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Low Sugar Gluten Free Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

The fresh blueberries pack a lot of natural sweetness into these low sugar gluten free blueberry cornmeal muffins.

These muffins were moist and hearty with lots of juicy blueberries in every bite. I picked up some blueberries last night and I'm going to make these again today since they are already gone!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Yield: 12 muffins

Mildly Sweet Recipe


Low Sugar Gluten Free Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins 1 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup quinoa flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour (also called tapioca starch)
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cornmeal
2 eggs
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups blueberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan or line with paper liners.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the brown rice flour, quinoa flour, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, salt and cornmeal.

  3. In medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, applesauce, milk, melted butter and vanilla until all ingredients are blended.

  4. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir until evenly moistened. Gently fold in one cup of the blueberries being careful not to break them up too much.

  5. Pour the batter into the muffin cups and press the remaining 1/2 cup of blueberries into the tops of the muffins. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.

  6. Let cool for about 5 minutes in the pan then transfer to wire rack.

Low Sugar gluten free blueberry cornmeal muffins nutrition

Sweeter Option

For a sweeter muffin, replace the cup of unsweetened applesauce in the Mildly Sweet recipe above with 1/4 cup sugar. Whisk the sugar in with the eggs, milk, melted butter and vanilla in step 3. Omit the unsweetened applesauce.

If you would like to experiment with other sweeteners, see About Sweeteners for more information and nutrition facts on honey, maple syrup, stevia and other sweeteners.

Low Sugar gluten free blueberry cornmeal muffins nutrition

Most of the recipes on Sweet Smart are adapted from my favourite cookbooks and websites. The Sweeter Option usually calls for about 1/4 to 1/2 of the sugar used in the original recipe.

Adapted from: Blueberry Lemon Corn Muffins from

Recipe Sweetness

Sweet Smart recipes offer 2 sweetness levels:

1. Mildly Sweet
For those looking to enjoy baked treats with low sugar content. Recipes are designed to:
  • Minimize potential blood sugar spikes
  • Reduce cravings for sweets

2. Sweeter Option
For those who want a bit more sweetness in their baked goods, but are still looking for a lower sugar option.

These recipes are not meant to replicate traditional recipes, they are meant to provide a less sweet alternative.

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