​Gluten Free Chocolate Apple Muffins

​Gluten Free Chocolate Apple Muffins

Published by Chocolatier Jason Vishnefske on 16th Sep 2023

Gluten Free Chocolate Apple Muffins


2 apples 5 oz. 

Rainforest Dark Vegan Cacao Powder from @SantaBarbaraChocolate

2 eggs 

1 teaspoon of leavening agent

For decoration: 

4 oz Dark chocolate from @SantaBarbaraChocolate

Top with chocolate rainbow chips.

Preparation method: 

Blend all ingredients in a food processor. 

Pour into molds and bake in the oven at 350F for 20-30 minutes. 

Once the muffins have cooled, drizzle them with Santa Barbara Chocolate dark chocolate and decorate with chocolate rainbow chips.

Using apples in a gluten-free recipe 

Why use apples in gluten-free recipes:

  • Moisture and Texture: Apples can add moisture and a pleasant texture to gluten-free baked goods, such as muffins, cakes, and bread. This is especially important because gluten-free flours tend to absorb more moisture than wheat flour, making baked goods dry and crumbly without added moisture sources like applesauce or grated apples.
  • Natural Sweetness: Apples provide natural sweetness to recipes without the need for excessive sugar. This can help reduce the overall sugar content in gluten-free desserts while still providing a satisfying flavor.
  • Binding Agent: Applesauce or finely grated apples can act as a binding agent in gluten-free recipes, helping to hold the ingredients together in the absence of gluten, which typically provides elasticity and structure to baked goods.
  • Flavor Enhancement: Apples can add a pleasant flavor to various gluten-free dishes, enhancing the overall taste profile. Their natural sweetness and tartness can complement other ingredients in the recipe.
  • Nutritional Benefits: Apples are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. Adding them to gluten-free recipes can increase the nutritional value of the dish, making it a healthier option.
  • Allergen-Friendly: Apples are generally well-tolerated by most people and are less likely to cause allergies or sensitivities compared to some other ingredients commonly used in gluten-free baking.
  • Versatility: Apples are versatile and can be used in both sweet and savory gluten-free recipes. They can be used in pies, crisps, pancakes, salads, and even as a topping for gluten-free oats or yogurt.
  • Flavor Variations: Different apple varieties have unique flavors and textures, allowing you to experiment and create a wide range of gluten-free recipes with distinct tastes.

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