Blueberry Lemon Muffins – Gluten Free

by Marla on June 30, 2011 · 76 comments

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Gluten-Free Blueberry Lemon Muffins | Two things you need to know before I talk about Blueberry Lemon Muffins. I have never had anything other than coffee at Panera Bread. I am part of a Gluten Free Panera Dream Day food blogger event. So I guess you could say, if they started baking up healthy muffins like these you might find me ordering something other than coffee. I received my assignment quite a few weeks ago and just noticed that it says “Wild Blueberry Muffins.” I sassed my version up with lemon.

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I was so excited when I stumbled upon those super cute July 4th cupcake toppers. Celebrations become even more fun with the smallest embellishments.

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In case you are wondering, these are some of the best muffins I have ever had. Juicy blueberries meet bright lemon with the perfect crumb……each bite is blissful.

Gluten-Free Blueberry Lemon Muffins |

The Panera Dream Day event was founded and organized by the super awesome Marly from the vegan food blog Namely Marly. I have followed her delightful blog for sometime now and finally had the chance to meet her for real at BlogHer Food this past April. She is full of wisdom, wit and charm. Thanks for including me in this group!

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Any opportunity to work with a group of great bloggers makes me happy and motivated. Love our community big time. Especially when it comes to creating recipes that feed a greater cause. Speaking of greater causes have you purchased your Peko Peko Charity Cookbook yet?

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Coming together as a group hopefully we can change restaurant menus for the better. They also need to understand the importance of not cross contaminating foods, especially for folks who have strong sensitivities. For me bakery goods are not usually suitable because I am sugar free and I choose whole food ingredients over processed ones.

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Do you have any plans for July 4th celebrations? How do you think we can best encourage restaurants to share uncontaminated gluten free foods?

Blueberry Lemon Muffins â?? Gluten Free

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 9 regular sized muffins

Blueberry Lemon Muffins â?? Gluten Free


  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) fresh or frozen Blueberries + 1/4 cup for topping
  • 1 cup (118 grams) blanched Almond Flour
  • 1/2 cup (74 grams) Oat Flour + 2 teaspoons
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
  • 2 large Eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup (110 grams) unsweetened light Coconut Milk
  • zest from 1 Lemon
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 2-3 droppers full Vanilla Stevia Drops, adjust sweetness to taste
  • Optional Toppings
  • fresh Blueberries and Pomegranate Seeds
  • Powdered Stevia


  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Prepare muffin pans with liners. In a medium bowl whisk together almond flour, oat flour, baking soda and sea salt. In another bowl combine eggs, coconut milk, lemon zest, lemon juice and stevia.Combine wet and dry ingredients. Taste batter and make any stevia/sweetness adjustments. Gently fold in 1/2 cup of the blueberries. Fill muffin pans about 3/4 full with batter and top each with some blueberries. Bake muffins for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out virtually crumb free.

Participating Blogger Links

Join us on our Gluten-Free Dream Day by visiting these friends who have created gluten-free versions of Panera Bread Bar goodies. Maybe one day, bakeries around the planet will offer more gluten-free goodies for this growing demographic!




Breakfast Sweets



Also, check out some other great Gluten-Free bloggers offering delicious recipes fro café-type bread bar items:

Right now the only way to try all these gluten-free goodies is to make them yourself. But who knows, maybe someday you’ll be able to pop into a place like Panera and enjoy one right from their menu. Mine are sugar free & whole grain too. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Gluten Free Muffins Recipe Links

Family Fresh Cooking Disclosure: This post was in no way endorsed by Panera Bread. It is simply a concept by bloggers to encourage a companies awareness and growth.


{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

1 kate June 30, 2011 at 6:28 am

I love this idea and all of the GF recipes you guys are sharing, I have a million blueberries in my refrigerator right now so I might need to get to work making these asap!


2 Marla June 30, 2011 at 6:41 am

Kate you must try these…they will not disappoint! #addicted


3 Lori @ RecipeGirl June 30, 2011 at 6:33 am

What a great post! My GF mom is living with us right now, and breads are one of the things she misses most. I appreciate all of your links!


4 Marla June 30, 2011 at 6:42 am

Great Lori, I bet you can bake up some awesome goodies for her. It is amazing how little I miss gluten when I bake GF. I often like these flours better and I am in love with that blanched almond flour. Low carb too :)


5 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 30, 2011 at 6:34 am

These are beautiful! I love how you put a fourth of july spin on them too…so creative! I will have to try the almond and oat flour combo, it sounds fantastic.


6 Marla June 30, 2011 at 6:44 am

Angela, the almond oat combo yields the perfect crumb. It is the first time I combined the two & will now be doing that regularly. Gonna pop over & check out your vegan GF muffins now. So glad to participate in Dream Day with you.


7 Rosa June 30, 2011 at 6:42 am

I bet those muffins taste gorgeous! I really like that second picture.

Happy 4th of July!




8 yummychunklet June 30, 2011 at 6:49 am

These muffins look fantastic. And, perfect for an upcoming GF weekend I’m planning! Thanks for sharing.


9 naomi June 30, 2011 at 7:17 am

GREAT recipe, Marla. They look gorgeous and full of GF healthiness.


10 Heather {Multiply Delicious} June 30, 2011 at 7:27 am

Hi Marla! I love these! These sound great and adore the 4th of July decorations you added.
Have a wonderful 4th weekend!


11 TidyMom June 30, 2011 at 7:40 am

These look and sound delicious Marla!
and I’m a HUGE Panera fan (it’s actually called St. Louis Bread Co here) and I’m thrilled to here they are willing to work with you and other bloggers to come up with a GF menu – I think it’s a fantastic idea. – just one more thing to love about them!


12 Nisrine M. June 30, 2011 at 7:51 am

These look amazing. Possibly the best GF mufffins I’ve ever seen. I love those flag picks-so cute!


13 MikeVFMK June 30, 2011 at 7:51 am

I’m not American. That’s obvious. But I would celebrate with these muffins anytime! And i’ll probably come back and stalk this again. And again.


14 Marla June 30, 2011 at 7:57 am

Oh great Mike! I hope you do come back and stalk these muffins again & again. They love company 😉


15 Amanda June 30, 2011 at 8:03 am

I would LOVE to try these… I am such a carb girl so to find a delicious gluten free muffin would be wonderful!!!!


16 Marly June 30, 2011 at 8:09 am

I think these muffins could still be called wild. Kind of like kids use the word “sick” or “wicked” now days to mean totally cool. These muffins are really WILD! I love the combination of flavors with the lemon and blueberry. I agree with you – more cafes need to have healthy options like this one. By the way, I completely enjoyed meeting you at BlogHer too! Thank you for your kind words – I’m looking forward to the next time we get together already! Who knows, maybe there will be a nice little cafe nearby serving gluten-free (and healthy) muffins that we can snack on. Sounds like a nice dream!


17 Marla June 30, 2011 at 9:08 am

Marly, OK we can go ahead and use the word “wild” then. Adds a playful twist. Hopefully next time we meet we can enjoy sweets and coffee on our own terms 😉


18 sarah williams July 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm

we have a nut allergy in our home….any substitutes to this recipe for the almond flour?


19 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] June 30, 2011 at 8:39 am

I am so glad you “sassed” these up with lemon. I love the combo of blueberry and lemon. Yum-O. I’ll be checking our Marley’s blog too. I went vegan for Lent this year and it was an interesting experience. I’ll be doing it again next year too. Thanks Marla


20 Marla June 30, 2011 at 9:06 am

Allison, sassy is always the way to around here. I love big flavor! Cool that you went vegan for lent. That is great dedication & will power.


21 Ricki June 30, 2011 at 9:23 am

Fabulous! I love blueberries in anything, and muffins are a perfect vehicle. :)


22 Georgia Pellegrini June 30, 2011 at 9:52 am

These look so good. I’m thrilled that Panera is thinking bigger about its offerings and that you’re involved!


23 Nora @ Natural Noshing June 30, 2011 at 10:00 am

Thanks for the muffin mention! I love lemon and blueberry, I’ll have to try these! And your July 4th toppers are SOOO cute!


24 Deliciously Organic June 30, 2011 at 11:08 am

These look delicious! We are spending the 4th with family. There will be lots of great food!

I hope that as the demand increases, restaurants will begin to offer more gluten free items on their menus. I’d also love to see more unprocessed foods.


25 carolinaheartstrings June 30, 2011 at 11:18 am

This is perfect for all the blueberries I have on hand right now. Lemon is the perfect flavor with blueberry. Great pictures as always. Come over and visit us today. We have a great chilled soup and a give away from the Fairy Hobmother.


26 Maria @ Scandifoodie June 30, 2011 at 11:52 am

Thank you, Marla for the mention! These muffins look absolutely gorgeous, I love the combination of blueberry and lemon!


27 Ally @ Sweet & Savory June 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm

As you might know we eat a lot of GF foods in our house as well…I love using oat flour or rice flour for our muffins – these look delish!


28 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Marla, these look wonderful! I saw Angela posted about a Panera recreation today right before I read your post. I want to recreate things! What a fun event and idea! Well…trying to recreate GF things can be super challenging but I have 3 or 4 muffin recipes that are vegan and GF on my site. Not sure if they are a “recreation” of a Panera goodie, but hey, they work for me :)

What would work better is if I could dive in and eat one of your amazing muffins!! Lovely!



29 Katrina June 30, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Mmmm tasty muffins! Love these!


30 gaby_d June 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Ce frumos si ce prezentare viu colorata. Minunat!


31 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective June 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm

What fantastic muffins–hard to believe they are gluten free! And such cute little party picks. :)


32 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner June 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I love all of these ideas!! DELISH!


33 Maris(In Good Taste) June 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm

The muffins look so delicious and very patriotic!


34 Trudy ~ Veggie num num June 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Oh my, these look super delicious!! I love how they are overflowing with beautiful blueberries and the use of coconut milk, yum yum!!


35 Marla June 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Trudy, blueberries and coconut milk are certainly a winning pair :)


36 Becca June 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm

How funny that I read this post because I was just doing some research on Panera Bread because a friend of mine wants to meet there for breakfast. I was just so dissappointed that Panera doesn’t accommodate for the gluten-free community. :( I am liking your idea!


37 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit June 30, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Mmm I love the broken up muffin in your last picture. I would gladly take those crumbs off your hands :) Love the recipe, Marla!


38 Esi June 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Lemon and blueberry are a magical combination.


39 Jeanette July 1, 2011 at 6:17 am

Marla – love those 4th of July party picks! I’ve been baking gluten-free for my little guy, so glad to see such a nice collection of gluten-free recipes, including your tender looking blueberry lemon muffins. Happy 4th!


40 Marla July 1, 2011 at 11:14 am

Happy 4th Jeanette. Think about how far the gluten free world has come. The flours are tastier than ever, easy to access and bake up perfectly. I am so happy we could all provide so many options for your son.


41 Faith July 1, 2011 at 6:21 am

This sounds like a really fun event! Love the muffins…blueberry and lemon is such a classic combo. And I love the nutritious almond and oat flours in there!


42 Marla July 1, 2011 at 11:15 am

Faith, that almond & oat flour combo is a match made in heaven :) Happy 4th to you!


43 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 1, 2011 at 7:03 am

What a great re-creation! I bet these are even better than the Panera version.


44 Marla July 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

Hi Lauren, being that I have never had their version & don’t plan on it I’ll never know. All I can tell ya is these are amazing :) xo


45 Angie's Recipes July 1, 2011 at 9:12 am

Those muffins seem packed with flavours!


46 Angie Halten July 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I love the idea of using pomegranate seeds to decorate. The more ways I can get some extra vitamins into my kids, the better!


47 Marla July 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Thanks Angie! Any chance I get to use pomegranate seeds I do. Love those things :)


48 bridget {bake at 350} July 4, 2011 at 6:20 am

I have a friend with celiac disease. Next time she comes to visit, I’ll have to make these!


49 Kate July 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm

These look GREAT, Marla! Planning on making them for my coworkers later this week. Keep the healthy, gluten-free baked goods coming!


50 Deeta July 7, 2011 at 5:22 am

These look so YUMMY! Wish I had some RIGHT NOW to go with my morning coffee! and I LOVE the fact that they are so good for you! and so darn cute!


51 Marla July 7, 2011 at 6:58 am

Thanks so much Deeta! I wish I had some now too. Unfortunately I don’t have the ingredients here in my Utah hotel room 😉


52 Elena March 26, 2012 at 10:39 am

They look yummy! I am going to try this recipe.


53 Wendy December 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Have you ever tried to make these egg free as well? They sound amazing, but I need them egg free too. Applesauce, chia egg, flaxseed egg, or tapioca egg? Which do you think would go best?


54 Marla December 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Hi Wendy, I have not made them egg free. My first choice might be applesauce ~ but I cannot guarantee results. Let me know how they turn out if you try :)


55 Amy Harris April 26, 2013 at 6:42 am

Can I substitute reg flour for these 2 flours and can I substitute reg milk for this milk? Just wanting to find recipes using stevia at this point. Thx!


56 Marla April 26, 2013 at 9:19 am

Hi Amy! I did not test this with those ingredients. Give it a whirl & let me know what happens.


57 tess July 6, 2013 at 6:44 am

tried these. they are crying out for oil (coconut/butter). I would add more lemon juice too.


58 Marla July 6, 2013 at 7:20 am

Thanks so much for the feedback Tess!


59 Chris September 15, 2013 at 7:06 am

Just made these this morning, and they are delicious! Almond flour is a bit too expensive for our budget so we used a 1:1 ratio of flax meal instead. I took Tess’s advice and added about a tablespoon of olive oil. So good!


60 Becky L. January 12, 2014 at 10:38 am

ok.. so where is the nutritional info?? or am I missing it.


61 Amanda June 3, 2014 at 5:19 am

I’m allergic to almonds what flour can i use instead? I’m running into this problem a lot! My son is gluten free and dairy free and its kinda hard to find recipes that have neither of those and no almond flour! That said this recipe looks awesome and I can’t wait to try it!!!


62 Marla June 3, 2014 at 11:03 am

Hi Amanda….I’ve not tested this with anything other than the almond flour. Sorry :(


63 Miranda October 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm

I can’t wait to try these! Thanks for the recipe


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