Gluten-Free, Black Bean Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

By Amber

March 30th, 2019

If you’re like me and have been trying to eat healthier this year, I’ve got a recipe for you! These delicious cupcakes are gluten AND guilt free, and they taste even better than regular chocolate cupcakes, in my opinion. They’re SO rich and moist, and clean-up is easy since you mix everything in a blender. Check out my inspiration and how to make these tasty treats!

Gluten-Free, Black Bean Cupcakes

Since the beginning of 2019, I’ve been doing an exercise program and have been attempting to improve my diet in a few ways. While I still have my crutches (ahem, Caribou Coffee specialty drinks), I’ve been fairly consistent with intermittent fasting and replacing some ingredients with healthier options in my cooking. We love muffins and cupcakes but I rarely make them because most are full of flour and sugar. While we don’t have confirmed gluten allergies in our family, I still think we all feel better when we limit our gluten intake. I know there are gluten-free flours but they can be SO expensive. I decided to make a gluten-free, black bean cupcake recipe and it’s been a HUGE hit!

I did have to buy some ingredients I don’t typically have in my cupboard, including coconut sugar and organic cacao powder, but they come in fairly large bags and last awhile so they’re worth it. Simply add all of the ingredients to the blender and whip up the batter (probably my favorite part!).

I filled my muffin tins about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way full. The batter does seem quite runny but it does set up very nicely. Next time, I’ll need to have some cooking spray on hand. I used coconut oil in the tins but that wasn’t quite enough and my cupcakes did lose a bit of their bottoms. No worries though; they may not have been as pretty but they tasted delicious!

You can make sure they’re done by sticking a toothpick into a cupcake and making sure it comes out clean. This recipe does call for five eggs, and it’s packed with protein with the combination of eggs and black beans!

Check out the full recipe here:

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Gluten-Free, Black Bean Chocolate Cupcakes
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Serves: 12 Cupcakes
These delicious gluten-free, black bean chocolate cupcakes are a healthy treat packed with protein! They're perfectly moist and flourless; you'll be amazed at how tasty they are!
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans, drained
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 6 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. cacao powder
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F
  2. Measure ingredients into blender
  3. Blend until well mixed
  4. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray
  5. Fill muffin cups up to ¾ full
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

When possible, use organic ingredients for an even cleaner recipe. Our family absolutely loves these cupcakes. They’ve become a dessert staple around here because they’re so easy to make and they taste delicious! We like to put a little dollop of Carrington Farm’s Organic Coconut Spread on our cupcakes as frosting, but you could also top them with strawberries or another sweet confection! Enjoy!

Will you try these gluten-free, black bean chocolate cupcakes?
Let me know your favorite gluten-free recipes in the comments!





Hi there! I’m Amber, a 30 year old wife and mom of two from central Minnesota. I love to travel and to be outside with my kids anywhere the weather is warm! When I have a spare free moment, I love to read and scrapbook as well as binge-watch Netflix long after the kids are asleep. I drink too much Caribou Coffee and have a real sweet tooth but also try very hard to consume organic foods and use eco-friendly, fair trade products as much as possible. I also love socializing and sharing about my favorite products!

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  • Michelle S

    This is an interesting recipe. My mother has celiac disease and has to eat gluten free. I bet she would like these but only if I don’t tell her about the black beans until after she tries one.

  • gala

    very interesting, also would be great for Lent

  • Amy D

    I make black bean brownies, and my family loves them. This is a great idea to make cupcakes. I love that you topped it with Carrington Farm’s Organic Coconut Spread. My 3 year old daughter loves coconut! I will pin the recipe and try it soon. Thank you! 🙂

  • Barbara

    I like the different healthy ingredients in the recipe. I like to give the kids treats so a healthier one is best.

  • gloria patterson

    I am a big fan of black beans and this looks so easy to make. Of course like you I would have to go pick up some items to make it.

  • Julie Waldron

    These sound interesting! They would be so much healthier too & I wouldn’t feel as guilty after I ate one. 😉

  • Lauryn R

    These sound awesome and I have heard that you really can’t taste the beans at all! I would definitely try this healthier, gluten free version of a cupcake! Gluten upsets my stomach so I am always looking for alternatives. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  • Alice F

    These look delicious! I also like they are gluten free and healthier.

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