These fresh gluten free blueberry muffins are an easy dairy free snack or breakfast recipe that are made in just one bowl. They’re healthy, moist, fluffy and take just 30 minutes from start to finish!
Why you’ll love this recipe
Muffins are a fun little invention because it’s basically like eating dessert but it’s socially acceptable to have a 7 in the morning as you’re running out the door on your way to work. I mean, what could be bad about that?
This is a simple gluten free blueberry muffin recipe that uses half gluten free all purpose flour and half oat flour for a fluffy texture and delicious flavor!
They’re made in just one bowl, gluten free, dairy free, moist, fluffy and just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth but not too sweet to leave you in a sugar coma in the morning. This recipe does call for eggs, but if you’re looking for egg-free muffins, try my vegan blueberry oatmeal muffins!
They’re incredibly moist thanks to some oil, apple sauce, eggs and milk. I promise, these muffins are moist and stay moist! Try my blueberry scones or blueberry banana bread next!
How to make gluten free muffins
In a large bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients until well combined.
Whisk in all of the dry ingredients, just until everything is well incorporated. Be careful not to over mix.
Also, I’m going to sound like a broken record, but make sure you pour and level the flour into your dry measuring cups, don’t scoop from the bag because you will end up using more flour than needed which will dry out the muffins.
Carefully fold in the blueberries until evenly distributed.
Add the batter to lined muffin tins, filling about 3/4 of the way up or even more if you like really big muffin tops. It may seem like there is batter left over, but keep adding it to the muffin tin until it is all used up. I like to use a medium cookie scoop to ensure evenly sized muffins.
Top with a few additional blueberries and a sprinkle of cane sugar if desired. The sugar is optional, but adds a nice crunch and sweetness once baked.
Bake at 425 for 2 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350 and bake an additional 17-20 minutes, depending on your oven (mine does best with 18 minutes).
The toothpick test sort of works for this recipe, but because of the nature of berries, the toothpick won’t come out completely clean. Careful not to over bake as they will dry out.
I suggest checking at the 17 minute mark, and if the tops look golden brown and don’t wiggle around if you shake the pan, they’re good to go. They will continue cooking slightly as they sit and cool.
How to help them rise
Here’s a little trick to help muffins (or any baked good) rise really well: set the oven temperature about 75-100 degrees higher than you usually would.
You’ll put the muffins in at the higher temperature (in this case 425), but just for 2 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350 for the remaining of the baking time.
Putting the muffins in at a higher temperature helps activate the baking soda/powder and gives them a head start on the rising process.
Another important tip to ensure muffins rise properly is to mix the batter just enough. Too much can be problematic and too little can be problematic, so you want to find that goldilocks mixing level.
Mix just until the ingredients are well incorporated so you don’t create too many air pockets.
Fresh vs. Frozen Berries
You can use fresh or frozen blueberries. The only thing you will have to change if you use frozen, is add a couple more minutes of cook time to account for the moisture from the frozen berries.
Frozen blueberries will also give a marbley effect to the muffins, but they will still taste delicious! One is not better than the other, it just comes down to what you have on hand and what you want the final result to look like!
If you have access to fresh wild blueberries, I highly recommend using them! They have a deeper flavor than regular blueberries and because they’re small, you can add more!
Make them refined sugar free!
Yes! This recipe uses maple syrup and a granulated sweetener of your choice. To make them refined sugar free, just use maple syrup or honey, plus coconut sugar for your granulated sugar.
You don’t want to use all honey or maple syrup because that will add too much moisture.
Frequently asked questions
Do they keep?
Once prepared, these gluten free blueberry muffins will store for 3-5 days. Because of the fresher ingredients, they actually do best not in an air tight container. The need a little air to breathe, so I suggest keeping them on a plate covered in foil so they have some air but don’t dry out too quickly.
You can also freeze these muffins! Be sure to let them cool completely, then transfer to a freezer safe bag and store for up to 1 month. Let defrost, then reheat in the microwave or oven until warm.
Do I need to add xanthan gum to gluten free muffins?
Because this recipe calls for a flour that already has Xanthan gum, you do need to do add any additional Xanthan gum to the recipe.
I highly suggest sticking with the Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour, but if you only have another one, just make sure it includes Xanthan gum in the mix.
Do I need to use muffin liners?
Yes, I always recommend them! It makes clean up so much easier and ensures the muffins slide right out of the tray. You can simply spray or grease your muffin pan if you don’t have liners, but I find liners work best to prevent sticking.
How do I make them light and fluffy?
A few things! The eggs in the muffin batter will help them rise and give an airy and light texture.
Also, using the right proportions of baking soda and powder will help the muffins rise and create a very fluffy texture.
Try these snacks next
- Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
- Chocolate Energy Bites
- Vegan Banana Bread
- Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
- Carrot Cake Muffins
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Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
by: claire cary
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup apple sauce
- ¼ cup neutral oil I used avocado oil
- ¼ cup non-dairy milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup oat flour or almond flour see notes
- 1 ½ cups Bob's Red Mill GF 1:1 Baking Flour Blue Bag
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ cups blueberries*
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients until well combined.
- Whisk in all of the dry ingredients making sure to pour and level the flour into your dry measuring cups, don't scoop from the bag, and mix just until everything is well incorporated. Be careful not to over mix.
- Carefully fold in the blueberries until evenly distributed.
- Add the batter to lined muffin tins, filling about 3/4 of the way up. I like to use the medium cookie scoop to ensure evenly sized muffins.
- Top with a few additional blueberries and a sprinkle of cane sugar if desired.
- Bake at 425 for 2 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350 and bake an additional 17-20 minutes, depending on your oven (mine does best with 18 minutes). The toothpick test sort of works for this recipe, but because of the nature of berries, the toothpick won’t come out completely clean. Careful not to over bake as they will dry out.
These are phenomenal. I made them yesterday and today because my kids gobbled them up… when I made today I realized I forgot the maple syrup the first time! Didn’t know it was possible they could taste better till today. Love love love. Looking forward to blueberry season again to use our orchard berries in these. Thank you.
Claire Cary says
Thank you Christina! So glad they turned out well even without the maple syrup!
These muffins are so delicious! I had been thinking about making some healthier gluten free blueberry muffins and these just so happened to pop up on my insta. I’m so glad they did! I omited the granulated sugar and added an extra 1/4 C of maple syrup. I topped them off with a sprinkle of brown sugar. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thanks so much for sharing these!
Claire Cary says
Glad they worked that way, good to know! So happy you enjoyed them!