Extra fudgy and intensely chocolatey, these are not your average gluten free, paleo and keto double chocolate muffins! Whip them up in 30 minutes for an easy and speedy low carb chocolate treat.
Paleo & Keto Double Chocolate Muffins 🍫
Extra Fudgy & Intensely Chocolatey!
Full disclosure: I’ve never been a big fan of chocolate muffins. They’re generally too spongy, more often than not a little dry, and generally not chocolatey enough for my liking. I mean, why have a muffin when you can have a brownie. Or even a cupcake (big buttercream frosting fan over here!).
So when creating a low carb chocolate muffin for you guys, I took a little different route. Think a cross between between a crazy fudgy brownie and a dense Italian almond chocolate cake.
The ultimate inspiration? Our suuuper fudgy keto brownies (easily the most popular recipe on the site).
You guys will essentially be following our super easy brownie methodology (see video for reference). The ratios are a little different though, and there is some added flax for a more crumb-like texture.
The most important thing though? The baking time! If you like your keto chocolate muffins extra fudgy you’ll want to do 10-13 minutes, for medium fudgy-ness 14-17, and for ‘normal muffin’ texture 18-20 minutes. Varies a little from oven to oven, but these are good guidelines.
Also keep in mind that if you want your muffins fudgy they will sink while cooling. Which in my humble opinion, simply makes them even better vessels for a generous scoop of (no churn!) vanilla ice cream.
Otherwise, if you bake them fully, you’ll get nicely-domed muffins (see picture below). So long story short, adjust the baking time to get the outcome you desire.
The Sweetener 🍯
You’ve got options here. Think xylitol (no aftertaste and gooey texture), Lakanto (barely any aftertaste), and Swerve (some cooling sensation). Xylitol takes (much) longer to dry out though so your muffins will be extra delicate right after baking, so just keep that in mind.
Fun fact: it might also be our taste buds here, but we’ve noticed that stevia-based sweeteners (such as Pyure) don’t work so great when chocolate is involved as the aftertaste is accentuated. So we cannot recommend enough that you don’t use stevia-based sweeteners here.
Oh, and if just paleo or gluten free (or not restricted by sugars), simply sub 1-to-1 with coconut or regular sugar.
And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕
Just keep in mind that for best texture and rise, you’ll always want to regrind your flaxseed meal in a dry blender or bullet.
The Chocolate 🍫
You’ll want to use a Dutch-processed alkaline cocoa here. As there’s baking powder involved, using cacao won’t give the same results (at all!).
In terms of brands, our favorite will forever be Valrhona, known to be one of (if not the) best cocoas in the world.
p.s. a lightly sprinkle of flakey sea salt works wonders to cut through the chocolate in these guys!
(Ultra Fudgy!) Paleo & Keto Chocolate Muffins
Extra fudgy and intensely chocolatey, these are not your average keto chocolate muffins! Whip them up in 30 for a spectacular low carb treat!
Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Cups for an instant conversion.
- 48 g almond flour
- 30 g golden flaxseed meal finely ground
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 70 g unsalted grass-fed butter or 4 TBS coconut oil + 1 TBS coconut cream
- 1/3-1/2 cup allulose *xylitol or coconut sugar if paleo (I use 1/2 cup allulose and 1/3 otherwise)
- 40 g cocoa powder **
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder or instant coffee (optional)
- 2 eggs at room temperature***
See recipe video for guidance on methodology! These low carb chocolate muffins follow our brownie methodology. Albeit with different ratios and added flaxseed and baking powder.
Position a rack in the lower third of your oven and preheat to 350°F/180°C. Line or grease and flour a muffin pan, set aside.
Add almond flour, flaxseed meal and baking powder to a medium bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined, set aside.
Add butter (or coconut oil and cream), sweetener, cocoa powder, salt and espresso powder (optional) to a large heatproof bowl. Melt over a water bath whisking constantly (or use the microwave). You'll want to heat it up until most of the sweetener has melted and the mixture is well incorporated. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
Add one egg at a time, whisking well after each one until completely incorporated. The texture should appear smooth, with all the sweetener dissolving into the mixture. If you used coconut oil, you want to be sure to mix it particularly well. Add the flour mixture, whisking vigorously until fully blended (about a minute). Fold in chocolate pieces (or pecans) and spoon into prepared muffin pan.
Bake for 10-13 minutes if you like your keto chocolate muffins extra fudgy (they'll be set, but still jiggly), for medium fudgy-ness 14-17, and for 'normal muffin' texture 18-20 minutes. Varies a little from oven to oven, but these are good guidelines. Always keep in mind, however, that your muffins will continue to cook while cooling!
Sprinkle with flakey sea salt (optional) and allow to cool for at least 15-20 minutes in the muffin pan. They'll be particularly fragile right out of the oven if you made them fudgy and with xylitol, so you need to let them set.
Keep stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days. These guys are also best served warm.
*Please see section on sweeteners for deets and possible substitutions. Just keep in mind that stevia doesn't work (at all!) for these!
**If measuring the cocoa with tablespoons rather than grams, be mindful of how you scoop as you can end up with a lot more cocoa powder than needed. Drop the cocoa powder into the tablespoon and level it, rather than scooping it out of the bag with the tablespoon (which can lead to overpacked tablespoons!).
***Must use eggs at room temp. Reason being that if you add cold eggs, you'll solidify the batter and won't be able to mix the flours properly.
Please note that nutrition facts were calculated without the optional add-ins (chocolate & nuts), as values vary widely from brand to brand and quantity used. Always check your labels.