These classic gluten free blueberry muffins are crisp on the outside, soft and tender inside. So easy to make, and they taste just like they came from your favorite bakery!

What makes these the best gluten free blueberry muffins?

These gluten-free blueberry muffins are the perfect sweet treat for any occasion. The buttery muffins are light and fluffy, with a burst of flavor from the sweet-tart blueberries.

For extra texture, each muffin is topped with crunchy sugar that adds just enough sweetness to make them irresistible. Perfectly moist and flavorful, these delicious treats are sure to be a hit with everyone!

These are my favorite gluten free blueberry muffins, studded with big fresh blueberries. And they’re really easy to make. They’re made with plenty of butter, buttermilk, and granulated sugar for the most tender, decadent type of muffin.

The combination of sweet-tart berries and light yet fluffy muffin batter creates an incredible flavor combination. Plus, each bite is packed with healthy antioxidants thanks to the tiny burst of juice found in every blueberry. No matter what the occasion, these scrumptious yet simple muffins will make your day a little sweeter!

The taste is perfect, but the incredibly tender texture and perfectly craggy top are the real reasons I love these gluten free muffins. Resist the urge to add more blueberries, or they’ll take over the whole muffin, add too much moisture and your muffins may even sink and become dense as they cool. You want to taste that sweet, moist muffin crumb for your gluten free breakfast.

yellow cake muffin broken in half to show baked blueberries inside on a small white round plate on a pink cloth

Tips for perfect blueberry gluten free muffins every time

This recipe for gluten free muffins is simple. Even if you’re a total newbie to gluten free recipes. But these tips will help you get perfect, delicious blueberry muffins every time.

Begin baking your gf muffins at 400°F

Baking your muffins for a few minutes of their baking time at a higher temperature activates the baking powder quickly, and helps your muffins rise into a high dome. Be sure to lower the oven temperature after the first few minutes, or they’ll burn on the bottom, though.

Don’t defrost frozen blueberries

Adding frozen blueberries to muffin batter is much better than defrosting them first. The cold berries help keep the muffins from becoming over-mixed, which can lead to a dense and gummy texture. Frozen blueberries also retain their natural juices, which helps keep the muffins moist and light.

Plus, your batter will be beautifully flecked with specks of blueberry color. Just add the frozen berries straight from the freezer to the muffin batter when the recipe calls for it for perfectly delicious gluten free blueberry muffins!

Prevent frozen berries bleeding

Keep them in the freezer until right before you’re ready to add them to the muffins. Working quickly, toss the still-frozen berries in some of the dry ingredients and add them to the prepared batter as directed.

Finally, fold the frozen berries into the soft gf blueberry muffin batter. Treat them like you would whipped cream or egg whites that get folded in to batter like we do in our gluten free angel food cake.

Help stop the berries from sinking

If you toss the blueberries in the dry ingredients before adding them to the batter, the berries are more likely to stay spread evenly throughout the muffins.

Second, be careful about how you scoop your muffin batter into the wells of the tin. The top of the scoop becomes the bottom of the muffin, so avoid having lots of berries down there! You can even try lining the well of each muffin tin with some plain batter before scooping the rest in, berries and all.

Finally, use the right muffin batter, like in this recipe. This batter is thick, and not like a liquid at all, so the berries don’t sink to the bottom!

Blueberry muffin ingredients images with words in white type on black rectangles: GF flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, lemon juice which is an image of a lemon, blueberries, white sugar, eggs, melted butter and buttermilk

Choose the right gluten free flour blend

Admittedly there are a lot of gluten free flour blends to choose from. But they’re not all great. This recipe calls for an all-purpose gluten free flour blend, based on superfine rice flour.

I used Better Batter gluten free flour (the classic blend), as it’s my preferred choice for this type of baking because of its consistent performance and texture. But did you know you can also make your own gluten free flour blend that will work perfectly in this and many other recipes?

Can I freeze these gluten free blueberry muffins?

Yes! You can freeze the muffins once completely cool.

Freezing gluten-free blueberry muffins is a great way to enjoy these tasty treats later on without having to make them fresh each time.

Once the muffins have cooled completely, place them on a baking tray in the freezer until frozen and then move them to an airtight freezer-safe container or zip-top bag.

And because these muffins freeze so well, you can make a big batch and store some away for those busy days when you don’t have time to bake from scratch.

To refresh a frozen muffin, microwave it for 30 to 45 seconds at 50% power or until even the berries are defrosted. For that just-baked texture, sprinkle lightly with some tap water, and bake at 250°F in a toaster oven for 5 to 10 minutes.

Try vanilla extract

Sometimes, I replace the lemon juice with pure vanilla extract. I personally prefer the lemon juice because it helps to balance the sweetness of the sugar and berries. However, if you really love vanilla, or you’re just out of lemon juice, this is a great substitution.

light yellow muffin batter with blueberries throughout in large round metal mixing bowl

Replace blueberries with other fruit

If you don’t have blueberries, but you do have raspberries, you can make these into gluten free raspberry muffins. If your raspberries are fresh, follow the recipe as written, only substituting that one ingredient.

If your raspberries are frozen, follow the instructions above for frozen blueberries. You might be able to make this recipe with fresh strawberries if you slice them into chunks about the size of a blueberry.

You cannot make them with frozen strawberries. They can’t be sliced into proper chunks without defrosting them first, and they will add way too much moisture to the raw batter.

image of thick light yellow muffin batter with blueberries and coarse crystals of sugar on top in the well of a metal muffin tin

How to make the easy gluten free blueberry muffins

To make the best blueberry muffins gluten free, we want a thick muffin batter that will hold the blueberries in the batter as the muffins bake, but it should never be stiff. The gf blueberry muffin batter should be soft enough to allow you to mix in the blueberries without breaking them.

mixing and whisking blueberry muffin ingredients in 4 scenes, with white and yellow ingredients in glass bowls and a large round metal mixing bowl, blueberries dusted with flour and wet ingredients being poured into dry

Combine room temperature wet ingredients

We begin with unsalted butter that’s been melted and cooled until it’s no longer hot to the touch, and whisk it together with the other wet ingredients: room temperature buttermilk, lemon juice, and eggs. If any of these ingredients is cold, the other ingredients will clump and won’t combine fully to make a smooth gf blueberry muffin batter.

Whisk together dry ingredients

We want to ensure that all the dry ingredients are fully combined with one another, so we don’t have pockets of blueberry muffin batter that have too much of one ingredient and not enough of another. Then, we toss the blueberries in a bit of the whisked dry ingredients to help keep them from sinking in the batter, and combine the wet and dry ingredients.

thick light yellow muffin batter in a large metal mixing bowl, in wells of a metal 12 cup muffin tin being brushed with a pastry brush with a black handle, a hand sprinkling sugar on top from a small glass bowl, and 9 baked light yellow muffins with spots of blue on a wire rack

Transfer the gf blueberry muffin batter, and add the optional toppings

There is enough batter to fill the wells of my standard muffin tin completely full, which is part of how the muffins rise into a beautiful dome. To add some texture and extra crunch to that muffin dome, you can brush your muffin batter with a little bit of melted butter and sprinkle coarse sugar lightly on top.

one light yellow baked muffin in a white muffin liner with spots of blue on a wire rack on a blond table

Substitution suggestions for gluten free blueberry muffin ingredients

While my recipe for gluten free muffins is perfect and one of my absolute favorites in its current state, there may be times when you need to make additional changes to cater to dietary needs and preferences other than just being gluten free.

Gluten free dairy free blueberry muffins

For a dairy-free buttermilk substitute, mix together half plain dairy free yogurt and half unsweetened almond milk. Or, if you don’t like almond milk, then use your favorite dairy free milk as long as it’s not nonfat and is unsweetened and unflavored.

If you need to replace the butter in the recipe, Melt and Miyoko’s Kitchen vegan butter are great options. With these easy swaps, your gluten-free and dairy-free blueberry muffins will be delicious!

Gluten free egg free blueberry muffins

To make this gluten free blueberry muffin recipe egg-free, you can use a “chia egg” in place of each of the two eggs called for.

To prepare a chia egg, mix 1 tablespoon ground white chia seeds with 1 tablespoon lukewarm water in a small bowl and allow it to sit until it thickens and forms a gel-like consistency.

With these simple substitutions your muffins will be delicious and free from eggs! You may also be able to use pre-packaged egg replacer, usually aquafaba, although I’ve never tried.

Gluten free corn free blueberry muffins

This recipe calls for an all purpose gluten free flour blend, specifically Better Batter, that’s lightened into more of a gluten free cake flour by adding cornstarch. If you can’t have corn, try using arrowroot or potato starch.

If you’re using a high-starch all purpose gluten free flour blend like Cup4Cup, use an extra 36 grams Cup4Cup in place of cornstarch.

a light yellow muffin with baked blueberries in the well of a metal muffin tin


Can I make these gluten free muffins using regular milk?

No. Honest-to-goodness buttermilk from the dairy case at your grocer isn’t just regular milk that’s been soured.

Real buttermilk is thicker and creamier than milk that’s simply had some lemon juice added to it. But you can still replace it if you don’t have buttermilk.

If you don’t have buttermilk in the house, you can use half unsweetened milk and half sour cream or plain yogurt by volume. You can also use plain kefir in place of buttermilk without any other adjustments to the kefir.

How do I make my gluten free blueberry muffins light and fluffy?

You can make your gluten free muffins light and airy by following me recipe to the letter! Make sure your eggs and buttermilk are at room temperature, that the oven is at the correct temperature when you put them in the oven, and that you’re using fresh dry ingredients—including baking powder that isn’t out of date.

If you’ve added too many berries or plain milk instead of buttermilk, your muffins will have too much moisture and will likely end up dense from rising and then falling as they cool. Measure and select your ingredients carefully!

a light yellow baked muffin with blueberries and blueberry juice on a small white round plate on a pink cloth

How to make healthy gf blueberry muffins

This original recipe was a lighter version but I’ve since moved away from that recipe. The original recipe was lower in both sugar and fat.

If you’re looking for a whole grain version of gluten free blueberry muffins, you might prefer our oat flour blueberry muffins recipe.

If you’re interested in the lighter recipe then the ingredients that change are listed below:

  • 7 tablespoons (98 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled (in place of 10 tablespoons butter)
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar (in place of 1 cup (200 g))
  • 3/4 cup (170 g) Greek-style plain yogurt, at room temperature (addition)
  • 1 egg (50 g, weighed out of shell) + 2 egg whites (50 g), at room temperature (in place of 2 eggs)

All other ingredients remain the same. The muffins will be smaller and less tender since fat and sugar are tenderizers in baking, and the lighter version has less of both.

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These classic gluten free blueberry muffins are crisp outside, soft & tender inside. With that tender crumb and beautiful bakery dome!
Course Muffins
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free blueberry muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 293kcal
Author Nicole Hunn


For the muffin batter

  • ¾ cup buttermilk at room temperature
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose gluten free flour blend (I used Better Batter; click link for details on appropriate blends)
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons xanthan gum omit if your blend already contains it
  • ¼ cup cornstarch See Recipe Notes
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups fresh or frozen blueberries (See Recipe Notes)

For the optional topping

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • Coarse sugar for sprinkling


Make the muffin batter

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. Grease or line a standard 12-cup muffin tin that is light in color, and set it aside.
  • In a medium-size bowl or measuring cup, place buttermilk, melted butter, lemon juice, and eggs, and whisk to combine well. Set the mixture aside.
  • In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and granulated sugar, and whisk to combine well.
  • Transfer 1 tablespoon of the dry ingredients to a small bowl, add the blueberries and toss to coat. Set the berries aside.
  • If using frozen berries, set the tablespoon of dry ingredients aside to use after the rest of the batter has been prepared.
  • Create well in center of large bowl of dry ingredients and add the wet mixture. Mix until just combined. The batter will be quite thick, but soft.
  • Add the blueberries and reserved dry ingredients, and gently fold the berries into the batter just until they are evenly distributed throughout.
  • If you’re using frozen berries, remove them from the freezer, rinse them quickly and toss in the reserved dry ingredients. Fold them carefully into the batter, working quickly.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the 12 prepared muffin wells, filling the wells almost completely. Smooth the tops with wet fingers.

Add the optional topping

  • Brush the tops lightly with the optional melted butter, and sprinkle the tops lightly with the optional coarse sugar.

Bake the muffins

  • Place the muffin tin on the top rack of the preheated 400°F oven, and bake until the muffins are beginning to dome (8 to 10 minutes). Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.
  • Finish baking the muffins at 350°F until a toothpick inserted in the center (and not in a blueberry) comes out with no more than a few moist crumbs attached (10 to 12 minutes more).
  • Remove the muffins from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.



If you’re using frozen blueberries, do not defrost them at all.

If you’re using a higher starch all purpose gluten free flour blend like Cup4Cup, replace the 36 grams of cornstarch with more of the blend.

Originally posted on the blog in 2014. Recipe modified in 2021 from original to make larger muffins with more beautiful, irregular tops. Photos and video all new. In 2023, more text resources plus step-by-step photos added.

Nutritional information is approximate, and does not include the optional butter and coarse sugar topping.


Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 337mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 364IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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These classic gluten free blueberry muffins are crisp on the outside, soft and tender inside. So easy to make, and they taste just like they came from your favorite bakery!

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