Just Like Starbucks; Homemade Blueberry Muffins

by Em on February 10, 2012



I don’t think I’ve made any secret of my shameless obsession with muffins. Most particularly extra big, super soft, SUPER sweet muffins from Starbucks.


In the spirit of true confession though, really I love everything about Starbucks.

I love the smell from outside (Is it fake? Is it real? Whatever – it makes me want to move in). I love the mediocore coffee. I love the way the staff are always so friendly (Good recruitment? Fear of getting fired? Do I even care?). I love the cute red cups. I love the fancy seasonal coffees (although, admittedly, the only one that’s drinkable is the Pumpkin Spice Latte). I love ordering my drinks extra hot, with extra foam, and in the big cup even though I’m only having the medium size (important anti-spilage tip guys!)… and then being looked at like nothing is more fun in life than meeting my sureptitious demands. I love always being able to pay with a card so it doesn’t actually feel like I just spent nearly half a tenner on a hot drink. I love the total 100% conformity (even though, theoretically, I’m this real liberal at heart).


And that’s really my only excuse for posting this recipe.



Now, honestly, I have been wanting to make this blog somewhere I post only healthy recipes.

Okay, only semi-healthy recipes.

Okay definitely NOT consisting virtually soley of sugar and refined flour’ recipes.

You know recipes that are at least somewhat synonomous with nutrition.

Obviously, I’m deviating from that theme.


BUT I do have my reasons… and basically the posting of this recipe was the result of long chain of internal thought – regarding everything from muffins to Mumsnet – which went a bit like this…OMG!!! I finally made muffins as big chewy, soft and generally delicious as Starbucks!

Finally- 5 million tries, 2 lost weekends, various bizzare hours stalking the Mumsnet recipe forums at 1am – I did it! Time to share!

But ….they aren’t very nutrition friendly…

So?!  I can’t even bake that well – and these really are good! These are the ONLY homemade muffins I’ve ever had that can hold a candle to Starbucks. EVER!

Yeah, but does anyone else even eat Starbucks muffins anyway… I mean seriously  - Emilia meet tacky!

OI – I may be tacky – but at least I’m logical. 5 million franchises I can’t be the only one! Besides, yeah Starbucks ones are tacky, but they’re tacky because their full of crap. These at least are homemade without preservatives etc…

But, you’re selling these as a breakfast food. Are you completely hypocrticial? You know how people need protein and fibre and general goodness, to set them up for the day and stop them flipping out at 11am.

Yeah, I KNOW, but sometimes you just WANT A MUFFIN. These freeze really well so people can just do what we always do and have them for breakfast on Monday, and then go back to their usual yogurt breakfast for the rest of the week .. no damage done..

WHATEVER… first of all, like you always do that, secondly …




EMILIA!!!!Just post the dam* recipe!!

No-one ever died from eating a muffin for breakfast, or even if they did it all week long.Besides, no-one but YOU eats yogurt and prunes for breakfast ANYWAY.

Or hardly anyone.

And if they do, they’ll just ignore your junk food – but, ahem, as good as Starbucks – baked good recipe anyhow.


Stop talking to yourself about muffins.


Just Like Starbucks; Homemade Blueberry Muffins

8 Big Muffins

Okay, these aren’t totally exactly like Starbucks. I still haven’t mastered the art of getting the domes quite as high; I believe you actually need special equipment. In my mind they’re as close as you’ll come – and, by virtue of being slightly smaller – they are slightly less terrible for you. They’re also slightly less sweet and use less refined sugar; again no bad thing. The key to getting the perfect texture is using the self raising flour and baking soda and NOT overmixing. Overmixing will give you cakes. If you fancy making them a bit more decdant, sprinkle some sugar on top before serving.


300g self raising flour
1 tsp baking soda
50g oats
150g demerara sugar (turbinado sugar in the states apparently…)
2 medium eggs
4 tablespoons canola oil
250g plain yogurt
100g blueberries (use 30g dried in winter – MUCH better)
2 tablespoons Sucanat, or other non-refined sugar for topping (optional)


Pre-heat oven to 180. Put muffin cups in muffin pan. I usually spray the muffin cups with cooking spray at this point.
Sift together flour, and baking soda into a large mixing bowl. Add oats and sugar and mix well. Add a pinch of salt.
In another bowl whisk together eggs. Add yogurt and canola oil.
Fold wet ingredients into dry, using a large mixing spoon. DO NOT OVERMIX. 10 turns of the spoon is ideal: the mixture should still be lumpy, and may have streaks of flour through it.
Pour in blueberries. Mix for another 10 turns of the spoon. Walk away.
Not really! Just stop mixing. Divide mixture amongst muffin cups. Top with a tiny bit of sucanat, if using.
Put in oven and bake for 18 minutes. Remove from oven and leave for 5 minutes, to prevent sticking to the muffin cups.



Nutrition: 340 Calories, 8g Protein, 9g Fat, 57g Carbohydrate of which 23g are Sugars… 2g Fibre

Nutritional Highlights: Um …..

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Monet February 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Oh yum! These look so good. I love starbucks too…I can’t resist. We have a shop one block from our apartment. So tempting! All the time! Thank you for sharing, sweet girl. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs and love from Austin.


Sally Anne February 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Starbucks makes me happy–it is just a fact. I love the predictability! I know EXACTLY what I like and it will taste the same all over the WORLD!

Ok, these muffins look divine. Like sheer JOY! There is a time and a place for healthy eating, but there are also times when a girl just needs a muffin, right?! Is there anything better than hot coffee and a muffin on a cold winter morning–I don’t think so! The next time we have house guests I am TOTALLY baking these!


Em February 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm

DO! They really are the best muffin I’ve come across – great with dark chocolate and cranberries too!

ALSO – I hope you are going to be frosting those nut butter cookies tomorrow!! Happy Birthday!


Jennie (the gf-gf) February 10, 2012 at 4:04 pm

But Em, where is the streusel?!?! I was such a sucker for Starbucks blueberry muffins (also blueberry coffee cake!) back in my gluten-eating days :-)

These look fabulous – enjoy an extra one for me, ok?


Em February 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm

You know – they don’t have stressuel topping here!! I KNOW!!! That’s what the sugar topping is suppoused to represent – although, TBH, I’ve never done that… I just ice them sometimes. Way to get my sugar RDA.
ps – ive already had three for you.


Michelle February 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I’m surrounded by way too many good coffee spots here that I can’t be bothered by Starbucks anymore. But if I get a gift card or someone else is buying? How can I say no?! Their baked goods really are better than their mediocre coffee. Those pumpkin scones are heaven.

And now I want a muffin.


Em February 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm

my husband HATES that I drink Starbucks SO much! :)


Kathryn February 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm

You may think these muffins aren’t that big but they have a bigger rise than anything I’ve ever been able to get! They look so light and fluff too, just delicious


Em February 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm

The self raising flour & baking soda and VERY light hand with the mixing seems to be the trick! Far and away the best muffin base Ive ever tried. BUT I do still want one of Starbucks special baking tins!
Actually, right now I never want to see another muffin again in my life … but when I do – I want one of those baking tins!


Skye (Skye Loves...) February 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I love the Starbucks red cups too…and the friendly staff…and the fact that I can get a skinny soy decaf caramel macchiato. Inspired. But I don’t really like their muffins. Though, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to love these – they look so so so much better than Starbucks. Can’t wait to try them x


Jackie (marin mama) February 10, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Hi Em! Yaaay! You posted the gigantic muffin recipe! These looks AMAZING and I love your photos.

You know, we all need sugar now and then (daily for me). We just can’t eat healthy all the time. It would be BORING and no fun! Life is about moderation and fun so bring on the dessert or in this case, GIGANTIC muffins

We go into our blogs aiming for them to be one way, but then things change and they evolve as we evolve. I went into my blog thinking I would post strictly family friendly recipes but now I have evolved into throwing in the occasional “mommy” healthy fare because I had so many comments from friends asking how I stayed so skinny when I was eating pasta all the time and dessert. I decided I had to show my friends and blogging community that I actually eat pretty healthy when the kids are in school etc.

Anyway, being out her in California, I am a huge PEET’s coffee fan. Have you ever tried their coffee? Dark, rich and robust. You have to try it when your back in the bay area.

Organic blueberries are starting to show their face again so I think I will be making these pretty soon.

To make you feel better, it’s raining here today. My girlfriend who just moved to London, emailed me a gorgeous picture of the snow topped roofs in London. I love a fresh coating of snow!


Em February 10, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Jackie!! I ADORE Peets coffee – it literally is THE best and its all we drink when we’re out there! TBH I dont really even like bucks coffee that much – I just love the way the place smells and I have this undying obsession with their cheap, mass produced muffins – I have NO idea what its about. …?!
BUT this recipe really is great. It makes really big muffins and you can totally half it to make 4 muffins – perfect for your family right…? :) . AND I made some dark choc and cranberry ones at dawn this morning – which were amazing! I just couldn’t photo them before work, but will post soon! AND these aren’t actually the MEGA muffins I was scofffing last night. Im posting them soon too – but they were seriously big – used the same amount of batter to make 6 muffins, and also made them butterscotch (with brown sugar)!! I’m going to try a banana version of them before I post. Have a great weekend!! xox ps – LOVE hearing that about the rain ;)


Jackie (marin mama) February 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Sorry for all the spelling errors but I am making a soup as I write this comment!


Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine February 10, 2012 at 7:02 pm

You are not the only one…I had a Starbucks blueberry muffin on Tuesday. And it was fabulous. :) Yours look fab too!


Em February 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm

What is it with them? ps – I saw your comment and youve got me scared im going to try the peanut butter cheerios and like REALLY like them… ?!:) xox


Amy February 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

ooooh I am the biggest sucker for starbucks’ baked treats . they’re just so good (so good even that who cares if it’s tacky–which it’s not)!

You’ve inspired me to make a batch of muffins this weekend… I love freezing them for later use too!


Em February 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

AMY! If you like the Starbucks ones, seriously try this base. SO much ‘puffier’ than any other base Ive ever tried. You dont have to add blueberries (duh). They also work great with dried cranberries and dark chocolate – AND I’m determined to try a Lemon Poppyseed version soon!

I need to revisit your blog and get ‘more quinoa less muffin’ in my life!


Deanna February 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Do not even think about speaking an ill-word about the Gingerbread Latte. It is the most perfect of all the seasonal lattes. I worked at Starbucks in high school and I would “accidentally” break the pastries all the time so I could eat them.

I’m excited to make these. I’m going to try and healthy up my favorite muffin this weekend. I can’t decide if I’m excited for it or dreading it.


Lou February 10, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Actually I don’t think I’ve ever had a Starbucks coffee… probably because I’ve always worked in cafes and made my own! These muffins looks great…. and they’re no that “bad” for you! From what you were saying I thought the recipe was going to be chocka block of butter, sugar etc, but really it’s not bad at all! Blueberry muffins are a classic, love those little bursts of lovely fruit joy :)


Em February 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

Lou! TBH I don’t really like the coffee that much – its really the baked goods that get me. I just SAY I like the coffee because Louis is such a coffee snob and it drives him crazy when I do. :) . Thanks for your support re: the health factor. They arent quite as sweet as Starbucks tis true… and those oats should count for somehting right…?!


Mark February 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I’ve been reading this on my iPhone at 9.30 pm whilst lying in the bath drinking Rioja and yet I find myself thinking ‘hmm, maybe baking at this hour isn’t such a bad idea…’ Great blog Em. X


Em February 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

@ Pritchie!! THANK YOU! xoxo – but please DO NOT think of baking ANYTHING. Our freezer is overflowing with muffins – from dark chocolate cranberry to buttersctoch – please – just come here and save us (okay me) from myself!


Amanda February 10, 2012 at 11:26 pm

I LOVE that you posted this. I always eye up the baked goods at Starbuck’s, but rarely do I indulge (I’m too busy indulging in other things). Can’t wait to try these!


Em February 11, 2012 at 9:22 am

Thanks Amanda!! Your muffins looked delicious too (does that sound weird…?)


Jackie (marin mama) February 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

Thought the rain over here would make you feel better! You are the muffin baking queen! Louis must be loving it :)


Renee February 11, 2012 at 3:46 am

Hi Emilia! I’m de-lurking to tell you a) gorgeous photos! b) Muffins are a fabulous breakfast but divine with ice cream for dessert and c)the best part about Starbucks is that you can buy one skinny vanilla latte and sit there all day and work, no big deal! I like to think that the money I spent on the ho-hum coffee is actually rent for the table I’m using:)


Em February 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

Thanks for de-lurking Renee! Amazing to hear nice things about the photos – I HATE taking them, have zero interest in photography, find re-sizing them a massive pain and think they always turn out AWFUL. SO its really nice to hear nice things about them! :) . Good tip on the muffin – Lord knows I have enough in my freezer right now. AND I just saw your post about the flowers – totally agree!! I wish I wasn’t so terrible about getting rid of the dead ones though… Have a great weekend! x


Renee February 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Bwhahaha yes, I am actually staring at my flowers now trying to decide if they are really dead or can eek it through one more day!


glidingcalm February 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm

gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!! nothing like a huge , adorable baked good + a cup of creamy coffee!!!


ellinor February 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I have to make these today now. It looks better than what you get at Starbucks. Thanks for posting the photos and recipes, and feel free to drop by me too when you have time.


thelittleloaf February 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

Yum! These look absolutely incredible. If you’re going to have a muffin for breakfast, you may as well do it properly and eat a huge one with sugar on top :-) Definitely going to give them a try.


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