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Flourless chocolate muffins that are gluten-free, dairy-free, with a nut-free option. These are a kid favorite, freeze great, and an awesome healthy clean option for kids in their lunchboxes, for breakfast, or an afterschool snack!

These Flourless Chocolate Muffins are hands down one of my kids FAVORITE Paleo eats! I made these once for a party and they were mistaken as brownie bites – they are THAT good. Plus, they are super simple to make.

This recipe is flourless and full of awesome ingredients I love putting in my kids bodies like nut butter, pumpkin, and flaxseed. My kids take them to school on the daily and we usually double the batch. It’s an easy one your kids can help with!

Lunchbox Hack

We love double batching our Flourless Chocolate Muffins and other muffins we make. We eat a few fresh and then put the rest in the freezer in single reusable containers like these. My boys put them from the freezer to their lunchboxes and they are perfect by lunchtime. This way, no muffins are smooshed in transit!

Plus, we love packing muffins in lunches as they are often more affordable and nutrient-dense than gluten-free granola bars. They are easy to make gluten-free dairy-free, with nut-free options. A great lunchbox option!

Love muffins? So do we!

Here are other Paleo Muffins you might love for breakfast or in your lunchboxes. They are all EASY to make. My teenage boys are often the ones who make them.

Flourless chocolate muffins that are gluten-free, dairy-free, with a nut-free option. These are a kid favorite, freeze great, and an awesome healthy clean option for kids in their lunchboxes, for breakfast, or an afterschool snack!
Ingredients
  • Almond butter – I use whatever is most affordable, usually from Sam’s Club. Need nut-free? You can use an equal amount of sun butter!
  • Canned pumpkin – This is usually pretty easy to find in most baking aisles. You won’t taste the pumpkin (I don’t like pumpkin flavor), it’s just for moisture. You can also use mashed sweet potato! I do this by stabbing a sweet potato all over with a fork and then microwaving it on high for intervals of 2-3 minutes (length of cook time varies greatly based on size). Once soft to the touch, cut in half, scoop out and mash the insides. Easy!
  • Egg
  • Honey or Maple Syrup – Both have an equally successful result, use whatever is more accessible for you!
  • Ground flaxseed – optional! Just a way to add in more nutrients to these Flourless Chocolate Muffins. You can also use 2 tablespoons collagen instead for added protein.
  • Vanilla – Pure vanilla extract is ideal but often expensive. Feel free to use imitation vanilla extract if needed.
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt – Just table salt here. However, leave this out if the nut butter you are using is salted!
  • Mini chocolate chips – We love using dairy-free Enjoy Life chocolate chips. If you need a Paleo option, Hu gems work well, I would just chop them up a bit into smaller pieces.

 

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Flourless Chocolate Muffins

Autumn, @wholefoodfor7
An EASY muffin for breakfast, lunchboxes, or snacks that uses no flour - completely grain-free!
5 from 21 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 203 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 c almond butter* *see notes
  • 3/4 c canned pumpkin*
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 TB honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 c cocoa powder
  • 2 TB ground flaxseed optional, or 2 TB collagen powder. Can use up to 1/2 collagen or protein powder for higher protein boost!
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt if using unsalted nut or sun butter
  • 1/4 c mini chocolate chips I use the Enjoy Life brand that is dairy and gluten free

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a muffin tin with muffin liners or cooking spray.
  • Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips together in a large bowl, stirring well until combined. Gently add in chocolate chips
  • Pour batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes, until muffins are set (I always error on the lower amount of time to slightly under-bake and keep them uber moist).
  • Allow muffins to cool in pan for about 10 minutes.

Notes

Makes 12 medium muffins. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze them for up to 3 months. Enjoy!
SUBSTITUTIONS:
- Can sub sun butter or any other nut butter instead of almond butter
- Can sub mashed sweet potato instead of pumpkin. And no, you won't taste the pumpkin or sweet potato at all!

Nutrition

Calories: 203kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 6gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 158mgPotassium: 302mgFiber: 5gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 3617IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 2mg
Keyword breakfast, budget-friendly, dairy-free, easy, gluten-free, kid-friendly, nut-free, paleo, snack
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Flourless chocolate muffins that are gluten-free, dairy-free, with a nut-free option. These are a kid favorite, freeze great, and an awesome healthy clean option for kids in their lunchboxes, for breakfast, or an afterschool snack!

51 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These were so easy and delicious. My husband has already asked for a second batch and we’re still working on the first. They are filling without making you feel “yuck.” Great alternative to dessert!

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    • Haha, I love that they were so good your hubby was planning on when to make them again while still eating the first batch. That’s awesome! Thanks so much for the review!

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  2. Do you have to use a nut butter? Is there anything else you can use or just leave it out?

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    • Good question. I haven’t tried this recipe without the nut or sun butter though, so I can’t speak to any substitutions. I don’t believe it would turn out the same without it, as it already is flourless. But, let me know if you try it!

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  3. 5 stars
    These are amazing!! Going to be a staple around our house! I did leave the chocolate chips out. I eat them with cashew butter and it’s such a fantastic treat that is good for you!

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    • HOORAY that you loved these and want to make them a household staple. Thank you for the review!

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  4. 5 stars
    Delicious and makes the house smell so good while baking! My only problem is i have to bake them for 25 minutes to get them done. Have made twice. Not sure why but they are definitely a hit!

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  5. 5 stars
    These are a family favorite at our house. I am gluten and dairy free and I am endlessly looking for recipes that are both but that my family will love and wholefoodfor7 always delivers delicious food that I can eat and that my family loves! Thank you Autumn, you are so appreciated!!

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  6. 5 stars
    Love these! I’m going to try the collagen variation next time to pass off as brownies to friends. I made the mistake of making them as mini muffins. They turned out beautifully, it was only a mistake because they were so easy to just keep popping in my mouth. Ha ha. So thankful to have your recipes as a resource, Autmn, as I navigate some health changes.

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    • Lol, I love that the mini muffins was a “mistake” because they were just too easy to devour. So good! Happy you loved them and thanks for the review!

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  7. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious!! These have become my obsession! My favorite recipe of the moment! I love them!!

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    • Woot Woot! I’m so thrilled these are a new favorite and one you keep coming back to – thank you!

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  8. 5 stars
    These muffins are a huge hit in my house! My 2 year old, who does not like bread, muffins, pancakes, waffles gobbled these down after they cooled from the oven!
    I used organic and natural peanut butter, mashed sweet potato and collagen powder, all the substitutes and they came out so delicious! They are the perfect amount of sweet and chocolate.
    These will be on a weekly rotation in my house as one batch does not last long!

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    • 5 stars
      These are so delicious and a huge hit… Family APPROVED, they want more.
      So thankful for all these wonderful recipes.

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  9. Great recipe! The consistency and flavor is perfect. This will be repeated in our house!

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    • Wonderful! I love that these will be on repeat – thank you!

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  10. 5 stars
    My kids love these for breakfast. I use sunbutter so I cant pack in school lunches. I have successfully subbed sweet potato for pumpkin and vegan chocolate protein powder (just one scoop) for flax/collagen. Delicious every time!

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    • I love hearing what subs worked for you and thank you for letting me know it was a hit!

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  11. 5 stars
    These are SO yummy! I saw them on Instagram and just HAD to make them. I went to the store immediately to buy the ingredients. I will be making these very often.

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    • Woot woot for it being a keeper! I’m so happy to hear it and thanks for leaving a review Brittany!

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  12. Oh my gosh, this is the first of your paleo desserts that I’ve made, and they are SO delicious! I’m already planning to make a double or triple batch to throw in the freezer for postpartum snacks for myself. Maybe I’ll share with my husband and toddlers, but probably not 😊

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    • Lol, love that its one you are not sure you want to share but YES to double/triple batching and putting in the freezer, that’s a must in our house. Thank you!

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  13. 5 stars
    Fantastic, so good warm and delicious. I think I will add a little salt next time because I used unsalted almond butter. I will make these often! So quick and easy to make

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    • Thank you – so happy you love this easy recipe!

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  14. So there is no flour at all in these, wow. This is a must try!

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    • Crazy but true! So easy and good!

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  15. 5 stars
    One of my favorite muffins! I love plopping it into my pumpkin smoothie bowl too. These muffins freeze well.

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  16. 5 stars
    AMAZING! Always try to keep some stocked in our freezer. Definitely best when following the recommendation to err on the side of under cooked—SO deliciously fudgy. I love serving these to my non-paleo guests (without the flax). The texture is so so good. Probably the best GF bake I’ve tried.

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  17. My whole family loves these! We have recently gone dairy and gluten free and I am still figuring out how to bake that way. I prefer mixing the honey and maple syrup to adjust the sweetness to however you like. These are so easy and kid approved!

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  18. 5 stars
    These are amazing! My husband has been skeptical of me going paleo (and him by proximity – ha!) especially when it comes to treats. I tend to break paleo for dessert for him … but then I can’t resist temptation. But these are a game changer!! I don’t miss the non-paleo treats with these yummy muffins! Thank you!

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  19. 5 stars
    These are decadent and so delicious. This was the first of Autumn’s recipes that I tried and it completely sold me on paleo baking! Trust me, you need these in your life! I love that they have pumpkin in them too!

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    • It makes me so happy these sold you on paleo baking. Thank you!

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  20. 5 stars
    These are so good! I was nervous to make them because my kids have so far rejected every healthy/paleo version of a treat that I have made. Upon tasting these for the first time, the two big kids claimed these were the best muffins they’ve ever had. The baby’s smeared face and sticky fingers were enough to show his agreement. I slightly under baked them so that they ended up with a texture like firm pudding. Next time I’ll bake them a little longer just to make them travel better. I’m so pleased to have come across this recipe! Thank you!

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    • I’m so happy these were a family win – that makes my mama heart happy!

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  21. 5 stars
    I can’t believe how good these are! Chocolatey moist and fluffy all in one. Flavors blend perfectly together making the sweet potato and the nut butter indistinguishable— all you taste is rich, chocolate fluffiness.. it’s like a moist dense browning meets a chocolate soufflé but it’s actually good for you. My mind is blown.

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    • Woot! Hooray that these were such a win – we make them regularly as we love their delicious flavor and texture too. Thank you!

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  22. 5 stars
    This muffins are AMAZING!!!! You don’t miss any of the ingredients that you would usually need. They have a great texture and lots of flavor.

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    • I’m so happy these were a winner – thank you!

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  23. FABULOUS! Love the rich, dark chocolate flavor. Not only are they a MUCH healthier alternative, they leave me satisfied after 1-2 muffins (instead of 5-6 of the sugary muffins). Thank you Autumn!

    I looked up the nutrition info on verywell (www.verywellfit.com/recipe-nutrition-analyzer-4157076) – sharing with others who may be interested. Per muffin (I used honey, included flax seed, and Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chips):
    Calories 150
    Total Fat 9.1g
    Cholesterol 16mg
    Sodium 107mg
    Total Carbohydrate 17.3g
    Fiber 2.6g
    Sugars 11.8g
    Protein 3.7g

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    • 5 stars
      Wow these are delish!! I am gonna have to keep making them again and again

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  24. 5 stars
    I can’t believe how delicious these are! The texture and moisture are perfect, no really – PERFECT. Way to go! I love that these are truly flourless. I’ve also made them with chunky peanut butter for the hubs, which are also delish! I’m sure pumpkin spices would work well with this base instead of cocoa. I wonder what other flavors you could make that would work well with this kind of flourless muffin. I’d love for you to come up with more since these are a huge hit! Thanks for sharing all of your deliciousness!

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    • Hooray for these being such a win for your family! And that’s a great request to do more flourless muffins like these, I will look into that. Thank you!

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  25. 5 stars
    My 3 boys LOVED these! Forgot to mix in the chocolate chips so I just sprinkled them on top.

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    • It makes my heart happy that your boys loved these like mine do, thank you!

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  26. Made these last night and they are so good! I have made many muffins/cakes/cookies that are paleo/GF and have been disappointed in the texture or taste. But these lived up my expectations and were super yummy! Thank you!

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    • Wonderful! We love the texture and flavor of these as well and happy they didn’t disappoint!

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    • Yum! These are so good, even without the chocolate chips! Looking forward to trying many more of your recipes. 🙂

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      • I’m so happy you enjoyed these – love the texture and flavor of these muffins. Thank you!

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  27. 5 stars
    I just made these this morning! Sooooo good! Thank you so much for this recipe. Gave me my sweet fix without feeling terrible about the ingredients!

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    • Hooray! We have these on repeat in our house and I’m thrilled they were a winner for you too!

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    • I used a chia seed “egg” to make these vegan. 1 tablespoon chia seeds plus 1 tsp + 3 tablespoon water. Slightly more water than usual to make up the amount that’s in an egg. They were a huge hit. No one could believe they were flourless. Will be making these again

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