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“C” is For Cherries and Chocolate and Cherry-Chocolate-Chip Muffins

Gluten Free Muffins

Gluten-Free Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins. A perfect blend of flavors. Trust me on this one.

Cherries and Chocolate were born to go together (at least according to my mind and stomach, which are inextricably connected). They are such a perfect pairing.

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

I assumed everyone thought the same. But my four year has old proved me wrong…once again.

Prepare yourself here.

He. Does. Not. Like. Chocolate. GASP.

I know. I cannot believe it either.

But, he really will not eat a piece of chocolate. Or pancakes with chocolate chips sprinkled in. Or muffins with chocolate chips in the batter. Or even chocolate cake. Nope.

Along with his Daddy’s blond locks and ocean blue eyes, he has also inherited his desire for savory foods above all things sweet. I have always wished my husband shared my love of chocolate . After all, when you are eating sweets with someone you love, the calories just do not count. But, since he has decided to pass along some strange un-identified savory craving gene to my youngest son, I am left to indulge alone.

So, unfortunately, those calories do count. Every last one of them.

I cannot imagine too many others of you out there feel the same as my son or my husband. Which is why I am sure you will LOVE these muffins and will not need to leave part of the batter sad and chocolate-chip-less like I do in order to appease any aversions.

And as the school year is once again kicking off, these would be a perfect and healthy way to start out a busy morning. They are filled with protein and whole grains and, when paired with some fresh fruit and a piece of bacon or perhaps a hard-boiled egg, you and the kiddos will have a good nutritious and healthy breakfast to start the day.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins


  • 1 cup Superfine Brown Rice Flour
  • 1 cup Almond Flour (For NUT FREE: Use Quinoa Flour)
  • 1/2 cup Millet Flour (or Teff Flour)
  • 2 Tbsp Arrowroot Starch
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt, fine
  • 3 Large Eggs (For EGG FREE: Mix together in small bowl: 4 1/2 Tbsp Unsweetened Applesauce with 2 1/4 tsp additional Baking Powder with 3 Tbsp Warm Water and with 2 1/4 tsp Ener G Egg Replacer – use mixture where you would add eggs)
  • 1/4 Cup Virgin Coconut Oil, preferably Organic
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Palm Sugar (or Granulated Sugar)
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Coconut Yogurt, such as So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt (or can use Dairy based Plain Yogurt if not avoiding Dairy)
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk, such as So Delicious Coconut Milk (or water)
  • 1 Cup Pitted and Chopped Fresh Cherries
  • 1/2 Cup Allergen-Friendly Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (Such as Enjoy Life brand)


1.  Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.  Prepare muffin tin with liners or by lightly greasing each cup.  In medium bowl, whisk together until light and fluffy: Brown Rice Flour, Almond (or Quinoa Flour), Millet (or Teff Flour), Arrowroot Starch, Baking Soda and Powder, Xanthan Gum, and Sea Salt.

2.  In bowl of stand mixer, add: Eggs (or Egg Replacement), Oil, Sugar, Yogurt, and Milk (or water).  Mix on medium speed for about 1 minute.

3.  Turn mixer to low, and slowly add Dry Flour Mixture, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Mix only until blended. Do not overmix.  With wooden spoon, stir in: Cherries and Chocolate Chips.

4.  Pour batter into prepared muffin tin, about 2/3 full.  Bake at 350 for about 18 – 20 minutes, or until muffins are firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Oh PS: In case you’ve noticed, I have not been around much the last month or so.  I have been taking a bit of a break from the online world to spend time with my family and just take a bit of a mental vacation from work-related agendas. It has been exactly what I have been in need of. But, with the kids heading out the door to school again next week, my house will once again be quiet and I will be slowly re-emerging into the online world of food blogs, Facebook, Twitter, iPhone App sales, and the likes. The key word here, though, is slowly.

Oh, and make sure to check back next week. I just may have a special treat coming for all of you parents who will be entering lunch-packing mode once again as the school year kicks off! 😉

Gluten Free Muffins



  1. On August 12, 2011 Shirley @ gfe said

    Such gorgeous photos, Kim, and what a great recipe! I’ll admit that sometimes I really wish I didn’t like chocolate so much. Son is not a big chocolate fanatic. He will eat it, but it’s not his top choice.

    Yes, go slowly into your re-entry into the real world, dear … it can be a major shock after vacation and lots of relaxed family time. 😉


    • On August 13, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks Shirley! I know what you mean. It would probably solve a lot of problems if I did not love my chocolate so much! 😉

      And Thanks for the support on my slow re-entry into the world. LOL! I am doing it, just fighting it a little bit. 😉 This time in SF right now is a perfect ending to my hiatus from work!


  2. On August 12, 2011 Erin Elberson Lyon-G said

    Hi Kim! I have been MIA as well, but not for fun reasons. Freaking more knee surgery, but I am getting better.
    Anyway, I’m glad you got some much deserved R&R and summertime. And here you have combined 2 of my favorite things-chocolate and cherries. Have you ever had the chocolate covered cherry Blizzard at Dairy Queen? It’s delish!
    These are going on my (now very long) list of recipes to try!
    Enjoy the rest of your summer 🙂

    • On August 13, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Erin, how are you doing after your surgery and all of your own MIA time? I am so behind on everything that I need to go catch up on your recovery! I hope you are really on the mend!

      Oh, I HAVE had that naughty naughty Chocolate covered Cherry blizzard! Holy Moly! It was amazing!! I had it when we were at the beach this summer!

      Take care of yourself!!

  3. On August 12, 2011 Laurel,too said

    Such beautiful photos but so SAD about the chocolate haters in your home. You really should try to do an “intervention.” :-)) Chocolate and cherry is my absolute favorite combo.
    That replacement for 3 eggs looks absolutely brilliant. I can’t wait to try it but, alas, the temperature is STILL over 100 degrees (for 40 days) so that’s a big baking no-no, sigh.

    • On August 13, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Laurel! I think it is a brilliant idea to do a Chocolate intervention. The only problem with that is that then it would mean that there would be less of it left for me if the intervention worked! LOL And, I hear you about the baking no-no’s. We are in AZ, so it has been over 100 for a good 2 months. I just had to break down and bake something though. It was killing me not to! 😉

  4. On August 12, 2011 InTolerantChef said

    What a shame you have to eat all the chocolate yourself 🙁 I eat dark- over 70% chocolate, but hubby only likes milk chocolate that’s waaaay to sweet for me. The muffins are lovely and the little green cup is cute too.

    • On August 13, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Intolerant Chef! I absolutely totally prefer the 70% dark chocolate myself. I am NOT a milk-chocolate fan at all. My tastes have definitely changed over the years. 😉

  5. On August 12, 2011 Maggie said

    So glad you’re back, even if it is gradual 🙂 I love you for taking time off. These muffins look and sound amazing! Do you know I’ve never combined cherries and chocolate? Nor have I baked with cherries. I think it’s because I usually inhale the cherries. Must remedy this situation.

    • On August 13, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hey Maggie! How are you! I’ve missed you! 😉 I am slowly coming back and by next week should be back into the swing with the kids both off to school again. Bittersweet I guess, since we have had a fun summer and I am not really ready for it to end! I think you are right and should remedy the situation and do a bit of baking with some cherries and chocolate! But I know what you mean about inhaling the cherries. Ours go really really fast here too. Have to fight off the kids to use them in baking. 😉

  6. On August 13, 2011 Candace said

    Chocolate and cherries are the perfect combination! I know a few “chocolate haters” myself and I find them terribly odd…completely lovable….but odd. I do not share that aversion at all and have a hard time wrapping my head around it. These look absolutely fantastic to me. Your photos completely draw me in. Great capture!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! Have a fantastic weekend!

    • On August 13, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Candace!! “Chocolate Haters” are definitely an odd bunch. It surely amazes me as well…especially the fact that I birthed one of them. 😉 Thanks for the kind words about my photos, by the way!! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

  7. On August 14, 2011 Sarena said

    Oh, am so with you on being away from the computer…I’m not liking it much now. I feel so disconnected from the things I like to do. Summer time is over here since school is back in session and now I have a new job, so we are trying to get life back to being settled. Hopefully I will be back in action soon too! The muffins sound and look perfect! I love cherry and chocolate!

    • On August 16, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Sarena! I know what you mean about not liking the computer that much nowadays. It really does take away from all of the great things I always enjoy the most. I actually have read 7 books from start to finish this summer without being on the computer. It has been amazing! 😉

  8. On August 14, 2011 Alisa Fleming said

    How about vanilla? I’ve always been more of a vanilla over chocolate person myself?

    I’m working on uncovering my savory gene. I know we all have one buried in there somewhere. Searching. Searching. Craving chocolate chip cookies and those muffins. Still searching.

    • On August 16, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Alisa, you know I love my vanilla too! And I bet you have a hidden savory gene in there somewhere. Mine only came out during my last pregnancy. I craved savory above sweet. Maybe that is why Carson likes savory stuff so much! You crack me up, by the way!

  9. On August 16, 2011 Carol, SGF said

    Bummer that you must enjoy chocolate by yourself. I think it only fitting, as you friend, to come and eat chocolate with you. Yes, I am such a good friend I am willing to make that sacrafice! 🙂 Welcome back!

  10. On August 16, 2011 Carol, SGF said

    I mean sacrifice – can’t spell!

    • On August 16, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      I think, Carol, that it is, in fact, your duty as my friend to come and eat chocolate with me. I will have a bed waiting for you. I think Chocolate season is especially good in late October! 😉

  11. On August 17, 2011 Genie said

    Chocolate and cherries? Oh yum! Another new recipe I’m going to have to try.

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