Coconut Flour Muffins

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These coconut flour muffins are made with just 8 simple ingredients and come together in no time. They’re soft, perfectly moist and bursting with fresh blueberries! Gluten-free, grain-free + dairy-free.

I realized that almost all my healthy baking recipes involve almond flour, oat flour, or whole wheat pastry flour, so I thought it was time to create a new coconut flour recipe! I already have a cookie, pancake, mug cake and banana bread recipe made with coconut flour and now these coconut flour muffins!

An overhead view of coconut flour muffins arranged on a wire cooling rack. One muffin is turned on its side.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These muffins are a great option for anyone who’s allergic to almonds or oats or for those looking for a gluten-free or grain-free flour option!
  • They come together quickly with just 8 simple ingredients!
  • They’re soft, perfectly moist and will hit the spot for breakfast, as a snack or even dessert!
Two coconut flour muffins wrapped in paper liners stacked on top of each other.

Baking with Coconut Flour

Baking with coconut flour can be challenging and it takes some experimenting to get recipes just right! But it’s oh so worth it because it offers a texture that is a bit softer and more dense than traditional flour and the flavor is awesome. Coconut flour adds a hint of natural sweetness to baked goods without a ton of coconut flavor, making it a great option for baking, even if you’re not looking to make a coconut flavored dessert.

Coconut flour is a naturally gluten-free flour made from dried coconut meat that has been ground. It contains more fiber than any other flour, making it especially filling.

Substituting Coconut Flour

The high amount of fiber makes coconut flour super absorbent so when using it for baking you typically can’t use it as a 1:1 sub for other flours.

That said, while it cannot be substituted as a 1:1 ratio for all-purpose flours in recipes, it can be a substitute! It can be finicky to work with so I recommend following a recipe that has already tested and proved that the sub works, but if you want to experiment, the general rule of thumb is to substitute 1/4 cup-1/3 cup coconut flour for every 1 cup of all-purpose flour. And you’ll likely need to increase the amount of eggs and liquid to get the right consistency.

Ingredients measured out to make coconut flour muffins: vanilla, baking soda, sea salt, eggs, coconut flour, maple syrup, blueberries and coconut/almond milk.

Ingredients Needed

  • coconut flour – can’t have coconut flour muffins without coconut flour! I love using Bob’s Red Mill organic coconut flour, which you should be able to find in the baking aisle at most major grocery stores. I do want to make a note that different brands of coconut flour can vary in consistency and texture, but I’ve never had an issue with Bob’s Red Mill, so I highly recommend picking up a bag!
  • baking powder – to help the muffins rise.
  • sea salt – just a pinch!
  • eggs – provides extra moisture while also helping the muffins bind together and rise.
  • vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
  • maple syrup – I love using maple syrup as the natural sweetener in these muffins, but I bet honey, agave or even monk fruit maple syrup would work fine as a substitute.
  • canned coconut milk – instead of adding oil, I used canned coconut milk (the liquid part only). I also tested these muffins with unsweetened almond milk and they turned out just fine! I preferred the flavor of the version with coconut milk, but any type of milk should work in this recipe. Just make sure your milk is unsweetened!
  • blueberries – I recommend using fresh blueberries for these muffins, but frozen will also work! There’s no need to defrost frozen blueberries before baking, but just a note that they might bleed their color more.
Collage or 6 photos showing how to make the batter and bake coconut flour muffins with blueberries.

How to Make Coconut Flour Muffins

Combine dry ingredients: Start by combining the dry ingredients. In a small bowl, mix the coconut flour, baking powder and salt.

Whisk together wet ingredients: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, maple syrup, coconut (or almond milk) and vanilla extract.

Combine dry and wet ingredients: Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Let batter sit for about 5 minutes so the coconut flour can soak up the liquid.

Fold in blueberries: Gently fold in blueberries and spoon the batter evenly into your lined muffin tins.

Bake: Bake at 400ºF for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Let the muffins cool for a few minutes in the pan and then let cool completely on a wire rack.

Coconut flour muffins on a wire cooling rack. The center muffin is angled on it's side, resting against other muffins.

Tips For Success

  • When measuring coconut flour, I recommend scooping it with a spoon into your measuring cup and leveling it off with a knife rather than dipping it into the bag of flour and packing it down. You can also use a food scale to get a more precise measurement.
  • After combining your dry and wet ingredients together, let the batter sit for about 5 minutes so the coconut flour has time to soak up the liquid.
  • I highly recommend using silicone muffin liners or parchment baking cups for the best results and to prevent the muffins from sticking.
  • Let the muffins cool for a few minutes in the muffin tin and then remove to let cool completely on a wire rack. Don’t leave the muffins in the muffin tin for too long because they’ll continue to bake and could dry out!
A hand holding a coconut flour muffin with a bite removed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of flour?

Unless you’re a recipe developer and have time and money to spend on ingredients for testing, I don’t recommend trying to use a different flour. It can take a lot of trial and error. If you’re looking for a blueberry muffin recipe that uses different flours I have these blueberry yogurt muffins made with whole wheat flour, vegan blueberry muffins made with all-purpose flour and protein blueberry muffins made with almond and oat flour.

Can I use frozen blueberries?

Yes! You can easily use frozen blueberries in this recipe. And no need to defrost the blueberries before using them.

Can I swap the blueberries for a different mix-in?

Totally! Feel free to make this recipe your own and customize the mix-ins. I could see raspberries or chocolate chips being delicious!

A 6-muffin tin with 6 baked muffins.

How to Store Leftovers

First, let your muffins cool completely. I can’t stress this enough. Let your baked goods cool completely on a wire rack before putting them in a storage container. If you skip this step, the heat creates condensation/moisture and you’ll end up with soggy muffins. Not what we want!

After allowing the muffins to cool completely, store them in an airtight container for 3-4 days at room temperature or for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. For longer storage, you can freeze these muffins for up to 3 months in a freezer-safe container or bag. I like to use my Stasher bags for easy storage. To defrost, place muffins in the fridge overnight, at room temperature or defrost in the microwave.

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4.66 from 32 votes

Coconut Flour Muffins

These coconut flour muffins are made with just 8 simple ingredients and come together in no time. They're soft, perfectly moist and bursting with fresh blueberries! Gluten-free + grain-free.
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients  

  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk (the liquid only) , or unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup blueberries, plus more for topping

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Place 10 paper cupcake liners or silicone liners in your muffin pan.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine coconut flour, baking powder and salt.
    A small mixing bowl containing coconut flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk eggs then add coconut milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
    A medium mixing bowl with eggs, coconut milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the dry mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir until mixture is just combined. Let batter sit for about 5 minutes so the coconut flour can soak up the liquid.
    Adding the dry mixture into the wet mixture.
  • Gently fold in blueberries and spoon the batter evenly into 10 muffin tins.
    Folding in fresh blueberries to the muffin batter.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.
    A 6-muffin tin with 6 baked muffins.
  • Let muffins cool in the tin for about 5 minutes, then remove them and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Store at room temperature for 3-4 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week in an airtight container. You can also freeze for up to 3 months in a freezer-safe container.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Additional Info

Course: Breakast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut flour muffins
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30 Comments

  1. How much monkfruit sugar instead of maple syrup? Also, if I add nuts, should I change anything? Thank you! I love that this recipe uses coconut flour!

    1. A 1-for-1 swap should be fine with the monk fruit, Mieke. I’m not sure about adding nuts, it should be just fine but if you try it let me know how they turn out!

  2. 1 star
    Liked the idea and look of these, but the results were not great. Bad consistency and awful after taste. Not sure if this is typical of all coconut flour recipes, but would not recommend.

    1. Oh, no! I’m sorry to hear this recipe didn’t work out for you, Katie. Do you happen to know if you changed anything about the recipe? I’d love to figure out what went wrong.

  3. Hi Brittany, FYI…I noticed in the paragraph, “How to Make Coconut Flour Muffins – Whisk Together Wet Ingredients”, that there is yogurt and oil listed. However, in the actual recipe, those ingredients are not listed. Yogurt and oil are also not listed under the “Ingredients Needed” section. Just wondering if yogurt and oil should be included in the recipe? I have not tried making them yet but they sound delicious! Thank you.

  4. Could these be made with a flax seed egg substitute instead? Or likely no since the recipe calls for quite a few eggs?

    1. Hi, Tanya. I haven’t tested it but I think that should be fine! Let me know how they turn out if you try it.

  5. 4 stars
    I made the coconut flour blueberry muffins this morning. They were received with mixed reviews. The taste was praised by all. It was the consistency that was an issue for some. Super dense and moist almost a cheesecake texture. I liked it but I love cheesecake. Question, if I cooked longer would the texture become more muffin like? 1st time using coconut flour so I’m a newbie and had no expectations.

    1. Hi Leslie! Coconut flour definitely has a different consistency, but I’m trying to figure out what could have gone wrong to make them “cheesecake-Like.” When I made these, the texture was light, fluffy and moist but I wouldn’t use the term “cheesecake-like.” A few things I am thinking of: Did you insert a toothpick and did it come out dry? Was your oven hot enough? Perhaps they needed to cook longer. Did you change anything else about the recipe? Let me know if you try these again and how they turn out!

  6. I’m confused. Is there suppose to be yogurt and oil in the recipe from the comment below from another person? I want to make these. Thank you so much for doing a recipe that uses coconut flour. Its so hard to bake with but I can’t have almond, oat or rice flours, so glad to find a tried and tested recipe with coconut flour. Going to check out your other recipes using it too.

    1. No, you do not need yogurt and oil for this recipe. Those ingredients being added to the blog post was a mistake.

  7. 5 stars
    Made these today and they were to die for! My husband and I are trying to not eat them all in one sitting 🙂

    1. Yay! I’m so glad this recipe was a success for you, Hannah! I appreciate you leaving a review and star rating, thank you 🙂

  8. 2 stars
    So easy to put together, but the flavor wasn’t right for me. Too much coconut for a blueberry muffin. However, had I made these with chocolate chips I may have had a to die for muffin so may try that. Outside of flavor the muffin just fell apart when eating. Perhaps I left it in the pan too long. Will adjust if I make again.

    1. Oh no, I’m sorry to hear this recipe didn’t work out for you, Allison. It’s definitely possible they were in the pan for too long. Let me know if you try them with chocolate chips and what you think!

  9. 5 stars
    These were really delicious. The favor and texture was good, my daughter loved them! and she never knew they were gluten free!

    1. AH yay! I am so excited to hear that this recipe is a hit, Celeste. Thank you so much for sharing your review & star rating, I so appreciate it!!

  10. Thanks for the recipe. This seems like a lovely flavoured muffin. Can I substitute the eggs with any other ingredient?
    I have coconut sugar, which have not used as yet. Please suggest any other ways to use it.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Heenaxi – I haven’t tested it, but you could replace the eggs with flax eggs, it should work out just fine. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    I am not a baker, but LOVE coconut and blueberries and wanted to give the recipe a try. I doubled the recipe and made 12 DELICIOUS muffins. They were a huge hit at work and people commented on how moist they were.

    1. Ah yay! Sounds delicious, I am so glad you are loving this recipe and these muffins turned out great for you. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review & star rating, I really appreciate it!

    1. Hi Zoe, Unfortunately, I don’t think water would give you the same results, although I haven’t tried it so I cant be sure. If you give it a try, let me know how it turns out for you.