Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes

I made these in mini form last week, for the lil’ guy’s Halloween picnic at kindy. A hand couldn’t have shot up fast enough to volunteer to take care of the kiddy treats for Halloween – At least then, I knew the treats would be made to the kind of ‘no psycho small people’ speck I like to cook by. Hope you enjoy these little cakes, and by no means save them for kids. You’ll want to ensure an ample adult stash!

… the halloween version along with my new cocoa caramel chewsΒ , which if you never ever make a single recipe of mine, you MUST make those!

Lastly, these definitely have more calories than your average vacuous white flour cupcake, but you know what I notice? You actually feel satisfied having 1 or 2 minis. You feel nourished. Blood sugar doesn’t sky rocket, and you don’t come crashing down. Real ingredients send your brain signals that you’re done. Refined ingredients tell your brain to keep looking for more food, so am I worried about a few extra calories? No. After these, you’re not running to the cupboard or fridge to ‘browse’ minutes later. That make sense to you? Makes sense to me : – )

Need a super easy, nourishing chocolate icing recipe that you see on top there? Try this one!Β 

Or you could ice with my whipped caramel icing or 3 ingredient chocolate mousse.

Real Treats. Not too often. Happy Bodies.x



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Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes Recipe
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Cook Time 25 minuted in oveno OR 15 minutes for minis
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INGREDIENTS

EQUIPMENT needed
  • 1 unit oven, 180 celcius pre heated
  • 1 unit muffin tin, or 2 minis with parchment cups ready to fill. I love the 'If you care', brand available from Organics on a budget
Main Ingredients
  • 1 whole egg
  • 40 g raw cacao
  • 140 g spelt flour or gluten free flour OR GRAIN FREE VERSION: 90g buckwheat OR tapioca flour + 30g coconut flour
  • 2.5 tsp baking powder or just under a teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 40 g dessicated coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean powder or 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 180 ml rice syrup (or 180ml coconut syrup or maple syrup) – 200g
  • 100 ml melted butter
  • 60 ml/70 g coconut milk
  • 50 ml/60 g other milk (almond, whole milk etc)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Get your butter melting. Combine all dry ingredients in one bowl, sifting to make sure there are no lumps. Pop wet ingredients into the other, along with the butter, now melted. Then combine together into one of the bowls. It will be really liquidy. Let it stand for 2 minutes to firm up, then spoon into the mini or large muffins. Bake for 25minutes for large muffins and about 15 minutes for minis – just check a clean skewer comes out to be sure!

chocolate coconut cupcakes

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  1. I made these yesterday and they are delicious. My husband ate three. He’s not a huge fan of muffins or cakes so I was suprised. I think I’ll make your cocoa caramel chews next

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      Hi Kate and thanks – Saw your subscription come through last week: welcome! πŸ™‚ So glad you guys loved them. We do too! Enjoy the cocoa caramel chews. They should come with an addiction notice! Alexx x

  2. Hi Alexx,
    Did you end up finding a grain free version??? I am making a birthday present for a friend and am trying to make it all grain free for her – help encourage her and show her the extreme deliciousness comes from real food! x

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      Hi Cherie,

      I did do it, yes but completely forgot to write down! OOPS. Now, I have to do some cupcakes for son’s preschool tomorrow night, so if that’s not too late to get firm measurements to you Thursday, you shall have them then updated on the blog πŸ™‚

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  3. Uh-mazing!!! Was starting to feel a little resentful that I hadn’t had sweets in a long while – these remind me of brownies and are definitely making me feel better!! Thanks again Alexx!

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      Yay – You’re welcome. No one ever has to go without treats – it’s just about redefining them πŸ™‚

  4. Holy Crap, these are GOOD ! I made them at my 3yo’s request 2 days ago and silly me hadn’t tried one, well OK two, until right now. How silly am I ?

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      Aw thanks so much Nicole. Cannot believe you didn’t do the ‘warm out of the over just testing sweet heart’ move and waited TWO DAYS??? hehe. Have a beautiful weekend, Alexx

  5. Hi Alexx,
    I love your recipes and have been making my way through them (hubby and kids love them too!!) I am about to make some of your cupcakes and am just wondering what you use to ice them please?

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      Icing, icing… Usually I don’t make icing, but I do a slice of banana placed on top of each cupcake as a cheat’s garnish. I’ll do a couple of natural icings up for alternatives for you in the next couple of weeks πŸ™‚

      1. If it’s not icing on top of the cupcakes in your picture, what is it? Is it ganache? It certainly doesn’t look like a slice of banana? (Forgive me if you have answered this in another place)

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          Gayle> I’m so sorry. I have been so busy with a holiday and then playing work catch ups and I still haven’t done the natural icing post. It’s coming it’s coming. I will dedicate next week to it! For this one, I just blitzed a half avocado with a little thick coconut cream from top of can only and cacao power and rice malt / maple syrup to taste and spread over the top. works fine in winter but we’ll need to set them for an all year round recipe – I’ll do that and measure it all out next week πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Alexx,

    Just popping in to say that this recipe was a great success for me! My little cupcakes were delish! I’m not the best of cooks (even with a Thermomix), & over the past month of owning my Thermie, my recipe attempts have been more ‘miss’ than ‘hit’, but I know I’m still learning all the time – but it was lovely to have a ‘hit’ with these! πŸ™‚

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      YAY Tania! That’s absolutely awesome. It often just takes a bit of recipe success to get the confident to try new things and I’m super glass you had that with these little gems πŸ™‚

  7. HI Alexx,
    What are your thoughts/recommendations to do these a 1 whole cake. I need to do a b’day cake in 2 weeks for my son… and I’d love to go low tox for the menu.
    I’m going to do a trial next week… so any hints for this recipe as a cake would be greatly appreciated!

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      It’s great as a cake, absolutely – i’d do the whipped caramel icing from the blog too with the coca whipped in. Double batch the cake definitely so there’s plenty to go around – happy birthday in advance to the little one x

  8. Hi sorry but what do you do to make egg free? Looking forward to trying these for my daughters 2nd birthday she has allergies so sounds great.

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      Ah… I just did a heaped tablespoon of flax meal (ground flax seeds) and mixed with 3 tbsp of water and let it sit until it was a gel-like substance. That works as an egg in the recipe x

  9. Hey Alexx, we love these cupcakes! Just checking though – for the grain free version, do I add coconut flour regardless of whether i use buckwheat or tapioca, or do I only use coconut flour when using tapioca? Hope that makes sense. I can interpret the instructions both ways and I’m getting myself all confused! Cheers.

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      Hi Nat – Glad you love them! For the grain free you choose between the buckwheat and tapioca and then add the coconut flour regardless of which you chose, yes x

      1. Oops! Well, in that case I totally meant to leave out the coconut flour as an experiment :p
        Anyway, they still worked – what a great, flexible recipe!

  10. just whipped these up before daycare for AT treat. um yum!! We used egg replacer and nuttelex due to allergies and did the mini muffins. delish.

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  11. Hi Alexx,
    Was wanting to give these a try, if I don’t have coconut milk can I just use almond milk in place of it?

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  12. Hi Alexx
    I love this recipe but I’m wondering if I could substitute the butter with coconut oil as I’m making it for a dairy free crew.
    Thanks x

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  13. Made the flax egg, buckwheat version with 100g maple and 100g canned peaches (that i pureed) that were too sweet to eat and half the cocoa. Forgot to add extra flour but still turned out really nice as mini muffins. Meant to use less sweetener but will try that next time. Thank you!!

  14. Finally made these yesterday after I had saved the recipe months back. They would have to be one of the yummiest cupcakes I’ve ever made! Perfect sweetness. I iced them for my little guys birthday but I think I prefer them plain. This recipe is definitely getting written down, it’s a keeper. Thankyou!!

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      Oh Carly I’m so happy you guys loved them. Here’s to family favourites in the form of chocolate, right? x

  15. Made these with the little people last weekend (2 and 4) …. with lots of β€˜ bit more of this’ and β€˜oops we spilt that’ moments. Kitchen chaos kinda scenario… but they still worked out great and went down a treat!! We substituted the butter for macadamia oil! Thank you Alexx!! Could be on a par with your mums brownie!

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