This recipe is a fun twist on a classic vegan and gluten free chocolate muffin. I think the strawberry Santa hats are the cutest topping as a Christmas decoration, and it is super easy to do. Chocolate holiday Santa muffins will be perfect for your next holiday party!
These muffins are great for a snack or a quick on the go breakfast. Even though these muffins are holiday themed, they are still great muffins to make year round. The holiday Santa hat isn’t necessary for other months of the year (but you can always add it if you want)!
Tips for the best muffins:
- If you are using whipped cream or cool whip, I recommend serving these muffins immediately after topping with the whipped cream. If you want to make these ahead of time then I recommend using a dairy free vanilla frosting. Here are some that I love Simple Mills and Scratch Kitchen Co.
- If the strawberries are having a hard time staying on top, you can stick a toothpick into the muffins and then into the strawberry.
- Spray your muffin tins with some cooking spray. This helps the wrapper come off easier.
Here are some other recipes using oat flour!
Key ingredients for these chocolate holiday Santa muffins:
- Gluten free oat flour
- I tend to buy a big bag of gluten-free oats, then make my own oat flour using a spice grinder or a high speed blender. Just make sure that the flour is super fine
- Cocoa powder
- Cocoa powder is where the main chocolate flavor is coming from. Make sure you are using unsweetened cocoa powder because the muffins are already sweetened with other sweetness.
- Almond milk
- Almond milk works great in baking when it’s paired with oats or oat flour. The oats soak up all of the liquid and create a nice moist texture.
- Coconut oil
- Coconut oil keeps these muffins super moist!
- Coconut sugar
- I like using coconut sugar to replace granulated can sugar! It has a deep rich color and flavor.
- Maple syrup
- Maple syrup is my favorite liquid sweetener and I added a little bit of this just to increase the sweetness a little bit. You can totally omit this if you don’t want any added sugar
- Dairy free whipped cream
- I used almond milk whipped cream, but dairy free cool whip or frosting will work great here!
- Try to choose the pointy ones for a more hat like shape!
Chocolate Holiday Santa Muffins
- 1½ cup gluten free oat flour
- ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup +2 tbsp almond milk
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Dairy free whipped cream, cool whip, or frosting
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the water, almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla extract, coconut sugar, and maple syrup.
- Now add in the the dry ingredients (oat flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder). Mix until well combined.
- Pour the batter about ¾ of the way full into a lined muffin tin. Bake for 16-18 ,minutes.
- While the muffins are baking prepare the strawberries but cutting off the stem.
- Wait for the muffins to cool completely, then add down a layer of whipped cream followed by the strawberry. Finish with a pompom of whipped cream at the top of the strawberry.