Breakfast/ Dessert/ Vegetarian

Lemony Almond Flour Muffins

May 23, 2020 by Chef Molly

Lemony Almond Flour Muffins have a moist crumb and a lightly sweet and lemony flavor. Almond flour adds mild nuttiness, and makes this recipe gluten-free! Perfect drizzled with this simple lemon glaze. 

stack of lemon almond flour muffins on a plate with napkin in background

Since I’ve been living in France, I’ve adopted the 4pm custom of goûter, or afternoon snack. (Or, let’s be honest, le goûter is just giving me permission for my usual rummaging through the pantry in the late afternoon.) Sometimes I grab a handful of granola or roasted almonds, and not infrequently I head straight to my favorite brand of French potato chips (keeping it real here). Sometimes though, I’m craving something just a little sweet to go with a cup of tea or a Turmeric Latte. I seem to feel better with less gluten in my system, so I love having a gluten-free option around for when those sweet cravings hit. These Lemony Almond Flour Muffins hit the mark perfectly. 

These muffins are lightly sweet, with a mild lemon flavor, and just 206 calories each. Muffins are the perfect size for that 4pm pick-me-up, as they won’t ruin your appetite for dinner. For more of a lemony sweet punch, drizzle them with a simple lemon glaze before popping one in your mouth. Pack a muffin in your backpack for a snack while hiking or to take with you to prevent the inevitable hangry kid meltdowns if you’re out and about. And making a batch one afternoon means you have breakfast or snack covered for the next couple of days—which might prevent some of that chip consumption. 😬

sugar, lemons, yogurt, almond flour, vanilla extract, baking soda, eggs

How Do You Make Lemony Almond Flour Muffins?

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit or 190 degrees Celsius.

2. Line a muffin tin with muffin/cupcake liners.

3. In a large bowl, combine 2 1/4 cups of almond flour, 2/3 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt, and stir.

bowl of almond flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt

4. Whisk together 1/4 cup of plain, full-fat yogurt, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, 3 large eggs, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Then stir into bowl with almond flour mixture. Don’t overbeat—stir just until combined.

batter for lemon almond flour muffins in mixing bowl with wooden spoon

5. Pour the batter into the muffin cups, filling them 3/4 of the way up. If you fill them too high, the muffin tops will rise over the edge of the holes and then fall. This can cause the muffins to stick to the outside of the tin. Note: you may have an extra muffin’s worth of batter. (Bake that after the first batch for your chef’s treat!)

almond flour muffin batter poured into muffin cups in muffin tin

6. Bake for 18 minutes, until tops are golden brown, and a toothpick comes out cleanly. Remove muffin tin from oven and place on cooling rack.

lemon almond flour muffins baked, in muffin tin

These muffins are soft, so wait for them to cool completely before removing from pan—otherwise, it’s easy to crush them. If they are hard to remove, you can insert a thin rubber spatula around the edges of the cupcake and then use the spatula to tip one up so that you can remove it.

7. While muffins are baking, whisk together 1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon of milk for the lemon glaze. To serve, drizzle lemon glaze over the tops of the muffins.

almond flour muffins on cooling rack with bowl of lemon glaze and whisk

Or, for a less lemony option with less sugar, simply sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar rather than glazing.  

Why Do Almond Flour Muffins Sink in the Middle?

Keep in mind that almond flour and other gluten-free cakes have a weaker structure than cakes made with regular flour, so they have a tendency to sink a bit in the middle rather than have a rounded dome on top. I promise they will still taste delicious, and when drizzled with that lemon glaze, you won’t even notice that dip. 

How to Store Almond Flour Muffins

These almond flour muffins can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container. They will last at least 3 days. They are delicious reheated in the microwave for 20 seconds or so.

You can store them either without glaze or with glaze. If you want to store the muffins separately from the glaze, store the glaze in the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature before drizzling. Glaze can be stored for 4-5 days in the refrigerator. 

Can You Freeze Muffins?

Yes, these muffins are easy to freeze. Just let them cool completely after baking. To make sure they don’t freeze together, try putting them on a plate in the freezer for a half an hour or so, until quite hard. Then move to a ziplock freezer bag. You can freeze them for up to 3 months. Wait to make the glaze until you have defrosted them and are ready to serve.

Almond Flour Nutrition Facts

Almond flour, since it is made just from raw almonds, is quite healthy for you. Almonds are low in carbs and high in fiber, protein, manganese, magnesium, and Vitamin E. They are also high in omega-3 fatty acids. Adding almond flour to a recipe adds fat, which adds richness to a recipe and can extend the shelf life of your baked goods. 

Almond Meal vs. Almond Flour

Almond meal and almond flour are terms used for the same thing—both mean finely ground almonds. The majority of almond flour products are made by finely grinding blanched almonds (almonds where the skins have been removed). Almond meal can mean finely ground blanched or unblanched almonds, and almond meal may be a coarser grind than almond flour.

What else can you use almond flour for?

Almond flour is used in many French desserts—try making macarons or making a frangipane base for a tart. You can also use almond flour as a replacement for all-purpose flour (or for some of the flour) in regular cake or cookie recipes (see below). Almond meal can also make a delicious crumble topping for a fruit crisp, crumble, or tart when mixed with flour, sugar, and butter. Finally, you can replace breadcrumbs with almond flour when you are making breaded chicken or fish—though almond flour will burn more quickly than traditional breadcrumbs.

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How to Make Almond Flour

You can easily make your own almond flour with the help of a food processor. Just take a quantity of blanched almonds (you can often find these as blanched, slivered almonds in the grocery store) and blitz in a food processor until they are finely ground. Just make sure you stop as soon as you see the texture you want. If you grind for too long, your almond flour will turn into almond butter. 

How do I substitute almond flour for regular flour?

Substitution for regular flour really depends on the recipe. In some cases you can replace all-purpose flour with almond flour on a 1:1 basis. (So, if the recipe called for 1 cup of all-purpose flour, replace with 1 cup of almond flour.) However, for other recipes, a 1:2 ratio is better—using twice as much almond flour as all-purpose flour. In addition, almond flour won’t develop gluten as all-purpose flour will. Many recipes will increase the number of eggs used to help bind the ingredients together and create structure.

Also, it should be noted that almond flour is not a magic ingredient for gluten-free baking. There are several wonderful gluten-free baking guides out there that have much more information on how to get the texture you are looking for when using gluten-free ingredients for cakes, cookies, breads, and more.  You might start with this almond flour baking guide from King Arthur Flour. It’s a great resource that shows you exactly how different kinds of recipes react to almond flour. 

Should you refrigerate almond flour?

If you go through almond flour relatively quickly (within a month or so, and before the expiration date), you can keep almond flour in a cool, dry place. If baking with almond flour is not a regular habit, you may want to keep it in the refrigerator or freezer (see below). 

Can you freeze almond flour?

Yes! And since almond flour is expensive both to buy and to make, you should definitely freeze any leftovers for your next batch. According to Bob’s Red Mill, you can even freeze almond flour for 4-5 months after its sell by date, as long as you keep it in an airtight container. You can also keep it in the fridge if you prefer. In fact, if you are planning to store almond flour for over a few weeks, you should keep it in the refrigerator or freezer. Almond flour (and other nut flours) can turn rancid more quickly than traditional flour. 

Other Almond Flour Recipes

If you enjoyed this Lemony Almond Flour Muffin recipe, you might also want to check out my Almond Flour Chocolate Cookies, my Almond Flour Chocolate Cake, and my Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies. I also use almond flour in my French Yogurt Cake with Almonds recipe and this fantastic Easy Lemon Ricotta Cake

Other Puff Pastry Recipes

Have an extra sheet of puff pastry in your refrigerator? You can use it for my Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls with Apple or my Salmon Wellington. If you have the round version of pre-made puff pastry dough, try my Baked Brie with Fig Jam or one of my favorite all-time recipes, this Antipasto Stromboli. 

hands breaking almond flour muffin in half with other muffins in background
Lemony Almond Flour Muffins

Lemony Almond Flour Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Lemony Almond Flour Muffins have a moist crumb and a lightly sweet and lemony flavor. Almond flour adds mild nuttiness, and makes this recipe gluten-free! Perfect drizzled with this simple lemon glaze.

Ingredients

For the Muffins

  • 2 1/4 c. almond flour (200g)
  • 2/3 c. sugar (132 g)
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. kosher salt
  • 1/4 c. plain, full-fat yogurt (65g) 
  • 3 T. lemon juice
  • 1/2 t. lemon zest
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla extract

For the Glaze

  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar (63g)
  • 2 t. lemon juice
  • 1 t. milk

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit or 190 degrees Celsius.
    2. Line a muffin tin with muffin/cupcake liners.
    3. In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt, and stir.
    4. Whisk together yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, eggs, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl, then stir into bowl with almond flour mixture. Don’t overbeat—stir just until combined.
    5. Pour the batter into the muffin cups, filling them 3/4 of the way up. If you fill them too high, the muffin tops will rise over the edge of the holes and then fall, causing the muffins to stick to the outside of the tin. You may have an extra muffin’s worth of batter. (Bake that after the first batch for your chef’s treat!)
    6. Bake for 18 minutes, until tops are golden brown, and a toothpick comes out cleanly.
    7. Remove muffin tin from oven and place on cooling rack. These muffins are soft, so wait for them to cool completely before removing from pan—otherwise, it’s easy to crush them.
    8. While muffins are baking, whisk together confectioner’s sugar, lemon juice, and milk for the lemon glaze.
    9. To serve, drizzle lemon glaze over the tops of the muffins. Or, for a less sugary option, simply sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar rather than glazing.

Notes

  • Note that almond flour and other gluten-free cakes have a weaker structure than cakes made with regular flour, so they have a tendency to sink a bit in the middle. They still taste delicious!
  • If your muffins stick to the edge of the muffin tin, you can insert a thin rubber spatula around the edges of the cupcake to help remove them easily.
  • You can replace yogurt with sour cream or creme fraiche, if desired.
  • If you are looking for a completely gluten-free recipe, make sure your brand of confectioner's sugar is gluten-free!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 17gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is provided as a general reference for users courtesy of the online nutrition calculator Nutritionix.

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