Hello friends!  I’m really super excited about today’s post.  A few weeks ago Marly from Namely Marly sent me an email asking me if I would like to be a part of a “Panera’s Gluten-Free Dream Day”?  What’s that you ask?  Well, Marly visited a local Panera and realized they didn’t offer ANY gluten-free items on their bread bar. That’s when she came up with this idea and contacted a friend and fellow blogger Allyson of Manifest Vegan and an idea was born.  There are several bloggers who are participating in this great dream day.   Each blogger got the chance to select an item from the Panera’s bread bar list and then we made our twist to them by making it gluten free and in many cases vegan (egg and milk free).   As you all know I have been pretty much gluten-free and following a vegan diet since January.  I originally made these changes due to a 21-day cleanse I did back in January.  I soon began to notice a huge difference in my overall well-being.  The issues I had prior to making these changes no longer existed and when I cheat or go a-stray I feel it and soon regret it.  I still make some exceptions when blogging because my kids and hubby aren’t following these same restrictions, and I still like to share recipes with those of you who have followed me before my new changes.  Any ways getting back to this fabulous gluten-free dream day, I was really excited about Marly’s idea and this special blogging event.  When searching the Panera bread bar menu I spotted the chocolate chip muffins and knew those were the ones I wanted to make my own twist.  Enjoy everyone and be sure to stop by the links below to see some wonderful recipes from other fabulous bloggers. 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Print Recipe

1/2 cup sorghum flour

1/4 cup quinoa flour

3/4 cup tapioca startch or (potato starch)

1 cup organic light brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon xantham gum

1/2 teaspoon seat salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon Ener-G Egg Replacer whisked with 1/4 cup warm water

2/3 cup vegan dark chocolate chopped (or you can use vegan chocolate chips), plus more for tops of muffins


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 12-muffin tin with paper liners of spray with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients (through baking soda).

In a small bowl, combine almond milk and lemon juice and let sit for a minute.  In the meantime, add olive oil, vanilla extract, and egg replacer mixture into the dry ingredients and stir slightly.  Then add almond milk mixture to batter and mix to well combined.  The batter will be similar to cake batter.  Stir in chocolate chunks or chocolate chips. 

Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups.  Adding a few pieces of chocolate to the tops of the muffins.  Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until the muffins are slightly golden and the tops are domed.  If in doubt, insert a cake tester into the center and the tester should come out clean.

Cool muffins on a wire rack.  These muffins are best served warm because the chocolate melts into your mouth.  Yum!

Muffins can be stored in an airtight container, but I recommend wrapping them individually with plastic wrap and storing in a freezer bag in the freezer and just take out when your ready for a special treat.  Just let sit till they come to room temperature or heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. 


Recipe Adapted from Gluten-Free Goddess

Want more?

Now, join us on our Gluten-Free Dream Day by visiting these friends who have created gluten-free versions of Panera Bread Bar goodies. Maybe one day, bakeries around the planet will offer more gluten-free goodies for this growing demographic!


Allyson Kramer — Jalapeno Cheddar Bagel


Family Fresh Cooking — Wild Blueberry Muffins

Oh She Glows — Apple Crunch Muffins

Veggie Num Num — Pumpkin Muffin


Heather Strang — Orange Scones

Breakfast Sweets

Namely Marly — Caramel Pecan Rolls

Diet Dessert Dogs — Cinnamon Crumb Cake


Clean Green Simple — Spinach & Artichoke Souffle

Also, check out some other great Gluten-Free bloggers offering delicious recipes from café-type bread bar items:

Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls:                                      The Sensitive Pantry

Chocolate Chippers:                                                       Elana’s Pantry

Dark Chocolate Brownies:                                            The Gluten Free Goddess

Pumpkin Muffins:                                                            Better Batter

Carrot Muffins:                                                                 My Real Food Life

Crusty Rosemary and Kalmata Olive Bread           Gluten Free Girl

Blueberry Scones:                                                           Shortbread Bakery

Strawberry Cupcakes                                                     Simply Gluten Free

Right now the only way to try all these gluten-free goodies is to make them yourself. But who knows, maybe someday you’ll be able to pop into a place like Panera and enjoy one right from their menu.

Have fun on this Gluten-Free Dream Day!!


21 Responses to Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Muffins – Panera Dream Day

  1. […] Family Fresh Cooking — Wild Blueberry Muffins Veggie Num Num — Pumpkin Muffin Multiply Delicious — Chocolate Chip Muffins […]

  2. […] Bagels, Apple Crunch Muffins, Orange Scones, Blueberry Muffins, Spinach and Artichoke Souffle, Chocolate Chunk Muffins, Cinnamon Crumb Cake, and Pumpkin […]

  3. Dena Mullen says:

    Looks great, Heather!

  4. […] Multiply Delicious – Chocolate Chunk Muffins […]

  5. Marly says:

    What a great job on this recipe! It looks absolutely delicious! And I was surprised to see we have similar stories – I also did a 21 day cleanse that inspired me to go gluten-free. I guess that’s a testament to trying new things (or letting go of old things) every now and then!

  6. Who can resist a chocolate chip muffin? Now everyone can enjoy them thanks to you! Great job. I sure hope that Panera takes notice and creates a couple more options on their menu.

  7. Ricki says:

    Wowzah!! Those look fantabulous. My dream breakfast would include chocolate. . . and I think this will have to be a part of it, now. 😀

  8. […] Family Fresh Cooking — Wild Blueberry Muffins Oh She Glows — Apple Crunch Muffins Veggie Num Num — Pumpkin Muffin Multiply Delicious — Chocolate Chunk Muffins […]

  9. Catherine says:

    I’m new to your blog, but it’s great! Thanks for participating in this day – what a cute idea. The muffins look yummy. Congrats on your new changes. I, for one, would love to see more of the gf, vegan recipes!

  10. […] add any of these creations to their roster? Your move, Panera.1. Chocolate Chunk MuffinsRecipe: Multiply Delicious2. Caramel Pecan RollsRecipe: Namely Marly3. Spinach and Artichoke SouffleRecipe: Clean Green […]

  11. Katrina says:

    These muffins are so tasty looking! Love this recipe!

  12. Those look heavenly! :) Always good to have a chocolate fix.

  13. […] Fresh Cooking ~~ Wild Blueberry Muffins Oh She Glows ~~ Apple Crunch Muffins Multiply Delicious ~~ Chocolate Chip […]

  14. Yum these look like perfect little gluten free muffins, choc-chip anything is a favourite in our household so I may have to try your recipe very soon!

  15. These look amazing, I hope Panera is listening!

  16. Sharon says:

    I wonder if I can use brown rice flour instead of quinoa flour because I am allergic to the latter (yes it is true!) Also, which 21 day cleanse was used?

  17. MDelicious says:

    Hi Sharon, you could us brown rice flour instead of quinoa for sure.
    As for the cleanse I’ll send you info in an email. :) thanks for stopping by!

  18. Angie Halten says:

    These look delicious. They even look ‘chocolatey-er’ (if thats possible) by using a brown muffin paper – great idea!

  19. I would LOVE to see some gluten free and vegan items available at panera!

  20. Hailey says:

    Hi, if I am able to eat eggs how many eggs would you recommend in place of the 1 tablespoon Ener-G Egg Replacer?


  21. MDelicious says:

    Hi Hailey,

    If you can eat eggs just use 1 egg to replace the Ener-G Egg Replacer.

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