Paleo Chocolate Muffins – Gluten Free Chocolate Muffins (Almond Flour, Grain Free)

Paleo Chocolate Muffins: moist Gluten Free chocolate muffins with almond flour, tons of chocolate & crispy tops! Easy, Grain-Free, Vegan, Healthy ingredients.

Happy January! Or should I say, “Happy 1st Recipe of January!!!” There, that’s better. 😉 At the very least, it’s tastier. Can you believe it’s 2020 already? Like, doesn’t anyone else feel the least bit awkward typing 20 twice, and ya know, not ending it with “19”? Cuz I sure as heck do.

But enough about that! How was your winter holiday season? Did you enjoy Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, or perhaps a good ‘ol Winter Solstice? Did you enjoy any yummy dessert goodies, such as paleo chocolate almond butter bars or paleo chocolate cupcakes? Whatever you celebrated, and whatever you ate during those celebrations, I hope it was with great company, even better hugs, and lots of laughter.

Now that that’s done with, it’s time to get crackin’ on Fitness January!! Okay, am I the only one that calls it that in my mind? 😉 Not to worry, we’re gonna start it off nice and slow, with what I like to think of as my transitionary recipe—a grain-free, paleo & whole ingredient delight that just happens to be my favorite chocolate muffin of all time.

Yep, more than my best moist gluten free chocolate muffins. Even more than my banana chocolate muffins. And totally more than my dark chocolate muffins.

Say whaaaa?

Well, let’s just say I didn’t come to play when it came to developing my 1st ever Paleo Muffin recipe. For you. 🙂 Special emphasis on the “for you” part because you know I never, ever wanna leave you with a hot mess in the kitchen—just a hot & tasty treat!

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­­­Paleo Chocolate Muffins – Gluten Free Chocolate Muffins (Easy)

These Paleo Chocolate Muffins have now become my favorite gluten free chocolate muffins of all-time. Bonus? They’re easy to make, dairy-free, grain-free and made from healthy ingredients. But, so what, Demeter!! [I hear you saying…like, I’m not talking about myself in the 3rd person or anything…ahem.] But how do these paleo chocolate muffins taste?? 

Well, my Paleo Chocolate Muffins are perfectly moist and rich, packed with deep chocolate flavor, and, they have crispy tops!! Bonus, these gluten free chocolate muffins are made with almond flour—just like y’all have been requesting for ages. When you make these paleo chocolate muffins, you can expect a light & unbelievably fluffy crumb, with mouthwatering chocolate flavor.

Is this Paleo Chocolate Muffins Recipe Grain Free? Gluten Free? Easy? Vegan?

Grain Free Chocolate Muffins?

Oh YES. I’m pleased to inform you that this paleo chocolate muffins recipe does, in fact, qualify as grain free chocolate muffins. There’s not a grain in sight!

Gluten Free Chocolate Muffins- Easy?

Double yes—these paleo chocolate muffins just so happen to be my favorite gluten free chocolate muffins. They’re so easy to make, they’ll be your favorite gluten free muffin the second you taste them.

Vegan Chocolate Muffins?

Yes!! I totally get it—sometimes it’s hard to remember what’s paleo, what’s grain-free, what’s dairy-free but not vegan, gluten free but not paleo. Not to worry, you’ve got everything you’re looking for in this paleo chocolate muffin! They are the best vegan chocolate muffins! And if you’re looking for more vegan chocolate muffins, look here: Paleo Chocolate Orange Muffins, Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip MuffinsMoist Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Muffins: Almond Meal or Almond Flour?

I get this question all the time: Can I use almond meal in place of almond flour? Also, “What is the difference between almond meal and almond flour?”

Lemme begin by saying that some manufacturers do not differentiate between almond flour and almond meal. Yep, you heard me. But there is a distinct difference. Allow me to clarify so you can easily identify which one you’re looking for (despite the labelling not always being clear).

Almond Flour is cream colored, like the inside of an almond. Almond flour is made by grinding up blanched almonds (aka brown skins removed) into a fine flour. Look for super finely ground almond flour—some companies don’t do a great job grinding their flours. Here is the almond flour that I use.

Almond Meal is a multi-colored meal made with almonds that have their skins on. As a result, this meal is much grainier, and I find, a bit heavier. Here is an almond meal that I love.

So yes, you can use almond meal as a substitute for almond flour, but I recommend using almond flour. Almond flour lends a lighter, finer texture to the paleo chocolate muffins. Almond meal will be more noticeable in the muffins.

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Are you ready to make all the delicious paleo chocolate muffins?!? Let’s do it! You grab the almond flour, I’ll grab the raw cacao powder! I can’t wait to hear what you think. Let me know how you like this recipe in the comments below. It’s truly such a honor to share in these wonderful kitchen moments with you. ‘Til the next baking adventure…

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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Paleo Chocolate Muffins – Gluten Free Chocolate Muffins (Almond Flour, Grain Free)

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Paleo Chocolate Muffins: moist Gluten Free chocolate muffins with almond flour, tons of chocolate & crispy tops! GF, Easy, Grain-Free, Vegan, Healthy ingredients.



Dry Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

Add-in Ingredients


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients: almond flour, arrowroot flour, raw cacao, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Add water and milk to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 10-second increments until just warm. This will prevent the melted coconut oil from solidifying once mixed with these liquids.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients: water, milk, coconut oil, coconut sugar, maple syrup and vanilla. Whisk until well incorporated.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Whisk until just incorporated, making sure no flour patches remain. Batter will be thick and liquidy—thick enough to be a bit stiff and easily scooped, but still liquidy enough to settle. Fold in chopped paleo chocolate chunks.
  6. Using a large ice cream scoop, scoop and drop batter evenly into prepared muffin pan—filling each cup about 3/4 of the way for a greater quantity of medium dome-topped muffins, or all the way for a lower quantity of high dome-topped muffins. Makes 9 large muffins, or 12 medium muffins.
  7. Bake for 19-25 minutes. Mine took 23 minutes for 9 high, dome-topped muffins. Insert a toothpick to test for doneness—it should come out mostly dry, with a few muffin bits on it.*
  8. Place muffin pan on a cooling rack to cool for 30 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and continue cooling on rack until completely cool. Enjoy! Storing instructions below.

Adapted from my Dark Chocolate Muffins & my Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes.

Paleo Vegan Chocolate Recipes


  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 23 mins
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert, Snacks
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. Hey
    Can i skip the maple syrup or replace it with granulated allulose?
    Can i add chocolate protein powder? How much? Or do half protein powder half cacao powder?
    Will sunflower oil work instead of coconut oil.
    Can i add fresh raspberries or frozen cherries along with the chocolate pieces?
    If i get it right you do not recommend popping muffins in thé fridge ? Thx in advance

    1. Hi Deborah! I would not recommend skipping the maple syrup, and I can’t say how the change to granulated allulose would go as I haven’t tried it myself in this recipe. Adding chocolate protein powder would change the texture and consistency of the muffins, and it’s hard to say how much to add because every brand works a bit differently. I haven’t tried sunflower oil myself, but I’ve had some readers use avocado oil in other recipes with good results. Adding raspberries should be fine. Hope this helps!

      1. Thx
        Is it possible to skip oil or butter completely here actually?
        Will chocolate pieces popped into the batter be melted inside the muffin once baked? Is there a way to prevent this?

      2. You can try subbing the coconut oil with applesauce. 🙂 I don’t know of a way to prevent the chocolate pieces from melting. You could, however, chill the muffins in the fridge after you’ve completely cooled them to harden up the chocolate.

  2. This recipe looks so good.I have a few questions before I make it:
    Can I skip the arrowroot powder?
    Can I use dried dates powder instead of coconut sugar?
    I made my almond flour at home using raw almonds.Can I use that?
    Can I make the chocolate chips using honey , cocoa and coconut oil in the ratio 3:2:2?
    Can I use Hershey’s natural cocoa powder?
    Can I use regular milk?
    Can I use honey instead of maple syrup?
    It will be very helpful if you can answer these questions.
    Thank you so much

    1. Thanks Kavya! Unfortunately, that many changes will most likely result in a baking disaster… 🙁 I know for sure that skipping the arrowroot powder will completely set the balance of this recipe off. I hope you can find a recipe that suits what you have in your pantry. 🙂 Sorry about that!

  3. Made these this morning and they were true chocolate decadence! It’s so hard to find a recipe that checks all the boxes; grain free, dairy free, vegan. So happy I came across this. Mine didn’t rise at all. So they were more like brownie bites than muffins, and not as pretty as yours. Perhaps I over-mixed or over-filled. I’ll experiment a bit next time. But there’ll definitely be a next time. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

    1. Oh, I love the way you phrased that–true chocolate decadence. 😉 Hmm… something definitely went wrong. These muffins are a bit dense, but moreso on the fluffier side with a rise. Did you make any subs? Perhaps the arrowroot flour or blanched almond flour? If, for example, you used a GF all purpose flour, I know from experience that it can cause very dense/no-rise muffins. Hopefully I can help!

  4. I made these like the recipe called for, except I substituted coconut sugar for erythritol because I have a mild sugar intolerance, so I try my best to keep the sugar to a minimum, and they turned out to be delicious. My kids loved it (any they hate any Paleo recipe that I have made). I am not on a Paleo diet but I have several intolerances and food allergies that push me in this direction. I added a half a cup of dark chocolate morsels. I just wanted to share that it was great.

  5. Looks amazing! I live in Colombia and arrowroot flour is very expensive is there another type of flour I can use instead (almond, coco etc)?

    Thanks a lot!

  6. The best paleo gluten-free muffins ever! I substituted arrow flour with rice flour. It was so moisture, soft, and delicious!!

  7. These muffins are perfect for a mid day snack or grab n go breakfast! love they are gluten free. Adding to my list of baked goods!

    1. These muffins are SO DELICIOUS! I recently learned that despite my severe nut allergy, I can eat baked recipes with almond flour, and it’s opened up so many paleo options. I’ve made these muffins 3 times in the past two weeks. My non-paleo family loves them. Thank you for a great first paleo almond flour recipe!

  8. Oh that texture looks absolutely perfect! I have everything on hand except for arrowroot flour. I’ll need to grab some and then give these gorgeous muffins a try!

  9. We love having a variety of muffins for breakfast! These sound so delicious and I love how you used the almond flour!

  10. My grand daughter is on a gluten free diet and I can’t wait to make these yummy chocolate cupcakes for her!! Melty chocolate chips get me every time.

  11. I’m always down for double and chocolate, and these muffins are right up my alley! I especially love that they are gluten free and paleo!