Flourless Chocolate Banana Cupcakes {Vegan}

Flourless Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Coconut Whipped Cream & Salted Caramel SauceSometimes it’s hard to distinguish between a muffin and a cupcake, this is one of those times. If you take something that resembles more of a muffin and top it with frosting, does that automatically make it a cupcake? And to make matters more complicated, these could even fall into the category of brownies because they are so squidgy and chocolatey.

Flourless Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Coconut Whipped Cream & Salted Caramel SauceThe cake base on it’s own could definitely get away with being a muffin and could even make a somewhat substantial breakfast, thanks to the almonds and bananas. At the same time, they’re so rich, chocolatey and moist, reminiscent of a brownie. But when I topped them with the coconut whipped cream and salted caramel sauce, they instantly became cupcakes and I think I like the sound of that best!

Flourless Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Coconut Whipped Cream & Salted Caramel Sauce

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Flourless Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Coconut Whipped Cream & Salted Caramel Sauce
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Serves: 10
  • 150g / 1 ½ cups ground almonds
  • 60g / ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 small very ripe bananas, mashed (about ½ cup)
  • 60ml / ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 80ml / ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 110g / 4 oz vegan-friendly dark chocolate, melted
  • Coconut whipped cream
  • Salted caramel sauce
  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C / 340°F and line a muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. In a large bowl mix the ground almonds, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the mashed banana, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract and melted chocolate together until thick and runny.
  4. Pour the bowl of wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix together well until it forms a smooth batter.
  5. Spoon the batter into the liners, filling about ⅔ of the way.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops of the muffins are firm and the insides are moist and squidgy.
  7. Leave them to cool completely, in the tin.
  8. To decorate, pipe a swirl of the coconut whipped cream onto each cupcake and drizzle the caramel sauce on top.


Flourless Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Coconut Whipped Cream & Salted Caramel SauceBelow is a photo of them in their naked muffin form. Good enough for breakfast or a treat and no topping required!

Flourless Chocolate Banana Muffins

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    • says

      You know it! “A chocolate cupcake for breakfast, Mariana??” “Yes but loooooooook it has bananas and um, almonds and stuff, so it’s okay!!!”

  1. says

    These flourless cupcakes sound fabulous! I love the chocolate banana combo but adding the coconut cream and salted caramel takes these to a whole new level :) They look amazing!

  2. says

    Oh, yum! Chocolate and banana has always been one of my favorite flavor combinations, And if these have a brownie-like texture, I’m sure I would absolutely love them, especially topped with salted caramel sauce. And it’s wonderful that the natural sweetness from the bananas allowed you to use such a small amount of maple syrup!
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  3. says

    Stop that, Aimee, you’re making me eat your blog all over, hehe! These flourless chocolate banana cupcakes look heavenly divine…love that salted caramel and coconut whipped cream….everything look amazing, love it.

  4. Bekah says

    Do you think I could use coconut flour instead of almond flour, or maybe do half almond and half coconut?
    These look AMAZING. Can’t wait to try!

    • says

      Hi Bekah. Thanks! I can’t give a definite answer as I haven’t tried it with coconut flour but if I was going to try I would probably use a third of the amount of coconut flour in place of the almond flour and see how it goes. Maybe try a smaller batch first to test. Hope it goes well, let me know! :-)


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