Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins | Easy and Healthy Recipe

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almond flour blueberry muffins with lemon juice and zest

Almond flour blueberry muffins are healthy, delectable and easy to make. What is better next to a steamy coffee cup than a fluffy muffin packed with tasty flavours?

With origins in American cuisine, muffins have quickly become internationally adopted treats, typically served at breakfast or coffee/tea break.

The use of blanched almond flour in preparation makes these muffins gluten-free. Choosing specific substitutes can easily make this recipe keto/paleo/vegan friendly.

Likewise, the mixing and matching of the ingredients will result in various choices to satisfy all preferences. My favourite combinations are either blueberry-lemon-almond flakes, coffee-chia seeds or cacao powder-cacao nibs. These would be the healthier options, but the list does not end here.

As usual on this blog, the only thing I would like to stress is the use of certified organic products. Also, for sugar substitutions, perhaps do a little research into how a plant-based product that should be healthy and safe o use becomes harmful due to the processing methods used.

blueberry plant

Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, blueberries are paradoxically among the few fruits that do not need pesticides at all. If you cannot grow a plant in a pot in the corner of your garden or balcony, perhaps it is a good idea to take a hike to a forest near you in season and pick your own. Or buy organic. Spare yourself the trouble of needing chemotherapy and radiation.

According to SF Gate home guides (source accessed on 22/04/2021), non-organic blueberries contain an insane amount of pesticide residue – the nasty stuff that remains active for weeks after spraying. It aims to kill a tiny insect, but assuredly it won’t make humans healthier, younger, more beautiful or brighter. It will do to humans what it does to the bug; only the process will be longer, more excruciating and more harrowing. That was cancer explained in plain English!

The parasite that occasionally resides within the fruit and has a car’s name (Drosophila suzukii) does not cause any harm to you if you eat it. But the affected fruits cannot be commercialized because of the vicious mechanism called greed. Therefore, if you want to profit from cultivating blueberries, you must spray them with pesticides that kill said worm.

The pesticides used in conventional agriculture have proved to cause countless health problems, not just cancer. But fear not! Big pharma is already prepared to “cure” you and make a profit out of it, too.

The balance between ingesting a minuscule and absolutely harmless insect and adding all sorts of cancer, neurological issues or reproductive/child developmental/neurobehavioral disorders to medical records is straightforward. 

The things we do for fear of a tiny, inoffensive bug! People are funny is only a euphemism.

Now that the healthy side of things is sorted and the type of muffins chosen let’s continue with the ingredient list and preparation method to make beautiful muffins.

blueberry muffins on cooling rake

Ingredients for almond flour blueberry muffins

Blanched almond flour. The blanching process essentially removes the almonds’ skin, making the flour lighter and less irritating to the digestive system.

Organic coconut sugar or healthy substitutes for specific diets. The ketogenic diet, in particular, uses low carb sugars or sweeteners. Still, not all of them are healthy, so I recommend careful research into safe substitutes and healthier processing methods.

Eggs (organic, large). Typically, a large egg’s weight is about 56-57 grams/ 2oz. For any other size, the ratio might differ and affect the firmness of the batter.

Butter (unsalted, organic), melted and slightly cooled.

Unsweetened almond milk.

Organic bananas (extra ripe). Bananas are an excellent source of naturally occurring sugars that I often use in pancakes and not only. It might not be the right choice for ketogenic for its high carbs count, though.

Organic blueberries.

Organic lemon. The lemon juice (only 1/2 lemon needed) will help activate the bicarbonate of soda. All zest is all right to use to confer a slightly tangy taste to the muffins.

Baking powder and bicarbonate of powder.

Salt.

Vanilla extract.

Optional: chia seeds, almond flakes, cacao nibs, ground coffee, depending on the desired flavour.

bite of almond flour muffin

Method

Start by lining up a muffin tray with paper cases—preheat the oven to 180°C/356°F/gas mark 4.

Sieve the almond flour and mix with the rest of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

In another bowl, mash the bananas using a fork or blender. Add the eggs (optionally, separate from yolks and batter the egg whites until firm), sugar, milk, melted butter, lemon zest, vanilla and mix.

Pour the wet combination over the dry ingredients and mix to incorporate nicely. The texture of the batter will be firmer than the usual grain flour batter but still malleable.

Add the lemon juice to help activate the bicarbonate of soda.

Add the blueberries and mix gently using a large spatula.

Fill the paper cases a little over half, but no more than three quarters with batter.

Decorate with almond flakes/extra blueberries/coffee beans/cacao nibs according to your chosen option. Bake on the middle rake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Check with a toothpick that all the muffins are thoroughly baked.

Let the muffins cool before serving. At first, almond flour blueberry muffins might be extra moist, but the humidity will resorb when cool.

Enjoy with your preferred coffee. Mine will always be cappuccino. What is yours? ☕

almond flour blueberry muffins

Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins

Low carb/sugar, gluten-free, organic, moist muffins packed with healthy ingredients and perfect for a morning coffee or lunch box.
4.96 from 23 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients
  

  • 250 g almond flour blanched
  • 60 g organic coconut sugar approx 4 tbsp
  • 3 pcs eggs large, organic
  • tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ organic lemon zest+juice to activate the bicarbonate
  • 60 g organic butter melted and slightly cooled
  • ½ tsp salt sea/rock
  • 100 ml almond milk unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 pcs organic bananas extra ripe
  • 100 g blueberries organic
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp almond flakes optional

Instructions
 

  • Line up a muffin tray with paper cases. Preheat the oven to 180°C/356°F/gas mark 4
  • In a large bowl, mix the sifted dry ingredients. Add the chia seeds and salt.
    almond flour muffins ingredients
  • In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with a fork or blender. Add the eggs (optionally, separate and batter the egg whites until firm), sugar, milk, melted butter, lemon zest, vanilla and mix.
  • Pour the wet mix over the dry ingredients and mix to incorporate nicely.
  • Add the juice of half a lemon (it will activate the bicarbonate of soda).
  • In the end, add the blueberries and mix gently using a large spatula.
  • Fill each muffin paper case 2/3 with the batter.
  • Optionally, sprinkle almond flakes or add extra blueberries.
  • Bake on the middle rake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Check with a toothpick that all the muffins are thoroughly baked.
    muffin tray
  • Allow the muffins to cool completely before serving.

Notes

Almond flour muffins can be stores in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days or frozen for up to three months. 
Any left over almond flour should be kept in the fridge (follow the guidance notes on the label).
This almond flour blueberry recipe is quite versatile and easy to adapt to ketogenic, paleo or vegan diets by using specific substitutes you each particular diet.
For more variety, divide the batter and add one tbsp of ground coffee to half of it or one tbsp of organic cacao powder for chocolate muffins. Decorate with coffee beans/organic cocoa nibs/low sugar chocolate chips.
Keyword almond flour banana muffins, gluten-free blueberry muffins, healthy muffins, low-carb blueberry muffins


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43 Responses

  1. Toni says:

    5 stars
    These muffins are totally irresistible!

  2. Liz says:

    5 stars
    These are delicious!

  3. Pam Greer says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been looking for some delicious gluten free recipes!

  4. 5 stars
    love the idea of using almond flour in these muffins! They were so delicious!

  5. Susan says:

    5 stars
    Wonderful! Having with my morning coffee and loving every bite!

  6. Aya says:

    5 stars
    These muffins look and sound amazing. I love the use of almond flour. The texture looks amazing!

  7. Lara says:

    5 stars
    Super easy and healthy too! I will be trying these next weekend for sure!

  8. Jeannie says:

    5 stars
    I need to make muffins again I have to add blueberries to my grocery list this weekend. Thanks for the easy recipe

  9. Freya says:

    5 stars
    These were so good, I love that they were keto friendly too! Next time I’m going to try raspberries instead of blueberries too!

  10. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    These muffins are wonderful. You used all healthy ingredients. I love that! I can’t wait to make this for me and my family. Thanks for the recipe.

  11. Ana says:

    These muffins sound amazing! I’ve been trying to bake more with almond flour so I’m very excited to add your recipe to my weekend baking. I appreciate your stressing the importance of sticking to organic products– I agree we don’t need to head down an unhealthy road with pesticides. Thank you for sharing this yummy treat plus suggesting a coffee-chia seeds version. I’m in! 😉

  12. 4 stars
    Blue berry muffins are one of my favorite muffins. I have not yet made homemade ones but I do hope to make my own one day.

  13. Rachael says:

    Yum! I need to try these. I love that they are gluten free!

  14. 5 stars
    Love this recipe for almond flour blueberry muffins! I love blueberries so adding one more easy-to-make and healthy recipe to my recipe book is great. Can’t wait to try it!

  15. Jimmy Clare says:

    I would like one please

  16. These muffins look so delicious. I needed a gluten-free recipe for breakfast, and I just found the perfect one!

  17. Sloan says:

    These look delicious!

  18. These muffins look delish! I love that they have chia seeds. I add them to so many things for extra protein. I’ve honestly never baked with almond flour but it sounds like I should give it a try.

  19. Linda says:

    Always looking for alternatives to traditional muffin recipes…it’s good to mix things up every once in awhile! These look yummy, especially since I can’t get enough of blueberries right now.

  20. Shannon says:

    I had no idea that the pesticides stayed that long! Very informative post and even better that it comes with a new snack recipe!!! Looking forward to making these!

  21. Danielle says:

    5 stars
    Wow these look so delicious!

  22. Bobbie says:

    5 stars
    I have never tried making muffins with almond flour but this sounds like a healthy alternative to regular all purpose flour! I’m definitely saving this recipe to try!

  23. Marita says:

    5 stars
    Hmmm… these look delicous and moist. I cannot wait to bite into this. My sister in law is gluten free and I will make this recipe for her soon.

  24. Julian says:

    5 stars
    This has healthy written all over it. Great info about the importance of using ingredients that are organic or homegrown. I totally agree it will benefit your long-term health. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Kimberlie says:

    I’m very excited to try this almond flour blueberry muffin recipe. It includes two of my favorite ingredients, almond flour and blueberries

  26. Sue says:

    5 stars
    Delish! I love blueberry muffins and the healthy twist on these makes them perfect!

  27. Jeannie says:

    5 stars
    I need to try almond flour, Ive done blueberry cakes but not yet muffins so this will be good as my next office snacks

  28. These look delicious, thanks for this great recipe. 🙂

  29. Leah says:

    Yum! Seriously, your recipes always sound so good!! We have two blueberry bushes but they appear to be on their last leg, unfortunately. Hopefully we can get some new plants soon because baked blueberry dishes are the best. In the meantime, I’ll just need to pick some up at the grocery store.

    • It is so worth growing your own. If these ones are not salvageable, perhaps buying a new plant will save you some trips to the supermarket:) I have a couple at the allotment and super happy with the crops for now:))

  30. Gabriela says:

    5 stars
    So delicious and healthy. Loved this.

  31. 5 stars
    I’ve recently started baking with almond flour and this muffin recipe would be wonderful to try! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • I am starting to like almond flour; I haven’t used it in a long while, but I’m back to baking with it. I’ve got some coconut flour too, but it has a different density; I’ll have to juggle with a few recipes to see how it works. I loved your farmhouse blueberry cake, too:))

  32. Andra says:

    5 stars
    These look so delicious and moist! I am definitely baking these today!

  33. 5 stars
    Love this recipe, the muffins look delicious and I can’t wait to try them. I appreciate all the effort you put into outlining the health aspects of the food being used and the best types to choose!

  34. 5 stars
    These looks so good! I love glueten free recipes. I will definately have to try these.

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