These mini chocolate banana cupcakes are naturally sweetened, paleo, vegan, and low in calories! The fluffy cupcakes are made from a blend of creamy peanut (or almond) butter, mashed banana, coconut flour, and cocoa powder. You would never guess that these bite-sized treats are actually grain-free. They’re a hit at Halloween parties!
Spooky Ghost Chocolate Banana Cupcakes [Vegan, Grain-Free]
For the Cupcakes:
- 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter almond butter for paleo version
- 2 tablespoons agave
- 1/2 cup lightly heaping banana, mashed (about 1 very large banana or 2 small)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
For the Coconut Cream
- 1 13-ounce can full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
- 2 1/2 tablespoons agave
- Vegan mini chocolate chips, for decorating
To Make the Cupcakes:
- Preheat your oven to 325°F and rub a mini muffin tin with coconut oil. Set aside. Additionally, place a metal or glass bowl, along with the beaters of an electric hand mixer, into the freezer.
- In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the peanut butter and the agave until the peanut butter just begins to turn smooth and runny, about 1 minute. Be careful not to cook the honey so it hardens.
- Scrape the melted peanut butter mixture into a small food processor (no less than 3 cups) and blend until well combined. Add in the mashed banana and vanilla extract and blend again until well combined, scraping the sides down as necessary.
- Add the coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt into the food processor and blend until thick, creamy and well mixed. Make sure to really scrape the sides of the processsor down to incorpoarte all the flour.
- Fill the cavities of the muffin tin 3/4 of the way fill and smooth the tops out. Bake until the cupcakes have risen, the edges are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean, about 18 minutes.
- Let cool completely in pan.
To Make the Frosting:
- Take your chilled coconut milk out of the refrigerator and flip it upside down. Open it, and pour out the liquid on the top (save it for a smoothie later!).
- Spoon the chilled cream that is at the bottom of the can into the chilled bowl. Add in the agave and beat with an electric hand mixer on high speed, until light and fluffy.
- Pipe the coconut cream onto the completely cooled cupcakes and create a ghost face out of three chocolate chips on each cupcake.
You will end up only using half of the whipepd coconut cream. Put the rest on something to make it extra delicious!