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Cherry Almond Muffins with Almond Flour

Cherry Almond muffins are naturally sweet with a smooth almond flavor. These Cherry muffins with almond flour are very moist, tender, and delicious.

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Baking with almond flour isn’t difficult. With a few tips, these delicious Cherry Almond muffins can be on your table ready to be enjoyed.

I set out to make a delicious cherry almond muffin with almond flour. What I got was a gluten free, lower carb muffin that’s absolutely delicious!

Does baking with almond flour scare you? Don’t let it. with the following tips, these FEAR FREE Cherry Almond muffins with almond flour can be perfected in your own kitchen in a jiffy.

This post is sponsored by Thrive Market but the opinions here, and love I have for their products and their story are all my own. 

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Why bake with almond flour?

There are several reasons why almond flour makes a great ingredient to bake with including:

  • It’s incredibly nutritious. Almond flour is rich in vitamin E and magnesium which are two important nutrients for health.
  • It’s wheat-free and gluten-free so people that are sensitive to gluten can eat recipes containing almond flour. Note it’s important to check the packaging to make sure the flour is not contaminated with gluten.
  • Almond flour is low in carbohydrates and high in good fats and fiber which is important for individuals that watch their blood sugar.
    • The extra fat in almond flour extends the shelf-life of your muffins by up to 3 days!

You can read about the health benefits of using almond flour from healthline.

How to substitute almond flour for all-purpose flour

In some recipes, you can substitute almond flour and all-purpose flour at a 1:1 ratio. King Arthur Flour states to add 1/3 cup to recipes that use yeast per cup of wheat flour or 1/4 cup (25%) for non-yeast bakery.

Baked goods that use almond flour can be flatter and denser because they don’t contain gluten which is what helps dough stretch and traps more air, which helps baked goods rise. 

To make up for the gluten, some bakers add  Xanthan Gum which is a fine-ground powder that becomes gelatinous when combined with a liquid. It can help with making the texture less dense.

Close-up 95-degree angle of a tray of baked Cherry Almond muffins dotted with baked cherries and slivers of almonds over a blue napkin and wood board.

You can also increase the protein by adding an additional egg that will provide structure. This is what I did because Xanthan Gum isn’t an ingredient the average baker has in their pantry.

As you can see these Cherry Almond Muffins aren’t flat.

Cherry Almond Muffin Ingredients

Ingredients used to make a Cherry Almond muffin including thawed cherries, sour cream, salt, eggs, vanilla, sugar, almonds, almond flour, and baking powder.
  • Cherries – we used frozen cherries. We let them thaw, chopped them, and let them drain over a paper towel while we mixed the other ingredients. You can use fresh cherries too.
  • Eggs – We use large eggs
  • Sour Cream – Full fat or light will work. You can substitute with yogurt as well.
  • Baking Powder – Acts as a leaven in this recipe
  • Vanilla extract – I use pure organic vanilla extract. You could use imitation. Almond extract would be a great substitution too.
  • Salt – a little salt brings out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Almond flour – blanched
  • Sugar – I used white granulated sugar.
  • Sliced almonds – In the muffins and as a garnish.

How to make Cherry muffins with almond flour

  1. Combine dry ingredients and whisk them together.
  2. Combine wet ingredients and whisk until blended.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir only until combined.
  4. Fold in cherries and almond slices.
  5. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
  6. Garnish with almond slices.
  7. The batter is thick. Don’t add additional liquid!
  8. Bake until a toothpick or cake tester comes out with light crumbs.
  9. Cool in the pan.
A grid of 4 photos showing the order of making cherry almond flour including, 1. Combining dry ingredients 2. Combining wet ingredients, folding in nuts and cherries, and 4. The final thick consistency of the batter.

The muffin batter is thick. However, almond flour is a very moist ingredient so I resisted adding additional liquid. I’m glad that I did because these muffins baked up moist and tender.

A two photo grid of cherry almond batter filled and sitting in a muffin tin and muffin batter garnished with sliced almonds.

Where to buy almond flour

I chose to buy my almond flour from Thrive Market. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • Certified Gluten-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Paleo
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

I use blanched almond flour. What is Blanched Almond Flour? Blanched means that the almond skin has been removed from the nut.

Here’s a little more information about Thrive Market and why I’m really excited to work with them.

Thrive Market is a company that has high standards. These standards are evident in their core principals.

  • Consumer Conscious – Gives the consumer access to organic and non-GMO food, beauty, and home products.
    • All of their products are vetted to ensure it meets the highest standards in the industry.
    • Savings average $32 per order compared to other stores.
    • Your membership allows you to shop by over 70+ diets and lifestyles.
    • Offer 30-day risk-free access for all new members to make sure your membership is right for you.
  • Ecologically responsible – They’re planet responsible by using Carbon-neutral shipping to deliver products directly to you in 100% recyclable materials.
  • Community values – When you join, you help sponsor membership and shopping credit for low-income families, students, teachers, veterans, and first responders.

You can give a membership as a gift and even add extra shopping credit for the recipient. I sure wish I’d know about Thrive Market when my children were setting up their own homes! Guess what Santa’s bringing this year?

There are no hard sell tactics I promise. You can browse without committing or you can join with their 30-day risk-free access to make sure it’s right for you.

A top down view of a Thrive Market Gift Card

Here are a few of the items in my last order. That lavender lotion is amazing! They also have muffin liners and many of the ingredients you may need when you make your own almond flour muffins!

Groceries purchased from Thrive Market. They include almond flour, baking cocoa, chocolate chips, egg substitute, vanilla extract, a water bottle, and sprinkles.

You know I only work with companies and products that I believe in and that I truly love.

Tips for the perfect Cherry Almond Muffins

  • Almond flour is very moist and can pack so always use the scoop and level method when measuring almond flour unless your recipe tells you otherwise such as by weight.
  • Use room temperature ingredients which definitely helps your ingredients to blend together without clumping.
  • Grease the pan well. Low carb bakery tends to stick.
  • Almond flour browns very quickly so check your muffins at least 5 minutes before you think they’ll be done. If they’re not done but getting brown you can cover them with aluminum foil.
  • Let the muffins cool completely. Almond flour bakery comes together and the texture is much better upon cooling.
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Cherry Almond Muffins with Almond Flour

Cherry Almond muffins are naturally sweet with a smooth almond flavor. These Cherry muffins with almond flour are very moist, tender, and delicious.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 14
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 3 cups almond flour blanched
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz cherries roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds plus more for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line a muffin tin with liners or grease each cup with cooking oil.
  • Combine the almond flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together.
  • In a separate bowl whisk the sour cream, vanilla extract, and eggs together and then fold into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  • Gently fold in the cherries and sliced nuts.
  • Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full. Garnish with sliced almonds (optional)
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Let cool completely in the pan before serving.

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Notes

  • Almond flour is very moist and can pack so always use the scoop and level method when measuring almond flour unless your recipe tells you otherwise such as by weight.
  • Use room temperature ingredients which definitely helps your ingredients to blend together without clumping.
  • Grease the pan well. Low carb bakery tends to stick.
  • Almond flour browns very quickly so check your muffins at least 5 minutes before you think they will be done. If they’re not done but getting brown you can cover them with aluminum foil.
  • Let the muffins cool completely. Almond flour bakery comes together and the texture is much better upon cooling.

Nutrition

Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Elizabeth T Marler

Tuesday 31st of August 2021

We LOVE these!! Have made them several times now. Since I'm having to watch my carbs, I've substituted a 1:1 zero carb sugar sub (King Arthur Flour has a new one I really like!). The only other change I've made is adding 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda since there's sour cream used. GREAT recipe. Thanks!!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

Thank you, Elizabeth! I appreciate you sharing your tips too!

Nancy Jordan

Saturday 16th of January 2021

Can I throw in some chocolate chips?

Julie Menghini

Sunday 17th of January 2021

You sure can Nancy!

Julie

Saturday 8th of August 2020

These are the best muffins I have ever tasted

Julie Menghini

Saturday 8th of August 2020

Wow, Julie, thank you so much!

Erin

Sunday 7th of June 2020

These were the best way to use our fresh cherries this morning! LOVED these muffins and even dropped a few off on a neighbor's doorstep. Thank you!

Julie Menghini

Monday 8th of June 2020

Thank you, Erin!

Nikki

Thursday 4th of June 2020

I made these over the weekend and the family loved them! We are big cherry fans!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 6th of June 2020

Thank you, Nikki!