Paleo Chocolate Chip Muffins (Gluten Free Grain Free Dairy Free)
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[pinit] My kids really, really love it when I bake with almond flour. They don’t know Paleo from Schmaleo. They just know what they like. And these Paleo chocolate chip … more »

Paleo Chocolate Chip Muffins[pinit] My kids really, really love it when I bake with almond flour. They don’t know Paleo from Schmaleo. They just know what they like. And these Paleo chocolate chip muffins fit the bill.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Muffins

At this point, having given up entirely on making eggs (brain food!) for my kids before school each day (my youngest hates them and I just. can’t. fight. any. more.), I can never have enough make-ahead school morning breakfasts. I serve one muffin per kid with a bunch of fresh fruit, and that’s breakfast. And the muffins? They freeze beautifully and defrost overnight in the refrigerator (or with a quick spin in a toaster oven in the morning if I haven’t *ahem* planned ahead).

Paleo Chocolate Chip Muffins

You can leave out the chocolate chips, or swap them out for something else. Just be careful not to mix in anything with too much moisture or it might not work. But, as always, give it a try and then report back so the rest of us can benefit from your wealth of experience!

Paleo Chocolate Chip Muffins

And it bears stating that, while you may be able to get away with swapping out the mini chocolate chips with something else, I cannot. I can see my youngest (a/k/a my most whiny breakfast-eater) out of the corner of my eye, picking out the chips as she eats the muffin, one by one. I think she’s counting them to make sure that she got a sufficient number in her particular muffin. I guess, when you’re the youngest of 3, all super close in age, you learn to count what’s rightfully yours!

Looking for more basic Paleo recipes? I’ve got you covered. I’m all about the basic Paleo baked goods.

Prep time: 5 minutes       Cook time: 20 minutes       Yield: 12 muffins
Ingredients

1/2 cup (168 g) honey

8 tablespoons virgin coconut oil (melted) or nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening (melted)

3 eggs (180 g, out of shell), at room temperature

1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces) almond or coconut milk, at room temperature

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups (280 g) finely-ground blanched almond flour (not Bob’s Red Mill brand or Trader Joe’s brand – they are too coarse)

1 tablespoon (8 g) coconut flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

3 ounces miniature dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand), tossed with 1 teaspoon tapioca or arrowroot starch

Directions
  • Preheat your oven to 325°F. Grease or line a standard 12-cup muffin tin, and set it aside.

  • Place all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips tossed with starch, in the order listed, in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. You can mix the ingredients by hand, rather than by machine, but the batter will likely have lumps. Transfer the batter to a large mixing bowl, and add the chocolate chips and starch. Fold the chips into the batter into they are evenly distributed throughout. The batter will be thick but smooth.

  • Fill the prepared muffin cups each about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way full with batter. With wet fingers, smooth the batter in each muffin cup into an even layer. Place in the center of the preheated oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (about 20 minutes). Do not overbake, and be sure that your oven temperature is accurate or the muffins will burn as almond flour has that tendency.

  • Remove from the oven and allow the muffins to cool in the tin for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Love,
Me

 

P.S. I am getting the first prize package ready for a Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread giveaway, to be announced here on the blog next Monday! All you have to do to enter is pre-order! Entries will be on the honor system. I trust ya.

  • Donia Robinson

    I look forward to making these! I LOVE almond flour. It’s pretty amazing what you can bake without a true “flour.”

    Poor, poor youngest. Ours has a chip on her shoulder as well, though it goes a little farther than just counting chips. She’s a bully! I’m the middle child, so that should explain a lot…

  • Jennifer Sasse

    wow – I guess I should be so happy I only have 2 kids almost 5 years apart! LOL. These look great though and mine will love them for breakfast. Though I’m so happy that they love hard boiled eggs for breakfast too – lucky me!
    Speaking of chocolate chips, my oldest asked for a chocolate chip cookie crusted ice cream pie for thanksgiving since I’m in charge of pies this year…..do you think I can use the chocolate ice cream bowl recipe for that?

  • Anneke

    That sounds like breakfast at my house, plus a glass of milk and a big glass of water. Oddly, the glass of water causes the most complaining. Really? You’re ruining my positive morning energy over water? Apparently it is something to do with the nasty school bathrooms and not enough time to go between classes. Whatever. You want me to make breakfast, you get the water. And the muffins. Sounds like a good deal to me! I have done a little with almond flour, but seems like it is time for me to embrace it fully. Almonds are really good for runners, and I have lots of those living here.

    By the way, I pre-ordered! But you probably guessed that, if I haven’t already told you!

    • Donia Robinson

      Anneke, you definitely need to embrace almond flour. The texture is so incredible. Never grainy, always light and fluffy. So. Good.

      • Jennifer Sasse

        Yes girls – but what about the fat content? :(

        • Danyell

          Almonds are a good fat though. It is good for you!

          • Donia Robinson

            That’s my thought. I feel like the fat and protein in the almonds are better than empty carbs. My 2 cents… ;)

        • Anneke

          Believe me, Jennifer, no worries about the fat content with these kids! Now, I am another story . . .

          • Donia Robinson

            Oh, and I’ve heard that almond flour baked goods are good for people with diabetes, so that’s another reason for you to embrace it!

            • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole Hunn

              Very good point, Donia!

  • Liz

    Noooo Nicole! I’ve been trying not to hear the siren call of the half packet of choc chips lurking at the back of my pantry. In week 10 of no grains, no gluten, no dairy, no refined sugars and doing so well….and then you post this. Can I resist…?

    • Melissa

      Check out Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips for Grain/Dairy free!

  • Marjan Crabtree

    These are soo yummy!! Kids love them too. I did reduce the honey to 100 grams.

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  • Scott Cannon

    Excellent Paleo baked good – the first that even the kids enjoyed. Since my wife is allergic to almonds, I used the ground cashews that recently arrived at our local Trader Joes using the same weight as the almond flour. We also used coconut milk (the drinkable kind). The batter came out less thick than described and needed 3 minutes longer in the oven. They also were slightly oily, so may reduce the shortening next time.

    If they are available locally, Guittard Real Semisweet Chocolate baking chips are dairy (and grain) free and taste much better than the Enjoy Life chips.

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