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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Secretly healthy chocolate cupcakes that can be sugar-free and oil-free. Under 100 calories per rich chocolate cupcake, including the peppermint cream filling:

Rich chocolate cupcakes.

Sweet peppermint cream filling.

It’s almost like eating a York peppermint patty in the form of a cake!


Plain chocolate cupcakes are so 2014…

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: Makes 12 cupcakes
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  • 1 cup spelt or all-purpose flour (Bob’s gf also works)
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened (non-dutch) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar of choice or xylitol
  • 1/2 cup mayo-style spread, such as Vegenaise (or you can use this cupcake recipe)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tbsp water
  • just over 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract


Preheat oven to 350 F, and place 12 cupcake liners inside a cupcake pan. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients and sift very well. In a separate bowl, combine remaining four ingredients and whisk until the mayo spread is completely smooth. Pour wet into dry and stir until just combined. Immediately divide among the cupcake liners—it won’t seem like a lot of filling, but these cupcakes rise a lot.  Bake 15 minutes, or until cupcakes have domed. Remove from the oven and let sit 15 minutes before removing from the pan. These taste ten times more fudgey and rich the next day, so bake the day before eating if possible. Store leftover cupcakes in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

*For the Fluffy Peppermint Filling:*

(For coconut-free filling, feel free to use my healthy cream cheese frosting recipe instead of the recipe below)

2 cans full-fat coconut milk (must be the canned type) or 1 can coconut cream
1/2 tsp pure peppermint extract
pinch pure stevia, OR 3 tbsp powdered sugar
Refrigerate the cans of coconut milk overnight. The coconut milk should get very thick. (Tip: Shake the cans when you’re at the store. If you can hear the liquidy contents swishing around, it’s probably too thin to work for this recipe. Unfortunately, some cans just don’t have enough fat content and therefore never get thick.) Once thick, transfer only the cream part at the top to a bowl, discarding the watery portion or saving it for a smoothie or another recipe. Whip in your sweetener and extract with a fork or with beaters. The filling can easily be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to four days, but it is best to only fill the cupcakes just before serving. Make an indentation into each cupcake with a spoon, add as much filling as you desire, and hide the hole with more peppermint filling.

*View Peppermint Cupcakes Nutrition Facts*

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Published on December 30, 2014

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  1. Melanie says

    I cant wait to make these!!!!!!! They look delish!!!
    My husband will be away at work for NYE so I think i am going to cuddle my 2yo daughter and watch some movies. Then when she is asleep, make these cupcakes for the next day!!!!!

    I was super excited to see you have a fb page! I am sharing you with everyone!

  2. Linda @ TheFitty says

    I didn’t know that if you can hear the water swishing around coconut milk it may not have enough fat content! Interesting…

  3. Emma says

    Yes! I love this idea!!!!

    Going to a fancy restaurant tomorrow =) and to see some friends who are hosting a little party- hope your’s is great, Katie! xo

  4. Jules @ WolfItDown says

    Mmm peppermint seems to be my go-to flavour these days, it just seems to wake you up right? These cupcakes look amazing!
    What I am doing for New Years? Weeeeell, I thought I’d invite all my friends who’d find themselves unsure of what to do and host a little party for us all. So I have been pottering about in the kitchen making some treats, and I am so looking forward to seeing them tonight and ringing a new year in – no matter what it holds 🙂
    All the best for 2015 Katie! xx

  5. Tara says

    Question on recipe. The main list of ingredients includes the peppermint extract. But sentence #2 says to combine the next 3 ingredients. Should I include the peppermint or is that only for the yummy fluffy filling???
    Can’t wait to try these! Thank you SO much for sharing!! Happy New Year!

  6. Lydia says

    These look great! I’ve been visiting family for a week and one of my cousins makes and sells cupcakes similar to these. They’re just got chocolate, no peppermint, and of course no where near as healthy 🙂

    While I was visiting, my aunt made a praline french toast casserole that was amazing, but it had lots of cream and eggs and sugar. Could you please try and make a healthy version?

  7. Jen says

    I’ve made a variation of these cupcakes twice in the past week – they are SO good! They taste rich and dense and beautiful without being too sweet or too airy. I highly recommend them!

  8. Amanda says

    I just took these out of the oven and had to sneak a taste. I can’t imagine them getting better, because they are already fabulous!

  9. Eva says

    Hi Everyone! I made these and they taste fabulous! However, I think I may have under-cooked them, because after a night in the fridge, each cupcake has drooped – completely fallen down in the middle. The cooked sides stayed up around the edges, but the “raw-ish” middles fell down into themselves. So, I’m going to make another batch and this time cook them for 20 minutes and see how they turn out. (I guess this is a sign for me to measure and calibrate my oven!) For reference, they were sort of making little popping noises when I took them out, and looking back now, I guess they hadn’t “domed” enough, so I’ll look for more “doming” next time 🙂 Enjoy!

    • Eva says

      I used Native Forest unsweetened organic Coconut Milk Classic and the icing came out great. Thanks for the tip about shaking the cans at the store, and storing them upside-down in the fridge!

  10. Isabella Scicchitano says

    Hi! I love all of your recipes sooo much! It’s so fun baking and cooking too! What do you like better? Baking, or cooking? I LOVE baking!

    P. S.
    I love your hummingbird cupcakes!

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