(Paleo) Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

November 29, 2016

 If you know anything about me, I guess you know that my love for cinnamon runs deep as my love for soup.
I actually keep two different kinds of cinnamon in my pantry.
Yup, that’s right. I have two kinds of cinnamon — please, don’t act like you’re surprised.
It’s no mystery that I'm a spice freak. I have more than a hundred spices in my pantry and like to grind my own spice mixes using whole spices. I even broke two coffee grinders trying to grind spices in them before buying myself an (almost) professional Electric Spice-and-Nut Grinder, that grounds hard and soft spices and breaks them all down in a few pulses.

(Paleo) Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

Back to cinnamon: my absolute favorite kind of cinnamon (and, btw, the one I used in this recipe) is a Saigon Cassia Cinnamon.
Now imagine walking into a kitchen where someone has just baked cinnamon rolls: this is exactly what this cinnamon smells like.
It’s pungent, almost intoxicating, and in my humble opinion the best cinnamon for baking.
But I honestly love all kinds of cinnamon. As long as there’s cinnamon, I’m one happy camper.

(Paleo) Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

And when it comes to cinnamon baked goods, let me tell ya, these (Paleo) Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins are the next best thing.
I couldn’t decide if they were more like a donut hole or a mini muffin, so I’m calling them donut muffins.
I love that they’re tiny, mini-muffin size, and that they resemble cinnamon-sugar decked doughnut holes.
The cinnamon is noticeable and distinct, but not overpowering. If you’re a cinnamon fiend and prefer to be over-powered, it’s easy to add more to taste.
And the best part is that these are acceptable even in the days after a New Years Day brunch (if you know what I mean…)
So you might as well enjoy ‘em today, tomorrow, and even when the new year comes.
And now I need you to come over and eat them for me.
Please, there are only 11, 10, 8 left...

(Paleo) Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

(Paleo) Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins                                                                                      Print this recipe!

Makes 12 donut muffins

Donut muffins

2 large eggs, at room temperature
¼ cup maple syrup (or mild tasting honey)
¼ cup coconut oil (or butter), melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
¼ cup almond flour
1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or granulated sweetener of choice)
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Cinnamon sugar

¼ cup coconut sugar (or granulated sweetener of choice)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C) and place a rack in the middle.
Generously grease a mini muffin pan with melted coconut oil (alternatively you can line it with mini muffin cups.) Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
Add coconut flour, almond flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
Stir until just combined, do not overmix.
Pour the batter evenly into muffin tins until ¾ full.
Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer muffins to a rack and let cool completely.
In a small bowl make cinnamon sugar by mixing sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle on top of the
Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition facts

One donut muffin yields 112 calories, 7 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of protein.


  1. Impressive, and I finally found someone that love cinnamon just like me!
    But how did you find the cinnamon kind? I mean most shops don't what the cinnamon come from, country or whatever, really curious! And I've never used coconut flour in baking, I think now I should! This recipe is a must try! Pinned!

    1. If you have a good spice store in your area, you will find the different cinnamons. Both Savory Spice and Penzey's carry cinnamon from different countries. I am partial to Vietnamese Cassia Cinnamon.

  2. I feel like I could eat all of these donut muffins in one sitting, they are so cute! The best of both worlds for sure :)

  3. Omg that cinnamon sugar on top of these muffins seriously has me drooling!

  4. I'm surprised by your admission given that the "experts" claim that Ceylon cinnamon is the only true cinnamon, and that Cassia (or Saigon) cinnamon is fake. More importantly, however, you're hot.

    1. I was surprised, too. Ceylon cinnamon is the only cinnamon I eat after hearing how the fake stuff is potentially dangerous.

    2. It actually isn't really that dangerous. For it to be dangerous, you have to consume WAY more than you would ever normally consume.

  5. Realizing it would alter the flavour, would replacing the sweeteners you use with pure stevia also alter the consistency? Thank you!

  6. I'm allergic to Almonds. Can I solely use coconut flour? Would the rest of the recipe stay the same?

    1. why don't you try another nut or seed flour? can you do seeds? what about powdered sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds?

  7. You know that EMOJI of the hands palms forward like they're haling or something?! Yeah, I need to use it to describe how I feel about this recipe! ;)

  8. You got that right- mini deserts are awesome and certainly disappear faster around here!

  9. Is Saigon Cassia cinnamon similar to Vietnamese cinnamon? I can almost smeeeell the cinnamon coming from those muffins!!

  10. With cinnamon being my favorite spice and the photos amazing, this is on the list to bake. Awesome Mike!

  11. Delicious! If the actual muffins are 1/2 as good as {the large portion} of dough I left in the bowl the scoop and lick the spoon, they're divine! Thanks! SO easy!

  12. Just made these this morning. So quick and delicious. Happy to find this recipe as a 'bridge' from the traditional christmas sweets to our normal diet. I scraped out the bowl really well and got 14 mini muffins. Only thing I found was that the topping measurements were very generous. Will save for cinnamon toast tomorrow as I don't think these muffins will last until then!
    Thanks for this delicious and easy recipe.

  13. OBSESSED with your blog. Your presentation and recipes look fantastic! I cant wait to try them out.

  14. I just made these, I made four big ones as I don't have a mini tin.

    I ate the four in one go...

    Mike, thank you for making this world a place when you can eat healthy yet tasty food.

    1. Xuxu with your comment you've just made my day. Thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed my recipe this much!

    2. I'm actually considering making another batch today :p