Welcome to March Muffin Madness 2023!
After a hiatus of several years, I’m happy to say that March Muffin Madness (MMM) is back! This is the beloved event that I first started on my own in 2010.
Several years later, 2014 to be exact, I had the great idea to ask other bloggers to join me in sharing scrumptious muffin recipes and to offer prizes galore to my gfe readers! MMM has been even more of a hit since that time. I hope you’re every bit as excited as I am about this year’s event!
Today is Selection Sunday for that “other” March Madness, the day that the bracket and matchups are revealed.
Similarly, today I’m here to announce who will be participating in this year’s March Muffin Madness, the days that I’ll be sharing their muffin recipes, and a few of the other important details.
If you’re a longtime reader of gfe, you already know that a gluten-free muffin recipe will be shared for the first time on gfe every single day during MMM. Plus, there will be terrific daily giveaway prizes. Cookbooks, resource books, gluten-free cooking classes, and gluten-free baking/cooking ingredients are just some of the prizes being offered this year.
UPDATE: All giveaways are now closed. (You can see the winners here.) Thanks to all who participated!
Keep reading to get all the details on MMM 2023!
Note that I last hosted the MMM event in 2018. Admittedly, I’m feeling a bit rusty when it comes to daily posting and hosting epic gfe events but hopefully, I will get back in the groove as MMM progresses!
I hope you will, too. Let’s bake some scrumptious muffins; shall we?
All giveaways are now closed. Thanks to all who participated!
The 2023 March Muffin Madness Schedule
Note: All of the muffin recipes shared during MMM will be 100% gluten free but not all of the participating sites are strictly gluten free. Please consider that a reminder that wonderful gluten-free recipes are actually everywhere!
~ Monday, March 13 ~ No Gluten, No Problem (Pete and Kelli Bronski) ~ Recipe: Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Muffins with Walnut Crumb Topping; Prizes: These cookbooks are written by and sponsored by Pete and Kelli—Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes; Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking; No Gluten, No Problem Pizza; and Kids Cook Gluten Free.
~ Tuesday, March 14 ~ April J. Harris (April Harris) ~ Recipe: Gluten-Free Banana Streusel Muffins with Flaxseed; Prizes: These cookbooks from Page Street Publishing: 101 Greatest Soups on the Planet and The 100 Best Curry Recipes for Your Instant Pot. Plus, Spectrum Organic Ground Flaxseed (24-ounce bag) sponsored by gfe.
~ Wednesday, March 15 ~ Let Them Eat Gluten-Free Cake (Kim Thomas) ~ Recipe: Gluten-Free Pineapple Coconut Muffins; Prizes: The Everything Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookbook (sponsored by gfe), Latin American Paleo Cooking (sponsored by Page Street Publishing), and Gluten-Free Cooking for Two (sponsored by gfe). Plus, Baker’s Angel Flake Sweetened Coconut (2-pak, 7-ounce bags).
~ Thursday, March 16 ~ Predominantly Paleo (Jennifer Robins) ~ Recipe: Grain-Free Rocky Road Muffins; Prizes: Affordable Cooking with Your Instant Pot (sponsored by Page Street Publishing), The New Yiddish Kitchen (sponsored by Victory Belt Publishing), Paleo Kids Cookbook (sponsored by Jennifer Robins). Plus, Legit Bread Company Legit Pancake Mix (2 packages).
~ Friday, March 17 ~ The Full Helping (Gena Hamshaw) ~ Recipe: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Gingerbread Spice Muffins; Prizes: Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of The Way You Eat (sponsored by Gena Hamshaw)and Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Balanced, One-Dish Vegan Meals (sponsored by Gena Hamshaw and gfe). Plus, Simply Organic Ground Ginger, Simply Organic Ground Cloves, and McCormick Ground Cinnamon.
~ Saturday, March 18 ~ Tessa, The Domestic Diva (Tessa Simpson) ~ Recipe: 5-Minute Paleo Muffins; Prizes: No-Thaw Paleo Cooking In Your Instant Pot: Fast, Flavorful Meals Straight from the Freezer (sponsored by Page Street Publishing); Make Ahead Paleo: Healthy Gluten-, Grain- & Dairy-Free Recipes Ready When & Where You Are (sponsored by Victory Belt Publishing); Food Saved Me: My Journey of Finding Health and Hope Through the Power of Food (sponsored by gfe). Plus, Octonuts Cashew Butter (sponsored by gfe).
~ Sunday, March 19 ~ The Painted Mermaid (Amy Atwell) ~ Recipe: Grain-Free Chocolate Banana Muffins; Prizes: Ten Little Rules for Mermaids (sponsored by Amy Atwell and gfe); Ten Little Rules for Serving You (sponsored by Amy Atwell and gfe). Plus, Pure Vermont Maple Syrup (sponsored by gfe).
~ Monday, March 20 ~ Everyday Gluten-Free Gourmet (Cinde Little) ~ Gluten-Free Blueberry Granola Muffins (Oat Free); Prizes: Virtual Gluten-Free Cooking Classes (sponsored by Cinde Little); Jumbo Silicone Baking Cups (sponsored by gfe); Mini Silicone Baking Cups (sponsored by gfe).
~ Tuesday, March 21 ~ Beauty and the Foodie (Stacey Crawford) ~ Paleo Caramel Apple Muffins; Prizes: Keto in an Instant: 100 Ketogenic Recipes for Your Instant Pot (sponsored by Stacey Crawford); 30-Minute Paleo: 60 Low-Prep, Big-Flavor Meals for Every Day of the Week (sponsored by Page Street Publishing). Plus, Mini Cake Pan – Silicone Fluted Tube Cake Pans Non-Stick Fancy Molds, 3-pan set.
~ Wednesday, March 22 ~ In Johnna’s Kitchen (Johnna Perry) ~ Gluten-Free Taste of the Tropics Muffins; Prizes: Gluten-Free Baking for Beginners (signed copies; sponsored by Johnna Perry); GF Potholder/Hot Pad and Dish Towel Set (sponsored by creator Donna Wendt); and Coconut Sugar (sponsored by gfe).
~ Thursday, March 23 ~ Nourishing Meals (Ali Segersten) ~ Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Muffins with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting; Prizes: Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Family One Meal at a Time: A Cookbook (sponsored by Ali Segersten); Pure Raw Honey (sponsored by gfe).
~ Friday, March 24 ~ Healthful Pursuit (Leanne Vogel) ~ Gluten-Free Flaxseed Fudge Muffins (with Keto and Paleo Options); Prizes: The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet, with More Than 125 Delectable Recipes … (sponsored by Leanne Vogel and gfe) and The Keto Diet Cookbook: 140+ Flexible Meals for Every Day (sponsored by Leanne Vogel). Plus, If You Care Muffin Liners (60-count, 3-pak).
~ Saturday, March 25 ~ Michelle’s Gluten-Free Kitchen (Michelle Brazeau) ~ Gluten-Free Old-Fashioned Molasses Muffins; Prizes: Gluten-Free Baking for Beginners (sponsored by gfe) and Coming UnGlutened (sponsored by gfe). Plus, Blackstrap Molasses (sponsored by gfe).
~ Sunday, March 26 ~ Cassidy’s Craveable Creations (Cassidy Stauffer) ~ Keto Blueberry Streusel Muffins; Prizes: Keto Breads: Making Keto Delicious (sponsored by Cassidy Stauffer). Plus, Wholesome Yum Besti Brown Sugar Replacement (Monkfruit and Allulose) and Wholesome Yum Besti Granulated Sugar Replacement (Allulose).
~ Monday, March 27 ~ My Gluten-Free Cucina (Leslie Benson) ~ Gluten-Free Banana Date Muffins; Prizes: Cauliflower Power: 75 Feel-Good, Gluten-Free Recipes Made with the World’s Most Versatile Vegetable (sponsored by Artisan Books). Plus, Natural Delights Fresh Organic Dates (sponsored by gfe) and Truvia Sweet Complete Brown Sugar Alternative Blend (sponsored by gfe).
~ Tuesday, March 28 ~ Real Everything (formerly Paleo Parents, Stacy Toth and Matt McCarry) ~ Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Cheesecake Swirl; Prizes: Weeknight Keto: 75 Quick & Easy Recipes for Delicious Low-Carb Meals (sponsored by Page Street Publishing); Every Last Crumb: Paleo Bread and Beyond (sponsored by Victory Belt Publishing); and King Arthur Gluten-Free Pancake Mix.
~ Wednesday, March 29 ~ Successfully Gluten Free (Kristin Domike) ~ Gluten-Free Light and Fluffy Orange Muffins with Orange Glaze (with Poppy Seed Option); Prizes: The Mediterranean Meal Plan Cookbook (sponsored by Page Street Publishing) and Authentic Foods Brown Rice Flour (sponsored by gfe).
~ Thursday, March 30 ~ Julie Mayfield (formerly Paleo Comfort Foods) ~ Paleo Morning Glory Muffins; Prizes: Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen (sponsored by gfe); Weeknight Paleo: 100+ Easy and Delicious Family-Friendly Meals; and Nutiva Coconut Oil.
~ Friday, March 31 ~ Gluten-Free and Paleo Travels (Nancy French) ~ Gluten-Free Coconut Chocolate Mint Muffins (Paleo); Prizes: New Keto: Dinner in 30: Super Easy and Affordable Recipes for a Healthier Lifestyle (sponsored by Page Street Publishing); A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (sponsored by gfe); and Better Body Foods Chia Seeds (sponsored by gfe).
~ Saturday, April 1 ~ Dr. Becky Campbell (Dr. Becky Campbell) ~ Gluten-Free Egg Muffins with Spinach (Flourless); Prizes: The 30-Day Thyroid Reset Plan: Disarming the 7 Hidden Triggers That Are Keeping You Sick (sponsored by Page Street Publishing) and Redmond Real Salt Ancient Sea Salt (sponsored by gfe).
~ Sunday, April 2 ~ Migraine Relief Plan (Stephanie Weaver) ~ Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins (MRP-Compliant); Prizes: The Migraine-Relief Plan Cookbook: More Than 100 Anti-Inflammatory Recipes for Managing Headaches and Living a Healthier Life (sponsored by Agate Publishing and Stephanie Weaver) and NuNaturals NuStevia Alcohol-Free Liquid Stevia Drops Natural Liquid Sweetener, Sugar-Free (sponsored by gfe).
~ Monday, April 3 ~ Gluten Free Easily (aka gfe) (Shirley Braden; yes, that’s me!) ~ Gluten-Free S’More Muffins; Prizes: Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets (sponsored by Alisa Fleming); Make It Paleo II: Over 175 New Grain-Free Recipes for the Primal Palate (sponsored by Victory Belt Publishing); and Dandies Marshmallows (sponsored by gfe).
~ Tuesday, April 4 ~ Wrap-up of muffin recipes, including categorization of recipes (“just gluten free,” “gluten free and dairy free,” “paleo,” “keto,” etc.).
~ Wednesday, April 5 ~ Announcement of all winners during the MMM event, including daily prizes and the grand prize giveaway. (Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes after they have been contacted by gfe.)
Note that this page will be updated with recipe titles and daily prizes with links to the specific posts as MMM progresses
The Grand Prize Giveaway Prize Listing
All giveaways are now closed. Thanks to all who participated!
Here are the wonderful prizes in the grand prize event! There are eight prizes so there will be eight winners, one for each prize. Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this page and by leaving a single comment on this post and every post during the event. Optimize your chances of winning, folks!
SEVENTH PRIZE (Sponsored by gfe)
~ Two Lumps of Sugar Chef Apron ($30 value plus shipping) ~ Pattern shown is one of many. The winner gets to choose the pattern. This apron has a 33″ knee length classic chef apron design with a large (11” w x 6”h) center pocket, including two buttons on the pocket to hang a towel or potholders. Easy adjustable 122” neck strap. Adjusts to fit most adults from 4’6” to 7” tall, suitable for tweens. Straps can be tied in the back, or wrapped around the waist and tied in the front. The apron is 100% cotton, coated with Two Lumps of Sugar’s exclusive stain- and water-repellent light polyurethane finish on the front side. Comfortable, breathable, and easy care coverage. Shirley here: I included one of these aprons because I have loved mine so very much!
SIXTH PRIZE (Sponsored by gfe)
~ Wellbee’s Finely Ground Blanched Almond Flour (5 lbs) ($38.99 value) ~ Super fine almond flour. Made from 100% pure skinless almonds. No additives or preservatives. Gluten free and certified kosher. Pasteurized via boiling water and steam NOT propylene oxide. Wellbee states that one pound of almond flour equals 4 cups, which means this bag contains 20 cups. I find this flour wonderful to use and these bags last me a very long time!
FIFTH PRIZE (Sponsored by gfe)
~ Better Batter Artisan Blend (2.5 lbs) ($29.99 value) ~ Better Batter’s newest multipurpose flour blend is a cup-for-cup flour substitute. It is not only certified gluten free and Kosher OU Parve, but also wheat free, rice free, corn free, dairy free, egg free, peanut free, tree nut free, fish free, shellfish free, soy free, sesame free, xanthan gum free, guar gum free, GMO free, and “more free.” It’s also vegan friendly (no ingredient or processing are from animal derivatives).
FOURTH PRIZE (Sponsored by gfe)
~ $100 Amazon Gift Card ($100 value) ~ This prize speaks for itself. I don’t know anyone who could not put it to good use.
THIRD PRIZE (Sponsored by gfe)
~ Cuisinart Bread Maker/Machine ($185 value) ~ Makes up to a 2-lb loaf. Cuisinart-quality technology promises superior crust, color, and texture. Features include 12 preprogrammed menu options (including gluten free). Fully automatic and easy to use. Three crust shades – light, medium, or dark. Vertical baking pan for counter-friendly compact design. Removable kneading paddle and bread pan. Lid with a viewing window to monitor the process and an interior light to check the bread as it bakes. There is also a 13-hour delay start option so you can time your bread to be ready exactly when you want it.
SECOND PRIZE (Sponsored by KitchenAid and Yummly)
~ KitchenAid K400 Blender ($299 value) ~ The K400 variable speed blender’s 3-part blending system easily blends even the toughest ingredients for a consistent texture. The blender jar is BPA-free plastic which allows high-speed blending at variable speeds without breakage. You can control the taste and texture of your blends with the 5-speed variable speed dial, or use the three preset recipe programs: ice crush, icy drinks, and smoothie.
GRAND PRIZE (Sponsored by gfe)
~ Berkey Compact/Travel Water Filter System with Two Black Berkey Elements/Filters ($344 value) ~ The portable and compact Travel Berkey System (just 18” tall and 7.5” in diameter) has a 1.5-gallon capacity and effortlessly filters water for about 1 to 3 people each day. It can be used at home or on the go. Black Berkey Elements have been tested by accredited third-party labs that have reported that the elements remove or reduce over 200+ typical contaminants found in tap water and other freshwater sources. This system is the one I use every single day. Read my review.
SUPER GRAND PRIZE (Sponsored by gfe)
~ KitchenAid Stand Mixer ~ A KitchenAid stand mixer has long been considered a powerhouse in the kitchen and a requirement for serious bakers. Mix, knead, and whip ingredients with ease. KitchenAid mixers are particularly helpful when one wants to make bread as they come with a dough hook designed just for that. Most gluten-free bread recipes don’t actually require kneading but folks still appreciate the easy task that a KitchenAid mixer makes of mixing the bread dough.
There are two styles of KitchenAid stand mixers—bowl-lift and stand-lift. The winner can decide which style of mixer and which color they want, up to a $500 value.
Giveaway rules and disclosure: This event is open to individuals 18 and over in the United States and Canada. gfe reserves the right to substitute similar items of equal value if the original item is not available at the time of the prize drawing. Similarly, should shipping to Canadian winners prove to be exorbitant, a gift card for the value of the item only may be issued so that the winners can purchase the prize on their own.
Originally published March 12, 2023; updated May 1, 2023.