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Chocolate Chip Cranberry Muffins | Baked | Nut-Free | Oil-Free | Flour-Free

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Lately, I have been sticking to the same bread-like recipe base for several reasons: it works, the different flavor combinations excite the tastebuds, and it is based in whole foods that don’t include gluten, nuts, oil, eggs, yeast, or refined sugars. Plus, I have to admit, I am all about simple recipes right now. These muffins are fuss-free, easy to make, and come together in one bowl (food processor bowl).  These would be splendid to serve during your holiday celebrations or family gatherings. Where one or two shall gather… Chocolate Chip Cranberry Muffins should be enjoyed!

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Tips and Techniques

vegan gluten-free nut-free flour-free oil-free Chocolate Chip Cranberry Muffins

Why I Bake in Silicone Pans

To start off, they are flexible and completely non-stick, so there is no more frustration with some of your beautiful creation getting stuck to the inside of the pan – which is just heartbreaking when you have made a real effort to turn out something delicious and homemade.

These muffins are not too sweet and have a bread-like texture with pockets of chewy sweetness and creamy chocolatiness. I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a blessed day, amie sue

vegan gluten-free nut-free flour-free oil-free Chocolate Chip Cranberry MuffinsIngredients

Yields 15 (1/4 cup measurement) muffins


Soaking the Buckwheat

  1. Place the buckwheat in a glass or stainless steel bowl, and cover with double the amount of water.
  2. Add 2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar, stir, and cover with a clean dishtowel.
  3. Let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes to 4 hours.
  4. Once ready to use, drain, and rinse before adding to the food processor.

Mixing and Baking

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F) and prepare your baking pan.
    • I am baking the muffins in silicone cupcake pans; therefore I don’t need any oil or parchment paper to line it. One tip when using silicone baking dishes is to place them on a baking pan before loading and transporting them to the oven. Since they are soft and flexible, they can be challenging to handle once full.
    • If you use any other type of pan, I recommend lining them with silicone cupcake liners so the batter doesn’t stick. I found that paper cupcake liners stuck to the muffins making them challenging to remove.
  2. Add the rolled oats, chia seeds, psyllium husks (not powder), pumpkin spice, applesauce, water,  and salt to the food processor (along with the buckwheat). Process for a full 30-60 seconds.
  3. Add the baking powder and baking soda; process 10 seconds.
  4. Hand mix in the cranberries and chocolate chips. Immediately pour into the muffin cavities and bake for 45 minutes.
    • The baking time may differ depending on your oven (all ovens seem to differ a bit) and depending on the size of the muffins you make. Keep an eye on them when making them for the first time, making sure to document the cooking time once they are done.
    • To test for doneness, poke a toothpick in the center of the muffin. When the muffin is done cooking, the toothpick will come out clean.
    • Once done baking, place the muffins onto a cooling rack. Do not keep them in the pan or silicone cupcake liners, or they can become soggy.


  1. Once cooled, you can store in an airtight container on the counter for a couple of days, or in the fridge for around 5 days.
  2. To freeze, wrap individually in freezer wrap, and place in freezer bags or containers. Wrapping individually will prevent ice crystals from forming. Label all packages with the name of the recipe and the date. Eat within 3 months for optimal freshness and flavor.

Up close texture shots!

2 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Cranberry Muffins | Baked | Nut-Free | Oil-Free | Flour-Free

  1. Pistacia says:

    Hi, Amie Sue – I made these muffins yesterday and they turned out great. I love that they are gluten and oil-free and that there is no sugar added to the recipe. The cranberries and chocolate chips give it enough sweetness. The texture was great too. Thank you so much!

    • amie-sue says:

      I loved reading your comment and I am thrilled that you enjoyed the muffins. Darn near all my cooked/baked recipes are oil-free and have no added sugar. Thank you so much for leaving a comment and giving me the feedback. Have a blessed and happy day. amie sue

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