Gluten-free blueberry muffins are easier than the muffins you used to make, Remember when you used to make muffins with wheat flour? The recipes always cautioned against mixing the batter too much. I always worried, did I mix it too much? Or did I not mix it enough? Or is it too lumpy? This is because with flour that contains gluten, stirring it with liquid will create strands of elastic gluten that could make your muffins rubbery. No need to worry about all this.
Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits. Stuff lots of them into a gluten-free muffin and I’m in heaven.
About the Ingredients
Sour Cream – As with all my recipes I kept this one pretty simple. I normally try to keep my baked goods dairy-free but without it, these muffins are pale yellow when baked. A lot of gluten-free baked goods tend to stay pale. So I replaced my usual alt milk with sour cream. This makes these gluten-free blueberry muffins rich, moist and golden brown on the edges.
I prefer to mix up my own multi-grain gluten free flour blend. It is way less expensive, super easy and you can play with some different gluten-free flours like, millet and sorghum. People who are strictly gluten-free eat a lot of rice and products made with rice but I like to add a little variety. Here is my post on how you can make your own gluten-free flour blend. If you prefer a store-bought one, I like King Arthur’s Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour. It works very well in almost all of my recipes. Whatever you use, be sure it’s a gluten-free flour blend not a “baking blend.” The baking blends usually contain xanthan gum and some sort of leavener.
Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins -Variations
If you are also a fan of lemon, you can add the zest of one lemon plus 2 Tbsps lemon juice, or just 1 tsp lemon extract instead of the vanilla extract, for a perfect gluten-free lemon-blueberry muffin.
Orange flavor is also a great partner with blueberry muffins, Add the the zest of one orange and 2 Tbsps orange juice.
Cinnamon streusel is my all-time favorite topping on any muffin. These gluten-free blueberry muffins, in my humble opinion are screaming for some cinnamon. Here is a recipe for gluten-free cinnamon streusel (cinnamon crumb topping) that you can sprinkle on the batter once it’s in the muffin tin.