Gluten-free Blueberry Muffins (the BEST texture!)

These gluten-free blueberry muffins are easy to make, perfectly sweet and have an amazing texture. With a dairy-free option.

These muffins are really something. They’re one of the rare, totally unhealthy recipes I share. I’ll be back next week with something a little more nutritious, I promise.

I really don’t like using granulated sugar and pretty much reserve it for recipes like this with a white batter, if that makes sense. I love coconut sugar in my chocolate, spiced, gingerbread, etc. treats but not a light lemony one like this.

These gluten-free blueberry muffins are easy to make, perfectly sweet with an amazing texture and full of blueberry + lemon flavors. Because they use oil, they're also dairy-free.

Maple syrup works in some lemon treats like my gluten-free lemon cookies and vegan lemon bars but exchanging maple syrup for the granulated sugar in this recipe wouldn’t have worked. It’d have been a soupy mess.

These muffins are gluten-free and dairy-free but not at all healthy. I do have these naturally sweetened and healthier paleo blueberry muffins, if you’d like something else!

They’re also SUPER delicious. They have an amazing texture – more like angel food cake.

If blueberries aren’t your thing, these chocolate banana muffins and paleo carrot cake muffins are both honey-sweetened and gluten-free.

These gluten-free blueberry muffins are just like traditional bakery-style muffins. They’re not gummy, gritty or anything weird like some gluten-free muffins are.

The pictures don’t do the texture justice! You can’t see how truly perfect they are.

I wish I could offer a vegan option but the chia egg version I tried was terrible. They were dense, gummy and inedible.

I imagine you’d get similar results with other egg subs. I usually have great luck with them in cookies, but not so much with muffins, cakes and brownies.

This recipe calls for oil. I used regular extra-virgin olive oil and even with the lemon flavors, you could still taste it.

If you must use olive oil, then maybe go with a lighter flavored olive oil. Or use the stronger stuff if you don’t mind the taste. I know a lot of people like it!

My first choice is coconut oil. Unrefined works if you don’t mind coconut taste (which goes well with lemon) but I used refined for no coconut taste.

I don’t like anything messing with my lemon taste! You can of course use any neutral-tasting oil that you’d like.

Instead of my usual streusel, I sprinkled a teaspoon of raw sugar on top of each muffin. It makes this wonderful little crunchy sugar dome. Or something.

I don’t know how to describe it. I highly recommend it. It’s not like these are healthy, anyway, so why not live a little. ;)

Questions about these muffins?

  • Can I use a different brand of gluten-free baking flour?

    Bob’s is the only brand I’ve tried in this recipe. You could try another flour that’s meant as a 1:1 sub for all-purpose flour but since I haven’t tried it, I can’t say how it’d come out. I can say that using the recommended flour, the muffins have an AMAZING texture and aren’t gritty, gummy or weird at all!

  • Can I use a different type of sugar? You could use another type of granulated sugar but keep in mind how it’ll affect the taste. I find coconut sugar + lemon to be odd. You could add cinnamon instead of lemon flavor and use coconut sugar! That would probably be great.

  • How can I replace the eggs?

    I’ve tried these muffins with chia eggs and the result was so dense. Just… bad. I can’t really recommend egg replacers in this recipe. Sorry!

  • Can I use something instead of oil?

    Butter has less fat than oil so I would recommend sticking to oil for the best texture. If you use olive oil, make sure to use one with a lighter taste. You don’t want a strong olive taste (unless you like that!).

    Refined coconut oil works great if you don’t want any coconut taste. You can use unrefined coconut oil if you don’t mind the coconut flavor.

  • Do I have to use fresh berries?

    I haven’t tried it but I think frozen berries would work. Don’t defrost them first.

    If your berries are covered in little icy bits, use a paper towel to rub them off.

  • Can I use different berries?

    I think raspberries would be great. I’m hesitant to recommend anything else (strawberries, peaches, etc.) because they’re so much juicier and these muffins are already super moist. If you try another fruit, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  • Do I have to use the lemon extract and zest?

    You can use orange or lime zest + extracts or just omit the zest and use vanilla in place of the extract.

  • Do I have to use the sugar on top?

    Nope. It’s just tasty.

If you try these gluten-free blueberry muffins, I’d love to hear how they come out!

Gluten-free Blueberry Muffins (naturally dairy-free)

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Gluten-free Blueberry Muffins (the BEST texture!)
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  • Yield: 12 muffins


  • 1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons (259 grams) Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large (50 grams each, out of shells) eggs
  • 1 cup (250 ml) milk or almond milk for dairy-free
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) oil1
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups (213 grams) fresh blueberries, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F (205 °C). Line a muffin pan with 12 liners.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt until combined.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, oil, lemon extract and zest. Add the dry mix to the wet and stir just until combined.
  4. Fold in the blueberries.
  5. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin and fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full. Top with 1 teaspoon raw sugar per muffin.
  6. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Let cool in the pan and them remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days, refrigerate for 5 days or freeze for 2 months.


  1. If you use coconut oil, it should be melted and cooled slightly - and if you don't want coconut taste, use refined coconut oil. 1/3 cup of coconut oil = 75 grams. Note that if you use olive oil, the muffins will have an olive oil taste to them. Use canola, grapeseed, etc. for something more neutral.

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23 comments on “Gluten-free Blueberry Muffins (the BEST texture!)” — Add one!

  • Chris B says
    December 20, 2023 @ 8:27 pm

    Greetings, I made these muffins with Namaste GF 1 to 1 flour & vanilla instead of the lemon. They look great. Now cooking & to the freezer for Christmas morning. Thank you for sharing.

    • Erin replies to Chris B
      December 21, 2023 @ 6:47 pm

      You’re welcome! Did they come out with with Namaste? I hope that everyone will enjoy them. :) Thanks for your comment!

  • Carma
    March 8, 2021 @ 3:13 am

    Five Stars. Another great GF recipe, thank you!! These are the BEST! And I used frozen berries. People, do not compromise on the flour. Not all 1 to 1 GF flours are created equal. Use Bob’s in this recipe.

  • Kelly
    January 20, 2021 @ 5:18 am

    The texture is divine! I did make them with coconut sugar, and I enjoyed them :) Thank you.

    • Erin replies to Kelly
      January 20, 2021 @ 6:03 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them! It’s great to know that they worked well with coconut sugar. Do you think it took away from the blueberry taste? Thanks for your feedback. :)

  • Jill Berry says
    October 7, 2020 @ 2:49 am

    Hi Erin…Thank you for getting back to me…I have checked my pantry and have realised that I have used bakibg soda and not powder…what an egg I am…I will make another batch today and will let you know how they turn out 😁

    • Erin replies to Jill Berry
      October 7, 2020 @ 5:50 am

      Well, at least you know now. :) And thanks for asking for help instead of telling me that the recipe is terrible. 😂 I’m glad you’re making them again! Enjoy. :)

  • Jill Berry says
    October 5, 2020 @ 1:23 pm

    Hi Erin
    I tried your recipe for the blueberry muffins…the texture was beautiful and they were so moist… question is they had a funny taste..would it have been the canola oil I used?

    • Erin replies to Jill Berry
      October 6, 2020 @ 2:21 pm

      Hi Jill! I don’t think canola oil would’ve done that, unless it had expired. What brand of flour did you use? Thanks for your comment!

      • jill Berry replies to Erin
        October 6, 2020 @ 3:36 pm

        Hi Erin…I checked the Canola Oil .it had a long life yet and it didn’t smell to me…the flour I used was as per the recipe Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1..everything was as per your recipe…could it have been anything to do with the Blueberries??

        • Erin replies to jill Berry
          October 6, 2020 @ 7:46 pm

          I can’t imagine the blueberries giving it a funny taste, either. Hmm. If you used the lemon zest + extract, the same flour, and didn’t make any changes, I can’t imagine why it’d have a funny tate. They taste exactly like normal muffins whenever I make them. You used baking powder and not baking soda, right? Just making sure since some people get them confused. Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you!

  • Jill
    September 26, 2020 @ 7:14 pm

    These are the best muffins ever!! I used maple sugar and added walnut pieces.

  • Priscila says
    September 21, 2020 @ 10:10 pm

    Hello dear. I cant find Bob’s around here (small city in Brazil) but we do have other brands available. Can you tell me if Bob’s have xantan gum in it? How much should I use for this recipe? Id love to try. Thanks for your time xx

    • Erin replies to Priscila
      September 22, 2020 @ 12:46 pm

      Hello! It does have it. You can see the product label and ingredients here. I wasn’t sure how much you should use so I googled it and read to “use about 1/4 teaspoon per cup of flour. Blend it evenly into your dry ingredients before mixing.” This recipe calls for just 2 tablespoons shy of 2 cups so I guess 1/2 teaspoon would work. :)

  • Holly
    September 8, 2020 @ 3:51 pm

    Hey Erin, do you ever use granulated maple sugar? I agree with coconut sugar not working well with all flavors and it’s kind of overpowering with It’s caramely notes. If you get a good brand of organic maple sugar it is amazing and it’s sweeter than white sugar so you can use less. It is pricey though and I don’t really love all the brands out there. Just wondering if it’s something you have ever tried. I know you said you don’t like using a lot of white sugar and maple sugar does have minerals and some health benefits. We have these bookmarked to make really soon! Happy Labor Day!

    • Erin replies to Holly
      September 10, 2020 @ 2:16 pm

      Happy Labor Day (week) to you! I didn’t even realize it was Labor Day. 🤦‍♀️ My parents brought me some maple sugar from Canada at Christmas and I’ve been hoarding it. Saving it for some special occasion, which usually never happens and then it expires and I find it years later. At least that’s how I usually operate. ;) At least this won’t expire! I bet it’d be perfect in these muffins. Thanks for the tip! I hope you’ll enjoy the muffins.

  • Lakshmi says
    August 16, 2020 @ 5:23 am

    Can I use almond flour for this recipe ?

    • Erin replies to Lakshmi
      August 16, 2020 @ 5:55 am

      No, sorry. The paleo blueberry muffins I link to before the 2nd photo use almond flour, though.

  • Pamm says
    July 13, 2020 @ 3:27 pm

    Can I pour in a bread pan and bake vs muffins? Bake time?

    • Erin replies to Pamm
      July 13, 2020 @ 4:35 pm

      I don’t think so. I think it’d likely be gummy and dense. Gluten-free loaf breads are difficult! It’s why I’ve only posted one. If you give it a try, anyway, please let us know. :) Hopefully I’m completely wrong on this one!

  • Eileen Lashin says
    July 13, 2020 @ 3:20 pm

    Am I able to use an 8 by 8 dish, in lieu of a muffin tin, to make this blueberry muffin recipe? And if so, how long would I need to bake? Thank you.

    • Erin replies to Eileen Lashin
      July 13, 2020 @ 4:34 pm

      I think it’d bake well but I think it might be a little thin. I looked at another recipe of mine for muffins that yields 16 muffins. I also made a cake out of it and used a round 9″ cake pan. I unfortunately have no idea how long you’d need to bake it for. Sorry about that! If you try it out, I’d love to hear how it goes.

  • Charlotte Moore says
    July 13, 2020 @ 6:59 am

    They do look tasty for a GF muffin. I don’t bake GF much at all now. One of the people I baked for eats Keto now.


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