Gluten Free French Chocolate Chip Muffins

Published on Dec 02, 2023

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes Serves: 12
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Indulge in bakery-style Gluten Free French Chocolate Chip Muffins flavored with vanilla. The extra moist muffin is buttery with subtle sweetness, allowing the chocolate to shine without being overly sweet. 

Do you wonder how muffins from a bakery taste and look better than homemade muffins? Today, I will share tips on how you can create bakery-style gluten free French chocolate chip muffins everyone will enjoy!

gluten free French chocolate chip muffin bakery style


There are slight differences between these two muffins.

French Chocolate Chip Muffins

The muffins have a higher butter content and less sweetness, making chocolate the highlight. The chocolate chips are typically good quality, focusing on higher cocoa content, and the muffins are smaller.

American Chocolate Chip Muffins 

The American version often uses a combination of butter and vegetable oil and is sweeter. The chocolate chips are sweeter, and the recipes often call for milk chocolate. In addition, the batter is thicker, resulting in a denser texture. And, American muffins are typically larger than their French counterparts.

half a French chocolate chip muffin


  • If you have a kitchen scale, it is best to weight the flour. When using measuring cups, use a spoon to scoop the flour into the cups and level off with a knife.
  • Use high-quality vanilla extract for better flavor.
  • Choose good quality chocolate chips for a rich chocolate taste.
  • Ensure eggs and butter are at room temperature for better incorporation into the batter. This will also create a lighter, fluffier muffin.
  • Mix the chocolate chips with dry ingredients. This helps prevent them from sinking to the bottom during baking.
  • Avoid overmixing because it can lead to dense muffins. Gently fold the dry ingredients with wet ingredients until just combined.
  • Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of a muffin. The muffins are done if it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs (not wet batter). If they are not fully baked, they will deflate.
  • If you follow these recommendations, your gluten free French chocolate chip muffin will be just like one from a bakery.



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close up of half a French chocolate chip muffin


Can I use different types of chocolate in muffins?

Yes, you can! You can use milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, or various flavors. Experiment to find your favorite combination as long as the chocolate is gluten free.

Are chocolate chips gluten free?

Not all brands are gluten free. The brand I use is Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. As per Nestlé they are gluten free and made with 100% real chocolate.

Can I substitute chocolate chips with chunks or chopped chocolate?

Absolutely! Chopped chocolate or chocolate chunks can be used instead of chocolate chips. They can provide a different texture and flavor to the muffins.

How can I make my gluten free chocolate chip muffins moist?

Adding ingredients like yogurt, sour cream, or buttermilk will moisten the muffins.

What can I add for extra flavor to chocolate chip muffins?

You can add vanilla extract, almond extract, or spices like cinnamon or nutmeg for additional flavor. Nuts like chopped walnuts or pecans can also enhance the taste.

Can I reduce the amount of butter?

Yes, you can use half butter and half vegetable oil, such as olive or avocado.

Can I make jumbo muffins?

Yes, use 9 jumbo muffin liners and adjust the baking time by about 3 minutes longer

How do I store gluten free chocolate chip muffins?

Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two. For extended storage, refrigerate or freeze them in a freezer-safe bag or container. 


  • An electric mixer or a hand-held mixer
  • 2 bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Spatula
  • Muffin pan
  • Parchment paper muffin liners


A high muffin top, known as a “domed” or “sky-high” appearance on chocolate chip muffins, gives them that bakery-style look. Here are some tips to achieve a domed muffin top:

muffins in a pan before and after baking

1. Batter Consistency:

Use a thick batter. A thicker batter such as in this recipe, helps the muffins hold their shape and rise more during baking.

2. Leavening Agents:

Use fresh baking powder and or baking soda. These leavening agents create the lift needed for a high muffin top.

3. Fill Muffin Cups to the Top:

Fill each muffin cup almost to the top with batter. A generous amount of batter in each cup encourages the muffins to rise and form a domed shape.

4. High Initial Oven Temperature:

Preheat your oven to a higher temperature of 425 F and bake the muffins for 5 minutes. Then, reduce the temperature to 350 F. This initial burst of heat helps create steam quickly, contributing to a higher rise.

6. Avoid Overmixing:

Gently mix the batter until just combined. Overmixing can lead to a denser texture, and the muffins may rise less.

8. Acidic Ingredients:

Add acidic ingredients like yogurt, sour cream or buttermilk. The acidity can react with the leavening agents, contributing to a better rise.

Keep in mind that factors such as oven variations and altitude can also influence the baking process.

cross section of French chocolate chip muffin


Following the recommendations will guarantee your gluten free French chocolate chip muffin will be soft and moist with a tender crumb packed with chocolate chips throughout with a dome muffin top.

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Meet Kristina. Passionate about creating delicious, innovative gluten free recipes, and author of two gluten free cookbooks, “Entertaining The Gluten Free Way” and “Small Bites The Gluten Free Way”.

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