Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Muffins

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on

There is honestly nothing better than spending a warm sunny spring afternoon outside for as long as you can until it starts to get cold.  My husband is replacing our fence this weekend so he was getting a bit of a head start yesterday evening.  While we were doing things around the yard the kids played and even the neighbor kids came over to play.  My son discovered his new love of climbing trees.  We have some very bushy hazelnut trees(that don’t look like typical hazelnut trees – I’m not exactly sure what they are, but the nuts do taste like hazelnuts) that he couldn’t stay out of.    He needed a bit of reassurance on the way down but other than that he was having so much fun 😀

I’ve made some gluten-free “bread” before and I love it.  The texture is strange, but it’s still yummy.  If you do want to try these, they aren’t your typical muffin, so don’t expect it to be.  I have to say, I love buckwheat flour, its so incredibly filling and so good for you.  Did you know it’s actually a great source of iron, not to mention B vitamins and calcium and magnesium.

I had no idea until I just looked it up, but magnesium is such an important nutrient.  It’s important for over 300 biochemical reactions that go on in your body constantly including regulating your metabolism, converting blood sugars to energy and promoting normal blood pressure.  It even been proven to help strengthen bones.  Awesome!  Not to mention it’s always good to get variety in your diet, so eating wheat every day as your only grain product isn’t always the best even if it’s whole grain.  Spice things up with some buckwheat 🙂

Just as a note, I don’t usually buy buckwheat flour as I like using the whole groats too.  So I buy the whole buckwheat groats in bulk and then grind them myself in my magic bullet as they’re really easy to grind.  The flour probably isn’t as fine as it would be bought from the store but it still works fine.  When you buy the groats make sure it’s not toasted or Kasha as the flavor is much different.

 

 

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1 Kelsey from Happyolks May 5, 2011 at

I agree, buckwheat groats are much tastier! I love your blog! I just found it from Erin at Naturallyella. It’s a lovely distraction from studying for finals and writing papers today. Always exciting to find fellow 20-something bloggers. Happy thursday 🙂

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2 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 6, 2011 at

Awesome, I’m glad you found me 😀 Have a great weekend!

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3 Ginger&Rice May 5, 2011 at

MMM I have been craving blueberry muffins lately! Those look delicious!

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4 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 6, 2011 at

Perfect! Thank you 😀

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5 Jess@Healthy Exposures May 5, 2011 at

I love buckwheat flour! I haven’t had it in a while, though; and I have a feeling the buckwheat flour I am used to is way different than grinding it fresh from groats. These muffins look so wonderful 🙂 I bet using the whole groats in addition to the flour gives a great texture!
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6 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 6, 2011 at

I’m not sure… I’ve never actually bought any, so I have no idea what it’s like. And yes it does add a little different texture which is nice. Thank you!

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7 Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh May 6, 2011 at

I have buckwheat in my pantry because of Ashley! THese look so yummy! my daughter LOVES blueberry muffins, and these would be good for her to have because of the great ingredients in them 🙂 THanks for sharing love!
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8 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 6, 2011 at

Haha, I bet Ashley’s inspired a lot of people to buy buckwheat. I had it before but only used it for a couple things. Love her recipes 😀

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9 wendi May 6, 2011 at

Thank you for this recipe! Looks delish! I will make with my frozen black berries tho 🙂

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10 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 6, 2011 at

Mmmmm, that sounds really good! I was also thinking raspberries with some lemon zest. I’m going to have to make these again!

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11 Allie May 6, 2011 at

I love buckwheat pancakes and soba noodles (buckwheat)–would be delicious as a muffin! Plus, I didn’t even know about the magnesium and iron. More excuses for tasty breakfast foods!
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12 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 6, 2011 at

Mmm, I love soba noodles too. I love knowing that tasty food is really good for you 😀

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13 Charissa May 6, 2011 at

Ooh, so healthy and beautiful looking!

Apparently, I am deficient in magnesium, so this would be a great recipe for little old me.

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14 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 6, 2011 at

Thank you! They would be! I add buckwheat to other things like granola and bars and even my morning oats sometimes too 🙂

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15 Faith May 6, 2011 at

I love the nutrition from buckwheat flour and these muffins sound great! The perfect breakfast for a nice spring day. 🙂
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16 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 6, 2011 at

Thank you!

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17 kate May 6, 2011 at

I lovee buckwheat and these muffins look amazing I love that they’re vegan& GF too 🙂

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18 Kat @ Cupcake Kat May 10, 2011 at

These muffins sound so interesting. I love that they are bith gluten free and vegan. they look delicious. If I ever buy buckwheat I will make them. I am definately considering that I should get buckwheat now
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19 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 10, 2011 at

Awesome! Keep in mind they’re obviously not the same texture as regular muffins. But keep an open mind and I’m sure you’ll like them!

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20 peaceloveandsmoothies August 28, 2013 at

Wow, who knew magnesium was so important for health!
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21 Angie April 15, 2014 at

I have two bags of buckwheat to use up that someone bought for me, but they are not ‘raw’, they are ‘roasted and light brown vs. greeny colored. Can I use them for this recipe? If not, do you have any suggestions? Thanks so much!

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