Super Moist Lemon Raspberry Muffins

These lemon raspberry muffins are made with fresh or frozen raspberries and a hint of lemon zest. You can bake them any day to start your day with a bright, exciting breakfast.

Lemon raspberry muffins.

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

I love making homemade muffins in our busy home as I find them a handy option for breakfast and light snacks. Although the boys and I could be more picky when it comes to flavors, these lemon raspberry muffins are definitely at the top of our list.

lemon and raspberry muffins.

Along with maple pecan muffins, orange blueberry muffins, and pistachio muffins, the combo of lemon and raspberries has become our favorite, too. So I make them from time to time. Mind you, these days, my boys like the flavor mix of zesty lemon and juicy raspberries in their desserts anyway, like this lemon raspberry cake. 

For that reason, I recreated these muffins with the same combination of fruits. Which I was glad I did. Because the boys loved them, it made all the effort of preparing and baking them worthwhile. 

These muffins are wonderfully moist and fluffy without excessive sweetness, thanks to the addition of natural yogurt and a small amount of brown sugar. However, if you have a sweet tooth and prefer it to be sweeter, feel free to add more sugar. I’d say about two tablespoons more should be good. You’d want to do this particularly if your lemons taste sour.

Stacked muffins on countertop.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe  

  • Perfectly Moist and Soft Crumb: The margarine gives these muffins an incredibly soft and moist crumb without compromising on the rich buttery taste that makes them so popular.
  • Fresh Flavors: The combo of lemon and raspberries gives muffins a burst of zesty, fruity taste with every bite!
  • It is straightforward to make: No special ingredients or tools are needed for this lemon raspberry muffin recipe. Almost certainly, you already have all the ingredients on hand. So it’s really quick and easy to make these muffins.
  • Easy To Customize: Change and substitute the ingredients according to your preference, and they will turn out great. 
  • They are simple to store: You can prepare them ahead of time and keep them in the freezer or refrigerator. They are suitable for batch cooking!

Recipe’s Required Ingredients 

The following ingredients are required for this muffin recipe:

Ingredients for lemon raspberry muffins.
  • All Purpose Flour: Choose premium unbleached all-purpose flour for the best flavor and overall outcome.
  • Browned Sugar: A sugar substitute that’s simple to include in your diet. You can use granulated sugar.
  • Baking Powder: It provides the muffins with the correct amount of rise.
  • Baking Soda: It’s a fantastic ingredient that gives baked goods more puffiness and a lighter texture.
  • Salt: To enhance flavor.
  • Eggs: provide things stability and structure. Make sure the eggs are at room temperature.
  • Lemon: Only fresh lemon juice will do here; pre-made lemon juice won’t taste the same.
  • Yogurt: For this batch, I used unsweetened plain yogurt. But you can always use natural Greek yogurt. 
  • Melted Margarine or Baking Spread: This allows the muffins’ sweetness to be well-balanced while adding moisture.
  • Vanilla Extract: enhances the flavor slightly.
  • Raspberries: You can use fresh or frozen raspberries, but for optimal results, use fresh raspberries.

Equipment

  • Mixing bowls: You need a large bowl to gather everything.
  • Muffin pan: A muffin pan made of stainless steel is the best option for baking and any other kitchen task. Pots and pans made of stainless steel are somewhat expensive, but they will last a lifetime!
  • Spatula: you need a flexible plastic spatula to get all the batter out of the bowl.
  • Stand Mixer: Using the stand mixer to bake and prepare food without using your hands is one of its best features.
  • Muffin cases: It’s best to use reusable silicone baking cups.

How To Make These Muffins?

Here’s how to make this recipe …

Photo collage of making muffin batter.

Start by lining a pan with muffin cups and preheat the oven to 180°C/ 356°F or gas mark 4.

Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and soft brown sugar in a mixing bowl and mix everything with a spatula.

Grate the lemon zest and set it aside. In a measuring jug, squeeze the lemon juice. One lemon gives you about four tablespoons of lemon juice (60 ml). Mix the yogurt with the lemon juice to make one cup (250 ml).

Add the yogurt-lemon combination and the eggs to the flour mixture.

Next, pour in the melted margarine and vanilla essence. Beat the ingredients with a stand or handheld mixer until a smooth batter is achieved. 

Then, gently fold the raspberries with a spatula and mix well until the raspberries are evenly spread throughout the batter.

Photo collage of making muffins.

Divide the batter evenly into the prepared muffin cases, leaving about a third of the case empty.  

Bake the muffins for 20 minutes until brown and firm.

Leave baked muffins on the pan for 2 minutes before transferring them to a cooling wire rack.

Pro Tips For Super Moist Raspberry Lemon Muffins

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Using eggs that are at room temperature will make the end product better because they will be fluffier and mix into the batter more evenly. Pour hot water over eggs in a bowl and let sit for 30 seconds to bring them to room temperature quickly.
  • Be careful not to over-mix: Stop stirring the batter for the fluffiest muffins once all the dry and wet ingredients are mixed. Add the raspberries and fold in very carefully. 
  • Use firm raspberries: Find firm, fresh raspberries that will hold up well in the muffin batter for optimal results. If you’re using frozen raspberries, don’t let them thaw first.
  • Be careful not to break the raspberries as you fold them into the batter. The juice discolors batter when they break.
  • Cool Thoroughly: Place the muffins on a cooling rack immediately and let the muffins cool completely. If you leave them in the muffin tin, they will cook too long and be tough.
  • Checking the muffins’ doneness is preferable by feeling their texture rather than how long they have been in the oven. Do the “toothpick test”: When a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean, the muffins are done. However, avoid overbaking them, as this can cause a dry texture.

Substitutions & Variations

These muffins taste amazing just the way they are, but if you would like to enjoy them differently, here are some ways to try them:

Muffins on blue napkin.
  • Add chocolate: Chocolate and raspberries go great together, so include some chopped chocolate in this recipe.
  • Try a variety of berries. You can use blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries instead of raspberries in this recipe if you can’t find any or want to use other berries.
  • Add Roasted Nuts: To enhance the flavor and crunch of the muffin batter, you can also add chopped, roasted walnuts or pecans. 

Just be careful to add only a few add-ins to your muffins, as they won’t stay light!

How To Store Leftovers?

The day of baking is the ideal time to enjoy these delicious raspberry muffins with a lemon taste. So try to bake before serving so everyone can enjoy those warm, tasty bits of heaven.

But if you have extras, don’t throw them away. They will last up to 4 days at the kitchen counter in an airtight container or zip-top bag. To reheat the leftover muffins before serving, just put them back into the microwave for ten to fifteen seconds.

How To Serve?

These delicious muffins pair perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee, so we love serving them for brunch or breakfast. However, they’re also a fantastic after-school or after-work snack.

Lemon and raspberry muffins on blue napkin.

Recipe FAQs

Can You Freeze Raspberry Lemon Muffins?

Yes! If you plan to freeze the muffins, it is strongly advised to do so within a labeled zip lock bag with the muffins’ baking date. To enjoy these muffins, defrost and reheat them as needed. Use within a month.

How Do You Make A Dense Muffin Lighter?

Overmixing the batter is the most common cause of dense muffins. Make sure you only whisk all the ingredients until they are combined.

Easiest Muffins Recipe!!!

If you love lemon and want an easy and delicious breakfast treat, try these lemon raspberry muffins. It only takes less than 30 minutes to make, and the aroma will fill your home with happiness.

And if you try this recipe, feel free to leave a comment below, letting us know how it turns out. You can also share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #soyummyrecipes. I’d love to see what you make!

Lastly, please follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. To sneak a look at what’s cooking in my kitchen. 

Take care and all the best.

Author: Devy Dar

Title: Food Writer, Recipe Developer, and Digital Content Creator.

Bio:

Devy Dar founded So Yummy Recipes and Drizzling Flavor to share her love of food after exploring various cultures and cuisines for more than two decades. Her mission is to help others easily recreate traditional and non-traditional food with readily available ingredients. Her works have been featured in Reader’s Digest, Al Jazeera, MSN, Yahoo, Bon Appetit, and more. 

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