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Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Muffins

May 21, 2014

Each week on Food52, Emily Vikre (a.k.a fiveandspice) will be sharing a new way to love breakfast — because breakfast isn’t just the most important meal of the day. It’s also the most awesome.

Today: Chocolatey, almond-y gluten-free muffins, perfect for a sunny morning.

Muffins from Food52
Muffins from Food52

There is something about muffins that says sunny Saturday morning to me. Scones can be eaten in any sort of weather. Croissants should be eaten on a park bench in the afternoon. But muffins are for sunny weekend mornings. And therefore, when it was sunny — and even warm for the first time in 7 months — this last weekend, it was time to bake muffins.

Muffins are a tricky little pastry. They’re so cute and perky, you’d never know they can be so devilishly hard to make really good. There are a lot of meh muffins out there and very few excellent ones. I like muffins to be tender and fragile, so tender and fragile that their crumb barely holds together around the juicy bits of fruit in them. It makes them ethereal and wonderful to eat (though tricky to remove from a muffin tin if you have no paper liners — and I never seem to have paper liners, so I frequently wind up with delicious muffin crumble). This is my go-to muffin recipe, and it has never let me down. But I have so many gluten-free people in my life, I’ve been on the lookout for a great gluten-free muffin to add to the repertoire.

I found it in this recipe. These muffins are made with almond flour, so they bake up intensely moist and fragrant. If you want to split hairs, they come out a little more like a financier than a muffin. But, when has a financier ever been a bad thing? Financiers — especially if you add chocolate and fruit — are quite lovely for a sunny weekend morning as well.

Chocolate almond muffins from Food52
Chocolate almond muffins from Food52

Chocolate Almond Muffins

Makes about 9 muffins

2 cups almond flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill brand)
1/2 cup rolled oats (you can replace these with more almond flour if you’d like grain-free muffins)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup olive oil or melted coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut milk (or milk, buttermilk, or other milk alternative)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup finely chopped dark chocolate
1 small pear (or other fruit), cored and diced into small pieces 

  1. Heat your oven to 375° F and line a muffin pan with 9 liners (or grease the pan very very well).
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the almond flour, oats, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the honey, oil, coconut milk, vanilla, egg, and baking soda until mostly smooth and fully combined
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring in the chopped chocolate and pear at the end. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin, filling each cup almost to the top.
  5. Bake until brown and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean, 15-18 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer the muffins to a wire rack to finish cooling (or eat them warm!). As is always the case with muffins, these muffins are best eaten the day they are made, but I found they store pretty well if I kept them in the fridge.

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Photos by Emily Vikre

This article originally appeared on Food52.com: Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Muffins