It occurred to me recently that I’ve never shared a recipe for the classic plain chocolate chip muffin! Yes, even such a classic can be made much much healthier by simply switching white flour for whole grain flours and using less sugar (and better quality sugar too)! Although using organic grass-fed butter would be fine, I use olive oil for a dairy-free version for my husband who is dairy-intolerant. I promise, you cannot taste the olive oil at all and no one will know! 🙂 Even if you can have dairy, it’s nice to vary a bit sometimes and use different ingredients. Below you’ll find my recipe for these delicious multigrain chocolate chip muffins which are dairy-free, very low-gluten, low sugar and yet so soft and tasty!
If you do choose to use dairy, I cannot stress how important buying and using organic & grass-fed dairy is!
Why you should use Organic for animal products
Grass-fed means that the cows will mostly eat grass and hay, which is their normal food since they are herbivores (they have 2 stomachs), this produces a much higher quality milk that contains much more nutrition than the ‘conventional’ way of feeding the cows an exclusive diet of (GMO) corn and soy, along with a ton of antibiotics because eating corn and soy make the cows sick since they cannot digest cereal properly. Among the many reasons to buy organic, this will certify that they haven’t been given growth hormones or unnecessary synthetic drugs (antibiotics), it will also certify that if they have eaten a bit of cereal, those will have been grown without synthetic pesticides and are not GMO (sometimes in the winter, the farmers have to give the grass-fed cows a little bit of cereal to supplement the hay they eat).
Grass-fed not only means you get high quality dairy, but it also means that the cows usually roam around in the fields (normal) instead of being cramped into a small space, stepping on each other and never seeing the light of day (not normal, and cruel). A happy cow produces happy milk. A sad cow produces sick milk. It’s worth spending a few more dollars and getting better quality milk, dairy and cheese. Look for the organic and grass-fed statements on the packages, or find a local organic farmers that produces grass-fed milk (not all organic farmers are ‘grass-fed’, so ask questions).
Now, onto this delicious simple and classic recipe! MMmmmm!
Multigrain Chocolate Chip Muffins | Dairy-Free, Low Gluten, Low Sugar
If you love muffins, try these healthy multigrain chocolate chip muffins. With wheat-free flours and almond milk they are dairy-free and low gluten.
- 1 cup brown rice flour (naturally gluten-free)
- 1/2 cup spelt flour (naturally low gluten)
- 1/2 cup rye flour (naturally low gluten)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
- 1/2 cup organic unbleached cane sugar
- 3 free-range organic eggs
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (or melted organic grass-fed butter)
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup rice milk or almond milk
- 3/4 cup organic semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl (except the chocolate chips).
- In a medium bowl, mix all the wet ingredients with a whisk (it will make the batter nice and fluffy).
- Using a rubber spatula to mix, combine the wet ingredients with the dry ones.
- Add the chocolate chips and mix until just combined. Don't overmix.
- Distribute into a lined muffin pan, this will give you 12 muffins.
- Bake at 375F for 25 minutes or so, until the tops are nicely golden.
- Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes, then remove the muffins and transfer on a cooling rack, let cool for at least 5 minutes before enjoying!
- They keep very well for several days either in an airtight container (once completely cooled), or in the fridge or for a few months in the freezer (wrapped tightly).
Note: I do not believe anyone should worry about counting calories, but here is the nutritional information for one serving
Calories: 250kcal | Fat: 12g | Saturated fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 217mg | Carbohydrates: 31g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Protein: 4g | Vitamin A: 65% | Calcium: 77% | Iron: 1.6%