Grain-Free Apricot Ricotta Muffins

Grain-free muffins with fresh apricots and ricotta cheese, made with coconut flour, tapioca flour, coconut oil, and sweetened with honey made for a luscious, healthy breakfast or snack. A simple recipe for all your muffin-ing needs

Grain-Free Apricot Ricotta Muffins made with coconut flour and honey - refined sugar-free and healthy! | #dessert #breakfast #glutenfree #recipe

Oy! Have you ever put ricotta in a muffin?

Luscious. That’s what these muffins are in a word. As it turns out, just like yogurt, buttermilk, or mascarpone, ricotta adds a little something special to baked goods. Richness? Depth of flavor? Moisture? Whatever it is, ricotta’s got it going ON!


It dawned on me not too long ago, that apricots have been very understated on this site…in the sense that this is only the second recipe I’ve posted involving the adorable little stone fruit (the first being that Matcha Chia Seed Pudding and Apricot Smoothie Parfaits I showed you last week). Since I had a handful of apricots leftover from developing that recipe, as well as some ricotta was hanging in my fridge, I figured I would try my hand at the ricotta muffin.

You’uns. Ricotta muffins are blissful.

The fact that I loved the way these muffins turned out PLUS they served as the overflow parking lot for ingredients leftover from freelance projects just made them that much sweeter.

Grain-Free Apricot Ricotta Muffins made with coconut flour and honey - refined sugar-free and healthy! | #dessert #breakfast #glutenfree #recipe

You can even get creative with these muffins, using whatever fresh fruit you have on-hand such as peaches, strawberries, blueberries, plums, etc. Sky’s the limit. You can also replace the ricotta cheese with buttermilk, plain yogurt, or full-fat coconut milk.

Apricot-studded moist, grain-free muffs with the perfect amount of sweet have been my favorite snack as of late. I’ve been the Two Muffins a Day Plan, which so far has been working out with flying colors. They’re fabulous tiders for between-meal snack, and they’re so easy to sink your teeth into for dessert as well.

Grain-Free Apricot Ricotta Muffins made with coconut flour and honey - refined sugar-free and healthy! | #dessert #breakfast #glutenfree #recipe

I’m heading over to Portland today to meet my dear friends at Bob’s Red Mill, along with several other bloggers! I can’t wait to see everyone in person and get the grand tour of the mill.  Follow along on Instagram to view my Portland adventures!

Face muffs!

Grain-Free Apricot Ricotta Muffins made with coconut flour and honey - refined sugar-free and healthy! | #dessert #breakfast #glutenfree #recipe

Grain-Free Apricot Ricotta Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 9 to 12 muffins
Author: Julia



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and lightly oil a 12-hole muffin tray
  2. Add all of the ingredients for the muffins to a blender, except for the chopped apricots. Blend until well-combined. Note: the batter will be very thick and somewhat crumbly - this is normal.
  3. Fold the chopped apricots into the muffin batter and scoop it into the muffin holes, patting it down gently, and filling each hole 2/3 to 3/4 of the way up.
  4. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 22 to 24 minutes, until muffins test clean when poked with a toothpick.
  5. Allow muffins to cool at least 20 minutes before running a knife along the edges of the muffin holes to release the muffins. Serve with ricotta cheese and fresh apricots and a drizzle of honey.

Recipe Notes

*I used part skim ricotta - you can also use whole milk ricotta.


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  1. Isabel

    Wooow.. These look so good. Question: for us non-dairy people – how much coconut milk should i use instead of ricotta? And with what could I replace tapioca flour?

    1. Julia Post author

      I would start with 2/3 cup full-fat canned coconut milk and see how the batter looks – it should be very thick and somewhat crumbly, but still moist. You may end up using a full cup of coconut milk. You can replace the tapioca flour with arrowroot flour. If you are up for experimenting, you could use rice flour or oat flour, but that may require you to change the portion of liquid. Really, tapioca or arrowroot is your best bet. 🙂 Let me know if you end up making the muffins!

  2. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    Oh so jealous you get to make a visit to Bob’s! Erin over at Well Plated is my taco/marg date on the regular here in Milwaukee and I believe she is making the trip, so I’m jealous of both of you! Also, really enjoy that you specified these as ‘overflow parking’ for your leftover ingredients, haha.

  3. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen

    Wow these muffins looks so healthy and at the same time yummy, my beautiful friend! I love that you used coconut flour and tapioca flour. On top of that you used honey instead of refined sugar. That is such a great recipe, Ju. Love it. Have to try this it 😉

  4. Joanne

    Apricots definitely don’t get enough love in general, in my opinion! Love that you used all kinds of leftovers to make these luscious muffins. That makes them even more special.


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