Air Fryer Blueberry Muffins: Dangerously Delicious!

If you asked me what my favorite muffins were, blueberry would be in my top 3. They’re sweet, delicious, and bursting with fresh berry flavor that makes it feel like summer anytime you eat one. These air fryer blueberry muffins make the baking process even easier!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Blueberry muffins are a timeless recipe. In fact, the origins of blueberry muffins date back to the first English settlers in America! These muffins are so tasty, though, it’s no wonder they’ve stood the test of time.

These muffins are incredibly moist and flavorful. They’re also easy to make, and work equally well with both fresh and frozen berries, meaning you can eat them all year round.

Muffins are versatile, being a great grab and go option for breakfast, but also fitting into a brunch spread, for a quick snack, and they’re sweet enough for a dessert option as well!

air fryer blueberry muffin split in half on a plate surrounded by fresh blueberries

The Advantages of the Air Fryer For Baking

While of course you can bake blueberry muffins in a traditional oven as well, there are some advantages to using your air fryer instead!

  • Preheat Time. The air fryer preheats faster than the oven, generally in half the time or less, so you can get your muffins cooking that much quicker
  • Heat Output. Another advantage is that your air fryer won’t heat up your whole house like the oven will. This is a great option for summer baking, when berries are most fresh!
  • Small Batching Cooking. The air fryer is very convenient when cooking for 1-2 people so you can scale down the recipe and make small batches easily

Ingredients for Homemade Air Fryer Blueberry Muffins

ingredients to make homemade blueberry muffins in the air fryer
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ΒΌ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Β½ tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or butter
  • Β½ cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon zest
  • Β½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 Tbsp demerara sugar for topping (optional)

Special Equipment Note: You’re going to need a small muffin tin that fits in your air fryer basket, or individual silicone muffin cups. It mostly depends on the size of your specific air fryer – large air fryer ovens may even be able to hold a standard size muffin pan!

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • You can swap in whole wheat flour or gluten free flour in place of the all purpose flour. The muffins will be denser, but still delicious
  • Feel free to use granulated sugar in place of the brown sugar
  • Instead of the sour cream, you may also use Greek yogurt (I like blueberry flavor for this purpose) or milk
  • The lemon zest may be omitted if desired, and you can use 1 tsp ground cinnamon in place of it for flavor
  • You do not need to defrost the blueberries if you use frozen

Blueberry Muffin Variations

  • Citrus. While I’m throwing in some lemon here, you can also mix blueberry muffins with other citrus, such as lime or orange. You can even create a citrus drizzle for the topping!
  • Streusel Crumble Topping. Instead of a plain or sugared top, add a streusel crumble topping instead. You can find an easy recipe for it over in my Raspberry Sour Cream Muffins recipe
  • Healthier Alternatives. For some healthier swaps, use whole wheat flour instead of AP, a natural sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or agave instead of processed sugar, and light sour cream or Greek yogurt for moisture

Step-by-Step Preparation Guide

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350Β°F and grease or line your muffin cups
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg, sugar, vanilla, oil, and sour cream, stirring until well combined
combine sugar, egg, vanilla, oil, and sour cream in a mixing bowl
  1. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, then mix until just blended (do not overmix)
mix and blend in baking powder, salt, and flour
  1. Fold in the blueberries and lemon zest
fold blueberries into batter
  1. Fill the muffin cups with batter about ΒΎ of the way. If you’d like, sprinkle the demerara sugar evenly over the tops
fill silicone wrappers with blueberry muffin batter
  1. Place the muffin cups into the preheated air fryer basket
place blueberry muffins in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 10-15 minutes at 350Β°F, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
  2. Serve warm or at room temperature
overhead view of air fryer blueberry muffins on a plate and wire rack

What to Serve With Blueberry Muffins For Breakfast

  • Yogurt
  • Fresh fruit
  • Jam or preserves
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Oatmeal
  • Home fries
  • Bagel with cream cheese
  • Scones
  • Quick breads
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Milk
  • Juice
  • Smoothies

Whether you’re offering your muffins as part of a larger spread, or just enjoying them solo with a beverage, there are lots of great things to serve with blueberry muffins for breakfast.

Try my air fryer blueberry muffin recipe with my fruity Sangria Wine Jelly, some Air Fryer Baked Oatmeal, crispy Air Fryer Hash Browns and Eggs, some Air Fryer Raspberry Orange Scones, a creamy Blueberry Pie Smoothie, or a cup of freshly brewed Coffee in the Microwave.

Recipe FAQs

Can I Use Frozen Blueberries For Air Fryer Blueberry Muffins?

Yes, you can use frozen blueberries for your air fryer blueberry muffins. Keep in mind that using frozen blueberries might result in a slightly longer baking time, as they release more moisture.

To prevent the muffins from becoming too wet, you can toss the frozen blueberries in a bit of flour before folding them into the batter.

Can I Make These Muffins Gluten Free?

Yes, you can make gluten-free air fryer blueberry muffins by using a gluten-free flour blend in place of regular all-purpose flour.

The best choices for gluten free flours for flavor in this recipe are almond, cashew, hazelnut, macadamia, pecan, pistachio, or walnut.

How Do I Prevent the Blueberries From Sinking in the Batter?

To prevent the blueberries from sinking in the batter, add 1-2 Tbsp of batter to each muffin cup before mixing the berries into the remaining batter. Then, proceed to top the cups off the rest of the way with the berry batter.

This creates a buffer that prevents the blueberries from sinking to the bottom.

Can I Use Almond Flour For a Healthier Version?

Yes, you can use almond flour to create a healthier version of air fryer blueberry muffins. Almond flour adds a nutty flavor and provides a moist texture.

Keep in mind that almond flour absorbs more moisture than traditional flour, so you might need to adjust the liquid content of the recipe accordingly.

Can I Use a Different Type of Fruit For Air Fryer Muffins?

Absolutely! While blueberries are a popular choice, you can experiment with other fruits as well. Consider using diced strawberries, raspberries, diced apples, or even peaches.

Make sure to adjust the quantity and prepare the fruit as needed (removing seeds, peeling, etc.) to suit your chosen fruit.

What’s the Best Way to Store Leftover Muffins?

To keep your air fryer blueberry muffins fresh, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. If you want to extend their shelf life, you can refrigerate them for up to a week.

For longer storage, freeze the muffins individually, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag. To enjoy, simply thaw and reheat as needed.

Can You Use Paper Muffin Cups in an Air Fryer?

You can use paper muffin cups in an air fryer, but not alone. They do not have the structural support required to stand alone, so they’ll still need to be in a pan or cup.

Additionally, if they get too close to your heating element, they can catch fire. Either use with caution, or just skip them altogether as they’re not really needed.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • This recipe should make 8-12 muffins, depending on the size of your specific muffin cups (I find the silicone cups are slightly smaller than a regular tin). Feel free to scale up or down as you like
  • For even blueberry distribution in the muffins, the best thing you can do is add 1-2 Tbsp of batter to each muffin cup before mixing the berries into the remaining batter. Then, proceed to top the cups off with the berry batter. This creates a buffer that prevents the berries from sinking to the bottom
  • If you are new to zesting, use a small zester or microplane to pull across the surface of your washed fruit. Stop before you get to the pith (the white underneath) or your zest will be bitter
  • For a less brown top, drop the heat to 325Β°F and cook 12-16 minutes instead
closeup of a fresh and warm blueberry muffin cut in half

Storage and Reheating Tips

  • Once completely cooled, store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, or refrigerate for up to 1 week. For longer term storage, freeze individually and bag, and store for up to 3 months frozen
  • To warm your blueberry muffin for eating, air fry for 2-3 minutes at 350Β°F, or microwave for 30-40 seconds on high

More Recipes For Blueberry Lovers

Final Thoughts

I love these air fryer blueberry muffins. They’re soft, sweet, moist, and delicious! They’re one of my favorite grab and go breakfasts, but they’re equally good for a quick snack, sweet treat for dessert, or on a beautiful brunch spread.

While I love the classic lemon and blueberry combination, you can feel free to experiment with a variety of different flavors to find your favorite. Twist up the toppings with crunchy sugar or even streusel to add unique textures and appearances.

The air fryer makes baking so easy, and it’s the perfect choice for the summer due to its quick heating and lower heat output. That’s when you’ll be getting the freshest blueberries anyway, so it’s really win win!

For more great options to use up those summer berries, check out my compilation of the best Air Fryer Blueberry Recipes to try!

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Easy Air Fryer Blueberry Muffins

These air fryer blueberry muffins are moist, delicious, and also easy to make! They’re perfect for a grab and go breakfast, snack, or even dessert!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 8
Calories 158 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
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  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • ΒΌ Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tsp baking powder
  • Β½ Tsp salt
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (or melted butter)
  • Β½ Cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon zest (approx 1 medium lemon)
  • Β½ Cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 Tbsp demerara sugar or similar for topping (optional)

Instructions
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  • Preheat your air fryer to 350Β°F and grease or line your muffin cups
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the egg, sugar, vanilla, oil, and sour cream, stirring until well combined
    ΒΌ Cup brown sugar, 1 Large egg, 1 Tsp vanilla extract, 2 Tbsp olive oil, Β½ Cup sour cream
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, then mix until just blended (do not overmix)
    1 Cup all purpose flour, 1 Tsp baking powder, Β½ Tsp salt
  • Fold in the blueberries and lemon zest
    Β½ Cup blueberries, 1 Tbsp fresh lemon zest
  • Fill the muffin cups with batter about ΒΎ of the way. If you’d like, sprinkle the demerara sugar evenly over the tops
    2 Tbsp demerara sugar or similar for topping
  • Place the muffin cups into the preheated air fryer basket
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 10-15 minutes at 350Β°F, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
  • Serve warm or at room temperature

Notes

  • You can swap in whole wheat flour or gluten free flour in place of the all purpose flour. The muffins will be denser, but still delicious
  • Feel free to use granulated sugar in place of the brown sugar
  • Instead of the sour cream, you may also use Greek yogurt (I like blueberry flavor for this purpose) or milk
  • The lemon zest may be omitted if desired, and you can use 1 tsp ground cinnamon in place of it for flavor
  • You do not need to defrost the blueberries if you use frozen
  • This recipe should make 8-12 muffins, depending on the size of your specific muffin cups (I find the silicone cups are slightly smaller than a regular tin). Feel free to scale up or down as you like
  • For even blueberry distribution in the muffins, the best thing you can do is add 1-2 Tbsp of batter to each muffin cup before mixing the berries into the remaining batter. Then, proceed to top the cups off with the berry batter. This creates a buffer that prevents the berries from sinking to the bottom
  • If you are new to zesting, use a small zester or microplane to pull across the surface of your washed fruit. Stop before you get to the pith (the white underneath) or your zest will be bitter
  • For a less brown muffin top, drop the heat to 325Β°F and cook 12-16 minutes instead
  • Once completely cooled, store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, or refrigerate for up to 1 week. For longer term storage, freeze individually and bag, and store for up to 3 months frozen
  • To warm your blueberry muffin for eating, air fry for 2-3 minutes at 350Β°F, or microwave for 30-40 seconds on high
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand of ingredients, any swaps or additions, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 60gCalories: 158kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2.8gFat: 5.6gSaturated Fat: 1.6gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 219mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 44IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 0.8mg
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