Almond Flour Muffins

DF GF

These gluten-free almond flour muffins are perfectly moist, have a nice light texture and are naturally sweetened with dates.

I’ve never met a muffin I didn’t like, but I’m really excited about these muffins because they’re some of the best tasting gluten-free muffins I’ve ever made.

And I love the fact that you only need one type of flour to make them – almond flour!

Stack of three chocolate chip almond flour muffins.

Gluten-free recipes that require a bunch of different flours drive me crazy. I get that a variety of flours is sometimes necessary, but recipes that require more than two different types of flours rarely happen in the EBF kitchen. I like to keep my recipes as simple as possible.

These muffins are a good example of simple — you only need 10 ingredients, the wet ingredients are whipped up in the blender, combined with the dry ingredients and poured into the muffin tin. Easy peasy!

Almond flour muffins on a marble board. One has a bite taken out of it.

Benefits of Almond Flour for Baking

I love using almond flour for healthy baking because it’s a simple, one-ingredient flour made from ground almonds. The almonds are blanched to remove the skins before grinding and sifting. This creates a soft and fluffy flour that’s perfect for baking.

There are some awesome health benefits of using almond flour over white flour. For one, it’s gluten-free, grain-free and lower in carbs than traditional flour. In addition, it’s loaded with nutrients including vitamin E and magnesium.

You’ll find lots of almond flour recipes here on EBF including my healthy smash cake recipe, almond flour cookies and almond flour crackers.

Four photos of a mixing bowl making almond flour chocolate chip batter.

Almond Flour Muffin Ingredients

  • almond flour – make sure you grab almond flour not almond meal!
  • medjool dates – yep, these muffins are sweetened with dates! You’ll blend them with a little water to create a delicious date paste.
  • eggs
  • melted coconut oil
  • vanilla extract
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • chocolate chips – I’ve been loving Lily’s chocolate chips lately but Enjoy Life is also a great option if you need diary-free chips. Mini chocolate chips can be a good way to disperse the chocolate throughout the muffins.

Almond Flour vs Almond Meal

Almond meal is more coarse and darker than almond flour because it hasn’t been blanched.

Often times people call for almond flour or almond meal in a recipe, but I definitely prefer almond flour for baking because it leads to a light, airy texture. That said, almond meal works great in recipes where you don’t need a light and airy texture (like quick breads) and awesome for replacing breadcrumbs.

Chocolate chip almond flour muffins on a marble and wood board.

How to Make Homemade Almond Flour Muffins

Combine dry ingredients – In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

Side by side photo of a blender with dates and then the dates blended with water.

Make date paste – Place dates and water in a blender and pulse until combined. Add in the eggs, coconut oil and vanilla and blend until smooth.

Pouring wet ingredients into a bowl of dry ingredients for making muffins.
Mixing bowl with spatula stirring batter.

Mix wet and dry ingredients – Pour the date and egg mixture over the almond flour mixture and stir to combine. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.

Mixing bowl with muffin batter and chocolate chips.

Bake – Pour or scoop the dough into a muffin tin with lightly greased silicone liners. Bake at 350ºF for 23-25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Cool completely and enjoy!

Muffin tin with chocolate chip muffins.

How to Store Gluten-Free Muffins

Let the muffins cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week or store in the freezer for up to three months.

Bird's eye photo of chocolate chip almond flour muffins.

More Almond Flour Recipes to Try:

More Healthy Muffin Recipes to Try:

Almond Flour Muffins

5 from 26 votes
Healthy almond flour muffins made with date paste! These muffins are perfectly moist and naturally sweetened. 
Stack of three chocolate chip almond flour muffins.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup 4 oz medjool dates, pitted (about 10 dates)
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Stir together dry ingredients: Combine almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Make date paste: Place dates and water in blender and pulse until combined.
  • Blend: Add in eggs, coconut oil and vanilla. Blend until smooth. Pour date and egg mixture over almond flour mixture and stir to combine. Add in mini chocolate chips and gently stir.
  • Place dough in muffin tin: Pour or scoop dough into a muffin tin with lightly greased silicone liners. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely and enjoy.

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Notes

  • Swap for date paste: I haven’t tested this, but if you don’t have dates on hand and want to try a different sweetener, I’d recommend doing 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin Calories: 154kcal Carbohydrates: 20g Protein: 4g Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 71mg Sodium: 227mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 15g
Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond flour muffins

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    48 comments
    1. Lynn Howery
      July 10, 2021 AT 1:59 am

      5 stars
      My family loved these muffins! No one believed they were gluten free! My daughter can’t wait to make them for her roommates in college. So delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 12, 2021 AT 11:24 am

        Love hearing this, Lynn! So glad these muffins were a hit. Thanks for trying them and coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Rebecca
      June 29, 2021 AT 10:05 pm

      5 stars
      These are SO GOOD! I am obsessed with dates and the dates in these make them perfectly sweet. They were also ridiculously quick and easy to make so that’s a huge plus!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 30, 2021 AT 12:11 pm

        Ah yay! So glad these muffins were a success, Rebecca! Thanks for the review and star rating. It means the world to me!

    3. Dawn Abt
      June 23, 2021 AT 6:38 pm

      5 stars
      These are the best muffins! We usually sub blueberries for the chocolate chips.

    4. Katie
      May 30, 2021 AT 4:11 pm

      5 stars
      I have tried many of your recipes and they are always fantastic, This one is now a household favourite. I made a double batch and added chopped pecans. Delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 1, 2021 AT 1:59 am

        Yay!! So glad you loved this recipe, Katie. Thanks for making it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

    5. Brittany
      May 5, 2021 AT 5:03 pm

      5 stars
      These are healthy and delicious! My daughter even loved them and she’s pretty picky! Win win!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 6, 2021 AT 11:49 am

        Woo!! This makes me so happy to hear, Brittany! Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!

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