Coco-nutty Chocolate Muffins
Makes 6 Jumbo muffins or 12 regular muffins
- 3/4 cup GF flour blend (I used Montana Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix, it is mostly oat flour)
- 3/4 cup ground flax seeds (remove and set aside 1 tablespoon)
- 1/4 cup ground almonds
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup hemp protein powder (like Manitoba Harvest Pro50)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup coconut/almond milk (any dairy-free milk)
- 3/4 cup organic sugar
- 1 tablespoon old-fashioned molasses
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- sliced almonds
- coconut chips (big flakes)
Preheat oven to 400°. Grease muffin tin or use paper liners.
Pour vinegar and dairy-free milk into small bowl or measuring cup. Set aside.
Mix that tablespoon of flax seed meal (you took out of the 3/4 cup) and mix with 3 tablespoons of water. Set aside
Combine first 8 ingredients through chocolate chips in large mixing bowl.
Stir together pumpkin puree, sugar, molasses, vanilla, flax mixture (egg replacer) and milk/vinegar mixture in a small(ish) mixing bowl.
Add wet ingredients to dry. Gently stir until combined. Divide batter into muffin tin. (I use a measuring cup.) Top with sliced almonds and coconut chips (optional).
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean (hard to avoid chocolate chips though).
I have a problem with Almond Joy Granola (minimalist baker). Every time I make it, I must eat it until it is gone. I have one bowl for breakfast and another one for afternoon snack and one more before I go to bed. My children may get one bowl, if they are quick. Favorite granola, hands down! Now,we also have our favorite chocolate muffins, but they have whole wheat flour and wheat germ and I am trying so hard to keep my child gluten free. So, what if we substitute ground almonds for the wheat germ and add in coconut because coconut goes with chocolate and almonds? I’m thinking these could be the next favorite muffins. (wrote this before muffins were actually made)
(written after muffins made and eaten) These taste nothing like the Almond Joy Granola or the candy bar (from what I remember). These muffins are super chocolaty with coconut and almond accents. I’ll probably try again for a more pronounced coconut flavored muffin, but for now I’m happy with chocolate!
I made these muffins last night. After they had been baking half an hour, I turned off the oven and left them in there overnight. This morning I served my (wary) children, each half a muffin. One picked the coconut off of the top and left the rest crumbled on her plate. My other child didn’t leave a crumb. So a mixed review. I thought they were yummy. Gluten free, dairy free,vegan, high fiber, what is not to love? I’m thinking I’ll have another one for snack. Is it snack time?