These gluten free rice flour muffins are not only delicious and full of chocolate flavor in every bite, but they are also super easy to make as the recipe only calls for the rice flour along with some starch. I honestly prefer these gluten-free muffins to regular ones!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
– Easy. This gluten free chocolate chip muffins recipe is very easy to make, yet the results are delicious!
– Texture. I love how these muffins almost melt in your mouth, unlike the regular wheat muffins that you have to chew more. Rice flour is a great choice when it comes to muffins!
– Flavor. If you like chocolate, then these muffins will satisfy your sweet tooth! Use any chocolate you like to make the experience even better.
– Fast. These muffins take a few minutes to whip up and less than half an hour to bake, allowing you to make them even when you are in a hurry!
Substitutes and Swaps
Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Muffins
In order to make these muffins dairy free substitute yogurt for non-dairy yogurt.
Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Muffins
To make these muffins vegan just replace eggs with chia eggs (1 chia egg = 1 tbsp of chia seeds + 1 tbsp of water, let the mixture sit for a few minutes). Replace lard with vegan butter and yogurt with dairy-free yogurt!
It is better to add some sort of a binder to your muffins to make sure they don’t fall apart as you bite into them, however, if you don’t have xanthan gum on hands you can leave it out. Just keep in mind that it will make the muffins crumble a bit more!
Use any chocolate you prefer for this recipe! You can substitute the chocolate chip with any other add-ins. You can even use blueberries or raspberries!
Ingredients for the Gluten Free Muffins
- 120 grams (¾ cup) of rice flour
- 35 grams (¼ cup) of cornstarch (potato starch works, too)
- ½ tsp of baking powder
- ¼ tsp of baking soda
- ¼ tsp of xanthan gum
- a pinch of salt
- 50 grams (¼ cup) of white sugar
- 27 grams (2 tbsp) of brown sugar
- ¼ cup of plain yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 40 grams of lard
- 100 grams of chocolate chip
How to Make Gluten Free Rice Flour Chocolate Chip Muffins
Preheat the oven to 160C (320F) and grease your muffin tins or line them with muffin baking paper. In a medium size bowl combine all the dry ingredients other than the chocolate chip and mix well to incorporate. In another bowl whisk the wet ingredients until combined.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well to incorporate. Add the chocolate chip and stir the batter a few times. Scoop the batter almost to the top into the muffin tins and place the tins into the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Let the muffins cool for 10 minutes before taking them out from the tins. Enjoy!
Tips for Success
– If you don’t have chocolate chips, just chop a chocolate bar into small pieces!
– Don’t be afraid to overmix your dough as no gluten will be overworked in your gluten free muffin dough. However, keep in mind that the longer you keep your batter out on the counter, the more baking soda and powder will lose their effect (but it won’t happen in a few minutes, of course!).
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Substitute Rice Flour for Brown Rice Flour?
I would say you can but it probably is not the best idea as brown rice flour has a different texture. So, if a recipe calls for brown rice flour you should rather use that, but if you don’t have any you, of course, can swap it for white rice flour.
Can You Make Muffins with Rice Flour?
Well, this whole post is proof that you can! Using a blend of different gluten-free flours might yield a more satisfying fluffy texture, but rice flour muffins have a special bite to them that other types of muffins don’t. Try this recipe and see whether you like this kind of muffins or not!
Is Rice Flour Good for Baking?
Rice flour is the foundation for most gluten free flour blends. You can use rice flour in baking but often this type of flour is accompanied by other flours that contribute to the overall texture of the baked goods. You can get a good loaf of bread or a good muffin using rice flour only, but you will get great bread and muffins if you add some more flours to the mix. Rice flour tends to be gritty on its own, but together with other types, it works well!
Can I Substitute Rice Flour for All Purpose Flour in Muffins?
No, I’m afraid you can’t just swap these two flours without making appropriate changes to the rest of the recipe. Gluten-free baking requires additional moisture and a binding agent in the muffin batter which is normally considered by gluten free recipe makers. So, if you need to substitute all-purpose flour for rice flour you will be better off by looking up a recipe that is designed to be made with rice flour.
What Can Be Made from Rice Flour?
Pretty much anything that can be made with all-purpose flour can be made with rice flour! You will need to make certain adjustments to the recipes but basically, rice flour is used in gluten free baking to substitute wheat flour for those who are sensitive to gluten. Check out these rice flour recipes for more ideas!
What Does Rice Flour Do to Cakes?
Rice flour allows for more crisp and brown top, but it also comes with a cost. If you aren’t careful, your cakes might taste gritty. Rice flour doesn’t contain any gluten which means that you will need to use baking powder to get some rise in your baked goods and some sort of a binder to make sure your cakes don’t fall apart as you bite into them.
The most commonly used binding agents are xanthan gum, guar gum, and psyllium husk. There are others, but you will find these types in most gluten free recipes! However, even though it is a bit of an effort to make rice flour work for your cakes, sometimes I find that I like rice flour in certain recipes way better than regular wheat flour. Try it out and decide for yourself!
How Much Rice Flour Replaces All Purpose Flour?
Generally about 14 tbsp of rice flour per 1 cup of all purpose flour. 14 tbsp is about 7/8 cup, however, you will be better off by looking up a specific recipe that calls for rice flour by design as it will also provide you with sufficient information concerning any other changes that need to be made to the recipe in order for you to get the best results!
Is Rice Flour Healthier than White Flour?
There are not many differences between the two types of flours, but if you are gluten intolerant, then rice flour is definitely healthier for you. Otherwise, rice flour might be slightly healthier but not significantly.
Can I Use this Recipe to Make Blueberry Muffins with Rice Flour?
Yes, you can replace the chocolate chip in the recipe with blueberries or other types of berries!
Is Rice Flour High in Arsenic?
Rice is generally higher in arsenic than other grains because rice is grown in fields that are flooded with the water that comes up from the ground. From the ground, the rice plants easily absorb the inorganic arsenic that is considered poisonous in big amounts. Yes, even organic rice most likely contains high levels of arsenic.
However, there are places that are using rainwater for the rice fields that allow for less arsenic to be absorbed by the plants vs. the fields that are filled with water that comes up from the ground. Basmati rice, for example, has lower arsenic levels because it is grown in India with rainwater. Overall, it is better to limit your rice intake and bring more variety of grain into your diet as well as gluten free baking.
Other Gluten Free Muffin Recipes You Will Love
Have you made these gluten free rice flour muffins with chocolate chip? I would love to see it! Share your experience below or tag me on Instagram @natashashome_. If you have any questions, leave them in the comment section below!