Gluten Free Apple Muffins

These Healthy Apple Muffins are made with oat flour and are packed with seasonal apples and raisins. These gluten free apple muffins are easy to make, using just one bowl to put together! They make a great on-the-go breakfast or snack, will be a hit with picky kids and are 100% nut-free!

Healthy Apple Muffins with Oats and Raisins

These Healthy Apple Muffins are made with oat flour and coconut flour and are stuffed with shredded apples, cinnamon and raisins. They are the perfect fall breakfast that is happens to be nut-free, gluten-free and refined sugar free! These kid-friendly muffins are easy to make (and a fun baking project with the kids) and because they are nut-free they are safe to send to school. Keep a batch in the freezer and pop in the lunch box in the morning and these healthy oat muffins will be ready to go by the time lunch time hits. They are also a healthy midday snack that truly everyone will love!

Ingredients for Apple Oat Muffins

  • Oat Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • Maple Syrup
  • Butter or Coconut Oil
  • Apples
  • Raisins
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking Powder
  • Eggs

What kind of oat flour is best to use?

As we’ve said in previous oat flour recipes, we recommend you buy premade oat flour. It isn’t expensive and it is easy to purchase in most stores. However, if you want to make your own oat flour, you certainly can. We just recommend you try to get it as fine as possible.

How do you measure oat flour

If you have an electronic kitchen scale at home, it’s best to use it here to measure oat flour. Oat flour can be tricky to measure as it can be easily compacted, even straight from the bag. The same goes for coconut flour because such a small difference in measuring it can impact a recipe because it is an absorbent flour. So we’ve included the weight in grams here. Any electronic kitchen scale can switch between grams and ounces, and grams are more precise so we’re offering that. If you don’t have a scale: lightly packing the oat flour into the cup measurement gets you as close to the correct measurement as possible. For coconut flour scoop it in the tablespoon and then level it off.

To Peel or Not to Peel the Apple

The apples are grated before being folded into the batter. Grating the apples both adds moisture to the muffin and makes sure that the apples are cooked through quickly. You can leave the peel on the apple, or you can peel it off. We prefer the texture and nutritional value that leaving the (organic) peel on imparts, but feel free to remove it if you prefer.

How to store Healthy Apple Oatmeal Muffins

We’ve tested storing these at room temperature covered loosely, in an air tight container and in the freezer. They all work! But we prefer to keep these at room temperature covered (in a non-air tight way) for two days at most. The muffins get more moist as the days go on, especially in an airtight container, which can make them feel dense.

So if you want to keep them the freshest, you can store in the freezer. If you are packing these for lunches for kids, or a snack for yourself, you can take them from the freezer the morning of and place in a container. In an hour or two the muffins are defrosted and ready to eat.

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Healthy Apple Muffins with Oats

Prep Time 10:00 Cook Time 00:18 Total Time 10:18 Yields 12

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a 12 cup muffin tin with silicone or parchment paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl add eggs, apple sauce, melted butter and maple syrup and whisk together. 
  3. Add oat flour, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix with a spatula until smooth.
  4. Fold in raisins and apples.
  5. Fill each muffin cup ¾ full.
  6. Bake in the middle rack for 18-20 minutes, or until the muffins spring back when touched.

Recipe Notes

  1. We’ve found store bought oat flour to be different than homemade. We prefer the texture to store bought and suggest that is what you use.
  2. If you have an electronic scale at home please use it to measure the flour, as these flours are notorious for being difficult to measure with cup measurements.
  3. If your oat flour or coconut flour is very clumpy sift them.
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Caramel Apple Upside Down Honey Cake

This Upside Down Gluten Free Apple Cake is unbelievably simple to make and so delicious. It’s grain-free, nut-free and dairy-free but with no shortage of delicious apple cinnamon flavor. It’s perfect to serve up for Rosh Hashanah or to whip up for a weekend baking project after you’ve gone apple picking.

upside down apple honey cake with caramel on a platterGluten Free Apple Cake

We’re bringing an oldie but a GOODIE out from the archives, updated with new photos! This Gluten-free Upside Down Apple Cake was originally published back in 2015, but we thought it was time to give this simple and delicious cake an updated look. I developed this recipe to be a grain-free and gluten-free alternative for a Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake. Whether you celebrate or not, this is the ultimate Fall cake all season long! This cake is fluffy, moist, flavorful, and loaded with your favorite Fall flavors. It’s also made using a dairy-free honey caramel that is to die for.

apples with paleo caramelHow to Make Upside Down Gluten Free Apple Cake

To make this Gluten Free Apple Cake, you’ll start off by making Paleo Caramel. I promise, it’s easy to make. We wrote a whole post all about how to make it, so if you are looking for more information or to read about the different sugar options you have for making it, be sure to check that out. For this cake, if you want to make it for Rosh Hashanah be sure to make the caramel with honey.

After you make the honey, you’ll want to grease a pan (we used coconut oil) and layer some sliced apples inside of it. Be creative as you want when layering in the apples. Just make sure the apples are sliced thin, and are basically uniform in size so they cook evenly. Next you’ll pour in the caramel and set aside the pan.

Making the cake couldn’t be easier. It’s made all in one bowl, with a handful of simple paleo ingredients. We love that this recipe is both grain free AND nut free, using just two flours: tapioca and coconut. After the cake has been made, you’ll pour the batter on top of the apples and smooth it out before baking.

Once the cake is baked, you’ll let it cool slightly before inverting the cake on to a platter!

Slice of gluten free apple cake on a plateTools Needed for this Gluten Free Upside Down Cake

While this cake definitely looks impressive, you don’t need any fancy kitchen equipment to make it. The caramel is made on the stove top, and the cake is whisked together in a bowl. No thermometer or stand mixer needed! To make this you’ll need:

dairy free cake with caramel and apples

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Caramel Apple Upside Down Honey Cake
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup coconut flour
  2. 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. Pinch fine sea salt
Wet Ingredients
  1. 5 organic eggs
  2. 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  3. 1/3 cup + 2 teaspoons raw honey
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Apple Bottom
  1. 2 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  2. 1/3 cup homemade caramel
Optional
  1. Additional homemade caramel  for serving/drizzle
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease 8 inch round pan
  3. Slice apples and lay them in the bottom of the baking pan
  4. Heat caramel   if it isn't already hot and pour evenly over apples
  5. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients (sift if flour has clumps)
  6. Add in wet ingredients and whisk together
  7. Pour cake batter into cake pan on top of the apple mixture
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
  9. Once cooled completely, carefully flip the cake pan upside down onto a serving dish
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Gluten free apple cake with a slice taken from it

Paleo Lemon Blueberry Muffins

These Paleo Blueberry Muffins are bursting with lemon flavor and plump blueberries! They come together easily, are gluten-free, made with almond flour, and the perfect healthy muffin recipe for any brunch or as a snack!

Paleo blueberry muffins in the muffin tinPaleo Blueberry Muffins

These grain-free Paleo Lemon Blueberry Muffins are so simple, moist, and delicious. They are bursting with blueberries, with a fluffy texture and a bright lemon flavor. Nobody will know these muffins are gluten-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly! They are so easy to make and can easily be made for a quick brunch or breakfast at home. Get the kids and they can help too!

Here’s what you need to make them:

  • Almond flour
  • Coconut flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Lemons
  • Fresh blueberries

Swapping with Frozen Blueberries

It’s so nice during blueberry season to include them fresh in this muffin, but in the dead of winter, frozen blueberries can work too! To avoid turning the muffin batter blue fold the blueberries in while they’re still frozen. They might need an extra minute or two to cook in the oven, but otherwise the recipe will work the same.

A paleo blueberry muffin ripped in halfIs Almond Flour Healthy?

Almond flour is a delicious and nutrient dense alternative to any other flour. It is low in carbs and high in fat which makes it a great healthy flour that you can feel great about eating.

How to Measure Almond Flour

If you have an electronic kitchen scale at home, it’s best to use it here to measure almond flour. Almond flour can be tricky to measure as it can be easily compacted, even straight from the bag. The same goes for coconut flour too since it’s such an absorbent flour. Even a small measuring error with coconut flour can impact a recipe. So we’ve included the weight in grams here. Any electronic kitchen scale can switch between grams and ounces. Since grams are more precise we’re use that. If you don’t have a scale: whisk almond flour until it’s lightened up and lightly scoop the almond flour or coconut flour into the cup measurement and level it off.

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Paleo Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:20 Total Time 00:30 Yields 9

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (192 grams) almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon (7 grams) coconut flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Zest of 1 lemon (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup blueberries, divided

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line muffin tin with parchment liners.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together almond flour, coconut flour, salt and baking soda.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk to combine eggs, honey, vanilla, applesauce, lemon zest and juice.
  4. Combine wet into dry and stir until fully incorporated. Gently fold in 1/2 blueberries.
  5. Using a muffin scoop or spoon, fill liners with 1/4 cup batter. Place remaining blueberries into the top of batter.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

  1. Recipe originally published in 2014, recipe updated in 2018 and republished with new photos in July 2019.
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Gluten Free Biscuits

These light and fluffy Gluten Free Biscuits come together quickly and are made using a mix of almond flour and coconut flour. They can be made in under 30 minutes, and are perfect on their own or in any recipe that require biscuits!

gf biscuits on a cooling rackGluten Free Biscuit Recipe

These classic Gluten Free Biscuits are so beloved here at Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. We decided it was time to give them their own post dedicated to making this recipe successfully. While we are partial to eating these biscuits on their own, they are also equally great as a shortcake, a cobbler, on top of a soup or made with pumpkin!

Ingredients Needed:

  • Almond flour
  • Tapioca flour or arrowroot powder
  • Coconut flour
  • Baking powder
  • Fine sea salt
  • Butter or Ghee
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Egg

butter being rubbed into almond flour

How the Recipe Has Evolved

This recipe was originally developed in 2014, evolving from a pumpkin biscuit recipe. They’ve been made by hundreds of LCK readers, and countless times in the LCK test kitchen and are tried and true. But in 2019, after we started regularly using a scale to measure our baking flours, we noticed that the biscuits were baking up flatter then usual. It was at this point we discovered how important it was to use a baking scale. But additionally, we discovered that more often than not, when we measure paleo flours in a standard cup measurement, we actually overmeasure it. Which means that when the recipe was developed, we were actually measuring out 1-1/4 cup of flour, instead of just 1 cup of flour. Because of this we have updated this classic recipe to note that if the flour is measured correctly you’ll actually need 1-1/4 cup almond flour (or 120 grams) instead of 1 cup (96 grams).

How to Make These Gluten Free Biscuits

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. Rub the butter into the dry mix until it is completely combined.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the applesauce and the egg and add it to the flour mixture.
  4. Drop biscuits on a sheet tray and bake!

wet batter for gluten free biscuit recipeStorage Instructions

The biscuits are best eaten the day they are made, but you can store them for a few days in the refrigerator and they’ll reheat nicely in a toaster oven! The biscuits are more delicate when they are warm so give them a few minutes to cool after they are toasted up before handling.

Recipes Using these Biscuits

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Gluten Free Biscuits

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 00:30 Yields 6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the almond flour, tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking powder and salt until well blended.
  3. Add the butter to the dry ingredients and using your hands rub the butter into the mix until it is completely combined, with no visible pieces of butter remaining. 
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the applesauce and the egg. Pour it into the butter and flour mixture and combine until a smooth dough forms.
  5. Scoop a scant 1/4 cup dough on prepared baking sheet at least 2" apart, repeat with remaining dough to make 6 biscuits. Bake until light golden, about 15 minutes.
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Gluten-Free Carrot Cake (Easy Sheet Cake)

This Gluten-Free Carrot Cake is so easy to make, has such classic flavors and is perfect to serve a crowd. This healthier, more nutrient dense take on the classic carrot cake is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo friendly and made without any refined sugars! It can be topped with a classic cream cheese frosting, or made dairy-free with homemade fluff. Either way it will be welcome at any celebration or holiday dinner (or just a regular tuesday afternoon)!

Easy Gluten Free Carrot CakeGluten-Free Carrot Cake

We are so in love with this Gluten-Free Carrot Cake! Aside from the fact that this carrot cake is just darn delicious, our version is so much more nutrient dense and healthier than a traditional cake that we don’t feel so ridiculous eating it for breakfast. It’s the perfect cake to serve at a celebration of family holiday and is a breeze to make! The cake itself is also dairy-free and paleo, plus we give options below for changing out the cream cheese frosting..

This Gluten Free Carrot Cake is SO EASY to make because it’s made all in one bowl! So we wanted to keep the rest of the cake simple too by making it a sheet cake. We baked it in a 9×13″ cake pan, but it will work in any similar sized baking dish. We’ve done layer cakes in the past year (see chocolate and vanilla versions) so this just felt like the way to go, though you can bake this as a layer cake if you wanted. In the past we’ve recommended always baking our style of gluten free cakes in 6″ pans because they are slightly more delicate while also being heavier than traditional wheat cake, but this one might work well baked in 2-8″ cake pans if you’d like to make it a layer cake.

Simple gluten free carrot cake

Which gluten free flour is best for cake?

As always we love our favorite blend of almond and coconut flour. It is so moist and tender and really easy to use. Most people wouldn’t be able to tell the cake was gluten free. If you are looking for a nut free cake, check out this recipe here.

Other frosting options:

We’ve opted to top this with a classic cream cheese frosting, but you can feel free to use either a dairy-free cream cheese with this recipe or instead top it with our Marshmallow Fluff recipe which is dairy and refined sugar free. This cake is also delicious by itself and can be served alone, but this gluten-free carrot cake uses less sugar than most carrot cakes so you may notice it more without a frosting.

Gluten fee carrot cake coconut flour

Tips for Making Gluten-Free Cake

  • Sift your almond flour and coconut flour first if they are lumpy. It makes it easier to fully incorporate.
  • Use an electronic kitchen scale if you have one. It makes it easier to measure the gluten free flours, and we’ve included grams in the ingredient list.
  • Gluten free cakes are a little tricker to check when they are done. Some signs to look out for: the cake is nice and golden brown, it has completely puffed up throughout, cracks are not uncommon, when you stick toothpick it it should come out clean, and when you gently press in in the center of the cake it will spring back as opposed to leaving a dent (which is a sign it is underdone).
  • Let the cake cool completely before frosting.
  • The cake can be made up to two days in advance. Leave it at room temperature covered until ready to frost.
  • We direct you to use a parchment paper sling to bake the cake in. If you plan to serve the cake inside of the baking pan you do not need to use this. If you want to take the cake out and serve on a different platter the sling will help you easily take it out of the pan.
  • Once it is frosted it needs to be kept in the refrigerator. It can be assembled up to two days in advance. As most cakes, it will get more moist each day it sits.

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Gluten Free Carrot Cake

Prep Time 00:20 Cook Time 00:45 Inactive Time 04:00 Total Time 05:05 Serves 12-16

Ingredients

For Cake

For Frosting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare a 9" x 13" cake pan or baking dish by coating with cooking spray and making a parchment paper sling. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add the avocado oil, coconut sugar, eggs, almond milk and vanilla extract. Whisk well until fully combined.
  3. To the bowl add the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt and whisk it together until it's fully combined.
  4. Fold in the carrots, pecans, coconut and raisins.
  5. Place batter into the prepared baking dish and smooth down the top with an offset spatula. 
  6. Baking in the middle rack for 45 minutes, or until the top is puffy and the cake springs back when lightly pushed down in the center.
  7. Let cool completely. This step can be done up to two days in advance.

To make the frosting:

  1. With an electric mixer beat the butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the cream cheese and vanilla and beat until the mixture has lightened up, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the salt and sugar and mix on low speed until well blended. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.

To assemble:

  1. Place the frosting in the center of the cake and smooth it over the cake with an offset spatula, creating waves.
  2. If desired top with chopped pecans.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can swap out the avocado oil for another baking oil you have on hand, such as melted coconut oil or light olive oil.
  2. Looking to make a smaller cake? We've included a halved recipe below. You can bake it in either an 8x8" square baking dish, or a 8" cake pan. Baking time will be between 30-35 minutes. Look for a lightly browned top that has puffed up all over and the middle springs back when lightly pushed in.

Ingredients for a half recipe of Gluten Free Carrot Cake:

  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (192g) almond flour
  • 1/2 cup (48g) coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 1-1/2 cup carrots (2 large)
  • 1/2 cup pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)
  • 1/3 cup raisins (optional)
Cream Cheese Frosting:

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 240
Total Fat 16.1g 21%
Saturated Fat 10.1g 51%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 136mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 23.1g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 22.2g
Protein 1.7g

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake WITHOUT Frosting:

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Paleo Fudge (Nut-free)

This Paleo Fudge is a lightened-up chocolate-y treat that is good any time of day and takes less than 10 minutes to whip up! It’s made nut-free with healthy fats and antioxidant rich cocoa powder and is barely sweetened with only a touch of maple syrup. It’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and most important out-of-this-world-good! This will be your NEW favorite fudge recipe, promise.

Easy paleo fudgePaleo Fudge

February calls for chocolate, and this Paleo Fudge doesn’t disappoint! We have a few festive treats planned for you, and we kicked it off with the Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies from yesterday. Like that recipe, this one is also nut-free, which means it’s inclusive for those with nut allergies and you are able to send it to school with your kids. This Paleo Fudge is a treat you can feel good about eating, made with real food but most importantly insanely delicious.

Vegan Paleo Fudge

But this isn’t your average fudge recipe. First off, we call for cocoa powder. We love that it is rich in antioxidants and doesn’t have any added sugar or dairy, but more importantly it’s SO FUDGEY. Second, this one is nut-free. A lot of alternative fudge recipes call for almond butter, including this previous fudge on LCK, but this one uses sunflower butter (or alternatively tahini). Third, we add a bit of coconut flour to help firm up the fudge and give it the perfect texture. We discovered, and fell in love with that trick while testing for our PB & J Fat Bombs. And finally we love the added healthy fats thanks to the coconut oil. Having a piece of this fudge as a snack will definitely give you some energy that will last for a while!

While this fudge cannot stay for hours at room temperature, it will last for quite a while outside of the refrigerator and they don’t need to be stored in the freezer, and we like that!

Paleo fudge nut free

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Paleo Fudge

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:03 Total Time 00:08 (plus chilling time) Yields 12 pieces

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a medium pot, melt together coconut oil, maple syrup, salt and cocoa powder. Stir until it has all melted and combined.
  2. Add sunflower butter, coconut flour and vanilla extract and whisk together.
  3. Line a 7.5” by 5” container, or a similar size, with a parchment paper sling (for easy removal) and pour the chocolate mixture inside.
  4. Smooth the top and refrigerate until set at least 2 hours, but preferable 6 hours.
  5. Using the sling, remove the fudge mixture and slice to 12-16 pieces. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy within 10 days.

Recipe Notes

  1. This recipe also works, and was tested with tahini (sesame seed paste). It has a slightly different taste to it, but still delicious so feel free to swap that in for equal portions if desired.
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