The other day, Roy made these completely delicious blueberry muffins and it reminded me of how extraordinary and fabulous they are!
As a gal who is unapologetic of my love for Olive Oil, I just adore what Olive Oil does for baking, especially Olive Oils from Spain, which are my favorite to cook with. It adds a delicious nuttiness and rustic quality to baked goods. The rich flavor that it adds balances out the sweetness in things like muffins and cakes. Olive Oils from Spain are high in antioxidants and Vitamin E so I also love the added health benefits of using it.
All gluten free flours are not equal. For this recipe, I used Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free flour which I think is just extraordinary. It’s easy to find on Amazon and so worth it! Disclaimer: If you end up using a different flour, I can’t speak to the results you might get.
I wanted to create something for the “Let’s go Lucy” series for beginning cooks, like my daughter Lucy, @nocrumbslefts_kid. These Blueberry Muffins are so divine for back to school, for kids to grab in the morning and I am just delighted with my gluten free version with Olive Oils from Spain
Blueberry Muffins with Olive Oils from Spain
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oils from Spain
- 1 1/4 cups sugar + 2 tsps for sprinkling on top
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups flour (we used Cup 4 Cup gluten free flour)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup buttermilk (see below for a dairy free variation)
- 2 cups blueberries, divided
- Zest from 1 lemon, finely chopped
Preheat over to 375°. Mix the oil and 1 1/4 cups of sugar until well blended. Check the bottom of the bowl to make sure you have blended everything well.
Add eggs one at a time, beating after each egg. Then add vanilla and mix.
In a separate bowl, gently stir together the flour, salt and baking powder until combined. Add 1/2 the flour mixture and 1/2 the buttermilk to the olive oil mixture, mix well. Then repeat. When all of the ingredients are well combined, stir in the lemon zest.
Wash and dry the blueberries. Crush 1/2 cup of the blueberries with a fork and gently mix into the batter with a spatula or wooden spoon. Then carefully fold in the remaining whole blueberries.
Line 12 cups of a standard muffin tins with cupcake liners. Scoop 1/3 cup of batter into each muffin cup. Using the remaining 2 tsp of sugar, sprinkle a little on each muffin.
Bake at 375° for 30 mins (or more, if needed). Rotate the pan halfway through the baking time. They may be begin to brown before they are done, so if they are getting too brown too quickly, you can loosely cover with foil. Before removing from the oven, be sure to check that they are fully cooked by poking them with a skewer, which should come out clean.
Let them cool and enjoy! Store any remaining muffins uncovered.
Note: If you like your muffins a little less sweet, you can reduce the sugar to just 1 cup.
Dairy Free Variation:
Place 1 tbsp of lemon juice into 1/2 cup of coconut milk and let sit for 30 minutes. This will create the consistency of buttermilk. Use this in place of the 1/2 cup buttermilk.