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These healthy chocolate muffins are EVERYTHING! Extremely delicious, moist, fluffy, sweet, flavorful and so much more! This recipe has the perfect balance of flavors with rich chocolate and a lot of ripe bananas. It’s sweetened with the bananas along with a little coconut sugar and maple syrup. So, these are free from any refined sugar while still having the perfect amount of sweetness in order to feel satisfied in every way. If you love rich chocolate breakfast recipes, try these healthy muffins and I hope you love them as much as I do!
These healthy chocolate muffins are paleo, grain free, gluten free, dairy free, soy free and refined sugar free.
Gluten Free & Dairy Free Breakfast
You can NEVER have too many breakfast recipes that work for meal-prep. If you’re looking for even more gluten and dairy free breakfast recipes, here are some more great ones that you can make ahead of time.
- Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins (Gluten Free + Dairy Free + Paleo).
- Gluten Free Banana Nut Muffins (Paleo + Dairy Free).
- Healthy Chocolate Granola Recipe (Gluten Free + Dairy Free).
- Nut Free Simple Granola Recipe (Gluten Free + Dairy Free).
Healthy Chocolate Muffins Ingredients:
Ripe bananas: The more ripe your bananas are, the sweeter they will be which is better in muffins. When they are very ripe, bananas can be mashed more easily too.
Eggs: I haven’t tried an egg substitute in these muffins and so I don’t recommend that you replace this ingredient.
Coconut sugar: This is an unrefined sweetener with a beautiful maple flavor that pairs perfectly with the maple syrup.
Coconut oil: This oil has a rich coconut flavor that works so well with the sweetness in these muffins. If you like, you can use avocado oil or even melted butter instead.
Maple syrup: Another unrefined sweetener that brings some moisture as well. If you want to try a substitute, I think honey would work but let me know how it goes if you try that!
Vanilla extract: Just a couple teaspoons of this ingredient adds so much delicious flavor to these muffins. But, you can leave this out if you prefer.
Almond flour: This grain-free flour creates a beautiful cake-like texture in these muffins. Make sure to use blanched almond flour and not almond meal.
Cacao powder: You can use cocoa powder instead if you like but, add a 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder in addition to the existing recipe!
Tapioca starch: This can also be called tapioca flour and they are the exact same. This starch works to bind similarly to how gluten would when using all-purpose flour would. So, adding it to these muffins helps to create the perfect texture. If you want, you can substitute arrowroot starch or another starch.
Baking soda: This ingredient is used as a leavening agent in these muffins.
Sea salt: You can definitely adjust the amount up or down according to your preference.
Chocolate chips: These are optional but I highly recommending adding them! Make sure to get dairy free and/or paleo as you need.
Chocolate Banana Muffins Recipe Tips:
Here are a few random tips that I think are helpful when baking these muffins! Let me know of any tips you might want to share with others making these.
Bananas are only good to use in muffins when they’re SUPER ripe. This means very freckled or even completely brown,
If you have ripe bananas that you aren’t ready to use yet, you can freeze them and they’ll stay good in there for months! I just pop mine in the freezer when their really ripe and when I want some for a recipe, take them out in the morning and let them defrost before peeling and mashing as usual.
In order to not overmix your batter, stop stirring when it’s almost fully mixed before adding in your chocolate chips. After adding the chocolate chips, you can stir them in and finish incorporating all the flours without overmixing.
I made my own paper liners for these muffins and you can too very easily! Just cut twelve 5×5 squares of parchment paper and place each in the center of a muffin cup in your muffin tin. Then use the bottom of a small cup to push each liner into the cup and roll along the sides until it holds that shape and stays in the tin on its own.
Healthy Chocolate Muffins Recipe (Gluten Free + Dairy Free)
Keyword: chocolate muffins
Author: Adrianne from Bananasaboutlife.com
Yield: 12 muffins
- 3 medium sized ripe bananas (1 1/4 cup mashed)
- 4 eggs (room temperature)
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted and cooled to room temperature)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (room temperature)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup almond flour (blanched almond flour- not almond meal)
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 cup tapioca starch (it can also be called tapioca flour)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup chocolate chips (use dairy-free, paleo, refined sugar-free as needed)
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a muffin tin with 12 liners or grease with oil.
- Start my mashing your ripe banana very well and measure to make sure you have enough. Then, add to a large mixing bowl along with the eggs, coconut sugar, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Use a whisk to combine the wet ingredients really well.
- To another medium-sized mixing bowl add almond flour, cacao powder, tapioca starch, baking soda, sea salt. Stir these dry ingredients together in order to break up any clumps.
- Transfer the combined dry ingredients to the bowl of combined wet ingredients and stir until almost completely mixed. At this point, add in your chocolate chips and finish mixing until everything is combined.
- Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups. You can add more chocolate chips on the top of each muffin, if you like.
- Place the muffin tin in your preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean (which means they’re done baking).
- Eat leftovers within 3-4 days.
More Healthy Breakfast Recipes
I have some more good breakfast options that you can find in the breakfast category of my menu. You can also check out some these healthy breakfast recipes, if you like!
- Grain-Free Breakfast Tacos (Gluten Free + Dairy Free).
- Caramel Apple Healthy Oatmeal Recipe (Gluten Free + Vegan).
- Pink Strawberry Beet Smoothie (Vegan + Gluten Free).
Thanks For Stopping By
This post is a recipe for healthy chocolate muffins which are paleo, gluten free and dairy free. If you like this post, please consider taking a look at my other recipes! And, if you make these muffins, leave a comment below letting me, and everyone else, know how it went for you! Thanks for stopping by my blog today and have a great day!