Made with a base of whole grains and naturally sweetened, these healthy, jumbo Vegan Chocolate Breakfast Muffins (gluten-free!) are an awesome way to start your day!
And so the make-ahead-breakfast-saga continues!
(and if you missed my make-ahead carrot cake baked oatmeal recipe, be sure to check that out!)
But for all you chocolate lovers, today I'm sharing the recipe for these large, moist (sorry, it's true), gluten-free chocolate breakfast muffins. I call them breakfast muffins because of how healthy they are, but you can really eat them any time of day. Top them with some dark chocolate granola and you'll be in chocolate heaven.
These chocolate breakfast muffins are made with a base of oat and almond flour, are sweetened with mashed banana and a touch of maple syrup and are jumbo to keep you full for whatever your morning has in store.
I guess you could even call this recipe chocolate oatmeal cups if you wanted, except I've just ground the oats into flour to give more of a muffin texture.
If you just want some delicious muffins with a few chocolate chips, then make these toasted coconut chocolate chip muffins!
Making Vegan Chocolate Breakfast Muffins
I make a batch (or two!) to last throughout the week and all we have to do in the morning is warm one up in the microwave. Once it's warm, we top it with the topping that each of wants including:
- Peanut butter;
- Ground flax seed;
- Whatever else you like!
Our daughter Harper obviously loves these as well, making them a delicious and healthy breakfast for kids. I just cut her muffin into smaller strips so that she can easily feed herself.
I haven't tried it, but I'm sure you could bake the batter like a cake in a larger baking dish and then just cut it into squares or strips!
How to Make Oat Flour
Like I mentioned earlier, the base of these muffins is made with oat flour.
Yes, you can easily buy some good oat flour, but you can just make it at home! It's waaaaaay cheaper and couldn't be easier to make.
All you have to do is place oats (rolled, quick or instant) into a food processor or high speed blender and process until a fine flour forms. I find processing about 2-3 cups of oats at a time is best.
Also because oats aren't fatty like nuts, you don't have to worry about the oats forming a paste or butter. You can just let your machine do the work until a flour forms.
How to Make Almond Flour
This chocolate breakfast muffin recipe also calls for a small amount of almond flour. I also make my almond flour at home and find it cheaper than buying store bought.
All you need is raw, slivered or blanched almonds.
In a food processor, place 1 cup of almonds into the bowl and pulse the almonds--scraping down the sides of the bowl often--until a flour forms.
Scraping down the sides of the bowl is important as it keeps the almonds from turning into almond butter. Using a food processor to make almond flour should only take about one minute of pulsing.
Additionally, you can also use a high speed blender to make almond flour. It requires about half of the time as a food processor. You will just want to set the speed of your blender to 2 0r 3 and pulse the almonds for only 30 seconds or so, or until a flour forms.
Other Vegan Muffin & Bread Recipes
I've posted quite a few chocolate muffin and quick bread recipes on the blog so be sure to check them out!
Many of them are like these chocolate breakfast muffins, in that they can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge until you're ready to enjoy them!
- Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Muffins
- Chickpea Flour Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- Vegan Chocolate Banana Muffins with Pecan Streusel
- Oil-Free Vegan Double Chocolate Jumbo Muffins
- Double Chocolate Black Tahini Banana Muffins
- Healthy Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake
Okay, without further ado, lets get to the recipe for these vegan chocolate breakfast muffins! Please let me know if you give these muffins a try. Leave a comment down below, rate the recipe and be sure to share it with your other chocolate-loving-friends!
Healthy Vegan Chocolate Breakfast Muffins (GF!)
- 2 flax eggs 6 tablespoons warm water + 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 cup mashed banana about 3 super ripe bananas
- ½ cup non-dairy milk
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 ¾ cup oat flour
- ½ cup almond flour
- Optional: 1-2 handfuls dairy free chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350 °F and grease 6 jumbo muffin cups or ramekins* with oil or cooking spray.
- Prepare your flax eggs by whisking together 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed with 6 tablespoons of warm water. Set the mixture aside to thicken.
- I usually just make this recipe using one bowl. So in a large mixing bowl, stir together all of the wet ingredients, from the mashed banana to the vanilla. Add in the thickened flax egg and combine.
- Add the remaining dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Divide the batter evenly among your 6 prepared muffin cups.
- Bake the muffins for about 30 minutes or until set and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.*
- Allow the muffins to cool for awhile in the pan before removing and allowing them to cool the rest of the way on a wire rack.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- When ready to eat, reheat a muffin and pair it with your favorite nut butter, fruit, etc.
Really enjoyed this recipe. I don’t like banana, so I replaced the 1 cup mashed banana with half a cup of almond butter and half a cup of vegan coconut yoghurt. I used one cup of oat flour and ¾ cup of chickpea flour for additional protein. Also added a quarter cup of chopped hazelnuts and I did add the chocolate chips. Made in a 12 standard muffin cups and baked for 27 minutes. Really tasty. They weren’t overly sweet and this is how I like them however, if you prefer a sweeter snack and want to leave out the banana maybe add more maple syrup. Thanks for the recipe! Love getting ideas for nice treats that are also healthy.
I don;t like bananas, is there something else that can be used in place of them like applesauce?
Faith VanderMolen says
Hi Lesia! I haven't tried anything other than bananas, but I think applesauce would work well. They might not be as sweet, but hopefully they'll still hold together well and be delicious. Keep us posted on what works for you!
Donna Lovett says
These muffins are DELICIOUS! I made them in regular muffin tins (made 12) and baked them for 24 minute on 350 and they came out perfect.
Yay! So glad to hear that! And I’m glad they work in regular muffin tins. I’ve been wanting to try that. Thanks for commenting Donna!!