Knee Slappin’ Good Blueberry Muffins from Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom

Knee Slappin' Good Blueberry Muffins Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom

Knee Slappin’ Good Blueberry Muffins from Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom

This recipe for Knee Slappin’ Good Blueberry Muffins from Heidi of Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom is the last recipe entry for our March Muffin Madness event. I thought that sharing this much loved sweet muffin recipe would be a nice way to close out the event. Heidi’s muffins are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, corn-free, soy-free, xanthan/guar gum-free, and vegan.

Enjoy learning more about Heidi and her Knee Slappin’ Good Blueberry Muffins (see the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here) and be sure to leave a comment on today’s post to enter the MMM giveaway that will be conducted on March 31 and includes three different muffin pans (mini 24-cup, steel 12-cup, or cast iron 6-cup), an immersion blender, a spiral vegetable slicer, an electric pressure cooker, a 12-cup food processor, and—the one prize that has you all excited!a Blendtec all-in-one-kitchen appliance (with a Wildside Jar)! Thanks again to the folks at Blendtec for sponsoring our Super Grand Prize! Please remember that EVERY comment in the series will be an entry for the final giveaway (which will be held at midnight EST on March 31–TONIGHT!), so if you’ve missed some posts, take a moment and visit them and leave a single comment on each to get in the maximum number of entries. (Duplicate comments will not be counted. FYI: You can also check out all the prizes on the sidebar right beside this post.) 

Heidi is one of my dearest friends and I consider her blog one of the very best gluten-free blogs! I talk much more about Heidi in my earlier “adoption post” here on gfe.

Although Heidi has been on a blogging break for a while, please don’t let that stop you from checking out her blog. She has so, so many amazing recipes—for both gluten-free adults and kids. She’s known for kid-friendly recipes (she LOVES anything goldfish) and creating recipes that others think are impossible. Her “tell all” posts related to gluten-free living have helped many, many readers.

Heidi Kelly of Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom

Heidi Kelly of Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom

Here are just a few other recipes and posts of Heidi’s that you should check out:

~ Ask Heidi:  Cheating on the Gluten-Free Diet (part of her Gluten-Free 101 Series)

~ The Best Mayo-Free Chicken Salad (I can personally vouch for this one … divine! even without the cherries)

~ Dermatitis Herpetiformis and Other Atypical Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity

~ Gluten-Free Fritters (aka Förtchen, Futtjens, Ferdons, or simply Donut Holes) (this was Heidi’s brilliant entry into my Home for the Holidays: Gluten-Free Style event a few years back)

~ Power Stick Breakfast Bars (I made these as Power Balls using coconut flour instead of powdered milk—fantastic energy treats!)

~ Reconstructing Goldfish Crackers:  Gluten-Free Style (think goldfish in every form actually)



Heidi says: “I have never had a better blueberry muffin in my life.  Not with dairy, not with eggs and certainly not with gluten.” Her readers left lots of rave comments—“delicious,” “unbelievably wonderful,” and “my sons request these”—when she first shared this recipe on her blog, so it’s clear she is not the only one who was slapping her knee over just how good these muffins are!

Knee Slappin’ Good Blueberry Muffins from Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom
Recipe type: Breakfast, Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
Heidi says: “I have never had a better blueberry muffin in my life. Not with dairy, not with eggs and certainly not with gluten.”
  • ½ cup Almond Flour (I highly recommend using Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour; I cannot guarantee the muffins will turn out as well with a different brand. See notes for nut-free alternative.)
  • 1½ cups Superfine Brown Rice Flour
  • ½ tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Corn-Free Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ cup Agave Nectar (see notes)
  • ¼ cup Coconut Oil, melted
  • 2 Chia ‘Eggs’ (mix 2 tsp ground white chia seed with 6 tbsp warm water, set aside for about 5 minutes until mixture thickens; see notes for more options)
  • 1 tsp Corn-Free Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Applesauce (I use Eden Foods Organic Applesauce)
  • 1 cup fresh, Organic Blueberries (see notes)
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine agave nectar and melted coconut oil. Beat on high speed until thoroughly blended.
  3. Add in chia eggs and vanilla extract, beat well.
  4. Meanwhile, sift together the almond flour, superfine brown rice flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  5. Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, blend well.
  6. Add half of the applesauce, blend well.
  7. Repeat with remaining flour mixture and applesauce.
  8. Fold in blueberries.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tin and bake for 22 – 25 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick or touching lightly on the center (the muffin will be firm to the touch).
  10. Allow muffins to rest in the pan for about 10 minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
This is a thick batter and you can fill the muffin liners all the way to the top without fear they will spill over in the oven.

Shirley here: Heidi’s readers have also made many other substitutions successfully with this recipe. For example, one reader used sunflower meal/flour (which is finely ground sunflower seeds—you can make it yourself) instead of ground walnuts can be substituted for the almond flour. Honey can be substituted for agave nectar. Flax gel eggs can be substituted for chia gel eggs. Frozen almond flour. If almonds are an issue, but you can enjoy walnuts; Heidi says finely blueberries can also be used; do not thaw to prevent your muffins from being “too blue.”

 This post is linked to Gluten-Free Tuesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free Fridays, and Whole Food Fridays.

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50 Responses to “Knee Slappin’ Good Blueberry Muffins from Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom”

  1. Megan on March 31st, 2014 7:40 pm

    I love blueberries! Looks yummy

  2. Susan on March 31st, 2014 7:43 pm

    These look amazing! Looks like I have some new ingredients to shop for so I can make these!

  3. Laurel on March 31st, 2014 7:53 pm

    Heidi! I loved, loved, loved her blog and her. In fact, Heidi, if you’re listening I was thinking about you yesterday. You are my muffin madness heroine I can actually eat every single thing in this recipe. Ah freakinmazing. You always were the bestest.

    • Heidi Kelly on May 25th, 2014 9:09 am

      Hey Laurel-

      Thank you so much for the lovely sentiments, it absolutely made my day!

      And, believe it or not…I’ve actually begun writing my first post in nearly 18 months. I’m so ready to reconnect with all of my gluten free friends. As much as I used to believe that my blog was a platform for me to help OTHER people…turns out (after several dumb choices I’ve made during my extended absence), that my virtual GF friends are crucial to my overall health. And, just in case you’re thinking it – no, I have not gone back to cheating on my gluten free…but I pretty much did the next worse thing (which I do intend to fully share as soon as I muster the courage!).

      I hope you are doing well my friend!


  4. Kristen on March 31st, 2014 7:57 pm

    Can’t go wrong with blueberry!

  5. Tracey on March 31st, 2014 7:57 pm

    These sound divine! Love the egg free option.

  6. Lewann Rice on March 31st, 2014 8:11 pm

    These look heavenly!

  7. kinsey on March 31st, 2014 8:14 pm

    Can not wait to try these

  8. Jamie on March 31st, 2014 8:43 pm

    WOW! These look sooooo good!

  9. Laura O| Petite Allergy Treats on March 31st, 2014 8:46 pm

    Heidi!!! I am so happy find you here! I have checked back at your blog waiting for you to return. Hopefully someday soon

    • Heidi Kelly on May 25th, 2014 9:15 am

      Hi Laura,

      As it turns out, I’m actually working on my blog re-emergence as I type this! It’s been a long and challenging 18 months for me but I am finally on the up and up. Can’t wait to share some of the interesting things I’ve learned about my personal health (sadly, as an atypical celiac who doesn’t exhibit any clear and obvious symptoms when glutened…I often have to learn things the hard way). And boy did I learn some hard lessons during my hiatus, LOL!


  10. Cindy W. on March 31st, 2014 9:03 pm

    These muffins sound wonderful. Can’t wait to try them.

  11. Bev on March 31st, 2014 9:04 pm

    Looks good. Thanks for the info on substitutions. Shirley, thanks for the month long variety of great recipes!

  12. tina on March 31st, 2014 9:07 pm

    Perfect, I was just looking for a gfcf blueberry muffin recipe!

  13. susan reed on March 31st, 2014 9:08 pm

    cannot wait for breakfast tommorrow

  14. Laureen on March 31st, 2014 9:22 pm

    These look REALLY good!

  15. Linda S on March 31st, 2014 9:28 pm

    What a beautiful picture! Can’t wait to be slapping my knees! :)

  16. Alliesong on March 31st, 2014 9:37 pm

    Yum, love blueberry muffins! These look great.

  17. Cheryl Harris on March 31st, 2014 10:12 pm

    That picture is so gorgeous that I’m totally sold!

  18. Kathleen on March 31st, 2014 10:45 pm

    They look delicious!

  19. Pam on March 31st, 2014 10:48 pm

    Looks amazing!! Saving this recipe for later. Thanks

  20. Karol on March 31st, 2014 10:58 pm

    These look so moist and good!

  21. Ruth M. Henshaw on March 31st, 2014 11:01 pm

    Can’t wait to try this one. Yummy!

  22. Sarah on March 31st, 2014 11:07 pm

    Looks delish, love blueberries!

  23. Tracy mann on March 31st, 2014 11:18 pm

    Yay! I’ve been looking for a new great blueberry muffin recipe!

  24. Ilissa on March 31st, 2014 11:30 pm

    chia eggs are good for me! That’s awesome. Thank you!

  25. Erin on March 31st, 2014 11:50 pm

    Looks so good!

  26. Lindsey on March 31st, 2014 11:54 pm

    Looks amazing! I love blueberry muffins :)

  27. Mary Tokar on March 31st, 2014 11:55 pm

    Must try these!

  28. Lori Lewis on March 31st, 2014 11:59 pm

    Was wondering where the good old fashioned blueberry muffin recipe was! Thanks!

  29. Lindsay Ham on April 1st, 2014 2:08 am

    With a name like that, they have to be great!

  30. Katie on April 1st, 2014 9:26 am

    Chai eggs! I’m in :) And I have a whole freezer full of blueberries I picked last year. Delicious!

  31. Janelle on April 1st, 2014 9:58 am

    These look very good! Thanks for the recipe!

  32. laurie on April 1st, 2014 11:55 am

    All these muffin recipes have been great!

    Was curious to see who won all the fantastic giveaways…where is that posted?

  33. Karen on April 1st, 2014 12:43 pm

    Wow! Those look delicious!!!

  34. patricia on April 1st, 2014 1:04 pm

    Oh good, another muffin recipe using almond flour. Have not tried the chia eggs before. Will have to do so.

  35. Susan on April 1st, 2014 1:07 pm

    Great to have a recipe with ingredients I have on hand (except the blueberries which I’ll go out and buy). Thanks for another interesting recipe.

  36. Amanda on April 1st, 2014 3:30 pm

    Recipe printed. Can’t wait to try these!

  37. Susan on April 1st, 2014 3:52 pm

    I love blueberries! And blueberry muffins! I can’t wait to try this. Thanks, Heidi, for posting this recipe!

    • Heidi Kelly on May 25th, 2014 9:16 am

      You’re welcome Susan, hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


  38. Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations on April 1st, 2014 7:42 pm

    I love blueberry muffins and these look delicious!!!

  39. Tessa@TessaDomesticDiva on April 1st, 2014 11:04 pm

    another muffin to try!

  40. Amy Whitehurst on April 2nd, 2014 10:30 am

    I love Heidi and Adventures of a GF Mom!

  41. Gail on April 7th, 2014 9:43 am

    Yes, Heidi, hope your reading our posts as I have been thinking about you for a long time and wondered why I haven’t received anything from your blog and I go back to look to see if maybe it is just my address may have got deleted but I just want to say I loved your blog and still go there for all the homemade goodies that you made.
    Miss you and your blog. Lots of love and hope all is well with you and your family.

    • Heidi Kelly on May 25th, 2014 9:20 am

      Hi Gail!

      Thank you so much for the heartwarming honest, with the global explosion of all things gluten free, I really didn’t think anyone would even notice my absence, LOL!

      Actually working on getting back to it, so be on the lookout!


  42. Katie on April 9th, 2014 8:47 am

    We’ve made these muffins twice now and the kids love them! I’ve never seen a bowl licked so clean in my life! Thanks so much again for sharing :)

  43. Heidi Kelly on May 25th, 2014 9:24 am

    So glad to hear your kiddos love the muffins Katie! My boys are the same, they lick the bowl clean each and every time I make them…and without eggs, they totally can!

    Subbing the blueberries with dairy free chocolate chips are a tasty alternative too!


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