Vegan Double Chocolate Muffins
4.75 from 4 votes

These vegan double chocolate muffins are such a treat! Find for breakfast or a snack, but rich and sweet enough to feel like a lovely indulgence, too.

A few vegan double chocolate muffins have been lined up in a row, right in front of a white brick surface.

When things feel particularly uncertain or unknowable, it’s usually my first instinct to bake. Baking sweet things is one of the ways that I remind myself of the sweetness of life, especially when I’m getting lots of reminders to the contrary. And there’s comfort in the ritual, too: baking, measuring, following a recipe. Baking is more science than art, and the precision is part of what I find soothing.

This was one of those happy baking projects in which I was pretty sure that the end product would turn out well. They’re basically a non-gluten-free version of these gluten-free double chocolate chip muffins, now a few years old but still a favorite of mine.

There was something so comforting about adding only a single adjustment to a recipe I already knew I loved (well, technically two adjustments: I also decreased raising agent, which I used to rely on more heavily than I needed to in baking recipes).

An overhead image of a few freshly baked vegan treats, which have been baked in cupcake liners.

These days, I take a lot of pleasure in approaching baking as an opportunity to experiment, to learn, and to challenge myself. I’ve been making trickier and trickier foods, most recently (and successfully!) pastry. Yet sometimes it’s the familiar recipes that make me feel most grounded. I had a sense of what to expect from these muffins before the came out of the oven: the moist crumb, the intense chocolate flavor, the fact that they’re more dessert than breakfast fare, in a good way. And it was nice having something reliable to anticipate, and then to enjoy.

A single vegan chocolate muffin has been baked in a cupcake liner.

I hope you’ll enjoy them, too. And for those of you who do bake gluten-free, the original recipe is the one to try!

Vegan baked goods with chocolate chips are lined up against a bright, white background.
A few vegan double chocolate muffins have been lined up in a row, right in front of a white brick surface.
4.75 from 4 votes

Vegan Double Chocolate Muffins

Author – Gena Hamshaw
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 12 muffins


  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips or morsels for baking
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk of choice
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil, such as safflower, canola, or grapeseed
  • 1 cup applesauce


  • Preheat your oven to 350° F and lightly oil and flour a 12-muffin baking sheet. Mix the ground flax together with 3 tablespoons warm water and set it aside.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, sugar, and dark chocolate chips.
  • Whisk together the apple cider vinegar and non-dairy milk. Add the vegetable oil and applesauce, then stir in the flax mixture. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until no more spots of flour are visible and the batter is mostly smooth (a few small clumps are fine). If the batter is stiff or very thick, add an extra 1-2 tablespoons non-dairy milk.
  • Scoop the batter into the muffin cups by the heaping 1/3 cup. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the muffins are firm on top. Cool completely before enjoying. The muffins will keep best when wrapped individually in plastic wrap and then stored in an airtight container.


Gluten-free version here.
A vertical stack of freshly baked, dark brown muffins.

These muffins are great with a glass of non-dairy milk, they freeze well (up to 6 weeks) and are pretty delightful to eat. What’s old is new again, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

I wish you all a week of feeling grounded, taking care of yourselves, and looking out for each other. It’s a good time to be that way. And I’ll see you before too long, for the weekend roundup.


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Categories: Recipes, Muffins & Scones, Snacks
Method: Oven
Dietary Preferences: Gluten Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan
Recipe Features: Meal Prep

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m constantly trying new vegan chocolate cake/cupcake/muffin recipes, and this was lovely base!
    I did make the WFPBNO version of it, using white WW flour, 3 more tbsp of boiling water with instant coffee, more applesauce (apple + butternut squash sauce actually) replacing the oil, using 2/3 of the sugar only (brown + coconut sugar), baked in a glass dish for 30 minutes. It rose well and was light and airy and perfectly decadently chocolaty!

  2. Hi

    Do you think whole wheat pastry flour would work? Also, could I use coconut sugar or a liquid sweetener? Thanks so much!

    • Hi Maryann. I wouldn’t use liquid sweetener, as I haven’t tested the recipe that way. But coconut sugar will work! And whole wheat pastry might give you a little less rise, but it will work, too 🙂

  3. Gena!!! I finallyyyy have all the ingredients to make these during quarantine. Well except for a muffin tray – could these be made in like a glass brownie pan?? <333

    • Hooray! I think they will work in a glass baking dish (basically you’d just be making a chocolate cake!), but you might need two of them if you’re using square (8×8 or 9×9). If you have 9×13, that will work well!

  4. I made these earlier in the week, and they were a big hit with my family. The only deviation I made was eating them while they were still a little warm and the chocolate chips were still melty — so good! I’ve had a lot of requests from my family to make then again so they’re on my agenda today. 🙂

  5. I made these last week and they reminded me of a coffee shop muffin that I used to eat all the time in college! The whole family loved them and this is definitely going into the recipe box.