Coconut Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins – Low Carb and Gluten-free

Low carb coconut flour muffins packed with raspberries and dark chocolate. A delicious healthy breakfast for the whole family.
Low Carb Coconut Flour Muffins with raspberries and chocolate chips
A lot of readers ask me about substitutions in my recipes, and more often than not I am happy to oblige. I know that specific low carb ingredients can be hard to come by, and that people have dietary intolerances or preferences. I want my recipes to be as accessible to as many people as possible, so if it’s a matter or swapping coconut products for the dairy or using different sweeteners than what I use, I want to help people figure out how to make it work.
But some substitutions are far trickier than others, and one of those is swapping coconut flour for almond flour or vice versa. It isn’t like substituting cake flour for bread flour or whole wheat for white. When I create an almond flour recipe, it’s based on the peculiar properties of almond flour and how it combines with other ingredients. When I decide to create a recipe based on coconut flour, I don’t start by comparing it to almond flour recipes. I start simply by figuring out what it will take to make the coconut flour work. They are such different beasts and require such different treatments. I just don’t see these two ingredients as interchangeable at all.
Low Carb Gluten Free Coconut Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins
But I truly understand the reasons for these requests and many times it’s a reader with an allergy. They see one of my decadent desserts and hope it can be made to their needs so that they can enjoy some sweets on their low carb, gluten-free journey. I get it, I do. So often my response goes something like “Well, you’re better off taking an actual coconut flour recipe and changing the other ingredients to match the flavours of this recipe”. Because that is far, far easier than taking an almond flour recipe and breaking it down to revamp it with coconut flour. And as I continue to play with both flours and develop recipes using one or the other (or sometimes a combination of the two), I build up a databank of possibilities for anyone with a nut or a coconut allergy. Many of them can be then adapted to suit other recipes.
Low Carb Coconut Raspberry  Chocolate Chip Muffins
Many of my muffin recipes are almond-flour based, so I decided to switch it up one morning and create a coconut-flour muffin for my nut allergy readers. I wanted to add some berries but all I had were the freeze-dried kind from Honeyville. And it occurred to me that this would actually be perfect for coconut flour, since fresh berries have a tendency to be to “wet” in coconut flour recipes, making the end result a little soggy. You can sub fresh berries here too, as the muffins would still be quite flavourful, just a little soggier around the berries (and you should keep leftovers in the fridge for that reason).
For the recipe, please see Coconut Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins on A Sweet Life Magazine.

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Comments

  1. Maggie says

    What do you think of dehydrating the raspberries instead of using freeze-dried? Would they likely come out like little hockey pucks in the muffins instead of just getting softer but not too juicy?

    • Carolyn says

      I don’t own a dehydrater so I can’t really say. I’d think it’s worth a shot. Coconut flour absorbs so much moisture that I found it made the freeze-dried berries juicy again by the surrounding batter being so moist.

  2. Lorraine says

    Sigh… every time I think I’m set for my next baking frenzy, with all my chosen recipes selected, you go and post yet something else that sounds wonderful. What a great problem to have!

  3. Lora @cakeduchess says

    Coconut flour…why, yes! I have got to get a bag and experiment with it. The perfect muffin for a hot tea and snack now or better even for breakfast tomorrow!:)

    • Carolyn says

      I didn’t use unsweetened chocolate chips. I used Lily’s which are sweetened with stevia and erythritol. At the end of the post, there are links to both the chips and the raspberries.

  4. leslie says

    I’m checking on the raspberry can size and finding conflicting information for a #10 size can. How many cups do you actually get of raspberries?

    • Carolyn says

      Not sure how many cups, I’ve never measured it out. I’d imagine there at least 6 to 8 cups in the large Honeyville can.

  5. Deb says

    Ok, now you have coconut flour, but then you use almond milk. Which I’m not able to have almonds. So what milk can I use? If you are wanting the almond flavor can I use regular skim milk and add a tsp of almond flavoring. I can use that.

  6. amanda says

    My husband has this weird thing with coconut, he hates it!, but it’s more of a texture thing than flavor. Would it be OK to sub almond flour for the shredded coconut?

  7. joanie says

    Thanks for this recipe – yum. looks wonderful.
    Would it work to use dried cranberries instead of the freeze dried raspberries? If yes, should I soak them first to plump them up?

    • Carolyn says

      I would put them in as is or only plump them for 30 minutes or so. The freeze dried berries soaked in a lot of moisture from the coconut flour batter and had the perfect texture.

  8. Christiana says

    These are delicious! I’ve made them several times – but read ‘coconut’ milk instead of ‘almond’ milk – duh! I think it was probably because I had coconut milk in the larder. . . However, they were moist and yummy, and disappeared fast. First time I followed the recipe exactly – apart from the slip with the milk; but the next time I only had freeze dried blueberries to hand, no chocolate drops , and upped the vanilla to a tablespoonful at the request of my husband. I think we liked them even better!

    I also wanted to comment that each time I’ve made them – now on the third batch, – the quantities given have yielded way more than 12 muffins. Usually at least 24, sometimes more. I used regular size muffin cases and they look like your photographs, so I’m puzzled! But more is good – n’est pas?!?

    • Carolyn says

      Coconut milk, almond milk…either way, you just need the moisture content. Sounds good to me! That is funny about more muffins…mine really made exactly 12. I wonder if the coconut milk makes more volume somehow?

  9. Common Sense says

    I decided to pick the berries from my elderberry bush today, and found this browsing through my recipe collection. I subbed the elderberries for the raspberries but that was the only change I made and I came out with 17 muffins.

    It’s the first time I’ve made something that contained only coconut flour and not a mix of flours, very interesting. The batter was quite dry and crumbly, but came out just fine, although I had to bake them twice as long, they just didn’t brown very fast. I’m at high altitude which could be part of it. I think because the berries are so tiny (a lot of work for only a cup of berries!), it didn’t matter than they were fresh. The dry batter made it hard to stir in the berries without smashing them, they are fairly delicate.

    Absolutely delicious!! Thanks Carolyn for yet another fabulous recipe!

    BTW, if anyone is wondering, elderberries have 106 calories, 17g carb, 10g fiber in one cup. They have lots of vitamins A, C, and B6 too. Because I ended up with 17 muffins, my numbers came out as 134 cal, 10.2g fat, 7.3g saturated, 8.4g carb, 4.1 fiber, 3.7g protein.

  10. Deborah says

    I made these last night and they were YUMMY! I’ve recently stumbled across your website and have tried many of the recipes as I am a type 2 diabetic but looking for healthy variety. I have a general question about almond flour and coconut flour- some say you shouldn’t eat these things often. I understand you are not here to give nutritional advice but would you say that a muffin a day is “safe” as far as what’s inside the muffins (coconut flour or almond flour). I’m just finding a lot of people that say eating Paleo/grain free type things on a regular basis is bad. But I LOVE your low carb treats!

    • Carolyn says

      Hi Deborah. I’ve seen some of those “articles” too (I put that in quotes because all of them are on people’s blogs). I have looked it over and personally I have found zero scientific basis for these claims. Seems to me that everyone who is writing about it is just quoting each other as backup and there are no true studies about it. That said, I don’t go feeding my family almond flour recipes at every meal. Probably once a day is about right, and usually adds up to 2 or 3 tbsp of almond flour per person. I have not read anything that identifies coconut flour as an issue at all, but we don’t go to town on that either. Still, I personally wouldn’t be able to stick with this healthier diet without some of these baked goods. They make me and my family so happy. I chose to try to balance these things, but to each his own!

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