Cranberry Lemon Muffins

My favorite taste tester is going on a diet. This is not good news.

This diet deal will require some serious re-inventing of the wheel over here. New standards will need to be implemented. No more –he ate two whole trays of that so it must be good– type ratings.

My favorite taste tester is also my best friend and has been for 16 years. He does not like it when I call him my “partner,” says it makes us sound like lesbians. I say it makes us sound like partners. Alas, he actually is my husband. And he is turning 41 tomorrow.

After all these years, I still love to just be with him. Still feel excited when he walks into the room. And of course feel irritated when he runs out of the kitchen leaving every single cupboard door open behind him. What can I say? Nothing. He has had to live with my “cleaning disorder” for years now, so why fret over a few open cabinets and such.

I’m going to make him these Cranberry Lemon Muffins tomorrow for a warm breakfast birthday treat.

Cranberry Lemon Muffins

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Servings 12 muffins



  • In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda and cranberries
  • In a small bowl stir together oil, eggs, agave and lemon zest
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry
  • Spoon batter into a paper lined muffin pan
  • Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes
  • Cool and serve
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
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These gluten-free, dairy-free muffins are on the sweeter side and make a nice festive dish for a brunch or a healthy dessert for a potluck. Because they are more “liquidy” than usual they will sink just a tad after you remove them from the oven.


72 responses to “Cranberry Lemon Muffins”

  1. Just made these! I used 6 tablespoons of coconut oil instead of 1/2 cup grapeseed oil! Delicious! Thank you!

  2. Elana
    Thank you for your tips, recipes and your site. I’ve made 1 of the breads that you suggested. While it tasted pretty good but I found it was a little dry and course. I used Almond Flour ( not Bob’s Red Mill )so is there something I can add to make bread, muffins ( made those to ) more moister ? perhaps less crumbly also ?



    I’m a diabetic looking to cut out the carbs & have my cake too.

  3. I am fifteen years old and love baking!!! have been searching and searching for a great muffin recipe, as it is my favorite breakfast, and these smell pretty durn delicious baking in my oven right now! thank you so much for healthy recipes everyone can enjoy

  4. Wow these are great. Both kids loved them… both are very picky eaters. I’ve been scouring the web for gluten / starch free recipes for my husband, he loved them too. I’m trying your Paleo bread now, making lunch for him is so much easier with bread…

    • My daughter, J’anna shared this site with us… Wow! I can’t wait to try some of your excellent sounding breads. My husband and I love Almonds. Do you share where you actually buy the flour on line anyplace? I have been buying a very small amount at the health food store. It is very costly.

  5. I must say I am a little frustrated reading the comment you posted about how your husband doesn’t want to be called your partner cause it makes you two sound like lesbians. I am sure you meant no harm by posting that, and I certainly cannot take issue with what your husband said because it is his opinion, but I do take issue with the fact that you decided to mention it in your blog post. Please consider the feelings of people like me reading your blog; a real life 32 year old lesbian, who has no choice but to use the word “partner” because me and the woman I have been with for almost 6 years are not allowed to get married at a federal level, therefore calling her my “wife” is out of the question.
    I think that your writing this comment on your blog, even meant as a joke, was pretty insensitive, because your audience stretches far and wide and the littlest things you say here, things you might joke around about with your friends or your husband in private, can have a huge impact on the virtual strangers that follow your blog religiously. Furthermore, it might be important to remember that the word “partner” is not just relegated for use by gay couples, but also by many married heterosexual couples seeking solidarity with the queer population, hoping to bridge the gap between “us” and “them” and make lifelong commitments between two people just that- a commitment, nothing more, nothing less.
    Again, I understand that you meant no harm by posting that comment. But I think it is important for you to know that your words have had an effect on me, and perhaps a few other people who have read this entry. I am a strong supporter of your work and your impact on the community, both in culinary arts and eco-awareness, and I will continue to buy your cookbooks and share your recipes with my friends. I think that is why I was so hurt to read that comment on your blog- it is hard to see a woman that I have looked up to and talked about so much for the past several months pass on a homophobic remark like that as a joke.
    Thank you for reading. Whether or not this comment makes you feel differently about what you wrote matters much less than me having a voice in this kind of situation, and I thank you for allowing your readers space to comment in this way.

    • Elana, I’m replying because the writer was respectful and because I think she has a point worth considering. I’m an old married lady with kids and a husband, like you, and I think we all need to lighten up AND be able to say what this writer said….all at the same time…that’s possible, right? Anyway, Elana, when I read your comment, I cringed a little. Having said that, I put my foot in my mouth a dozen times a day, but (mostly) privately.

  6. Elana could you reveal in general what baked goods freeze well and how to revive them best? Thank you. You make my holiday goers ask what was in that recipe every time.

  7. Thank you for this wonderful and healthy recipes! I just tried the one above but used coconut oil and dried cherries instead because was what I had on hand, and the result was delicious! I will try the original ingredients next time!

    Thanks a lot!!

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