Breakfast Muffins (Customizable & Gluten Free)

Serves 15
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 5 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
By author adapted from Gluten Free Girl
These gluten-free muffins are super moist and full of flavor with the added fruit and nuts added to the batter. They are not grainy as the ratio of whole grain flours are combined to yield a very cake-like muffin.


  • 315g brown rice flour
  • 315g oat flour
  • 35g flax meal
  • 150g tapioca flour
  • 150g white rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 180g dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 300g buttermilk
  • 100g apple sauce
  • 1 cup toasted chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup mixture of raisins or any dried fruit
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • jam(s)


This is a GREAT gluten free muffin recipe because it's so adaptable, something rarely found at high-altitude. But a small change in the program, as you must weight the ingredients (like Alton Brown always explains to us) and you can replace the whole grain flours, the sweetener, the milk, the oil, fruit and walnuts with any replacement of your choice just as long as you substitute by weight of the other ingredient of your choice. So if you do not like apple sauce, replace it with 100 grams of butter or grapeseed oil, or other fat. 

Shauna of Gluten Free Girl, has made these muffins with a slightly different multi-grain flour blend each time. She has made them with different sweeteners such as sucanat and coconut sugar instead of dark brown sugar, has used soy milk and rice milk instead of buttermilk, and has used olive oil, coconut oil, melted butter and grapeseed oil instead of the apple sauce, as I preferred.  Shauna has used a chia seed slurry (1 teaspoon of ground chia seeds and 3 tablespoons of hot water for every 1 egg) to make egg-free batter and has added a variety of fruits and nuts. 

As Shana explained, each muffin will have a slightly different flavor but all  are still moist with a hearty structure and still very tasty. But make sure you do not mix heavy flours together such as buckwheat flour and oat flour as this makes for a crumbly muffin. So have fun experimenting with different whole grains flours and starches, or follow this recipe for more neutral muffin flavor. 


Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350*. Grease a large muffin tin thoroughly.
Step 2
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. Whisk them together to combine and aerate.
Step 3
Whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and apple sauce until they are combined well. Add them to the dry ingredients.
Step 4
Use a rubber spatula until the batter is ALMOST fully combined. Add in the walnuts and fruit and continue to fold in until all trace of flour is gone. Do not over stir.
Step 5
For taller crowned muffins, allow the batter to sit for 10-15 minutes.
Step 6
Fill the muffin tins just a bit below full. Bake until the muffins are just slightly browned about 20 minutes to 25 minutes at high-altitude, 5 minutes longer if at sea-level. On 6 of the muffins, I filled the paper cups half full and then added a 1 teaspoon of jam and topped with the more batter until just filled. This added additional flavor and moisture to the muffin. Optional, of course.
Step 7
The muffins come out very moist and cake-like and no at all grainy! You can't tell or TASTE that they are Gluten Free. Finally.
Step 8 Makes 15 muffins.

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