Whether or not you need to eat a gluten free diet, you will want to make and enjoy these fabulous and highly nutritious 6-Ingredient Coconut Flour Chocolate Cupcakes! Wait until you hear how and why we came up with this recipe.
My 18-year old son came home after a weekend away and shocked me by saying this, “Ok, Mom. For the next 30 days, Jacob and I are cutting out all junk food and empty carbs. We’re going to do 100 push-ups and 100 sit-ups every day. At the end of the 30 days, we’re going to see how we feel, and then we’ll eat birthday cake.”
Birthday cake? Well yes. This was part of the plan because Justus happened to be turning 18 the day his eating challenge ended. Perfect timing, eh?
I was amazed during the 30 days that followed Justus’ proclamation. He was extremely disciplined, ate loads of fruits and veggies for snacks, and even packed big salads to eat in the bleachers between his basketball games. (By the way, his friend who joined him in this challenge is also on the basketball team. They cracked me up more than once as they sat side by side eating salad in the bleachers. Here are your team captains, ladies and gentlemen, showing leadership on and off the court.)
While I loved this challenge the boys had set their minds to, I was also very cautious. Justus has zero body fat and is extremely active, so I watched carefully to be sure he was getting plenty of good carbs, good fats, and good proteins along with his fruits and veggies. He realized only two days into the challenge that he needed to keep a big supply of easy and filling snacks around the house so he would stay full and energized throughout the day.
He made himself Chicken Cheeseballs, Simple Crunchy Ranch Chicken Strips, Honey Sweetened Fat Bombs, and Low Sugar Crustless Cheesecakes.
Throughout the day, Justus would randomly drop down to the floor and do a round of push-ups or sit-ups. I even caught the kid searching for high protein snacks on Pinterest, then heading to the kitchen to experiment. Is he my son or is he my son? It was too much fun. (I’m still debating whether I’m going to let him graduate high school and move out in a few months.)
Together we came up with this wonderful recipe for The Best Coconut Flour Chocolate Cupcakes. Call them muffins if you want as these are full of nourishment and very adaptable. Coconut Flour Chocolate Cupcakes are very filling since they are so full of fiber and protein. Commonly I watched Justus eat three of them along with an entire pound of strawberries. Ha! No need to worry that this kid was still getting enough good carbs and calories while on his “diet.”
I truly think eating treats like these Coconut Flour Chocolate Cupcakes can be good for all of us! Coconut flour is a wonderful source of fiber, protein, and fat. It’s grain free so it gives our bodies a break from all the wheat or rice we often consume. I plan on serving these to my entire family for breakfast and snacks long after Justus’ special diet ends.
Where to Get Coconut Flour
I tend to shop around to find the best price for Coconut Flour and have even discovered that our local Wal-mart now carries it. A little Coconut Flour goes a long way, so keep that in mind as you shop for this gem.
- Amazon has a variety of Coconut Flour options. Here’s a good one for a good price!
- Healthy Traditions carries a top-knotch brand of Coconut Flour. I only purchase from them if they are offering a sale paired with free shipping.
- iHerb is a great option. They offer a variety of quality brand names to choose from.
You’ll notice that most Coconut Flour recipes call for a significant amount of eggs. This is because Coconut Flour is very dry. Eggs provide liquid needed, plus “stickability” in recipes. I love that combining Coconut Flour with so many eggs makes treats like this so high in protein and good fat!
Ready to enjoy these amazing Coconut Flour Chocolate Cupcakes?
The Best Coconut Flour Chocolate Cupcakes
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅓ cup honey
- 6 eggs
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
- Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.
- Scoop batter into 12 paper-lined muffin tins.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
I personally love these cupcakes with a big scoop of Stevia-Sweetened Cream Cheese Frosting spread over the top or plopped onto the plate.
Stevia Sweetened Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Liquid stevia to taste (I use about 30 drops)
Whip ingredients together in a blender or with a hand mixer until smooth.
If you don’t mind the added sugar, sprinkle some chocolate chips on top of each cupcake before baking. Add nuts if you like.
Here a few other coconut flour recipes you’ll find here at Heavenly Homemakers:
What are your favorite ways to get plenty of good carbs, fats, and proteins?
I plugged this recipe into a nutrition calculator. 1 muffin has 8.3 g saturated fat. That’s 31% of your daily requirement. Unless you’re extremely fit and active use common sense when eating these types of recipes. That much saturated fat in 1 muffin would not be a good choice for someone who’s not in a healthy lifestyle.
1 muffin has 3.5 g protein and 1,3 g fiber. You will feel full from mostly fat.
Just because a recipe is homemade from wholesome ingredients does not always equal a healthy choice.
There are plenty of opinions on saturated fats in general but it might be helpful to investigate coconut oil specifically as a saturated fat.
I do agree, though, that after following Laura’s blog for several years she must have a VERY good metabolism to eat the number of very healthy but dense in calories recipes that she does. Lucky her!! I eat an extremely clean diet full of fruits veggies, and healthy fats but have a pretty low caloric intake overall. A “cupcake” like this would be a very special treat for me. It’s really important that (along with a healthy diet) each individual pay attention to their hunger fullness to determine their actual caloric needs. If you eat when you are not hungry you are most likely going to struggle with your weight no matter how “healthy” you are.
Ha, I do have a very good metabolism, but I also don’t eat large quantities of anything (I’m kind of a six small meals per day kind of girl). My boys are super active so they can eat three of these in one sitting and be fine. I can eat one and I’m full.
Regarding saturated fat, I feel great about the nourishment these fats offer us. The fact that one of these muffin/cupcakes can keep me full for an entire morning tells me that the calories are doing their job to keep us nourished, full, and satisfied. :)
PS. If you add the frosting to it from the posted recipe that brings saturated fat up to 14.8 g which is 63% of the recommended daily amount in 1 frosted muffin.
Charlotte Moore says
Coconut flour is the most different flour I have ever used. It really has to have the eggs and liquid. No subbing anything when it calls for coconut flour.
A Housewife Writes says
I just pulled a batch out of the oven and tried the first one warm without frosting. Delicious! Thanks for a low-sugar, gluten-free dessert. I’ll definitely add this to my recipe box. Bring on that saturated fat! ;)
Can I substitute sugar for the honey or will their be too little moisture? My MIL is gluten free and I am always on the lookout for real ingredient GF recipes.
I think it should work to sub sugar for honey. If it’s not moist enough, add another egg and you should be fine. :)