Recipe: Gluten Free Muffins

Before we get to this recipe, make sure you check out my previous blog post because I am teaching a Free Gluten-Free Workshop March 1st, 2011 6-8pm. Make sure you check out the post and register for the event! It’s completely free. Anyways onto the recipe of the day…

It is Sunday morning. The temperature outside is -15, and the ground is covered in winter white. I’ve already had a hot cup of earl grey tea, I am still in my pjs and enjoying the quietness of the morning. What do I want to make this morning?

Muffins. Muffins.

Pre-celiac mornings, I would whip up a basket of fresh muffins for my family to enjoy. I had a great recipe for a basic batter that allowed me to add various toppings for my families various likes. Some wanted blueberries, some did not like nuts, others liked cinnamon apple spice.

So that is what I wanted today, a great batter to add various topping to. And I found it. The mixture is simple to make and truly makes a fluffy muffin.

Fluffy? Gluten free?

Those 2 things do not normally go together but these do!

Recipe: Gluten Free Muffins

1 cup cornstarch
1 cup tapioca starch
½ tsp xanthan gum
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup canola oil
½ cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Mix together the cornstarch, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda and baking powder.

Beat the eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar, and vanilla together in a bowl until frothy (I used my stand mixer for this)

Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Mix on high for about a minute.

Now is the time that you can add toppings to the mixture, or if you are like me you want a lot of variety. I fill lined muffin pans with ½ batter, then I add the various toppings, and again, top with batter.

This again, allows of variety in your muffin flavors. I added blueberries, to some, dark chocolate chips to some, in others I added a variety of nuts (walnuts, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds) cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. The list is endless in the possibilities.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

This recipe makes 12 large muffins.


Here are some pictures of the various muffins I made.

Recipe turned out so well that I ended up making 2 more batches, one for work, one for my sister.

6 comments add yours

  1. Thank you for working these recipes out. I’m newly gluten free-25 days and I see improvements already.
    But gluten free baking, what a whole new world.
    I read your whole blog. You have great info.
    There seems to be a lot available in Calgary. You mentioned Sobey’s as a source of gluten free products. I don’t usually shop there due to finances, but will be checking our nearest Sobey’s out for gluten free products here in Hamilton, Ontario.
    Generally there is very little gluten free baked goods available in this area or they are outrageously priced. For example $7.50 a loaf of gluten free bread.
    I’ve been gathering the different gluten free flours together and an going to try your muffins.
    Also, you mentioned the”Gluten-Free Baking Classics” cookbook. I ordered it online from What a terrific cookbook.
    Along with that cookbook I ordered Graham Kerr’s new gardening and cooking book “Growing at the Speed of Light”.
    I’m hoping over the next couple of months this ongoing fatigue is lessened and I can get gardening.
    This book has great veggie recipes.
    Once again thank you for generously putting these recipes out there.

  2. Thanks for the recipe! I will be sure to browse your website for more gluten free living ideas, but first I’m going to make some muffins! It isn’t as difficult to live gluten free. When first diagnosed it can be a little bit of a challenge but once it becomes a part of your everyday lifestyle, living gluten free becomes easier when grocery shopping or eating out. I find it so great that people are willing to post all sorts of recipes online and provide some great tips.

    Thanks again for helping all of us with gluten free living!


  3. Hi Karen!
    I am glad you are feeling better. Living gf is much easier if you learn to cook and bake your own meals. I’ve tried many recipes that did not work, so that is why I share the ones that do work! I am very lucky to live in Calgary for there are so many gf options here. Do try your local health food store for they can carry more gf items-alot of the processed gf foods are not that tasty so beware.
    Glad to be of help!

  4. This muffin recipe is so good, that I’ve made at least 6 different batches in the last month. Try jam-I’ve been filling my muffins half way through with choke cherry jam lately,and then topping them cinnamon/cane sugar.

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