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!
Note: if you like gluten free chocolate chip desserts, check out my chocolate filled pancakes recipe!
Substitutes and Swaps
Dairy Free Version
In order to make these muffins dairy free substitute yogurt for non-dairy yogurt.
To make these muffins vegan just replace eggs with chia eggs (1 chia egg = 1 tablespoon of chia seeds + 1 tablespoon of water, let the mixture sit for a few minutes). Replace lard with vegan butter (or check out more vegan lard substitutes) 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 hand 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! Using whole chocolate gives you control over the type and flavor.
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 overmix. Even though there is no gluten to overwork when you add xanthan or guar gum to the recipe you are running the risk of getting a dense and rubbery muffin if you mix the dough for too long.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 Else 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!
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.
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Rice Flour Muffins with Chocolate Chip
- Muffin tins with at least 7 muffin cups
- 2 large mixing bowls
- 1 wisk
- 120 grams (¾ cup) white rice flour
- 35 grams (¼ cup) cornstarch OPTIONAL, you can use rice flour instead if you prefer
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp xanthan gum
- a pinch of salt
- 50 grams (¼ cup) white granulated sugar
- 27 grams (2 tbsp) packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup plain yogurt can substitute with buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 40 grams (3 tbsp) lard can use butter instead (4 tbsp)
- 100 grams (¾ cup) chocolate chip
- 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!