These gluten free blueberry muffins are sweetened with maple syrup and made using a combination of buckwheat and almond flours. Delicious for breakfast or as a snack anytime.
These gluten free blueberry muffins do not contain any refined sugar! They are naturally sweetened with a generous amount of blueberries as well as maple syrup. They have a delicious nutty flavour, hint of lemon and aren't overly sweet.
I made these blueberry muffins gluten free by swapping regular flour for a mixture of almond flour (ground almonds) and naturally gluten free buckwheat flour (which I also used to make gf apple muffins and buckwheat crepes). This combination is responsible for giving these muffins their light and fluffy texture. Both flours are nutritious, high in fibre and protein, which adds a healthy twist to this recipe.
Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins Ingredients and Substitutions
- Blueberries: fresh or frozen.
- Buckwheat flour.
- Almond flour/ground almonds.
- Lemon zest.
- Baking powder.
- Maple syrup.
- Milk: use any.
- Vegetable oil.
- Optional: cinnamon or pumpkin spice/mixed spice
How to make gluten free muffins fluffy and moist
- using fresh/frozen fruit (such as blueberries) is a great way to add moisture.
- using the right combination of 'dry' ingredients is also important. Buckwheat flour on its own (without the almond flour) would have produced a denser texture. This combination of ingredients produces best gluten free blueberry muffins!
- make sure you've used the correct amounts of dry and wet ingredients - the batter should be quite runny (I recommend weighing the ingredients rather than using cups for more accurate measurements).
- do not overstir the batter - this is important with all muffin recipes.
- using maple syrup adds not only flavour but also moisture.
- I find that baking gluten free muffins at 200 C produces a better rise and fluffier muffin (soft on the inside and crispy on top) than when using lower temperature.
Is it better to use fresh or frozen blueberries
It's fine to use either so it depends on what you have on hand as well as personal preference. If you want your blueberries to stay intact use fresh or frozen large blueberries. I personally like to use small frozen blueberries as they tend to add colour to the batter (I find the blueberry flavour is better distributed that way too).
Step-by-step recipe instructions
1.Preheat the oven to 400 F/ 200 C/190 fan/ gas mark 6. Lightly grease a 12-hole muffin pan or line with paper cases and set aside. In a large bowl combine the flours, baking powder, lemon zest and spice (if using) and stir thoroughly using a whisk.
2. In another bowl whisk together the eggs, oil, milk and maple syrup until smooth.
3. Add the blueberries into the flour mixture and stir gently until evenly coated. Pour in the wet mixture and stir only until the dry ingredients are no longer visible.
4. Spoon the batter into your muffin pan and bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes.
5. Remove from the oven, set aside for 5 minutes, then transfer your healthy gluten free blueberry muffins to a cooling rack.
- I recommend weighing the ingredients rather than using cups in this recipe.
- Blueberries: Use either fresh or frozen though bear in mind the batter tends to clump up a little if you use frozen (this, however, will not affect the quality of your muffins).
- Cool your gf blueberry muffins completely before serving (otherwise they might be a little crumbly).
- Batter: Stir just to combine. Do NOT overmix the batter.
- Storing: I like to cover these muffins with a cloth at first (so they stay crispy on top) and transfer to an airtight container the next day. Store for up to 3 days.
- Freeze for up to 3 months.
Other gluten free breakfast recipes to try
- Quinoa Porridge
- Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
- Spinach Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
- Spinach Berry Smoothie 2 Ways
- Sweet Potato Egg Cups
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How have your easy gluten-free blueberry muffins turned out for you? Let me know in the comments below, thanks!
Healthy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
- 12-hole muffin pan
- 1⅓ cups (200 g) blueberries 7.05oz, fresh or frozen
- 1⅓ cup+1tbsp (170 g) buckwheat flour 6oz
- 1⅓ cup (130 g) ground almonds/almond flour 4.59oz
- 2⅕ teaspoons baking powder gluten free, if required
- Zest of 2 lemons
- 2 medium eggs
- ½ cup (160 g) maple syrup
- ⅓ cup+1tbsp (90 ml) vegetable oil
- ⅔ cup (180 ml) semi-skimmed milk/light milk
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon (optional) or mixed spice/pumpkin spice,
- Preheat the oven to 400 F/ 200 C/ 190 fan/ gas mark 6. Lightly grease or line a 12-muffin pan with paper cases. Set aside.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, lemon zest and spice (if using), stir using a whisk and set aside.
- In another large bowl whisk together the eggs, oil, maple syrup and milk until smooth.
- Pour the blueberries into the dry mixture and stir carefully until evenly coated. Add the wet mixture and stir only until the dry ingredients are no longer visible. Spoon the batter into the muffin cases and bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and set aside for 5 minutes then transfer your gluten free blueberry muffins to a rack.
- For best results I recommend weighing the ingredients rather than using cups.
- Blueberries: Use either fresh or frozen though bear in mind the batter tends to clump up a little is you use frozen (this, however, will not affect the quality of your muffins).
- Ensure you use gluten free baking powder (if required).
- Batter: Stir just to combine. Do not overmix the batter.
- Cool the muffins completely before serving (otherwise they might be a little crumbly).
- Storing: I like to keep these muffins covered with a cloth at first (so they stay crispy on top) then transfer to an airtight container the next day and store for up to 3 days.
- Freeze for up to 3 months.
*Nutritional information is automatically generated and should be considered as an estimate.
**A note about baking: If using a fan-assisted oven refer to your appliance's instructions and adjust the temperature accordingly.