The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins

You will fall in love with this vegan and gluten-free chocolate muffins - made with almond and brown rice flours, and real raw cacao powder. You will not believe that these muffins have no gluten or any animal products in them!
vegan gluten-free chocolate muffins recipe


I am SO happy to be sharing this muffin recipe with you! You see, I have tried to make vegan and gluten-free muffins and cakes in the past but I have never succeeded. Either they wouldn't rise, or they would never cook all the way through (even after being in the oven for 1 hr!!). Plus, they would often be all crumbly/falling apart. 

Well, you might be thinking what made this recipe work?! I finally decided I needed some help in the vegan baking department (to say the least haha) so I attended my friend's vegan baking workshop at her wellness center here in Miami - the Love Life Wellness Center (btw they have the best vegan burger in town!!!)


vegan gluten-free chocolate muffins recipe


Inspired by one of the recipes at the workshop, I made these vegan gluten-free muffins. They turned out sooooo amazing I was blown away. Just while taking these photos, three of the muffins disappeared (in my tummy)!

I did notice they turned out a bit less fluffy than a regular muffin (I think its because they don't have gluten), but they were super moist - which I love!

As a topping to the muffin, I added a chocolate glaze made with coconut oil and 5 other simple ingredients. 

(Ps: all photos for this post were taken and edited with my iPhone X. I was so happy with the outcome that I wanted to share with you. Most of us think we need fancy equipment to get a blog started, but most times you are ready to start and succeed with what we already have and know how to use!)


vegan gluten-free chocolate muffins recipe
vegan gluten-free chocolate muffins recipe






  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp unsweetened raw cacao powder
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp brown rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp guar gum


  • 2 tbsp flax seed meal soaked in 3 1/2 tbsp water for 10 minutes
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plain almond milk, warmed to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar (not a wet ingredient but it is mixed with them)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup ripe banana, mashed (about 1 medium banana)



  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 5 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Vegan chocolate chips




  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 F (190 C).
  2. Combine wet ingredients in a large bowl. Make sure to keep all ingredients at room temperature, since the coconut oil's consistency is sensitive to temperature. 
  3. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. For better results, sift the dry ingredients through a strainer to break up any clumps and fluff up the flours. 
  4. Start by whisking wet the ingredients. I used a hand mixer on speeds 1 and 2 for 1-2 minutes. Then, with the hand mixer still on, I slowly added the dry ingredients. I brought up the speed to 4/5 and continued to mix until all ingredients were well combined. PS: the mixture will be very thick - that's exactly how you want it to be. 
  5. Spoon the mix into a non-stick silicon muffin pan - or any pan of your choice. Using an ice cream scoop will make the process faster and will keep the muffins at equal sizes.
  6. Bake for 25 - 35 minutes, until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. 
  7. Remove from heat and allow muffins to cool before removing from pan. Start to make your glaze.  


  1. In a small saucepan under low heat, combine all glaze ingredients with the exception of the vegan chocolate chips. 
  2. Once all ingredients are melted and well combined, dip the top of the muffins into the glaze. 
  3. Sprinkle vegan chocolate chips over the glazed muffins. 
  4. Enjoy!! ❤


Did you try this recipe? Please let me know how it turned out by leaving a comment below or sharing a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #rawlivingwithbia. I love hearing your feedback! 

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