Easy Cinnamon Bun Flaxseed Muffins are a low-carb nutritional powerhouse! This healthy baking idea is gluten-free, low in sugar, and good for breakfast or snack time!
This is a great keto recipe! Other healthy breakfast ideas include Banana Almond Butter Muffins and Easy Oatmeal Bars.
Healthy Alert! These Cinnamon Bun Flaxseed Breakfast Muffins pack a hearty amount of nutritional goodness in every bite! Plus, they're low in sugar, so they don't taste overly sweet, but they're totally satisfying.
They're also gluten-free! You can even make them Keto if you like!
Are Flax Muffins Good for You?
If you need a little fiber in your diet, and let's be honest, who doesn't! Yes, Flax Muffins are good for you. Fiber has so many benefits besides keeping you regular, like:
- Fiber slows the rate that sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream, which keeps your blood sugar levels from rising too fast. Awesome!
- It lowers cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber found in beans, oats, flaxseed, and oat bran may lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein or "bad" cholesterol levels. Good news!
- Aids in achieving a healthy weight. No empty calories here! High-fiber foods tend to be a bit more filling than low-fiber processed foods, so you're likely to eat less and stay satisfied longer, which helps with weight loss.
So yes, lots of benefits, but kids and grown-ups like these low-carb muffins, so let's get to the easy recipe!
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
If your dietary requirements need it, this low carb muffin does not contain all-purpose flour, almond flour, or coconut flour but does contain healthy fats in coconut oil.
- Ground flaxseeds - these are also called milled flaxseed or flax meal. They add a pleasant, earthy flavor and satisfying texture to these homemade muffins. You can usually find them in the baking aisle in the grocery store, and Costco often carries them.
- Honey or brown sugar - either works well in the recipe to create a slightly sweet muffin. You can also substitute maple syrup.
- Ground cinnamon - gives the muffins a sweet, woody flavor and makes them reminiscent of sweet cinnamon buns. You can also add a small amount of nutmeg if you'd like.
- Baking powder and baking soda - are used as leavening agents. Just make sure they're fresh. You'll omit the baking soda if using brown sugar as your sweetener.
- Eggs - acts as the binder in the recipe.
- Pure Vanilla extract - enhances the flavors of other ingredients like sugar and flaxseeds.
- Coconut oil - works as a butter substitute and makes this recipe vegan.
How to make Flax Muffins
This easy breakfast makes 12 flax muffins, so if you want, you can double the recipe and freeze some for later!
It's always smart to cook/bake once and eat twice!
This Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookie recipe is proof of that! It's so nice to have a few waiting in the freezer when a craving strikes!
First, you need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. (180 c). Then, you can either get out your silicone muffin pan, as we like to do or line a muffin pan with paper liners.
In a large bowl, you need to combine your dry ingredients. Whisk your flaxseeds with cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Next, it's time to mix your wet ingredients. Place eggs, water, melted coconut oil, vanilla, and honey in a blender. Blend on high speed for about 30 seconds either in a blender or food processor.
PRO TIP: If your coconut oil is solid, melt it slightly in the microwave.
You should whip your mixture until foamy.
Now, mix your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients with a spatula just until combined.
The batter will be a little fluffy.
Place the batter in your muffin pan, filling each cup almost to the top—about 90 percent. We like to use a cookie scoop, which makes it way easy!
Bake for approximately 13-15 minutes. You can check by inserting a toothpick in the middle, and if it comes out clean, they're done.
Finally, take your muffins out of the pan and let them cool on a cooling rack.
Now, it's time to bite into your delicious flax muffin recipe!
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- If you use erythritol or stevia, these work as Keto Flaxseed Muffins or Keto snacks!
- These Healthy Muffins freeze well, so they're a great make-ahead breakfast or snack.
- The decorative fruit topping is optional but does give them a little personality!
How to Make Keto Flaxseed Muffins
As mentioned, you can totally make this a low carb option and Keto-friendly by using erythritol or stevia instead of sugar or honey.
- Add ⅓ cup erythritol to the dry ingredients or ¾ teaspoon liquid stevia to the wet ingredients. Then you'll have the perfect keto snack when done
How to Freeze
It's easy to freeze these flax muffins and get them out when ready to eat. Place baked muffins in a freezer bag or airtight container, and keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Either microwave for a few seconds to defrost or place in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
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Cinnamon Bun Flaxseed Muffins Recipe
- muffin tin
- mixing bowl
- Spatula or cooking spoon
- 2 cups ground flaxseeds
- ⅓ cup honey (or ½ cup brown sugar)
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda (omit if using brown sugar)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 5 large eggs
- ⅓ cup water (room temperature *)
- ⅓ cup coconut oil (melted)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Line the muffin pan with paper liners or get out the silicone baking pan if using.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flaxseeds, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Place eggs, water, oil, vanilla, and honey in a blender. Blend on high speed for about 30 seconds. The mixture should be whipped until slightly foamy.
- Now, mix wet ingredients into your dry ingredients with a spatula just until incorporated. The batter will be a little fluffy.
- Place the batter in your muffin pan, filling each cup almost to the top. About 90 percent. Bake for approximately 13-15 minutes. You can check by inserting a toothpick in the middle, and if it comes out clean, they're done.
- Wait 2 minutes, then take muffins out of muffin pan and cool for 15 minutes on a cooling rack. Enjoy!
I tried these muffins and absolutely loved them! I added more honey to mine 1/2 cup of honey instead of 1/3 just because I love sweetness. Would this recipe work if I add blueberries?
Erin Henry says
Glad you loved the recipe, Nadia. We haven't tried it with blueberries, but that sounds delicious.
Janet k says
Erin Henry says
No, Janet. This is a nice recipe for those with allergies or sensitivities since it doesn't contain flour.
Could I substitute grape seed oil for coconut oil?
Erin Henry says
Although we haven't tried it, Janet, we think that would work just fine. Let us know how it goes.
Just made these today as mini muffins. Delicious! I love the texture and the aroma of cinnamon.
Erin Henry says
Awesome, Kamilia! Mini muffins sound wonderful! Thanks for the tip!
We are all about some good healthy and hearty muffins like these! All I need are these muffins and a cup of coffee in the morning and I'll be all set. Love all the protein and fiber in them too!
Yep! This is a nice muffin recipe to enjoy with a tall cup of coffee. Perfect for breakfast or midday snack 🙂
Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says
My kids are little muffin munchkins so I definitely need to try these! I'm sure I'll be sneaking one in the morning too 🙂
We all need a little fiber and these muffins deliver! I sneak them all the time!