These easy Healthy Vegan Blueberry Muffins with a touch of lemon are oil-free, moist, tender, fluffy, soft and absolutely delicious! Such a simple recipe with simple ingredients and they taste just like a traditional blueberry muffin!
HEALTHY VEGAN BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
These amazing healthy vegan blueberry muffins are so gorgeous, fluffy and soft, nobody would ever believe they are refined sugar-free, oil-free, no oil and no butter, no eggs and much lower fat than most recipes.
They are SO delicious! If you are needing gluten-free, check out my vegan gluten-free blueberry muffins, which are also oil-free! Interested in learning more about oil-free baking? Follow my full guide here!
No fancy ingredients or methods, just easy and simple vegan blueberry muffins. These contain fresh lemon juice and zest for the most flavorful lemon blueberry muffins.
- All-purpose flour
- Blanched almond flour: Using a small amount of almond flour lends lots of moisture, fluffiness and tenderness to these vegan blueberry muffins. That is because almond flour contains fat. Since these are oil-free vegan muffins, adding fat is crucial to the texture. I tried these with all all-purpose flour and found them very chewy.
- Baking powder
- Pure maple syrup: Keeps these healthy blueberry muffins refined sugar-free.
- Non-dairy yogurt: Using yogurt here provides extra flavor and some fat to the muffins. It also provides moisture since these are oil-free.
- Lite coconut milk: This is really the main source of fat here and there isn’t a whole lot of it, so it’s pretty important for moisture and texture and fluff. I tried these with a low-fat oat milk and they were terribly chewy, so I don’t recommend it. If allergic to coconut, use another really creamy high fat milk like one of the higher fat oat milks. Lite, thin milks like almond, rice, low-fat oat will make for a flatter, dense, less fluffy muffin. Soy milk is very high in protein and will make these quite chewy, I do not recommend it.
- Lemon juice: This adds extra flavor and fluff to the muffins.
- Vanilla extract
HOW TO MAKE OIL-FREE VEGAN BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
Step 1: To a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients well.
Step 2: To a separate medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients until smooth.
Step 3: Pour the wet over the dry and very gently mix until incorporated and the batter is smooth, but being very careful not to overmix! Overmixing batters that contain all-purpose flour (gluten) can easily become dense, chewy and not rise well. The batter will be thick.
Gently fold in the blueberries.
Step 4: Divide the batter into 9 muffin liners. The batter will fill up high, this is correct and how your muffins will be tall and fluffy.
Step 5: If desired, for crunch and a beautiful presentation, sprinkle raw sugar on top of each muffin.
Step 6: Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes or a toothpick is clean with no wet batter. They should be a beautiful warm golden brown color on top and puffy.
Step 7: Cool 15 minutes before serving.
RECIPE TIPS FOR THE BEST MUFFINS
Follow the recipe as written. It has been tested multiple times. As always, with baking, it is very scientific and changing even one ingredient can affect the outcome. This is especially true with vegan and oil-free baking.
Use a scale. I’ve said for years the importance of using a scale with baking. Too much flour and they will be dry, not enough, they will be gummy. Since it’s very easy to mismeasure flour with cups, using a scale gives much more precise results. This is my favorite scale I’ve used for years.
Use room temperature liquids. The yogurt, milk and syrup all need to be at room temperature. Or close to it. Coconut milk and yogurt get super cold and thicker in the fridge. To help with a smoother and easier to mix batter, room temperature ingredients will help for fluffier muffins and prevent overmixing the batter.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I make these gluten-free?
For this recipe, I do not suggest subbing with a gluten-free blend, they are all very different and quite finicky with my recipes. Since my recipes are oil-free, that further changes how those blends can perform. Instead, make my gluten-free vegan blueberry muffins. They are a reader favorite!
Can I use whole wheat flour?
No, whole wheat has a much larger amount of gluten. If you use whole wheat, they would be extremely dense and chewy. You can try spelt or whole wheat pastry flour though. They will be more tender and likely not rise as much, but that would work much better than whole wheat. Use the same gram weight amount.
Can I omit the almond flour?
No, it’s imperative to use it for the fat needed for these healthy blueberry muffins. Without the fat, since these are oil-free, they will be quite chewy and dense. The almond flour provides lightness. See the substitution suggestion above or on the recipe card below if you are allergic.
If you are allergic to almonds, you can try a seed meal like sunflower seeds or tigernut flour. I have not tested these personally, but suspect they should work well since 1/4 cup is not a large amount here.
Can I use a different sweetener?
You can sub the maple syrup with agave if you like. It is not as rich of a flavor, but will technically work.