Blueberry Sourdough Muffins made gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free. This delicious muffin recipe uses coconut oil and coconut sugar in place of butter and sugar. Bake up a batch using your sourdough starter!
If you’re rich in sourdough starter and are in hot pursuit of a place for it, these muffins are your ticket to a real good time!
I should know…I ate 4 immediately after shooting them.
As you know, I follow a gluten-free diet, so I created a gluten-free sourdough starter from scratch. It’s much easier than you may think! As long as your home is nice and warm, naturally occuring bacteria and yeast do all the hard work for you.
All of this to say –
Is it possible to make gluten-free sourdough starter?
Yes! I made mine using King Arthur’s recipe for Gluten-Free Sourdough Starter but used Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour (I’m sure King Arthur flour would be amazing too!). I needed to increase the amount of water initially, but otherwise kept to a 1:1 ratio.
Not only is it possible to make gluten-free sourdough starter, but mine became crazy active (and has stayed active) in just 4 days.
Now is a great time to make a starter if you’ve been interested, as the warmer months are condusive to fermentation. My house has been between 74 and 77 which I think is contributing greatly to its success.
This recipe for sourdough muffins is entirely gluten-free, as the sourdough starter and the flour used to bake the muffins are both GF.
Ingredients Needed For This Recipe:
Sourdough Starter: use a gluten-free sourdough starter or regular sourdough starter – whatever suits your fancy.
Gluten-Free Baking Flour: Pick your favorite gluten-free flour blend! My top two recommendations are Bob’s Red Mill’s 1-to-1 and King Arthur’s Measure for Measure. If you have a brand you love, give it a shot!
Coconut Sugar: Lower on the glycemic index than cane sugar, my preference for baking is cane sugar. It can be used as a 1:1 substitute for cane sugar and adds a caramel flavored richness.
Coconut Oil: Rather than using butter, I use melted coconut oil for the muffins and softened coconut oil for the topping. The oil adds a creamy, nutty flavor and the muffins end up tasting buttery as a result even though there is no butter.
Fresh Blueberries: Fresh blueberries give these muffins beautiful color and also a lovely tangy-sweet pop of flavor. I haven’t tested the recipe yet using frozen blueberries, but I imagine it will work. I would suggest thawing them first, as frozen blueberries tend to leach water as they bake, which could throw off the texture of the muffins.
Vanilla Extract: Optional, but delicious, vanilla extract gives nice warm flavor.
Baking Soda: Our leavening agent in addition to the sourdough starter. Necessary for creating fluffy, well rounded sourdough muffins.
Sea Salt: Sea salt is MEGA in adding flavor to a baked good. It makes them taste sweeter without the need for additional sugar.
Can I Make These Sourdough Muffins Using Regular Flour?
If you aren’t gluten-intolerant and have regular sourdough starter, you can still use it to bake these muffins! You can either still use gluten-free all-purpose flour or regular all-purpose flour in combination with regular sourdough starter.
How to Make Sourdough Muffins:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 12-hole muffin pan with coconut oil (or butter/cooking oil of choice).
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the sourdough starter, egg, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Continue whisking until very well-combined and there is no more oil separation.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and sea salt.
Add the dry mixture to the mixing bowl with the wet mixture and stir until well combined. The batter will be very thick.
Place the blueberries in a small bowl and toss them gently in 1 teaspoon of flour (to avoid them sinking to the bottom of the muffins while baking). Add the blueberries and gently fold them in (so as to avoid much breakage).
Fill the muffin holes up ⅔ to ¾ of the way full with batter (batter will rise).
In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the ingredients for the topping and stir well.
Spoon topping over the muffins generously.
Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until muffins feel firm when poked.
Allow muffins to cool at least 20 minutes. Gently run a butter knife between the muffins and the muffin tray to pop them out.
Serve and enjoy!
- Replace coconut oil with butter or ghee
- Use regular all-purpose flour instead of gluten-free
- Swap granulated cane sugar or brown sugar for the coconut sugar.
- Replace blueberries with strawberries or raspberries
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- 1 cup sourdough starter, see note
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 12-hole muffin pan with coconut oil (or butter/cooking oil of choice).
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the sourdough starter, egg, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Continue whisking until very well-combined and there is no more oil separation.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and sea salt.
- Add the dry mixture to the mixing bowl with the wet mixture and stir until well combined. The batter will be very thick. Add the blueberries and gently fold them in (so as to avoid much breakage).
- Fill the muffin holes ⅔ to ¾ of the way full with batter (batter will rise).
- In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the ingredients for the topping and stir well. Use your hands or a spoon to sprinkle topping generously over the blueberry muffin batter.
- Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until muffins feel firm when poked.
- Allow muffins to cool at least 20 minutes. Gently run a butter knife between the muffins and the muffin tray to pop them out.
Use un-fed, inactive starter or fed and active. Be sure your starter is room temp before using it in the recipe.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 of 12
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 9gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g