Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes

gluten free chocolate cupcakeI went searching for a chocolate cupcake recipe that uses coconut flour today in the effort to find something with some semblance of nutrition that my child will actually eat (and something I can have that’s sweet and doesn’t contain wheat).

I found a recipe for gluten free cupcakes at Elana’s Pantry, a site I’ve just discovered today. Coconut flour is very different to cook with than regular flour. It isn’t just a matter of substituting coconut in place of regular flour (like I have been for the commercial gluten free flour) so I needed a dedicated recipe.

I have made a few substitutions to the original recipe – coconut oil instead of grape seed oil, honey instead of agave and himalayan pink salt instead of celtic sea salt.

Chocolate Cupcakes


1/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup raw cacao powder

1/4 teaspoon himalayan pink salt

1/2 teaspoon bi-carb soda

3 eggs

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup raw honey


  1. Sift coconut flour, raw cacao powder, salt and bi-carb soda into a medium mixing bowl.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, coconut oil and honey.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and store until completely combined (it takes a bit of stirring because at first it doesn’t look like the dry ingredients are being incorporated into the wet ingredients – they eventually come together.
  4. Place cup cake papers into your cupcake pan (I used mini cupcake papers and pans).
  5. Fill cup cake liners almost to the top (I found it took about 1 tablespoon of batter and rose just over the patty case)
  6. Bake at 190°C for 20-22 minutes
  7. Cool and ice if desired.
Daniel devoured four cupcakes in quick succession – a success because he hasn’t been keen in the past when I’ve used coconut flour so this recipe is a good substitute for regular wheat containing cupcakes.
Note – My cupcakes did sink a little in the middle & on reading the comments from the original post of Elana’s, there was a suggestion made to add an extra tablespoon of coconut flour – I’ll try that on the next batch.
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Helena is a stay at home Mum to one funny, intelligent and very curious little boy. Helena & her husband are working towards creating a location independent lifestyle that will enable their family to homeschool, travel and experience the world together.

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