Gooey Oatmeal Chocolate Muffins (dairy & gluten-free)
These easy, healthy chocolate muffins are perfect to curb a chocolate craving. Made with steel-cut oats these chocolate muffins come out gooey, delicious, and light. A tasty snack or a healthy breakfast muffin.
A healthy alternative to traditional, store-bought muffins, this chocolate muffins recipe is loaded with kid-approved nutrients as well as flavor. Whipped up in just one bowl, these chocolate muffins are a healthy indulgence.
The muffins are best eaten warm or at room temperature but they do have to be stored in the fridge. So if you whip up a big batch, reheat on low to reap the full deliciousness of the gooey chocolate base.
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Use Cacao Powder (Not Cocoa Powder)
This chocolate muffin recipe is made from one of my most used ingredients: cacao powder!
Cacao powder is literally what makes all of my recipes chocolate-based.
It’s not that is just makes everything chocolate (though that IS a perk. Who doesn’t love chocolate!?). But cacao powder also has a lot of unique benefits:
- High in antioxidants
- Contains a good amount of calcium
- High in magnesium
In a quick summary though this powder is one of the least processed forms of chocolate.
However, cacao powder and cocoa powder are not the same things. Cacao powder is chocolate in its purest form which means it’s as healthy as can be and cocoa powder is processed. Learn about the differences between cacao and cocoa here.
And because cacao powder is so nutrient-dense, you’ll want to make sure you buy yours from a quality brand. I personally love Sunfood Cacao Powder. It tastes great and they’re a brand I trust.
This means..chocolate, when it’s in a pure form is actually very good for you!
Great For Toddlers
These chocolate muffins are definitely kid-approved. Given that they're chocolate-based, most kids won't say no to them. As a mom, I love whipping up this chocolate chip muffins recipe because it's a great way to get some nutrients into the kiddos.
Steel-cut oats are loaded with fiber and one of those foods that "stick to your insides" as my Oma used to say! They're a great snack for kids because they keep them full. Plus, steel-cut oats have more protein than other versions which is a plus.
Texture Of The Muffins
Because the chocolate muffins are flourless, they're a bit chewy. And thanks to using cacao powder plus enjoy life chocolate chips, they're also gooey. They really are a great way to curb a craving.
However, they can be a bit of a mess with kiddos. They're not a muffin to let kids walk around with- you'll want to be washing hands right after!
How To Store Them
These muffins are stored in the fridge but taste best at room temperature or slightly warm. They don't freeze as well as regular muffins because the oats absorb and release the water.
We always prefer them kept in the fridge and then put in the oven to warm slightly before we eat them. And most of the time we're grabbing them with breakfast. We like to make a batch of them and use them as a quick make-ahead breakfast for the week. Though I've been known to sneak in a munch on them throughout the day 😉
We pair ours with:
- hard-boiled egg
- Avocado toast
- Yogurt & berries
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Steel-cut oats, cooked
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Almond meal
- Ground flaxseed
- Cacao powder
- Pure maple syrup
- Chopped walnuts
- Enjoy life mini chocolate chips (dairy-free)
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How To Make The Recipe
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients except chocolate chips and walnuts.
In a small bowl mash the banana and combine remaining wet ingredients. Mix until smooth.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir until combined.
Fold in the walnuts.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Line or grease a muffin tin and divide the batter evenly into twelve tins.
Bake for 15 minutes and flip the tray.
Bake for another fifteen minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool on the counter for thirty minutes before removing from the tray.
Makes twelve muffins.
Don't forget to pin these gooey chocolate muffins!
Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Muffins
If you’re looking for a healthy but delicious muffin- this one’s for you! Each muffin is filled with fiber and protein and the muffins themselves are gluten-free and vegan. These dense chocolate muffins are packed with health benefits but most importantly- chocolate! They're light and tasty but definitely sticky and gooey- which is why kids love them. They're perfect on their own as a quick snack or they make a great addition to breakfast. Either way, you get your chocolate fix!