Breakfast & Brunch | February 19, 2016

Blueberry and Lemon Zest Muffins with Fresh Lemon Glaze

Blueberry and Lemon Zest Muffins with Fresh Lemon Glaze

Blueberry and Lemon Zest Muffins with Fresh Lemon Glaze

There are some ingredients that were MFEO. You’ve seen Sleepless in Seattle, right? Blueberries and lemon were meant to be together. This muffin makes the most of that MFEO couple and has zest in the muffin as well as fresh lemon juice in the glaze. You won’t find a muffin that says SPRING more than Blueberry and Lemon Zest Muffins with Fresh Lemon Glaze.

You remember Spring. Our friend. The one who shows it’s lovely face soon…

Blueberry and Lemon Zest Muffins with Fresh Lemon Glaze

When I was growing up, my mom always made muffins out of the box, probably because she didn’t know that homemade muffins were so easy to make and tasted way way way better than the box mixes…

Live and learn friends, live and learn. If you’ve never made muffins from scratch, this is your lucky day! Muffins are one of the most simple recipes to make if you are a beginner cook. You just have to remember a few simple tips:

  1. Don’t ever mix muffins with a mixer, get out a big bowl, fork and a large spoon or spatula.
  2. Most muffin recipes can be made in one bowl, place the dry ingredients in first, then make a well in the center of the bowl and place the wet ingredients in the center of the well. Meaning, push the dry ingredients toward the outside of the bowl, as you would if you were playing in the sand and digging a hole in the sand.
  3. After making the well, pour the wet ingredients into the center or well of the bowl. Mix with a fork. You can also do this in a separate bowl if that is easier for you.
  4. Gently mix or fold the wet and dry ingredients together, just until the dry ingredients are no longer visible. There will be lumps in the batter. Fold the fruit into the batter, in this case the blueberries.
  5. Perfect! Time to scoop and bake.

Blueberry and Lemon Zest Muffins with Fresh Lemon Glaze

It’s all about technique. Homemade doesn’t have to be complicated. I made these for a Sunday morning meeting last month- just a few minutes before the meeting started. They’re so simple and the results are…well, yes, they taste as good as they look.  I promise you’re going to love these muffins.

Blueberry and Lemon Zest Muffins with Fresh Lemon Glaze

5 from 2 votes

Blueberry and Lemon Zest Muffins with Fresh Lemon Glaze

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 10 -12
Author abountifulkitchen


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz low fat sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or canola oil
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 cups blueberries fresh or frozen

for glaze:

  • juice from one lemon
  • one cup powdered sugar
  • water if needed


  1. Pre heat oven to 375 degrees, place rack in center of oven
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in one large bowl.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, place sour cream or yogurt, 2 eggs, coconut oil and zest of lemon into bowl.
  4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry just until the flour disappears. Don't over mix!
  5. Fold in the blueberries.
  6. Scoop the batter into muffin cups lined with cupcake liners (optional) or scoop into greased muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out without batter attached.
  8. Muffin should spring back when touched lightly with finger.
  9. Place muffins on a cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet to glaze. The cookie sheet will catch the excess glaze.
  10. When muffins have cooled a bit, whisk together 1 cup of powdered sugar and the juice from one lemon.
  11. Pour over top of muffins after cooling. Sometimes, I pour half of the glaze on while the muffins are hot out of the oven and then pour the rest of the glaze on after the muffins have cooled.

Recipe Notes

See notes on this post about muffin tips.I like to use coconut oil, it gives the muffins a faint coconut scent and also bakes up very tender and light. Yogurt or sour cream will work in this recipe, or a combination of both. You may use plain or vanilla yogurt. Greek yogurt will work as well. Make sure to stir the yogurt and sour cream before using.

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  1. I love banana bread. I am also looking for a good banana bread recipe. I am sure going to try your recipe for sure. Thanks for sharing.


  2. This banana bread so amazing. Why have you not corrtected the egg omission? It has been written incorrectly for over 2 years. Your web page is now so full of ads…it is very annoying. When I first used your website it was not like this. Sad(:

    1. So sorry for the inconvenience. For 6 years I wrote without being paid a cent for sharing recipes on the blog. Now, I have a few ads which bring me a small amount of income. I believe the addition of the egg in the instructions was corrected quite a long time ago. Have a great day!

  3. Just saw that the egg addition has been corrected. So sorry. I read the comments before looking at the recipe again. Thanks for the correction.

  4. 5 stars
    Hi Si 🙂
    This is MY ALL TIME FAVORITE banana bread and EVERYONE wants the recipe. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    This was the best banana bread I’ve made! I didn’t have buttermilk but thanks to your tips I was able to make my own with milk and vinegar. It was so delicious! Your recipes are keeping me baking through quaratine!

    1. Hi Dani, I’m so glad to hear that! Baking is definitely helping me through this quarantine too, thank you for sharing,

  6. 5 stars
    I LOVED this recipe!! I appreciate the buttermilk substitute and clear directions. I somehow always botch banana bread… but not this time! It seriously tastes amazing. If you’re wondering if you should double the recipe, I’d say don’t… triple it! #bestbananabreadever