Vegan Blueberry Muffins

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Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Here comes another amazing vegan recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking. I'm pretty sure that this is the best eggless/vegan blueberry muffins one can bake.

The recipe does have a minor flaw (the oven temperature), which can definitely be taken care of. The texture of these simple vegan blueberry muffins is unbelievable.

It's as light as an angel food cake, which is made purely with egg whites. You can imagine how light that cake would be.

So these eggless blueberry muffins which uses vinegar as an egg substitute is also equally light and airy.

I used apple cider vinegar this time and did not get any aftertaste or smell from the vinegar.

I made two batches of these easy vegan blueberry muffins, used dairy milk (2%) and lemon zest for the first batch; rice milk and orange zest for the second batch.

A few days back I baked a cake using white vinegar and soy milk and was not at all satisfied with the result. It had a strong smell of vinegar and the soy milk made it sticky too.

That's the reason I chose to use rice milk and apple cider vinegar for these blueberry muffins.

I've baked using soy milk before and didn't have this issue. I think the brand of soy milk and the recipe matters for getting the desired result.

Even though I have used lemon zest in this vegan blueberry muffin recipe I'm very confident that using some orange juice instead of the milk and orange zest in place of the lemon zest would be awesome in this recipe because I'm an oranges fan.

If you too are an orange fan like me don't miss a chance to try this orange cookie recipe. You will love it!

For the healthy vegan blueberry muffins, refer to that recipe using the whole wheat flour.

Note: This vegan blueberry muffin recipe is one of the most tried recipes from the blog and I get a lot of questions asking for substitutions and many other things. I have tried to answer it all either individually or consolidating similar questions and created one big FAQ section.

So please take some time to go through all the questions and answers before trying the recipe or before repeating the same question in the comments section. Thank you.


Vegan Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
15 Mins22 Mins + 5 Mins Cooling12 Muffins
Vegan Blueberry Muffins
4.9 from 194 reviews
It's unbelievable that these light and airy easy blueberry muffins are made with vinegar and not eggs.
  • 2 cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour (I used bleached)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Lemons For Lemon Zest
  • 3/4 to 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Milk, any (I used Rice Milk)
  • 1/3 cup Canola Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Extract (I did not use it)
  • 1 tablespoon White Vinegar (I used Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups Fresh OR Frozen Blueberries
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F (see My Notes) for 15 minutes. Lightly grease a muffin tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine together flour, baking soda, salt and lemon zest.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, milk, oil, extract, and vinegar. Mix well.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stir until just combined. Don't over stir.
  5. Gently fold in the berries using a rubber spatula.
  6. Fill the muffin tins about 2/3rds full.
  7. Bake until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 22 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes. After that remove the muffins from the tins and cool on a wire rack.
My Notes:
  1. I didn't want to bake 2 batches when I started. What happened was I didn't read the recipe properly and poured the measured sugar on top of the flour instead of mixing it with the wet ingredients.
  2. I continued with it anyway and saw that the muffins began to brown very much around 12 minutes itself. The original recipe had mentioned to bake it at 400F.
  3. So I reduced the oven temperature to 375F. I thought that adding sugar to the flour was the reason and so I baked another batch following the instructions correctly.
  4. Even then the same thing happened. That's when I realized that the oven temperature was the culprit. That's the reason I have changed the temperature to 375F in the procedure.
  5. Later I was going through a whole wheat banana muffin recipe in The Joy of Baking website and there it was mentioned that baking that muffin directly in a muffin tin without the paper liner would yield crusty and brownish muffins but it would soften later.
  6. The same thing happened in these blueberry muffins too. So you may also try lining the muffin tins with a paper liner, instead of pouring the batter in the greased molds.
  7. Regarding sugar, the original recipe itself mentions 3/4 to 1 cup. For the first batch, I used 3/4 cup because the vegan strawberry cupcakes which I tried earlier from the same book used 1 cup sugar and was very sweet.
  8. The sweetness of the vegan lemon blueberry muffins was perfect for us, but it may not be enough for everybody, especially if the blueberries are very sour.
  9. So for the second batch (I had already decided to give it to my neighbors because I didn't want to have it at home and gain weight), I decided to increase the quantity of sugar. I used little more than 3/4 cup and little less than 1 cup. That was good too.
  10. I used frozen blueberries. Thawing is not necessary. Add it to the muffin batter directly from the freezer, but do not over mix, or else it would start bleeding.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Blueberry Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198Servings 12
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.5g10%
Saturated Fat 0.5g2%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 263mg11%
Potassium 44mg1%
Total Carbohydrates 33.2g11%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 14.4g
Protein 2.3g
Vitamin D
Calcium 1%-
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much applesauce can I use instead of oil? Would the muffins still be airy if I use applesauce instead of oil?

A: I know that it's easy to get tempted to replace the oil/fat in a baking recipe with applesauce to make it fat-free, but that would result in dense and dry muffins. It won’t be as airy as using oil alone. So I would suggest just replacing half the quantity of oil with applesauce.

Q: Can I use lemon juice instead of vinegar?

A: Since the acidic content of lemon juice is less when compared to vinegar you might have to double the quantity of vinegar. For example, if recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of vinegar, use 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.

Q: What is this lemon zest you are talking about? Is lemon zest and extract compulsory?

A: Lemon zest is nothing but grating the skin of the lemon. Care should be taking while doing this so that the inner white sheet from the skin does not peel away because it will be bitter. Lemon extract is like vanilla, almond extract which is in liquid form. I wouldn't say that it's compulsory but it definitely will give a nice flavor to these blueberry muffins without baking powder. You may choose to use orange zest/extract instead of simply vanilla extract will be good too.

Q: Why do the muffins rise well and suddenly sink in the middle?

A: Opening the oven door quite too often while it is baking makes cold air enter in the oven and might be the reason for the muffins to sink. Another reason can be that you used little too much batter for each muffin.

Q: Can I make a gluten-free version of these muffins by replacing the all-purpose flour with finger millet flour or almond meal or coconut flour?

A: No it doesn’t work like that . You would have to use Xanathan gum. I haven't baked this recipe gluten free and have read that simply substituting the all purpose flour with gluten-free flour would not work especially in baked goods which has to rise, like muffins, cupcakes and cakes. Brownies and cookies should not be that much of a problem to bake gluten-free and can be done without xanathan gum too. Gluten-free and egg free is a lot of trial and error method only. But some of the readers did mention that they tried this recipe gluten-free using rice flour and gluten-free mix (which already has the xanathan gum in it). You may try it at your discretion. I will try to bake a gluten-free version shortly and blog about it soon.

Q: Can I just make blueberry muffins without eggs instead of vegan?

A: Certainly you can. Just use dairy milk and if you prefer butter, melted butter instead of oil. One of the readers suggested that the muffins turn out better if oil is used instead of melted butter though.

Q: What oil can I use instead of canola?

A: Any oil of your choice which has a neutral flavor. Peanut oil, sunflower oil, (refined) coconut oil, avocado oil, etc could work on this homemade vegan blueberry muffins recipe.

Q: Would you recommend baking these muffins at 350 F? Will it involve baking for a longer time then?

A: You can try it at 350F but bake it a couple of minutes longer.

Q: Can I bake just 6 muffins?

A: Halving the recipe may not work out always. It's again for you to experiment and see. Another option is to bake all the muffins and freeze the remaining and use it later. If you decide to halve the recipe and if you are using a 12 cup pan then you will have to fill the rest of the cups with little water so that the muffins will bake evenly and doesn’t get dried out.

Q: Is it okay to use flax seed meal instead of lemon and vinegar? If so, can you please suggest the amount of flax-seed meal?

A: You can try flax seed meal but I’m pretty sure that the muffins won’t be as airy and as light as the ones with lemon and vinegar. You can try blending a teaspoon of flax seed meal with 3 tablespoons of warm water.

Q: I used paper liners instead of greasing the muffin tins. Unfortunately, the muffins stuck to the liners! What do you think happened?

A: There are a couple of reasons for this:

1) If you try to peel off the wrapper while the muffins are still warm
2) If you make it low-fat or fat free 3) If you don't lightly grease the liners with non-stick cooking spray.

Q: Does the baking temperature or time change if you are using mini muffin tins?

A: The temperature does not change but you need to bake it for a lesser time than you would bake regular sized muffins. Somewhere between 12-15 minutes.

Q: I have baked muffins like in the past and end up with the berries sinking in the bottom. How to avoid it?

A: I have explained it in detail here: Why does fruit sink to bottom of the cake?

Q: What is rice milk? Can I use any other milk instead?

A: Rice milk is derived from cooked white/brown rice. You can use any other non-dairy milk like almond milk, oat milk, hemp milk etc. I personally don't prefer using soy milk because it gives a sticky texture to the baked goods. For vegan baking my choice is either rice milk or almond milk.

Q: Can I use any other fruit instead of blueberries?

A: Yes you can use any other berries or fruits of your choice. Or even add ons like nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruits etc.

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  1. Jackie Rios

    So easy and yummy! I used oat milk, the full cup of sugar, and vanilla instead of lemon extract/zest. Husband approved. Will definitely make again.

    • Madhuram

      That’s great, Jackie!

  2. Jen

    Can use whole wheat flour?

    • Madhuram

      Yes, you can, Jen.

  3. Mmm

    These are amazing! I didn’t have lemons or the lemon extract so just used a tsp of vanilla extract, fresh blueberries tossed in flour, and 180g sugar – perfect sweetness and great texture. Thank you for recipe!

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome.

  4. Lori Romick

    Absolutely delicious!! I did substitute 1/2 cup of the flour with whole wheat flour and 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds- but this recipe was just what I was looking for. Thanks!

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome, Lori.

  5. Cassandra

    I halved the amount of sugar, missed out the lemon zest and lemon extract (didn’t have any) and used extra virgin olive oil, raw milk and frozen blueberries. They were unbelievabley light, fluffy and tasted amazing.

    • Madhuram

      Thank you very much for the feedback, Cassandra.

  6. Laura

    Can I mix these ingredients manually using a whisk or mixing using a stand mixer with paddle attachment is recommended?

    • Madhuram

      You don’t need a mixer for this recipe, Laura. I don’t even own a stand mixer. For all my recipes I either use a normal whisk or electric beater.

  7. Ashley

    These turned out great! I used vanilla extract instead of lemon, and skipped the zest.

    • Madhuram

      Thank you, Ashley.

  8. Mohana

    Hi all it’s my favourite recipe and all my friends absolutely love it. Thank you for this

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome, Mohana.

  9. Haleh

    Great recipe! Moist inside, crunchy outside. I only made half the recipe so we wouldn’t eat it all:)

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for the feedback, Haleh.

  10. Hema Ramanathan

    Amazing recipe. Followed to the dot and turned out Awesome. Vanished from my tea table within a few minutes. Thanks Madhuram

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome, Hema.

  11. Janet

    I was excited about making this after reading the reviews, but I ended up being disappointed. I cut the recipe in half and I do understand how to calculate half, lol. The lemon abstract was replaced by vanilla, because that’s what I had. I used organic brown sugar. It took around 40 minutes to bake. The canola oil seemed strong. Any idea where I went wrong?

    • Madhuram

      Sorry to hear that it didn’t turn out good, Janet. 40 minutes is too much baking time. Halving the recipe will be reducing all the measurements into half. It should work out fine. I have done that before. Did you reduce all the ingredients to 50% measurement?

  12. Monika

    I just made these muffins and they were so delicious! It was as if I was taking a bite into the sunshine! The only issue I found was that the blueberries (I used frozen) fell apart in the muffin. What should I have done differently?

    Notes: I made this using whole milk, lime zest, lime juice (2 tsp instead of extract), and frozen blueberries.

    • Madhuram

      Wow! What a creative expression, Monika! Taking a bite into the sunshine! Lovely! Hope you didn’t thaw the frozen berries. Just mix it in a teaspoon of flour and add it to the batter at the very end and give a light twirl with a spatula. Overmixing will mess it up.

  13. Tennessee

    This is a great and easy recipe and it said it made 12 but it has even more than that and it is great because we were out of eggs and I couldn’t find anything except this and it’s a great one , I highly recommend this recipe to anyone

    • Madhuram

      Thank you very much, Tennessee.

  14. Kristina Ray

    Great recipe! I added vanilla extract and some cinnamon instead of lemon zest and I think they turned out well. Thanks!

    • Madhuram

      Thanks, Kristina.

  15. Kelli

    My batter came out very thick. Any suggestions?

    • Madhuram

      The recipe has perfect measurements, but sometimes I think the type of flour we use might slightly affect how much liquid it absorbs. You can try to dilute it with some milk/water.

  16. Melissa

    Thank you for this recipe. Our family is staying in amid the coronavirus crisis and baking is an all time favorite pass time. These muffins are delicious!!! We used King Arthur Gluten free measure for measure flour, olive oil instead of canola oil and hemp milk because our son is nut free. Excellent recipe!!! We will make it again. So good our non food allergy child devoured these. Lol

    • Madhuram

      Thank you very much, Melissa. Stay safe!

  17. shailja

    Hi. Could you please share gram measurements for this? Thanks a lot! really eager to try.

    • Madhuram

      Hi Shailaja, can you please check the baking measurements page for tables to convert the recipe into grams? Thank you.

  18. Madeleine Cornwell

    I made this yesterday, and I was so happily surprised at the results. The texture was soft and moist and very flavorful and I didn’t miss the eggs at all. I didn’t have fresh or frozen blueberries, so I used dried blueberries that I soaked in water before incorporating them in the batter. Unfortunately most of them sank to the bottom, but still yummy. I also made some muffin tops, since I doubled the recipe. My husband loved them too, and he’s not a huge fan of sweet muffins. Definitely keeping this in my favorites. I can’t wait to try the spinach banana muffin and prove for myself that I can eat spinach in a sweet food! Thank you so much!

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome, Madeleine. When using dried fruits you will have to toss them in flour so that it won’t sink at the bottom. I’m sure you will love the spinach banana muffins!

  19. Anshika Aggarwal

    I think baking soda quantity is too much. Try lessening it.

  20. Angela

    Hi Madhuram! I made these blueberry muffins and they were AMAZING!!! I used thin coconut milk instead of rice milk and distilled white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar. I used almost 1 full cup of sugar as my blueberries were more on the tarty side. The texture was perfect and the lemon flavour complements the taste of the muffins so well. Thanks a ton for sharing this recipe!!!!

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome, Angela. Adding coconut milk is a wonderful variation. Does the muffin smell coconutty? Is it too overpowering or just mild?

      • Angela

        I used store bought coconut milk which is very thick and creamy. So I added water to make it thin ( like the 2nd extract of coconut milk). Not a soul would say that coconut milk has been used to make the muffins! It’s not overpowering at all. It’s too mild that you can’t get the coconutty flavour one bit.
        PS – I forgot to rate the recipe previously so I’m giving it with this comment.

        • Madhuram

          Oh, wow! I will be trying it soon with coconut milk too. I have a couple of cans at home.
          Thank you very much for clarifying and for the rating, Angela. I appreciate it. 🙂

  21. Shirley VanGarde

    Good eggless recipe. Combined dry ingredients and liquids separately, then gently folded together. Made 55 minimuffins perfectly golden at 375F for 12 min, cooked direct in pan no papers. Unexpectedly needed to make vegan muffins with no time to run to store. Used unsweetened rice milk, lemon juice as the acid for the soda, dried cranberries and sunflower seeds instead of blueberries, added some cinnamon and nutmeg. This guest prefers lower sugar so I used 1/2 c and it was fine. Like all eggless muffins, there is extra leavening and the soda flavor comes through. This batch was quickly eaten by those w/o dietary restrictions too.

    • Madhuram

      That’s awesome, Shirley. Thank you very much for the detailed feedback.