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Gluten Free Lemon Raspberry muffins

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These Easy Gluten-Free Lemon Raspberry Muffins are moist muffins packed with fresh raspberries and flavored with citrusy lemon.

two raspberry muffins stacked

It’s been a while since I posted a gluten-free recipe; I am so sorry my friends! These Gluten-Free Lemon Raspberry Muffins are my new favorite gluten-free recipe. I love muffins, especially with the large iced latte I drink daily. I have so many muffin recipes on my blog, I thought it was time that I made a gluten-free version for you.

I feel like I have stumbled on gold. A gluten-free muffin full of flavor, with a nice dome and you might never know it was gluten-free. In addition to testing them myself, I’ve asked my gluten-free friends for feedback and their results were consistent: the berries are tart, and the muffins are moist and better than what they have found in the average bakery.

two lemon raspberry muffins stacked

I have tried a few different gluten-free flours and I have to say my preferred brand is King Arthur Flour. It’s a blended flour mix that can be substituted for regular flour. However, don’t forget to add the xanthan gum, or your muffins will be very runny. They still taste fine, but they are most certainly not as pretty. I can tell you that from first-hand experience.

side view of a lemon raspberry muffin on a cooling rack with a bite taken out

This master muffin recipe can be easily substituted for a variety of flavors or fruits. If you don’t like lemon, you can omit the lemon completely. You can substitute the raspberries for blackberries or blueberries too! The almond extract can also be substituted for vanilla or other flavors.

side view of a lemon raspberry muffin with more muffins in the background

Initially I wasn’t sure if the gluten-free flour would react the same in baking to give me a nice round, high dome. By preheating your oven to be very hot (425°F), and baking at a high temperature for a few minutes, it will help the muffins rise. Then after five minutes, you can reduce the heat to 350°F. Science equals the perfect dome, and everyone knows the muffin tops are the best part!

closeup of a lemon raspberry muffin topped with sliced almonds

Gluten Free Lemon Raspberry Muffins

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 37 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins


Moist gluten-free muffins flavored with citrusy lemon and packed with fresh raspberries.


  • 9 oz Fresh raspberries, rinsed
  • 2 1/2 C Gluten free flour (King Arthur brand is preferred)
  • 1/2 tsp Xanthan gum
  • 1 C Granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 C Buttermilk or milk
  • 1/2 C Butter (melted)
  • 1/4 C Sour cream
  • 1 tsp Almond extract
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
  • Zest from 1 lemon


  1. Wash and rinse raspberries. Use ¼ C of gluten free flour to coat the raspberries. Gently stir to coat the raspberries in flour. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, measure out 2 ¼ cups of gluten free flour with xanthan gum. Add sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine and then set this mixture aside.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, beat the egg using a whisk until light and fluffy. Add buttermilk and melted butter and whisk together with the egg. Then add almond extract, and sour cream and whisk everything together until smooth.
  5. Add fresh squeezed lemon juice and zest into wet mix and whisk until incorporated.
  6. Slowly pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to mix just until combined. Your batter will be thicker, but careful not to over mix! Lastly, fold in the raspberries. Do not pour in the excess flour leftover from the berries.
  7. Line your muffin pan and fill your muffin liners all the way to the top with batter. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  8. Bake for 5 minutes at 425° and then reduce heat to 350° and bake for another 16-20 minutes. Do not open the oven for at least 15 minutes; you will see how nicely the muffins rise. Baking times will vary by oven.
  9. Check your muffins for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the muffin. If your toothpick comes out clean, your muffin is done. Allow muffins to cool completely in the pan. You can also cool on a wire rack, but you want to allow them to cool enough to remove and transport them out of the pan.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gluten free muffins, muffins raspberry, lemon muffins


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26 Responses
  1. Dana

    These are delicious!!! I made them for my daughter to have a treat at a family reunion and they were popular with everyone!

  2. Bec

    Yum!! I do really disagree with the first comment and had no bitterness, they were so sweet and delicious. Definitely going to be making these again!! Thankyou

  3. Jessica

    When I made the muffins I questioned the 4 tsp of baking powder but followed according to the recipe. Clearly after tasting them I realized that the recipe should have read 1/4 tsp baking powder NOT 4 tsp of baking powder! I should have trusted my instincts. I have made enough baked goods to have caught that mistake. You can taste the bitter baking powder, what a waste of ingredients!

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Jessica, I am sorry you did not enjoy these. The 4 tsp of baking powder is intentional. Nearly all of my muffin recipes use a similar base. It is to achieve a very high rise with the muffins, similar to a bakery style muffin. My batter tends to be very heavy using a mix of melted butter, oils and sour cream, so extra baking powder is necessary. Actually just last night I made my cinnamon roll muffins and served them today at work. I don’t have that bitter baking powder taste. May I ask what flour you used?

  4. Laci

    Can you substitute the dairy in here with vegan butter and cashew milk? We have to be dairy free and gluten free which we’ve been gluten free the dairy free is new so trying to get used to it and just wondering if anyone else has tried substitutions. Thanks

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Laci, that’s a great question. I’ve never baked with vegan butter or cashew milk, so I can’t weight in. But hopefully someone else will see your comment. If you do try it, please come back and let us know in case someone else might be interested!

  5. Lexi

    I was wondering if I could sub the egg for a flax egg and the milk for some almond milk? Have you ever tried this?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Lexi, sorry I do not know what Flax Egg is, so I cannot advise on that. You can definitely try this with Almond milk! Enjoy.

  6. Laurie H

    These were absolutely amazing!!! I mix together BRM and TJ gluten free flour blends to come up with my own. And I used non-dairy sour cream. Thanks for the recipe. Definitely will be making these again and again.

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