Paleo Apple Cinnamon Muffins made with Coconut Flour

by Krista on January 13, 2014 · 27 comments

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Muffins

These Paleo Apple Cinnamon Muffins are a healthy low-carb breakfast using coconut flour & coconut oil! 

One of the things I’ve learned over the past week with this Paleo diet is that you have to have a PLAN!

Don’t get me wrong, I am a planner. I can plan with the best of them. But having to plan for breakfast, snacks, lunch, and meals for 3 while on a restricted no wheat, no dairy, no legumes diet has proved to be fairly difficult. At least in the beginning.

One of the hardest meals to plan for has been breakfast. In the past, I would have started the morning with a small bowl of greek yogurt, granola, and berries. Mike would have granola with milk. Well, we can’t have any of that. Granola is wheat/oats which is a no no. Milk and yogurt = dairy, so also a no go.

Enter these Paleo Apple Cinnamon Muffins.  You guys all know that I am a fan of muffins, I mean Cranberry Orange Muffins, Apple Pumpkin Muffins, Morning Glory Muffins… need I say more? These are all great and super tasty, but all made with Whole Wheat Flour.

These Paleo Apple Cinnamon Muffins are made with Coconut Flour and Coconut Oil. I was a little skeptical at first because the last time I made Blueberry Paleo Muffins the texture of the coconut flour kinda weirded me out. But this time it was perfect, or maybe it was just because I was craving “bread” so it hit the spot. haha… Either way it gives you that boost you need to start the day, and it helped my hubbie hold himself over until lunch.

To get started, preheat oven to 350º. Whisk 6 eggs, 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup together in a large bowl.

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Muffins 1Next add in 1/2 cup of coconut flour, 1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Muffins 6 Stir until well combined. Gently fold in 1 cup of peeled and diced granny smith apples {about 1 apple}.

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Muffins 4 Spray muffin tin with PAM to grease and fill each muffin cup 3/4 of the way. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

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Paleo Apple Cinnamon Muffins
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Serves: 12 muffins
  • ½ cup of coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup of pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup of coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of fine sea salt
  • 1 cup of granny smith apples, peeled and diced {about 1 large apple}
  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Whisk eggs, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and pure maple syrup together in a large bowl.
  3. Next add in coconut flour, fine sea salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  4. Stir until well combined.
  5. Gently fold in peeled and diced granny smith apples.
  6. Spray muffin tin with PAM to grease and fill each muffin cup ¾ of the way.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 muffin Calories: 160 Fat: 13g Carbohydrates: 9g Sugar: 4g Protein: 4g


{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Gina January 13, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Mmmm- great breakfast. Thank you my friend for keeping me healthier.


Krista January 13, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Absolutely girl! :) Great way to start of 2014!


Emily @ It Bakes Me Happy January 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Krista I totally want these now, they look and sound delicious!


Krista January 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

haha.. thanks Emily! There were delicious, but I love apple cinnamon anything! :)


Zainab @ Blahnik Baker January 13, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Love these!! So glad you are sharing these paleo recipes. A friend of mine just started this diet and I’ve been sending her your way :)


Krista January 14, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Yeah, thanks so much Zainab your too sweet. I’m thinking about sticking with it, well for the most part. I still will have my occasional bread or cookie. :) hehe..


Danelle January 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

I’ve been wanting to try coconut oil in my baking, and my 16 year-old was just asking me last night to make more muffins–he leaves the house on school days at 5:45 so breakfasts he can take with him are perfect. These might have to be next on my list to make! Have you found a coconut oil you really like?


Krista January 14, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Oh Danelle you will love it! It is so much better for you than canola oil and such. It is actually better to use this in place of olive oil when you are cooking something on the stove as well, it has a higher cooking temp so the coconut does not burn like the olive oil does. Anywho, the brand I use is LouAnna Coconut Oil. I like it and its cheaper than some of the others.


Gloria // Simply Gloria January 14, 2014 at 3:21 PM

We recently thought my little East was allergic to apples all of a sudden. He was more than bummed. Because he LOVES anything apple. But, after taking a break from all apples, we’re now in the clear. My East will LOVE these for sure! (He’ll eat muffins all day long if I let him!) Sharing this on FB today… and pinning (and printing out!)
PS… Your pictures are absolutely beautiful. You really capture the texture in these muffins, Krista! (=


Krista January 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Oh.. that would be a major bummer Gloria. Just think of all the things, apple crisp, apple pie, apple muffins, etc. So glad he’s not! Whew! :)

So glad you liked these muffins, hope you enjoy them when you get a chance to make them. Thank you for sharing and pinning girl!

PS thank you for the sweet compliments :)


Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl January 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM

I’m muffin crazy right now, already baked a few batches this week, but what’s more amazing recipe?! Can’t wait to try these!


Krista January 15, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Pass some this way!


Shannon - AKA Design January 18, 2014 at 9:08 PM

I have yet to try baking with coconut flour – still just use rice flour for gluten free baking. But these look really tasty! Thanks for linking to the Weekend re-Treat Link Party! xo, S.


Krista January 19, 2014 at 4:38 PM

It is really good, and a little goes a long way! I haven’t tried rice flour yet, maybe I should try that too! :)

Thanks for stopping over Shannon! Hope you have a great week!


Julie @ This Gal Cooks January 19, 2014 at 11:53 PM

I’ve been thinking about making some baked goods with coconut flour or almond flour. I just haven’t made that step yet. The almond flour is so expensive. And the coconut flour, well, I actually was going to buy it a couple weeks ago but the store I was in didn’t have any! Boo!

These muffins look great, Krista. A must try. Pinned.


Krista January 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Yeah, they are both kinda expensive. What I like about coconut flour is a little goes a LONG way. Most recipes only call for 1/2 cup which is nice and makes it last longer. :) Hope they have it next time in the store, you will like it! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by sweet friend and for the pin! :)


Krystle(Baking Beauty) January 24, 2014 at 10:34 PM

these look delicious! I’ve never cooked with coconut oil, does it taste like coconut?


Krista January 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM

They are! Coconut oil does taste a little like coconut. The weird thing is that it comes in more of a paste so you have to melt it to get it to look like most other oils come in liquid form. It is definitely better for you than canola and vegetable oil.


Jeannette February 22, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Hi! These look great. I have been looking for a paleo nut-free muffin recipe using coconut flour. I would love to make banana muffins with coconut flour. Any ideas on how to alter this recipe?


Krista February 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Aww.. so glad you found something Jeannette. For the banana muffins all I would do is change up the egg count, so instead of 6 eggs that it calls for this recipe I would use 3 eggs and then 2-3 mashed bananas. Hope that helps! :) Enjoy, let me know if you need anymore help!


Marie February 26, 2014 at 3:53 PM

What are the nutritional facts for these muffins? Thank you :)


Krista February 26, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Hey Marie, I just updated the recipe card with the nutritional facts for you. There are 160 calories per muffin, 9 carbs, 4 sugar, 4 protein, and 13 fat. Enjoy!


Olivia June 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Could I use almond flour instead of the coconut flour? Thats all I have!


Krista June 11, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Hey Olivia, unfortunately you can’t. They have completely different properties to them, coconut flour soaks up alot of liquid and acts completely different than almond flour. Sorry girl. :(


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