Muffins--the ultimate companion to your morning coffee, tea, or plant-based milk. Indulge in the goodness of my nutritious + easy Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Muffins recipe—a delightful treat for any hour. These muffins are like a warm hug, with sweet chocolate chips that melt in your mouth and tiny chia seeds that add a delightful crunch. You won't believe how quickly they disappear from your kitchen counter! Completely Vegan + Gluten-free option.
These Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Muffins were born one day when I had a craving for muffins but had to use whatever ingredients I already had. My pantry was full of multiple bags of mini vegan chocolate chips and chia seeds for my smoothies.
Some of the most delicious recipes come out of necessity. I would have never thought to combine these ingredients before. Once I baked these experimental muffins, I realized this muffin recipe was special. Joining the ranks of reader-favorites like Vegan Chia Seed Maple Banana Bread and the irresistible Bakery-Style Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. After all, who doesn't love chocolate and chia seeds!?
Good news for all my dairy-free friends—this muffin recipe is 100% vegan, ensuring everyone can savor these delights. And if you're looking for a gluten-free option, we've got that covered too! The best part? These muffins are a breeze to whip up, and they're incredibly versatile. Feel free to toss in any seeds or chocolate chips you have hiding in your pantry for a unique twist.
We've all been there—yearning for that classic buttermilk goodness in our cakes and muffins, only to realize that traditional buttermilk isn't vegan-friendly. Well, fret not! There's a nifty trick in the vegan baking world. You can whip up your own vegan buttermilk by mixing plant-based milk with a touch of acid, like apple cider vinegar. It's like a dairy-free magic potion that lends the same lightness and tangy flavor to your baked goods.
Baking these Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Muffins is a breeze! You'll start by making your very own vegan buttermilk with almond milk—no fuss. Then, just mix up all your wet and dry ingredients, and let the oven do its thing until they turn out absolutely perfect!
Here is what you need to know about the ingredients for this Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Muffins recipe!
Here, I've curated a list of baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods, especially with Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Muffins. Everything from my fave large scoop, baking sheet, liners, and more. SEE THEM HERE!
Feel free to play around with the flavors and add your personal touch to Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Muffins. Here are some fun ideas:
Nuts: Chopped nuts like walnuts, pecans, or almonds can add a delightful crunch and nutty flavor.
Fresh Fruit: Try incorporating diced fresh fruits like bananas, strawberries, or blueberries for a fruity twist. If you love blueberries, try this Vegan Roasted Blueberry Muffins recipe next!
Spices: Experiment with spices like ground nutmeg, cloves, or ginger to enhance the flavor profile.
Coconut: Shredded coconut or coconut flakes can bring a tropical vibe and texture to the muffins. I'm loving all things coconut at the moment, especially this Toasted Coconut Bread
Yes, you can use any dairy-free milk you like to make this muffin recipe. Here are some easy recipes to make your own milk that is cheaper and so easy to whip up!
These events are a great excuse to eat muffins!
When it comes to the main ingredient of this entire muffin recipe—-the flour, I enjoy using Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour, which is ideal for all kinds of baking, including this one.
However, I do occasionally use Super-Fine Cake Flour which adds a nice airiness and fluffiness to your cakes as well.
Baking is such a science, but more importantly because certain ingredients like your leaveners (aka baking powder + baking soda) are completely fresh so that your strawberry cake (and other baked goods) fully rise and bake through nicely.
Incase you weren't aware, there's an easy to double check both the baking powder and baking soda. Here's what you need:
-Add 1 teaspoon baking soda with ¼ cup vinegar or lemon juice in a bowl and if it's fresh, the mixture should "bubble/fizz". If no bubble/fizz is present, then your baking soda needs to be replaced.
-Add 1 teaspoon baking powder with ¼ cup Hot tap water in a bowl and if it's fresh, the mixture should "bubble/fizz". If no bubble/fizz is present, then your baking powder needs to be replaced.
Here are some tips to ensure you bake the PERFECT Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Muffins every time:
Take your time with measurements to ensure that your muffins turn out just right—precision is key.
Mix the batter until ingredients are just combined to prevent overmixing, which can lead to dense muffins.
Distribute chocolate chips evenly throughout the batter for a balanced chocolatey goodness in every bite.
When filling your muffin cups, aim to fill them about two-thirds full. This allows the muffins room to rise and expand during baking without overflowing or creating overly domed tops.
Show your muffins some love by rotating the muffin tin halfway through the baking process. This helps achieve an even golden brown color on all sides.
To make these muffins GF, I recommend using a GF Flour Blend (Bob’s Red Mills has a great version!). **NOTE: If the muffin mixture is too ‘thin + runny’, simply add additional GF flour, ¼ cup at a time.** As an alternative, simply substitute all-purpose flour with 1 cup Almond flour + ½ cup Oat flour. Just be sure to see whether more flour is needed due to the amount of liquids.
Can be tightly sealed in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Yes, you can freeze Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Muffins. Allow them to cool completely, wrap them individually or in batches, and store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.
This recipe can make 8 Jumbo muffins OR 12 standard muffins, if desired.
To reheat frozen muffins, simply place them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes until they are warmed through. Alternatively, you can use a microwave for a quicker option.
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