Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes

These grain-free Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes are absolutely perfect for birthday celebrations. Because so many of you have nut allergies, I decided this had to be a nut-free cupcake recipe! Be sure to check out my Nut-Free Recipes page if you are on a nut-free diet, or if your children go to a school with a nut-free food policy.

Made with coconut oil, these cupcakes are also a fabulous dairy-free dessert. While I’ve been on a strict grain-free diet since 2001, my recipes continue to evolve within the grain-free genre, as I learn more about various healthy foods. Coconut oil has been a favorite ingredient of mine for some time, but for the past year or so my focus has been on eating as much coconut oil as I can. Sometimes that means eating it straight out of the jar, other times I add it to everything I cook. Most days I do both.

A good deal of anecdotal evidence points to coconut oil as a fabulous brain food. Here’s a video that discusses the health benefits of coconut oil.

Did you ever notice that the rise of various brain disorders (ADD, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons, etc.) happened to take place in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when the fat-free diet was all the rage? I think many people’s brains may have been malnourished by the pervasive lack of fat in the Standard American Diet during this period.

My Paleo Chocolate Cupcake recipe is full of good fat! I hope your family enjoys these gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free chocolate cupcakes as much as we do!

Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes

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Servings 8 cupcakes



  • Pulse together dry ingredients in a food processor
  • Pulse in wet ingredients
  • Line a muffin pan with paper liners and scoop ¼ cup batter into each
  • Bake at 350°F for 15-18 minutes
  • Cool and serve
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
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Frost these Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with my amazing Paleo Chocolate Frosting. Here are some of my other easy paleo cupcake recipes!

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205 responses to “Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes”

  1. hi elana.i love your recipes and i make them alot.i love your chocolate cake and i make it alot!!!one question though.i made your chocolate cupcakes alot of times.this recipe or the other recipe the older one version but what is the difference because i cant tell the reason.i know one has less egg and more honey but which one you think is better?i cant tell the difference when i make them…hahahahaah

    • Demi, thanks for your comment! Can you let me know the name of the other chocolate recipe you are referring to here, I’d be happy to help :-)

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