Cinnamon Raisin Harvest Muffins

My friend at work has been eating whole foods and trying new recipes for her family. She asked me if I knew of a healthy cinnamon-raisin recipe of some kind. She got me thinking…

Since I have been eating Paleo, I miss things like cinnamon raisin toast, oatmeal and raisins, and even Raisin Bran. What I really wanted was that sweet cinnamon-raisin taste without the grains, dairy and refined sugars.

I came up with this paleo and gluten-free muffin recipe after a few failed attempts to get just the right cinnamon and raisin flavor I was longing for. The first batch wasn’t too bad, but not great. I don’t want to post an average recipe on my blog. I really want it to be exceptional so you’ll try it and come back for more! So I went back to work in the kitchen for more experiments and family taste tests. [av_sidebar widget_area=’Lockerdome’ av_uid=’av-2boisg’]

I’m very happy with this cinnamon-raisin muffin recipe now. I added a shredded apple and the raw maple syrup which really helped bring everything together. And a lot more raisins. Dried fruit is not especially Paleo I know, but my son said, if you’re gonna make a raisin muffin mom, there should be some in every bite. Good point. And besides, the raisins seem to soak up a little of the maple flavor to make every bite that much more wonderful. So now I’m all in with the raisins in this recipe. Plus both my son and hubby wanted a little more spice, so I notched that up a bit too.

I know its summertime, but the aroma and flavors of these muffins remind me of a fall harvest…the fact we live in Arizona and it’s 110 degrees right now may have something to do with it.

But healthy and hearty muffins are always in season if you ask me. I hope you give this easy paleo muffin recipe a try sometime and let me know what you think!

Cinnamon Raisin Harvest Muffins Recipe

Cinnamon Raisin Harvest Muffins Recipe


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 peeled, cored apple - shredded
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 2 cups of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 tbs of coconut flour
  • 1 tbs of cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • Coconut sugar, cinnamon & extra raisins to sprinkle on muffin tops after baking if desired


  1. Stir all dry ingredients together in a bowl (except raisins)
  2. In a larger bowl, mix together all wet ingredients
  3. Shred with a cheese grater one peeled and cored apple. Add to wet ingredients
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and blend well
  5. Stir in the raisins
  6. Pour mixture into silicon or paper cups in a muffin tin
  7. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for approx. 20-23 minutes (check for doneness with a toothpick)
  8. Remove muffin tin from oven and lightly sprinkle muffin tops with a dry mixture of equal parts coconut sugar and cinnamon powder while still warm. Place a few extra raisins on top of each muffin if desired
  9. Allow to cool before enjoying
  10. Makes about 12 muffins
  11. Keep remaining muffins covered in refrigerator, or freeze and reheat later in a microwave



Join the Conversation

  1. I would love to know what I could substitute the Almond Flour? I am allergic to Almond and a few other nuts. Thank you! I look forward to being able to try these.

    1. Hi Corey…I’d suggest trying either oat flour or sesame seed flour. However, I don’t how much of either of those you’d need to sub out the coconut flour in this particular recipe, but at least I hope that points you in the right direction. Thanks much for visiting paleo newbie!

  2. Carrie Dunning says:

    I made these for my Paleo-loving brother and after he had one, he asked if I’d bring him a batch every time I came to visit. I added walnuts and sunflower seeds, so yummy! You’re the best, Trina. Your recipes are still my absolute go-to ones! :)

    1. Thank you Carrie! I’m so happy your brother enjoyed! I love your addition of sunflower seeds and walnuts. Yum! :)

  3. They seem delicious! Cant wait to try them!
    I’m from the Netherlands though and it’s nearly impossible to find any coconut flour, is there something I can replace it with?

    1. Thassia, Wow, that’s a bummer! I can’t give you a sub since coconut flour is so different than other flours. My banana chocolate chip muffins are all almond flour though. Maybe that’s worth a try? :)

  4. Can I make these in a regular pan, instead of a muffin pan? I currently only have one muffin pan that makes 6 muffins, but I really want to make this! TIA!

    1. I think they would be fine in whatever type of pan you use. Let me know how it goes!

  5. Hi there! I featured this recipe on my healthy fall recipe round up today. Thanks for the great inspiration!

    1. Thanks so much for including the harvest muffins Chrissa…those are good! Appreciate the shout out! :)

  6. So does this recipe taste like coconuts? I see a lot of coconut ingredients. Just wondering if tjey take away from the intended flavor of the muffins or whatnot.

    1. No, they taste like apple, spice and everything nice :)

  7. I made these twice they are so so so good! Perfect for when you are looking for a satisfying treat!!

    1. Thank you Deana! :)

  8. I’m going to try these with cashew flour, instead of almond since that’s what I tolerate better. I’ll let you know how it goes! I made some carrot ones recently in a similar fashion and ate every one down to the last bite. Yum!

    1. Great idea Kris! That’s great info to share for people with allergies to Almond flour. Thank you! :)

  9. Baked these last night! Yummy!! I had to substitute craisins for the raisins because that’s what was on hand. Shared these with friends as well and they are in love! Cannot wait to try more of your delicious recipes!

    1. Thank you Crystal! I’m so glad you shared with your friends. I love getting people to try paleo recipes so the can see it’s just great food! I hope you find more recipes to enjoy! :)

  10. Can You use Apple sauce instead of the shredded Apple?

    1. Sure! :)

  11. Umm… these are UH-mazing! I have just recently started to eat paleo and am so far loving it! I’m testing out a ton of recipes to see what works for our family. My 1 year old was practically gouging my eyes out for more of these!

    1. Jessica, That’s awesome! Gotta give the kid some credit. Kids know good food. :) Seriously, I’m glad you’re trying Paleo. It’s a gift of health you will be providing for your family. Kudos to YOU!:)

  12. Trina, congratulations! I was so excited to see one of your recipes on the Civilized Caveman weekly meal plan. What’s more, this is a recipe of yours that I haven’t tried yet. I think I’ll have to remedy that this weekend. :)

    1. Thanks Lori! They featured our Sweet Potato Sloppy Joe’s a while back and we are happy to be a part of it! Hope you enjoy. :)

  13. Delicious! Recipe came out perfectly. The muffins are flavorful, moist, and not egg flavored. Nothing needs to be added or subtracted, but I will add walnuts next time.

    1. Yay Staci! We love these too! And nuts would be an awesome addition to the recipe! Thank you so much for your comment! :)

  14. Trina, I LOVE this photo!

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