The Best Gluten-Free + Vegan Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free
Serves: 12 muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 4 chia seed eggs (see note)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk (plain or vanilla)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • ⅓ cup vegan semi-sweet dark chocolate chips (I used 55 % cacao—I recommend Pascha Organic Allergen-Free brand)
  • Cooking spray
  • Cupcake liners
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add chia seed eggs, coconut oil, coconut milk, water, maple syrup, and vanilla into a bowl. Mix thoroughly until well-blended.
  3. Add coconut flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Stir well to combine.
  4. Add dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients. Stir well until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Gently fold in the cherries and chocolate chips. Make sure they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  6. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with liners. Spray the liners with cooking spray.
  7. Fill each liner with batter. These muffins don't rise very much, so fill the liner until it's a little more than ¾ full, if you want a large muffin.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the top of the muffin is golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before eating. Enjoy!
Notes
To make 4 chia seed eggs, you’ll need:
¼ cup chia seeds
¾ cup cold water
Add chia seeds to a small bowl. Add water and stir well. Soak for 10-15 minutes until the seeds form a thick, gel-like texture.
* Some people like to grind the chia seeds before adding them to the water. I actually like the texture of the chia seeds, so I just leave them whole. It’s up to you. If you want to grind the chia seeds, you can do so in a small coffee grinder.

Feel free to use this basic muffin recipe and replace the chocolate and cherries with any add-ins you’d like!

Most baking powders are gluten-free, but always check the label to be sure!
Recipe by A Bite of Inspiration at https://abiteofinspiration.com/2017/04/21/gluten-free-vegan-chocolate-chip-cherry-muffins/