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Huckleberry Muffins

August 5, 2019 (Last Updated: June 17, 2020)

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Huckleberry Muffins made with wild huckleberries! These delicious muffins can be made with fresh or frozen huckleberries.

Muffins filled with huckleberries on a plate.

Muffins are probably one of the most consistent items I bake. I love baking them for breakfast or snacks and I will often use fresh or frozen fruit in my muffins. Huckleberry muffins are saved for special occasions because huckleberries are a savored treat!

What are huckleberries?

Huckleberries are a wild berry that grow in the Inland Northwest.  These delicious berries are picked by hand in very remote locations.

Mountains in Inland Northwest.

Huckleberries can be bought from local pickers at the side of the road but these berries sell between $40-50 a gallon. When I was a kid I always thought I was going to make a ton of money by selling huckleberries. It never happened though. I just never picked enough to make it worthwhile.

While some pickers can get 4-5 gallons a day, I count it a good day when I get a full gallon. If my family comes home with several gallons, it’s a really great day! Even though I thought I could make it rich by selling the berries when I was younger, I never sold any! I’ve never bought any berries either.

Instead, we try to make several trips up into the mountains and pick what we can. We freeze the berries to last all year long. These huckleberry muffins get made a few times a year along with huckleberry crisp, huckleberry pancakes and huckleberry pie. 

A bowlful of fresh huckleberries.

 

Huckleberries resemble blueberries, but only in looks. Hucks range in colors from purple, to dark blue to red. They also range in size usually being much smaller than a blueberry. The taste of a huckleberry is pure delicious! The only way to describe it is a tart and sweet juicy berry. Really, the only way to know is to taste one! 

Do I use fresh or frozen huckleberries in these muffins?

You can use either fresh or frozen berries. If using frozen, add the berries while still frozen. Do not thaw them first. Increase baking time by 5-8 minutes.

What if I don’t have any huckleberries?

You could substitute blueberries in place of the huckleberries. 

How many huckleberries do I need to make huckleberry muffins?

I made these muffins with 1 1/2 cups of huckleberries. If you are rationing your huckleberries, you could reduce that amount and just use one cup of berries. This is a great way to still get a yummy huckleberry muffin without using all your berries! 

Muffins with berries on a baking rack.

Can I make the batter ahead of time?

I love having fresh baked muffins first thing in the morning, but sometimes I don’t have time to whip everything together. Sometimes I will make the batter the night before. Simply place the batter in muffin tins and cover with plastic wrap. In the morning, pull muffin tin out of fridge and preheat oven. Let muffin batter sit out at room temperature for 15-30 minutes. Bake muffins adding an extra 5 minutes to bake time. This saves tons of time in the mornings but still gives fresh baked muffins. 

I have kept prepared muffin batter in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. 

Flour, sugar, eggs and huckleberries together with a few other ingredients.

How do I make the muffins?

  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl
  2. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, eggs, oil and vanilla
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. 
  4. Stir just until combined
  5. Fold in huckleberries Muffin batter filled with fresh huckleberries.
  6. Place in muffin tins
  7. Bake

I do not use paper liners when I make muffins. I prefer to spray my muffin tin and just add the batter. You can use paper liners if you prefer.

Muffin batter in a muffin tin.

Tips for making muffins

  • Don’t over mix the batter. Use a spoon or a spatula to combine your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients.  Stop mixing as soon as your ingredients are combined.  A few flour steaks are okay. You are going to be mixing a bit more when you fold in the berries.
  • Fold in the berries with a gentle folding motion. You don’t want any squished berries here!
  • Always preheat your oven!
  • Use a good quality muffin tin. If your tins are thin and you tend to get burned bottoms on your muffins, place muffin tin on a baking sheet and bake on top of the baking sheet. This will provide an additional layer and will help the bottom of your muffins from becoming burned. 
  • Use an ice cream scoop to get evenly sized muffins.
  • Allow muffins to cool 5-10 minutes in pan before removing from muffin tin.
  • Continue cooling muffins on a baking rack.
  • Store cooled muffins in a container for 2-3 days.

A plate of huckleberry muffins with one muffin split in half.

If you love these huckleberry muffins, you might also love Banana Muffins, Cherry Muffins, Rhubarb Muffins and Cranberry Muffins.

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Muffins with berries on a baking rack.

Huckleberry Muffins

Kathy
Muffin made with wild huckleberries
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Course Baking, Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 213 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups huckleberries

Instructions
 

  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl
  • In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, eggs, oil and vanilla
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients
  • Stir just until combined
  • Fold in huckleberries
  • Place in greased muffin tins
  • Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15-18 minutes

Nutrition

Calories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 71mgPotassium: 141mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 123IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 1mg
Keyword huckleberry muffins, huckleberry recipes, muffins
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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Vickie
    May 18, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Can you use plain Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 18, 2020 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Vickie,
      I haven’t tried using Greek yogurt in these muffins, but usually it is a good substitute for the sour cream and should work fine. Let me know how they turn out.
      Kathy

  • Reply
    Brenda Brown
    September 13, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe its been a great year for Huckleberries here in Canada and this recipe looks perfect!

  • Reply
    Cheryl
    August 7, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    We don’t have huckleberries around here. Not even selling in produce stores. But I’ll buy a slice of huckleberry pie if I can find one when dining out! Our blackberries that grow wild everywhere around here are coming out now. I made two batches of blackberry muffins last week already! Different localities – different berry muffins!

  • Reply
    Fred G
    August 7, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    5 stars
    Another great use of huckleberries.

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    August 6, 2019 at 4:02 am

    5 stars
    What a fun recipe, Kathy! I must admit that I don’t know the first thing about huckleberries. However, now I want to go huckleberry picking! When I first saw the $40-50 a gallon, I had the same thought as you about making it rich. But now I understand why the price tag is steep. I’ll have to figure out how to get my hands on some hucleberries as these muffins sound delicious!!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    August 5, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    5 stars
    I don’t believe I have ever tried a huckleberry!
    I think these muffins look so good – I am a huge muffin fan!

  • Reply
    Valentina
    August 5, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    5 stars
    So wonderful you know of and have places to go pick these beauties. They’re so pretty! And I’m sure so tasty in these muffins. Would love one i(or a few!) n the morning with my coffee!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    August 5, 2019 at 6:40 am

    I’m pretty sure I’ve never tried a huckleberry Kathy! But they sound quite tasty and so do these muffins! Pinned!

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