Some dairy free chocolate chip muffins ready to eat

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

August 10, 2015 by Michelle

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Dairy free chocolate chip muffins recipe

While I could eat the same thing for breakfast every single day and be totally fine with that, Little Miss isn’t so sanguine.  She’s done with oatmeal, with granola, with eggs… the list goes on. Mister Man, on the other hand, is happy to have yogurt with preserves just about every morning, especially since I’ll sometimes freeze them and make frozen yogurt pops for him. Little Miss, with her dairy allergy, can’t have them and is… rather jealous.

All last week, they were at Spanish immersion camp, and I missed them just a little bit. I was determined to do something special for each of them, and my mind immediately popped to doing a frozen yogurt pop for Little Miss for breakfast using a dairy free yogurt. Of course, then I picked her up at camp and saw her broken glasses and seriously rethought the matter. (Seriously. I half expected Mister Man to have lost or broken his glasses, but her?…)

Broken glasses from camp

Although she’d told me she had packed a glasses case as we were going through the packing list, apparently she hadn’t. Early in the week, someone stepped on her glasses and broke the arm off. She could still wear them sans that arm, but that is not a long term solution, especially when she heads to gymnastics this afternoon.

Fortunately, we had bought her glasses at Walmart less than a year ago, and I knew we could head back there to get them repaired under warranty. In another lucky stroke, the frames she had were in stock, so in five minutes we had brand new glasses at no charge to us (since we could turn in the full broken frame that then gets donated to the Lions who fix them and pass them along). My blood pressure once again in check, I decided that yes, we could still do something special for her.

Glasses fixed from Walmart in five minutes

I headed up the aisles at Walmart to pick up some Silk dairy free almond milk and even some dairy free yogurt to make her not just the frozen yogurt popsicles she could eat for breakfast – with yogurt, almond milk, a bit of honey, and fresh fruit, that works as breakfast in my book – but also some chocolate Silk cashew milk – a new Silk flavor! – to use to make chocolate chip muffins.

Silk cashew milk at Walmart

And because they were right next to the shelf stable vanilla almond milk, I picked up a six pack of individual serving dairy free dark chocolate almond milk for her to take to school.

Loving the Silk Almond milk single serving

I love that Silk has 7 almond milk varieties, all with 100 or fewer calories, plus no cholesterol or saturated fat. With her dairy allergy, I appreciate that it has 50% more calcium than cow’s milk, too. The single serving size is perfect, too. They’re shelf stable, so I don’t take up valuable fridge space before I need them, and in addition to having 50% more calcium than cow’s milk, they’re an excellent source of Vitamin E. They’re verified non-GMO, and they’re free of dairy, soy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg and MSG – which matters given all the allergies the wee ones’ friends have.

Silk Almond milk individual serving at Walmart

Apparently this is what happens when my kids go to camp. I’m a little afraid of what will happen when they go to college and are gone for months at a time.

The dairy free chocolate chip muffins were a huge hit, though I’ll admit that they’re a bit more a special occasion. While yogurt works as an every day breakfast, muffins are a little more special. Making the dairy free chocolate chip muffins with Silk dark chocolate cashew milk was ingenious. I’d never had chocolate cashew milk, but I’ve long been a fan of cashew for a dairy free milk replacement. It’s irresistibly creamy, making it perfect for baking. They weren’t just dairy free chocolate chip muffins; they were triple chocolate dairy free chocolate chip muffins. I pulled in chocolate from cocoa powder, the Silk chocolate cashew milk, and chocolate chips. Because it was all dark chocolate, it wasn’t overpoweringly sweet but just perfect.

Bite out of a dairy free chocolate chip muffin

I used one of my favorite new tricks for baking muffins to get a nice high dome on top – I baked them at higher heat to start and get them to fluff up then turned the heat down to bake the rest of the way. To make them look prettier, I sprinkled a few extra chocolate chips on top just before baking, but that’s completely optional. Oh, who am I kidding? Since when it is optional to add more chocolate chips?

Add chocolate chips to dairy free chocolate chip muffin tops

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

Some dairy free chocolate chip muffins ready to eat

These muffins are quick and easy to make. Prepping them take just the ten minutes you’ll need to preheat your oven to 425 degrees, and baking takes only another 15-18 minutes. Fresh, hot dairy free chocolate chip muffins in a half hour? Yes, please. I’m officially Little Miss’s favorite mommy ever. She claims that would be true even if she had other options aside from me.

Melt your coconut oil, and set aside. Prep your muffin tins by adding muffin papers to each cup – this recipe makes 18 muffins, so you know how many to fill.

In your mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips. Stir thoroughly to ensure everything is well combined.

Mix together dry ingredients

In a measuring cup, add your Silk chocolate cashew milk. Add your coconut oil slowly, whisking the whole time like you would if you were pouring oil into a salad dressing. If you don’t, the coconut oil will create clumps and harden. If that happens, you can carefully microwave it in 20 second intervals to melt it, remembering that coconut oil melts at about 76 degrees. Add your eggs and vanilla and whisk until thoroughly incorporated. Cutest little helper ever, right?

Whisk liquid ingredients

Pour your wet ingredients over your dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated. You want your batter lumpy for muffins. The more you mix, the tougher they will be after baking. Your goal is light and fluffy muffins, so don’t stress about it.

Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir

Remember to use my baking hack and spray your muffin scooper with nonstick spray to keep the batter from sticking. Scoop into your waiting muffin tins, filling each one pretty full – more so than you normally would.

Scoop muffins with greased scooper

Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes to get that night higher dome, then turn the heat down to 375 degrees and bake for 10-13 minutes until your cake tester comes out with just a few crumbs. Cool the dairy free chocolate chip muffins for 5-10 minutes then remove from the tins to finish cooling, (Or enjoy them warm with a glass of Silk cashew milk – yum!)

Dairy free chocolate chip muffins made with Silk Cashew milk

These are best fresh, but you can keep them in an airtight container on your counter for up to three days.

Peach Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

Dairy Free peach popsicle

The peach frozen yogurt popsicles were even easier and Little Miss was just as thrilled. To make them, add three-quarters cup of Silk dairy free vanilla yogurt to a bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of Silk vanilla almond milk and 1 tablespoon of honey. Stir to combine. I’m saving my single serving almond milk for school lunches, but you could very easily use them in either the dairy free chocolate chip muffins or in the frozen yogurt popsicles.

Add almond milk to dairy free Silk yogurt

Dice a half peach and add it to the yogurt mixture. We leave the skin on, but you could peel it if you chose. Stir just a bit to distribute the peaches.

Dice a peach for frozen yogurt

Pour the yogurt mixture to the fill line in your popsicle mold. This makes exactly six popsicles in the molds we have. I find it simplest to put my frozen yogurt mixture into a measuring cup so it pours more cleanly.

Pour yogurt into popsicle molds

Insert your popsicle sticks and freeze for at least three hours.

Insert popsicle sticks

Serve once frozen. Warm the outside of your mold with your hand to release. They will keep up to a month in your freezer, but we’ve never had them last longer than a week! It’s a breakfast I’m totally fine feeding my kids, but Little Miss thinks she’s getting away with something just because it’s frozen.

Enjoying her peach popsicle

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 18 muffins

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 c cocoa powder
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 1/2 c chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/4 c Silk chocolate cashew milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Link muffin tins with 18 muffins papers.
  2. Melt your coconut oil and set to the side.
  3. Add your flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips to a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  4. In a liquid measuring cup, add the Silk cashew milk. While whisking, slowly pour in the melted coconut oil so that it is incorporated. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until thoroughly incorporated.
  5. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until just mixed. Batter will be lumpy.
  6. Grease a mixing scoop and scoop muffins into prepared tins, filling almost to the top. Add extra chocolate chips to the top of each muffin, if desired.
  7. Bake in your 425 degree oven for 5 minutes, then turn down to 375 and bake for 10-13 minutes, just until your cake tester has a few crumbs on it.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes, then eat warm or store in an airtight container on your counter for up to 3 days.

Notes

If you forget to whisk your coconut oil into the cashew milk and it hardens, you can microwave your mixture in 30 second increments, stirring each time, until it melts. Remember that coconut oil melts at about 76 degrees, so you don't need to heat it much.

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I used the Silk Dark Chocolate Cashew Milk to make dairy free chocolate chip muffins. What would you make?

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  • Julie S.


    These look delicious! I will have to try them.

    • Michelle


      Thanks, Julie! They were great and I love that there isn’t *too* much sugar in them (hello, blueberry muffins!). Let me know what you think!

  • Audrey


    I am glad the glasses were an easy fix. I have done it before myself.
    The muffins look great.
    Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays link up. Hope to see you back next week.

    • Michelle


      Thanks – I’m so glad it was an easy fix, too. Ironically, my daughter has had hers replaced twice and my son only once. Who’da thunk she’d be the one with the issues taking care of them?

  • Diana Rambles


    These look fantastic Michelle! Pinned & tweeted!

    • Michelle


      Aww, thanks, Diana! They were so good – definitely a keeper recipe!

  • Blanca D


    We love muffins! but the Popsicles look delicious too!

    • Michelle


      It’s a good way to get some decadence and lightly sweet at the same time, right? Both are g.o.n.e. from my house!

  • Sydney @ Tastefully Frugal


    We love Silk Milk and both of these recipes look great! Especially those popsicles…don’t you just love the IKEA molds?! They work way better than the expensive ones I bought earlier this year!

    • Michelle


      I hadn’t tried the cashew before. She absolutely loves it though. Those popsicle molds are the bomb! I have two different colors so each kid knows which popsicles belong to which child 🙂

  • Mom to 3 Lil Misses


    So chocolate chips are not dairy-free..realized that in the middle of making the recipe, but it still tasted good without them! Might want to note that for folks who are new at this dairy-free thing and might toss in the regular kind without thinking about it.

    • Michelle


      I’m so sorry that was confusing for you! We always use dairy free chocolate chips. There are a ton of brands out there who make them, and I don’t even think about it when noting it’s dairy free. I’ll update the recipe to note that they should be dairy free chocolate chips. I’m glad you enjoyed the muffins even without the extra dose of chocolate!

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