Cinnamon Streusel Muffins (Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan)

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins (Keto, Paleo, Vegan)

Soft cinnamon muffins with a flavor-packed cinnamon sugar streusel topping. Unbelievably gluten/grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free and sugar-free! (Low-Carb/Keto, Paleo & Vegan) Jump to RecipeCinnamon Streusel Muffins (Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan)

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins made healthier: Grain & Sugar-Free

Streusel Muffins are The BEST muffins. Crumbly, crispy, cinnamon-laced goodness atop a fluffy warm muffin. The aroma is simply heavenly! The taste – INCREDIBLE.

Conventional streusel recipes use a mixture of flour, butter and sugar for that crisp crumbly topping. But now it got a complete healthy makeover. No gluten/grains, dairy or sugar of any kind.

Low in sugar and carbs, these muffins are a wholesome treat with a great source fiber to keep you from those blood sugar swings. Not to mention protein-rich for a filling (& hearty) breakfast (or dessert!)

Can you believe these are keto approved?!! (And Paleo, and Vegan, too!)

But you don’t have to have a special diet to LOVE these keto cinnamon streusel muffins. Just ask my kids who are NOT GF/DF/SF 😉

These soft but hearty muffins make the perfect grab and go breakfast! They’re kid-friendly, freezer-friendly, and easy to make with simple ingredients.

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I’ve been in full on recipe testing mode the past weeks since I announced… I’M WRITING A COOKBOOK! Ekk! Did you hear the news over on Insta

One of the recipes I’ve been trying to perfect is cake. Bonafide, real deal CAKE. Did you know I have NEVER posted a cake or muffin recipe on Pretty Pies.. EVER.

Why? Because when you take away gluten, grains, butter, dairy, eggs, AND sugar, it gets REALLY tricky!

Raw/no-bake cakes are MUCH more forgiving. Easy peasy compared to paleo/vegan/keto baking.

Baking is a SCIENCE and there are so many variables in play to achieve that soft crumb that has enough rise, a good texture, etc.

I’m SO EXCITED that I FINALLY cracked the grain-free/egg-free/sugar-free baking code! And trust me, it took a LOT of trial and error.

I was able to achieve a fluffy, moist muffin that’s not too dense, doesn’t sink in, holds together, has a fabulous texture. And best of all TASTES LIKE A “REAL” MUFFIN. Cinnamon Streusel Muffins (Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan)

The Shockingly Sugar-Free STREUSEL

This is THE BEST part of the muffin. I am OBSESSED. (It’s almost my pecan sandies recipe, but in crumb form! <–a personal FAV)

  • It’s crispy.
  • Crumbly.
  • Sort of like a snickerdoodle.
  • Aromatic and flavor PACKED with warm cinnamon and toasted pecans.
  • Textured with crunchy bits of nuts combined with the buttery “sugar” mixture. Ahhhh I LOVE IT.

And SUPER quick & easy to make too! Just blitz together a few ingredients in a food processor for FIVE SECONDS. See the before and after:Cinnamon Streusel Topping (Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan) Cinnamon Streusel Topping (Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan)

Grain-FREE Baking Answers

You may look at the recipe and think.. Emily, WHY did you use so many ingredients?

I know. I TRIED and tested this recipe with fewer ingredients, but it wasn’t right.

I found that it was absolutely necessary to achieve the right texture by using a combination of these 3 “flours.”

  1. Almond Flour – for a neutral wheat flour replacement. For best results (a cake/muffin that doesn’t sink) it needs to be combined with another flour.
  2. Tapioca Flour – for lightness and rise (but you can’t use too much or it gets gummy! + adds too many carbs)
  3. Ground Flaxseed – to add a filling, fiber and protein-rich softness. And to ensure they don’t fall apart! It’s the perfect binder.

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins (Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan)

A Must-Try Paleo Baking HACK!

When baking with almond flour, which is heavy, it can have trouble getting as much rise as conventional muffins.

But one way I found to help them not sink in the middle is to cool them very very gradually.

You’ll see in the recipe instructions that you actually leave the muffins in the oven after they’re done baking – with the heat turned off  – for about 10 extra minutes.

This method also helps the streusel topping not burn or get too dark, and helps the muffin stay light and moist, but not too wet inside (since they do continue to cook while cooling.)Cinnamon Streusel Muffins (Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan)

How to bake SUGAR-FREE

This was an easy swap this time. Instead of regular sugar, monk fruit granules make the perfect low-carb replacement. The flavor and consistency were spot-on.

**Great news** You can find monk fruit at even more places now! They just launched in Costco stores nationwide! Woot!

And don’t forget you can use my discounts for buying monk fruit & ingredients online:

How to bake EGG-FREE

I used a “flax egg” to make these egg-free. Flaxseed makes a wonderful binder in baking. I prefer the flavor of regular/brown (*NOT golden) flaxseed. I find golden to be too strong/overpowering.

I buy ground flaxseed at ALDI (my favorite store!) And it was on sale for under TWO DOLLARS this week. Woohoo!

Plus, the flax adds tons of fiber and a nutty, hearty texture. ps. You can’t taste any flax in there. Just sweet cinnamon goodness!

Note: You may also use a regular egg, if you like. Simply sub the 1 Tbs flax + 1/2 cup water with 1 egg + 1/4 cup water.

How to bake DAIRY-FREE

It’s the magic of coconut oil! My personal fave is this buttery flavor coconut oil I found at Thrive Market to keep that YUMMY flavor.

Buttery coconut oil is refined coconut oil with butter flavor and it is ahhmaaazing on baked goods (especially one of my infamous CLASSIC SCONES after it’s warmed a little. Sooo good!)Cinnamon Streusel Muffins (Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan)

Do you know the muffin man? 😉

Your girl, Em is the new muffin man, haha. And I’m definitely going to be testing out MORE muffin and cake recipes in the future. So if you have specific recipes you wanna see, drop them in the comments! What type of muffin do you want?

If you make this recipe, be sure to leave a star rating below and tag me on Instagram  so I can see!

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Cinnamon Streusel Muffins (Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan)

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Soft cinnamon muffins with a flavor-packed cinnamon sugar streusel topping. Unbelievably gluten/grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free and sugar-free! (Low-Carb/Keto, Paleo & Vegan)
4.75 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 muffins
Author: Emily


Streusel Topping

  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • 3 Tbs fine almond flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbs monk fruit granules
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs + 2 tsp buttery coconut oil



To prepare:

  • Make a flax egg by mixing 1 Tbs flaxseed with 1/2 cup water in a small bowl. Set aside to thicken.
  • Preheat the oven to 325. Line a muffin tin with parchment wrappers. (I sprayed with avocado oil to be sure nothing would stick)

To make the streusel:

  • Pulse together all ingredients in a food processor until large crumbs form. It only takes a few seconds.

To make the muffins:

  • Whisk together dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add oil and vanilla to the prepared flax mixture.
  • Pour wet over dry and gently mix by folding the batter until the flour is moistened. (batter will be a little thick)
  • Scoop batter into prepared wrappers and press gently with a spatula.
  • Top each muffin batter with a scoop of streusel and gently press to help it adhere.
  • Bake for 25-28 minutes until a toothpick comes out mostly clean and the tops spring back. *Important* Turn the oven off, but leave the muffins in for another 5-10 minutes to cool gradually to prevent sinking.
  • Enjoy!


To store: Store in an airtight container with a paper towel at room temp for about 4 days, or refrigerated for 1 week, or frozen tightly wrapped for 2 months.
This recipe makes 6 large muffins, but can easily be doubled. Or make as mini muffins if you want to reduce the carbs per serving. Adjust the baking time as needed (I would try 10 minutes)
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Approx Macros:

    • Calories 329
    • Fat 30 g
    • Total Carb 23.3 g
    • Fiber 4.6 g
    • Sugar Alcohol 13 g
    • Net Carb 5.5 g
    • Protein 7 g

Want more breakfast treats? Check out these reader faves: Keto DONUT HOLES! Blueberry, Cinnamon Sugar and Lemon Glazed!


    • Emily

      Thanks! Yes butter should work fine. Just keep an eye on the tops because it may brown faster. You could always add a foil cover at the end if needed 🙂

      Let me know if you try them! Hope you enjoy

    • Martha Nichols

      I ordered Monkfruit and buttery coconut oil just to make these. The recipe sounded so delish. I made them this morning. I was so disappointed. They sunk in the middle. Like a crater. And I cooked them an extra 10 min and they still weren’t done in the middle. I was concerned about the measurements for the flax egg. I have never used that much water to make flax eggs. The flax egg never got thick. The standard recipe for flax eggs is 1T flax seed meal to 2 1/2T of water. But I made these following this recipe.

      • Emily

        I’m so sorry that happened! Sinking might be from opening the oven too frequently/temperature fluctuation. That’s why I recommend cooling gradually in the oven.
        Sometimes it also happens from over mixing the batter, expired baking soda or variations in measuring ingredients.
        The flax egg is combined with the other water in the recipe just to save a step.
        I hope your muffins are still salvageable. Sorry they didn’t turn out the was you hoped. 🙁

    • Emily

      Yes you can. The texture is a little different but still good. Add 1 Tbs tapioca and 2 Tbs flaxseed to make up for the lost volume.

      Use about 1/4 tsp for 50% mogroside extract monk fruit and 1/2 tsp for 30%, —assuming you have Lakanto brand monk fruit extract (I’m not 100% sure on other brands – but you can taste and adjust before baking)

      For the topping, it won’t be able to make the cinnamon “sugar” taste and texture without the granules, but you can still make a streusel. I would sub finely ground coconut flakes for the granules. Just a pinch of pure extract should be enough to sweeten.

      Hope that helps!

      • Carene

        Thanks so much!! I actually have pure granulated monk fruit not extract but I get the idea with the tapioca flour and flax seeds. I’ll have to try it!! Thanks so much for your help 🙂

  • Kim

    Love your recipes. I have made several! In making these, I used buttery coconut oil instead of normal coconut oil and the muffins didn’t harden up. The flax egg was running and not thick; I melted the oil a little because it was so thick when I tried to mix it in the flax egg mixture – how do you usually do that. I am going to hope they harden up a little after they cool down. I will definitely be trying again – LOVE CINNAMON!

    • Emily

      Hi! Sorry that something went wrong! I do use melted (warm) coconut oil. Melt it in the microwave and pour it into the flax while still warm (just before mixing with the dry ingredients)

      This flax mixture won’t thicken up like a regular flax egg since it has extra water included that is needed for the recipe. But I do let the flax mixture sit for several minutes while mixing the dry ingredients.

      Sometimes baking times can vary depending on the size of the muffin. Maybe they just needed a little extra time.
      Hope that helps!

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