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!
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!
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.
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.
- melted coconut oil
- vanilla extract
- baking soda
- 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.
How to Make Homemade Almond Flour Muffins
Combine dry ingredients – In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Healthy almond flour muffins made with date paste! These muffins are perfectly moist and naturally sweetened.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Category: Baked Goods
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 muffin
- Calories: 154
- Sugar: 15g
- Sodium: 227mg
- Fat: 8g
- Saturated Fat: 4g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 20g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 4g
- Cholesterol: 71mg
Keywords: almond flour muffins