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Are you looking for a quick and easy gluten-free snack recipe that will satisfy your cravings for something savory and delicious? Look no further! I’m excited to share my recipe for Mini Corn Dog Muffins that are not only gluten-free but also dairy-free. These mini muffins are perfect party appetizers, game-day munchies or late-night snacks.

The best part about this recipe is that it’s quick and easy to make, using simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. You can easily whip up a batch of these mini corn dog bites whenever you need a quick snack fix!

And don’t worry, just because they’re gluten and dairy-free doesn’t mean they lack any flavor or texture. These muffins are moist, tender, and full of savory cornmeal flavor. The combination of sweet cornbread and juicy hot dogs is simply irresistible!

So, get ready to impress your friends and family with these addictive mini corn dog muffins. They are not only delicious but also perfect for those who have dietary restrictions. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Mini Corn Dog Muffins
Gluten Free Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Are you looking for a quick and easy gluten-free appetizer recipe that’s gonna be the star of the party? Look no further than these gluten-free mini corn dog muffins! These muffins are the perfect party appetizers, game day munchies, or late-night snacks. But before I reveal more reasons why this recipe is worth your while, let me share some important information about what makes this recipe special.

Firstly, it is an easy gluten-free and dairy-free recipe that takes only 30 minutes to make. Secondly, it uses minimal ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen pantry making it budget-friendly. Thirdly, these mini corn dog muffins are so versatile that they can be served all year round and are always a crowd-pleaser. Lastly, this recipe can be made ahead of time and stored for later enjoyment.

But let’s dive deeper into why you’ll love this recipe. The combination of the gluten-free flour blend and cornmeal gives these mini corn dog muffins their distinct taste and texture. They’re soft on the inside with a crunchy exterior – so satisfying! And the best part? These muffins are keto-friendly too! By swapping out the sugar for a sugar substitute and using unsweetened almond milk instead of buttermilk, you can make these muffins even healthier!

In addition to being diet-friendly, these corn dog muffins are also perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have much time to cook. You can preheat your oven while mixing up the five-ingredient batter in one bowl – yes, just one bowl is all it takes! Pop them into your mini muffin pan, bake them for 10-12 minutes and you’ll have freshly baked corn dogs in no time!

Lastly, these mini corn dog muffins are also incredibly easy to serve and pair. They go well with ketchup, mustard or any other dip you prefer. For an extra burst of flavor, you can also add some shredded cheddar cheese or diced jalapeños to the batter.

In conclusion, these gluten-free mini corn dog muffins are quick, easy, and perfect for anyone looking for a tasty and healthy appetizer recipe. Try them out and you’ll be surprised how impressed your family and friends will be with this delicious recipe!

Ingredient List

 Bite-sized goodness at its finest!
Bite-sized goodness at its finest!

Gluten-free corn dog muffins are not only delicious, but they are also healthy and easy to make. Here are the ingredients you will need:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cornmeal
  • 1 cup of gluten-free flour blend
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Optional Ingredient:

  • Gluten-free hot dogs – cut into small pieces

These simple ingredients can make the perfect recipe for your party appetizers, game day munchies or late night snacks.

The Recipe How-To

 Mini corn dogs, big flavor.
Mini corn dogs, big flavor.

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a mini muffin pan with coconut oil and set aside.

Mix together 1 cup of gluten-free flour blend, 1 cup of cornmeal, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and ¾ cup of sugar in a medium bowl.

In a separate large bowl, whisk together 2 eggs, 1/2 cup melted butter, and 1 cup buttermilk or unsweetened almond milk.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Don’t overmix!

Place a spoonful of batter into each muffin tin cavity, filling them about three-quarters full. Gently press a fully cooked beef or veggie hot dog bite into the center of each one.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the muffins are lightly golden on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow the mini corn dog muffins to cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. Serve warm with ketchup and mustard dipping sauces. Enjoy your gluten-free mini corn dog muffins – perfect for party appetizers, game day munchies, or late night snacks!

Substitutions and Variations

 These gluten-free muffins are no joke.
These gluten-free muffins are no joke.

Sometimes we don’t have all of the ingredients that a recipe calls for, or maybe we’re just feeling adventurous and want to mix things up a bit. In either case, substitutions and variations can be a fun and creative way to personalize this gluten-free mini corn dog muffins recipe! Here are some ideas to get you started:

– Gluten-free flour blend: If you don’t have a pre-made gluten-free flour blend, you can make your own by combining equal parts rice flour, tapioca flour, and potato starch. This blend will work well in this recipe as a 1-to-1 replacement for the gluten-free flour.

– Dairy-free: To make these muffins dairy-free, use melted coconut oil instead of butter and unsweetened almond milk instead of buttermilk.

– Keto cornbread muffins: Replace the cornmeal with almond flour or coconut flour and the sugar with a keto-friendly sweetener like stevia or erythritol. You can also add some chopped jalapeños or shredded cheddar cheese if you’d like!

– Appetizer variations: Instead of using a mini muffin tin, try making larger corn dog bites in a regular-sized muffin pan. You could also use the batter to coat bite-sized pieces of hot dogs or sausages for a fun twist on classic corn dogs.

The options for substitutions and variations are nearly endless with this recipe! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and ingredients to find your perfect version of these easy gluten-free mini corn dog muffins.

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for parties or a quick snack!
Perfect for parties or a quick snack!

Imagine biting into a perfect mini corn dog muffin – crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. It’s the perfect blend of cornmeal, buttermilk, eggs, and butter. These gluten-free mini corn dog muffins are a treat that everyone loves.

These mini corn dog muffins are quick and easy to make, making them the perfect party appetizers for game day munchies, late-night snacks or even as lunch bites. The bite-sized pieces make them fun and easy to eat, offering an added convenience for outdoor events such as picnics and barbecues.

You can serve these little bites with your favorite dipping sauce such as ketchup, mustard or mayo. You can also mix it up and try out different sauces depending on your preferences – some people even enjoy dipping them in honey mustard or sweet-and-sour sauce.

If you’re looking to create a complete meal out of these mini corn dog muffins, try pairing them with a simple side salad loaded with fresh greens such as lettuce and kale, topped with sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, carrots and radishes in a tangy vinaigrette dressing. This combination is not only delicious but also nutritionally balanced thanks to the protein from the corn dog muffins and the fresh vegetables in the salad.

For those who may have specific dietary restrictions, you can enjoy this meal without worry: these gluten-free mini corn dog muffins are dairy-free too! Simply swap out regular butter for coconut oil or unsweetened almond milk for buttermilk to make it keto-friendly.

In short, these mouth-watering gluten-free mini corn dog muffins are not only quick and easy to prepare, but they also offer endless possibilities when it comes to serving and pairing them with your favorite sides or toppings.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 It's like a carnival in your mouth.
It’s like a carnival in your mouth.

These mini corn dog muffins are perfect for prepping ahead of time for a party or an event. To make them ahead of time, simply follow the recipe as instructed and let them cool completely. Once cooled, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

To reheat, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and place the muffins on a baking sheet. Warm them up for about 5-7 minutes or until they are heated through. These mini muffins also freeze well, so you can store them in the freezer for up to 2 months.

When ready to eat, simply thaw them out at room temperature and reheat in the oven following the same instructions as before.

If you prefer to use a microwave to reheat, keep in mind that the texture may be slightly different than when reheating in an oven. Place a small batch of mini muffins on a microwave-safe dish and heat on high for 15-20 seconds or until warmed through.

The great thing about these mini corn dog muffins is that they are versatile snacks that can be served as make-ahead appetizers, game-day munchies or late-night snacks. They are quick and easy to prepare and feature gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients that cater to people with dietary restrictions. So get creative in the kitchen and experiment with different variations of this delicious recipe!

Tips for Perfect Results

 One bite and you'll be hooked.
One bite and you’ll be hooked.

Now that you have all the ingredients ready to go and are excited about whipping up a batch of these delicious gluten-free mini corn dog muffins, it’s crucial to keep a few tips in mind to get perfect results every time.

1. Don’t overmix batter: When incorporating the dry ingredients with the wet ones, make sure not to overmix the batter. Over-mixing can cause tough and dry muffins.

2. Add a pinch of salt: Adding a pinch of salt to the batter enhances the flavors of all other ingredients and elevates the taste profile of your muffins.

3. Preheat oven: Preheat your oven at 375°F (190°C) before starting. A preheated oven ensures even baking and perfectly cooked muffins.

4. Use muffin tin liners: Use liners in your mini muffin tin for easy release, and minimal clean-up post-baking. It’ll save time and make your life easier.

5. Fill each muffin cup evenly: To ensure consistent baking, fill each cup evenly with one tablespoon or less of batter. Overfilling may cause the muffin top to spread out, resulting in a flattened final product.

6. Check internal temperature: Make sure to achieve an inner temperature of at least 165°F (73°C) when cooking meat such as hot dogs or sausage to prevent any foodborne illness.

7. Use coconut oil or unsweetened almond milk: For a dairy-free and keto-friendly version, replace butter and buttermilk with unsweetened almond milk, and coconut oil respectively.

8. Experiment with flavors: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different spices such as paprika, chili flakes, or garlic powder to add an extra flavor punch to your mini corn dog muffins.

By following these simple tips, you’re well on your way to making mini corn dog muffins perfect for any occasion – be it game day, late-night snacks or party appetizers.

Bottom Line

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Now that you’re armed with the recipe for the perfect gluten-free mini corn dog muffins, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get baking. Don’t let the fear of gluten-free cooking hold you back from making these delicious treats – trust me, they are just as scrumptious as their gluten-filled counterparts.

Remember that healthy eating doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor, and these mini corn dog muffins are proof. Serve them up as party appetizers or munch on them late at night – no matter how you choose to enjoy these tasty treats, they’re sure to be a hit.

So go ahead, give this recipe a try and see for yourself how easy it is to create gluten-free, dairy-free, and organic recipes that taste amazing. Happy cooking!

Gluten Free Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Gluten Free Mini Corn Dog Muffins Recipe

Found this while looking for "fun" Super Bowl food for my teenage celiac...they were gobbled up by all of the teens, not just the GF kid. Wicked easy to make...my new go-to when the boys come here after school.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 36 mini corn dogs
Calories 243.6 kcal


  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup gluten-free baking mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 -10 all-beef hot dogs, cut into little bites


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine butter and sugar, whisk well.
  • Whisk in the eggs and buttermilk.
  • Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl and add to wet ingredients.
  • Spray or line mini muffin tins (about 3 dozen).
  • Put 1 T. batter in each cup.
  • Place/push one piece of hot dog into each cup of batter.
  • Bake until golden brown (8-10 minutes).
  • Serve with ketchup and mustard.

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Serving: 83gCalories: 243.6kcalCarbohydrates: 18.3gProtein: 5.6gFat: 16.8gSaturated Fat: 8.3gCholesterol: 66.1mgSodium: 553mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 10.3g
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