Lemon Muffins (Grain-free, gluten-free)

Healthier grain-free and gluten-free lemon muffins with an amazing pound cake-like texture!

 These lemon muffins are gluten-free and grain-free and taste like pound cake! | texanerin.com

Here’s one for our gluten-free friends. I feel like I’ve been neglecting you lately and for that, I’m sorry!

Gluten-free and especially grain-free baking is always an adventure and this one ended up as pound cake muffins. Yup, the texture is pretty similar to pound cake. They aren’t fluffy but have this slightly dense, yet pleasant, thing going on.

With all the snow and gray depressing skies, I wanted to make something bright and cheery. And all lemony things qualify as cheery, right?! Other people are talking about the first signs of spring and well, I’m just going to pretend with these muffins.

Grain-free and gluten-free lemon muffins that taste just like pound cake! | texanerin.com

Baking with almond flour is pretty cool sometimes. Not only did it result in bright yellow muffins (whole wheat would have made them look pretty drab, I think) but it lets the lemon flavor really shine through. I suppose you could also use almond meal in them, but then don’t blame me when they have little brown specks. Brown specks just don’t belong in my cheery muffins. ;)

And one more thing. The lemon glaze isn’t optional! It makes the lemon flavor pop even more so don’t leave it out. The muffins aren’t that sweet so the glaze helps them achieve that “naughty muffin” taste. I rarely use powdered sugar but I haven’t found a way around it in glazes. Anyone have an idea how to make a processed sugar free lemon glaze?

I only made these yesterday but they’re just as good today as they were out of the oven. Another plus for almond flour!

Grain- / Gluten-free Lemon Muffins

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Lemon Muffins (Grain-free, gluten-free)
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  • Yield: 8 muffins

Ingredients

    Muffins:

  • 96 grams (~1 cup but please weigh!) almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons (16 grams) coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup (56 grams) coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons (60 grams) honey
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon milk, any kind
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract or vanilla extract
  • Lemon glaze:

  • up to 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • up to 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a muffin pan with 8 muffin liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (almond flour through salt) and set this aside.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients.
  4. Add the dry mix to the wet and stir just until combined. Do not over mix! That will result in a bad texture.
  5. Bake for 15 - 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and the muffins are firm to the touch. Let them cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then turn the muffins out onto a wire rack to cool.
  6. For the glaze, put 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in a bowl and stir in enough powdered sugar to get the glaze the consistency you want (you'll probably use ½ cup powdered sugar). Add more lemon juice, if needed. It should be thick but still easy to drizzle. Drizzle over the muffins and store in an air-tight container.

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  • Tammy says
    June 9, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

    Hi Erin… These look so DELISH! But please help…. I live in South Africa and can’t find Almond flour anywhere :( Could I use Coconut flour instead? Or whey protein or ANYTHING else???? Ur help will be greatly appreciated

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    • Erin replies to Tammy
      June 9, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

      Thanks, Tammy! Sorry that you can’t find almond flour. Almond flour and coconut flour are unfortunately not interchangeable at all (there’s no sub for coconut flour) :( You could use any type of nut flour or meal! Almond meal, cashew meal, hazelnut meal or whatever else you can find / make. The only thing is that a different type of flour will affect the taste and since I’ve only used almond flour here, I can’t say if it’d be a good change or not! I’d suggest making your own almond flour. Here’s a recipe. Good luck! :)

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  • Judy says
    May 24, 2014 @ 11:16 pm

    Because of health reasons (diabetes), I would rather not use honey. I have alternative sweeteners-xylitol, erythritol, and Stevia.

    What would be the best option to replace the honey?

    Thanks!

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    • Erin replies to Judy
      May 25, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

      I haven’t tried using any of those sweeteners so I’m afraid I’m not much of a help! Sorry about that. Do you have any of those sweeteners available in liquid form? If you do, and you’ve used them in place of other liquid sweeteners before, I don’t see why they wouldn’t work here. Sorry again not to have a definite answer for you!

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  • wendy says
    March 22, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

    HI Erin! This looks delicious! I am going to make them this weekend. One thing I wanted to comment on is that the Costco where I live (Seattle, WA) now carries coconut flour and Honeyville almond flour! Also, chia seeds, flaxseeds, coconut oil, gluten free flour! So, for all you blog readers, check it out and see if they carry it in yours. It sure does make healthy baking more affordable…

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    • Erin replies to wendy
      March 22, 2014 @ 6:02 pm

      Thanks so much for the tips, Wendy! I’ll be sure to mention this in my next grain-free recipe. I’m sure people will appreciate the info! Do you happen to know if Honeyville is cheaper at Costco than on Amazon? Because I know people are going to ask. ;) Thanks again and I hope you’ll enjoy the muffins! :)

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  • HOMA BOTOR says
    March 5, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

    I went to Whole foods and all I found was almond meal/flour. Would that be the same thing or is there a different brand out there that’s strictly almond flour?

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    • Erin replies to HOMA BOTOR
      March 5, 2014 @ 9:48 pm

      Almond flour is made from blanched almonds. Sometimes they refer to it as meal / flour so the whole thing is pretty confusing. Just make sure it’s blanched (no skin) and you’ll be fine! :) I live in Germany where it’s a common thing but from everything I’ve read, Honeyville almond flour is the best in the US. Only problem is that it’s super expensive.

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  • Elysia says
    February 14, 2014 @ 9:16 am

    These look lovely! I too have (shockingly) never used almond flour. Almond meal, yes, just not flour. Which is funny because I’ve used just about every other gluten-free flour out there! My faves are buckwheat, sorghum, quinoa, and teff (get the ivory if you can!). I’ve tried making muffins out of mostly coconut flour but the texture is just too dense and fiberous for me. So I love that this is grain-free and has the added nutrition of the coconut flour without relying on it completely. Almond flour is very expensive but some of my local health food stores have started carrying in the bulk bins so it’s cheaper. You can also make your own using blanched almonds but you need to have a real grinder or else it won’t be fine enough. I’ve also heard a Vitamix will work.

    If you want a fluffier muffin you could try replacing 1/2 or 1/3 of the almond flour with quinoa flour. And apple cider vinegar always helps. Usually you’d add it at a ratio of 1 Tbsp per cup of milk, mix them together & let curdle for 5 mins. Since this recipe just has a small amount of milk, I’d mix the milk and yogurt together with a tsp ACV, reduce baking powder to 1/2 tsp & add 1/4 tsp baking soda since you’d now have more than enough acid.

    Baking by weight is the way to go! Especially with gluten-free – makes a huge difference!

    Re glaze… I have a cookbook that gives directions on how to make powdered sugar out of coconut palm sugar and cornstarch, I believe. I’ll try to remember to find the recipe… Coconut sugar is the only sugar I use! Other than molasses and raw honey. Bakes beautifully and is so much healthier than regular sugar. And super yummy tasting!
    :) :)

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    • Erin replies to Elysia
      February 15, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

      Thanks for your tips! I don’t like baked goods made with only coconut flour, either. The texture is awful!

      I think these muffins have the perfect texture, almost like a gluten-filled pound cake, but I’ll keep your ideas in mind for future baked goods!

      I already make powdered coconut sugar (in a coffee grinder) but my problem with using that on something lemony is that the the flavors don’t mesh. At least for me! It’s like bright lemon flavor and then this dark, almost caramel-taste. It’s probably the only flavor I won’t use coconut sugar with.

      Thanks again for your comment! :)

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      • Elysia replies to Erin
        February 16, 2014 @ 2:19 am

        Oh yeah good point about the deeper flavor of the coconut sugar. I just realized I guess I haven’t made anything lemony since I used white sugar! I have found that the blonde coconut sugar is milder in flavor. I also just read, in one of my sugar-free cookbooks, about Swerve. I haven’t tried it but apparently it comes in a powdered version. In case it’s helpful… :)

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        • Erin replies to Elysia
          February 17, 2014 @ 8:22 pm

          I don’t have access to Swerve (I actually don’t have a problem with powdered sugar but I avoid it if possible ;)) but I know another blogger who uses it all the time and swears by it! And blonde coconut sugar?! I didn’t know that that even existed. Thanks so much for the tip! Definitely going to look into it. :)

  • Kelly
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    August 9, 2013 @ 1:24 am

    Thank you for including weights in your list of ingredients – I believe a cup or Tbs can differ depending on where you live in the world. I’m in Aus :)
    PS: often people who choose to not eat grains also avoid processed sugar – so maybe a honey-based glaze option? Thanks again for sharing your passion & creativity Erin xx

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    • Erin replies to Kelly
      August 10, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

      Thanks for the idea, Kelly! I’ll try to think of a honey-based glaze fur future grain-free recipes. And no problem with including the weights! The entire world except for the US uses metric so I have no idea why other people don’t include it. ;)

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  • Briget
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    May 25, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    These are wonderful! I’ve just gone grain-free this past month and have been experimenting with baking – these are the first that have turned out well. Not soggy or tasteless! I did use Splenda since I’m diabetic (and skipped the glaze) Also I don’t have any coconut flour yet so I used flaxseed. Not such a pretty muffin but delicious and just right for breakfast. Thank you!

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    • Erin replies to Briget
      May 25, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

      Whoa, flax seed worked as a sub?! That’s crazy. And awesome. :) I never would have thought of trying that! I’m so happy to hear that the muffins came out well and that you finally have something yummy to eat during this grain-free month! Thanks a ton for the feedback and the rating. :)

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  • Charlotte Moore says
    May 14, 2013 @ 3:13 am

    I posted Saturday that I made these muffins. Welllll, Sunday the 2 people that would be the ones to eat them had their chance and they loved them. One said it had more of a cake texture than the others I had made before. They both loved them and I sent each of them home with the extra. So I never did get to try one cold. Guess I will have to make them again. Oh well!!!! Thanks for the recipe.

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    • Erin replies to Charlotte Moore
      May 14, 2013 @ 9:10 am

      Woohoo! So happy that they liked the texture. :) And that was awfully nice of you to send them home with extras rather than trying one cold for yourself. I don’t think I’d have the willpower. ;) Thanks again for the feedback!

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  • Charlotte Moore says
    May 12, 2013 @ 1:02 am

    I made these muffins today. I did use powdered sucanat for the glaze instead of powdered sugar. I was very pleased with them. I had to try one hot so it did not have a pound cake texture to me. Maybe when they are cold they might. I probably only used 1/3 cup sucanat for the glaze.

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    • Erin replies to Charlotte Moore
      May 12, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

      Trying one hot is of course obligatory. :) So happy that you enjoyed them… even while hot! Thanks a bunch for your feedback. Much appreciated. :)

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  • Joy says
    March 11, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    Erin, these are beautiful, and I love that they have a poundcake texture….poundcake being one of my most favorite things ever! :) And lemon, too? My new favorite muffins!

    I am a fellow Texan, so I am now following you Facebook (Yesterfood and Joy), Google+, and Twitter. :)

    Joy @ Yesterfood
    http://yesterfood.blogspot.com

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  • Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings says
    March 4, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    Although not medically-indicated for me, I love baking grain-free and gluten-free stuff!!! Almond flour is really the way to go – love it!!! Almond and lemon? A marriage meade in heaven, in my opinion! YUMMY!

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  • Cake Duchess says
    March 4, 2013 @ 2:43 am

    I love that this is made with almond flour. This is a wonderful muffin that is nice for breakfast or a tea-time break in the afternoon:)

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    • Erin replies to Cake Duchess
      March 8, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

      Tea time break sounds wonderful. I think that's something I need to start doing. :)

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  • Anna {Hidden Ponies} says
    February 28, 2013 @ 5:02 am

    Pound cake muffins, I like the sound of that! Love the fresh colour!

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  • amy @ fearless homemaker says
    February 27, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

    I loooove lemon, so I know i'd love these muffins. YUM!

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  • Nicole @ Youngbrokeandhungry says
    February 27, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    Lemon is such a bright and cheery flavor! I have wanted to try coconut flavor in my baked goods for awhile now but never knew how to use it. I am excited to find a recipe that does. I can't wait to make these muffins!

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    • Erin replies to Nicole @ Youngbrokeandhungry
      February 28, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

      Yeah, you can't just sub it for another type of flour because of you need a lot more moisture in the recipe when using coconut flour. I hope you'll like these! :)

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  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says
    February 26, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

    Oh my gosh these look AMAZING!!!

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  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says
    February 26, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    Erin, these look so good. I adore almond flour. I bet the flavor is amazing!

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  • ashley - baker by nature says
    February 26, 2013 @ 4:29 am

    I've been on such a lemon kick lately, and these muffins look like they need to be next in my citrus adventures!

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  • london bakes says
    February 25, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    I'm definitely craving those bright citrus flavours at the moment – these look perfect!

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    • Erin replies to london bakes
      February 28, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

      Thanks! And yes, bright citrusy stuff! It's all I can think about lately…

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  • Katie Brigstock says
    February 25, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    I'm gluten free and these look delicious! I keep meaning to try using almond flour as it seems like a brilliant substitute! x

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    • Erin replies to Katie Brigstock
      February 28, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

      You're gluten-free but haven't tried almond flour?! Whaaat? You need to get on that! Really! :D

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  • Angela AnotherBitePlease says
    February 24, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

    oh i love lemon flavor so…haven't tried cooking with almond flour but the pound cake look and texture of these really makes me want too!

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    • Erin replies to Angela AnotherBitePlease
      February 28, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

      I hope you'll try it some time. Pick some up the next time you find it on sale! It's pretty expensive in the US (or so I'm told) so a sale is a good thing. :)

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  • Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen says
    February 24, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

    I haven't tried baking with almond flour yet, but these look incredible, you made me excited to try it!

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  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
    February 23, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

    Almond flour is one of my favorite flours to use! Oh and that drizzle – it's totally drawing me in!

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  • Honey says
    February 23, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    This looks so good and moist. love that you used coconut oil.

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  • Amy says
    February 23, 2013 @ 3:39 am

    These look so refreshing and lovely. Totally sunshine on a plate. In fact, I love pound cake texture better than muffins, so I'll definitely try these out. :) I think my GF friends would love to try these out too.

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    • Erin replies to Amy
      February 24, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

      Ooh, sunshine on a plate! Love that. :) I hope you and your gluten-free friends will enjoy them!

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  • Carla Walker says
    February 22, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    I LOVE these! I cant wait to make some of them. I really like using almond meal (even though its expensive). They are definitely making me long for spring and sunshine haha! Love these Erin!!!

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    • Erin replies to Carla Walker
      February 22, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

      I'm terrified of how expensive almond flour must be in the US! And Canada. ;) Here, where everything is so expensive, almond flour and other nut flours are pretty cheap. It's actually as cheap as whole almonds! I hope you'll like them if you try them.

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  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies says
    February 22, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    So, were you in my head? I was at the store yesterday and thought to myself "oh, I better grab almond and coconut flour". These are two ingredients I've literally never purchased in my life, and I more than impulse bought them, I felt COMPELLED to buy them. Hmmm.

    Lemon is in my top 3 favorite fruit flavors. Something about them reminds me of spring, which is great when it's snowing about an inch every second outside. I'll dream of these and also of not getting snowed in at work :-D

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    • Erin replies to Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies
      February 22, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

      Hahaha. YES! I made these, absolutely, with you in mind! ;) I love it when random stuff like that happens. And I love lemon too! It's just so darned… happy seeming. It sounds ridiculous but you know it's true. :)

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  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says
    February 22, 2013 @ 4:18 am

    These muffins do look cheery indeed! And from the looks I can't even tell they are grain free.

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  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
    February 22, 2013 @ 1:51 am

    SO pretty! I'd devour these. And of course the glaze isn't optional. I'd drink it with a straw…

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  • Baltic Maid says
    February 22, 2013 @ 1:40 am

    These look incredible for a gluten free treat. I'll give them a try. Thanks!

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    • Erin replies to Baltic Maid
      February 22, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

      I hope you'll like them! Remember not to expect normal muffin texture. :) Let me know how they come out!

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  • Rachel {studio cuisine} says
    February 21, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

    These look so light and fluffy! Not easy to accomplish with almond flour but you did it beautifully!

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    • Erin replies to Rachel {studio cuisine}
      February 22, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

      Well, they're not fluffy. They're more like pound cake! They're still good, though. Promise!

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  • Kammie @ Sensual Appeal says
    February 21, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    Ohhhh man, these look delicious. I am usually not a big fan of lemon or citrus flavored baked goods but for some reason I can already taste these lemon muffins and I'm liking the flavor (in my head at least) maybe my tastes are changing? Love it! Pinned!

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    • Erin replies to Kammie @ Sensual Appeal
      February 22, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

      Thanks for pinning! And I'm happy to have changed your mind momentarily about lemon stuff. :)

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  • Becca says
    February 21, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

    Aww such sunshiny muffins :) It's been windy hear, which makes it cold, which makes me unhappy. I would much rather it be regular cold instead of windchill cold.

    I love the contrast of the lines and the muffins by the way. :)

    Happy almost Friday!

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    • Erin replies to Becca
      February 22, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

      Thank you! And windy is much worse than just cold. Booo weather.

      Happy Friday to you! :)

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  • Anonymous says
    February 21, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

    can these be made without the greek yogart? My kids and I are GF/DF

    Thanks
    Dawn Martin

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    • Erin replies to Anonymous
      February 21, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

      Hmm. I haven't tried it but how about using 3 tablespoons of homemade soy buttermilk instead of Greek yogurt + milk? I hope that'll work! Let me know if you try them. :)

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  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says
    February 21, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    Wow, I would never guess that these are gluten free. They look perfectly moist. I love lemon baked treats!

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    • Erin replies to Cassie | Bake Your Day
      February 21, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

      Thanks, Cassie! And I'm happy you like the lemon goodies. I'm planning on a lot more. :)

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  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
    February 21, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

    Yum! I love a good lemon treat to make the winter blues go away!

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  • Natalie says
    February 21, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    I'm on a grain-free muffin quest. I love these! I'm going to try them for sure. My kids think I'm the coolest mom ever when I make muffins. :)

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    • Erin replies to Natalie
      February 21, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

      I hope you and your kids will like them! Of the grain-free muffins I've tried, these have the most pleasant / least funky texture. :) Let me know how you all liked them!

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