My grain-free, Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes or muffins are amazing, perfect for birthdays or as a special treat.  They are a cinch to make and can be made without eggs if you have allergies or are vegan.  We make these grain-free Chocolate Muffins as mini-muffins, so they can last longer and still satisfy perfectly. They are delicious with or without frosting. If you do want to frost them, I’ve got a delicious and super easy Chocolate Frosting for you.

I’ve happily been making my Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes as a lunch box treat this year because they are a health food masked as a sweet treat. My kids love them – it’s a win-win! These grain-free Chocolate Muffins are nut-free, high in fiber, low carb, full of protein, have very little sweetener, and no refined flours.  The perfect lunchbox addition.

Our Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes/Muffins can be made vegan by substituting ground flax seed for the eggs.  This method of soaking the ground flax seed in water is considered a “flax egg”, it is basically 1 Tbsp. of ground flax seed to 3 Tbsp. of water.  Soaking it for a minimum of 5 minutes prior to mixing into the batter will help the flax act more like an egg during baking.

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Chocolate Cupcakes

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Servings: 24
Calories: 85kcal



  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease mini muffin pans or line with 24 paper liners.
  • Mix together all the dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  • Gently heat the coconut oil so it melts in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the liquid sweetener (if using) and then pour the liquids into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients.
  • Mix until well combined.
  • Scoop into the greased or paper-lined muffin pans. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until firm to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool before serving or frosting. Enjoy.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.


Helpful Tips:
If using the psyllium husk powder, it should be added with the ground flax. This helps the muffins to rise by providing more bulk as fiber.
If you are making these with ground flax instead of eggs please increase the baking time by 5 minutes.
Try this Chocolate Frosting
Freeze individual cupcakes in a ziplock bag and pop it frozen straight into your child’s lunch box. It will be perfect for them by lunchtime.


Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 110mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg