A halved chocolate muffin with chocolate chips against a grey background

Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Muffins

These Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Muffins are super chocolatey, rich and fudgy and make a great healthier dessert or snack!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten-free chocolate muffins, gluten-free vegan muffins, vegan chocolate muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 241kcal
Author Rhian Williams


  • 60 g (1/4 cup) coconut oil (or sub olive or vegetable oil)
  • 250 ml (1 cup) unsweetened almond milk (or any other plant-based milk)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • 12 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 150 g (1 1/4 cup) ground almonds (almond meal) *
  • 150 g (1 1/4 cup) gluten-free flour blend (or sub plain flour if not gluten-free)
  • 2 heaped teaspoons baking powder (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 50 g (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
  • 50 g (1.8 oz) dark chocolate chips ** (ensure vegan/gluten-free if necessary)


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Place the coconut oil in a large bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave (skip this step if using any other oil)
  • Once melted, add the milk to the same bowl along with the vinegar, maple syrup, vanilla, salt and ground almonds
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder
  • Mix well, adding a tiny splash more milk if it’s looking too dry
  • Stir in the chocolate chips
  • Transfer mixture between muffin cases in a muffin tin
  • Bake in oven for around 20 minutes until risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean
  • Best when fresh, but keeps well covered in the fridge for up to a few days


*You can alternatively use almond flour
**For a refined sugar free version, omit or use a refined sugar free dark chocolate


Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 2mg