Bobby’s Lighter Blueberry Muffins

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Bobby’s Lighter Blueberry Muffins

By Bobby Deen

70 Fewer Calories
4 g Less Fat

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup low-fat (2%) Greek-style yogurt
1 large egg
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries


Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray or line with paper liners.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.

Whisk the milk, yogurt, egg, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture until just blended. Stir in the blueberries.

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake until the muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack. Remove the muffins from the pan and cool completely on the rack.

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Difficulty:  Easy
Yield:  12 servings

Per Serving: 168 Cal (25% from Fat, 9% from Protein, 66% from Carb); 4 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 3 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 28 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 13 g Sugar; 61 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 233 mg Sodium; 31 mg Cholesterol

Test Kitchen Tip:
If using frozen blueberries, there is no need to thaw first. Simply stir the frozen berries right into the batter.

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen:  Blueberry Muffins
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Bobby Deen is the younger son of celebrity chef Paula Deen. Like older brother Jamie, the Savannah resident has helped shape the Deen media empire with a series of highly successful commercial collaborations, ranging from three best selling cookbooks to the series Road Tasted on the Food Network and the award winning Lady and Sons Restaurant in Savannah. On a personal side, he was also named one of People Magazine's Most Eligible Bachelors in 2007.

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Reader Comments:


i like your food

By joanna jones on September 02, 2013


Love to have recipes for diabetics on a diet, such as advocare. Low fat, low sugar, low carb, no/little milk/butter products. Want a receipe for strawberry muffins, low fat easy pancakes /no syrup. Love your idea and receipes.

By Mary Prine on May 24, 2013


BlueBerry Muffins I don't like yogart of any kind .Can I just skip it ? In stead of a whole egg I would use 2 egg whites.That takes the Cholesterol out.I am not to have any salt either.

By Carol Howard on March 11, 2013

good recipe

By Pam on November 18, 2010

Great idea Bobby-keep the recipes coming. We all need to back down on the calories and fat etc. But no need to lose taste and presentation. Good job, thank you so much. Love to Paula and the family from a fan.

By Mary on September 20, 2010

Can’t wait to try these. If you want to print, do what I do, copy just the recipe and paste into WORD and then print.

By Alice Hattery on August 03, 2010

Hello. I have tried to print out the recipe for Bobby lightens it up blueberry muffins, I cant seen to be able to print it out. Please help me
Thank you
Donna Fite

By Donna Fite on July 19, 2010

I love your recipes. The Blueberry muffin recipe is a winner. Also the lighter cookbook is a great idea.

By Marilyn on July 14, 2010

I used Splenda in place of the sugar, when baking I have been using this instead of the regular sugar so I can still have my treats with no guilt being a diabetic.

By Cheryl Wilkinson on July 14, 2010

Just printed this muffin recipe but don’t need four pages with comments, etc.  Just want recipe only.  Can you make some adjustments re this.  Thanks loads.

By Carolyn Hamill on July 14, 2010

I recently saw a show with Bobby and his trainer and they showed some recipes that proved making a few changes/adjustments can make a great recipe healthier. I have been working with a trainer recently and have been struggling with foods we all like, still taste like real food but healthier for you. Keep sharing Bobby. Much appreciated.

By Janet on July 13, 2010

If you come out with a cookbook of great recipes BUT with fewer calories, I will definitely buy it.  Bring it on.

By Pat S on July 13, 2010

I love your feed back on the peoples comments. That is a great feeling to us as viewers. Keep up the video feed backs. Love you, Jamie and Mom of course. Come and visit Ohio it is beautiful in the fall. You and the family. Please…..........

By jean casalinuovo on July 13, 2010

Bobbly I love your trimmed down recipes!  I second the suggestion for a new cookbook of your lighter but most delicious recipes.

By Rhonda Rhew on July 13, 2010

Thanks, Bobbie, for all the yummy recipes.  I love seeing you on the show.
  Have you tried using oatmeal in your blueberry muffins?  I replace 1 cup of flour with the oatmeal and use 3 egg whites instead of one whole egg.

By Linda Jones on July 13, 2010

Light is always better.  Keep them coming.  I agree as well with the idea of a light cookbook.  You would have yourself a bestseller there.

By Kathie on July 13, 2010

I will make these little pillow muffins for my guests at my bed & breakfast. Most of my guest would appreciate the minus calories. You know how we are in Ca. Thanks for the recipe , I will add some lemon juice in my recipe since I have an orchard of lemons.

By Connie Vlasis on July 13, 2010

I second Carol’s request. I love your mom’s recipes - but would really appreciate a lighter version for those of us who are fighting the calorie battle. Think about it! Thanks.

By Maggie on July 13, 2010


I second the notion of putting out a cookbook, making light of your mom’s recipies.  I absolutely ADORE your mom, but my husband and I have lost alot of weight and we need help not to get back there.  Thanks so much for what you and your family have done for making the love of family and cooking go hand in hand.

By Nancy Merck on July 13, 2010

Bobby please put out a cookbook. I love the lighter recipes. I have a lot of weight to lose and I can never find recipes that taste good. I like sweets and you do a great job with them.

By Carol on July 12, 2010

I love blueberry muffins and was so excited to see Bobby’s recipe for lighter muffins!!! Thanks for all the great ideas!! I love seeing you all on different shows as well as on Facebook!

By Kathy Hammers on July 12, 2010

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