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Flourless Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

OK… so let me start off by saying that I am not a good cook or maybe I should say I just don’t know what I’m doing in the kitchen. I really don’t – which I think makes it more fun and challenging! ;)

So today I am sharing a recipe of which I am very proud. Through trial and error… OK, lots of error, I am finally ready to share a super moist and delicious gluten-free, flourless, and Paleo friendly chocolate cupcake recipe with you. If you love cupcakes like me and are missing out on them due to eating a certain way, give these a try.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake or Cupcakes
Ingredients:

1/4 cup melted coconut oil
3/4 cup almond butter (you could probably use another nut butter and get similar results)
1/3 to 1/2 cup honey (or use another sweetener like Agave Nectar)
1 teaspoon liquid Stevia (I LOVE the NuNaturals brand!)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 ripe banana
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 heaping teaspoon baking soda
Directions:
Throw coconut oil through banana in a Vitamix or blender or use a hand mixer. Blend everything until smooth. After doing so, stick your finger in (this is a requirement! ;) ) and taste… good stuff. In a bowl, throw in the cacao powder, salt and baking soda. Mix well. Now dump the coconut oil mix in the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until everything is incorporated. Once finished, decide if you want to make an 8×8 cake or 12 cupcakes (make sure to grease your pan well or use cupcake liners or parchment paper)…
(I have baked both cake and cupcakes using this same recipe. The cake rose perfectly but the cupcakes, as you can see from the pic above, do have a tiny bit of a dip in the middle… no biggie in my book since I don’t know what I’m doing in the kitchen and they still tasted great, but thought I’d let you know, as you may have a solution?)
8×8 Cake
Bake at 325 for 30 to 35 minutes

12 Cupcakes
Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes

Now for the frosting… you can eat without anything, you can create your own., or you can check out my creations.
Almond Butter Spread with Honey and Banana

(By the way, this stuff is so yummy with sliced bananas and apples. Also, if I have a sweet craving, I put this on a spoon and get transported to a happy place. Love it!)
Ingredients:

Ingredients:
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 cup almond butter
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Liquid Stevia to taste (optional)

Directions:
Blend all ingredients in Vitamix or blender until smooth. Spread on cupcakes… there should also be some leftover to indulge in whenever you have a sweet craving! :)

Simple Chocolate Frosting
(My kiddos opt for this over the almond butter spread)
Ingredients:
Enjoy life chocolate chips (or any other chocolate chips you like)
Coconut oil
Liquid Stevia (optional)
Directions:
Melt chocolate chips in saucepan with a little coconut oil and Stevia. Chill in freezer for a few minutes and then spread on cupcakes. I also sprinkled chocolate chips on top of the cupcakes.
Enjoy!