Raspberry Lemon Muffins

My first memory of baking was a disastrous but joyful experience. I attempted muffins without any recipe whatsoever and, well, you can imagine the results – an inedible, sugar-flour sludge reminiscent of paper mache (papier-mâché).

Despite the fail, I’ve always been obsessed with making muffins. 

This raspberry lemon muffin is made without any nuts, seeds, or their butters making it low in fat and ideal for those of you looking for lighter baked goods. 

Since it’s nut-free, it also makes for a good work or school snack option.

About This Recipe

I love this flavour combination – sour lemon, tart raspberries, a little coconut sugar. I like to pair these with green tea after they’ve been warmed for a few minutes in the oven. If I’m having one of these lemon raspberry muffins for breakfast, I’ll usually add a smear of creamy almond butter and a pinch of salt. 

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Rolled oats – I use old-fashioned, gluten-free rolled oats. If gluten isn’t an issue, use regular. It’s important to NOT use “quick cooking” or the kind that come in single serving packets. 
  • Oat flour – You can make your own oat flour by processing rolled oats until a flour like consistency is reached or you can buy it ready-made. If you make your own, which I do, make more than you need and keep it in the fridge in a sealed container. This way you have some already made for your next batch of raspberry lemon muffins!
  • Frozen raspberries – I use frozen but you can also use fresh if you have them!
  • Lemon juice – Freshly squeezed, not the kind in a bottle. There is no comparison here. If having lemons on hand is inconvenient, buy a bunch, cut them in quarters and freeze them until they’re needed. 
  • Coconut Sugar – My favorite dried sweetener. Sugar is sugar but coconut sugar is less refined than most commercial sugars and it is sustainably produced. It has a caramel-like taste that lends perfectly to these raspberry lemon muffins. 
  • Flaxseed – Ground flaxseed is mixed with water in this recipe to make “flax eggs”. This is a substitute for eggs and acts as a binder in the muffins. 

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Make a flax egg (you simply mix ground flaxseed with water and let it sit until it gets thick and goopy).
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. 
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and fold in the raspberries. 
  4. Transfer the batter to a muffin tin and bake!

Equipment You'll Need

Nothing special. 

I do use a traditional, well-worn muffin pan for these muffins. I don’t have issues with sticking and I use a thin spatula to pop them out of the pan. You can also you a silicone muffin pan. In general, baking times are a little longer in silicone muffin pans (from my experience!).

Recipe Variations

Swap blueberries for raspberries or try orange juice instead of lemon juice for a different flavor. 

If you want a more bedazzled version of these raspberry lemon muffins, I have a recipe for raspberry lemon cream cheese stuffed muffins coming soon!

Health Notes

Oats are a very important pantry ingredient in our house. We eat them often for breakfast and use them regularly in baked goods. 

Oats are a great source of soluble fiber – the type of fiber that absorbs liquid – and helps stabilize blood sugar, improve bowel regularity, lower cholesterol, and keep you full.

Oats are also a great source of B vitamins, zinc, iron, and selenium. Oats are also higher in protein than most other grains.

Gluten-free. Oats need to be certified as gluten-free because most oats are processed in factories that also process gluten-containing grains. Oats do contain a protein called avenin, which may have some cross reactivity with gluten in some cases of gluten allergy. Oats are generally tolerated by those with gluten intolerances but everyone is different!

Raspberry Lemon Muffins (nut-free, gluten-free!)

Author : Ashley Madden
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 9 muffins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
A glorious flavour combination – tart lemon, sweet raspberries, a little coconut sugar.


  • Muffin Pan


  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 cups gluten-free oat flour (or regular if gluten isn't an issue)
  • ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats (or regular if gluten isn't an issue)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened organic soy milk
  • cups frozen raspberries


  • Position the oven rack to the middle of the oven and preheat to 350ºF.
  • In a small bowl, mix the flaxseed with water and set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • In a large bowl mix together the oat flour, rolled oats, baking powder, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Next, add the zest, lemon juice, vanilla, milk, and the thickened flax mixture and mix together until combined and no dry spots remain. Fold in the raspberries.
  • Distribute the batter into the muffin pan (scoop a heaping 1/3 cup of batter for each muffin – you should get 9 muffins) and bake for 22 to 25 minutes until the muffins are browned and slightly firm to touch.
  • Let the muffins cool for 10 minutes in the muffin pan and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. If not enjoyed within a day or two of baking, freeze the muffins to maintain freshness.


Optional: feel free to add ½ cup chopped walnuts or almonds.
If you're using a silicone muffin pan, the baking time might be a little longer. 
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  1. Reply

    Shirley Tucker

    March 22, 2021

    I’m deathly allergic to flax. What do you suggest I use instead? I can’t have chia, either. Thanks.

    • Reply

      Ashley Madden

      March 22, 2021

      Sorry to hear but there’s always a workaround! Try mixing 1 teaspoon whole psyllium husk with 1/4 cup water (instead of flax egg) and letting it sit to thicken and then continue with the recipe as written. I think this should work fine!
      If you need a link to whole psyllium husk, the one I use is linked in this post: https://riseshinecook.ca/desserts/vegan-christmas-spice-cake-oil-free-gluten-free/
      Let me know how it works out!


  2. Reply

    Tam Boucher

    July 21, 2022

    Hi Ashley,

    My husband doesn’t tolerate oats very well. Would you have any suggestestions as to what I could substitute, if anything, here?

    • Reply

      Ashley Madden

      August 2, 2022

      Hi Tam!

      I think I would try a 50:50 mix of almond flour and light buckwheat flour! If you try this, let me know how it turns out 🙂
      And in my next book there’s a new version of the amazing bread without oats! Many many requests for that one!


  3. Reply

    Tam Boucher

    July 21, 2022

    p.s his oat issue means be misses out on your aptly named “Amazing Multigrain Bread” that I make regularly. Poor guy… but it’s all the more for me 🙂


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