gluten-free muffins

Blueberry "Bran" Muffins

August 7, 2013

You may have noticed with my gluten-free baking that I very rarely use all-purpose gluten-free flour. There are two reasons for this: 1) I am incredibly picky about taste and don’t seem to like a lot of the AP GF flours out there on the market and 2) There is something incredibly satisfying in getting the flour-to-starch ratios right and successfully pulling off a gluten-free recipe.

Gluten-free blueberry bran muffinsSo when my Mom brought me a Costco sized bag of Cloud 9 Bakery all-purpose GF flour I gave her a look and made some sassy comment along the lines of “you know I don’t use that stuff!”Well I certainly ate my words (literally) because one lazy day I actually tried out this flour and it is good. None of that weird gluten-free aftertaste and no need to overcompensate with sugars and fats.

It also occurred to be that perhaps some of you might not actually enjoy buying all the different ingredients that go into baking gluten-free goods. It just might be easier to buy one giant sized bag and call it a day. Now this is not the end of my experimentation but it is comforting to know that when I am out of a certain ingredient or just don’t have the time, I can still bake to my little heart’s content!

Gluten-Free Blueberry Bran MuffinsI’d also like to believe that I am not the only one who enjoys bran muffins. Of course they are generally made with wheat bran which as you can guess would defeat the purpose of using gluten-free flour. Thankfully we live in a world where even those of us with food intolerances and restrictions can still have our cake and eat it too (pun intended!). I recently discovered Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise Flakes which is a blend of several types of gluten-free grains including organic corn meal, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth and even flaxseed! They worked as a perfect substitute for bran flakes in this recipe. Not to worry though, if you can’t find this specific brand feel free to use any gluten-free flaked cereal or just use bran flakes. Combined with fresh, local blueberries, this Healthy Blueberry “Bran” Muffin recipe makes for the perfect light, summer treat.

Gluten-Free Blueberry “Bran” Muffins

by Davida Kugelmass

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Keywords: bake snack gluten-free blueberry muffin

Ingredients (Yields: 12 muffins)

  • 1 1/2 cups GF Cereal Flakes (Mesa Flakes, Corn Flakes, Oat Flakes etc…)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup AP Gluten-Free flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Line a muffin tray with cup liners or grease each cup.

3. Combine flaked cereal and almond milk and let sit for 10 mins.

4. Combine all dry ingredients in a seperate bowl.

5. When 10 mins is up add the apple sauce, vanilla and egg to the cereal-milk mixture and combine well.

6. Add the wet mix to the dry and stir to combine.

7. Add in blueberries.

8. Fill each muffin tin evenly with muffin mixture.

9. Bake for 20 mins.

10. Let cool in tray for at least 10 mins. Remove and place on wire rack to cool completely.

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  • Reply
    August 7, 2013 at 11:49 am

    These look awesome! I’ve never blended my own GF flour, although I once made muffins with buckwheat, almond and coconut flour following a recipe, and they turned out way too crumbly. I actually work at the counter at a GF vegan bakery this summer and they seriously make the perfect GF flour blend. I know all the components, but I wish I knew the ratios so I could copy it at home!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      Can I have your job??? Actually my dream! Do they sell their flour? Would love to try it!

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    August 7, 2013 at 11:58 am

    These muffins look delicious… heck, all of your recipes you post do. I’ve never heard of Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise Flakes before, but I love the blend of grains! Will have to look into it today. Thanks 🙂

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      They taste pretty different from bran flakes but it’s definitely grown on me 🙂

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    August 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I think that following a gluten-free diet would help my digestion but I have never been able to find that perfect ratio. My muffins always end up flat or aren’t as filling for some reason. I’ll definitely keep this flour in mind. I was just thinking about making bran muffins, I’ll give this recipe a try for sure.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Let me know if you do! I found that cutting out gluten has helped my digestion so much! That was until I ate half a bag of sunchips today only to find out they contain wheat…oops 😉

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    Jan Sproutsnsquats
    August 7, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Those look super delicious! I have given up wheat and it has made me feel A LOT better. I am not gluten intolerant but I don’t do well with Wheat and I can’t eat Quinoa either without a bad reaction.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Interesting about quinoa. I wonder why that might be? Do you rinse your quinoa first? I hear that they are sometimes coated in something that can be hard for people to digest so maybe that could be why?

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    August 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    i dont usually do GF baking but im interested to experiment with different flour, esp almond lately. I made bread with raisin bran cereal long time ago it was pretty good.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      I love almond flour! Definitely makes its way into a lot of things I bake. I love the idea of raisin bran cereal bread. Maybe I’ll try it with the Mesa flakes!

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    August 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I learn something new from your blog every day! What’s the scoop on all purpose GF flour? What do you use instead?

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 7, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      I usually use a blend of different flours. There’s different flour-starch ratios for whatever kind of food you are baking so I play around a lot (which is why sometimes my recipes fail!). All Purpose GF has basically done all the steps for you so if you have a recipe you can just substitute the same amount of it for regular AP flour and the recipe should turn out. If you have any trouble with digestion trying to eliminate gluten is worth a shot!

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    Em Kathryn
    August 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    The pictures are so appetizing! This recipe looks great. I’m bad and I’ve never made my own gluten free flour. I stick to the store bought combos because they do such a good job (well at least for the GF cupcakes I’ve made). Thanks for sharing!!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks Em:) Lucky you have a good brand! I’ve tried some yucky mixes that didn’t turn out quite so well so I pleased with this brand. Maybe I’ll use it to make so GF cupcakes.

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    *CaNdY FiT*
    August 7, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I’ve been incorporating blueberries into everything as of late! So good 🙂 Recipes sounds yum!

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    Carli Alice
    August 7, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I’m not gluten free so I’d probably use the big bag o stuff. There are other things I need to do (no dairy or egg) so I wind up experimenting a lot. This recipe sounds (and looks!) wonderful!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      These will definitely work with regular flour. You could definitely try subbing in a flax egg instead. If you do, let me know how they turn out!

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    August 8, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I seriously need to look into COCONUT SUGAR. I know coconut is super duper healthy, as is coconut flour (something else I need to explore), but I want to know if coconut sugar is HEALTHY… I just cannot get passed the “sugar” aspect!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      This would make a great post! It is definitely healthier than refined sugar and has a pretty low GI index which is always a plus! It’s not really sugar so perhaps the name is deceiving but obviously not the most nutritious of foods 😉

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    August 8, 2013 at 1:03 am

    I believe you on the flour- these look GOOD.

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    August 8, 2013 at 4:44 am

    OH MY gosh, these look amazing!! I LOVE bran muffins, and I LOVE blueberry muffins so combining the two is like magic! YUM!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Hahahahaha I’ve never been compared to a magician but I love it! Blueberry muffins are my fav and the combo with the “bran” flakes really takes them up a notch! Enjoy 🙂

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    August 9, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Oooh yum… I might try out my new birthday mini muffin tins to make these!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      You should! Such a great purchase. I love browsing William’s Sonoma on my lunch break!

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    Amber S. Easy Green Mama
    August 13, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Looks good, and I’m going to look for that brand! Thanks for sharing!

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    Angela Kelly
    November 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I added some cinnamon to mine as it is that time of year and cold outside! I buy huge flats of berries in the spring and summer and freeze just so I can have them for smoothies and to make these lovely muffins 🙂 I also use Bob Redmill all purpose GF flour which has a nice flavor and texture. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      I’m so happy you liked them! Occasionally I buy Bob’s Red Mill too. Does the trick. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    February 10, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    I’m a big blueberry bran muffin fan, I made these, they were pretty awful….

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