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Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins – Loving It Vegan

These vegan chocolate chip muffins are moist and rich and packed with chocolate chips. This is when you get to eat dessert for breakfast!

Vegan chocolate chip muffins on a wire cooling rack.

You will fall in love with these vegan chocolate chip muffins from the first bite!

They are soft, fluffy, moist and totally loaded with chocolate chips. Of course.

They are the perfect breakfast that also doubles as dessert. They’re muffins after all, not cupcakes, so you get to eat them for breakfast and pretend that it’s totally normal.

And even though they’re sweet, you can still slice them in half, spread them with vegan butter and enjoy just as if they were savory.

You’ll also love our vegan chocolate chip cookies, vegan banana chocolate chip muffins and vegan chocolate chip banana bread.

Ingredients You’ll Need For These Muffins:

Ingredients to make vegan chocolate chip muffins.

Ingredient Notes

  • Vegan buttermilk – our homemade vegan buttermilk is made by mixing lemon juice with soy milk and letting it curdle into buttermilk. Soy milk works best for making vegan buttermilk as it results in a thick and rich buttermilk. You can also use almond milk but soy milk is the best choice.
  • Vegan chocolate chips – go into the batter and then more are placed directly on top of the muffins before baking. You can also use chopped up vegan chocolate.
  • Baking soda – (also known as bicarbonate of soda) reacts with the acid in the vegan buttermilk and creates the beautiful rise for these muffins.
  • Coconut oil – should be melted first. Coconut oil works really well in this batter because it creates a thick batter. You can use a different oil like canola oil or vegetable oil but coconut oil is the best option.
Stack of vegan chocolate chip muffins on a gray plate.

How To Make Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins

You will find full instructions and measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. This is a summary of the process to go along with the process photos.

  • Sift all purpose flour into a mixing bowl and add white granulated sugar, baking soda and salt. Mix together.
Dry ingredients added to mixing bowl and mixed.
  • Prepare your vegan buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to a measuring jug and then adding soy milk up to the 1 cup (240ml) line. Let it curdle into buttermilk.
  • Add the vegan buttermilk, melted coconut oil and vanilla extract and mix into a thick batter. Don’t overmix.
Wet ingredients added to dry and mixed into a batter.
  • Add vegan chocolate chips and fold in.
Vegan chocolate chips added to batter and folded in.
  • Divide the batter between the muffin partitions in your muffin tray (sprayed with non-stick spray). Add extra chocolate chips directly to the tops of each of the muffins.
  • Place into the oven and bake at 350°F for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the muffins comes out clean (or with melted chocolate, no wet batter).
Vegan chocolate chip muffins in a muffin tray before and after baking.
  • Let the muffins cool in the muffin tray for a few minutes and then transfer them to a wire cooling rack to cool.
Vegan chocolate chip muffins cooling on a wire cooling rack.
  • Your muffins are ready to serve!
Vegan chocolate chip muffins on a wire cooling rack.

Baker’s Tips

Thick muffin batter. It’s important for your batter to be nice and thick, so your chocolate chips don’t just sink. You want them nicely spread out around your muffins. Using vegan buttermilk instead of regular non-dairy milk and melted coconut oil helps to keep this batter nice and thick.

Measure your flour correctly. Since this is already a thick batter, if you accidentally use too much flour then you won’t be able to mix it into a batter at all. So make sure that you measure the flour correctly, either by weighing it on a food scale or by using the spoon and level method. Spoon the flour into your measuring cup and then level off the top with a knife – don’t scoop it and don’t pack it into the cup.

Muffin liners. I decided not to use muffin liners for these, as I really love how muffins look when they bake directly in the tray. Make sure to spray the muffin tray well with non-stick spray so that they don’t stick. Alternatively you can use muffin liners.

Vegan chocolate chip muffins stacked up on a plate.

Recipe FAQ

Can you make the batter in advance? Unfortunately no. The batter does not rest well and letting it sit for too long can cause the muffins to not rise. It’s a very quick batter to throw together, so as soon as you’ve mixed it, divide it evenly between the muffin partitions of your muffin tray and bake right away.

Can you make these muffins gluten-free? Yes you can. Just replace the flour with a gluten free all purpose baking blend.

Stack of two vegan chocolate chip muffins.

Storing and Freezing

Keep them covered at room temperature where they will stay fresh for 2-3 days or covered in the fridge where they will last for up to a week. Give them a quick blitz (15-seconds) in the microwave to get them to peak deliciousness again.

They are also freezer friendly for up to 3 months. Make sure you freeze them on the day of baking so that you lock in the freshness.

Vegan chocolate chip muffin cut in half.

More Vegan Muffin Recipes

  1. Vegan Banana Bread Muffins
  2. Vegan Bran Muffins
  3. Vegan Chocolate Muffins
  4. Vegan Zucchini Muffins
  5. Vegan Carrot Muffins
  6. Vegan Apple Muffins
Vegan chocolate chip muffin cut in half.

Did you make this recipe? Be sure to leave a comment and rating below!

Vegan chocolate chip muffins on a wire cooling rack.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins

These vegan chocolate chip muffins are moist and rich and packed with chocolate chips. This is when you get to eat dessert for breakfast!

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Course: Breakfast, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Diet: Vegan

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 12

Calories: 310kcal

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Spray a muffin tray with non-stick spray.

  • Sift all purpose flour into a mixing bowl and add white granulated sugar, baking soda and salt. Mix together.

  • Prepare your vegan buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to a measuring jug and then adding soy milk up to the 1 cup (240ml) line. Let it curdle into buttermilk.

  • Add the vegan buttermilk, melted coconut oil and vanilla extract and mix into a thick batter. Don’t overmix.

  • Add vegan chocolate chips and fold in.

  • Divide the batter between the muffin partitions in your muffin tray (sprayed with non-stick spray). Add extra chocolate chips directly to the tops of each of the muffins.

  • Place into the oven and bake at 350°F for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the muffins comes out clean (or with melted chocolate, no wet batter).

  • Let the muffins cool in the muffin tray for a few minutes and then transfer them to a wire cooling rack to cool.

Notes

  1. Measure your flour correctly. Since this is already a thick batter, if you accidentally use too much flour then you won’t be able to mix it into a batter at all. So make sure that you measure the flour correctly, either by weighing it on a food scale or by using the spoon and level method. Spoon the flour into your measuring cup and then level off the top with a knife – don’t scoop it and don’t pack it into the cup.
  2. Vegan buttermilk – our homemade vegan buttermilk is made by mixing lemon juice (or distilled white vinegar/apple cider vinegar) with soy milk and letting it curdle into buttermilk. Soy milk works best for making vegan buttermilk as it results in a thick and rich buttermilk. You can also use almond milk or other non-dairy milks but soy milk is the best choice.
  3. Coconut oil – should be melted first. Coconut oil works really well in this batter because it creates a thick batter and this works great for muffins. You can use a different oil like canola oil or vegetable oil but coconut oil is the best option.
  4. Gluten free: Just replace the flour with a gluten free all purpose baking blend.
  5. Storing: Keep them covered at room temperature where they will stay fresh for 2-3 days or covered in the fridge where they will last for up to a week.
  6. Freezing: They are also freezer friendly for up to 3 months. Make sure you freeze them on the day of baking so that you lock in the freshness.
  7. This recipe was first published in June 2018. It has been updated with new photos and extra tips. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Muffin | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg

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