These light and fluffy almond flour muffins are so good! Their texture is incredibly close to wheat flour muffins.
These tasty muffins freeze well, so you can make a double batch. They're perfect for breakfast or as a quick and filling snack.
Almond flour, when combined with eggs, a sweetener, and a leavening agent, bakes beautifully. It produces baked goods that are quite comparable in texture and taste to the real thing.
These almond flour muffins are incredible. They are easy to make, light and fluffy. They're perfect for breakfast, and my kids also like having them in their lunch boxes.
I often double the recipe to ensure I have plenty of them in the freezer - you can quickly defrost them in the microwave.
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make these delicious muffins. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Eggs: I use large eggs in most of my recipes, this one included.
- Sour cream: Plain Greek yogurt is also an option, but I think it's a bit too tangy.
- Sweetener: I use stevia. You can use a granulated sweetener instead, including sugar.
- Vanilla extract: It's best to use the real thing - pure vanilla extract - and not the artificially flavored stuff.
- Orange zest: Greatly enhances the muffins' flavor so please don't skip it.
- Almond flour: I use blanched finely ground flour. I don't recommend using coarse almond meal in this recipe.
- Sea salt: Just ¼ teaspoon.
- Baking soda: You can replace it with 2 teaspoons of baking powder (gluten-free if needed).
Here are a few ways you can vary the basic recipe:
- Use lemon zest instead of orange zest. I tried both versions and prefer orange zest, but the lemon zest is good too.
- Omit the orange zest and use coconut extract instead of vanilla extract.
- Add a handful of dark chocolate chips or chopped pecans to the batter. Or both!
Almond Flour Muffins Instructions
Scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps for making this recipe:
- Mix the ingredients. You pretty much just mix everything in one bowl, starting with the wet ingredients and then adding the dry ingredients. (Photos 1-3). One of the best things about gluten-free baking is that you don't need to worry about over-mixing the gluten, so you can use one bowl and mix until smooth.
- Divide the batter evenly among greased foil liners. (Photo 4).
- Bake the muffins for about 20 minutes in a 325°F oven, then cool them before enjoying them. (Photos 5-6).
The orange zest adds tons of flavor. I tried making this recipe with and without it, and there's a big difference in flavor.
If you decide to skip it anyway, I do recommend that you increase the vanilla extract from 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon.
But please, use the orange zest! I think it also provides a bit of extra acid to help activate the baking soda and make the muffins fluffier. So it really does make a difference.
I use stevia glycerite. I find that the glycerite formulation greatly minimizes any aftertaste.
The amount of stevia I use equals about ½ cup of sugar. You can use sugar or any granulated sweetener instead of stevia.
Since I use baking soda to help these muffins rise, the batter needs to have something acidic to activate the baking soda. The sour cream does that.
You could replace it with full-fat Greek yogurt if you wish since Greek yogurt is acidic too, but it won't be as good as sour cream in terms of flavor and tecture.
Unless you have a brand new nonstick muffin pan, I do recommend using liners to minimize the risk of sticking.
It's been my experience that these muffins sometimes stick to paper liners, even to well-greased ones, but they don't stick to greased foil liners. So if you have foil liners, I recommend that you use them.
No. Coconut flour is extremely absorbent and needs extra liquid and eggs to work in a recipe. If you'd like to use coconut flour, I suggest you try this recipe for coconut flour muffins.
The leftovers keep well in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 4 days. Gently reheat them in the microwave, just to take the chill off, 10 seconds per muffin at 50% power.
These muffins also freeze well, in freezer bags, for up to 3 months.
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Almond Flour Muffins
- Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line a muffin pan with 10 foil liners and grease the liners well.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, sour cream, stevia, vanilla, and orange zest.
- Mix in the almond flour, whisking until the batter is smooth and free of lumps.
- Mix in the sea salt and baking soda.
- Using a 4-tablespoon ice cream scoop, divide the thin batter evenly among the muffin liners.
- Bake until the top of the muffins is golden and a toothpick inserted in their center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes.
- Cool the muffins in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then serve. If you wish, you can lightly dust the muffins with a powdered sweetener to make them prettier.