Every Sunday I’d sneak off to the church kitchen and see if I could pilfer a chocolate Costco muffin off the counter before anyone in charge noticed. They’d be quartered and out with the mediocre coffee moments later, but I couldn’t wait for that.
Those muffins. I still get a pang of nostalgia whenever we roll past them. Now I’m a Mama with a flat bed cart filling it up with eggs and coconut oil but… those muffins. The other night I got a major bug to whip up a chocolate muffin. But my kiddos (and TBH, me and Charlie too…ugh) are all a little sensitive to gluten and dairy in big doses (or with any regularity). So I decided to make my own version of my Sunday school favorite. Gluten and Dairy free Chocolate muffins can be hit or miss in a VERY big way. These ones? Warm with a cup of almond milk on the side? BIG FAMILY WIN here.
The Chocolate Muffin;
Aka a cupcake sans frosting. But maybe with butter instead?
- 2 cups GF flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tbs cacao powder
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup nut butter
- ½ cup apple sauce
- 1 cup milk alternative
- 1 cup (1/4 reserved) chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cacao) and mix well. In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, maple, nut butter, apple sauce, and milk. Add dry ingredients to wet, mix well, stir in ¾ cup chocolate chips. Spoon into oiled or papered muffin tin (I like to fill near the top to get a nice dome on the muffins). Top with extra chocolate chips on each muffin. Bake for 15-18min.
These muffins are a big hit in our house, and they look extra cute if you make sure your chocolate chip buttons are flat side up when you top the muffins (this is the girlies favorite job!). These are best when warm, and, if you prefer a sweeter muffin, add in 1/4 cup brown sugar, they’re sweet without (thanks to all those chocolate chips!) but to really get that Costco feel… you need a little extra sugar 😉
These with a big pad of pasture butter were breakfast today and my kiddos are already asking when we can make another batch!