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.
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).
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.
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!
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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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!
Thanks so much for sharing your modifications!! I’m really glad you enjoyed.
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 🙂
Just made these – they are amazing!
So glad to hear that!
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!
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. 🙂
That deviation sounds delicious!
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.
So glad you enjoyed!
Just looking at these makes my stomach grumble and mouth water and I just ate! These look seriously amazing. Keep being amazing!
Wow, these look so good. I love you’re simplistic, yet elegant photos too!