These are moist, delicious vegan blueberry muffins, made with simple pantry ingredients and refreshing blueberries. These muffins are gluten-free, dairy-free, eggless, refined sugar-free, simple to make, and perfect for a summery treat!
Fruity Blueberry Lemon Muffins
Muffins are an easy go-to of mine when the Summer months come rolling around, and I want a treat to satisfy my cravings. They are the perfect portion size, can be customized easily, and are super simple to make.
Plus, these vegan blueberry muffins contain lots of delicious blueberries for a healthier snack. As much as I love my chocolatey muffins – like these Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and these Vegan Chocolate Muffins. Sometimes, fruity treats are all I am craving.
With a combination of citrus, blueberries, and oat flour, these eggless blueberry muffins are both light and moreish. Plus, you can choose to eat them ‘as-they-come’ or top with a refined sugar-free icing.
They are also a great recipe for getting the whole family in the kitchen to give a helping hand. I mean, who doesn’t love the simple baking of cupcakes and muffins? (and the smell!)
When baking gluten-free and/or vegan bakes, it can require a bit of guesswork and keeping fingers crossed. Luckily, I’ve done the recipe testing work in the kitchen, so you can have delicious dairy-free blueberry muffins every single time!
The first time I tried the recipe, I used less flour and more liquid ingredients. The results were muffins that rose wonderfully then sadly deflated when I turned the oven off.
The second time, I used more flour and less liquid ingredients. The result was a thicker batter and muffins that rise and stay risen.
The takeaway? While I’ve included A LOT of versatile ingredient swaps in my recipe notes, it’s important not to mess around with the ratio of wet to dry as this can have catastrophic results.
These Lemon Blueberry Muffins Are:
- Vegan (dairy-free, egg-free)
- Refined sugar-free
- Moist & rich
- Healthier than most blueberry muffins
- Easy to make with simple ingredients
- Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a snack!
How To Make Vegan Blueberry Muffins
These dairy-free blueberry muffins are super simple to make. In fact, the entire recipe basically just consists of mixing the batter, pouring it in the tray, and baking. What could be simpler?
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 360F/ 180C and either grease or line a muffin pan.
Step 2: Add the plant-based milk and lemon juice to a small bowl. Set aside for a few minutes to curdle into ‘vegan buttermilk.’
Step 3: Meanwhile, combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, whisking well.
Step 4: Add the wet ingredient to the dry and stir well with either a spatula or whisk. Be careful not to overmix the batter. Then add in the blueberries last, carefully folding them into the batter.
Step 5: Divide the batter between the muffin wells in the pan. I had enough batter for 8 large muffins.
Step 6: Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until you notice cracking on the top of the muffins. Use the toothpick test to check if they are cooked through. Do this by inserting a toothpick into the center of a muffin. It should come out clean (crumbly is allowed, but no wetness).
Step 7: Allow the muffins to cool on a wire rack and enjoy!
For the full ingredients list, ingredient measurements, and nutritional information, then please read the printable recipe card below.
Any leftover blueberry oatmeal muffins can be stored in airtight containers in the fridge for 5-6 days or kept in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat in the oven until warmed through.
How To Serve
These vegan blueberry muffins taste amazing when served warm or cold. Eat plain or serve with a lashing of vegan butter or cream cheese (trust me, it tastes delicious!). Alternatively, almond butter or a vegan chocolate spread!
You could also serve with some whipped coconut cream. Simply whip coconut cream until light and fluffy. You can even sweeten it with some maple syrup if preferred.
Useful Ingredient Tips & Swaps:
- I recommend measuring out all the ingredients using a kitchen scale and grams. As the cup measurements can sometimes vary and affect the final bake.
- Oat Flour: To make your own oat flour for these oat flour blueberry muffins, simply process oats (regular or certified gluten-free) in a blender or grinder, until you achieve a fine meal.
- Gluten-free flour blend: I used Bob’s Red Mill GF All-purpose 1:1 flour for these gluten-free blueberry muffins. However, any GF flour blend should work fine. If you aren’t gluten-free, you can use regular all-purpose flour or spelt flour.
- Other Flour Note: Almond flour tastes lovely when combined with the flavors of blueberry and lemon. However, it is too dense to replace the oat flour completely. You can try replacing 30-40% of the oat flour with almond flour and see how that works. I haven’t tried this, so I can’t guarantee the results.
- The sweetener: I used maple syrup, but feel free to swap this for your favorite liquid sweetener of choice—I.e. agave syrup, rice malt syrup, etc.
- Oil: I used coconut oil, but canola oil should work too. For an oil-free version, you could use 3-4 tablespoons of cashew butter. Alternatively, for a low-fat version, then applesauce or mashed banana may work (although I haven’t tested this, so can’t guarantee the outcome).
- Icing: You can drizzle the muffins with a refined sugar-free glaze made by combining powdered Erythritol, plant-based milk, and a little lemon juice.
Other Recipe Tips:
- If using frozen blueberries, allow them to thaw slightly before use. The extra liquid in the berries can affect the texture of the muffins otherwise. You can do this by leaving them on the counter or running under lukewarm water and patting dry.
- You can make these into Blueberry ‘crumble’ muffins by adding a crumble topping as I used for these Apple Crumble Muffins. Or sprinkle with some lightly toasted almond flakes.
- Swap out a few tablespoons of the plant-based milk with orange juice or lemon juice for a more flavorful batter. OR add the zest of ½ a lemon. Be aware of how this may affect the sweetness and color, though.
- This recipe can be used to make gluten-free mini blueberry muffins or even a blueberry loaf. However, the baking time will vary.
- For additional nutrients, you could add ½ a tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia seeds.
If you give this tasty vegan blueberry muffins recipe a try, I’d really appreciate a comment and rating below. Also, don’t forget to tag me in re-creations on Instagram or Facebook with @elavegan and #elavegan.
If you love muffins, don’t miss to also check out my healthy vegan Sweet Potato Muffins and my other Vegan Muffin Recipes.
Vegan Blueberry Muffins
- 1 heaped cup (100 g) oat flour (gluten-free if needed - see notes)
- 1 cup (140 g) gluten-free flour blend or regular flour (see notes)
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup (180 ml) plant-based milk of choice
- 1 tbsp lemon juice or lime juice
- 1/3 cup (105 g) maple syrup (see notes)
- 2 1/2 tbsp (30 g) oil (see notes)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups (150 g) blueberries fresh or frozen
- You can watch the video in the post for visual instructions.I recommend measuring the ingredients in grams on a kitchen scale. Preheat oven to 360 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) and line a muffin pan with paper liners or grease the pan.
- Add plant-based milk and lemon juice to a small/medium bowl. Stir to combine and set aside for a few minutes to make "vegan buttermilk".
- Meanwhile, add all dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir with a whisk.
- Now add the wet ingredients and stir with a spatula or whisk to combine. Do not overmix the batter. Finally, fold in the blueberries.
- Divide the batter among the wells of the muffin pan. I had enough batter to make 8 muffins.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until you spot cracks on top of the muffins. You can also make a toothpick test. Insert the toothpick into the center of a muffin. It should come out fairly clean (it's ok if the toothpick is crumbly but it shouldn't come out wet).
- Let the muffins cool and enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5-6 days or freeze for up to 3 months. They won't stay soft if stored in the fridge, however, you can reheat them in the oven until warmed through to make them softer again.
- Oat flour: To make your own oat flour, simply process oats (regular or certified gluten-free oats) in a blender or electric spice/coffee grinder until it's a fine flour.
- Gluten-free flour blend: I used Bob's Red Mill GF All-purpose 1:1 flour. Any GF flour blend should work fine. Please do not use coconut flour. Read the blog post to find out how you can replace a part of the oat flour with almond flour.
- Regular flour: If you aren't gluten-free, you can use regular all-purpose flour or spelt flour.
- Maple syrup: Any other liquid sweetener can be used.
- Oil: I used coconut oil but canola oil should work fine too. If you don't want to use oil, you could add 3-4 tablespoons of cashew butter. For an oil-free version, 3-4 tablespoons applesauce or mashed banana might work too but I haven't tried it.
- Icing: Drizzle the muffins with a refined sugar-free icing made from powdered Erythritol and a little plant-based milk + lemon juice.
- Recipe makes 8 large muffins. Nutrition facts are for one muffin.
Nutrition information is an estimate and has been calculated automatically
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I cannot have anything oat. Would love to try this! Would replacing with almond flour work? Or another idea? Thank you!
Hi Laura, buckwheat flour and millet flour will work. 🙂
I’ve never liked blueberry muffins but when my 2 year old was feeling under the weather and requested I make some I figured I’d try this easy and fast recipe. I was blown away and ended up eating most of them 😅they are so delicious- a great balance of sweetness and tart, density and lightness! The oat flour was a game changer and made the texture amazing! Thank you for this new go-to recipe and for making me a blueberry muffin liver after all! 👍🏾
Aww, that’s so good to hear, Monica! So happy you loved them. I hope your 2-year-old is feeling better. 🙂
Ok we’re officially obsessed 🤩 made them again today with strawberries for my 4 year old! Thanks again!!
Wonderful! Happy to hear you liked them. 🙂
Hello, I’d love to try this recipe but I don’t have a muffin tin. Do you think I could make it as a cake? What diameter should I use?
I would suggest a 7-inch springform or cake pan. It will probably take 10 minutes or so longer.
I made these last night and ate 3 of them while they were warm–oh my goodness, delicious! Thank you for this healthy recipe.
You are very welcome, Juanita. 🙂
These were incredibly delicious!! I’m printing the recipe to keep 🙂 Do you think it’d be possible to substitute the gluten free flour for oat flour, so they would be made of oat flour entirely?
They would end up very dense if you only use oat flour.
Could date paste be subbed for the syrup?
Hey, I never tried it, so I am not sure if it will be sweet enough. But it should work.
I am laughing out loud while reading the comments from people who swap out and replace half of the ingredients used in this recipe. No sugar here, protein powder there, almond flour this and that. People think they can healthify every single thing but I’m sorry you’re probably not walking around with a 6pack regardless of what ingredients you swap out. I’m sticking to this recipe that is originally posted, I think I’ll survive without changing everything in it.
Would whole wheat flour also work in this recipe?
I never tried it, but I think it will work.
Wi have made these blueberry muffins 3 times using applesauce and flaxseed meal and they are delicious. Thanks for a terrific recipe. Bea
You are very welcome, Bea! I am glad you like them. 🙂
Easy and great recipe. I substituted the oat flour with almond flour and/or protein powder I bake with. I also use a sugar free sweetener as well instead of maple syrup. They are great. Thanks for the recipe!
That’s awesome! Thanks for your great feedback, Cindy. 🙂
I made these and they turned out good. I forgot the oil and did not miss it. I could not wait to glaze them so I did a quick drizzle of maple syrup. The lemon was lost so I will add zest if I make again. Use fresh blueberries and frozen did not impart the desired flavor.
Thanks for your feedback, Tracey! 🙂
Hi! Would I be able to omit the sweetening of the muffins? I’d like to make these for my 7 month old.
Hi, it probably won’t taste good if you leave it out.
Hello, so you use both oat flour & gluten free flour?
Yes, as mentioned in the recipe.
I have a question relating to this: My friend who I want to make the muffins for is allergic to everything under the sun, including oats. Is there a substitute for the oat flour that you might recommend?
You could try buckwheat flour or maybe quinoa flour (or millet flour). 🙂
Very excited to try these!
For a fan-assisted oven, should the temperature be lowered, or kept at 180C?
Hi Lara, maybe lower it slightly to 160-170. 🙂
If I was using regular flour for the whole recipe, how much would I need? 2 cups? 240 g?
Yes, I would use 2 cups (240 grams). 🙂
Do you use oat and gf flour or 1.or the other
Both, as mentioned in the recipe! 🙂
Hi! I would love to try this recipe, but I am allergic to oats. Is there something else that I can substitute the oat flour with?
Hi Katelynn, you could try sorghum flour or buckwheat flour. 🙂
I have used almond flour and even a protein powder that I bake with and they are great !
Thanks for sharing! 🙂
I have now made my third batch of these muffins. They are delicious! I am gluten and dairy free so this was the perfect recipe. Unfortunately my kids who are not gf df love them as well and they disappear FAST. I made a double batch today and can’t wait to eat them.
Sounds great, Christy! Happy you all like them. 🙂
Okay so I made a batch of these the other day in my air fryer and talk about delicious! I am now making 2 batches for our work party 🙂
That’s awesome! How long did you cook them in your air fryer? Thanks for sharing. 🙂
360. Degrees for 7 minutes.
These turned out absolutely delicious! I subbed applesauce for the oil so that I could enjoy butter smeared on them right out of the oven! I used Bob’s red package gluten free flour and that worked great. The only confusion I had with the recipe was the weights. I wasn’t sure why a heaping cup (100 grams) weighs less than a regular cup (140 grams) of flour. Nonetheless, mine turned out amazing! This will be a go-to recipe for me from now on! Thank you for sharing.
So happy you loved them, Tia! Oat flour is much lighter than a gluten-free flour mix. 🙂