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Homemade Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins

In addition to the deliciously amazing flavor and texture of these Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins, you will appreciate the simple wholesome ingredient list.

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I love enjoying a good muffin with a nice, warm cup of herbal coffee at any time of the day. If it’s on a lazy Sunday afternoon at my mom’s house with us girls–my sister, nieces, and sometimes sisters-in-law–having our weekly girl talk catch-up session, it’s even better.

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When I tried this chocolate chip muffin recipe out on them recently, it was very well-received. They loved the perfectly sweet and chocolatey flavor and felt inspired that these vegan muffins are much lower in fat than traditional chocolate chip muffins.

You’ll love these vegan chocolate chip muffins because they’re…

  • Warm and sweet
  • Super flavorful
  • Chocolatey
  • Moist
  • Kid-friendly
  • Freeze well
  • Absolutely delicious!

How to make dairy-free chocolate chip muffins

This chocolate chip muffin recipe couldn’t be easier. The batter comes together in minutes and is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and then get the ingredients and measuring cups ready to go.

In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients–whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and less-refined dry sugar (if using).

If you plan to make these with date paste or maple syrup, save those for the wet ingredients in the next step.

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

whole wheat flour being sifted over blue bowl

I like to sift the flour to help these muffins be more light and fluffy, but this step is completely optional.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients–applesauce, plant milk, vanilla, vinegar, and date paste or maple syrup (if subbing out for the dry sweetener).

Pour the well-blended wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and stir well. Then fold the chocolate chips into the batter.

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For scooping the batter into a muffin pan, I have found that a trigger-lever ice cream scoop is perfect. It allows you to do this effortlessly without needing to use a spoon or your finger to scrape the spoon with each dollop.

vegan muffins in pan before baking with measuring spoons on table

As you can see in the photo, I like to also use my non-stick silicone muffin pan that allows me to bake without a drop of oil or cooking spray. Simply plop the muffin batter into the cups, place on a baking sheet for support, and they’re ready to bake.

Paper muffin cups also work pretty well, but I have found that the paper sometimes sticks to the muffins. However, once the muffins are cooled and refrigerated, the paper seems to come off much easier.

Place muffin pan in the oven to bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes. Test for doneness by pushing a toothpick into the center of one of the muffins. When it comes out clean, the muffins are ready.

Allow to cool and serve these for a delicious brunch or snack that the whole family will love.

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Tips for making this muffin recipe

  • Mixing Bowl- Don’t skimp on the large bowl size. I love having enough room to combine the dry and wet ingredients with plenty of stirring room.
  • Gluten- These muffins are not gluten-free, but this link to the Minimalist Baker will help adjust it for those that want to give it a try.
  • Non-Stick- I highly recommend the non-stick silicone muffin pans. Using paper muffin cups can be tricky because the paper tends to stick to the muffins after baked since they are not oily like traditional muffins. Remember to place on a baking sheet to support.
  • Cooking Time- Test the doneness of the muffins after 20-25 minutes with a toothpick inserted to the middle of one. When the toothpick comes out clean, they are ready.
  • Mini Muffins- If you decide to use a muffin pan for mini muffins, reduce the cooking time to about 15 minutes.
  • Storage- Leftover muffins can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. These muffins also freeze well.
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Homemade Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yield: 15 muffins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

In addition to the deliciously amazing flavor and texture of these vegan chocolate chip muffins, you will appreciate the simple wholesome ingredient list.



    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

    2. In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients: whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, dry sweetener (if using).

    3. In a medium bowl, whisk together apple sauce, plant milk, vanilla, vinegar, and date paste (if using).

    4. Pour the well-blended wet mixture into the large bowl with dry ingredients.

    5. Add chocolate chips to the bowl and mix well.

    6. Spoon or scoop batter into a silicone muffin baking non-stick pan or paper muffin cups.

    7. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes. Check for doneness using the toothpick method explained above.

    8. Remove from oven, allow to cool, and serve for breakfasts or a snack.


Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 3gSugar: 24.5gProtein: 4g

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Tuesday 29th of September 2020

They were chewy which was odd but otherwise they tasted great!


Tuesday 16th of June 2020

We ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE!!! We’re freezing them and they’re our go-to for a quick breakfast on the road food from now on!!! ...SOOOO STINKIN GOOD!!! I can’t believe they’re not bad for you!!!

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

Hi Drenda- LOVE IT! They are perfect for a grab and go snack! :)


Friday 15th of May 2020

I make these with my 6 year old granddaughter. They are her favorite, she loves chocolate chips!

Terri Edwards

Friday 15th of May 2020

Hi Kathy- What a great tradition to start with your granddaughter. You're making memories, and I'm honored to have a small part in that. Thanks so much for letting me know.


Sunday 26th of April 2020

Second time I've made these in two days, the whole family liked them a lot, thank you!

Terri Edwards

Monday 27th of April 2020

Hi Evelina- For the WIN! I'm so glad your whole family is enjoying these muffins.


Tuesday 21st of April 2020

I often use parchment baking cups or papers. They are non-stick.

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