muffins, this recipe has you covered.
Update: I've now also tested these with a gluten-free flour blend, and they turned out perfectly!
All-purpose flour - I use organic, unbleached all-purpose flour. For the gluten-free test batch I used King Arthur's 1:1 Measure for Measure flour.
Oat flour, optional - included for a bit of texture; replace with an additional ⅔ cup all-purpose if preferred.
Baking powder and soda - these leavening agents give us tall and fluffy muffins. Make sure they are fresh and active. See the Tips section below to learn how to test this.
Fine sea salt - important for overall flavor; don't skip it!
Vegan butter - I recommend either Earth Balance or Miyoko's for this recipe. I also tested Country Crock's plant butter, but the flavor was less buttery.
Organic cane sugar - we always keep this in our pantry. In the US, choosing organic cane sugar is currently the easiest way to make sure the product is vegan and hasn't been refined with bone char.
Unsweetened non-dairy milk - I've tested both soy and almond milk in these muffins with success.
Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar - these add flavor and react with the baking soda and powder to create tall muffins.
Vanilla extract - adds lovely aroma and flavor; try using half vanilla and half orange or lemon extract (plus orange/lemon zest) for citrusy vegan blueberry muffins!
Blueberries - either fresh or frozen; see tips below for using frozen berries.
Note: small wild blueberries work especially well. Instead of pockets of large, heavy blueberries that can create instability (depending on where they land), you have smaller berries scattering their lovely blueberry flavor and aroma throughout.
Step By Step Process
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Place the butter in a mug or small bowl and melt it in the microwave. Combine the other wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Pour the melted butter into the milk mixture, and whisk. Immediately pour into the dry ingredients, and stir just until combined. The batter should be thick and fluffy. Fold in the blueberries.
- Scoop the batter into the pan(s), filling them almost to the top. If making jumbo muffins you'll need one pan (6 muffins). If making standard size muffins you'll need two pans, but you'll only need 2 of the cups of the second pan (14 muffins). Sprinkle the tops with sugar.
- Transfer pan to oven and immediately reduce temperature to 375 degrees.
Jumbo muffins 24 to 26 minutes
Standard muffins 21 to 23 minutes
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! This recipe has also been tested with King Arthur's Gluten-Free 1:1 Measure for Measure flour in place of the all-purpose flour. I recommend keeping the oat flour if possible. Another option is to use almond flour instead of oat.
Absolutely. Thaw the berries first, then drain away the juice, and pat them dry. This is VERY important to avoid excess liquid in the batter. Proceed with the recipe as written.
If possible I recommend following the recipe as written. If you don't have access to vegan butter, melted coconut oil is an option. Virgin coconut oil will add a slight coconut flavor; to avoid that use refined coconut oil.
Yes, muffins freeze very well. Make sure they are well-protected from air. Freeze for up to 2 months, then thaw and enjoy.
Place muffins in a lidded storage container with a paper towel inside to absorb moisture. I'm on the conservative side when it comes to storing food at room temperature, so I keep these muffins at room temperature for no more than a day or two. Or store in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.
Tips for Tall Muffins
Follow the recipe closely, and measure accurately.
The proper wet-to-dry ratio is important not just for the best texture and flavor, but also so that your muffins don't overflow the pan.
In order to create tall muffins we're filling the cups almost all the way to the top. This is why the batter needs to be thick.
Make sure your baking powder and baking soda are still active.
Old baking powder and soda can lose their leavening ability, but testing them is very easy! Heat ½ cup of water, and add ¼ teaspoon baking powder. If it fizzes it's still good.
To test baking soda, add ½ teaspoon vinegar to the water, then add ¼ teaspoon baking soda and check for bubbles.
Correctly measure the flour.
I'm sure I sound like a broken record, but if you don't already own a kitchen scale, what are you waiting for?! There are many inexpensive options available, and it makes baking so much easier and more successful.
I use this scale by Escali, currently $25 on Amazon.
Otherwise, whisk the flour first, and spoon it into your measuring cup so that it's heaped up above the rim. Then use a knife to level off the excess. Once you get used to measuring flour this way it's relatively reliable (just not quite as accurate as using a scale).
Mind your oven settings.
Always fully preheat the oven, and bake the muffins in the middle of the oven.
For tall muffins we're starting with a higher temperature then reducing it to 375 degrees.
I hope you enjoy these vegan blueberry muffins as much as we do. If you try the recipe be sure to leave a comment and star rating below to let us know!
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Classic Vegan Blueberry Muffins
- 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour Substitute gluten-free 1:1 all-purpose, measure for measure flour if needed.
- ¾ cup oat flour (or omit and use an additional ⅔ cup all-purpose) For GF, use oat or almond flour.
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder Sift the baking powder and soda if clumpy.
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ⅓ cup vegan butter
- 1 ¼ cups unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup organic cane sugar, plus more for sprinkling on top
- 1 ½ cups blueberries, plus a few more to press into the tops of the muffins if desired See Notes for using frozen berries.
- Locate one jumbo non-stick muffin pan (for 6 large muffins) or two standard-size non-stick pans (for 14 regular muffins). Arrange oven rack so that the muffins will be in the center of the oven. Preheat to 425 degrees F (218 C).
- In a large mixing bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.
- Place the butter in a mug or small bowl and melt it in the microwave. Next, if the milk is cold, microwave it in 15 second intervals, just enough to remove the chill (does not need to be warm). In a medium bowl, combine the milk, lemon juice, vinegar, vanilla, and sugar. Whisk well. Pour the melted butter into the milk mixture, whisking again. Immediately pour wet ingredients into dry, and stir until just combined. Do not overmix. The batter should be thick and fluffy. Fold in the blueberries.
- Use a measuring cup to fill the muffin cups almost all the way to the top. Again, if using standard-size muffin pans, you'll have enough batter for about 14 muffins. If desired, press 2 or 3 blueberries into the top of each muffin. Sprinkle the tops with sugar.
- Place pan(s) in oven and immediately reduce temperature to 375 degrees F (190 C). Bake jumbo muffins for 24 to 26 minutes and standard muffins for 21 to 23 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of one muffin to test for doneness.
- Allow muffins to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. TIP: Since the jumbo muffins are heavy and somewhat delicate while still hot, I like to place them top-side-down on the cooling rack.
Nutrition information represents 1 jumbo muffin. If making standard size muffins, estimated nutrition information per muffin: Calories 187, Fat 5, Carbohydrates 34, Protein 4.
Estimated Nutrition (per serving)
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