Easy gluten-free blueberry muffins loaded with jammy blueberries! Almond and oat flours create a soft tender crumb that pairs with the crisp bakery-style sugary muffin dome.
These gluten-free blueberry muffins deserve a spotlight in your baking rotation. If muffins could talk, this one would say, "I've got you" before wrapping you in a hug.
My neighbors get to taste-test and give input on all my recipes. I know I've struck gold when my neighbor Mercedes texts me for the recipe before I've had a chance to post it online. (And then makes it and shares it with me).
These gluten-free blueberry muffins are gold. So much so, that Mercedes volunteered to write this blueberry muffin tribute:
Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins Recipe
"I’m lucky to try almost everything Sarah makes. Despite not being gluten-free myself, the past year has seen me amass quite the collection of gluten-free flours.
I’ve also collected a handful of recipes that I’ve dubbed “A+ I Will Ask for the Recipe Early” recipes. These are baked goodies that are so incredible I just can’t wait for the recipe to go live. These include cassava flour tortillas, maple pecan cookies, and gluten-free lemon drizzle cake.
Above all of these has been - you’ve probably guessed by now - this gluten-free blueberry muffin recipe. Sarah came up with it months ago and I pleaded and begged to get it early (read: texted once, Sarah’s very nice). I’ve made them at least 3 times a month for like half of quarantine."
Best Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins
When faced with any other blueberry muffin recipe, gluten-free or not, Mercedes now always makes these (and delivers one to my doorstep). And since you don't know her, let me tell you, this is high praise because muffins are kinda her thing.
That's how good they are.
The honey-sweetened crumb gets a wholesome flavor from almond flour and oat flour, with bursts of bright blueberries and a crisp sugary muffin top.
Mercedes described them best: "The tops are domed and crispy, the blueberries evenly distributed, and the flavor *chef's kiss*. It’s the perfect breakfast muffin. And snack muffin. And post-dinner muffin. Really they’re just the perfect muffin."
How to make domed gluten-free muffin tops
The bakery-style crispy sugar domed-top of these blueberry muffins was inspired by Hummingbird High's Levain Bakery blueberry muffins - Michelle gave me the tip to let the batter rest before baking.
I found the same thing was true for these gluten-free blueberry muffins. As Michelle instructs, resting allows the flours to better soak up the ingredients and will create more domed muffins with a better rise.
If you don't want to wait, though, you can bake them right away and they'll still be delicious, but will have flatter tops. I've tested both ways to be sure!
Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin Recipe with Almond Flour
It's not all about the top though, the muffin underneath is equally as satisfying.
The base of these muffins came from my poppy seed almond flour muffins, using a combination of oat and almond flour. Here I've subbed in butter and added in some sweet rice flour to give the muffins even more richness and chew.
Super-fine almond flour adds moisture and protein to the muffin. The flavor of almonds doesn't overwhelm the crumb, instead offering a subtly sweet nuttiness.
Gluten-free oat flour adds the softness and structure for a fluffy muffin crumb. It keeps the muffins super moist, but not dense. The flavor complements almond flour, adding warm, slightly nutty, wholesome notes. Oats are also super nutritious with healthy proteins and fats.
Sweet rice flour creates the chewy texture. Sweet rice flour is distinctively different than white rice or brown rice flour. Rather it is the same flour used to make mochi, and as such, its stickiness helps to bind the crumb together, creating chewiness like a classic muffin recipe.
How to Make Healthy Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins
Made with whole grains and honey, these muffins use less sugar than most, without sacrificing any flavor. The combination of almond and oat flour keeps you full longer, making these muffins a great way to jumpstart your day. Here's how to make them:
- Combine milk and lemon juice.
- Toss blueberries in flour, setting some aside.
- Sift together dry ingredients.
- Whisk together eggs, vanilla, and milk, then add to the dry ingredients along with the melted butter and honey, mixing until just combined
- Fold in the blueberries.
- Let rest.
- Scoop into muffin tin, sprinkle with sugar, and bake.
Should I defrost frozen blueberries before making muffins
If fresh blueberries aren't in season, you can use frozen blueberries. Do not defrost the frozen blueberries before adding them to the batter. Toss them in oat flour and keep them in the freezer until ready to fold them into the batter.
Frozen blueberries are a bit more likely to tint your muffin as you mix them in, but the result won't taste any less delicious!
More Gluten-Free Muffin Recipes
Do you crave muffins now too? Here are some of my favorite gluten-free muffin recipes!
- Poppyseed Almond Flour Muffins
- Tahini Gluten-Free Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips
- Gluten-Free Cinnamon Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Muffins
- Gluten-Free Mexican Chocolate Buckwheat Muffins
- Coconut Chocolate Chunk Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins
- Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted, plus 1 tablespoon more for brushing the pan
- ¼ cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1¾ cup (about 9 ounces) fresh or frozen blueberries, divided (see note for using frozen)
- 122g (1 cup + 2 tablespoons) gluten-free oat flour, plus 1 tablespoon for tossing with blueberries
- 100g (½ cup + 2 tablespoons) sweet rice flour (Also called mochiko. Different from "white rice flour" or "brown rice flour")
- 96g (½ cup + 2 tablespoons) super-fine blanched almond flour
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons coarse sugar such as turbinado, for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a non-stick muffin pan generously with melted butter, brushing the bottom, sides and top.
- In a measuring cup or small bowl, combine milk and lemon juice and set aside for 5-10 minutes.
- Reserve ¼ cup of blueberries for putting on top then toss the remaining blueberries with the 1 extra tablespoon of oat flour - this will help prevent them from sinking.
- Combine oat flour, sweet rice flour, almond flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Whisk the eggs and vanilla extract into the milk and add it to the dry ingredients along with the melted butter and honey. Mix with a wooden spoon until just combined, but lumps still remain.
- Fold in the blueberries. For optimal muffin domes, let the batter rest for 45-60 minutes before scooping into the muffin cups. This allows the flours to better soak up the ingredients and will create more domed muffins with a better rise. If you don't want to wait, you can bake them right away and they'll still be delicious, but will have flatter tops.
- Scoop ¼ cup of batter into each muffin cup. Top muffins with remaining blueberries and sprinkle generously with coarse sugar.
- Bake 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°F and bake for another 10-12 minutes, until the edges are dark golden brown and crisp and a toothpick in the center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs.
- Serve immediately or store on the counter for up to 2 days (if you put them in an airtight container, they will lose their crispiness. If I do this, I warm the muffin slightly before eating. Alternatively, I store mine on a plate on the counter).
Frozen Blueberries: If using frozen blueberries, do not defrost the berries before adding them to the batter. Toss them in oat flour and keep them in the freezer until ready to fold them into the batter.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 240mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 3gSugar: 21gProtein: 5g