Double Chocolate Almond Espresso Muffins

Yesterday, I was in such a rut, I had to shower and do my hair and makeup just to feel productive. Then you know what I did? Still wasn’t productive. I think I haven’t fully recovered from Vegas, even though there wasn’t much to recover from since I didn’t drink that much or eat that terrible. Maybe it’s the second hand smoke in my lungs that I’m trying to recover from. That’s really the only thing I can think of. That’s gross.

Oh maybe it’s my monthly gift from hell. Yep, it’s probably that. Perfect timing.

I think I might be over the winter olympics. I’m really sorry if you love it, but I’m more into the summer olympics. I can only watch so much cold sports. It makes me cold. And I’m over being cold. I’m ready to wear skirts and dresses. Do you hate me for just disliking sports because it makes me feel cold? Yeah. Me too.

Speaking of being cold, I got about a bajillion instagram tags about people being snowed in and baking from my website. And when I say bajillion, I mean like ten. I wish I had that excuse why I was lazy yesterday. I almost baked so I wouldn’t feel lazy, but then I would have stuffed my face with food all day. And with the time of the month it is and my emotional instability, I decided baking would have been a poor decision.


I wonder what it’s like for people to come in and read my blog for the first time and a post like THIS one is the first one they read. I would be like, daaaaaaamn this b*tch is cray, and I’d be right.

But on a serious note. If someone brought me chocolate cake to my house today, I think all emotional disarray would be gone. And life’s order would be brought into perspective. It’s the simple things, ya know? Ya follow me? Me neither. Let’s get out of this post as soon as possible.

And into these muffins!!!! Happy Vday you lovely humans!


Double Chocolate Almond Espresso Mufins

  • Yield: 7-9 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together almond butter, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  3. Add cocoa powder, mix. Then coconut flour, mix. Then lastly add baking soda and powder, cinnamon and salt, mix well.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop the batter into 7-9 cups of a silicone muffin pan. If you don’t have a silicone pan, you can use a regular muffin pan with liners or greased.
  6. Sprinkle with some extra chocolate chips then place into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.


*If you can’t find Barney Butter, use regular almond butter and add 1 teaspoon ground coffee or instant coffee and a little bit extra vanilla extract

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


80 thoughts on “Double Chocolate Almond Espresso Muffins”

    1. That brand of almond butter has cane sugar in it (why?? Almonds are sweeeeet), so maybe best avoided anyway. I’m sure you could use seed butter instead if you can tolerate it…

  1. Is there anything I can substitute for the barney butter? I don’t have that, but need these in my life tonight!

  2. Life decided I get to be allergic to almonds, so I’ll try this with cashew butter instead. I made (I think it was 21dsd) espresso truffles the other night before bed. I stayed up all night and ate the whole batch instead of sleeping. That was fun with an 8 year old homeschooled and a toddler.

    I think I’ll make these earlier in the day 😀

  3. OMG. I almost spit out my soup reading this over my lunch hour. You are hilarious. As I attempt to figure out how to follow paleo, I’m reading your blog every day and attempting some recipes – sweet potato basil soup for the win (unless I had actually spit it out on my white shirt while reading your blog at work over my lunch hour — now that would be tragic).

  4. Travis (Winnipeg Paleo)

    I so cant relate to that time of the month stuff but I so want cake now too! THANKS. Actually id love a choc espresso cheese cake BALLS that would be amazing. However all I have in my ginormus lunch bag is salad and a steak.

      1. Travis (Winnipeg Paleo)

        I KNOW! That might end up being my treat for the week. Ill really have to hit the gym hard after that one though.

  5. Hey there and Happy Valentine’s Day. I don’t ever post on blogs but I wanted to tell you how awesome you are! I came across your blog accidentally when looking for spegatti squash recipes (consequently, I am obsessed with your pesto artichoke recipe). And got hooked. This is the first year I really ever started cooking and you inspired me to buy a food processor and I have tried many of your recipes. I’m not paleo but this has made me reconsider my diet for sure. I have passed along your blog to many if my friends too. Keep up the great work and thanks for inspiring me.

    P.S. I currently have your banana nut chocolate chip muffins in the oven-my second batch! 🙂

  6. 1. Love your foods. And rants. And you.

    2. Do you take the altitude into consideration when baking, and how things may turn out differently for folks across the country? Does it make that much of a difference?

    Thankssssssss 🙂

    1. I don’t ever consider that because I never really baked pre paleo, so I don’t even know how altitude changes the food. I’ll look into that more!

  7. Sorry about the monthly gift from hell…awesome way to feel on Valentine’s day.
    I got my wisdom teeth out last Valentine’s day, so I’m like…this year has to be an improvement from that year by default.

  8. I burst out laughing at your talk of it being your monthly time and if someone was to visit your site for the first time and this was the post they’d see 😉 hahaha love it!!

    These double choc muffins do look delicious!

    It is summer time here in Australia so no tagging you about being snowed in and baking here.

  9. LOL – I LOVE your blog! Love the recipes too – but, your blogging makes me smile, and I don’t have much to smile about these days! Thanks for being here!

  10. Ok so I just made these because…well…the picture looked so decadent and who doesn’t love chocolate?!!? The only thing is that I don’t have the Barney Butter… or any almond butter for that matter but I do have almond meal, ground coffee and a good ripe banana. 🙂 And Holy Crackers these are freaking good. I used 3/4 cup almond meal and a whole ripe banana, and 1 heaping tsp ground coffee. Fantastically Yummers! 🙂 Oh and I also added some coconut oil because i was afraid it might be too dry without the gooeyness of the almond butter. Will def make these again!

  11. I just made these, and they’re ah-fricken-mazing. It’s gonna take some willpower and a half just to get them to last til morning!

  12. Yummy- these came out so well! And I loved being introduced to the almond butter – delicious! I have tried many of your recipes and they have all turned out really well and been enjoyed tremendously! Please keep them coming!

  13. I made these as mini-muffins for a post-race brunch yesterday. Since I only had plain almond butter, I subbed cappuccino chips (non-Paleo) for chocolate chips. No one at the brunch believed they were 98% Paleo, and even I was impressed by how moist they were. Recipes with lots of almond or coconut flour usually wind up a little mealy and crumbly, but there were perfect.

      1. They are dangerously amazing. King Arthur Flour sells them. I bought them to bake cookies as my wedding favors and may have been eating them straight from the bag. Not sorry.

  14. I just made these and they were amazing!!!! I couldn’t find the barneybutter, so I bought Kolat Cherry Vanilla Almond butter instead. They are rich and moist! YUM!

  15. Amazingly moist for a paleo recipe! By far the simplest, easiest, and best turnout of a paleo baking recipe I have yet to try! I just ate one fresh out of the oven, but I cant wait to crumble one in the morning into some coconut milk for ‘cereal’. AMAZING.

  16. Delicious! But REALLY dry. I had a couple ideas, maybe add mashed banana, or homemade natural applesauce? Maybe one more egg? Any suggestions from you?

    1. Just made these. They were a great breakfast treat! Mine came out dry as well, but still delicious. I got my almond butter at Costco. I will definitely make again, I might just add a bit of coconut oil.

  17. LOLOLOL! You are funny. “Daaaaaaamn this b*tch is cray,” Yeah well any woman will own up to being a little cray-cray when they get their little gift from hell! I am and I DO go get me chocolate cake when my “parcel” arrives. hahaha! However, with this recipe, maybe I don’t have to scare half the neighborhood when I go out to fetch my “monthly fix”. I’ll just make my own! so Thanks Doll, and go have some red velvet molten chocolate cake, and enjoy every last crumb! 😉

  18. I just made these and used honey instead of maple syrup and mixed almond butter with coffee grounds and 1/2 a teaspoon extra of vanilla….YUM!!! This is the first recipe I’ve used coconut flour in successfully. Yippee!!!

  19. Fantastic! Love -love -love these. My husband is Swedish and appreciates the dialed down sweetness of all paleo baked goodies- reminds him of European baked deliciousness
    Keep them coming!

  20. DEE-LISH! I love that my kids think they are getting this amazing treat and I know they are getting some good nutrition.

  21. Just made these in my mini muffin pans-it made about 36 minis…and they are DELICIOUS!!!! I baked them for 10 min, and they were perfect. So, so moist! My to gluten free…said she prefers these to any other muffin she’s had…even the pre packaged brownie bites….YAY!! Thank you so, so much!!!!!!!!

  22. I have 2 grandchildren and 1 daughter-in-law who have celiac disease. What a hit the double-chocolate espresso-muffins made. My husband and I have chosen to go paleo for health reasons, and these muffins plus your breakfast biscuit recipes are definitely on our permanent recipe list. Sooo delicious! Keep making new recipes.

  23. Well, I’m a little late but this IS my first visit to your blog 🙂 Damn! lol…It’s been a while since I’ve had a gift from hell, but I still relate, and crave chocolate. I love it and plan to read from now on:)

  24. Hi Juli , You always make me hungry. I love the recipe you have shared in this article. Looking forward to see more tips from you.

  25. We made these with friends today. Loved by all, from the 4 and 13 year olds to the adults. America out looking just like the picture too!

  26. I didnt read through all the comments so not sure if anyone has asked already but does anyone know where I can buy Barney’s almond butter locally in Denver?? Don’t really want to order it online. I went to Whole Foods off Hampden and couldn’t find any! Thanks for the help 🙂

  27. These are so fabulous. I didn’t have Barney Butter so I made the variation you suggested but baked it in a loaf pan since I don’t have any muffin pans where I am right now. I sliced the loaf up and put it in the freezer so I could pull out a slice when “needed”. They are amazing toasted with or without homemade nutella. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  28. I’m glad to see people occasionally “cheat” every once in awhile. I am working towards a Paleo lifestyle myself, and having to give up my favorite foods 100% might drive me bonkers.

    I say this because I’ve met some people who have banished non-paleo food completely. Unless there are certain reasons, I don’t believe the seldom bite of a cheesecake or muffin will do that much harm.

    Keep up the great recipes!

  29. Hello, great recipe ! Can you tell me if they can be frozen ?

    Thanks and keep up the very very helpful blog !


  30. Hello so I just made these the other day and they tasted really good but they were too dry. What should be added if I make them again? Or I was thinking of cooking them for less time not sure, let me know what you think ..thanks!

    1. Hi Kara,
      I hope you don’t mind me suggesting…

      My oven pre-heated for a long long while (not smart in the summer but I was dying to make these…and a few other treats) so I knew my muffins would need less time. So at 20 minutes I tested their doneness with a toothpick and I feel they were perfect at 20m for me:) I may try 15m next time just to see how they roll! xoxo~a

  31. Juli,
    I just bought the paleo kitchen! Best book ever! Serious. I am eager to get cooking. But first things first…It’s a baking day and these muffins were on the line up. They came out of the oven looking so BEAUTIFUL! Never thought I’d be saying that about a double chic almond muffin. They hit the spot…I couldn’t even wait for them to cool off. Trying not to get crumbs on the laptop while I let you know how much I love them. Supper yummy – they are a 10! A full 5 stars!! xoxo ~a

    1. Forgot to click the star thingy. It happens when you’re excited! I think peeps should read the comments section as they are meal planning and prepping to cook the recipe bc you give very helpful hints and ingredient substitutes that are helpful if you can’t get your hands on one.

      *My oven pre-heated for a long while so I knew my muffins would need less time. So at 20 minutes I tested their doneness with a toothpick. Perfect at 20m for me:) Imma tell Kara now : )

  32. These are great! I suck at cooking/baking, but I can follow instructions. Do you have a recipe for chocolate/”peanut butter” muffins where the almond butter flavor comes out a little bit more? My husband is inquiring…so that I can make them for him.

    I think he wants a muffin, but I might make the chocolate/almond butter cups and stop pretending like we’re not having dessert when we eat chocolate muffins.

    Any suggestions on the muffins, though, in case we want to continue our charade?

  33. Terrible recipe! I followed the instructions exactly but by the time I went to put it in muffin pans the bowl had nothing in it…but my hands and face were covered in some sort of chocolatey goo! My poor kids and husband were so disappointed:( Maybe I’ll try again tomorrow…wish me luck!

  34. So funny – this is the first post of yours that I read. Don’t worry – laughed out loud while reading and thoroughly enjoyed. Can’t wait to whip up a batch of these this weekend! Thanks for the recipe.

  35. I made these with regular almond butter and forgot the coffee, darn it, what I will say is this is the first paleo muffin recipe I made that did not turn out mushy, they are good but I feel they need a bit more sweetness to them, I will try to order some Barney butter and not forget the coffee next time. Thanks

  36. I have made these numerous times. They are my happy place in the afternoon with a cup of coffee or tea. I highly recommend the coconut flour be sifted before being measured and that you give your almond butter a really good stir before measuring. Truly, high protein, low carb chocolate. What could be better than this?

    Just in case anyone is interested!
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 58 g or 1/12 of the batter
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 228
    Calories from Fat 143
    Total Fat 15.8g 24%
    Saturated Fat 3.2g 16%
    Trans Fat 0.0g
    Cholesterol 55mg 18%
    Sodium 91mg 4%
    Potassium 272mg 8%
    Total Carbohydrates 17.4g 6%
    Dietary Fiber 3.0g12%
    Sugars 9.0g
    Protein 7.5g
    Vitamin A 1% • Vitamin C 0%
    Calcium 9% • Iron 12%
    Nutrition Grade C
    * Based on a 2000 calorie diet

    1. 17.4 grams of carbs (or 14.4 grams net carbs) isn’t exactly low-carb…
      Granted, it’s better than the usual crap.

  37. For the record: this IS the first post I’m reading and I do NOT think you are cray… because unfortunately (fortunately?), I can relate on way too many levels! As a result of a random craving, I neeeeeded to scour pinterest for a [healthier] chocolate espresso muffin recipe – and this totally one hit the nail on the head! I think I just figured out what I’m making for breakfast Saturday morning 🙂

  38. These are AMAZING. Decadent, dense and super chocolate-y. I will absolutely make these again!!

    I used regular almond butter as I didn’t have the brand that she asked for in the recipe but I don’t feel like I am missing anything!


  39. Do you or anyone reading your blog know if it’s possible to leave out the maple syrup and use stevia?
    Would they still bake up nicely like in your picture?

    Thank you!

  40. Seriously, all of your recipes are amazing!!! I have the Buffalo Chicken Casserole in the oven right now and I’m salivating!
    I made these for my kids who eat Paleo/GF with my husband and I but not at all that way when they are with their father and trust me, they are hard to please with those tainted taste buds!
    This is the 1st recipe I’ve found that totally fooled them……I am afraid to make them again, though, because I have a hard time not over-indulging.
    I have been posting a direct link to your recipes as I try them to all of the clients at our gym on our Facebook Forum!

  41. I crave chocolate…it’s my weakness! These muffins are to die for and feed my sweet tooth. I love eating these with my morning coffee and they’re a great snack mid afternoon. Must try!

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