Gluten Free Mocha Muffins Recipe

Sharon L. | What the Fork Food Blog

Gluten Free Mocha Muffins are a chocolate-based muffin made with coffee. It’s an easy gluten free muffin recipe to make and are a great make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings.

These gluten free mocha muffins are a simple twist on my recipe for Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Muffins.

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I mean, how can you ever go wrong when you add coffee to chocolate baked goods??

You can't. You literally cannot go wrong.

Adding coffee to baked goods is something I've been doing for a while. It's not a new concept but it seems to be one that isn't as popular as adding hot water.

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I add coffee to my (internet famous) Gluten Free Chocolate Cake, Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes,

Toasted Coconut Truffles, Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cake, and my Flourless Chocolate Truffles Cake.

I even mix it into the chocolate portion of my Gluten Free Marble Cake.

But, why add coffee to chocolate baked goods?

Simple! The coffee brings out the flavor of the cocoa making deeper, richer chocolate tasting baked goods.

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You may have come across a recipe calling for the cocoa powder to be "bloomed".

That means mixing the cocoa powder with hot water to bring out the flavor of the cocoa and creating a more concentrated chocolate flavor.

This process can also be done with coffee, which is my preferred way because I'll never turn down an excuse to brew another pot.

What Can I Sub for the Coffee?

Since these are Mocha Muffins, the coffee really is an essential ingredient here. If you truly do not want to or can't use coffee, just use hot water.

Or you could skip the coffee or hot water and use 1/2 cup more buttermilk.

They won't be mocha muffins anymore, but they'll still be some bang-a-rang chocolate chocolate chip muffins.

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Can I make these Dairy Free?

Yes! The only dairy ingredient in this recipe is the buttermilk.

A dairy free sub for the 1/2 cup buttermilk is 1/2 cup dairy free milk (I use unsweetened coconut milk beverage) plus 1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar.

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Gluten Free Mocha Muffins Recipe

    12 Servings


  • 1 1/2 cups Sharon’s Nightshade-Free Gluten Free Flour Blend, or Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour (215g)
  • 1/2 cup Dutch Processed Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum, (omit if your flour blend contains it)
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar, (152g)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips, or Chocolate Chunks
  • 2 large Eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk, room temperature (see notes for dairy free)
  • 1/2 cup Strong Brewed Coffee, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Avocado Oil, (or neutral oil of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or spray with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, cocoa powder, xanthan gum, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips and then set the bowl aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil, and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared muffin cups, dividing the batter evenly.
  5. Bake the muffins at 400°F for 15-18 minutes or until done. Cool the muffins in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove them from the pan to cool completely on a wire rack.


  • I used my Nightshade Free Gluten Free Flour Blend in this recipe. To make this recipe dairy free, use 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage (or dairy free milk of choice) plus 1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar in place of the buttermilk.
  • Store leftovers at room temperature in an air-tight container up to 3 days. These muffins also freeze well in a freezer bag.
  • Defrost at room temperature or in the microwave.


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Gluten Free
Gluten Free Baking
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Author: Sharon L.
Recipe Yields: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 muffin
Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 115
Calories 218

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g
  Saturated Fat 4g
Sodium 181mg
Total Carbohydrate 23g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 20g
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Sharon L.

About Sharon

Sharon is our latest gluten free fanatic. We love her easy approach to gluten free recipes that are versatile enough to be gluten-full too. Try one, you'll see what we mean. Find her at What the Fork Food Blog every day.

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