Avocado Chocolate Orange Muffins

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The New Year so far has been an interesting journey for me. The new year began with the daunt of exams which I sat during a sickness bug and other crazy, mind boggling, ‘you just couldn’t make it up’ events. At one point I was discussing my options to extenuate with my tutor, but thankfully, courage kept me going and I wrote each exam until the last second. This all went on as I tried to process and come to terms with the recent cancer diagnosis of my adoptive dad. Apparently, just because you love someone so much and can’t begin to imagine losing them, it doesn’t make them invincible. Smell the coffee Poppy…


I am positive and I am hopeful and I have faith. And I have made a promise to try and keep on as normal as much as I can. I have promised to get the car serviced and get my eyes tested and most importantly, to keep focussed on my education so that I can give a voice to the voiceless.


It may come as no surprise then that I today share with you a chocolate recipe. Sometimes the only thing that keeps you from the thunderstorm is chocolate! This muffin recipe is so much more than a square of chocolate however. We are combining chocolates’ happiness inducing endorphins Tryptophan, Phenylethylalanine and Theobromine along with calming magnesium with blood sugar level regulating hemp and endocrine system boosting healthy fats and seratonin increasing avocado for the ultimate soothing chocolate hit.


Most importantly. they taste incredible with rich dark chocolate and zesty orange for brightness and a soft, moist, indulgent texture that makes even the darkest hours more manageable. The fact that you get all this in a much healthier form than your standard chocolate muffin might just bring a smile too…


This is the closest I have ever come to store bought chocolate muffin memories in a homemade muffin. The texture and flavour is perfect without the need for those strange ingredients.


Ingredients: Makes 12 muffins

  • 200g/1 1/2 cups self raising flour (or plain plus 1 tsp baking powder)
  • 45g/1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 25g/1/4 cup hemp protein powder (or more cocoa for darker muffins)
  • 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 medium ripe avocado (around 220g)
  • 125 ml/1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or agave)
  • 125 ml/1/2 cup date syrup (or maple or agave)
  • zest of 2 medium oranges
  • 185 ml/3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 80 ml/1/3 cup vegetable oil (I recommend hemp or avocado oil)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 175g/1 cup dark dairy free chocolate chips (or chopped bars)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF and line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases.
  2. In a large mixing bowl bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, hemp powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Puree the avocado in a food processor until smooth or push through a sieve. Add the syrups, orange zest and juice, oil and vanilla extract and process or mix by hand until combined.
  4. Add the avocado mixture to the flour mixture and fold in with the chocolate chips. Stop mixing as soon as it is combined and do not beat the batter.
  5. Divide the mixture between the muffin holes and bake for 20-25 minutes or until well risen and a skewer inserted is released without wet batter (a few crumbs are OK).
  6. Leave to cool on a rack and serve slightly warm or at room temperature.


Calorie Count :: New Recipe

Nutritional Benefits

Low in saturated fat
No cholesterol
High in manganese
High in vitamin B6
Very high in dietary fiber
High in iron
High in vitamin C

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126 Responses to Avocado Chocolate Orange Muffins

  1. Coco Erin says:

    These look like perfection! So moist and fluffy! Definitely adding these to my list of things to try 🙂

  2. lalaluluj says:

    You had me at chocolate and orange, to be honest. They look amazing!

  3. Laura says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your adoptive father – my thoughts are with you and yours.

    Pothead muffins look so rich and craveable – and definitely comforting!

  4. These are lovely ! Orange and chocolate is such a good combo. my heart goes out to you and your family . I can’t imagine juggling school under that stress. Take care

  5. davegon says:

    So sorry to hear about your adoptive father.
    Thanks for posting this.

  6. Tammi says:

    So sorry to hear about your adopted dad. Cancer sucks. My mom had lung cancer and then brain cancer and she is still alive! These muffins definitely look delicious and therapeutic. 😊

  7. HeartBound says:

    Poppy, I’m sorry to hear about your adoptive dad and all the challenges you’re facing at the moment. I’m sending you and your family lots of love and hope. Those muffins really do look delicious. ~ Cat

  8. I’m sorry to hear about your rough spell. I hope all goes well. I am thrilled however that you shared this wonderful recipe. It looks super delicious. It looks like the perfect medicine.

  9. They look so moist. Yum yum yum!!!

  10. Very, very, very delicious looking avocado-chocolate-orange-muffins!!!

  11. Poppy, so sorry about your news. There is just way too much of the C word. I hope for all the best.

    Thank goodness for chocolate and routine and loved ones and friends in the blogosphere. xoxo

  12. sophiazerg says:

    I had a really crummy day and just the sound of these muffins has made me feel *slightly* better. 😉
    I am so sorry to hear about your dad, Poppy. It is never easy, and like you said, you always kind of feel invincible until one day it happens to you and your family. My husband’s grandfather is dying of Parkinson’s right now, and it’s been a very rough week, just watching helplessly.
    In your case, keep positive and stay strong together. Sending you lots of positive energy. XO

    • Poppy says:

      Hi Sophia, I’m glad the muffins made you feel *slightly* better. I wish I could send you one in those moments to make you feel *totally* better!
      I’m so sorry to hear of your husband’s grandfather. The helplessness is the worst bit. I really feel for you all.
      Thank you for your kind words and positive energy, it means more than you know. x

  13. theedgeofveg says:

    These look so delicious. So sorry to hear your news, though–praying for the best

  14. Ahila says:

    Sorry to hear about your adoptive father. Continue being strong and perk yourself up with more chocolate goodness. Lovely recipe that I have bookmarked for trying out some time.

  15. saplingvegan says:

    they look so yummy soft!

  16. saplingvegan says:

    Oh I looked before I read, I’m so sorry about your adoptive dad. I’ll keep him in my prayers. hugs hugs

  17. vegainvianen says:

    These look so good! I’m a little afraid to make muffins with avocado, but this recipe might just be the thing to get me over that fear. I wish you and your family all the strength in the world. Speaking from my own experience, the only advice I have is to keep breathing and stay in touch with your emotions and needs throughout.

  18. These look so amazing, and just right for when you are feeling down. Good luck with everything xxx

  19. So sorry to read your news, Poppy, I’m thinking of you and your family. I hope your fabulous muffins gave you a tiny bit of comfort xx

  20. The New Loaf says:

    Sounds like a rough start to the new year. 😦 hope things get better soon.

  21. Deena Kakaya says:

    Lovely idea Poppy, I bet they are really moist and creamy x


    crossing fingers for your adoptive father – it’s important to have family support but not less crucial to find the best specialist for his _specific_ diagnose, trust me on that. maybe you can help him there. only so can he get the best prognose and treatment.
    my thoughts are with you, girl ❤

    and hey, have you checked out http://blyssfullyyours.com yet? chocolate harbour 😉

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you so much for such kind and thoughtful words. He has a throat cancer specialist but I’m not sure about a specialist for his specific diagnosis. It’s difficult here as we have the NHS, unless you can afford to go private, you get what you are given really! They seem very good I have to say and the hospital he is with is one of the best in his part of the country for cancer equipment and specialists.

      Off to check out the chocolate harbour now! Thank you 😀

  23. Mmh these muffins look deliciously moist!!

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  25. Serena says:

    I am going to make these. I have beautiful avocados on my kitchen counter right now!

  26. these look so rich and chocolatey! I’ve been wanting to try hemp protein powder for smoothies and such. Never thought of including it in a baked good. Cool!

    • Poppy says:

      Thanks Kelly! Hemp protein works great in all sorts of dishes, I use it in pancakes, smoothies, muffins, chocolate cakes and so on! Very versatile!

  27. Poppy – so sorry to hear your news. 😦 I hope you find comfort in your family and of course chocolate. Thank you for sharing this recipe, it looks amazing!

  28. MamaD1xx4xy says:

    Sorry to hear about your adoptive dad. Hopefully these muffins kept you going during the rough times. They look quite tasty!

  29. I need to try baking with avocado!!

  30. Lisa says:

    Poppy, so sorry to hear about all your struggles right now. Hoping the kitchen brings as much comfort as ever. These muffins look incredible – can’t wait to try! Always looking for healthy options – love all the nutrition information by the way! I can’t find hemp protein powder – what can I substitute?

    • Poppy says:

      Hi Lisa, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m sure the kitchen will keep me going!
      You can substitute any protein powder for the hemp or add in extra cocoa powder or if you don’t want them darker, you could use a light flour like cornflour/starch. I hope they turn out great for you! 😀

  31. Chocolate, orange, avocado… You just can’t go wrong with that… Those muffins look sinfully delicious! 🙂

  32. These look amazing! I found you when you liked a post on my blog- so glad I did, I’ll have to give these a try! I am constantly looking for the best healthy dessert, and I have a particular LOVE for vegan baked goods. I’m following you now!

  33. I’m so sorry to hear about your dad, you’re incredibly strong to have made it through your exams at a time like this. Keep baking – aside from the physical benefits that you mentions, baking is such a fantastic release and brings people together. These muffins look delicious as well – you should probably eat them two at a time 🙂

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you so much for your wonderful message.
      I couldn’t agree more about the release of baking, it is incredibly therapeutic and of course the result is delicious!

      P.S two at a time sounds good to me!

  34. Sorry to hear Poppy. Thank you for taking the time to share your culinary creations with us all. Love what you do and always look forward to your posts 🙂

  35. sagedoyle says:

    omg these muffins look so good, I’m bookmarking this page.

  36. Divalicious says:

    So sorry for your loss. x

  37. I’m sorry to hear about your adoptive father, Poppy. The muffins look really tasty!

  38. Avocado vegan cakes are the best! They always turn out so nice and fluffy! Good luck with exams! I am just about to enter the discontentment of college life myself… 😉
    – Izzy

    • Poppy says:

      Hi Izzy! I agree, avocado makes baked goods extra moist and gorgeous! Thank you for the luck and good luck to you in your new endeavor! 😀

      • Apparently according to Steven from Cteavin, avocado acts as a fat replacer but it attracts water and absorbs the moisture. I’ve found the avocado bakings I have made are rather light and fluffy but not too moist like i.e. bananas. What do you think?

      • Poppy says:

        Hi Izzy, I agree they don’t make things too moist (and often gummy) like banana but I have always had perfectly moist results in cakes, i.e not dry and crumbly or doughy and tacky. I always find it best to add a little bit of oil along with the avocado for the best texture.

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  40. I’m going to have to try these, they look gorgeous!!

  41. Poppy, as you wrote – no one is invincible but people do recover and live many years after the recovery. Stay positive and optimistic

  42. I’m so sorry to hear about your news. I think carrying on “business as usual” is a good idea because it’ll help you hold everything together, but don’t feel like you have to be 100% strong all the time. If you feel like you need to go and cry, give yourself a break and go and take some time out. Then go and get your eyes tested. xx

    • Poppy says:

      What a gorgeous message! Thank you so much, you really made me smile. I agree and that’s really how I’m finding things – every now and then need a ten minute alone time and little cry to a song then it’s back to life! Thank you for taking the time to comment and to be so lovely… Also, eye rest on Tuesday!! 😀 xx

  43. Rachel in Veganland says:

    Oh my. These look simply AMAZING! I love how there’s avocado in them! What a surprise!

  44. ohlidia says:

    I’m sending positive energy out into the Universe for your dad! I believe in that stuff. And I’m going to make these gorgeous, decadent-looking muffins! Keep strong Poppy!

  45. These look heavenly Poppy!! Orange/chocolate is my hubby’s favorite combo, so I think I’m gonna make these as a special Valentine’s Day treat for him. Celeste 🙂

  46. Hi Poppy – sorry to hear about the challenges you and your family are facing now. Have faith in the NHS – the oncologists are really amazing as are the specialist nurses. My husband was diagnosed many years ago and was pretty bad – at one point they told me that he would probably not make it through the night. He pulled through and is healthy and happy some 20 years later. Stay off the forums as they can be quite depressing – people only seem to post negative thoughts and bad news on there. There is a lot to be said for the power of positive thinking and visualisation – our brains are amazing tools. Stay strong and you can always email me if you need some support. (((hugs)))

    • Poppy says:

      Selma, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful message. What an inspiring story about your husband, that fills me with incredible hope and faith, thank you. I am pleased to hear that your husband is healthy and happy all those years after such illness.

      Thanks for the tip about forums, luckily so far I had only looked at medical sites for scientific information which has been a great help in getting a better understanding of what’s happening.

      I really trust the specialist. Every prediction he has made or ‘feeling’ he has had has been proven when the tests and scans have been carried out. I just get that feeling that he really knows his stuff and really, really cares. We are blessed with that.

      I am striving for positive thinking always and writing here is really helping me along. So many kind friends, it’s hard not to be positive!

      Thank you SO much.
      Poppy x

  47. veghotpot says:

    So awful to hear your bad news but keep your head up and my thoughts go out to you xxx on the upside wow wow these muffins look amazingly gooey! Can’t wait to try them 🙂

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you so much Becky, that’s really kind of you 😀
      The muffins are best when still slightly warm so the chocolate is still melted and gooey and delicious!

  48. Abby's Kitchen says:

    You my dear are an inspiration to all of us here! Appreciate your candidness, and your determination to press on, and do good despite the circumstances. I said it before and I’ll say it again “We need more Poppy’s around!” and some of those avocado chocolate orange muffins 😉

    • Poppy says:

      Oh Abby, you are just so kind and lovely. What a gorgeous message. The truth is though, ‘we need more of all you guys around’ who care for each other and lift each others spirits.
      I can’t argue about the need for more muffins though 😀
      Thank you for making me smile and feel warm and fuzzy Abby!

  49. Joanna says:

    Definitely going to have to try these!! Thanks! Stop by and check out some of my recipes some time! 🙂

  50. elisabetta says:

    Thank ypu for liking my post! I need to try this very soon!

  51. Orange and Chocolate: one of my favorite combos. The muffins look good. More strength to you and your dad. Best wishes for his fight and recovery. Take care!

  52. Made these yesterday. Wholly moly Poppy, they are insanely good! This was my first time baking something vegan that is more of a dessert, and I couldn’t get over how chocolatey and moist and soft they were. Thank you for the recipe and making me, my husband, and our friend very happy yesterday 🙂

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  54. These are delicious. Thanks so much for posting this great recipe.

  55. mrssuz says:

    Wow, these look amazing! I don’t like avocado but they look too good not to try. I will add to my list of things to make.

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you! Really, if you don’t like avocado, this is the best way to eat them as you won’t at all taste the avocado but will get all the benefits from it!


  56. OMG— I have to get my sense of taste back so I can go back to cooking and enjoying food. These look fabulous.

  57. Reblogged this on My Vegan Heart Blog and commented:
    OMG—-These muffins look so yummy. I had to reblog so I can have a record of the recipe so I can try it……….

  58. Sophie33 says:

    I made these beauties a few days ago & really loved the lovely flavour! They are so wonderful & a real delight!

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