Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free "Doughnut" Muffins

Low Carb Muffins
Laura Dolson

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 185
Fat 15g
Carbs 9g
Protein 5g
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Total Time 40 min
Prep 20 min, Cook 20 min
Servings 12 (1 muffin each)

If you are gluten-free and/or watching your sugar intake, muffins and doughnuts are probably some of the first foods you crossed off your list. But these muffins, which taste like doughnuts—hence the name—are gluten-free as well as sugar-free. The flaxseed meal and almond meal replace the flour, and a natural sweetener substitutes for the white refined sugar and white powdered sugar. So these are a breakfast treat almost anyone can enjoy without the guilt!

The nutmeg and cinnamon give these muffins that "apple cider doughnut" flavor​ and the almond meal adds a layer of richness. Once you taste these muffins you won't think about having a doughnut again!


  • 1 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 packets stevia
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine dough dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Add beaten eggs, melted butter, and water to the dry mixture. Mix well.
  4. Fill muffin cups a bit more than halfway with the batter. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes, until tops are golden brown. Allow muffins to cool in pan for a few minutes, then remove.

    Ingredient Substitutions and Cooking Tips

    For a more tender muffin, swap out 1/2 cup of the water for 1/2 cup of buttermilk. You will also need to substitute 1 teaspoon baking soda for 1 teaspoon of the baking powder (still adding the remaining 2 teaspoons) in the original recipe. 

    If you can't find a naturally sweetened powdered sugar, you can make your own by blending cornstarch with a sweetener of your choice. Just be sure to carefully read the sugar equivalent as some sweeteners (such as stevia) are 300 times sweeter than regular sugar, so you only need a little bit.

    Nutrition Facts
    Servings: 12 (1 muffin each)
    Amount per serving  
    Calories 185
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 15g 19%
    Saturated Fat 6g 30%
    Cholesterol 75mg 25%
    Sodium 196mg 9%
    Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
    Total Sugars 1g  
    Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
    Protein 5g  
    Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
    Calcium 110mg 8%
    Iron 37mg 206%
    Potassium 59mg 1%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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