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Lemon Ricotta Muffins

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These lemon ricotta muffins are a healthy snack with a light texture and bright flavor. Such a delicious recipe!

These lemon ricotta muffins are a healthy snack with a light texture and bright flavor. SUCH a delicious recipe for breakfast or snack time!

The first Recipe Redux of the new year challenges members to pick a new ingredient that they’ve been meaning to try and use it to create a new recipe.

I’ve been curious about coconut sugar for ages, so I decided to buy a package. Made from the sap of the coconut palm, coconut sugar is similar in flavor and appearance to brown sugar.

Coconut sugar is a delicious healthy sweetener in these lemon ricotta muffins.

Coconut sugar is one of the healthier sweeteners out there. It’s minimally processed and it contains trace amounts of several nutrients. It also has a lower glycemic impact than traditional sugar, so it doesn’t cause the same spike and dip in blood sugar levels as other sweeteners.

At $1.50 per cup, coconut sugar is significantly less expensive than other natural sweeteners, including maple syrup ($2.56 per cup) and honey ($2.40 per cup). This is another reason I wanted to give it a try.

These lemon ricotta muffins are absolutely delicious with this natural sweetener. The citrus flavor is bright and mildly sweet, and the ricotta gives these muffins their tender texture. My children love lemon anything, so these muffins didn’t last long in my house. They’re great for lunchboxes and after-school snacks.

Lemon Ricotta Muffins

These lemon ricotta muffins are a healthy snack.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup melted butter cooled
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin pan.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, coconut sugar, ricotta, milk, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared muffin pan. Bake the muffins for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Don’t bake them too long or they’ll be dry.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 274IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 12
Calories: 197kcal
Cost: $.41 per muffin

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Lemon Ricotta Muffins Price Breakdown

This recipe costs a total of $4.89, or $.41 per muffin. These lemon ricotta muffins are a delicious snack or breakfast on the go.


  1. I have a huge container of ricotta in my fridge waiting to be used. Can’t wait to try these muffins. If using regular flour would you say it’s a 1:1 ratio to the GF flour?

    1. Great timing! Yes, a 1:1 ratio should be good. The dough will be thick, but not as thick as cookie dough. I hope it works well for you.

  2. I’ve never used coconut sweetener before, but I see it on the shelves. Thanks for letting me know more about it and sharing your recipe!

  3. I love using coconut sugar 🙂 For some reason the measurement isn’t coming up for the amount of butter you call for. Not sure if it’s a problem with the site or my computer but I would love to try these out sometime soon as my kids love lemon as well.

    1. Thanks for letting me know, Sandy. It’s 1/3 cup melted butter. Could you let me know what browser and device you’re using? I can see the measurement on my end, so maybe there’s an issue with a particular browser.

  4. I love using ricotta but haven’t tried baking with it before. These look really great!

  5. So excited to try this…and thanks to you I’ll actually look for it. Because I thought it was expensive too! Yay to you for expanding my horizons!

    1. I hope you like it, Serena! I didn’t even realize the price difference until I sat down with my calculator (math geek alert!). Such a fun discovery.

  6. It’s so funny how people think “special” “healthy” ingredients are so expensive. I love that you used coconut sugar and these muffins are only .41 cents a piece!

    1. I totally agree, Regan. While healthier ingredients can be more expensive, we tend to only use a little bit at a time. And it’s just about always cheaper when you make it yourself.

  7. I’m so glad you jumped on the coconut sugar bandwagon and used it in these delectable muffins! While I actually prefer it to maple syrup, I’ve only made ricotta cookies – never tried ricotta in a muffin and now that needs to change! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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