These Lemon Paleo Muffins are so easy to make in one bowl and are so delicious! Gluten free, dairy free, easily made nut-free and refined sugar free- they make a great breakfast, snack or dessert.

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Lemon Paleo Muffins on a cooling rack with sliced lemons.

I get inspiration for recipes in all kinds of interesting places. From travel. From my students. From my friends. From the farmer’s market. From a bowl of almost bad lemons.

Yeah, you read that last one correctly. This recipe was inspired by the need to clean out my fruit bowl. Romantic and moving…right? Probably not, but it is also the truth.

Like many people, I really hate food waste. It hurts my heart and I try to not to pitch any of the food that we are so fortunate to have. Even the lemons.

If you have ever walked around the streets of Southern California, you can’t make a right turn without spying a citrus tree growing in someone’s yard. And when those suckers are in season, they are bursting with fruit! And this year has been especially fruitful in the citrus department. Especially lemons.

The batter for lemon paleo muffins in a bowl with a whisk in it. There are eggs, lemons, measuring cups and spoons around the mixing bowl.

Everyone we know seems to have an incredibly successful lemon tree this year. And they are loading us up with their plethora of lemons. All of them. Weekly. Okay, maybe not weekly. But a lot.  And, we’ve done everything we can think of with lemons. Lemonade stands (Alice has made bank this summer on this lemon use). Salad dressings. In our tea. In our water. In natural cleaning products. Nope, not many lemons have gone bad on my watch….and this One-Bowl Paleo Lemon Muffins might be my favorite no-waste venture yet!

So, when life gives *you* a bowl of (almost bad) lemons, go make One-Bowl Paleo Lemon Muffins!

Suggested adaptations

  • Add 1 tablespoon of poppyseeds to the batter before baking. Poppyseeds are a popular addition to lemon muffins that really add a lovely flavor, so feel free to ad some to these muffins if you like!
  • Replace the lemon with orange. If lemons are not your thing or you don’t have any on hand, plug in another favorite citrus flavor!
  • Bake as a loaf. Same temp, but increase baking time to 40-45 minutes.

Other Paleo baked goods you are going to adore…

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Lemon Paleo muffins cooling on a rack. One muffin has a bite taken out of it.
5 from 5 votes

Lemon Paleo Muffins

Yield: 8 muffins
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast
These Lemon Paleo Muffins are so easy to make in one bowl and are so delicious! Gluten free, dairy free, easily made nut-free and refined sugar free- they make a great breakfast, snack or dessert.


  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder, or tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  • Preheat the oven to 350℉ and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Or generously grease them.
  • Combine the oil, maple syrup/honey, eggs, milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla in a large bowl, whisking to combine.
  • In the same bowl, add the arrowroot powder, coconut flour, and baking soda. Stir until well combined and there are no lumps. Let sit for 5 minutes so that coconut flour has had a chance to absorb liquid.
  • Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons of batter into each cup.
  • Bake the muffins for 25 minutes, or until the tops are slightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of a muffin.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes. Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days. Freeze the leftover muffins in a tightly sealed container for up to 1 month.
Serving: 1muffin, Calories: 120kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 132mg, Potassium: 48mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 101IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 1mg