41 Sweet and Savory Grain-Free Paleo Muffins
Muffins are one delicious food you can keep eating while on Paleo, but you will have to make a few modifications to them. Conventional muffins use all-purpose flour as well as milk in most recipes, so those have to go. In their place you’ll find that these Paleo cooks have found easy workarounds to make these muffins taste great without wreaking havoc to your body. So get out your muffin pans and get baking!
Paleo Cinnamon Bun Muffins
Enjoy these delicious swirled cinnamon bun paleo muffins as a light breakfast. A great substitute for heavy cinnamon rolls, these muffins are full of sweet cinnamon flavor. They come out of the oven light and fluffy, the perfect combination of almond and coconut flour. Though it may be hard to wait, let the muffins cool for 10 minutes before serving.
1 cup almond flour
2 tbsp coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the topping:
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cups. Mix together the ingredients for the topping in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and stir to combine. In a separate bowl, mix the coconut oil, honey, eggs, and vanilla with a hand blender. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and blend to combine.
3. Scoop 2 tablespoons of batter into each muffin cup. Drizzle a little of the topping mixture over each muffin, and then add another tablespoon of batter on top of that. The muffin cups should be about 3/4 of the way full. Drizzle the remaining topping mixture over the muffins and use a toothpick to swirl. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.
Baked Prosciutto Paleo Egg Muffins
Eggs are cracked into prosciutto-lined muffin tins for this easy-to-prepare paleo breakfast. For a runny yolk, the eggs should be baked until the whites are just barely set, or until they no longer wobble for hard yolks. Seasonings of your choice can be used to top the egg cups. Serve with a side of veggies for a savory morning meal.
6 slices of prosciutto
3 tbsp chives, diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a half muffin tin with coconut oil spray. Place one piece of prosciutto along the sides and bottom of each tin to line it.
2. Crack an egg into each cup. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the egg whites have set. Carefully remove the egg cups from the muffin tin with a spoon. Top with chives and serve warm.
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Poppy seeds add a crunch to these lemony muffins, perfect for serving alongside a cup of coffee or tea. These light and fluffy muffins are best enjoyed warm out of the oven, but can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Zest of two lemons
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 tbsp poppy seeds
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cups. In a large bowl, add lemon juice, lemon zest, eggs, coconut oil, honey, and vanilla. Using a hand blender, blend to combine. Stir in the coconut flour, salt, and baking soda with a spoon. Fold in the poppy seeds.
2. Distribute the batter evenly into the lined muffin tins. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack.
Best Paleo Muffin Recipes
The Best Coconut Flour Paleo Blueberry Muffins (232 cal/serving)
Paleo Banana Nut Muffins (161 cal/serving)
Savory Paleo Zucchini Muffins (159 cal/serving)
Coconut Flour Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (138 cal/serving)
Chocolate Zucchini Paleo Muffins (171 cal/serving)
Wholesome Carrot Breakfast Muffins (121 cal/serving)
Paleo Pumpkin Muffins (209 cal/serving)
Paleo Egg Muffins in Prosciutto Cups (190 cal/serving)
Paleo Cinnamon Apple Muffins (115 cal/serving)
Healthy Egg Breakfast Muffins (76 cal/serving)
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Peach Ginger Paleo Muffins (40 Aprons)
Coconut Almond Paleo Breakfast Muffins (The Endless Meal)
Sweet Potato Bacon Paleo Egg Muffins (Paleo Running Momma)
Paleo Apple Muffins with Crunchy Crumb Topping (A Sweet Pea Chef)
Paleo Lemon Blueberry Muffins (Delicious Meets Healthy)
Paleo Pumpkin and Carrot Muffins (Nom Nom Paleo)
Mushroom, Spinach and Egg Paleo Muffins (Real Simple Good)
Apple Cinnamon Almond Butter Muffins (The Natural Nurterer)
Gluten Free Beet Blueberry Muffins (A Clean Bake)
Using strawberries in baked goods is a great idea, because you’re going to get the sweetness and good taste that strawberries bring, but also the antioxidants and vitamins they contain. It also gives things a nice color, and the smells that will fill your home when you make these will make you want to make them again soon. Coconut flour and arrowroot flour team up to replace the all-purpose flour typically used when making muffins. No milk is used either, which is part of a classic muffin recipe. They also use natural sources of sweet instead of sugar to help enhance the flavor of the strawberries.
Paleo Blueberry Muffin
No Paleo muffin list would be complete without a plain ole blueberry muffin recipe on it. And here is the best one we’ve found, producing a finished product that you’d swear isn’t Paleo, but it is. They’re using both almond flour and coconut flour in the same recipe, which is a popular way to get the exact texture you’re looking for without using any wheat products. Coconut milk is our favorite twist in this recipe, replacing the cow’s milk in a traditional muffin recipe, and lending a sweetness and texture that really makes these special.
Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Paleo doesn’t mean giving up chocolate, you just get to be a bit snootier about the chocolate you consume. This recipe is using chopped up dark chocolate, and dark chocolate just happens to be one of the foods you can eat on the Paleo diet, and compared to milk chocolate it’s far better for you. It doesn’t have the milk and sugar that is added to milk chocolate, and it contains antioxidants that milk chocolate doesn’t. With the inclusion of zucchini you’re getting a vegetable serving with this, so no need to regret your chocolatey decision, the way you might with a conventional double chocolate muffin from your local coffee chain.
Grain Free Apple Walnut Muffins
Leave the grains behind in these apple walnut muffins. They’re Paleo approved and guaranteed to satisfy when your muffin craving sets in. There’s omega-3s thanks to flaxseed, and they’ve managed to keep out the grains by using cashew flour. This is a special flour that you don’t see too often in Paleo baking, but is similar to almond flour, a flour made from nuts that contains healthy fat, protein, and fiber that makes it a much better choice than all-purpose flour.
Carrot Ginger Coconut Muffins
Carrots and ginger are often paired together, but rarely do you see coconut included in the mix. These muffins have a little bit of everything, with raisins and maple syrup joining the party as well. What you’re left with is an interesting mix of sweet from the coconut and syrup, a fresh flavor from the carrots and ginger, and a robustness from seasonings like allspice and clove. These might not appeal to everyone, but those that think they’ll like it will probably end up loving them. Almond flour is used instead of all-purpose flour, keeping these grain-free but delicious.
Fresh Peach Paleo Muffins
Eating Paleo is all about eating fresh foods, and keeping them whole and unprocessed as much as you can. These muffins stay true to that philosophy and the ingredient list is kept very simple. You’ve got fresh peaches of course, almond flour, eggs, honey for sweetness, and lemon juice. Compared to your average muffins these ingredients are all easy to pronounce, and there aren’t any artificial colors or flavors used, or any strange sounding preservatives and chemicals so you end up with a wholesome muffin. The simplicity results in big flavors even with few ingredients.
Pumpkin Protein Muffins
These muffins will fuel you up with protein, which is helpful if you’re also following a Paleo style fitness program whereby you’re lifting heavy things and trying to build lean muscle like the physiques of Paleolithic man. Whey protein may not be considered Paleo because of its source, so you can try subbing in a vegetable-based protein supplement instead if this is a sticking point for you. The other ingredients are definitely all Paleo, with real pumpkin being used and arrowroot starch filling in as a form of flour.
Apple Pie Muffins
Standard apple pie may have been off limits to you while doing Paleo because of the ingredients used in it, so if you’ve been wanting it, now you can finally have it, only in muffin form. This has all of the taste of apple pie, with none of the guilt. Real apples are used of course, and there’s healthy ingredients like almond butter and coconut flour taking the place of unfriendly items that come with ordinary apple pie. Try a Paleo ice cream alongside this if you want the pie a la mode experience.
Strawberry & White Chocolate Muffins
Here’s a recipe that simulates the taste of white chocolate without actually using any of it. They have cacao butter, which will supply the flavor of chocolate, but it’s not white chocolate. The other ingredients insure that you’re going to get a mighty tasty muffin, full of fresh delicious strawberries and the antioxidants they contain, and they’ve managed to sneak a banana in there as well, giving you potassium and other vitamins. The result is a muffin that’s actually good for you, rather than one that will make you fat or slow your digestion down.
Lemon Poppy Paleo Muffins
Lemon poppy muffins are one of the most popular kinds around, so it’s a necessity to learn how to make them Paleo style. The standard recipe for these muffins includes such no-nos as sugar, all-purpose flour, and buttermilk. None of these ingredients show up in this Paleo recipe, and instead you’ll find things like real lemon zest and lemon juice, ghee, honey, and of course poppy seeds. The taste of these will rival if not surpass the kind you’d grown accustomed to before going Paleo, and it may turn out that you prefer the new way of making them over the old.
Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Muffins
The flavor of cinnamon joins the classic taste of chocolate chip muffins. They’re topped with a honey frosting that really seals the deal, and to go the extra mile you can put some orange zest on top of the frosting. The orange zest is perfect if you want to give them some pizzazz both in presentation and in how they taste. This gives them almost a cupcake look to them, and since they’re full of chocolate chips you’ll feel like it’s a treat.
Grain Free Lemon Blueberry Lavender Muffins
If you’re not used to using lavender in your cooking and baking, you might want to start. The flavor it provides is subtle, yet you know it’s there, and it lends its aroma to anything you add it to. The lemon and blueberries go together nicely here, and the lavender only serves to accentuate that combination. They’ve avoided using grains by using coconut flour, a popular choice. The remaining ingredients are all Paleo certified, so you can enjoy these muffins all you want, they won’t weigh you down. Just remember to keep your portion sizes in mind at all meals, as overdoing it is one way to stall your progress on this diet plan.
With the popularity of pizza being what it is it didn’t take long for someone to make a pizza muffin that gets rid of the junk, but keeps the good stuff. These pizza muffins are using Italian sausage, so hopefully that’s one of your favorite toppings. They also contain bacon, and spinach, so you’ll be getting a good amount of vegetables in addition to the meat. There’s also flaxseed for omega-3 and protein, as well as additional texture. To replicate the crust and give this muffin the proper form, they are using almond flour, which keeps it grain-free.
Healthy Gingerbread Muffins
These muffins come infused with the flavor of gingerbread cookies thanks to the use of plenty of pumpkin pie spice and ground ginger. They’ve kept it healthy and Paleo friendly with coconut flour and almond flour and there’s also some potato starch used in order to get the texture just right. A combination of maple syrup and blackstrap molasses insures that you get some sweetness in each bite and when combined with the ginger kick it’s a nice flavor contrast for the win.
Delicious Paleo Carrot Cake Muffins
If you’re a fan of carrot cake you’ll no doubt become a fan of these carrot cake muffins. Perhaps you thought you’d eaten your last carrot cake, due to so many of the ingredients being off limits. But these muffins manage to bring you the taste you’re looking for without including anything that will throw you off track of eating Paleo. They’re using the classic mixture of almond flour and coconut flour together to get the muffin part right, and they have plenty of carrots, nutmeg, cinnamon, and more to get the carrot cake part right. They might not have the thick layer of cream cheese frosting, but they’re definitely Paleo.
Sour Cherry Streusel Muffins
Three different flours are used in this muffin recipe to get just the right texture and taste. You’ll be getting antioxidants from the cherries used in it, and all of the ingredients adhere to the Paleo eating guidelines. They break this up into two separate recipes, one for the muffins themselves and one for the streusel topping. You’ll see that they’re using coconut sugar instead of plain white sugar, which keeps things naturally sourced and avoids using sugar that’s been heavily refined.
Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins
These muffins will have you feeling like you’re at the sports bar watching the big game with a basket of buffalo wings in front of you. The nice part about making muffins that are egg based is there’s no worries on the grains because no flour is used. These are just a nice mix of eggs, chicken breast, and a high quality wing sauce. They say to make sure you use a wing sauce that has clean ingredients, because some of the bigger brands often sneak unwanted preservatives and chemicals into their sauces, and these just aren’t necessary.
Paleo Coffee Cake Muffins
Coffee cake can be yours again when you bake up these Paleo coffee cake muffins. They have the full flavor of a delicious coffee cake but without anything that will offset the progress you’ve been making. A normal coffee cake would have a crumbly topping made from regular flour but this one has a topping made from pecans and almond flour so there are no grains to get in your way. There’s cinnamon and maple syrup so you’ll have plenty.
Bacon Chocolate Muffins
Bacon and chocolate go great together, and these muffins do it right. You’ll want to skip the creme fraiche if you’re strictly following a no dairy policy, but all of the other ingredients are OK. They’re using a pretty strong coffee in these as well, so in addition to the buzz you’ll get from the chocolate, it will be amplified by the coffee. Cocoa powder and dark chocolate are both used, so you’re not going to be short on a chocolatey taste, and there’s about one strip of bacon in each muffin, so you won’t be wondering “where’s the bacon?”.
Sweet Potato Muffins
These Paleo muffins are the only ones we’ve found that showcase sweet potatoes as the main ingredient. You’d think that this would make them taste like you’re eating nothing but a sweet potato, which is why they have the option of adding either raisins or chocolate chips, which we recommend. The health benefits of sweet potatoes are many, but it’s the fiber they contain that will be most beneficial to a Paleo eater to keep the digestive system humming along.
Blueberry Pumpkin Muffins
Just when you thought blueberry muffins couldn’t be topped they went and added pumpkin to it. Pumpkin not only improves the taste but also adds antioxidants and fiber to the mix. Not only that but it gives the muffins a smoother texture, and some heft to them. You’ll feel like you had a meal after you have these muffins, and they’re topped with chocolate so they can be used to knock out any chocolate cravings you’ve been having. A very versatile and tasty muffin!
What do you get when you mix raisins and zucchini? Raichini of course! That’s what’s going on with these muffins, but that’s not all that’s happening. They have some yummy accompanying ingredients like applesauce and honey to accentuate the sweetness of the raisins. There’s also coconut oil used to give everything a nice buttery taste. The nice thing about using Paleo ingredients is that you end up making healthy muffins that taste good instead of good tasting muffins that you have to rationalize eating.
Chunky Monkey Muffins
Officially, Chunky Monkey needs to have bananas, fudge, and walnuts. Luckily, as long as you keep the chocolate dark, all the rest is Paleo approved. That was the concept behind these muffins, that add ripe bananas, dark chocolate chips, and walnuts together in a faithful adaptation of this popular ice cream. There’s also almond butter, coconut oil, and dates for added flavors and textures, so overall this is a winning recipe you’re sure to enjoy.
Paleo Stuffin’ Muffins
Need a side dish to go with your Thanksgiving turkey this year, but want to keep things Paleo? Here are some muffins that are made out of stuffing, but not the kind you’d have at a non-Paleo Thanksgiving. Traditional stuffing is made with lots of bread, and since that’s a no-go on Paleo she’s come up with a different way, using almond flour instead. There’s also plenty of meat in this stuffing, which definitely breaks with tradition. Time to start some new traditions when you are following the Paleo diet.
Paleo Banana French Toast Muffins
If you’ve been missing French toast while on Paleo, try these muffins out. They are designed to mimic the taste of French toast without using any bread. They’re going to have the taste of bananas, but they will also get the nutrients that bananas provide. Almond flour acts to keep these grain free, and there’s even a buttery cinnamon topping so you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything.
Cranberry Orange Muffins
A healthy combination of almond flour and flax seed gets this recipe going, so you’ve already got protein and omega-3s built right in. There’s also organic cranberries in them, so you’re getting plenty of antioxidants, in addition the Vitamin C contained in the orange extract. Notice how she’s paying extra attention to the quality of the ingredients, using organic ones wherever she can, and making sure the baking powder doesn’t have aluminum in it. This is one part of Paleo that may take a little getting used to, you have to check what you’re putting into your body and ask if it’s as pure as possible, as to avoid the junk that typically goes into conventional products.
Grain-Free Pear Flax Muffins
Biting into one of these muffins is like biting into a fresh pear that’s been infused with flaxseed so it has more protein, fiber, and plant-based omega-3s. That’s what happens when you use fresh, wholesome ingredients that are good for you rather than artificial ingredients that muck up your system and take away from your health. It shows you exactly how to use a fresh pear in your cooking, which can be hard to do and get results that will impress you with an awesome flavor.
Maple Pecan Muffins
The delicious combination of maple and pecans gives these muffins an edge on the competition. There’s also the flavor of banana and the nutrition that comes from using fresh bananas. You’ll get potassium and fiber from the bananas, healthy fat and protein from the pecans, and a source of natural sweetness from the maple syrup. These muffins have just a few ingredients so they’re a breeze to whip up and get into the oven for a nice anytime snack.
Black Raspberry Coconut Flour Muffins
The incredible flavor of black raspberries drives these muffins, and you’ll love that they’re using coconut flour to keep it grain free and healthy. Even the vanilla maple glaze is made in a way that lets you enjoy it without any worries, and makes it feel like you’re having a gourmet muffin. Like regular raspberries, black raspberries are also a great source of antioxidants, so you’re doing your body a favor by having these muffins rather than working against you.
Cranberry Sweet Potato Protein Muffins
Cranberries and sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants, and when combined together they have a great flavor. The sweet potatoes are also a great source of fiber and give the muffins a nice texture. The tartness of the cranberries works well with the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes. These make a great snack between lunch and dinner and can even be used as a dessert. They’re full of protein thanks to vanilla protein powder, which adds a third flavor dimension.
Paleo Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake Muffins
Blueberry streusel coffee cake never tasted so good. Having it in muffin form is nice because you can keep portion sizes in check. These are packed with so much flavor you won’t believe it’s actually good for you. But blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and fiber, and with nothing else causing you trouble all the good has a chance to come through. These are suitable for those following the Autoimmune Protocol for those following that enhanced Paleo diet.
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
There’s a lot to enjoy when it comes to these chocolate chip muffins. It’s pretty much a classic chocolate chip muffin recipe, with coconut flour filling in for all-purpose flour. Add to that the flavor and nutrition of bananas and you’re good to go. Coconut milk and coconut oil combine to give the muffins a great buttery flavor and a light flavor of coconut in the background. It’s a wonderful muffin to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea with.
Paleo Zucchini Muffins
If you haven’t tried zucchini muffins yet, here’s a great recipe to start with. They’ve kept it pretty basic so the delicate flavor of zucchini can shine through. In fact, just a little bit of cinnamon and some vanilla extract is what makes this recipe go, so they’re really relying on the zucchini to round it out. It’s always nice when you can get a serving of vegetables along with your muffin. Be sure that the orange juice you use is fresh squeezed to avoid all the added sugar in store bought orange juice.
Wow. I really appreciate that you included my recipe amongst these other fabulous paleo muffins! I’ve already checked a few of them out and I had no idea that there were so many other grain-free blogs out there. Thanks 🙂
Thank you for sharing my recipe! Love your website! XO
Thanks so much for including Cavegirl Cuisine on this list!! What a great grouping of recipes!
The blueberry muffin recipe is the BEST! Have made lots of Paleo muffins and this recipe tastes the best! Also tried the carrot ginger ones too and they were fabulous as well. Can’t wait to try many others on this list!
Thanks so much for including my recipe on your list! Really loving the website.
Thanks for including my recipe here! I hope you and your readers enjoy 🙂
Thank you so much for including my recipes in your list! I’m so honored to be featured among these other awesome bloggers! 🙂
Thanks for making this collection.
I have REALLY missed cakes and muffins
on the paleo diet. The variety is stunning!
Ive been reading through all these recipes. They are very interesting and some id love to make. Most of them ask for coconut, include chocolate, dried fruits and substitute other flours for wheat flours. I am coeliac and fructose intolerant. I cannot eat coconut, dried fruits nor do I tolerate other flours apart from GF flour (as I find them just too heavy for my stomach). So, im going to have to change the receipes once again by substitute back to GF flour and eliminate the coconut for something else. ill give it a go and see what happens.
Paleolithic homosapiens did not eat muffins…or a vast majority of the ingredients on here…and the few ingredients they may have had access to, they consumed in their raw form. Preservative free, yeah sure why not…Paleo? No.
Thanks so much for including my recipe!
WOW OMG THOSE MUFFINS WERE GR8 THX SOOOO MUCH
Those muffins are awesome. I made these the other day after finding the recipe and I am craving them yet again!