These gluten-free and paleo-friendly Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins will have your tastebuds jump. Healthyish ingredients with lots of flavour make this heavenly combination taste like a sin.

A glorious flavour combination

Can you think of a better sweet combo than orange and chocolate? I certainly cannot, because it’s one of my favourite flavour pairings since forever. So of course, I’m always thinking about who to combine the fresh and tangy citrus flavour with the rich and melt-in-your mouth chocolate.

This time I’m forming this heavenly union into a chewy muffin, sure to satisfy all your sweet cravings. Choosing better-for-you ingredients without taking away from the flavour, make this treat the ideal dessert for a balanced lifestyle. Dessert happiness is coming your way!

A flavourful and balanced sweet treat

These muffins are not your typical carb and refined sugar loaded dessert. My goal with this recipe and this blog as a whole is to create sweet treats that fit into a balanced lifestyle.

Using almond flour instead of regular wheat flour, we’re adding more complex carbs into the mix. These keep your stomach fuller for longer and nourish the body with unsaturated fats. Maple syrup as a sweetener instead of refined sugar is also a great swap to make when creating balanced desserts like in this case. You can lighten them up even more by leaving the maple syrup out altogether. Don’t worry, the muffins will still taste sweet.

Last but not least, using dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate is a better choice to reap all the health benefits of the cacao bean. The best part? The dark chocolate give these muffins an even richer chocolate flavour. I see you chocolate lovers!

Tips for making this Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

These muffins are super easy to make. No-fuss ingredients, easy assembling and 30 minutes is all it takes to indulge in this balanced dessert. Here are some tips that will give you the best result:

  • Always use organic oranges when using the skin. Non-organic fruits are mostly sprayed with pesticides when bred which stay on the skin.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to help transfer the batter evenly into the muffin tin holes.
  • Don’t worry if the muffins seem under-baked when taking them out of the oven. They get the right texture when cooled off.
  • If you don’t eat them right away, you can store them in an airtight container for up to four days.

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Healthier Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Grain Free Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

These gluten-free and paleo-friendly Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins will have your tastebuds jump. Healthyish ingredients with lots of flavour make this heavenly combination taste like a sin.
Prep Time10 mins
Baking Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: International
Servings: 6
Calories: 251kcal

Ingredients

  • 120 g almond flour 1 cup
  • 60 g greek yogurt 1/4 cup
  • 4 eggs (medium)
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 g dark chocolate chips 1/2 cup
  • 1 orange zest

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F) and line a muffin tin with liners.
  • Put all the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, into a bowl and mix with a spoon or a spatula until all the ingredients are well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and transfer batter evenly into six muffin tin holes.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until the muffins are slightly browned on top but still very soft on the inside.
  • Let cool for about half an hour, sprinkle with grated orange zest and enjoy!

Notes

  • Always use organic oranges when using the skin. Non-organic fruits are mostly sprayed with pesticides when bred which stay on the skin.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to help transfer the batter evenly into into the muffin tin holes.
  • Don’t worry if the muffins seem under-baked when taking them out of the oven. They get the right texture when cooled off.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to four days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 251kcal

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