sourdough blueberry muffins
When life gives you leftover sourdough starter, don’t toss it! Use it to make these tastier-than-ever Sourdough Blueberry Muffins, a.k.a. legitimately my new favorite blueberry muffin made from scratch. Perfectly soft, sweet, tender and moist, these taste just like a bakery blueberry muffin but you can have them fresh from the oven in your home in less than an hour. BOOM. This recipe is part of a month-long series I’m working on featuring recipes that use leftover sourdough starter. For a refresher on all things sourdough, head to this post!
Sourdough Blueberry Muffins = The Best Blueberry Muffins
Hear me out, friends: I am writing today to tell you that these are the best blueberry muffins I’ve ever made. And they’re made with sourdough starter, whaaaat? ‘Tis true. This recipe is perfect for using up that leftover stuff from the jar that you don’t want to throw away. Every bite of these muffins is soft, moist, tender and full of blueberry flavor with a hint of crunch from a demerara sugar topping.
If you’re as much of a fan as I am of soft but dense muffins, muffins that hold their shape but don’t crumble when you bite into them, muffins that are bursting with fresh berries, muffins with that ever-so-crisp edge at the top but the tenderest centers, these muffins + you = MFEO. These are just facts.
OK But Do These Sourdough Blueberry Muffins Actually Taste Like Sourdough?
No. No, they do not. In fact, the starter is not intended to be used in this recipe for the flavor — it’s simply a way to not have your excess sourdough starter go to waste. It also lends extra moisture to the muffins. But all in all? You’d never know these muffins were made with sourdough starter if no one told you. They 100% taste like a normal (but DREAMY) blueberry muffin that you can eat for breakfast, second breakfast, lunchtime treat, afternoon snack, pre-dinner snack, post-dinner snack, snack-that’s-perfect-for-enjoying-while-watching-The-Bachelor-finale and so on.
Now I Just Really Want a Blueberry Muffin. One Problem — I Don’t Have Sourdough Starter.
No worries if you don’t have a sourdough starter lying around ready to bake with! Let me introduce you then to my Blueberry Lemon Muffin Bread, which is essentially a blueberry muffin in loaf pan form with a kiss of lemon. It’s also very, very, very good. Very.
OK Back to the Sourdough Blueberry Muffins Though! What Else Should I Know?
Ah, yes, let’s talk tips on baking the best muffins!
- Don’t overmix the batter. This is a cardinal rule for all muffin-dom, and it’s important to keep muffins from becoming tough once baked. Mix the ingredients until they’re just–and I mean just–combined, and you’ll get muffins so soft and fluffy, you’ll want to use them as a pillow.
- You’ll notice that this recipe uses almond flour. My favorite is Bob’s Red Mill almond flour, but you can use any variety! See the Notes section of the recipe for tips on swaps, if need be.
- I love to top muffins and quick breads with demerara sugar for extra crunch and sweetness, but you can leave it out or swap it for coarse sparkling sugar (which makes the tops extra-pretty, too).
On that note, I leave you to these soft, moist, tender, flavorful, totally life-changing blueberry muffins. ENJOY.Print
Sourdough Blueberry Muffins
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 12 muffins 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
These soft, tender, moist and flavorful sourdough blueberry muffins use up that leftover sourdough starter so it doesn’t go to waste!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup sourdough starter, ripe or discard
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
- 1 egg
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- Demerara sugar, for topping (optional)
- Heat oven to 425°F. Line 12 standard muffin cups with paper baking cups.
- In a large bowl, whisk all-purpose flour, almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt until well combined. In a separate medium bowl, whisk starter, maple syrup, milk, vegetable oil and egg until well combined. Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined. Carefully fold in blueberries.
- Spoon batter evenly into baking cups (they will be about 3/4 full). Sprinkle tops of muffins with demerara sugar, if desired.
- Bake muffins 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown, domed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool muffins 5 minutes in pan, then carefully transfer muffins to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.
- Don’t be tempted to use just all-purpose flour for this recipe; the combination of flour and almond flour is what gives these muffins their softness and light texture. If you can’t use almond flour, use 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup fine cornmeal.
- You can use leftover sourdough starter that’s fed or unfed–totally up to you! The flavor of the starter doesn’t really come through in the muffins, so the point is really to use up starter that you don’t want to toss!
- The demerara sugar adds extra crunch and sweetness–feel free to use it or leave it out. You can also use coarse sparkling sugar if desired.
Keywords: sourdough muffins, almond flour blueberry muffins, sourdough starter muffins, soft blueberry muffins
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Love this simply and healthy discard recipe! My muffins turned out so fluffy!
As others have said, these were fantastic! I used blueberries and raspberries, which I tossed in a bit of the flour mixture before adding so they wouldn’t all sink. Texture was light, flavor just right. Is there a substitute for the sourdough discard, or a similar recipe, so my friends who don’t bake bread can make these?
Plus they came together quickly! Took less than an hour, start to finish, once my starter was ready (I only keep a small amount so needed to make more).
Marlene, Thank you so much! As for a non-sourdough discard, I would recommend looking at other muffin recipes on my site or finding a blueberry muffin recipe that doesn’t use starter for your friends to use, as this recipe really works best with the discard involved.
These were amazing and healthy! They froze perfectly and still tasted fresh when thawed a month later. My husband even loved them, and he is PICKY when it comes to muffins! Thanks for a great new sourdough recipe.
I tried this recipe last weekend and it was just amazing! The muffins are fluffy, super moist, with juicy blueberries inside. And the sourdough really makes the difference with a regular muffin recipe (I used my sourdough starter than we’ve been keeping alive since… 1990!). Really, these muffins are perfection. I could not recommend them enough! I already shared the recipe around me 🙂 Del
These were great! Repeat for sure
These were delicious! The batter seemed a little too wet so I cut back a little on the oil and maple syrup and added about 2 tablespoons more flour and they turned out perfectly for me! Had a great rise and lovely flavour.
Hi, can you help me with how to replace the egg in this recipe for a vegan version?
Sara, That’s a great question. I haven’t experimented with any egg replacements for this recipe, but I am guessing you can use the flaxseed “egg,” which is 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then it works like 1 egg. Hope that helps!