Vegan Blueberry Muffins (Nut & Gluten-free!)

Light and fluffy healthy vegan blueberry muffins that are also gluten-free with a nut-free option!  They’re super flavorful, nutritious and perfect for a grab-and-go easy breakfast.   

Healthy Vegan Blueberry Muffins

I have never been able to find a vegan blueberry muffin recipe that is healthy AND vegan AND gluten-free AND nut-free but also tastes delicious too! This recipe may be the only one out there.  Good thing too! I am sure you will love this recipe as much as me and my kids do and make it over and over again!  They are so simple to make and have a nut-free option with sorghum flour which is my new favorite baking flour.

vegan blueberry muffins

What is this new gluten-free flour?

You are probably wondering, what the heck is sorghum and why is it in this muffin recipe?  Is this a good thing?  The answer is yes!  Sorghum is an ancient cereal grain that is naturally gluten-free with a mostly neutral and yet slightly sweet flavor.  It is light weight and also light in color and works well as a substitute for regular flour in gluten-free baking.  

Believe it or not, sorghum actually improves the texture of recipes.  It is a real treat for all you gluten-free bakers out there!  I have been using it lately in my baking and complimenting it with oat flour.  I find that with these two flours combined (oat flour and sorghum flour) you really don’t need any other fancy gluten binding ingredients such as xanthum gum.  So it makes gluten-free baking a breeze.

blueberry muffins on cooling rack

Sorghum is popular in Africa and gaining popularity here in the United States.  Not only is it gluten-free but it also is nutritious.  It is nutrient-rich and considered a whole grain.  

Sorghum digests slowly with a lower glycemic index so it keeps you feeling fuller longer.  So what is not to love?  Give these vegan blueberry muffins a try and let me know what you think of them!

How to make vegan blueberry muffins? 

These healthy blueberry muffins are so easy to make despite what you make think about gluten-free baking! It’s really as simple as mixing together the dry ingredients and then the wet ingredients separately. Then you add in the blueberries while you mix the wet and dry ingredients together. 

Bake for 20 minutes and you’re done! You have deliciously fluffy, healthy blueberry muffins done, dusted and ready in under 30 minutes. 

single blueberry muffin in muffin paper

Gluten-Free and Healthy Vegan Blueberry Muffins

These muffins are 100% vegan (dairy-free and egg-free), gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, oil-free and butter-free.  My kids love them and so does my husband.  I get regular requests from them to make a batch and they never last long.  It is hard to eat just one. 

They’re great for preparing at the start of the week for school lunches or snacks. They will disappear as fast as you can make them so make enough for the whole family to enjoy! 

blueberry muffins

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Gluten-free and Vegan Blueberry Muffins


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x

Description

This soft and moist muffin recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free. It makes a great quick or on-the-go breakfast option. I even included a nut-free version for all my nut-free readers. Enjoy!


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats*
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (or substitute sorghum flour for a nut-free version)
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, plain plant-based milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries + more for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a muffin tin with silicone baking cups or lightly grease a muffin tin with coconut oil or avocado oil.
  2. Place the oats in a completely dry high speed blender and blender from low to highest speed until a fine flour forms and no chunks remain.  Add the almond flour (or sorghum flour for nut-free), arrowroot powder, flaxseed, baking soda and salt and blend again until well combined.  Pour the dry ingredient mixture into a medium sized mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. To the blender, add the non-dairy milk, maple syrup, apple sauce, vanilla and vinegar. Blend to combine.  Pour the combined wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a hand mixer to combine well.
  4. Gently fold in the blueberries.
  5. Fill each muffin tin with the batter. Place additional blueberries on top if desired.  I like to add three blueberry on top per muffin and situate them away from the center to allow the muffin to rise in the center.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes then without opening the oven door turn the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for an additional 10 minutes.  Remove the muffin tin from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before removing the muffins from the baking cups. Place muffins on a wire cooling rack to completely cool before storing.
  7. Enjoy immediately with a little coconut oil spread or vegan butter. Alternatively, you can store the muffins in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week and in the freezer for up to four weeks.

Notes

* For best results make your own oat flour.

** I have also tested this recipe using 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsweetened apple sauce and 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil and it worked very well.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vegan blueberry muffins. easy vegan muffins, gluten-free blueberry muffins

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6 Comments

  1. Lisa

    Sounds good! What is your source for sorghum flour?

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  2. Lisa

    Thanks for letting me know. Unfortunately, I can’t use products from Bob’s Red Mill because they are made on equipment shared with tree nuts (allergy issues). I’ll try to find another source.

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  3. Lisa

    Thanks -the enjoy life flour mix looks interesting! I also discovered that a website called Gerbs sells various products (including sorghum flour) that are free of 11 major allergens. By the way, we loved your Ooey Gooey chocolate brownies!!!

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    • Elaine Gordon

      Thanks, Lisa! I just checked out their website 🙂

      So happy to hear you loved the Ooey Gooey Chocolate brownies. I make those all the time. They are so satisfying when I’m having a dessert craving.

      Reply

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