Gluten Free Cinnamon Muffins
These gluten free cinnamon muffins are a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack that tastes just like dessert. They’re sweet and moist with a cakey texture and loaded with cinnamon and vanilla flavour.
These are great if you’re accommodating multiple dietary restrictions, because in addition to being paleo diet friendly, they’re also gluten free, dairy free, grain free and refined sugar free.
I wanted to make these muffins taste almost like a cinnamon roll, so the recipe calls for plenty of cinnamon and vanilla and the result was really delicious.
These muffins are banana based, but if bananas aren’t your thing you could try substituting about 1 1/2 cups of apple sauce instead of the bananas (I haven’t tried that myself yet but I suspect it would work well and will definitely try that variation one of these days!).
If you’ve got a few bananas that are getting pretty spotty and almost overripe, go ahead and use them in this gluten free cinnamon muffins recipe. Very ripe bananas are perfect in baked goods like banana bread and banana muffins.
This recipe calls for coconut flour, which is commonly used in paleo baking. It’s higher in fibre and lower in carbohydrates than all purpose white flour, so it’s a great healthy flour to use in a myriad of paleo baked goods.
Using coconut flour really doesn’t make these muffins taste coconutty at all, which is good because I wanted the flavours of the cinnamon and vanilla to be the most noticeable.
Some optional additions you could throw in the batter at the end: walnuts (or any other nuts of your choosing), raisins, fresh or frozen berries, chopped up apples, or even chocolate chips. Add 1/2 cup of any or all of these if you feel so inclined and I’m sure the result will be delicious.
Since I wanted these cinnamon muffins to be dairy free, I used extra virgin olive oil as the fat in this recipe. I almost always choose to cook and bake with extra virgin olive oil, but feel free to substitute melted coconut oil or any other liquid fat of your choosing.
Add these cinnamon muffins to your rotation of healthy on-the-go snacks to pack for school for the kids (or work for the grownups). You can bake a batch and serve them up fresh, or store them in the freezer and thaw them out as needed.
Gluten Free Cinnamon Muffins Recipe
1/2 cup raw honey
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Add the bananas, eggs, raw honey, extra virgin olive oil, vanilla extract and cinnamon to a blender or food processor and blend/process until smooth and well mixed (alternatively you can use a mixing bowl and just mash the bananas by hand and whisk the eggs by hand).
Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the coconut flour and baking soda. Mix well, then spoon the batter into a muffin tray with paper liners. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 33 minutes. Makes 12 gluten free cinnamon muffins.
If you’re still craving more gluten free, dairy free, and paleo baked goods, check out this paleo sweet potato bread.
Or for another healthy muffin recipe try these chocolate paleo muffins.