Cherry Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

I love challenges. Like this one, to take a fast food item and magically transform it into a gourmet experience. To find ways to bring gluten-free baking on another level. It’s not that I don’t like gooey cakes, but fluffy and well-baked are a much-preferred option. Plus, it’s an exploration of all the possibilities a simple banana bread recipe can offer.

Enjoy another gluten-free bake, made simple, and served gorgeously.

total prep & bake 55 min
makes 12 cupcakes


All you need

4 bananas, overripe are best
50ml coconut oil, melted
100g coconut sugar

130g oat flour (look for the gluten-free label if it’s of any importance for you)
50g walnut flour or any finely ground nuts (naturally gluten-free)
60g oat flakes, fine
20g cacao powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp organic baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp sea salt
a pinch of nutmeg powder

Quick homemade Cherry Jam
150g cherries, no pits, cut in half
1 tbsp coconut blossom nectar sugar
1 tbsp coconut oil
a pinch of Bourbon Vanilla

The Ganache

100g dark chocolate
50g coconut milk, the thick part
a pinch of salt



Sprinkle some magic

Select cherries for the decoration on top.
Tiny white flowers make it extra special. Actually, these were the only ones I could find in the garden right now as we transition from spring to summer bloom. Wild strawberry blossoms are cute, don’t you think?


How to make

Preheat oven to 180°C.
Larger Bowl #1: First, mash the bananas. Add the melted coconut oil, and sugar and stir quickly using a spatula.
Bowl #2: Combine all dry ingredients.
Add the dry ingredients into the bowl of liquids and stir gently using a spatula or a wooden spoon. It’s extremely important to mix by hand, not using a mixer or food processor, this will create a fluffy bake.

In case you use silicon molds or a non-stick muffin tray – slightly grease with coconut oil using a brush,  if you use or a muffin tray, simply place the paper cups.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Check 5 minutes before your timer rings. You know, you gotta become friends with your oven.

Set aside to cool completely. Leave the cakes in the tray for 5 minutes or so and then transfer to a cooling wire rack. Once they are completely cooled, you can proceed with assembling.

While the cakes bake, proceed with making the cherry jam and ganache.

Cut the cherries in halves, remove the pits. In a small pan or casserole place the coconut oil, coconut sugar, and vanilla with the cherries. Stir and reduce the heat from medium to low. Let it simmer for 10 minutes until the liquid is reduced and is more like a syrup.

For the ganache – cut your preferred chocolate in smaller pieces, it melts easier, and melt over a water bath, add the coconut milk. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat.

By this time the cupcakes are cooled down a bit. Insert a tsp of the cherry jam into each cake. If your molds don’t have a hole, use a spoon to make space for the cherry filling, followed by a generous spoon of the chocolate ganache. Top with the most gorgeous cherries you’ve selected from the start and add a cute flower touch.

You just created magic! Bravo!


Delicious Notes: 

Use your favorite seasonal fruits. I mean, cherries paired with dark chocolate. If you use frozen cherries, the same instructions apply.

Sweetener – you can use any sweetener you like, my preferred choice is coconut sugar as it adds a special sweetness and caramel flavor.

Chocolate – easily to be relaced by any chocolate you have available, white chocolate will also work great!


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