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Coffee Cake Muffins (Paleo, Vegan + Nut-Free Option)

There is just something I’ve always loved about muffins. They’re the perfect size and portable, making them a great make ahead or meal prep item, and these Paleo, Gluten-Free + Refined Sugar-Free coffee cake muffins hit the spot every time! There’s also a Nut-Free option in case you need that as well!

Horizontal overhead image of coffee cake muffins spread out on marble. Some on marble, some on plates. Drizzled with coconut butter on top.

How do you make egg-free muffins?

I’ve been eating eggs again while I’ve been pregnant, but for the couple years prior I had stopped eating them. This recipe was born out of my desire to have something that felt like a bakery-made muffin, but in a way that I could enjoy it. I use coconut butter and applesauce to act as binders and give the texture and consistency of something baked with eggs. You’ll really enjoy these coffee cake muffins!

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Can these coffee cake muffins be made nut-free?

YES! The only nuts used in this recipe are the pecans in the topping, which can easily be omitted to keep these muffins entirely nut-free! I opted for cassava flour, which is a great nut-free and gluten/grain-free baking flour.

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Tips for baking with cassava flour

As mentioned, cassava flour is a great nut-free and gluten/grain-free baking flour! It is often touted as a 1:1 replacement for traditional wheat flour. However, I find it is a denser flour though. You definitely want to make sure to whisk the flour in the bag before measuring it out for any recipe. Otherwise, in this case, your muffins will turn out overly dense and not get the rise you want.

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If you’re meal prepping or want a make ahead snack or treat to have on hand, these coffee cake muffins are going to hit the spot! Leave a comment below to let us know how it goes. Also, take a pic to share on Instagram, and tag us @realsimplegood so we can see! Make sure to give us a follow if you don’t already. Let’s stay connected!

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Coffee Cake Muffins (Paleo, Vegan + Nut-Free Option)

5 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
These Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free + Refined Sugar-Free coffee cake muffins hit the spot every time! There's a Nut-Free option in case you need that as well!
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  • Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit, and line a muffin pan with parchment liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cassava flour, baking powder and sea salt with a fork from the muffin ingredients.
  • Using the fork, "cut" coconut butter and oil into dry ingredients until small bits form.
  • Add coconut milk, maple syrup, apple sauce and apple cider vinegar and mix with fork until combined. Fold in blueberries if using.
  • Transfer cake mixture into prepared muffin pan, filling each cup up about 2/3 of the way. Spread out with your hands into an even layer.
  • Make the topping by combining all the topping ingredients in the bowl you just used and mix until clumps form. Don't overmix – you want it crumbly.
  • Sprinkle topping over each muffin, and transfer to the oven. Bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Serve and enjoy. You can drizzle some extra coconut butter if you want! We love it best served a little warm, so we usually remove from the parchment liner and re-heat for about 10 seconds in the microwave.
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10 thoughts on “Coffee Cake Muffins (Paleo, Vegan + Nut-Free Option)

  • The best ever coffee cake muffins! My 16 year old daugher who is at times hesitant of my healthy cooking, LOVED these muffins! She does not like nuts so that was an easy modification.

    • So happy to hear these muffins were a hit! Thanks so much for giving them a try and also for coming back to share your experience! We appreciate your support! 🙂

  • Loved this recipe! I swapped in a different GF 1:1 ratio flour and they still tasted amazing. And that drizzle is NOT to be missed.

    • Hooray! So glad to hear it was a hit and that your GF flour worked just as well. And agreed on the drizzle! 😉 Thanks so much for trying our recipe and taking the time to come back and rate/review! We really appreciate it!

  • These look amazing!!! Don’t have any cassava flour on hand so wanted your thoughts on making with almond flour or better to wait until I get the cassava? Thank you!!!!!

    • It’s definitely best to wait and use casssava flour for these, as it is very different than almond flour. Let us know how it goes once you try them :).

  • These don’t just look good, they are insanely delicious! And super easy to make (I am NOT a baker). I topped them with a little bit of coconut cream and maple syrup. I will be making these A LOT! And I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

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