Oil-Free Chocolate Muffins | Plant-Based Desserts

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When made exactly as described below, these vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free chocolate muffins are shockingly delicious. They have a similar firmness, moisture, and taste as the best muffins you’ve ever made using flour, eggs and butter. The rich chocolate flavor of these muffins is extraordinarily satisfying when topped with my 3-Ingredient Banana Frozen Dessert.

Before you start thinking it’s not possible to make vegan, plant-based oil-free chocolate muffins – read on! We have a secret ingredient that makes this recipe 100% vegan without sacrificing flavor or texture. Can you guess what it is?

Actually…there are two secret ingredients

Oil-Free Chocolate Muffins | Ultimate Vegan Desserts

Okay, I said there was a secret ingredient…but there are actually two. The first one is pretty easy to guess. It’s organic cacao powder, and think again if you thought that wasn’t a vegan ingredient. It’s naturally occurring so it counts as plant-based and it’s Whole30, Paleo, and Keto-friendly, too!

Please note that organic cacao powder is NOT the same as cocoa powder. The difference is that cacao powder is simply ground cacao beans, the main ingredient of chocolate. Cocoa powder is generally made from a mixture of cacao powder, sugar, and milk or milk-based dairy products.

Because cacao powder is a pure form of cacao beans, that means it’s really the essence of chocolate. It doesn’t need any additives or preservatives, so you won’t need to check the ingredients label (but, you should, just in case someone’s trying to pull a fast one). So, enjoy this ingredient as often as you like, guilt-free!

Black Beans for Dessert

Oil-Free Chocolate Muffins | Ultimate Vegan Desserts

Yes, this is the real secret ingredient – black beans. Don’t be nervous about using the beans specified in this recipe – the beans just provide the body for the muffin. Pureeing the beans is the latest and greatest in gluten-free baking, especially when chocolate is involved. This muffin definitely won’t taste like you’re eating Mexican food (although, black beans also make some pretty tasty vegan tacos).

When the beans break down, they create the perfect environment for the moist applesauce and banana. No flour needed (not even gluten-free flour mixes) to bring this mixture together for an amazingly textured muffin. You also won’t need (or miss) any butter or eggs. When prepared as specified, your muffins will be moist with a slightly molten core. It’ll be like a melting chocolate muffin, and you’ll never want to make them another way again.

If you’re still worried about the taste, please trust me – the chocolate flavor and coconut sugar will completely mask the bean’s flavor. As a bonus, this insanely tasty oil-free chocolate muffin will be high in protein and packed full of fiber. Who could hate on that? Certainly not me, and we hope you’ll give them a try. If they worked out, tell us in the comments!

Equipment Recommended:

Nonstick 12 cup standard size muffin tin

Standard size paper baking cup liners

Oil-Free Chocolate Muffins | Plant-Based Desserts

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Oil-Free Chocolate Muffins | Ultimate Vegan Desserts

Yields: 12 servings | Calories: 105 | Total Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 100mg | Carbohydrates: 23g | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Protein: 5g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2


  • 1 (15 ounce) can or 1 3/4 cup of cooked black beans, without the liquid
  • 3/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 heaping cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 small banana or 1/2 large banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 2 heaping tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Puree all ingredients until smooth – consistency should be less thick than frosting but not runny.
  3. Spoon equal quantity of mixture into baking cup liners in a 12 cup standard size muffin tin – cups should be about half full.
  4. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees – muffin tops should be dry, slightly raised and cracked.
  5. Let cool for at least 30 minutes then enjoy!

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6 Comments on "Oil-Free Chocolate Muffins | Plant-Based Desserts"

  1. janet  April 5, 2018

    I hate to make cupcakes and prefer cakes. Do you think this could just be made in an 8×8 cake or 9×9 pan?

    • Gale Compton  April 5, 2018

      Janet, Give a shot, it should do fine in an 8×8-inch pan. Keep us posted. 🙂

  2. Trish  August 17, 2020

    Do you need to drain and rinse the black beans first or just use the whole can as is?

  3. Carsello Susan  August 17, 2020

    Where can I get arrowroot powder? Is it a supplement or more of a seasoning? Thanks.

    • Nichole Furlong  August 18, 2020

      Arrowroot powder is often found in the baking aisle, usually near flour, chia seeds, flour substitutes, etc. You may need to ask an associate at your store for the exact location.


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