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Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins


I wanted to put this little secret in the title of the post but I knew it would make it too long so I will go ahead and tell you now- Greek Yogurt. The secret to these muffins is in the Greek yogurt. It turns the regular classic muffin into the most tantalizing and refreshing bite of goodness- making it moist with a hint of tang. Did I mention these are gluten free. Now get your pins ready because this recipe is one you are going to want to make sure you keep around. It is that one gluten free recipe that is truly amazing and you can count on it time and time again.

I will make you one promise right here and now- If I give you a gluten free recipe and tell you it is just the same if not better than a recipe using regular flour you can TRUST ME! Hold me to it! One thing I have found that is so frustrating is when you get a gluten free recipe that has been noted as just as good as the original and yet it results in a gritty, dry piece of bread. Its annoying and I have had my fair share of annoyances over the past few months. So after I came upon this recipe and once I made a few changes and substitutions I knew I had the ONE! The one mix, the one recipe, the ONE muffin I can’t- You can’t- We can’t live without.

So what is so special and perfect about this recipe. First it is the Gluten Free All Purpose Mix. Alton Brown is the genius behind this and I stand behind him 100%. His mix is actually purposed for chocolate chip cookies and since I had such a hit using it in the cookies I decided to try it in my muffins. Some out there are similar in proportions but using cornstarch instead of potato flour or potato starch is one of the main differences between his mix and others. I firmly believe in his recipe and I have used it in everything from muffins to cookies to cakes (with a few additions). I will do a post here in a few weeks on different types of gluten free mixes and more on my go to GF mix. Stay tuned…

Secondly, it uses both Greek yogurt. The Greek yogurt lightens, moistens, and supports the fresh flavors of the lemon and blueberries. It provides the perfect level of moistness while still allowing the muffins to create that nice slightly crispy outer layer. Oh Yeah- and the brown sugar streusel on top doesn’t hurt either:) Whether or not you are gluten free there is no reason- NO REASON- not to make these! They are that good. Why not be healthier if you can and if it taste just as good and if not better than the original.

Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins
  • 2¼ cup Gluten Free All Purpose Mix (see Below)
  • heaping ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • Topping:
  • ¾ cup GF all purpose mix
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 TBSP granulated sugar
  • 4 TBSP butter, softened
  • dash of almond extract
  • sprinkle of Demerara Sugar Crystals
  • Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Mix: ( I mix two batches of this and store in a airtight container for use at anytime)
  • 11 ounces brown rice flour, approximately 2 cups
  • 1¼ ounces cornstarch, approximately ¼ cup
  • ½-ounce tapioca flour, approximately 2 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  1. Sift and place the flour mix along with the salt and baking soda in a separate bowl. Set aside.
  2. Beat together the butter, eggs and sugar until light and creamy. Add in the lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla and almond extract along with the Greek Yogurt. Gently fold in the dry ingredients- being sure not to over-mix. Toss your blueberries with a pinch of the flour mixture and then gently fold them into the batter.
  3. Mix together your topping and place a heaping spoonful directly on top of each muffin- pressing down just a tiny bit. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until slightly golden and the topping is nice and crisp.


  1. kitchen flavours

    Lovely muffins! Love blueberries muffins, and making these with Greek yoghurt sounds good! Love the topping, makes the muffins kinda rustic looking and so delicious!

    08 . Apr . 2013
  2. Balvinder

    Love the addition of yogurt in crunchy topped blueberry muffins.

    08 . Apr . 2013
  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I have a major weakness for blueberries and just bought a small/medium container of blueberries which cost me $9! I couldn’t resist, so as these delicious looking blueberry muffins! Lemon in it too, it’s double happiness. Your streusel looks perfect and I want these with my breakfast tea.

    08 . Apr . 2013
  4. Wizzy

    Love the yoghurt and the lemon add ins. Will have to try these these weekend.

    08 . Apr . 2013
  5. Torrie @ a place to share...

    thank you for telling us about his mix~ and the great results that you’ve experienced. i look forward to hearing more about it, and about the other mixes too.

    08 . Apr . 2013
  6. Sues

    Greek yogurt really does make everything more delicious! These photos are beautiful 🙂

    08 . Apr . 2013
  7. jackie @ marin mama cooks

    Girl! These look amazing and so moist. I love using Greek yogurt in my baked goods, as it really moistens them up. I hate that word, but it’s true. I have been hearing Alton Browns name all over the place lately. He has the greatest tips. Glad that you found a great all-purpose mix. I hear it’s hard to find the right combinations when trying to bake gluten-free. It seems like you got it right with this recipe. You’re going to kick this gluten-free thing in the booty! Have a great week girl! xoxo, Jackie

    08 . Apr . 2013
  8. yummychunklet

    You know I’m a sucker for crumb topping! Yum!

    08 . Apr . 2013
  9. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    They look like a perfect muffin. Love the lemon blueberry combination.

    08 . Apr . 2013
  10. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I love blueberry muffins and frankly, yours look orgasmic.

    09 . Apr . 2013
  11. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Loving all these fabulous gluten free recipes for my nephew.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    09 . Apr . 2013
  12. Veronica's Kitchen

    There is an increasing demand for GF and this recipe is a keeper for those as some of the GF products do taste different to the ordinary flour. I will never have enough of blueberry muffins! 🙂

    09 . Apr . 2013
  13. nancy at good food matters

    I have stirred Greek yogurt into many batters with success—it really does make the batter richer and tangier.
    This looks like a terrific gluten-free recipe—full of flavor, with the right texture. Thanks! Have a great week, Nancy

    09 . Apr . 2013
  14. Erica

    mmm- Greek yogurt rocks in baked goods. I’m obsessed right now!! The lemon blueberry combo sounds perfect!

    09 . Apr . 2013
  15. Donalyn@The Creekside Cook

    Don’t those look fabulous? I LOVE blueberry muffins, and have a bunch of them in the freezer, so I think I’ll be giving this a try!

    09 . Apr . 2013
  16. sara@domesticallychallenged

    I love lemon muffins and am ALL over this one! And I am hungry now…!

    09 . Apr . 2013
  17. Rachel

    These look delicious! I am so glad you are willing to try these out for the rest of us to get the tweaks just right!

    09 . Apr . 2013
  18. Liz

    Wow, you have embraced gluten free baking and come up with some amazing recipes! Your muffins look phenomenal!!!

    10 . Apr . 2013
  19. Kiran @

    I love baking with greek yogurt. And you are so right about the moist factor. I see it here and I want a few to go, please?

    10 . Apr . 2013
  20. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    These look scrumptious! It’s hard to believe that they are gluten free!!

    10 . Apr . 2013
  21. Joanne

    I always use greek yogurt in place of sour cream and sometimes in place of buttermilk! It makes for such tasty and perfectly textured muffins!

    11 . Apr . 2013
  22. Pure Complex

    I haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying blueberry muffins in such a long time. I definitely have to give this a try 🙂

    11 . Apr . 2013
  23. Kristy

    Lemon and blueberry?! Done. And it will be done again and again. I love this flavor combo!!!! My best friend made me a gluten free blueberry lemon cake. I should return the favor and make her these little beauties! 🙂 I knew you could pull off the gluten free lifestyle with grace and above all – utter deliciousness!!!!!

    11 . Apr . 2013
  24. lena

    these look wonderful! i had just bought a small tub of greek yogurt, would like to try them in my bakes too! Have a great weekend!

    12 . Apr . 2013
  25. val

    My 2 all time favorite flavor combos. I make a lemon blueberry cake but this looks so much better!! SPRING

    12 . Apr . 2013
  26. Charles

    Wow, they look great – I’d never guess they were gluten free – they seem to retain all the desired qualities found in regular flour. Bet they’d go down real nice with a cup of coffee over breakfast! 🙂

    12 . Apr . 2013
  27. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Ooo, I love a blueberry muffin with a crunchy top like that and gluten-free too!

    13 . Apr . 2013
  28. Roz

    What a wonderful recipe for our favorite muffin — made more healthy with the gluten-free elements included! I love how this is LOADED with blueberries and the Greek yogurt’s tang must add a wonderful new dimension to the flavor! Thank you so much Jessica…..pinning and sharing on Google+!


    24 . Apr . 2013
  29. Geni

    I think it’s amazing that you are finding recipes that you truly believe are as good or better than non GF ones. I found a few of those myself but totally agree that most recipes which claim to be “as good as”, often arent. 🙁 I would always trust what you say though and I’m sure this is going to be a go-to recipe for a lot of people. Looks delish!

    24 . Apr . 2013
  30. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

    I love adding Greek yogurt to my baked goods. Keeps them moist longer, not that they would last too long to begin with.
    These muffins are perfect for the weekly play-dates I host at my house. Can’t wait to get the kitchen messy

    24 . Apr . 2013
  31. Pancake Girl

    Mmmm. These look so good! Been craving a gluten-free muffin for a while now 😀

    04 . Jul . 2013
  32. Brian K

    Thanks so much for this recipe! My mom used to make lemon blueberry muffins when I was little (not gluten free), so it’s awesome to have this to try out now!

    24 . Sep . 2013
  33. M.A. Kirkpatrick

    What unit of measurement is “1 stick of butter” equivalent to?

    01 . Mar . 2014
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