The Best Healthy Blueberry Muffins (gluten free!)

The Best Healthy Blueberry Muffins (gluten free!)

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Normally I don’t LOVE to claim things are the best, especially in my line of work. However, when I’m able to make blueberry muffins both nutritious and incredible, I get a little excited. Even more thrilled when I somehow was able to make these healthy blueberry muffins both gluten free AND dairy free so that everyone can enjoy them. Jumping for joy over here!

I first made these beautiful blueberry oatmeal muffins years ago when I needed them the most: a few days after I came down with an absolutely dreadful cough coupled with a lack of sleep. I stumbled into the kitchen early one morning and discovered extra blueberries sitting in the fridge, begging to be thrown into some muffin batter. So off to bake I went!

It neared 7am; Tony was still sleeping as I pulled the enormous muffins out of the oven and set them on the cooling rack. My goodness, they were lovely and bursting with juicy blue color. I left a note for T to try them, then went out to run a few errands.

Upon my return, Tony had already eaten two! He burst into the room and asked how I had created the best “sugar cookie” muffins he’s ever had. How adorable that he thinks my healthy blueberry muffins taste like sugar cookies, right?! This is why I adore him.

It did make sense though since the muffins were made with almond flour; most sugar cookies call for almond extract, so he wasn’t that far off his muffin game.

Welcome to the AK Summer Series

For the rest of the summer, we’ll be dedicating each week to select summer produce! Week 1 we’re celebrating all things BLUEBERRIES, finishing the week with the best blueberry muffins. Stay tuned on the blog and on Instagram for each week’s produce highlight, fun videos, and more.

What makes these blueberry muffins healthy?

Instead of your typical bakery-style blueberry muffins (which are delicious and a must-try, no doubt), I created a version that focuses on nutritious, more wholesome ingredients aka what I do best.

There’s no butter, no refined sweeteners, no gluten and no dairy in these healthy blueberry muffins. They’re truly the perfect grab-and-go muffin and great for kids, too!

healthy blueberry oatmeal muffin batter being mixed in a glass bowl

Everything you’ll need to make healthy blueberry muffins

These delicious blueberry oatmeal muffins are packed with nutritious ingredients but still have that wonderful, nostalgic blueberry muffin flavor. Or if you’re like Tony, that “sugar cookie” flavor. YUM. Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

  • Almond flour & oat flour: the base of the muffins is made up of a mixture of oat flour and almond flour, two very accessible gluten free flours. See below for an easy way to make your own oat flour at home!
  • Pure maple syrup: the muffins are naturally sweetened with a hint of maple syrup. Honestly, the amount is PERFECT and helps the blueberry flavor shine through. I love dark maple syrup because it tends to have a richer flavor.
  • Olive oil: you’ll need just a tablespoon of olive oil for a little boost of healthy fats. Melted coconut oil would work, too.
  • A splash of vinegar: there is a hint of apple cider vinegar in the muffins which helps them to rise properly. You can also use white vinegar or lemon juice if that’s what you have on hand. Don’t worry you won’t be able to taste it!
  • Eggs: when I originally created this recipe, I used only one egg. After further testing, I’ve updated the recipe to use two eggs. They’re just so much fluffier and delicious this way. Notes on subs below!
  • Dairy free milk: To keep these blueberry oatmeal muffins dairy free, I baked them with almond milk, but you can also use your favorite dairy-free milk of choice.
  • Baking staples: you’ll also need some vanilla extract, baking soda & salt.
  • Fresh blueberries: lastly, I would recommend using fresh blueberries in this recipe because to me, they’re always more flavorful. Be warned that if you choose frozen, the muffins may end up with a little bit of a blueberry-purple color.

unbaked healthy blueberry muffins in a muffin tin with liners

How to make your own oat flour

Good news, you can easily make your own oat flour right at home to use in this blueberry muffin recipe. Check out my tutorial on how to make homemade oat flour right at home. So easy!

Can I make these healthy blueberry muffins vegan?

We think these blueberry oatmeal muffins can also be made vegan but simply using 2 flax eggs in place of the regular eggs, however, we haven’t tested them to be certain. Let us know if you give it a try, then be sure to leave a comment below!

Different flour substitutions

I do not recommend subbing in any other flour for the almond flour. However, I think you could sub in all purpose flour or a gluten free all purpose flour for the oat flour; you may need to add a splash more milk though!

healthy blueberry oatmeal muffins on a round wire rack

Tips for making the best healthy blueberry muffins

  • Pack your almond flour. When you measure the almond flour be sure to pack it just like you would with brown sugar. However, do not pack your oat flour.
  • Coat your blueberries. Before adding the blueberries to your muffin batter toss them in a little oat flour. This will prevent them from turning the muffins blue!
  • Use fresh blueberries. Using fresh blueberries helps the muffins from seizing up. Frozen blueberries will work; but I love using fresh in this recipe!
  • Don’t skip the muffin liners: Make sure to add liners to your muffin tin, and that you spray the inside of your muffin liners with nonstick cooking spray to prevent muffins from sticking.

healthy blueberry muffins on a round wire rack with extra blueberries

Make it into a healthy blueberry muffin bread

I think these healthy blueberry muffins can be made into a delicious bread! Simply pour the batter into an 8×4 inch loaf pan greased and lined with parchment paper. Bake for 40-50 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

You can also try my amazing Good Morning Almond Flour Blueberry Muffin Bread for a delicious, gluten free and dairy free bread option!

How to store & freeze muffins

  • To store: place these gluten free blueberry muffins on the counter in an airtight container or bag for a day, then transfer them to the fridge.
  • To freeze: allow the muffins to cool completely then put them in an airtight container and place them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Once ready to reheat, you can thaw at room temperature, or heat up in the microwave in 30 second intervals.

healthy blueberry muffin on a plate

Tools you’ll need to make these muffins

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I hope you love this healthy blueberry muffin recipe! And of course, no shame in slathering your favorite nut butter on them. If you make them be sure to leave a comment & a rating so I know how you liked them. Enjoy, xo!

The Best Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins (gluten free!)

healthy blueberry muffins on a round wire rack

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Serves9 muffins

The best healthy blueberry muffins you’ll ever make! These blueberry oatmeal muffins are naturally sweetened, dairy free and made with a mix of almond flour and oat flour to keep them gluten free. A nutritious, kid-friendly breakfast or snack!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons gluten free oat flour
  • 1 cup packed super fine blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any dairy free milk of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (any neutral oil will work)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or fresh lemon juice)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 9 muffin cups with liners and spray the inside of the liners with nonstick cooking spray (this is important so that they do not stick!).

  • In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup oat flour (reserving the 2 tablespoons for later), almond flour, salt and baking soda.

  • In a separate large bowl, mix together eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, almond milk, olive oil and apple cider vinegar until smooth and well combined. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just combined.

  • In a small bowl toss blueberries and oat flour together, then gently fold them into the batter. 

  • Divide batter evenly between 9 muffin cups, filling 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 18-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted come out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. 

  • Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes then remove muffins from pan and place on wire rack to cool completely. Makes 9 medium muffins (or 12 small muffins).

Recipe Notes

To make these blueberry muffins vegan: Instead of two eggs, use two flax eggs. Mix together 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal + 6 tablespoons water in a bowl until smooth. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before using in the recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 22.3gProtein: 6.6gFat: 10.1gFiber: 3.2gSugar: 9.9g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

This post was originally published on January 10th, 2016, republished on March 8th, 2021, and republished on July 12th, 2023.


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