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Blueberry Lemon Thyme Muffins

These blueberry lemon thyme muffins are topped with a crunchy streusel and packed full of delicious blueberries. You will love how easy these muffins are to make!

Blueberry Lemon Thyme Muffins on a plate with blueberries.

Nothing is more comforting than waking up to the delicious smell of sweet blueberry muffins, freshly baked and out of the oven. 

Blueberry muffins are the perfect breakfast. But if you’re feeling like you need a little more than just a muffin, my baked blueberry oatmeal would surely hit the spot!

These blueberry lemon thyme muffins are perfect for breakfast or, paired with some tea in the afternoon. 

The fresh blueberries burst with flavor, with a citrusy hint of lemon and a special scent of thyme. 

Don’t forget the best part: the crumble topping! Chewy oats, and sweet dark brown sugar, with a drizzle of tangy lemon glaze. 

They will become your new favorite muffin; you’ll love them!

Blueberry Lemon Thyme Muffins on a plate.

Ingredients for blueberry lemon thyme muffins

  • All-purpose flour –  This is a simple basic baking ingredient that helps hold the muffin together
  • Buttermilk – Buttermilk gives this blueberry lemon thyme muffins moisture and a subtle tang.
  • Lemon zest – This adds a burst of citrus that complements the berries!
  • Thyme – This herb pairs well with both lemon and blueberries. Giving a subtle freshness throughout the muffin. 
  • Blueberries – The star of the show! Fresh is used here, but you could absolutely substitute frozen berries. 
  • Baking powder – Baking powder helps the muffins rise and stay fluffy.
  • Vanilla bean paste – Vanilla bean paste is a super concentrated vanilla product. You could substitute vanilla extract. 
  • Quick-cooking oats – These give our streusel topping a lovely texture
  • Brown sugar – Brown sugar adds moisture and a sweet molasses flavor, unlike traditional white sugar.
Blueberry Lemon Thyme Muffins in the muffin tin.

Using different fruit or berries

If blueberries aren’t your favorite, you could substitute blackberries, raspberries, or even cranberries. 

Fresh or frozen, both work well in this recipe. 

Using alternative milks

Buttermilk is used here to lend a tangy flavor to the muffin, but you could use almond, soy, or any other type of alternative milk to provide moisture to the muffin. 

Storage and leftovers of blueberry lemon thyme muffins

These muffins are best consumed the day-of baking but would keep well in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

You could also freeze these muffins. 

Bake as directed, hold off on adding the glaze, and freeze in a freezer-safe container. 

To warm up, thaw in the refrigerator a day before use, and gently warm in the microwave for a couple of minutes. 

Blueberry Lemon Thyme Muffins cut in half.

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These blueberry lemon thyme muffins are topped with a crunchy streusel and packed full of delicious blueberries. You will love how easy these muffins are to make!

Blueberry Lemon Thyme Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These blueberry lemon thyme muffins are topped with a crunchy streusel and packed full of delicious blueberries. You will love how easy these muffins are to make!


For streusel topping:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Pinch of kosher salt

For muffins:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries

For glaze:

  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


For the streusel topping:

  1. In a small bowl add all ingredients and stir well to combine. Set aside.

For the muffins: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin pan with paper liners, set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl add flour, baking powder, fresh thyme leaves, and kosher salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl (or use your liquid measuring cup) add buttermilk, lemon zest, vanilla bean paste, and lemon extract. Stir to combine and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer add butter and brown sugar.
  5. Bean on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl between each addition, and mix until just combined.
  7. Lower the mixer speed to low and slowly alternate between adding the flour and buttermilk mixture until all the ingredients have been added.
  8. Gently stir in the fresh blueberries trying not to break them as you stir.
  9. Fill your muffin pans about 3/4 of the way full and smooth the top as best as possible.
  10. Top each muffin with a handful of streusel topping. If the topping sets up a bit (the butter might firm up a bit) just break it up with your hands. You want to use all the topping so don’t be scared to really top those muffins.
  11. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the muffin is fully cooked. You can test your muffin by inserting a toothpick into the center and when removed it should be clean.
  12. Let your muffins cool and top with drizzle.

For the glaze: 

  1. Whisk together until smooth. If it’s too thick add a little more lemon juice. If it’s too thin add a little more powdered sugar.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 160mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 5g

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Saturday 22nd of April 2023

I’m currently baking these, but there is a step missing with the buttermilk, vanilla bean paste, lemon zest, and kosher salt. I think I see where they go (step 5), but unfortunately, I already completed the other steps first. I added them at the end (but before I added the blueberries) so we’ll see! I’m hopeful!

Nutmeg Nanny

Tuesday 25th of April 2023

@Lindsay, Hi! I'm so sorry! I just fixed the recipe and I hope the muffins turned out wonderfully!


Sunday 5th of June 2022

These are baking in the oven as i type this, I’m hoping they turn out good - you had me at the photos! I was a bit confused as your recipe didn’t include the eggs, brown sugar or butter. I realised after I poured the wet ingredients into a bowl and had to start that portion from scratch because when I tried to add room temp butter into the mix to cream, it just looked weird. Hoping it’s worth it!


Tuesday 7th of June 2022

Hi Mariko - I'm so sorry for this oversite! I have been updating old recipes and I'm afraid this step was missed as I copied over the recipe. I have updated the recipe with instructions for the butter/sugar/egg mixture. Thank you for letting me know and I hope you enjoyed the muffins!

Emily @ Life on Food

Sunday 3rd of April 2016

These look divine. Muffins win every time with me in the morning. And the streusel is amazing. I would be picking a piece off one by one to savour every bite.

Lori @ RecipeGirl

Saturday 2nd of April 2016

Lemon and blueberry is one of my favorite spring combos! I will be making these for my family this spring.

Rachel Cooks

Saturday 2nd of April 2016

HOLY COW! That crumb is calling my name and I adore the addition of thyme.


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