Paleo Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

This weekend was insane – not in the party hard, lots of booze, stay up late way either. I worked all day Friday, Saturday, the majority of Sunday on finishing up the largest shoot I’ve done to date. It was a lot of fun, a lot of work, and a hell of a lot of dishes. On Sunday morning, I didn’t have it in me to make our traditional pancake breakfast so instead I whipped up some muffins that could bake while I ran to the store for some beef and chocolate (seriously, that was my grocery list). Anyways back to the muffins…


I posted a picture of these muffins on Instagram (follow me @gabbysgfree if you want too many pictures of crossfit, food, and my insane dog) and several people asked for the recipe so, here you go! The muffin recipe is pretty much straight from this apple cinnamon muffins recipe from Juli at PaleOMG - if you haven’t read her blog yet, DO IT. She’s hilarious, a great athlete, and has really delicious paleo-friendly recipes.

These muffins are the perfect accompaniment to a  gallon cup of coffee on the crisp fall mornings we’ve been having lately.  I may even make another batch to take with me on my week of travel – I’m heading to #ExpoEast on Thursday in Baltimore and then I’m headed to FitBloggin! I’ve got another fun fitness post planned for later this week but until then, make these muffins!


Paleo Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Slightly adapted from: PaleOMG

Yields: 9 smaller muffins

Muffin Batter:

1 apple, small diced
1 cup almond meal
3 Tbsp. coconut flour
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1-2 Tbsp. cinnamon (I’m obsessed with cinnamon so I just pile it in)
1/2 tsp. baking soda

2-3 Tbsp. almond milk (add gradually)
pinch of salt

Streusel topping:

1/2 cup almond meal

2 tsp. cinnamon (or more)

1 Tbsp. maple syrup

1 Tbsp. cold butter


1.  Preheat oven to 350F and grease a muffin tin (or line with muffin liners).

2. Combine almond meal, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and whisk together.

3. In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Add this mixture to almond meal mixture, stirring well to incoprorate.

4. Fold in diced apples and let mix sit for 2-3 minutes for coconut flour to absorb moisture. At this point, if your batter looks a little too thick and chunky, add in almond milk, a tablespoon at a time. I used about 3 tablespoons.

5. Distribute batter evenly amongst muffin tins and begin making streusel. Combine all streusel ingredients in a small bowl, cutting the butter in with your fingers until only pea-sized chunks remain.

6. Sprinkle a bit of streusel over each muffin. Bake for 20-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in tin for 5 minutes then remove and cool on a cooling rack.


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Comments: 18

  1. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal September 17, 2012 at 9:36 am Reply

    Wow. wow. Nice job, these look amazing and so perfect for Autumn!

    • gabbysgfree September 17, 2012 at 9:37 am Reply

      Thank you!

  2. lauren September 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm Reply

    Can’t wait to try these! I saw your photo yesterday and I’ve been looking forward to these! I finally did some baking this weekend and went a little overboard! I made a gf nectarine crisp Saturday and almond flour chocolate chip cookies, on Sunday, so I’ll be saving these for a special end of week breakfast – I can’t wait!

    • gabbysgfree September 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm Reply

      WOW – both of those things sound incredible!!! Yum!

  3. Sarah @ Run, Write, Conquer September 18, 2012 at 8:40 am Reply

    Those muffins look delicious! I’m so excited to meet you at FitBloggin’ this weekend!

    • gabbysgfree September 18, 2012 at 8:54 am Reply

      Thanks! Looking forward to meeting you in a few days!

  4. Ashley September 18, 2012 at 8:47 am Reply

    Yummm. These sound so comforting. I’m a HUGE cinnamon lover too. Pretty much eat 1T in my breakfast every morning. I think it’s funny to look at banana bread and other cinnamon-bread recipes that call for 1-2tsp. :)

    • gabbysgfree September 18, 2012 at 8:55 am Reply

      Thanks Ashley! I eat a TON of cinnamon – I can go through a standard jar in 2 weeks, by myself. The more cinnamon, the better!

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  6. Nicole January 18, 2013 at 11:16 am Reply

    Holy crappola these were incredible! I used almost two tablespoons of cinnamon and was so happy with the flavor. The crunchy topping totally takes these to another level of amazing. I used maple syrup, and I really appreciated that these aren’t too sweet. Can’t say enough how much I enjoyed these, thank you for sharing!

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  8. Debra March 3, 2013 at 8:01 am Reply

    I have numerous allergies – one is coconut. Would a gluten free flour substitute for coconut flour in this recipe?

    • gabbysgfree March 3, 2013 at 8:07 am Reply

      I would recommend trying another recipe since there really is no flour like coconut flour since it is so absorbent. Sorry!

  9. Caitlin March 6, 2013 at 9:23 am Reply

    Just made these and they are delicious! I have a huge sweet tooth, which makes eating healthy a challenge sometimes. I think if you have a sweet tooth like mine, these muffins are perfect for breakfast, but if you wanted something more dessert-like, I would add more maple syrup. If you don’t like sweets as much, these are amazing as is. They taste sooo unhealthy, which is obviously a huge compliment!

  10. Teresa March 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm Reply

    I’ve been looking for an almond and coconut flour muffin recipe and found this one today. I love cinnamon too, but was completely out. So I used apple pie spice. They are wonderful! Thanks for posting.

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