These vegan double chocolate espresso muffins are light, fluffy, moist and super chocolatey! Not to mention, they are incredibly easy to make, taking less than 30 minutes and you probably already have all the ingredients you need on hand.
- Ease: simple and take less than 30 minutes to make.
- Diet: this recipe is egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free and I have a gluten-free option in the variations section of this post.
- Great for: gift giving, picnics and enjoying with friends and family.
- Taste: delicious rich, decadent chocolate muffins with the perfect balance of sweetness.
- Texture: tender, moist and full of gooey chocolate chunks.
WHAT LARDER INGREDIENTS WILL I NEED FOR THIS RECIPE?
Here is what you need to make the best ever double chocolate espresso muffins:
Plain or all-purpose flour / Gluten-free alternative: use oat flour – for adding structure and lightness.
Dutch cocoa powder – I prefer to use a high-quality Dutch cocoa powder over natural cocoa powder. It adds a rich chocolate flavour and builds structure.
Bicarbonate of soda or baking soda – is a chemical leavening which reacts with the acid in the cocoa powder prior to baking. Thus, carbon dioxide forms and causes the batter to expand, creating a nice light sponge texture.
Baking powder – is a chemical leavening similar to baking soda, except it starts to work once it reaches a certain temperature during baking. This recipe uses both to get the most lift and create a light airy textured muffin.
Neutral-tasting oil (coconut, vegetable or sunflower oil) – I use sunflower oil but any neutral tasting oil is good. Alternatively for more flavour, you can replace the oil with the same amount of melted butter.
Caster or granulated sugar – gives structure and sweetness.
No-dairy milk (such as almond, oat, rice or soy milk) or regular milk – adds moisture and flavour to the sponge.
Apple vinegar or lemon juice – reacts with the cocoa and baking soda when mixed together to make the muffins light.
Vanilla extract or vanilla paste – adds flavour and enhances the other ingredient flavours.
Espresso coffee – adds a delicious flavour to these muffins.
Good quality vegan chocolate – use a good quality, as it is one of the stars in this recipe.
I highly recommend adding a good pinch of salt to your muffins. It would seem counter productive, but it’s not. Salt, helps balance out the sweetness and richness. It also elevates the other ingredients, bring out the best characteristics of any recipe. In a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory way, salt intensifies the mouths ability to taste sweetness. It is the sodium that sends signals to move glucose into the sweet taste receptor cells, thus triggering the cells to register sweetness. The result is that salt not only alerts our ‘salt sensitivity’, but also triggers our ‘sweet sensitive’ taste buds.
WHAT VARIATIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS CAN I MAKE?
Gluten-free option – these muffins have a great taste when made with oat flour instead of plain flour. Simply replace the regular flour with the same weight in oat flour.
Flavoured chocolate – use good quality chocolate, if possible, that has natural oils added to it, such as orange, raspberry or mint. Lindt have some great options.
Nuts – try adding 100g / 3/4 cup of chopped hazelnuts or pecans for an awesome nutty taste.
Gluten free – replace the plain flour with oat flour or a 1:1 alternative gluten free flour.
Sugar free – is not something I can offer for this recipe, if you want a healthier option replace the sugar with coconut sugar which contains minerals, electrolytes and has a lower-glycaemic index.
If you experiment, I would love to know how you get on and share it with the other readers.
Serving: one muffin
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STORAGE AND FREEZING
These muffins are best eaten on the day they are baked but they will keep for about two days in an airtight container.
Freezing: they freeze beautifully in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to three months. Allow to defrost for a couple of hours at room temperature.
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Here is a list of some kitchen equipment that I use and recommend for this recipe.
Muffin pan – 12 wells
When it comes to baking, I highly recommend using metric measurements and a digital scale, rather than cup measurements. You will find it much easier, less messy and you will get far better, consistent results weighing your ingredients. 🙂
READY TO MAKE YOUR DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO MUFFINS ?
Double Chocolate Espresso Muffins
- 250 g plain or all-purpose flour
- 50 g cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch fine sea salt
- 80 ml neutral-tasting oil (70g coconut, vegetable or sunflower oil)
- 150 g caster or granulated sugar
- 240 ml milk or non-dairy milk (such as almond, oat, rice or soy milk)
- 1 tbsp apple vinegar or lemon juice (15g)
- 3 tbsp espresso coffee (45g)
- 150 g chopped dark chocolate (vegan)
- If you don't intend to rest the batter prior to baking preheat the oven to 180°C fan / 400°F / Gas 6. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with 12 paper muffin cases. (I use 5 x 3.5cm cases)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, 100g chopped chocolate and baking powder.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, milk, lemon juice and coffee.
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and gently whisk together until just incorporated. Don’t overmix or you’ll have tough muffins.
- Divide the batter between the muffin cases in the muffin tin, try and get an equal amount of batter in each one. Scatter with the remaining chopped chocolate.
- If you are going to rest the batter place the tray of muffins in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Baking: place the muffins in a preheated oven for 14-16 minutes. Checking that a toothpick comes out clean before removing from oven.
- Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
TOOLS YOU’LL NEED
- 12 well muffin pan
- Good quality chocolate. A star ingredient, which makes all the difference to the finished result. Choose your favourite brand.
- Avoid over mixing the batter. When adding the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients only mix enough until just incorporated. Too much mixing leads to tough, dense muffins.
- Resting the batter. This is optional but resting the batter for an hour in the fridge will give you a beautiful rise during the baking.
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