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Gluten free Chocolate cupcakes with coconut
Chocolate Cupcakes with Cherry Filling
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr

These cupcakes are rich and fudge-y with a bit of sweetness from the cherry filling. The frosting is decadent with no refined sugar, and they are gluten and dairy-free, as always.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cupcakes
Servings: 8 cupcakes
Calories: 454 kcal
Author: Amie Valpone
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 c old fashioned gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 c unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 c whole almonds
  • 1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1/2 c unsweetened plain applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1/4 to 1/3 c organic cherry preserves or raspberry
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Grease cupcake pan with coconut oil or use cupcake liners.
  3. First add oats, shredded coconut and almonds to a food processor or blender, process until you have a very fine flour. Sift to make sure you break up any lumps. Place flour mixture in a medium mixing bowl, add the cocoa powder, baking powder and sea salt and whisk together.

  4. Now to a blender (or you can use a hand held mixer and small bowl), add the banana, applesauce, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and almond extract, combine well (no lumps).

  5. Add wet ingredients to oat mixture and using a hand held mixer, whip until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  6. Fill each cupcake liner or cupcake hole in prepared cupcake pan, about 3/4 of the way up.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees F for 16-20 minutes. After 5 minutes remove from pan and place on cooling rack. Cool completely.

  1. Next, make frosting: In small saucepan over low heat, add mini chocolate chips, almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla extract and sea salt, stirring constantly, while everything melts together. Once mixture is completely smooth, let it set at room temperature for 20 minutes. Then place it in refrigerator, stirring every 5 minutes for about 20 minutes or until frosting is firm enough to spread on cupcakes. If it gets to hard, just warm it up on a very low heat, stirring constantly. (You don’t want it too soft.)

  2. While frosting is firming up you can fill the cupcakes. After cupcakes have cooled completely, using a paring knife cut a cone out of the top of the cupcake, about 1 1/2” in diameter. (Be careful not to cut through the bottom of the cupcake.) Cut the top of the cone off and reserve it to place back on top of filled cupcake. Now, fill a ziplock bag with preserves, seal it and cut one corner off (this acts as a pastry bag) and squeeze filling into cupcake holes. Place reserved tops back on top of cupcakes.

  3. Now you are ready to frost the cupcakes. Use a couple of tablespoons of frosting per cupcake. Store frosted cupcakes in air tight container for first day then they can be store in refrigerator for up to a week. But don’t expect them to last that long. If you have any frosting left it can be stored in refrigerator for up to a week. Just warm it up on a very low heat to soften enough to spread.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cupcakes with Cherry Filling
Amount Per Serving
Calories 454 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 203mg9%
Potassium 542mg15%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.