These Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins are scrumptious. They are also dairy-free, grain-free, and refined sugar-free making them Paleo friendly as well. You are going to love these Paleo Chocolate Muffins.
Do you love grabbing a quick muffin for breakfast? My Paleo Chocolate Chip Muffins are super tasty and healthy. If you’re more of a blueberry muffin person you’ll want to make my gluten free blueberry muffins.
For more breakfast ideas you’ll want to check out my Gluten Free Breakfast section.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins
These Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins, that are also grain-free chocolate muffins, are my contribution to this fabulous and fun gluten-free muffin”equivalent” of the other March Madness events. MMM is hosted by Shirley at Gluten Free Easily and will run through Tuesday April 5.
There will be 22 bloggers participating in MMM, so that means 22 delicious gluten-free muffin recipes. There will be daily giveaway throughout the event and an overall giveaway awarded at the end. Fun right? I’ve included these Paleo Chocolate Chip Muffins in on the fun.
Update: Although the contest is over, there are still lots of amazing recipes, like these Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins. So, don’t be afraid to check out the old contest and recipes and see if there’s something that would work for you.
These paleo chocolate muffins are made with almond flour and a few other simple ingredients. One thing to note about using almond flour is that it is NOT a 1-to-1 for gluten-free flour.
It has a lot more protien and fat, and let starch, so it reacts differently in recipes.
It’s best stored in the refrigerator or freezer if you’re not going to use it up in a week or two. I talk about it more below in my tips for working with almond flour.
Can I use an egg replacer in these paleo chocolate muffins?
I haven’t tried using an egg replacer in this gluten-free chocolate muffin recipe because of the amount of eggs that it calls for. I have had others comment on similar recipes that chia egg and flax egg worked well, but the almond flour muffins didn’t rise as much.
Their paleo chocolate muffins turned out to be more of a rich, fudgy brownie-muffin.
What can I use instead of maple syrup in paleo muffins?
You can use honey, agave or a sugar free syrup in this paleo chocolate muffin recipe in place of the maple syrup. Just note that the flavor will be different. Maple syrup tends to be mild in flavor while still adding a touch of sweetness.
Working with Almond Flour
These are essentially almond flour chocolate muffins. One thing to note about using almond flour is that it is NOT a 1-to-1 for gluten-free flour. It has a lot more protien and fat, and less starch, so it reacts differently in recipes.
It’s best stored in the refrigerator or freezer if you’re not going to use it up in a week or two.
Always bring Almond meal or flour to room temperature before baking almond flour muffins with it. If you use it cold, it’ll absorb more of the liquid and your batter will be thicker than it should be.
And remember, because it’s made from almonds, it can go rancid, so keep track of when you opened the bag otherwise your paleo chocolate muffins will taste funny.
Do you like simple, chocolatey muffins that are healthy too? Then you’ll love these Paleo Chocolate Muffins. They don’t get any simpler than this.
There’s a video showing you how easy these gluten-free chocolate muffins are to make.
How to Make Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk almond flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda.
- Continue to mix until no lumps remain.
- Add the oil, maple syrup, and eggs.
- Mix until well combined.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon batter evenly into your paper liners. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the center is set.
These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes only. Please see the printable recipe card below.
It takes me about 5 minutes to whip up the batter for these gluten-free chocolate muffins.
These paleo chocolate muffins are easy enough that you can make them fresh in the morning before you get your day started. For the full recipe and instructions see below.
I am happy to say these gluten-free chocolate muffins are bursting with chocolate flavors making everyone in my house mmm and yummm as we selfishly devoured them (no, seriously, we didn’t share with anyone).
These grain-free chocolate muffins are fluffy, tender, and perfectly palate-pleasing.
They were insanely delicious fresh out of the oven and just as enjoyable reheated the next day. My girls don’t tend to like muffins with almond flour in them and they were so fluffy they couldn’t tell the difference. Shhh, don’t tell them!
If my girls know these gluten-free chocolate muffins are actually healthy they may turn their little noses up at them. I’m going to keep it a secret until they are ready to learn to make them. Just in case.
My Paleo Chocolate Chip Muffins also make great, filling breakfasts and they both use the same base ingredients. There really is no excuse not to make one of these yummy, healthy muffins for breakfast.
To top it all off, all of these paleo muffins freeze well! I often make up extra batches and freeze them for busy weeks, camping, or traveling and they are still tender and delightful.
Gluten-Free Muffin Recipes:
- Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins
- Gluten-Free Apple Spice Muffins
- Paleo Blueberry Muffins
- Paleo Pumpkin Muffins
This recipe is so easy to make and scrumptious that I used it as a base for my Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes. Check them out.
Stop back by and let me know what you thought of these Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins!
Serving Size: 1 muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 234mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 14gProtein: 8g