The Speckled Palate
June 16, 2014

Mixed Berry Muffins

Mixed Berry Muffins // The Speckled Palate

This weekend, I had an allergic reaction to something while my husband and I were playing tennis. My sister says nature and life, I say probably pollen or something on the tennis court that somehow ended up on my face as we were playing. (Poorly on my part, I’ll admit.) Either way, it resulted in my eyelids swelling.

It wasn’t fun, and when I realized what was happening, we headed home, I rinsed off in the hopes that whatever was irritating my eyelids would be washed down the drain, and I took a Benadryl and proceeded to sleep for several hours on the couch.

It wasn’t the kind of Saturday I was hoping for, as I had aspirations of cooking several dishes and photographing them for this here blog.

Sometimes, things don’t go as planned, and you’ve got to roll with the punches.

These muffins are a result of me rolling with the punches two weekends ago.

Mixed Berry Muffins // The Speckled Palate

When I learned about my Pop’s passing, I knew I wanted to travel to Georgia for his memorial and spend time with my family… but plane tickets, as we all know, are a bit excessive when purchased last minute.

Lucky for me and Winston, my cousin and her children were driving from Texas to Georgia for Pop’s memorial, and she offered us a ride. After checking the airfares a second and third time, we agreed to the 12+ hour drive and asked what we could do.

She said we could bring muffins or bagels or something to feed us for the early morning start… and, being the thrify food blogger I am who’d already been to the grocery store one too many times that weekend, I turned to the fridge, hoping and praying I could transform something I already had into breakfast for the journey.

When inspecting the ingredients we had on hand, I realized we had lots of fresh berries… so I made muffins.

Mixed Berry Muffins // The Speckled Palate

Rolling with the punches, y’all.

Sometimes, that’s all you can do, and this one was a delightful success, enjoyed by the children and adults alike as we trekked from Texas to Georgia, driving through several states in the span of a day.

Here’s how you can make them at home:

Mixed Berry Muffins // The Speckled Palate
4.5 from 2 votes

Mixed Berry Muffins

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Servings 11
Author Erin @ The Speckled Palate


  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil , melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice , freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup local honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Coat the blueberries and raspberries in the 1 tablespoon of flour. Set aside.
  3. Mix together the dry ingredients -- flour, baking powder and sea salt in a medium-sized bowl, then set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients -- applesauce, coconut oil, lemon juice, sugar and honey -- and whisk until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, whisking until incorporated and smooth.
  5. Measure in the almond milk and stir until just combined.
  6. Sprinkle in the dry ingredients, stirring until just mixed. Do not overmix!
  7. Gently, fold in the blueberries and raspberries to the batter, stirring until just combined.
  8. Measure the batter into muffin tins -- large or mini -- and bake for 20-28 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through to where an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Enjoy warm!

Recipe Notes

This recipe will make 12 regular-sized muffins and 20 mini muffins. (I only have one regular-sized muffin tin, and I was baking for adults and kids. I know.)

For the mini muffins, bake in greased muffin tins for 23 minutes. Add an additional 5 (or so) for the large muffins.

Please keep in mind that my oven is 59 years old, so keep an eye on your muffins as you're baking, and check them at the 15-20 minute marker, depending on how efficient your oven is, as you don't want these babies to burn!


Mixed Berry Muffins // The Speckled Palate

How have you rolled with the punches recently?


  1. laurasmess

    Yum, these look amazing Erin! I love baking with berries… just the bright colours alone make me happier 🙂 Sorry to hear about the allergies, argh. I’m also a hayfever sufferer and it’s frustrating that the glorious sunny weather and flowers brings an equal amount of pain through sneezing! As for rolling with the punches? Well, I was sick last week and used my housebound time to make a couple of batches of marmalade… quite a productive day despite feeling terrible! xx

    • Erin

      Laura, thanks so much! Like you, I love baking with berries because they’re beautiful AND delicious!

      Thanks. Allergies and hayfever are absolutely NO fun. If only we could find a way to not suffer from them… though I will say the nasal spray I use as the seasons change works quite well, even if it’s not something that helps when I have a sudden reaction.

      Wow! You were crazy productive for being sick! Can’t wait to see how that marmalade turned out!

    • Erin

      Aww, Nancy! Thanks! Let me know what you think if you make these beautiful muffins!

  2. Tiffany

    Hi Erin! I love all things berry and these muffins do not seem to be an exception to the rule! They look amazing even for this non-baker. PS – Your photos have me wanting one Right Now!

    • Erin

      Tiffany, thanks so much! I love all things berry, too, and they are absolutely divine… and pretty simple to make for any non-baker, too! Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. dina

    these look great!

  4. DV

    hi erin,these muffins look yummy,i have some berries waiting to be used ,,,can i substitute the apple sauce with something else??

    • Erin

      Hey DV. Thanks! If you want, you can substitute coconut oil, veggie oil or melted unsalted butter for the applesauce. I generally swap applesauce for the oils/butters to keep the moist factor up, but you can certainly add those instead. Let me know how they turn out!

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