Wheat Free Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

These wheat free dark chocolate cupcakes are the among the best healthy chocolate cupcake recipes I have made. Instead of the typically overconsumed and often allergenic wheat flour, they are made with nutritious spelt flour.


Spelt flour does contain gluten, so these are not gluten-free (you can find a gluten-free chocolate cake recipe here).

I usually use raw chocolate powder in my dark chocolate recipes, but I ran out…I used Rapunzel brand organic cocoa powder instead, along with organic sugar and just a little organic butter. I was really pleased with how super “chocolate-y” and absolutely scrumptious these turned out.

As far as chocolate dessert recipes go, I think these are pretty healthy, and they will make a great addition to your healthy chocolate recipes collection. Just know that for optimal health, all sugar, even organic sugar, should be limited as much as possible, and it should be avoided if you are trying to lose weight.

If you really like dark chocolate, you could try reducing the sugar by 1/4-1/2 cup.

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Wheat Free Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes


For the cupcakes:

  • *1 cup organic unsweetened cocoa powder
  • *1 1/2 cups organic sugar
  • *1 cup spelt flour I used Bob's Red Mill brand
  • *1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • *1/4 teaspoons Himalayan or sea salt
  • *1 cup cultured buttermilk I used low fat because that is what I had in the house; you could also use organic plain yogurt or organic regular or low fat sour cream
  • *2 eggs preferably organic and free-range
  • *2 tablespoons organic butter melted
  • *1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Frosting:

  • *4 tablespoons organic cocoa powder or raw chocolate/cacao powder
  • *2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • *2 tablespoons organic creme fraiche or organic low fat sour cream


  • 1. Heat oven to 350°F. In a medium sized bowl, mix the dry ingredients (cocoa powder through salt). In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients (buttermilk through vanilla).
  • 2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix well with a rubber spatula.
  • 3. Pour batter into cupcake tins that have been lined with paper liners or smeared with a little melted organic butter (or melted coconut oil).
  • 4. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool before removing from the pan. You can serve these "as is", sprinkled with a little organic powdered sugar, or topped with the following easy and healthy chocolate frosting that contains no refined sugar or trans-fats.
  • 5. For the frosting, mix ingredients together in a small bowl until the desired consistency is reached. I personally like the tangy not-too-sweet flavor achieved with the 2 tablespoons of agave syrup, but sample the frosting and adjust the flavors to your taste accordingly. Enjoy!

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8 thoughts on “Wheat Free Dark Chocolate Cupcakes”

  1. wow! would love to try this but I had a question. Is 1/4tsp of baking soda enough for the whole recipe? Most of the muffin recipes ask for at least 1tsp of baking soda or baking powder.

    Can I reduce cocoa powder by 1/2 and increase the spelt flour by 1/2 cup?

    Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe.

  2. Made these for my hard-to-please family and they were a hit. I added shaved coconut and cocoa nibs to the cupcakes, and I used a raw mint/cashew/agave/coconut oil icing. Yum!

  3. Wow….so decadent. I used 1 cup of sugar vs 1.5 cups. They still turned out fantastic. I may try to lower the sugar a bit more next time. I substituted 2/3 cup almond milk and 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt for the buttermilk and it worked out fabulous. This is a keeper!

  4. Terry,

    You can mix 1 Tb. ground flax seeds with 3 Tb. water as a substitute for each egg in baking; so in this recipe you would use 2 Tb. ground flax and 6 Tb. water instead of the eggs, and allow to sit for a few minutes before mixing with the other ingredients. Let me know how that works out…

  5. Rose,
    I am so glad the cupcakes worked out with yogurt!
    And I think everyone needs a little “real” frosting now and then…not at all lame!

  6. made the crazy delicious organic chocolate cupcakes … so delicious and widely appreciated. also, maybe the easiest recipe ever.

    used yogurt instead and they felt pretty dense when i first took them out, but they stayed really moist.

    i have to ‘fess up to making a chocolate butter frosting as i lamely didn’t have creme fraiche or agave … but really it was childhood flashback i needed. next time, i’ll be fully organic …