Light Berry Kefir Muffins, Gluten-free Print Recipe Print Recipe


These have been my breakfast for a week straight.

I may have shared. Maybe one, but that’s all.

I don’t typically do well in the mornings, not wanting to eat because nothing sounds good [NOT typical pre-pregnancy], but if I don’t eat, I’ll feel just as sick. However, one of these muffins, a cup of orange juice and this pregnant woman is one happy lady.

I kept these light and nutrient packed, by making them with Kefir, which is rich is probiotics and naturally a low glycemic food. There are so many great health benefits to Kefir, which you can read about here.



A while back, I had the privilege of touring Redwood Hill Farms, just outside of San Francisco. Just above, that’s my beautiful friend, Maggy from Three Many Cooks, she helped organize this wonderful trip.

The farm is family run by some of the kindest and most generous people. We got to hold [very well loved] baby goats, some of us learned how to milk the goats and then we tasted some of the most amazing cheeses, yogurts and kefirs.

Great group of people and great memories.


That’s what a family run farm looks like.


Before this trip, I wasn’t very familiar with Kefir. They had sent home a few bottles, which my husband literally GUZZLED down. He’s obsessed, I’m not even exaggerating. I personally can’t drink it by itself, maybe it’s a pregnancy thing, but I do like to bake with it. Kefir is also great replacement for buttermilk.

For more recipes using Kefir, check out the recipe page on Redwood Hill Farms. Also, if you’re not gluten-free [or want to replace the whole wheat flour with gluten-free flour], check out this Whole Wheat Pancake recipe with Kefir from Two Peas and Their Pod.

The muffins can be quite moist, due to all the liquid and found they’re even better the second day.



Light Berry Kefir Muffins, Gluten-free

[PRINT Recipe]


  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour. I used this one.
  • 1/3 cup sugar – brown or white
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • zest of lemon
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup kefir – I used the Blueberry Pom Acai, but any flavor would work
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce [or oil if you prefer or have on hand]
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup berries, frozen or fresh – I used blackberries and bluberries

Note: if using frozen berries, they can make the muffins a little soggy. Sometimes I’ll defrost and then pat dry with a paper towel

Note 2: You can swap out the gluten-free flour for any type of flour you prefer, it’s a 1:1 ratio


Preheat oven to 375°. Place 12 muffin-cup liners in muffin cups and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in center.

In a separate bowl, mix together lemon zest, egg, kefir, applesauce or oil, and vanilla extract.

Add the wet to dry mixture and stir just until ingredients are mixed together. Add in the berries and gently stir to combine.

Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 or all the way full. Sprinkle turbinado sugar over the muffins.

Bake for 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 5 minutes in pan on a wire rack.


Note: store leftovers in an airtight container


Makes 10- 12



Disclosure: This trip & these products were paid/provided for by Redwood Hill Farms, but my opinions are my own.
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  • Jenny

    gorgeous photos! what a brilliant breakfast!

  • Maria

    I want one for breakfast!

  • Alyssa Gohn

    Those look great! and thanks for the link to your fav. GF flour! 🙂

  • Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    Omigosh how fun that you got to go to the farm and hold the baby goats! That looks like so much fun! And I’ve never used kefir myself, but I’ve heard good things and it looks great in these muffins! Can’t wait to make!

  • JulieD

    What a pretty farm and those muffins look gorgeous!

  • Redwood Hill Farm

    Hi Lisa! We remember you from the tour. You must be getting close now! Great photos of the farm … see those bushes to the right of Nicole, Scott and Sharon in the photo? Blackberries! We’ll be trying this recipe for sure.
    All the best to you!

  • Nancy

    Sorry for my ignorance, but can I replace the GF flour with unbleached white or whole wheat pastry? If so, would the amounts be equivalent?

  • Kasey

    Oh these sound right up my ally. Did you know I grew up on Kefir? It’s so delicious!

  • Anonymous

    Great question! Yes, this gluten-free flour is a 1:1 ratio, so feel free to swap out for whichever flour you’d like!

  • Kathy – Panini Happy

    Such pretty muffins! I’ve never tried Kefir before, but you’re motivating me to change that. 🙂

  • Brian Samuels

    Oh look! Baby animals, Maggy, muffins… these are some of my favorite things! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much for inviting us all to your farm, you have such a loving family and of course, an incredible farm! How appropriate, blackberry bushes 🙂 And yes, just 8 weeks to my due date! Thanks again and hope you had a wonderful summer!

  • Anonymous

    Did you really?? I love all the health benefits it has. Ben literally can drink an entire jug – I’ll bake with it in the meantime 🙂

  • Anonymous

    haha!! me too, even the baby animals 😉

  • Sylvie Shirazi

    Love kefir! I’ve been making a lot of smoothies with it lately.

  • Jeanette Chen

    I’ve never tried baking with kefir – these muffins look fantastic!

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

    My husband is obsessed with kefir too! I love the idea of baking with it–these muffins look like the perfect way to start the day!

  • Anonymous

    Love the addition of kefir! Do you think this recipe would work with a thick creamy yogurt (perhaps almond?)? I haven’t seen this kefir in the store, but am dying to make these muffins and I happen to have yogurt on hand 🙂

  • aimee @ Shugarysweets

    These muffins looks so good. I just recently got obsessed with Kefir!!

  • Carolyn

    I haven’t tried kefir yet either, although I’ve heard many good things about. Lovely muffins!

  • Aida Mollenkamp

    Glad you’ve found something you can eat and enjoy. These look great!

  • Linnea

    These look so wonderful – I never would think to bake with kefir. I discovered Redwood Hill Farms goat milk kefir earlier this year while I was living in Houston. My husband prefers the cow stuff… but the goat one does it for me! So yummy.