Surprise Muffins

Best paleo surprise muffin recipe

These gluten-free muffins have a surprise in the middle :)

Surprises make life exciting.

Surprises that involve diamonds are awesome πŸ™‚ Surprises that involve parking tickets are less awesome :/

Home-baked, gluten-free muffins with a surprise in the middle will always put a smile on the eater’s face. It’s scientifically impossible not to smile while eating one. I tried.

When I was a broke college student, I found a recipe for surprise muffins in a old cookbook at the school library. It was very simple and called for white flour, baking soda, some vegetable oil and eggs. Then it listed off all these items that you could put in the center of your muffin.

I thought it was the coolest idea ever, and every weekend I would make a different batch of surprise muffins in the tiny, shared dorm kitchen. (Yes, my roommates loved me.)

Since then I’ve been meaning to make a gluten and grain free version of surprise muffins, and here it is! Have fun stuffing your muffins with different stuff every time that you make them!

I’d have to say my go-to filling is usually fruit-only strawberry jam (pictured above). A teaspoon of raw honey and almond butter is also a fave. The key is to be adventurous. Surprise yourself even. Enjoy!

Surprise Muffins
A Recipe by Diana Keuilian
5.0 from 2 reviews

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Serves 12

  • Jam
  • Berries
  • Almond Butter
  • Chocolate
  • Cooked Sausage
  • Honey
  • Banana

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners or grease with coconut oil.
  2. Combine the almond flour and baking soda in a small bowl. Combine the vinegar, eggs and coconut palm sugar in a medium bowl. Mix well. Add the dry to the wet and mix until fully combined.
  3. Fill each muffin tin ⅓ of the way. Add 1 Tablespoon of your filling of choice. I love using fruit-only jam and raw honey! Cover with another scoop of batter, filling each muffin tin nearly to the top.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, until lightly golden and cooked through. Cool for 5 minutes then enjoy!

Serving size: 1     Calories: 140     Fat: 11 g     Carbohydrates: 6.6 g     Sugar: 8 g     Sodium: 76.8 mg     Fiber: 1 g     Protein: 6 g    
Best paleo surprise muffin recipe

What will you fill yours with?


  • Angela May 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I absolutely love your blog! Your recipes are perfect-healthy, but do-able. I can’t wait to try your donuts!
    Thanks so much for making healthy eating more fun and easy πŸ™‚

    • Diana May 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing, Angela! So glad you’re enjoying my blog πŸ™‚ Let me know how your donuts turn out!

  • Judy Doherty May 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I bake one of your healthy treats each week to satisfy my love of baked goods. I have never been disappointed. The surprise muffins are another winner. I share them with my walking friends and they love them too. We look forward to treat Mondays. Thank you .

    • Diana May 20, 2014 at 4:22 am

      Thanks so much for sharing, Judy! Treat Mondays sound awesome…I’m gonna have to start that around here too πŸ™‚

  • Mike November 25, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Looking forward to making these. You have done a bang up job here Diana and it is greatly appreciated.

    • Diana November 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks Mike, enjoy!

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