Healthy Chocolate Blender Muffins: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-free
A quick, healthy, double chocolate blender muffin recipe that is an easy kid-friendly gluten-free, dairy-free breakfast option. Soaking the oats allows your body to absorb all the good nutrients and minerals. Read how easy it can be to make these healthy chocolate muffins!
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Easy and quick gluten free breakfasts are my favorite! But with the caveat that it’s gotta be healthy. We eat a gluten free diet, so cereal, especially a healthy, filling cereal, is hard to come by. These chocolate blender muffins are hefty enough to fill up the kids, but they taste like cake…so…no one complains.
I wanted to briefly share about something on my heart before jumping into the recipe. Feel free to skip right over to the recipe below.
Honest confession: I have never wanted to just be “a food blogger.”
I absolutely love food blogs and rely heavily on many of them. But I didn’t want to be one for a handful of reasons. One of those reasons being I don’t have time to stage food. Or at least not much time. The photos I get for you guys are the photos that happen mere seconds before the food is devoured by my family. I rarely can make something just for the sake of getting pictures.
Sharing recipes is a huge piece of how to help others who are eating a gluten free (and dairy free) diet. And I love it!
But it’s caused some angst in me, because the pictures I take, are, when compared to so many others, meh. I have to stop almost every other day and remind myself of my current goals here.
My simple goal right now is to help the real mama out. The one who might feel overwhelmed by dietary needs. The mama who is trying to prepare healthy food like I am: quickly.
I also want to convey how appetizing the food is, as quickly as I can, before little fingers grab it, or knock something over on it, or plain ol’ just need my hands paying attention to them.
Comparison doesn’t help me accomplish that. I pray the recipes I share, along with the less than perfect pictures, can ease your life a little bit. And that you give yourself grace as you grow.
PS. If you are a rock star at snapping quick, real-life, yet beautiful photos, I’m open to your advice 😉
Now, back to this easy gluten free muffin recipe
These muffins aren’t quite the same texture as a “real” muffin. Fair warning. They’re delicious, but they’re a bit more dense and, maybe the right word would be, “fudgy.”
Soak the oats! Don’t skip this step
Oats have a high level of phytic acid in them. Essentially , phytic acid is an “anti-nutrient.” It blocks the absorption of the minerals and nutrients in the oats, in particular iron, zinc, and calcium…which is frustrating since we know oatmeal is a great source of nutrients!
But phytic acid is actually really easy to break down. All you gotta do is soak the oats for 8-24 hours. That’s it.
From my research, it’s absolutely fine to use the water you soak the oats in. Once the phytic acid breaks down, it’s not like it reforms in the water you use or leaches out. It’s basically dismantled and no longer blocks the mineral absorption.
And then you get oat milk! Double win.
It takes a little adjustment to remember to start soaking oats the night before, but it becomes second nature. Trust me.
You can use banana or pumpkin in this recipe
I end up using banana more often just because we eat a ton of bananas around here (#toddlerlife). I always have a couple lying around that need to get used up. But pumpkin is equally as tasty. And it tastes really neutral, so it’s a better option if you don’t like the banana flavor. If you use pumpkin, definitely add a sweetener. Coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey all work great. If you want to use regular sugar, that of course will work, too!
Related post: How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree
Chocolate chips are optional…but not really
I personally think the chocolate chips make these muffins. I miss them when they’re not there. My favorite dairy-free brand to use is Enjoy Life chocolate chips for a dairy free option. You can also use homemade chocolate chips (that are essentially made by mixing cocoa powder, coconut oil or cocoa butter, and a sweetener), but those can over-melt (that’s not a word, but it’s a thing). If you use them, you can add them to the top of the muffins when they’re still warm, but not piping hot.
If you don’t have eggs or you avoid eggs, flax eggs are an option here! You can make flax eggs by taking 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed and mixing it with 2 1/2 tablespoons of water. That’s one “egg.”
I have noticed these turn out a bit denser with the flax egg, but I still really like them.
Regular eggs give a bit of a fluffier texture.
Products to make this recipe a breeze
- 2 cups steel cut or gluten-free old fashioned oats
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 ripe bananas or 1 cup pureed pumpkin
- 1 handful spinach (optional)
- ¼ cup cocoa powder (dutch or regular, but unsweetened)
- 2 eggs or 2 T flaxseed
- 1 ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Optional: you can add ½ scoop of protein powder to make these heftier.
- Night before:
- Add oats, water, and ACV to a blender and let soak
- Morning of:
- Preheat oven to 375 F and prepare a muffin tin of choice (I like to use silicone reusable muffin liners)
- Add all other ingredients except for chocolate chip/nibs to blender
- Blend all the ingredients until smooth
- You can fold in ½ cup of chocolate chips or cacao nibs (or just sprinkle some on top after). If you are dairy free, these dairy free chocolate chips are my favorite to use.
- Pour batter into prepared muffin liners to ¾ of the way full
- Bake for 25 minutes or until done
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