Paleo Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Paleo Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
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Paleo Chocolate Cupcake

Elana Amsterdam

Paleo Chocolate Cupcake

In my quest for the perfect gluten-free chocolate cupcake, I made these five times. In one day. Luckily, my boys and their glutenoid friends happily scarfed down the "failures." Here, I share with you my success.

Ingredients

For the frosting

  • 1  cup  dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2  cup  grapeseed oil
  • 2  tablespoons  agave nectar
  • 1  tablespoon  vanilla extract
  • Pinch of  sea salt, preferably Celtic

For the cupcake

  • 1/4  cup  coconut flour
  • 1/4  cup  cacao powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  sea salt, preferably Celtic
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
  • eggs
  • 1/4  cup  grapeseed oil
  • 1/2  cup  agave nectar

Directions

For the frosting

In a small saucepan over very low heat, melt the chocolate in the grapeseed oil. Stir in the agave, vanilla extract, and salt. Remove from heat, transfer to a container, and place in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill and thicken. Remove from the freezer and whip frosting with a handheld mixer until it is thick and fluffy.

For the cupcake

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the coconut flour, cacao powder, salt, and baking soda. In a large bowl, blend together the eggs, oil, and agave nectar. Thoroughly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Line a cupcake tin with paper liners and scoop a scant ¼ cup of the mixture into each tin. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20-22 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool, and cover with vegan "buttercream" chocolate frosting.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
23g
33%
Sugar
11g
12%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
2mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
21g
16%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
2µg
0%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
6mg
1%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Fluoride, F
2µg
0%
Folate, total
13µg
3%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
16mg
5%
Phosphorus, P
36mg
5%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
181mg
12%
Water
13g
0%

Paleo Shopping Tip

Choose foods that fall under these categories:

Grass-produced meats
Fish/seafood
Fresh fruits and veggies
Eggs
Nuts and seeds
Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

Paleo Cooking Tip

Cook naturally with herbs and healthy oils.