Grandma’s Gluten Free Honey Muffins


Embrace the nostalgia of your grandma's kitchen with these scrumptious gluten free honey muffins. Featuring the natural sweetness of honey, these tender and moist honey cake muffins are perfect for breakfast, a midday snack, or even dessert.

So, let's dive into this delightful honey muffin recipe that's sure to become a new family favorite, served warm or cold!

A close up of the inside of a light brown muffin on a white plate with honey on it

Even though my Grandma never made honey muffins, somebody's Grandma surely did, with a pinch of this and a dash of that. We'll be much more precise than that, since I don't have her luck, but you'll only need one mixing bowl to make these super moist and tender, simple gluten free honey muffins again and again—with all the proper ingredient measurements.

Is honey gluten free?

Yes, generally, honey is gluten free. Be careful to select honey that is not contaminated with gluten during its harvesting or processing. Produced by honey bees from flower nectar, honey is a delicious and versatile sweetener that's a great addition to any pantry.

Honey, melted butter and vanilla extract in small glass bowls, eggs, milk and a glass bowl with flour, a cookie scoop placing muffin batter in a muffin tin, baked light brown muffins in brown liners on a wire rack and a broken light brown muffin on a white plate

What makes these honey muffins special?

They have a light and airy texture and delicate honey flavor that's hard to resist. The honey lends a pleasing sweetness, making these muffins a tasty treat for all ages.

The honey flavor is relatively subtle, so if you're so inclined feel free to serve them with an extra drizzle. Mostly, it gives these seemingly plain bread muffins a certain depth of flavor and a unique tenderness.

Feel free to add a handful of chocolate chips to the batter, or a sprinkle of chopped nuts, but I think these muffins are just right without a thing. Just like Grandma used to (or will!) make.

What type of honey should I use for honey muffins?

You can use any type of honey you prefer in this honey muffin recipe. However, using a high-quality, raw honey provides the best flavor. And drizzling a little of the raw honey over the top when you serve provides an extra kick of sweetness, and some health benefits from the honey. Experiment with different types of honey to find your favorite taste!

Do I use greased muffin cups or paper liners?

It's up to you. I've made them in greased muffin cups, and in liners, and somehow I kind of prefer the greased muffin pan cups but not because of any difference in taste. Once you peel away the liner, a muffin baked in one just looks so, well, naked.

Whether you go for cups or liners, I'm not sure these muffins could be any easier to make. A single bowl and a handful of simple ingredients and you'll very quickly have a beautiful batch of sweet, delicious, fluffy muffins ready for an anytime snack.

Can I replace the eggs in these gluten free honey breakfast muffins?

With this simple, versatile honey muffin recipe, you should be able to substitute eggs using 1 “chia egg” for each chicken egg called for in the recipe. To make a two “chia eggs,” combine 2 tablespoons ground white chia seeds with 2 tablespoons lukewarm water, mix, and allow to gel before adding the mixture to the muffin batter.

Can I make these gluten free honey muffins dairy free?

Yes, if you need to make them dairy free, you can pretty easily. Just replace the butter or milk with your favorite dairy-free alternatives. For the butter, I'd try vegan butter like Miyoko's Kitchen brand.

For the nondairy milk, anything unsweetened, with some fat, and a plain flavor should work. My favorite is unsweetened almond milk.

One light brown muffin on a small white plate on a brown wood table

Serving options for honey muffins

These honey muffins are delicious on their own, but if you fancy jazzing them up a bit, add a dollop of whipped cream, a drizzle of honey, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Serve warm alongside a cup of tea or coffee for a delightful breakfast or snack.

Fresh berries, chocolate chips, or chopped nuts alongside some Greek-style yogurt and a drizzle of raw honey over the top elevate these muffins to one of my favorite gluten free breakfasts.

How to store honey muffins

Keep your honey muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Can you freeze honey muffins?

Yes, these muffins freeze well. You can freeze them for up to 3 months. Wrap each muffin in a freezer-safe wrap, then place it in a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag.

Just thaw the muffins at room temperature for a while, or heat them in the microwave for a few seconds. If you have an extra moment to refresh your previously frozen honey muffins, sprinkle a mostly thawed muffin with some water and place in the toaster oven at 300°F for 5 minutes.


Gluten Free Honey Muffins

Discover the joy of gluten free honey muffins, which are tender, moist, and perfect for breakfast, snacks, or dessert. Enjoy nostalgic flavors, and tips for perfect honey muffins every time!
Course Breakfast, Muffins
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free honey muffins, honey muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 209kcal
Author Nicole Hunn


  • 2 cups all purpose gluten free flour blend (I used Better Batter; please click thru for full info on appropriate blends)
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup milk at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 eggs at room temperature, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease or line the wells of a standard 12-cup muffin tin, and set it aside.
  • In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and sugar, and whisk to combine well.
  • Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the milk, butter, honey, eggs and vanilla, mixing just to combine after each addition. The batter will be thick and smooth.
  • Divide the batter among the prepared wells of the muffin tin and shake from side to side into an even layer in each well.
  • Place the muffin tin in the center of the preheated oven and bake until lightly golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with no more than a few moist crumbs attached, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Adapted from someone’s Grandma on Taste of Home. Originally published on the blog in 2015; more text resources added in 2023.
Nutrition information is approximate and should not be relied upon.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 239IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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