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Gluten-Free & Vegan Blueberry Crumble Muffins

Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits! These little bubbles are so delicious and versatile. Last, amidst the first shut down, I was inspired by pantry ingredients for everyday treats. I created this recipe for blueberry jam muffins because my husband and I were craving blueberry muffins one morning but it was snowy and cold in Montana which meant there were only $10 blueberries at the grocery store. I decided to turn to my favorite jam and turn them into muffins. Those muffins are truly one the easiest recipes to make for any occasion!

One thing that I love about blueberries is when they bake they become jammy and lightly explode. Back in college, my go to breakfast was oatmeal with blueberries, cinnamon honey and chia seeds. The way the blueberries explode when you bake them is one of my favorite things about these little fruits. Fast forward to today, I am still obsessed! During the Christmas season I started to develop this recipe for a standard blueberry crumble muffins. A pretty standard muffin you typically see at a coffee shop or bakery, but gluten-free and vegan.

Getting the texture of the cake crumb perfectly moist but also fluffy and lightweight can be a challenge for gluten free and vegan baking, but the added liquid from the blueberries gives this recipe a little more of a challenge. I tested and tested and tested (and ate!) tons of these muffins to ensure they were just perfect for you all! I love the sweet and sugary crumble on top for added texture and sweetness.

Let’s bake these muffins!

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Gluten Free & Vegan Blueberry Crumble Muffins

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 muffins
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: baking

Description

These blueberry crumble muffins are everything you love about your bakery muffin but vegan and gluten free. A perfect sweet treat for any occasion, brunch or party!


Ingredients

Muffins:

– 1/2 cup of vegan butter

– 1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar

– 2 tsp of vanilla extract

– 1/2 cups of almond milk

– 2 tsp of baking powder

– 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon 

– 2 1/4 cups of gluten-free flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill 1:1)

– 3 tbsp of almond flour

– 2 cups of fresh blueberries

Crumble:

– 2 tbsp of butter

 – 2 tbsp of sugar

– pinch ground cinnamon


Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°f and line your muffin pan with muffin liners
  2. In your bowl with a stand mixer or a hand mixer, cream your vegan butter and your sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Next add in your vanilla extract, baking powder, cinnamon and almond milk
  4. Add in your gluten-free flour and almond flour until a batter starts to form
  5. Remove from the stand mixer or the hand mixer and using a rubber spatula, fold in your fresh blueberries
  6. Using a scoop, scoop the batter into your muffin liners approximately 3/4 full
  7. In a separate bowl, combine your sugar, vegan butter and cinnamon to form sand like texture
  8. Sprinkle the sugar on top of each muffin 
  9. Bake your muffins for 37-45 minutes until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean
  10. Let your muffins cool for about 40 minutes before eating – blueberries will be very hot!
  11. Enjoy!

Notes

I use only Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free 1:1 flour in my recipe testing, it is the best on the market! 

Keywords: gluten free and vegan blueberry crumble muffins

Why fresh blueberries?

I developed this recipe using fresh blueberries rather than frozen because of the water content. As you know when you freeze blueberries they retain all their water and then start to melt and leak their juices out. This extra water content creates a gummy like texture within the cake crumb. I highly suggest using fresh blueberries for this recipe. If you don’t have access to fresh blueberries, try my jam recipe instead!

With Easter and Mother’s Day on the horizon, this the perfect recipe for a spring celebration! You can even make them ahead of time and store in a air tight container so your day of prep is just opening the container!

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Gluten-free & Vegan Blueberry Jam Coffee Cake Muffins

Well dang that is a mouthful! But, seriously, you will want a mouthful of these soft, sweet and subtly lemony coffee cake muffins.

A few weeks ago I got my order from Foodlyn in the mail and they had sent me the most beautiful looking blueberry lavender jam from Roots Kitchen. Since it is not quite fresh berry season here in Montana (we still have some snow on the ground), this jam was a great substitute for fresh berries in my blueberry coffee cake!

Among all this chaos that is in the world right now, I feel like my work life is busier than ever and I am really blessed to be working right now. I was feeling kinda weird with all that is happening in the world and really needed to just have a moment to myself to work through it. I was drinking my coffee and just taking a moment and felt like I was missing a little treat.

The next day, I grabbed this jam, my ride or die gluten-free flour (yes, I talk about it all the time! gotta love Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 – no sponsored – wish it was!) and set out to make these muffins…at 10pm.

Let’s get to baking!

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Gluten-free & Vegan Blueberry Jam Coffee Cake Muffins

  • Author: Paige

Description

the best gluten-free and vegan blueberry crumble muffins of the season! full of fresh blueberry flavor but you can make these year round even when blueberries aren’t in season! 


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Ingredients

Muffin:

  • 1 1/2 sticks of vegan butter (3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 3/4 cups of almond milk
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 3/4 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup of blueberry jam

Topping:

  • 4 tbsp of melted butter
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 68 tbsp of gluten free flour
  • 2 tsp of sugar

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°F and line your cupcake tin with paper liners ( I like the natural parchment ones)
  2. In your bowl of your stand mixer or with a hand mixer, cream your vegan butter and your sugar
  3. Add in your vanilla extract and baking powder after the sugar and butter are combined
  4. Next, add in your lemon zest and juice of a lemon
  5. Alternate 1/2 cup of gluten-free flour to 1/4 cup of almond milk until the batter is combined and smooth
  6. Scoop 2 tbsp of batter into your liners, top that with 1 tsp of blueberry jam and then 2 more tbsp on top of the jam to form a batter jam sandwich
  7. Complete the rest of the muffin liners with that sandwich technique
  8. In a separate bowl mix together your melted butter, gluten-free flour, sugar and ground cinnamon to form a crumb topping
  9. Top each muffin with about 2 tsp of crumb and place in the oven
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes until cooked through
  11. Let cool and enjoy!

These little muffins are so dang delish I think they will start to be a staple in my weekly baking. If you don’t have any blueberry jam, you could use strawberry or raspberry! Really anything! I haven’t tested this recipe with preserves so I am not sure how that would work! But hey, give it a whirl!

They are sweet, tangy, bright and so balanced you will be so happy you made them! As always, tag me if you make them and we can bake together!

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