Grain-Free Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Almond Butter Chocolate Frosting

Grain-Free Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Almond Butter Chocolate Frosting

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A while ago, I had the most amazing Snickers cupcake from a gluten free bakery here in Colorado called Coquettes. And I’ve thought of nothing but how amazing that dessert was ever since. Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration but in all seriousness, this cupcake is nothing short of divine! So, over the weekend, my life’s mission was to duplicate this cupcake using Paleo ingredients. While Coquette’s is completely gluten-free (and I believe soy free?), it’s not grain or refined sugar free and they do serve peanuts in some of their dishes. Like the snickers cupcake. It had a fabulous peanut butter frosting on top! 

When I was experimenting with a new strawberry-chocolate chip cookie recipe a bit ago (which was an utter failure. See my Instagram story HERE), I discovered that cassava flour makes the best grain-free cake! But not cookies, it’s too soft and fluffy. I’ll be experimenting on those chocolate chip cookies with a heartier flour like almond in the near future! But I just knew the cassava would be perfect for this cupcake recipe I had in mind. And a coworker’s birthday was coming up so I also had the perfect excuse for why we needed cupcakes in our lives!

I’ve always enjoyed baking a bit more than regular cooking. It’s soothing for me and I feel like I’m better at it than savory recipes. But I’ve never been much of a sweet tooth. I don’t crave cookies or cake or ice cream (though my dad does, he’s an ice cream-aholic!). I’ll usually reach for salty treats over sweet. Popcorn, chips and salsa, and pickles are my downfall. I’d probably die if I couldn’t have those at least once in a while! So, when I do make sweet treats, they almost always go in to work with me or to a gathering of some sort. The last few jobs I’ve had, I’ve become known as the Baking Queen. Even since going gluten-free/Paleo this past year, my team at work still rejoices when I bring treats in for them to taste. They don’t seem to mind the dairy-free and gluten-free versions I create. They’re always enthusiastic recipients of any food I bring them!

These cupcakes came out perfectly. Seriously, you wouldn’t know they were grain-free and not from a Duncan Hines box mix! They have that same fluffy texture that you would get from any of the box mixes from the grocery store. There’s no dairy in either the cupcakes or the frosting but there are eggs, so this is not a vegan recipe. I haven’t experimented on whether an egg replacement works but if you do, let me know! 

Grain Free Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Almond Butter Frosting
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  1. Dry Ingredients
  2. 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  3. 1/2 cup Cassava Flour
  4. 3 T coconut flour
  5. 1 c coconut sugar
  6. 3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  7. 1 tsp baking soda
  8. 1 tsp espresso powder
  9. 1/2 tsp salt
  10. .
  11. Wet Ingredients
  12. 2 eggs
  13. 3/4 cup califia farms unsweetened almond/coconut creamer
  14. 1/2 c water
  15. 1/4 cup nutiva palm shortening, melted or coconut oil
  16. 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  17. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  18. 1/4 cup enjoy life mini chocolate chips
  19. .
  20. Frosting Ingredients
  21. 1 C Coconut shortening (I used Nutiva)
  22. 1 C mini chocolate chips, melted
  23. ¼ C almond butter
  24. ½ C coconut sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin or line with baking cups.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk all wet ingredients together and then add to dry ingredients. Stir to combine.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour cake mixture into cupcake tin, filling about ½ way up. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for at least 1 hour before frosting.
  5. While cupcakes are baking, prepare the frosting. Combine all ingredients with a hand beater. Chill in refrigerator for an hour to set. Frosting softens very easily!
  6. Frost cupcakes and keep in refrigerator until you want to serve as frosting will melt pretty quickly! Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips or nuts as desired.
Adapted from Coquette's Bistro Snickers Cupcake
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12 thoughts on “Grain-Free Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Almond Butter Chocolate Frosting”

  • OMG. YUM. These look awesome. I’m currently on a round of Whole30 so I can’t do Paleo sweets, but I WILL ABSOLUTELY be making these on day 31. Thanks for sharing!

    • They’re absolutely fabulous! My dad, who’s very picky about anything gluten/grain-free couldn’t tell they were gluten free!

    • It does look like tapioca, just not quite as fine/powdery. The only company I know that makes it is Otto’s. You can get it online and I’ve seen it at Whole Foods and Natural Grocers. It’s not widely distributed yet. I usually get mine from Thrive Market.

  • These look so yummy! I’ve made a lot of gluten free cupcakes but I’ve never used cassava flour in anything. I’ll have to give it a try.

  • These sound SOOO good! I’ve been looking for yummy grain free ideas and I’ll be making these for sure! Thanks for the culinary inspiration!

  • Oh my gosh! You have my mouth watering! I cannot wait to try these. Since going gluten-free I have struggled with a non-store bought option for cakes. I have heard about the cassava flour but haven’t experimented with it yet. This recipe will be my first into to it! Oh, and I will be waiting for those chocolate chip cookies, too!

  • These look seriously amazing. I’m obsessed with the Califia Farms coconut/almond creamer and that’s genius to bake with it. Will definitely be making these!!

    • They are amazing!! They have the best texture. We seriously couldn’t tell they were grain free. The cassava flour makes all the difference.

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