Gluten-Free Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Another fantastic gluten-free cupcake recipe that I wanted to share with all of you. This one is a blend of chocolate and banana. Sweetened with honey and rich with the flavor of dark chocolate cocoa powder. Then topped off with a smooth, creamy and decadent milk chocolate frosting.

I wanted to keep the icing style simple with these so I didn't bother piping the frosting onto the cooled cakes. Instead I simply spread it on with my small icing spatula. Initially, I considered topping them with sprinkles but thought banana chips would be a better idea. I love being able to look at a dessert and know by an "accessory" or decoration what truly rests within. Thank you, Ina Garten, for sharing my thoughts on this !

This cupcake recipe comes from Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Elana Amsterdam. I love this cookbook and have made many a recipe to date all with tremendous success. Even if you aren't sensitive to gluten you should pick up a copy. These delicious treats are worth baking. These taste amazing! These cupcakes are so moist and truly lovely in each and every way.

The frosting is my own concoction and one I use regularly. Feel free to swap out the milk chocolate for dark chocolate or white chocolate if you prefer. All those options also taste beyond fantastic !

During this baking experience I also had the pleasure to test out Reynolds new StayBrite cupcake liners which are said to be guaranteed not to lose their color as they bake. They did indeed keep their color and are amazing liners. The are stiff and hold their shape very well. The color too does not fade due to the foil interior. I will definitely buy these again.

So without further delay, let's get baking.

*altered source recipe: Chocolate Banana Cupcakes, Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Elana Amsterdam



1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder, the darker and richer the better
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 large eggs
1/2 cup honey
1 cup mashed banana (2-3 medium very ripe bananas)


4 ounces milk chocolate
2/3 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 1/3 cups icing sugar, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


PREHEAT oven to 350F
LINE 12 muffin cups with paper liners

IN LARGE BOWL, whisk together first 4 ingredients
IN SEPARATE BOWL, whisk together eggs and honey
FOLD wet ingredients into dry ingredients combining until fully blended
STIR in mashed banana
FILL each muffin cup with 1/4 cup of batter
BAKE 18-22 minute or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
LET cool in pan 5 minutes
TRANSFER cupcakes to cooling rack and let cool completely before frosting


IN SMALL DOUBLE BOILER, melt chocolate whisking continuously until smooth
REMOVE FROM HEAT and let come to room temperature
IN STAND MIXER fitted with paddle attachment, mix butter 2-3 minutes MED speed
ADD melted chocolate
BLEND until combined
ADD icing sugar and vanilla extract
BLEND slow speed 1 minute, scrape down sides and mix 3 minutes MED speed
SPREAD frosting onto cooled cupcakes
TOP with any decoration your little heart desires


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  1. These cupcakes look so delicious! I love the combination of bananas and chocolate! Those liners are so cute! Can you just get them at the grocery store??

  2. @Stephanie - yes some grocery stores are selling them now in their cake decorating area (baking aisle). Just look for the Reynold's brand.

  3. These cupcakes look yummy! Another great banana recipe! The liners look great too, I am going to have to look for some!

  4. Those cupcakes look absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  5. Looks great ! One question to you is the coconut flour the same as the coconut powder?

  6. I am not familiar with coconut powder. I specifically use coconut flour

  7. When I saw your post in my updates, I said, wow, those liners look great! Now I know why.

    I think coconut powder might be powdered coconut milk, something like powdered milk, where you reconstitute the coconut milk by mixing the powder with water. I use it all the time.

  8. Great! That frosting looks nutty. I can scent the aromatic fragrance of it from the photo.

  9. Sounds like a good combination! I love your presentation too!

  10. Dang! I saw those liners as I was grabbing some paper plates but didn't stop to look closely. Now, I'm mad at myself. These cupcakes look wonderful! The frosting looks killer. Thanks for sharing (and drawing my attention to the liners) on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  12. Yum, your cupcakes look and sound so good!

  13. Just tried these. OMG they are so moist and chocolatey...will be making more.


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