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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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How has your relationship with your body changed as you’ve gotten older? Does your focus on leading a healthy lifestyle wax and wane?

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  1. 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!

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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!


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