Create a Gluten-Free Muffin Challenge

Monthly Challenge This month I decided we should have a gluten-free baking challenge.  You guys are great bakers, and I’ve already seen some terrific muffin recipes.   Muffins are fun to make and fun to eat.  They can be sweet or savory, and are perfect for eating any time of day.

If you need a place to start, below is a basic recipe that you can experiment with.  Try using different flour combinations, and vary the additions and optional ingredients.  I bet you can come up with several great muffin recipes that you and your family will enjoy. 

Work on your muffin recipes this month, then come back on April 7th and add your link.  If you don’t have a blog, feel free to email your recipe to me.

If you need more inspiration than the recipe below.  Here are my previously posted muffin recipes.  You will also find some in the carnival archives.

Cinnamon Pear Muffins
Coconut Muffins
Ham & Cheese Corn Muffins
Multi-Grain Apple Muffins
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Zucchini Muffins

Basic Gluten-Free Muffin Recipe

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  • 2 c. gluten-free flour mix
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1  Tb. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 – 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 – 1/2 c. oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla or other flavoring
  • 3/4 – 1 c. milk, juice, or water
  • up to 1 c. additions (see note)
  • optional ingredients (see note)

In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients.  In a smaller bowl, or measuring cup, combine the egg, flavoring,  and liquid.  Add that with the oil to the dry ingredients and whisk together until moistened.  Stir in additions.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes.  Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.  Usually best served warm.


  • fruit (fresh, dried, canned, frozen)
  • nuts (chopped)
  • coconut
  • chocolate chips
  • diced meat such as bacon, ham, or sausage
  • shredded cheese 

Use your imagination.  When adding wet ingredients, such as canned fruit, use the lesser amount of liquid.

Optional Ingredients: 

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  1. Iris says

    I've been playing around with some pumpkin muffins for a while now. Haven't managed to make the perfect recipe yet, but I'll have 'em ready for the challenge. :)

  2. Aubree Cherie says

    Ooo, I love this months challenge! Muffins are grand. Giving a base muffin recipe was such an awesome idea, especially for those of us who are sort of new to gluten free baking. You've given a great place to start!

  3. Iowa Mom Life says

    I definitely have to try your muffin recipe :) I've never had muffins turn out such nicely risen like your picture!

  4. Michelle says

    I am truly a "recipe chef". I rarely/never venture out on my own. I guess it come with being an engineer. Anyway, I am SUPER excited to see what everyone else comes up with. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE muffins. Did I mention that I LOVE muffins? :) Probably my favorite food.

  5. Alea says

    I love a challenge! I have been playing with an idea in my head for gf muffins. I will be back once I have made it work!

  6. firebear says

    I LOVE muffins…we have them all the time…and it is about time for a new construct…thanks for the challenge!

    Live Laugh and Enjoy!


  7. gfe--gluten free easily says

    Love the new challenge button! Very attractive and inspiring. :-) Great roundup of your muffin recipes, too.


  8. cook4seasons says

    Found your site through Shirley at GFE. Love the muffin ideas, can't wait to try a variety of flavors.

  9. Anonymous says

    Hi thanks for a basic muffin recipe. You mention 2 eggs twice, is it 2 eggs or 4.


  10. says

    I have a gluten free flour blend that already has xanthan gum in it, It’s silvana’s all purpose gf flour blend from cooking for isaiah…do I need to add the extra xanthan gum that you have in the recipe or is that in addition to whatever xanthan gum may already by in the gf flour mix? I’m new to this:P

    • says

      Hi Candace. Usually recipes that include xanthan gum in the ingredients assume that there is no gum in your flour. That is the case with my recipes. I don’t know how much is in the mix, but you probably don’t need to add any more.

  11. says

    Well, just to update I’ve been able to use this recipe to make lots of good things from the blueberry muffins, to double chocolate chip muffins and even a delicious coffee cake!!! I’ve posted pictures and adaptions on the blog, but just wanted to thank you for providing this great basic recipe, it is so versatile!

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