Mixed Berry Muffin Recipe with Buttery Brown Sugar Streusel
Simple mixed berry muffins, overflowing with fresh or frozen berries & topped with tons of buttery brown sugar streusel. So good on busy mornings. Or lazy mornings.
Ahhhhh….. spring. I am writing this on a beautiful, sunny morning with the windows open and fresh spring air drafting in. Spring has a smell. Have you noticed? It’s that fresh, new smell of the earth thawing and things growing. I love it.
I love most everything about this time of the year. When the leaves are popping out on trees everywhere and weekends are warm enough for sweatshirt clad motorcycle rides and dinners on the patio. We might still have a spring snow or two, but winter is over and warmer weather is a welcome guest at our house.
Spring, we have missed you. And Summer, we are dusting off the red carpet, getting ready to welcome you too.
I’m enjoying one of these mixed berry muffins as I write this.
And and let me tell you, with or without the glorious spring weather, it’s a great way to start the day.
These mixed berry muffins are similar to this recipe for Lemon Blueberry Muffins, in that the texture is moist, tender, and packed with berries. But, instead of being topped with glaze, these mixed berry muffins are topped with brown sugar buttery streusel.
I am a huge fan of streusel on muffins.
HUGE. Especially muffins with fruit in them. I love the sugary crunch it adds to each bite of tender muffin and soft fruit. Such a lovely contrast. Also, you know, it’s crumbles of baked butter and brown sugar, so how is that ever going to be a bad idea?
Use whatever berries you like in these mixed berry muffins, fresh or frozen.
Berries are something we pretty much always have on hand in our house in one form or another. In the spring and summer fresh berries are a constant presence in our refrigerator, washed and ready to be sprinkled over yogurt, ice cream or granola, or eaten by the handful.
But, frozen berries, especially in the colder months, are one of my favorite modern food conveniences. Since frozen berries are a staple of our freezer, these muffins are an option any time of year. And, while these somehow feel like the kind of thing I want to eat on Spring and Summer mornings, whipping up a batch in the dead of winter is a good antidote (albeit temporary) to the winter blues.
The streusel is also optional, although it pains me to write that.
Since I’ve already expressed my love of streusel, I feel I can also tell you that it’s ok to leave it out if you want to. As super-duper-awesome as streusel topped muffins are, leaving it out will certainly cut down on the amount of sugar and calories in each muffin and they will still be lovely and delicious.
You’ll see that the recipe also calls for 1/2 cup Stevia in addition to 1/2 cup sugar. You can certainly use all Stevia or all sugar. I’ve found that, when I want to cut down on the amount of sugar in a recipe, using half stevia and half sugar is generally the right combination to maintain the level of moisture and avoid that off-putting after taste that Stevia can leave behind.
One final note about this mixed berry muffin recipe.
These tulip muffin liners are awesome.
I know I say this every time I post a muffin recipe, but tulip muffin liners are seriously the BEST, especially for streusel topped muffins. Their pointy tops hold in all that yummy streusel as the muffins rise in the oven. They also allow you to bake taller muffins than you can with regular muffins liners.
PLUS, these muffin liners make it super easy to remove muffins from the pan as soon as they are finished baking. Just grab hold of those tulip tops and lift them right out of the pan onto a wire rack to cool. They also unfurl into a nice little paper plate on those mornings when you grab a muffin before rushing out the door.
You can, of course, use regular muffin liners for these mixed berry muffins. If you do, this recipe will probably make 18-24 muffins rather than the 12 large muffins you’ll get from using tulip liners.
You might also like:
- Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Streusel
- Blueberry Corn Muffins
- Old Fashioned Banana Bread
- Overnight Apple Fritters
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Moist and tender muffins, packed with berries and topped with buttery brown sugar streusel.
FOR THE STREUSEL
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
- 6 tbsp butter, melted
FOR THE MUFFINS:
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup Stevia (see note)
- 2 large eggs
- 1¼ cup plain yogurt, full fat or 2%
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 heaping cups fresh or frozen berries
MAKE THE STREUSEL:
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Pour in the melted butter and mix until all the dry ingredients are moistened. Cover, and set aside.
BAKE THE MUFFINS:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line muffin pan with paper liners.
- Dump the flour, baking powder and salt into a medium size bowl and mix with a wire whisk to combine.
- Combine the melted butter, sugar, and Stevia in a medium size bowl and whisk vigorously with a wire whisk for about 30 seconds, until well combined. Add the eggs and whisk for another 30 seconds. Whisk in the yogurt, lemon zest and vanilla extract until combined.
- With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in the dry ingredients and then the berries. The batter will be very thick. If using fresh berries, fold them into the batter as gently as you can with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. When mixing in frozen berries, I usually use my hands to fully incorporate them into the batter.
- If using tulip muffin liners, distribute the batter amongst 12 muffin cups. If using regular muffin liners, fill 18 – 24 muffin cups ½ full. The batter is very thick, so use your fingers or the back of a spoon to press the batter gently into each cup. Evenly distribute the crumb topping across all the muffins.
- If using tulip liners, bake for 28 – 32 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of one of the muffins comes out mostly clean. If baking slightly smaller muffins in regular muffin liners, bake for 18 -23 minutes.
- Let cool on a wire rack.
- If not using Stevia, increase the granulated sugar to 1 cup.
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