There’s something about the weekend that often makes us want to indulge a bit. Today’s gluten-free muffin recipe for Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Muffins for March Muffin Madness (MMM) gives you a little indulgence–but, admittedly, it’s a fairly healthy indulgence—and our sponsors give you some more terrific giveaway prizes!
Paleo Double Chocolate Muffins from Chrystal Carver
Chrystal Carver (update: formerly of Gluten-Free Palate; note that site is no longer owned by Chrystal) creates classic recipes that taste every bit as good as the gluten-full alternatives, with minimal ingredients used. Chrystal is also the author of Sweet & Simple Gluten-Free Baking: Irresistible Classics in 10 Ingredients or Less!, which is part of today’s giveaway! For MMM, she’s sharing these Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Muffins.
Chrystal said that she wanted to create a recipe that would work for those with additional dietary restrictions and shares: “These muffins are fluffy, tender, and perfectly palate-pleasing. They were insanely delicious fresh out of the oven and just as enjoyable reheated the next day. My girls don’t tend to like muffins with almond flour in them and they were so fluffy they couldn’t tell the difference. Shhh, don’t tell them!”
How can anyone resist a muffin recipe that is described as “fluffy” and “insanely delicious”? I know I can’t!
Before you check out Chrystal’s Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Muffins recipe (and after you see the next photo you’ll definitely be ready to make them!), please check out today’s daily giveaway below.
This is Chrystal’s cookbook which I mentioned earlier. You can read my review and get a sample recipe, Butterscotch Tassies. The Butterscotch Tassies would actually make a divine treat for your Easter table! Here’s an excerpt of my review:
“Like many of us, Chrystal and her family initially went the route of spending lots of money on ready-made gluten-free products … and then throwing them away because of the unsatisfactory taste and texture. She decided she’d rather make her own baked goods, ones that met her family’s standards. Initially, she tried others’ recipes, but still was not satisfied, so she started experimenting with family favorites and eventually figured out how to create outstanding recipes that are just as good as her old gluten-full recipes. Plus, they were simple and easy for real, unlike so many of the recipes she’d been trying.”
I’ll cut to the chase. Chrystal’s cookbook lives up to its title! All of the reviewers on Amazon give this cookbook 5 stars, so I’m not alone in my opinion. Recipes include Angel Food Cake, Carrot Cake, Lemon Bread, Snickerdoodles, Gingersnaps, Key Lime Pie, Turtle Bars (again, swoon!!), and so much more.
Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Muffins Recipe (Paleo)
- 2 cups almond flour (room temperature)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (or oil of choice), melted and cooled
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 cup gluten-free dairy-free dark chocolate morsels
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cupcake pan with 12 paper liners; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk almond flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda.
- In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk coconut oil, maple syrup, and eggs.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon batter evenly into paper liners.
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until center of muffins is set.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Make sure to spoon the almond flour into the measuring cup and then level it.
If batter seems too thick, add two tablespoons of water and mix.
Today’s Giveaway Prizes
UPDATE: All giveaways are now closed but these prizes are still worth checking out on your own!
This cookbook comes from another good friend, Jeanne Sauvage of Art of Gluten-Free Baking. While so many recipes in this cookbook (recipes like Spritz Cookies, Stollen, and Cut-Out Cookies, Lebkuchen, Rugelach) are perfectly suited for holidays and festivals—some even for Easter and/or Passover—there are so many that you would happily make any time of the year. Think Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lemon Bars, Pound Cake, Skillet Cornbread, and Cannoli, and those are just a sampling. This book is critically acclaimed because its recipes work so well and they are lovely. You can read my earlier review here.
~ Paleo Eats: Real Food. Real Simple. (1 winner)
This prize is a small and attractive cookbook with over 60 recipes—some classics and some new and super creative—written by Peter Servold. Pete is a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef and the owner/operator of Pete’s Paleo, a paleo meal delivery service.
I previously shared Pete’s cookbook Paleo By Season: A Chef’s Approach to Paleo Cooking, which was photographed by his wife Sarah. Paleo Eats shares very similar recipes—most of which are three-part meal plans (e.g., Braised Short Ribs, Sauteed Kale, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts; Pan-Roasted Wild Halibut, Fennel Salad, and Parsnips). There are some “single” recipes like Classic Simple Meatballs, Butternut Squash Soup, and Borscht. There are very few recipes that are on the sweeter side, but the ones that are included—Sweet Potato and Banana Pancakes with Bacon Maple Sauce and Bacon Bars—are really good ones!
Enter to win below and remember that every comment on every post during MMM is not only an entry for the daily giveaway but is also an entry for the Grand Prize Giveaway. Be sure to claim additional entries for that giveaway below.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Grand Prize Giveaway (1 winner for each)
Be sure to enter the overall/grand prize giveaway at the bottom of this post and come back tomorrow for another terrific gluten-free muffin recipe and another daily giveaway. Remember that commenting on every post during the MMM event gives you additional entries into the grand prize drawing, which includes: 1/2 gallon Hidden Springs Vermont organic maple syrup, USA Bakeware 12-cup muffin pan, Kettle & Fire bone broth (thanks to the folks at Kettle & Fire!), 5-lb bag of Honeyville almond flour, Cuisinart ice cream maker, Paderno World Cuisine vegetable slicer/spiralizer, Crockpot casserole slow cooker, Instant Pot pressure cooker, and—the grand prize, which is sponsored by Blendtec!—a Blendtec Designer 625 with Wildside+ jar and Twister jar.
You can see the up-to-date listing of daily prizes and the complete lineup of bloggers and recipes in the kickoff post here. Come back tomorrow morning for our first savory muffin recipe!a Rafflecopter giveaway
Originally published May 19, 2016; updated February 20, 2024.