Cupcakes - Chocolate - Grain-Free

Prep Time

10 min

Cooking Time

18-20 min




          For the cupcakes:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 pastured eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon Teeccino, finely ground, or other coffee substitute like Dandy Blend, Caffix, Pero, Roma, etc. — not for GAPS
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

          For the frosting:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature (buy grass-fed butter) 

  • 1/2 cup raw honey 
  • 2/3 cup cocoa/cacao powder 
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee**, cooled (buy organic, fair trade, shade grown coffee)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla 


For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Combine all ingredients in food processor and mix well. 
  3. Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Fill each with 1/4 cup of cupcake mixture. 
  4. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 
  5. Let cool on a rack. Frost.

For the frosting:

  1. Put butter and honey into a bowl on your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Whisk at a high speed for 3-5 minutes until well-combined and light colored.  Turn mixer off and add cocoa powder and vanilla.  Start mixer slow until combined, then whisk on high for another 3 minutes.  Turn off, scrape down the sides of the bowl, unhook the whisk attachment and use to combine by hand.
  2. Chill entire bowl and detached whisk attachment in the fridge for 30 minutes.  Remove and whisk once more for 3 minutes.  Use to frost immediately.  Store leftover frosting in the fridge.


*If you are on GAPS, use coconut milk instead of milk and omit the baking soda.

**A small amount of coffee in chocolate recipes really makes the chocolate flavor pop.  You don’t taste the coffee, but the chocolate tastes better.  If you don’t want to use coffee, use a good quality coffee substitute, like Teeccino or Dandy Blend (though neither are GAPS-legal).  Weak coffee is GAPS-legal.  The coffee substitutes are kinder on your body (not acidic, no caffeine).  Pick whichever suits you best!