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Sourdough Blueberry Muffins (discard muffin recipe)

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Sourdough blueberry muffins are luscious and soft and tender! They’re bursting with juicy blueberries and have an added depth of flavor from the sourdough that just can’t be beat. Enjoy these tasty sourdough muffins as a delicious and portable breakfast or snack. 

A stack of sourdough discard blueberry muffins.

We know a good blueberry muffin and have quite a few recipes to choose from here on Savor the Best. There’s our Banana Blueberry Muffins recipe, our Blueberry Spelt Muffins and Sour Cream Blueberry Muffins, among others. 

But as we’ve found new and exciting ways to use up leftover sourdough starter, we’ve come to discover that the distinct, tangy flavor of sourdough will make nearly any baked good infinitely tastier! This recipe for sourdough discard muffins is proof (and so are our Baked Sourdough Cake DonutsSourdough Blueberry Scones and Fudgy Sourdough Brownies).

The Best Blueberry Muffins with Sourdough Discard

Fresh blueberries become extra sweet and juicy baked into the sourdough discard muffins. This easy recipe is a great way to use leftover sourdough discard from your active sourdough starter. If you don’t have one, you can check out our full post on how to make a Wild Yeast Sourdough Starter

Sourdough blueberry discard muffins come together in a large bowl and in almost no time at all! Here’s why this recipe works:

  • The fluffy sourdough discard muffins have a bold blueberry flavor! 
  • It’s a great way to enjoy blueberry season but is also simple to make year-round. 
  • They make a wonderful breakfast, brunch item or afternoon snack! 
Sourdough blueberry muffin with a stack of muffins in the background.

Ingredient List for Sourdough Blueberry Muffins

Here’s a look at the items you will need to make this sourdough blueberry muffin recipe.

  • Streusel crumble. ​A simple mix of brown sugar, all-purpose flour, softened butter and cinnamon. 
  • All-purpose flour. ​The base ingredient for these muffins. 
  • Baking powder and baking soda. ​For leavening to give you the perfect rise to the muffins. 
  • Salt. ​Just a little bit will enhance the flavor of everything else. 
  • Butter. The muffins have a rich, buttery flavor. Make sure to use butter that is softened to room temperature (no need for melted butter). 
  • Sugar. ​Granulated sugar gives the muffins the perfect amount of sweetness. 
  • Eggs. ​Room temperature eggs will ensure all of the ingredients encorporate well. 
  • Sourdough starter discard​The secret ingredient to the fluffiest, most flavorful blueberry muffins. 
  • Sour cream. A little bit of sour cream gives the muffins an extra tender texture. Use full-fat for the best results. 
  • Lemon zest. ​For the slightest amount of lemon-y tang!
  • Vanilla extract. A hint of vanilla flavor is a must. 
  • Fresh or frozen blueberries. ​Either will work in this recipe which means it’s a great one year-round.

You will also need a standard sized cupcake tin and paper liners for easy removal. 

A jar of sourdough starter discard.

Bakery Muffin Recipe with Sourdough

Here’s a look at the steps required to make the most delicious sourdough discard blueberry muffins! For the full ingredient list and all of the details, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to view the printable recipe card. 

Before you begin: Preheat the oven and place liners into the pans. Combine the streusel topping ingredients and blend with a fork or pastry cutter. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, leavening, and salt. Set the flour mixture aside. 

Cracking eggs into a mixing bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, add the butter and sugar. Using an electric mixer (handheld or stand mixer), mix on medium-high speed until the mixture is pale yellow. Add the eggs one at a time.

Adding sourdough discard to a mixing bowl.

Add the wet ingredients- the starter, sour cream, lemon zest, and vanilla. Mix well. 

Sifting flour into muffin batter.

Pour the flour mixture into the batter and fold by hand.

Folding blueberries into muffin batter.

Use a spatula to gently fold the blueberries into the thick muffin batter. 

Scooping blueberry sourdough muffin batter into muffin tins.

​Scoop the batter into the pan and top each with the crumb topping. Bake for 5 minutes, then turn the oven temp to 350°F and continue baking until done. Cool the muffins on a wire rack. 

Tips for Sourdough Muffins

  • You can mix the batter 8-12 hours in advance and let it ferment in the fridge before baking. The longer fermentation time will give the muffins more of a tangy sourdough flavor. 
  • Use room temperature ingredients for the best results. If the eggs are cold, you can place them in a bowl of warm water for about 5 minutes to quickly take the chill off. 
  • I like to use an ice cream scooper to scoop the batter into the muffin cups. This ensures that the muffins are around the same size. 
  • Greek yogurt is a great substitute for sour cream and will increase the amount of protein in the muffins. 
  • For a less sweet muffin, reduce the sugar in the recipe to 3/4 cup. 
  • Fold the flour mixture into the batter with a wide spatula and don’t stir the batter too much. A few lumps are okay. 
  • If you have extra large blueberries, consider tossing them in a little flour before adding them to the batter. This helps suspend the blueberries in the batter and will prevent them from sinking to the bottom. Since this batter is thick, the berries won’t sink easily but extra large ones might. 
  • Store leftover blueberry muffins in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to five days. 
  • For extra precise measuring, we recommend using a kitchen scale, especially when it comes to measuring the flour. If you use a measuring cup, fluff the flour first, then use a spoon to lightly spoon the flour into the cup.
  • The hot burst of air during the first five minutes of baking helps create taller muffins. Make sure you don’t forget to turn down the temperature after 5 minutes!
  • You can use frozen or fresh blueberries. If you use frozen blueberries, do not thaw them first. Just toss them in the batter while frozen. That way the juices won’t turn the muffins purple.
Freshly baked blueberry sourdough muffins in a muffin tin.

Recipe Variations

Sourdough muffins are wonderful because the starter lends a unique depth of flavor. Here are some recipe variations 

  • Swap the lemon zest for orange zest and add 1/2 teaspoon of extract. 
  • Let your starter ferment overnight for a deeper sourdough flavor.
  • Incorporate 1-2 teaspoons of dried culinary lavender (ground or finely chopped) to the batter for a floral twist.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract to the batter and slivers of almonds to the streusel.
  • Fold in ½ cup of white chocolate chips or chunks to your batter. 

More Sourdough Recipes

There are so many wonderful things to do with sourdough discard! Every time you refresh your starter, instead of throwing away the leftover unfed starter, you can put it to use in all kinds of delicious sourdough recipes.

A partially eaten blueberry muffin surrounded by more muffins.

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A partially eat, sourdough, blueberry muffin.

Sourdough Blueberry Muffins

These sourdough blueberry muffins are soft, tender, and bursting with juicy blueberries. They are easy to make, and the addition of sourdough gives them an added depth of flavor that can’t be beat! These muffins make for a delicious breakfast or snack any time of day!
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Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 248kcal
Author: Dahn Boquist


Streusel topping

  • ½ cup brown sugar 105 grams
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour 120 grams
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Muffin Batter

  • 1-¾ cups all-purpose flour 210 grams
  • 1-½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar 200 grams
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • ½ cup sourdough starter discard
  • ¼ cup sour cream 60 grams
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1-½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries


  • Preheat the oven to 425° (you will turn the temp down after the muffins bake for 5 minutes). Place 15 cupcake liners into muffin pans.
  • Streusel topping
  • Combine the streusel-topping ingredients in a bowl and blend with a fork or pastry cutter until the mixture looks like coarse sand. Set aside.
  • Muffin Batter
  • In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Using an electric mixer, mix on medium-high speed until the mixture turns a pale yellow, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, blending each egg in and scraping the bowl down after each addition. Add the sourdough discard, sour cream, lemon zest, and vanilla, and mix well.
  • Add the flour mixture and fold by hand just until the flour is moistened. Using a spatula, gently fold in the blueberries. The batter will be thick.
  • Scoop the batter into the muffin pans (I used an ice-cream scooper) and top each muffin with the streusel topping. Bake for 5 minutes then turn the oven down to 350°F and bake for another 12 to 15 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in the middle of the muffin and it comes out clean.
  • Cool on a wire rack.


  • You can mix the batter 8 to 12 hours in advance and let it ferment in the fridge prior to baking. The longer fermentation time will develop more flavor and make them more “tangy”.
  • Start with room temperature ingredients for best results. If the eggs are straight out of the fridge, place them in a bowl of warm water for about 5 minutes. That will get them close to room temperature pretty quickly.
  • You can swap Greek yogurt for sour cream. 
  • Full-fat sour cream will make the muffins more tender than reduced-fat sour cream.
  • For a less sweet muffin, you can reduce the sugar to 3/4 cups without adversely affecting the texture of the muffins.
  • When you combine the flour with the butter and egg mixture, make sure you fold the ingredients gently with a wide spatula. Don't stir the batter too much. It is ok if there are a few lumps.
  • Sometimes it helps to toss the blueberries in a little flour before adding them to the batter. When they are coated in flour, they suspend in the batter and don't sink to the bottom. This batter is pretty thick, so the berries don’t sink easily. However, extremely large blueberries will tend to sink to the bottom.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 320mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g

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Dahn Boquist

Dahn is a retired nurse, recipe creator, home cook, baker, and self-proclaimed foodie. She loves creating in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. She lives in Washington State with her husband and dog. When she isn't cooking or baking, you can usually find her spending time with her grandchildren or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Wednesday 16th of August 2023

They are excellent with tender and fluffy crumb.

Dahn Boquist

Wednesday 16th of August 2023

Yes, they really are tender. Thanks Angie

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