Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Yesterday was National Muffin Day. So clearly it was necessary to make a batch of muffins, right? Yes. You will thank me in about 2 minutes when you get to the recipe. Who even declares these “National Days” as real things anyways? Surely it’s not Barack Obama that declares February 20th as National Muffin Day. Is that part of his job description?  I mean I’m not arguing against National Muffin Day by any means but it’s just something to ponder. Anyways, these muffins are THEBOMB.COM. As in I would eat the entire batch in one sitting if I could. But that would be a lot of almond flour. And we all know how that goes. #AmIRight TMI? Whoops.

So I decided it was time for me to start doing some yoga. I am literally the most inflexible person on planet Earth so I figured it would probably be a beneficial activity. And when I say inflexible I mean my doctor has yelled at me since the age of twelve because I can’t touch my toes. True story. So I decided to look up some workouts online to get started since I’m too afraid to go to a real class. Please don’t lecture me on how I shouldn’t be afraid and I should just go for it and it will be the best experience of my life. I’m sure it will. But I’m just not ready yet. So anyways I have been trying a couple workouts each day to try and get the hang of things. Clearly easier said than done. I am terrible. Looking at the lady on the screen doing poses that are supposed to be for “beginners” actually makes me throw up in my mouth a little. It may take me years to get my heels all the way on the ground in downward dog. Safe to say I’m glad no one can see me during these workouts.

Yesterday we had thunderstorms in Columbus. Thunderstorms in February? With snow still on the ground? Okay, Mother Nature. So I was casually eating my breakfast when it started really coming down. There was a little lightning and a few rumbles of thunder, but nothing really too bad. Until all of a sudden when the LOUDEST crack of thunder I have EVER heard in my 21 years of precious life happened. I think I had a mini episode of cardiac arrest. I could FEEL it, you guys. Feel it as in I thought someone had just dropped a bomb in my back yard. If you think I was scared, please try to imagine my 11 year old chihuahua. As if chihuahuas aren’t anxious enough in their normal day to day lives, just add a little thunderstorm to the mix to really petrify them. I think Poco ran the fastest I have ever seen her run when she heard the thunder and took shelter underneath the bed. Poor thing. She finally came out like 4 hours later and proceeded to follow me around the house until I eventually had to leave for class. Is it sad that I 100% considered skipping class to stay home with her because I knew she would be scared? Some may say call that psycho. I prefer to think of it as caring.

I’ll stop talking about my dog now so you can get to this amazing recipe. I adapted it from this recipe on Comfy Belly. If you’ve never been, there are some amazeballs recipes on that site. I’ll stop saying amazeballs now.

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:
  • Total time:
  • Yield: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: snack


  • For the Muffins:
  • 6-7 small dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • For the Filling:
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp grass-fed butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans
  • For the Topping:
  • 2 tbsp grass-fed butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 310 and line muffin pan with paper/silicon liners.
  2. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, heat dates and 1/2 tbsp water in microwave for 30 seconds.
  3. Remove and add other 1/2 tbsp water and mash together until a paste forms (should get about 1/4 cup).
  4. In a large bowl, combine date paste, almond milk, maple syrup, and eggs until well mixed.
  5. Add almond flour, sea salt, and baking soda and mix until all ingredients are combined into a batter.
  6. Fill each muffin liner about halfway full with batter.
  7. Make filling by combining cinnamon, honey, maple syrup, butter, coconut sugar, and pecans.
  8. Scoop about 1 tbsp of filling into each muffin.
  9. Using the remaining batter, fill liners until they are just about all the way full.
  10. Make topping by combining butter, maple syrup, honey, almond butter, and cinnamon.
  11. Drizzle topping over each muffin (you may end up with a little extra!)
  12. Swirl topping into muffins using a toothpick or fork.
  13. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center.
  14. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  15. Eat up!

Published on by

Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Comments: 14

  1. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh February 21, 2014 at 8:59 am Reply

    Mother Nature is a fickle lady. :-) And yes, that was caring, not psycho to want to stay home with the nugget.

    Now I need to make a grocery list to make these bad boys!

  2. Marti February 21, 2014 at 9:19 am Reply

    Can’t wait to try these! Question, though. Is that cooking temp correct at 310° Or did you mean 350°?

    • Taylor February 21, 2014 at 9:20 am Reply

      310 is correct! :)

      • Marti February 21, 2014 at 10:58 am Reply

        Thanks! I am definitely going to try these this weekend!

  3. Meagan February 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm Reply

    Will be trying these as soon as I’m done with my Whole 30! They look fantastic!

  4. Mo February 22, 2014 at 8:52 am Reply

    This sounds fabulous!!! I’ve been craving Cinnabon & have been resisting, this will be perfect!! I have medjool dates, I think they’re too big. What’s the approximate size for a ‘small’ date? Thanks!!

    • Taylor February 22, 2014 at 10:18 pm Reply

      Don’t worry so much about the size as ending up with 1/4 cup of date paste. Start with 3 or 4 if you think yours are larger and see how much that gets you. You can always add more if needed! :)

      • Mo February 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm Reply

        Hats off to you!!! That was amazing!!! It took me like 25 min to put them together, I can’t imagine the time you spent figuring out to the recipe!!! Much appreciation!!!!

  5. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen February 27, 2014 at 8:36 am Reply

    I was just thinking I NEED a paleo muffin recipe…looks like I may have to give this a try!

  6. Jenn Lemire March 13, 2014 at 11:46 am Reply

    I am about to make these (again!!) and wanted to let you know that these are my family’s favorite!! I brought them to crossfit and my pals also loved! THANK YOU and keep up the fabulous work!!

  7. Lisa Foto April 26, 2014 at 1:41 am Reply

    I am making these in the morning. I finally bought all of the stuff to make them. They look delicious!!

  8. Michaela Rey June 13, 2014 at 10:22 pm Reply

    I jus made these and they were fabulous! So delicious :) However, I substituted almonds for pecans and agave syrup for the maple syrup.

  9. laura January 30, 2015 at 9:23 pm Reply

    Can you replace the syrup for honey?
    The almond butter for cashew butter?
    And the almond milk for homemade almond milk?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *