Coconut Flour Chocolate Muffins

This weekend I bought a box of coconut flour.  I hadn’t a clue as to how I’d use it, but I liked the idea of a more healthful flour infused with the lovely scent of coconut.   Whole Foods had two brands, Bob’s Red Mill and Coconut Secret.  I went with the Coconut Secret because a) it was priced competitively and b) the canister was pretty!

Plus it had all kinds of amusing health claims, including that it is gluten-free. Given that, I decided to go all out and make some completely wheat free chocolate muffins.  Having no idea as to what I was doing ratio-wise (coconut flour is VERY different than all-purpose), I started with a honey muffin recipe from Tiana Coconut and added cocoa powder, chocolate chips.  I also used agave nectar instead of honey because I like agave’s flavor.

gluten free chocolate muffins

The muffins were definitely interesting.  Our family enjoyed them, but the texture was not the same as gluten muffins.  I don’t want to say “eggy” because that sounds negative, but the egg was noticeable.  Now I’m wondering if the texture of Elana’s cupcakes is similar, and thinking I’ll have to try those too.

For now, here’s the muffin recipe. It only makes 6 muffins.

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Coconut Flour Chocolate Muffins
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Gluten free chocolate muffins made with coconut flour
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk or coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line 6 muffin cups with foil liners or grease using your preferred method – I used a little butter and dusted it with extra cocoa powder. Foil cupcake liners would probably be ideal.
  2. Mix the coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, agave, melted butter, and vanilla.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture and stir until blended, then add chocolate chips.
  5. Divide batter between 6 muffin cups and bake for about 15 minutes or until muffins appear set. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then carefully remove from muffin cups.
Note: Since the recipe calls for baking powder and baking powder is acidic, I used Dutch process cocoa powder, which is alkaline. I thought the two might react better. If you use natural cocoa powder and baking powder, two acidic ingredients, you might get different results – maybe good, maybe flat. I have only tested with Dutch process cocoa (neutral) and baking powder (acid).

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  1. Ericnaz says

    seems like the main ingredient is egg so not surprised that it was eggy….were they moist or dry? I think you should try again and change the recipe….maybe increase the flour and add applesauce for moisture

  2. Hets says

    I made these tonight and since I was in a rush for my chocolate fix I microwaved it in a mug. I put about a cup of batter into a mug and microwaved at 30 second increments until it was the texture I wanted. It was delicious. Thanks for the recipe!
    Also, I have found that the brand of coconut flour makes a big difference in the texture and “eggyness” of recipes. I really like Bob’s Red Mill brand(which is what I used tonight) or any of the ones that Elana recommends, The other trick I have found is to let the mixture sit a few minutes before I pour into the pan or muffin tin and bake.

  3. says

    Thanks for the tip about the Bob’s! I’m still trying to use up this first canister of coconut flour, but I’ll buy Bob’s next time for comparison’s sake.

  4. Alexandra says

    hey I’m in the UK and want some Bob’s Red Mill Coconut flour, anyone know which website or store sells for less than £8 + £2.50 delivery?? I shall make these muffins when the flour gets here. Waitrose stock a lot of Bob’s range but no coconut flour and they won’t get it on order for me.

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