I pulled together my most popular moist gluten free muffin recipes so you had lots of delicious options to make for your family and guests. These muffins are made with all of the good stuff you and your family will love.
Many of these light and fluffy muffins are also dairy-free. If you have been looking for the best gluten free dairy-free muffins, you will have lots of choices!
Sometimes people don’t realize you can still bake delicious baked goods when you eat gluten free. The best part is that these recipes make even better treats because they are so moist and flavorful. You can check out all of my delicious gluten free muffin recipes on the blog for even more inspiration!
Muffins are something we make a lot here in the Fearless Dining kitchen. They are light, fluffy, and they can be packed full of healthy ingredients. You can even hide vegetables in these...and your kids will never know!!
You will find these homemade muffins recipes are a mix of:
- Gluten Free
- Refined Sugar-Free
Unsure where to start with gluten free baking? Please take a look at my gluten free pantry guide to learn which gluten free flours work the best for baking. I think you will find a ton of helpful information to get you started!
Expert Tips for Perfect Muffins:
There are many things that can go wrong when you are baking gluten free. Don’t get discouraged, just follow these simple tips and you will feel like a professional baker in no time!
- Overmixing - Don’t overmix the batter. You want to have light bubbles in the dough. If you stir it too much, then the result will be a dense muffin.
- Leavening - If you put in too much leavening will cause the muffins to be more dense than fluffy. Make sure not to put in too much baking powder or baking soda, and your results will be much better.
- Oven Temperature - Periodically check your oven temperature to make sure that it is accurate. If you bake too hot, it can significantly affect the outcome of the gluten free muffins.
- To get dome-shaped tops on your muffins, bake at 425º F for the first 5 minutes then reduce the temperature to 350º F.
Ways to serve muffins:
Of course, you can make the muffins for breakfast, but did you know there are many other reasons to make them? Here are a few ideas:
- Snacks - Once you taste a gluten free muffin for the first time, you will be hooked and nobody can tell they are gluten free! These are the perfect afternoon snack to get you through until dinner.
- Travel Food - If you are planning a trip and need some ideas of food that travel well, then these muffins are for you! Place them in an airtight container and hit the road.
- Baby Showers - How can anyone say no to amazing mini muffins at your next baby shower? Trust me; everyone is going to rave about them.
- Brunch - Fill your brunch menu with several of these easy muffin recipes and everyone will happily devour them!
Can you freeze muffins?
Yes, absolutely you can freeze gluten free muffins. To get the best results, I recommend individually wrapping each muffing with plastic wrap or in a small ziplock bag.
Then you can place all of them in a larger ziplock bag or plastic container. This will help keep the air off of them and prevent freezer burn while keeping the flavors.
What can I mix into muffins?
Each one of these gluten free muffins tastes amazing and are really moist! I like to adjust my recipes from time to time and add extra ingredients depending on what I am craving. Here are some ideas of ingredients you can add in:
- Nuts - Pecans, walnuts, and almonds are my favorites. They add a little bit of a crunch and enhance the flavors.
- Chocolate - Everything tastes better with a little bit of chocolate. Use your favorite variety of chocolate chips. White chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate all taste incredible!
- Craisins - I love the extra sweetness they provide and they pair well with muffins that don’t already have fruit.
How do I store gluten free muffins?
The best way to store gluten free muffins is in an airtight container either on your counter or in your pantry. (You can also freeze them!) You want to avoid them getting too much moisture. Keep them away from heat. They will not age well if they get too hot.
How to defrost gluten free muffins:
To defrost the muffins, simply place them on the counter until they are thawed. If you are in a hurry, you can also toss them in the microwave for a few seconds. Make sure not to overheat them or they will dry out.
Why are my gluten free muffins crumbly?
Gluten free muffins can turn out crumbly for two reasons. First, if your muffin batter is too dry, the lack of moisture will make your muffins crumbly.
Second, it is important to use a binder like Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum when baking. This will help hold the ingredients together better.
Why are my gluten free muffins too dense?
Having dense muffins is a total bummer. This often happens if you overmix your muffin batter. Another reason is if you use too much baking soda or baking powder. Make sure to follow the recipes so you know how much to add.
Which gluten free muffin recipe will you make first? If you love having muffins on-hand anytime, you can make my easy gluten free muffin mix and keep it in the pantry so you can bake anytime.
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