The Best Chocolate Muffins

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It’s Sunday morning and that means freshly baked muffins.

The muffins I’ve baked today are the American-style, made from a batter which is leavened with a raising agent. The American style muffin differs from the English which is basically a flattish roll, leavened with yeast. These are split and toasted, buttered and often served with jam or filled with bacon and egg.

Who doesn’t love an American-style muffin? They give us the excuse to eat what is basically cake for breakfast. How good is that? Baking a batch of muffins is deeply satisfying but the pleasure of eating a still warm, freshly baked muffin, no words can adequately describe. They are at once warm and comforting and utterly delicious.


These muffins are simple to make. The combination of flours and the buttermilk combine to produce a muffin with a light, tender crumb. For the best flavour, I recommend a good quality Dutch processed cocoa. I use Plaistowe, it’s available in tins from the supermarket.

For those who follow a gluten-free diet, you will be delighted by these muffins.

Gluten-free muffins often rise beautifully in the oven only to deflate when they’ve been out of the oven a few minutes, causing my spirit to also deflate, but not so with these. They hold their shape beautifully and nobody will know they are gluten-free.

There’s an added bonus, the comforting smell of the freshly baked muffin. The delicious, sweet aroma of fresh baking fills the kitchen; it is comforting and enticing. They are lovely as is but I have two variations, as shown below in the Notes.

These muffins are perfect for breakfast, mid-morning, the school lunch box or an afternoon snack. In fact, you could serve these for a quick, easy dessert. Just warm in the microwave or oven and serve with berries and whipped cream on the side.

Please try these muffins, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

xx Alex and Faye

I have adapted this recipe from a book called “Sharing Sweet Secrets”  by Pamela Moriarty.

P.S. Want some other great breakfast ideas? Check out my recipes for:
Overnight Oats with Apple and Sultanas, Peach, Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins or Healthy Oat Yoghurt Pancakes

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The Best Chocolate Muffins

These muffins are delicious - and they also happen to be gluten free!

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine English
Keyword chocolate, gluten free, muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 190 kcal


  • ¼ cup gluten free self-raising flour (I use Orgran)
  • ¼ cup white rice flour
  • ½ cup maize cornflour
  • ½ cup Dutch style cocoa
  • 1 tspn baking powder (gluten free)
  • ½ tspn bicarbonate of soda
  • 125 gm butter cubed, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup caster/superfine sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tspn vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk approximately


  1. Preheat oven to 200oC/390oF.(3)
  2. Sift together flours, cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer or with hand held beaters cream together butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Occasionally scrape own the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add vanilla and then buttermilk. The mixture may appear curdled but don’t worry, it will be fine.
  6. Using a low speed, gently fold in the dry ingredients, and again, scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure even mixing. Do not overmix as this will result in tough muffins.
  7. Spoon evenly into a well-greased 12 hole muffin tin or into a tin lined with paper cases. (4) Bake for 5 minutes then lower the oven temperature to 180oC/350oF. Bake a further 10-15 minutes.
  8. Test with a skewer which will come out clean when cooked. Cool the muffins slightly (if you can bear to) before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  9. If you wish, dust with icing/confectioners’ sugar to serve.

Recipe Notes

NOTES: 1. When baking with rice flour, I buy mine from an Asian grocery. It is very finely ground. I have found that some rice flour from the supermarket can be quite grainy. 2. Check that the cornflour you buy is actually made from corn as quite a lot is made from wheat. 3. The initial higher oven temperature causes a faster rise for the muffins, resulting in a more domed result. Don’t forget to lower the temperature after 5 minutes. 4. Once you’ve made the batter, place your muffins into the oven immediately as the baking powder will have begun to work after coming into contact with moisture. VARIATIONS: 1. Prior to baking, when you have filled the muffin tin, make an indentation in the top of the muffin batter and add a teaspoon of raspberry jam. OR 2. I make a cream cheese filling which is delicious. Soften 100 gm cream cheese, add ½ tspn vanilla and 1 tbspn of icing/confectioners’ sugar. Mix well, half fill the muffin tin with the batter. Make an indentation in the batter and divide the cream cheese amongst the muffins. Add the rest of the batter.

Nutrition Facts
The Best Chocolate Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 108mg5%
Potassium 86mg2%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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112 Comments on “The Best Chocolate Muffins”

  1. I made these with my little one and they were an absolute hit. I think next time we will try them with the cream cheese filling for extra indulgence.

  2. 5 stars
    These were so deliciousy chocolatey! Big hit in our family and I was impressed with how light they were. Not dense like some muffins can be.

  3. 5 stars
    I love to bake and definitely will be trying this! As I write, I just finished making a chocolate and coconut cake 😀

  4. 5 stars
    It looks delicious. And the recipe looks interesting. I would love to try it out. When are you inviting me to try them?

  5. They sound so delicious, I’ll have to try them next time I’m in the mood for a spot of baking!

  6. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe to follow and we’d love to put a Black Forest spin on them and include cherries!

  7. This seems like a great recipe. I only know how to make muffins American style so the differentiation between it and English style is helpful.

  8. 5 stars
    These muffins look ah-mazing. I’m doing Keto right now but am saving the recipe for when I’m adding carbs back into my life! Thanks for sharing!

  9. We are big fans of all thing chocolate around here. The kids are going to love helping to bake these muffins. I love the idea of serving them with berries!

  10. 5 stars
    This looks tempting. I am definitely going to try this for sure. Even calories don’t count on weekends

  11. 5 stars
    I always love to have a muffins on my afternoon snacks and I think your Chocolate Muffins are
    best to have with hot coffee.

  12. Chocolate muffins for breakfast? Yes please! Can I find all of these ingredients in a grocery store or would I need to go to a specialty grocery store?

  13. OK now this sounds like it would be right up my street! Who doesn’t love a delicious chocolate muffins and these sound like some of the best.

  14. Muffin for breakfast, I’ve done that many times. This looks so good! I can’t wait to try the recipe.

  15. These muffins would be perfect for enjoying during the holidays. I really love how easy they are to make.

  16. 5 stars
    Those muffins look amazing. I can’t believe they are only 190 calories too! Here in America one of those from the store would be at least 400 cals. I am going to share this recipe with my hubby.

  17. 5 stars
    We love muffins and anything with chocolate! These are perfect to pack for my daughter’s school too since they’re nut-free!

    1. Hi Whitney, I’m so glad you’re going to make them. They are my favourite chocolate muffin, so light and full of flavour. I hope you enjoy them. 🙂

  18. 5 stars
    I totally agree that is the best chocolate muffins! I am so obsessed with chocolates! Yummy looking!

  19. 5 stars
    These look like such delicious chocolate muffins! With the kids off for the Easter holidays, we are looking for stuff to do so will definitely make these with them!

    1. Hi Lydia, there’s something very comforting about the smell of home-baked goods about to emerge from the oven. Makes me want to put the kettle on. 🙂

  20. Chocolate muffins are one of my favourites, love them on the go or in the morning or with a tea, and gluten-free is my way to go as I’ve given up gluten a year ago 😉 Thanks for sharing this recipe, sounds quick, easy and delicious!

    1. Hi Raluca, I agree, a chocolate muffin works pretty well any time. They are easy and delicious, definitely my favourite chocolate muffin. If you’re looking for gluten-free inspiration, we have quite a number on the blog. 🙂

  21. 5 stars
    I love chocolate muffins! These look so yummy & it’s great to hear that the gluten-free version works well with this recipe.

    1. Hi Sam, these are definitely my favourite gluten-free chocolate muffins. They are full of flavour, and deliciously moist! I do hope you’ll get to give them a try 🙂

  22. I love how easy this recipe is. These muffins are definitely simple to make. I would try it whit my girls this Sunday.

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