Sourdough Berry Muffins

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Delicious double berry muffins have a nice tang from sourdough and are filled with blueberries and blackberries that make for a hearty breakfast muffin.

A muffin on a white plate next to 2 forks and a cup of coffee in the corner.

I’ve been loving baking with my sourdough starter.   I don’t know why I didn’t start one years ago!  It’s so fun finding different recipes to use the sourdough discard and to have a fresh loaf of bread every week from my very own starter.

Today I’m sharing Sourdough Berry Muffins.  These muffins use a cup of sourdough discard which is from a fed starter.  You can use any type of berries you want.  I chose to use blueberries and blackberries because that is what I had on hand.  You need one cup of berries and can use either one berry or multiple types of berries as long as they equal one cup. 

A muffin tin with 11 Sourdough Berry Muffins in it on a purple place mat.

Then on top goes a sweet and tasty crumble.  I chose to add cinnamon to my topping but you can leave it out or you can use different spices like ginger or nutmeg in the crumble.  You could also choose to add oats to your topping if you want an added crunch.

These muffins ended up rising just above the muffin tins and smelled delicious.  I was expecting more of a tang and while you could tell there was something different about them they were not decidedly sourdough.  We enjoyed the muffins with a cup of coffee both for breakfast and as an after dinner snack.  I can’t wait to try them again with a different berry!

Pin image: Ingredients used for Sourdough muffins on a cutting board, text overlay, a muffin on a white plate sitting on a purple place mat with a cup of coffee in the corner.

Pro Tips and Substitutions:

  • The topping adds a bit of sweetness to the muffins which are not overly sweet.  If you prefer a sweeter muffin you can use a half cup of sugar instead of a quarter cup of sugar.
  • Add in 1/4 cup of oats to the topping mixture if you would like a chewier and crunchier topping.
  • Fruits that can be used in these muffins include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, peaches, or apples.

A muffin with a bite taken out of it and a fork resting next to it on a white plate on top of a purple place mat.

Sourdough Berry Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Hearty sourdough muffins studded with blueberries and blackberries then topped with a sweet crumble.


For the muffins:

  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 c. fed sourdough starter (discard)
  • 1 egg
  • 4 T. salt butter, melted
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1/2 c. blueberries
  • 1/2 c. blackberries

For the topping:

  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 4 T. butter, softened
  • 1 t. cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the sourdough starter, egg, butter, vanilla, and lemon juice. Mix well.
  4. Add the flour to the butter mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Fold in the blueberries and blackberries.
  6. Divide the batter between the muffin cups filling about 2/3 of the way full.
  7. Mix together all the ingredients for the topping and mix until a crumble forms. Sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons of the crumble on top of each muffin.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.


Recipe adapted from The Spiffy Cookie

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 2425mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g
A muffin sitting on a white plate on a purple place mat with a cup of coffee in the corner.


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  1. I have never used a sourdough starter, but I have been reading about them, and I am definitely intrigued! Your muffins are beautiful and I love the crumble on top with the berries inside. Irresistible!

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