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.
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.) Often 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.
Why Make This Recipe
- Healthy Snack or Dessert: 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.
- That Sweet Lemon Glaze: These taste especially delicious when glazed, and it couldn't be easier to make this one with powdered sugar, milk, and lemon juice.
- Great for Make-Ahead: The almond flour in these keeps them extra-moist, so they won't get stale too quickly. Keep them in an airtight container and drizzle with glaze before serving.
🥗 Ingredients for Lemony Almond Flour Muffins
- Almond Flour: Almond flour is made from raw almonds, which 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.
- Plain Yogurt: I prefer a nice, thick yogurt for this muffin mix. You can use Greek yogurt if you can't find a regular plain version, or replace with sour cream or crème fraîche. Yogurt helps make a tender crumb for these muffins.
- Lemons: This recipe calls for both lemon zest and lemon juice. I highly recommend a zester like this Microplane Classic Zester, as it makes it so easy to get just the zest and none of the bitter pith!
🥣 Step-by-Step 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 2 ¼ cups of almond flour, ⅔ cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt, and stir.
4. Whisk together ¼ cup of plain, full-fat yogurt, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, ½ 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.
5. Pour the batter into the muffin cups, filling them ¾ 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!)
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.
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 ½ 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.
Or, for a less lemony option with less sugar, simply sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar rather than glazing.
🧐 Recipe FAQs
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.
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.
Yes you can, 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.
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.
👩🍳 Expert Tips
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.
If you are looking for other ways to use almond flour, I have lots of ideas for you! 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 recipes as in this Almond Flour Chocolate Cake, French Yogurt Cake with Almonds, and this Apple Almond Cake. For cookie ideas, don't miss my round-up of The Best Almond Flour Cookie Recipes.
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. According to Bob’s Red Mill, you can freeze almond flour for 4-5 months after its sell by date, as long as you keep it in an airtight container.
Other Almond Flour Recipes
If you enjoyed this Lemony Almond Flour Muffin recipe, you might also want to check out some of my other favorite almond flour recipes:
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For the Muffins
- 2 ¼ c. almond flour (200g)
- ⅔ c. sugar (132 g)
- 1 t. baking soda
- ¼ t. kosher salt
- ¼ c. plain, full-fat yogurt (65g)
- 3 T. lemon juice
- ½ t. lemon zest
- 3 large eggs
- 1 t. vanilla extract
For the Glaze
- ½ cup confectioners sugar (63g)
- 2 t. lemon juice
- 1 t. milk
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit or 190 degrees Celsius.
- Line a muffin tin with muffin/cupcake liners.
- In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt, and stir.
- 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.
- Pour the batter into the muffin cups, filling them ¾ 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!)
- 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. These muffins are soft, so wait for them to cool completely before removing from pan—otherwise, it’s easy to crush them.
- While muffins are baking, whisk together confectioner’s sugar, lemon juice, and milk for the lemon glaze.
- 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.
- 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.