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Lemon Blueberry Muffins : Lighter Version

I had a slightly scrungy lemon in the fridge, not nice enough to slice up and make any use of aesthetically, not bad enough to throw out. If there is one thing that drives me up the wall, it’s produce being wasted and it’s something I am working really hard on. This lemon was hidden and luckily I came upon it in time to use it in these muffins.

My poor work girls, my guinea pigs. They get scrungy lemons.

The lemon may not have been the most beautiful thing in the world, but it helped to make some really tasty, lighter muffins.

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Light because my darling Melissa at work was wanting something healthier than the usual chocolate fare I bring in.

Don’t worry, they got chocolate the very next night.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of vanilla yogurt
2 tbsp melted butter
3 tbsp of lemon juice
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup of white sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
dash of salt
2 tbsp of lemon zest
1/2 cup of chopped fresh blueberries

Kick the tires and light the fires to 375 degrees.

Whisk together your dry ingredients. Yes, white sugar isn’t that healthy but there’s no use eating something that doesn’t taste good, it has to have some sweetness to it, or what’s the point?

Once those are mixed, add in the lemon zest.

Chop up the blueberries, the small ones I cut in half and the large ones into quarters. This took a relatively short amount of time and I actually had blueberries at the top of my muffins, not just the bottom. It’s worth the extra 2 minutes.

Combine the yogurt, melted butter, lemon juice and egg. I whisked mine together rather rapidly to ensure a complete mix. Add to the dry ingredients and combine.

This makes a perfect, beautiful dozen. Grease the tins or line them with paper muffins cups and fill them a decent 2/3 of the way.

Bake at 375 for 14-17 minutes, until the tops spring back when touched. The lovely brown outside is thanks to the smidgen of butter in the recipe, toasting it up.

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Lemon Blueberry Muffins : Lighter Version


  • Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 25 min

Description

Healthy, light blueberry muffins with a lemon tang.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 3 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

dash of salt

  • 2 tbsp of lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup of chopped fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Kick the tires and light the fires to 375 degrees.
  2. Whisk together your dry ingredients.
  3. Once those are mixed, add in the lemon zest.
  4. Chop up the blueberries, the small ones I cut in half and the large ones into quarters. This took a relatively short amount of time and I actually had blueberries at the top of my muffins, not just the bottom. It’s worth the extra 2 minutes.
  5. Combine the yogurt, melted butter, lemon juice and egg. I whisked mine together rather rapidly to ensure a complete mix. Add to the dry ingredients and combine.
  6. This makes a perfect, beautiful dozen. Grease the tins or line them with paper muffins cups and fill them a decent 2/3 of the way.
  7. Bake at 375 for 14-17 minutes, until the tops spring back when touched. The lovely brown outside is thanks to the smidgen of butter in the recipe, toasting it up.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 12

 

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    yrrehs
    March 14, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Just made these, but I put in 1/2 cup of rolled oats and one cup of flour.  I used lemon Chobani yogurt instead of vanilla and no zest cause I didn’t have a lemon.  Everything else was the same.  It was DELICIOUS.  But next time I will decrease the sugar.  It was a little too sweet for my husband’s taste.  

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    Lindsay
    May 8, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    These were very yummy and a wonderful treat but I would hardly call them healthy….

    White flour, butter, refined sugar, plus however much sugar is in the yogurt…

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    Juanita
    November 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I stumbled across your recipe this morning looking for ideas for lunches for my 5 guys! I used frozen Saskatoon Berries that we picked this past summer from our backyard tree (Alberta, Canada).  I also used plain yogurt and a bit more lemon and they are  De-LISH!

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      thekitchenmagpie
      November 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      @Juanita  So glad that you liked them! MMMmm I love Saskatoons, lucky you to have them in your yard!

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    Aliya
    September 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Baked these this past weekend and they turned out beautifully! I didn’t have vanilla yogurt and used plain yogurt with 1.5 tsp vanilla extract. Thanks to the previous poster for the suggestion. I also used all whole wheat flour. Delicious!

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      thekitchenmagpie
      September 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      @Aliya I’m so glad that you enjoyed them!

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    chelsey I
    January 4, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Delicious muffins with a really great lemon flavor. A tip for the blueberries not sinking to the bottom is to toss them in a couple Tbsp. Flour before folding them into the batter. No need cut them up using this method. Something I have just discovered and I love is to use a 1/4 cup cookie scoop to get the batter into the muffin tins. So fast, easy and clean way to do it.

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    Kat
    June 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Just have to say, WOW! so delicious- literally just pulled them out of the oven……and tried to be patient and let them cool… haha they are amazing, so light and soft 🙂
    I used blueberry yogurt, because that’s all I had— super delicious
    Thanks 🙂

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    Karly
    April 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    !I made these this afternoon, and they. are. delicious.! Really, there is the perfect amount of everything in these muffins, from the yogurt and sugar to the blueberries and lemon! I cut my blueberries up too, and you’re right, they bake throughout the muffin, not just on the bottom. I added an extra kick with some toasted coconut on the top of them, and they turned out near perfect. Printing and filing this recipe for the future! Beautiful blog btw, Karlynn, thanks for sharing such beautiful moments of your life! Also loved that you are Canadian like me!

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    Joyet
    February 2, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    AMAZING muffins! i made them with a slight change… plain yogourt instead of vanilla (because I don’t like vanilla yogourt) and I added 2 tsp vanilla extract to the liquid ingredients instead. The muffins are so moist and yummy! I might add a bit less sugar next time though.

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      Karlynn
      February 4, 2011 at 2:39 am

      So glad you liked them!

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    Alana
    December 28, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Oh my. I just made these with 3/4 cup whole wheat + 3/4 cup white flour (instead of 1 1/2 cups white) and 3/4 cup “Europe’s Best” Frozen Fieldberries. To die for.

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    Karlynn
    November 14, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Just normal vanilla flavored yogurt.

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    Holly
    November 14, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    what type of yougurt?

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