The Best Chocolate Muffin Recipe is here…
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
The Best Chocolate Muffins
- 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
For accuracy, we recommend weighing your ingredients. This will produce the best results.
- Preheat oven to 200oC/390oF.(3)
- Sift together flours, cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Set aside.
- 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.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add vanilla and then buttermilk. The mixture may appear curdled but don’t worry, it will be fine.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you wish, dust with icing/confectioners’ sugar to serve.
The nutritional information is an estimate only, and is derived from online calculators. For accurate results, we recommend calculating the nutritional information based on the ingredients and brands you use.
My first time making gluten free muffins and they were so good!! I made sure to get the right rice flour and corn flour and the results were amazing. They’re so tender and delicious. Definitely making these again!
Hi Adrianne, I am so pleased that you enjoyed the Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins. Thank you for letting me know. 🙂
Whoa never thought about adding rice flour in muffins and this recipe is indeed delicious
Hi Linda, thank you for letting me know that you enjoy the Chocolate Muffins. They are a favourite of mine also. 🙂
These muffins are absolutely perfect! My kiddos enjoyed them
Hi Lilly, I am so happy to hear that, thank you so much. 🙂
These chocolate muffins were so easy to make and were FABULOUS! Great recipe! Thanks!
Hi Jeri, I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the Chocolate Muffins, thank you for letting me know. 🙂
Thank you so much for this recipe. My grandchild has a gluten sensitivity so I’m always looking for gluten free recipes to make for him. This was the best gluten free muffin recipe I’ve tried. I added the raspberry jam like you suggested and that was his favorite part. I’ve printed out this recipe so I can make this for him soon. Thank you dear.
Thank you, Barb, for your delightful comments. I am thrilled that your grandson enjoyed the Chocolate Muffins, made especially delicious with the addition of raspberry jam. It’s such a treat to make something for him that he loves. Best wishes, Alex. 🙂
I have tried so many chocolate muffin recipes, but I must admit that you. I made it today, loved and, and will making again for sure.
Hello Irina, I am so pleased that you enjoyed the Chocolate Muffin; thank you for letting me know. 🙂
These chocolate muffins are so moist and delicious. I love the powdered sugar coating on top too.
Sharon, I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the chocolate muffins; thank you for letting me know. 🙂
Perfect for my gluten free friend! Thank you!
Hello Jen, these really are lovely, light muffins, full of chocolate flavour. I do hope that you and your friend enjoy them. 🙂