Gluten-free Cinnamon Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Muffins


These cinnamon-spiced hazelnut chocolate chunk muffins are gluten-free and dairy-free. In partnership with Pacific Foods, I’ve used their Hazelnut Non-Dairy Beverage to create sweet morning muffins with a distinct nutty flavor that are fluffy and moist.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Muffins

As a kid, we’d serve my mom breakfast in bed every Mother’s Day. In retrospect, my mom definitely woke up earlier than me 364 days of the year, so she probably had to force herself to stay in bed that day, knowing she’d blow the surprise if she got up. Also, I’ve got no rational explanation for why we tip-toed around as though it was a secret when really, this was a family tradition that happened every Mother’s and Father’s Day. But we did. We rarely strayed far from the standard eggs and bacon (my dad’s specialty), but if I still lived close, I’d bring my mom these gluten-free cinnamon hazelnut chocolate chunk muffins this year.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk MuffinsGluten-Free Dairy-Free Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Now that I’m on the other side of Mother’s Day, I’ve thought about investing in one of those lap meal trays to carry on the tradition. But then I also thought about how I’m notoriously messy and that just sounds like a recipe for crumbs in my sheets. And ants. So maybe not. Zoella still nurses in the morning, so I guess technically someone will be having a Mother’s Day breakfast in bed.

Perhaps we can switch the tradition to breakfast from bed where the meal is on the table as soon as I roll out of bed? (Take notes, Zo. Tell Daddy.)

And by meal I mean, these muffins. Cinnamon hazelnut chocolate chunk muffins, piping hot from the oven. As a mom, I’m telling you: bake these up on Sunday and your mom will love you. I mean, I guess I can’t speak for all moms, but she probably will.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk MuffinsGluten-Free Dairy-Free Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Muffins

They’re cinnamon-spiced, filled with pockets of melted chocolate, and both gluten-free and dairy-free. To make it super easy, I’ve used an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend and Pacific Food’s Hazelnut Original Non-Dairy Beverage, which lightly sweetens with a distinct nutty flavor and produces a moist dairy-free muffin. The dark sugary hazelnut streusel on top is the part that says “I really love you, mom.”

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Muffins

You can find this recipe along with 9 more dairy-free recipes plus helpful tips in Pacific Food’s new Non-Dairy Made Easy e-book! The e-book is available as a free download on their website, where you can also take a short online quiz to try to win some Pacific non-dairy beverages.

Disclosure: Special thanks to Pacific Foods for sponsoring this post! And thanks to you for supporting the companies that keep Snixy Kitchen cooking!

Gluten-free Cinnamon Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Muffins
Yields: 12 muffins
For Muffins
  • 1½ cups Bob’s Redmill 1-to-1 Baking Flour (for non-gluten-free version, replace with all purpose flour)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons Pacific Foods Hazelnut Original Non-Dairy Beverage
  • ½ cup safflower oil (or vegetable/canola oil)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chunks
For Streusel
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line muffin tin with 12 liners.
  2. Prepare streusel topping by mixing all ingredients together in a bowl until evenly combined and clumpy when pressed together. Set aside.
  3. Whisk flour, sugar cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together hazelnut milk, oil, vanilla, and eggs until combined.
  5. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until completely smooth.
  6. Fold in chopped hazelnuts and chocolate chips.
  7. Divide batter among 12 muffin liners, filling each ¾ full.
  8. Sprinkle the streusel topping over muffins.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Transfer muffin to a wire rack to cool before serving.

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  1. Ohh goodness, between the chocolate and cinnamon..these are my DREAM. I’m technically only a cat mom right now, but I still deserve these, right? Happy Mother’s Day to you lady! xo

  2. Carmen says:

    Can’t wait to try these, I am going to try with other nuts. I also want to compliment you on your website and the user friendlyiness. I am a printer of receipes and it works perfectly every time and I don’t have to wait 30 minutes for the printer version.

  3. Breakfast FROM bed sounds way better. After sleeping in as long as I want. With no children in my bed or knocking on the door. Also, while I’m dreaming, I want a foot massage after breakfast too. These muffins!!!! YUM!

  4. Now these muffins look delicious! Filled with pockets of melted chocolate and streusel topping + hazelnuts? Pure perfection! :)

  5. Trina Smith says:

    YUM! We’re requesting this for Mother’s Day!

  6. These look lovely, and perfect for Mothers Day! breakfast in bed sounds a recipe for crumbs in my sheets too lol, but still really lovely. Maybe just save that for the next time Im in a hotel :) Happy Mothers day to you!

  7. Carla says:

    I want you to know that you have ALL MY VERY FAVORITE WORDS in the title of this recipe. Hint hint.

  8. Rachel says:

    Have you ever tried it with out the hazelnut dairy product? What could it be replaced with?

  9. Lindsay says:

    These turned out fantastic! I used ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour and 1 cup all purpose flour, for the oil I subbed 1/4c puréed sweet potato and ¼ cup avocado oil, almond milk instead of hazelnut, and used coconut sugar instead of white, other than that followed the recipe to a T. They were great! I was laughing while mixing, “I’m just using this recipe as a guideline. “

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