Gluten Free Almond Cherry Muffins

Gluten Free Almond Cherry Muffins Recipe

My hubby has a way of forgetting to tell me things. Like that we are having house guests. And that they are arriving the morning after our very late night return from being gone for a week and a half. In all fairness, he did remember to tell me. It’s just that he remembered at 2:30 in the morning as I was just about to fall into a deep coma after a long day of travel from one end of the continent to another.

It is times like this that a well-stocked gluten free pantry (and a clean guest room) comes in handy! After all, when people arrive at your home after a long flight from Europe it is only gracious to offer them a little something to eat to make them feel welcome.

After a few hours’ sleep and about a gallon of coffee I rummaged around my kitchen to see what I could whip up without having to run to the store. The freezer held half a bag of frozen dark sweet cherries and some sliced almonds, the fridge contained a few eggs and some butter and the pantry some Solo Almond Paste. And of course I always have other basics on hand such as good, pastry quality gluten-free flour, sugar, pure vanilla extract and baking powder. An idea was staring to form – muffins! Served with some coffee it seemed like the perfect thing for a light bite after a red-eye.

I love having house guests (even unexpected ones), I love my well stocked pantry and I love my husband (even when he just assumes I should be able to magically know everything that’s going on without the advantage of verbal communication). And fortunately, everyone loved these Gluten Free Almond Cherry Muffins!

(These muffins can easily be made dairy free just by using a good quality dairy free butter substitute in place of butter.)

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5 from 2 votes
Gluten Free Almond Cherry Muffins
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Gluten Free Almond Cherry Muffins Recipe

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Muffins
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 1 cup (heaping) frozen dark sweet cherries
  • 1 (8-ounce) can Solo Almond Paste
  • ½ cup plus 3 teaspoons sugar – use divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter (or dairy free butter substitute) melted and hot
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose gluten free flour blend
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a standard muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.
  • Thaw the frozen cherries in a bowl and save any juices that accumulate. (You can do this either at room temperature or in the microwave at 30 percent power for 2 – 3 minutes.) Coarsely chop the cherries.
  • Break up the almond paste into the bowl of an electric mixer preferably fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat the almond paste until it crumbles. Add ½ cup of sugar and the hot, melted butter. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix well. Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Fold in the cherries and reserved juices. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin tins. Top each muffin with some of the sliced almonds and about ¼ teaspoon of sugar. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until risen and golden brown.
  • Let the muffins cool in the pan and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Almond Cherry Muffins Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 169mg7%
Potassium 128mg4%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 242IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Almonds Cherries Dairy Free Easy Gluten-Free Gluten-Free Recipes Muffins Pantry Recipe
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  2. Anita
    March 23, 2012

    Oh my! Gluten free goodness!

  3. March 24, 2012

    Hooray for a well stocked pantry! I hope those flowers were for you from your husband after his regrettable memory lapse :)

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 25, 2012

      Haha – as a matter of fact, the flowers did come from him:)

  4. March 25, 2012

    Those muffins look and sound yummy! Think I’ll head to the supermarket in the morning for the almond paste and cherries and give these a try. Oh yum!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 25, 2012

      Thanks Sharon, enjoy!

  5. Donna
    March 25, 2012

    Oh my – these sound amazing. You have encouraged me to go right out and stock up my pantry. And to make these muffins :)

  6. April 3, 2012


    1. Gluten Free & More
      April 3, 2012

      Thanks, they were!

  7. Jessica Abell
    September 23, 2013

    I tried making this recipe as a bread and it came out too dry (have tried it three times now). I didn’t realize this at the time, but the almond paste I bought had wheat flour in it so I had to exclude it from my recipe. Instead I added 4 teaspoons almond extract and 1/4 cup sugar. I also added 1/4 cup apple sauce for moisture, but since that didn’t help enough I may go back and add 1/2 cup next time. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  8. CarolKicinski
    September 25, 2013

    Hi Jessica – I haven’t tried to make this recipe without the almond paste so I don’t have a quick answer for you. I use Solo Almond Paste which is gluten free. More applesauce may help – wish I could be more sure, sorry!

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  10. Barbara Lyons
    July 10, 2017

    Fantastic muffins! Couldn’t even tell they were gluten-free and for me, dairy-free! I will still need to adjust for high-altitude, by cutting probably 1T of the “butter”, and cutting 1-2T of the interior sugar; start the heat a little higher to set them, and then cut the heat to lower to finish. But, even as they are, they are perfect tasting! I used pie cherries in water, as I didn’t have frozen cherries. Worked like a charm! I will be making these again. If only I could figure out how to make almond paste that was exactly like SOLO! Love your recipes! Keep them coming! This is in our “keeper” file!

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