Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

August 23, 2013

I have a love-hate relationship with muffin/cupcake liners. I have an obsessive need to eat food to the last bite and it drives me crazy that a very small amount of muffin crumbs end up stuck to the liner. You better bet I find a way to eat it. Yes, I’m that person… Alternatively I could not use a liner and then have to clean the muffin tin. A constant battle between uneaten food and dishwashing. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has this problem…

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip MuffinsOn another note, I seem to have gotten my kitchen-groove back! I had a sudden desire to go home and bake on Tuesday night. Besides oatmeal these are the only things I have cooked/baked in the last week. I ate the Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oatmeal for lunch almost everyday this week. With a side of broccoli and carrots. I AM SO LAZY. Did I mention I also ate oatmeal for breakfast everyday this week? So much for moderation…ah well what can you do…
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip MuffinsBut still these muffins were a minor feat and actually inspired me to “cook” my dinner…aka a salad. I thought oats for breakfast, lunch and dinner might be a bit excessive. I can’t say that I’ve been totally inspired to get crazy in the kitchen, but it’s a start. It doesn’t help that my birthday is coming up and I’ve somehow lined up 4 dinners eating out. But such is life.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip MuffinsMy healthy eating and balanced lifestyle waxes and wanes. I’m okay with leaning a bit more on the unhealthy side for the time being. September I’ll come back with a vengeance. As I turn 24 I feel like I’ve become a lot more lenient with how I eat and train. I know I’m still so young but I’m noticing that my body is not what it used to be (i.e. the majority of this year being injured) and it is so important I give my body the rest and nourishment it needs. I’m also convinced that eating out, indulging and taking the pressure off myself to be perfect foodwise and fitnesswise is just good for me overall. But enough of this, let’s get to the muffins. These sit somewhere between so healthy they taste like cardboard and the most incredible muffins you’ve ever eaten but will stick to your ass for eternity. I’ll take the somewhere in between thankyouverymuch.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

by The Healthy Maven

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 20-25 mins

Ingredients (Yields: 12 Muffins)

  • 1 cup GF oat flour (ground rolled oats)
  • 1 cup potato starch
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp xantham gum
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar (or other dry sweetener)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I used enjoy life mini chocolate chips)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Line muffin tin or spray with non-stick spray.

3. Mix together all dry ingredients.

4. In a separate bowl beat egg and add in other wet ingredients.

5. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir to combine.

6. Stir in chocolate chips.

7. Fill muffin cups 2/3-3/4 full.

8. Bake for 20-25 minutes (mine took 24 mins).

9. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 mins in tin.

10. Remove from tin and place on wire rack to cool completely.

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    Kathy @ Vodka and Soda
    August 23, 2013 at 10:23 am


    i “let myself go” for a long time; prior to that, i was a total gym rat but youth and a fast metabolism are no longer on my side (boohoo) so i had to work extra hard to get the weight off and train extra hard to gain muscle/definition…it sucks, really!

    but it’s been nearly 2yrs since i changed my lifestyle and i haven’t looked back. i’m pretty strict with my clean eating; i only eat dessert once a year (on my birthday) and i don’t eat any processed foods at all.

    Vodka and Soda

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 25, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      Your willpower to only dessert once a year is impressive! I would probably give up all food just so I could eat dessert 🙂

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    Amy @ The Little Honey Bee
    August 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

    These look amazing! (gorgeous pics!!) Yum yum yum. Well you know how my healthy lifestyle has changed 🙂 but I don’t want to consider myself “old”… it’s weird enough not going back to school right now ah! Now I love living the way that I do – tons of veggies and the occasional scoop of ice cream is just the balance for me!

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    August 23, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I love your tidbit about the cupcake liners. Made me chuckle! My life has changed in that I allow myself to indulge more and really live life–if I want that homemade cake: I’m going to eat it and not punish myself for it. However, I’ve been trying to get more veggies in my life and will keep on that as well. 🙂

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    August 23, 2013 at 11:40 am

    “I’m also convinced that eating out, indulging and taking the pressure off myself to be perfect foodwise and fitnesswise is just good for me overall.” <-- Very much this! I used to be SO strict with how I ate, and never let myself indulge in treats or really enjoy my food... The irony of it all was that I probably ended up unhealthier than anything else. These days it's all about balance... food that's good for the body, and food that's good for the soul :) Speaking of which… loving the sound of these muffins! I’ve honestly never used potato starch in a muffin recipe before, so I’m kind of curious to see how that would turn out. Happy Friday, lady!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 25, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      You definitely don’t taste the potato starch. It’s awesome for GF baking! Could not agree more with striving for balance 🙂

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    Liz @ iheartvegetables
    August 23, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Chocolate chip cupcakes are my FAVORITE! As far as my body relationship… some days are better than others, but I’ve learned to accept what I can’t change, and not get frustrated when the things I can change haven’t yet 😉

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    August 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    AHH I have to eat every last crumb too!! I haven’t really had any fights with my cupcake liners, but I can totally support you with that haha. These muffins look SO good! My body is in the best shape it’s ever been, yet at times I am still to harsh about it. I have really been focusing on letting go of the little things that only I see, and love my body for all it can do!! I need a LOT of sleep, and a LOT of muffins! 😉

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    August 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I get so happy when I see a dessert, and of course gluten-free, too! I understand your frustration with the muffin/cupcake liners… it’s a waste not to finish the last bits of that crumb ends! Ah, when’s your birthday? Mine was two months ago in June, spent a lovely birthday dinner in downtown Portland at the rooftop (you’ve got to go, it’s at Departure Restaurant & Lounge, and has the best view of downtown Portland). I’m almost the same age as you. I feel healthier and clean when I eat less processed foods. I’ve been a vegan for nearly 7 years, and I didn’t feel different at all except for my tired eyes (I’m an IT professional, ugh) and my tummy. I really need a break from the computer screen and do some eye massages.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 25, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      If only I could jet off to Portland for my birthday!! Mine is on Tuesday but I’ve spent this past weekend eating out all over toronto. There are some fantastic restaurants here. I hear ya on the break from technology. I’m so addicted!!

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    August 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I definitely KNOW that I’m not 18 anymore, and I can’t do all of the same things that I used to (go out multiple nights in a row, stay out late, etc…), but to be perfectly honest, I’m really okay with that. I’m happy with the way that life has taken me, and I believe in going out to eat and indulging from time to time because it makes me happy. I guess that’s really what I’ve noticed: the same things don’t make me happy anymore, but life is just as good.

    Ha, sorry for such a deep response when I should be complimenting your muffins! I will have to try making these…I’m always hesitant to make GF baked goods, but maybe I need to jump on the band wagon.

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    August 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    The comment about being somewhere between cardboard-tasting and stick-to-your-ass forever pretty much describes my perfect balance :). So glad I’ve recently found your blog and look forward to continuing to follow!

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    Shashi Charles
    August 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you for posting the recipe for these gluten free choc. chip muffins!
    Hey nothing wrong with oats for breakfast, lunch and dinner – specially if they are topped with a nutbuter 🙂
    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

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    August 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Wow those muffins look great!!! I’ll definitely be making those this weekend!

    And yes I definitely feel exactly the same way as you do. I mean I know I am only 20, but I kinda like have a lil extra cushion on my body (compared to what I used to be like…aka skin and bones). When I was 18/19 years old, I have zero fat on me and it was horrible, now that I have put on about 5 pounds, I feel a world of difference. And yes I allow myself to eat what I want and train when I want.
    That unnecessary pressure we put on ourselves to be perfect is so destructive. It is all about balancing your life and enjoying it.
    Now I look forward to each and every single day because I know that once again I am truly happy. As opposed to before when I would just exist, and wait for the each day to end so I could eat breakfast…not a happy life at all!!

    Great question and insight 🙂
    Have an awesome weekend!


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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 25, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      I could not agree more Natasha!! Thank you for your honest answer. Hope you had an equally wonderful weekend 🙂

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    August 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    these sound AMAZING. i’ve just started getting into vegan baked goods, and i’ve been loving all of them. im bookmarking this one 🙂 as ive gotten older ive realxed A LOT about food. thats not to say ive gotten sloppy, but some weeks are about celebration and just indulgence and thats great, and other weeks are about focusing on more moderate, healthy options. it all comes out even in the end 🙂

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    August 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I swear I could have written this post (minus the muffin recipe… because I suck at GF baking haha). I’m 24, I’ve been injured this year, I’ve been working out less, and eating out at restaurants a whole lot lately. I feel like my definition of “healthy living” has become so much more lenient this year… but I’m okay with that because I feel like it has been good for me!

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    August 23, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I will have to try these out for my kiddos, yum!

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    Danielle @Labelsarefortincans
    August 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Haha I love the introduction to these muffins! Yes… I fight that battle of the muffin tin liners. I’ve also recently lost 2 of my reusable liners which is very annoying!

    I’m 24 (going on 25 in December) and I’m totally the same with exercise and healthy eating. I still exercise on a regular basis and eat healthy (partly due to food allergies) but compared to even a year ago I am WAY less ‘rigid’. I think it’s more fun that way!

    Also love how you ate oatmeal for lunch with veggies! I’ve definitely been there. I went on Pinterest last night for the first time in months and that seems to have reignited a bit of cooking inspiration!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    August 23, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    My friend found these edible cupcake liners once, so you could literally eat every single piece of it! We found it very amusing and they weren’t too bad!

    My relationship with my body has definitely changed because sadly I can feel getting older (30 in a few months). My diet is still not perfect (whos is?) but it’s a ton better than a decade ago. It’s strange because not only has it changed to better my energy and health, but my taste buds prefer it. Ok, not everything, my taste buds still love Oreo cookies and Velveeta mac and cheese, but still!

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    August 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Totally agree with the cupcake liners rant 🙂

    At 28, I can totally relate to the “not what it used to be” body. I know I’m still very young, and I’m also in better shape than I’ve ever been in my life, but I’ve also noticed it takes more work (and longer to recover). Totally worth it though!

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    August 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Those look really good! I share your pain with the cupcake liner dilemma. I typically choose to not wash dishes, especially cause those pans are a pain to clean!

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    Reba Cox
    August 23, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Do you think you could sub out potato starch and xanthan gum for an all purpose flour?

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Yup! Just replace the potato starch, almond meal, oat flour and xantham gum with AP flour and you should be good to go!

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    August 23, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Those muffins look so delicious and beautiful!! I’m going through exact same thing with the oats right now. I had overnight oats in both breakfast and lunch today. Ahh time for me to switch it up!

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    August 23, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I was so excited for this recipe. They look absolutely perfect!

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    August 23, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I use to be able to scarf down a whole pizza and still lose a pound on the scale the next day. Let’s just say that these days are not so lucky. I also noticed that I don’t want to scarf down a whole pizza and find myself craving so many more healthy foods. Did I just become an adult?!

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    Carla Bruns
    August 23, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Balanceis good! I am not one of those hardcore eat clean 24/7 people. For me it would be no fun! This is a terrific recipe. I love it!

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    August 23, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Love the applesauce in there! Yum!!

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    August 24, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Oh those muffins look so good! And no, your not alone – I hate leaving those leftover crumbs too! I always try to just peel the lining off before I even start eating it! haha

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    Jan Sproutsnsquats
    August 24, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Those look heavenly!! I would probably eat the whole batch. In fact I may just eat the mixture before it cooks! 🙂

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    Christina @ Pinch of Healthy
    August 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Yum these look awesome! I’ve cooked with potato starch but never baked so will need to try these out 🙂

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    Run like a G!
    August 25, 2013 at 2:19 am

    I am loving all the recipes that you post! 🙂

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    Alex@Veggin Out
    August 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Anything with chocolate has my name written all over it! 😉 And I love that you made them gluten free – I’m going to have to experiment with gluten free baking more next time I’m at home!
    I try to eat healthy, but I agree that this is always room for a little indulgence! Life is too short to pass up every cookie and cupcake 😉

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    August 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    These look delicious! Pinned so I can give them a try 🙂

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    August 25, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I can totally relate to needing to eat every last morsel. I’m THAT person right with you!

    When’s your birthday?? Happy early bday 🙂 Mine is soon too, and I have no issues with going out to eat multiple times for it. You are so right- treating yourself and not worrying about food so much is SO important!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 25, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      August 27th! Yours??? Basically have been celebrating a birthday week lol Too many good restaurants in T.O. to choose where to celebrate!

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    August 26, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Mmmm these muffins look delicious! 🙂

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    August 27, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I totally agree with your approach! It’s ok to allow yourself to indulge as long as you get back on track. To me, it’s not worth living a healthy lifestyle if I can’t enjoy when I want to. I’m terrible at lunches so unless I buy a salad or bring leftovers, I’m constantly eating snacks for lunch (hello Babybel cheese and hummus!) so at least you actually made the oatmeal that you’ve been eating. And, those muffins look delicious. Too bad I am terrible at making muffins!

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    December 29, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Use silicone muffin pans. No liner needed, no greasing needed, no residue stuck. No waste, easy clean up! Alternatively, if you really want to use liners, I found some that were made out of parchment paper (rather than just plain paper), and the food does not stick to them….the liners just fall off the muffin/cupcake. but they are harder to find, and more expensive.

    I say to go with silicone. No evil toxic non-stick chemicals, no rusting. Sometimes they get stained (if a little food residue is on the top when you bake it like drips, it leaves a mark for some reason…but that doesnt happen in the actual cup part), but thats no big deal. DONT use spray oils on them like PAM. It will create a horrible sticky residue you will never get off. They dont need any lube anyways!

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