Coconut Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes and Sneaking Treats

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So my kid outed me and my secrets, telling you about these amazing cupcakes that I was sneaking during nap time. But what’s wrong with two cupcakes a cupcake in the middle of the day?! Especially when it has no flour, and is made with super-healthy things like black beans and coconut oil.

Coconut Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes (flourless, with a secret ingredient!) | | #glutenfree

I knew I was making cupcakes for The Bug’s birthday party, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat them, since I am trying my hardest to stick with the gluten-free thing for awhile. So I wanted to make some cupcakes that I could eat, too. Bad idea, since I think I ate six of them over the course of several days. But I did share some at the mom’s group at my church.

Coconut Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes (flourless, with a secret ingredient!) | | #glutenfree

I made Coconut Creme Kisses Cupcakes a while back, based on these from Chocolate & Carrots, and they were so good that I had to come up with a new variation. I had just made a version of these Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Pink Parsley (which I will post for you) and had some extra salted caramel, which I thought would be amazing with these chocolate cupcakes. I also upped the ratio of coconut oil to butter in the frosting to make them more coconutty. But I will give you a little tip. My cousin made the Coconut Creme Kisses Cupcakes and didn’t want to make frosting from scratch, so she just added a little coconut extract to a container of store-bought vanilla frosting. So that would work great here, too. And you could also probably just add a little sea salt to some caramel topping from a jar, if you really want to make this even easier.

Coconut Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes (flourless, with a secret ingredient!) | | #glutenfree

Oh my goodness! These were so good!!

I can’t wait to keep experimenting with these black bean cupcakes (peanut butter anyone?), and I am also thinking of trying some other kids of beans to see how that goes. Hmm, kidney bean red velvet? Or white chocolate chickpea blondies? Oh, the possibilities!

Have you sneaked any treats lately? Do your kids ever blow your cover, and reveal things that you didn’t want anyone to know?

5 from 2 votes

Coconut Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

Coconut Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes are rich and decadent, but also healthy! Moist chocolate cupcakes are topped with sweet coconut vanilla frosting and filled with salted caramel sauce!
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 14 -16


  • 15.5 ounce can of reduced sodium black beans , drained and rinsed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil or unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder I used Hershey’s
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Salted Caramel see link below
  • Vanilla Coconut Frosting see note below


  • Line muffin tins with cupcake liners, and preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Combine the first five ingredients (through brown sugar) in your blender, and blend until smooth.
  • Add the cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda, and blend until combined.
  • Divide batter between the muffin cups.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for a few minutes, then remove and cool completely on a rack.
  • Cut a small hole into the top of the cupcake (I used the back of a decorating tip for piping frosting).
  • Pour 1-2 t of Salted Caramel into the hole on the top of each cupcake, letting it soak in as you fill it.
  • Frost with the Vanilla Coconut Frosting and drizzle with more Salted Caramel.


To make the Vanilla Coconut Frosting, using an electric mixer on medium to high speed, beat the 1/4 c (half a stick) butter and 1/2 c coconut oil until creamy (you can use more or all butter, if you like, but then you may want to add some coconut extract if you want that coconut flavor). Reduce the speed to low, add 2 c confectioners sugar that has been sifted, and beat until combined. Add 1 t vanilla, increase speed to high, and beat until creamy and fluffy.
Nutrition Facts
Coconut Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 181mg8%
Potassium 187mg5%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 69IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


You can get Pink Parsley’s Salted Caramel recipe HERE.


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  1. These look great! I am allergic to most beans – but I can eat garbanzo beans. Have you ever tried with those? Or only the black beans? I haven’t tried recipes like this, wondering if they would substitute in??

  2. Cindy

    5 stars
    I made this for dinner today, it came together so quick and everyone loved it! Including Mr. Picky 4 year old
    that won’t eat anything besides hash browns and chicken nuggets. Thanks for a great recipe!!

  3. Alyssa

    These cupcakes look really good. I like how you can make them easier. I think you should try making peanut butter ones, those sound really good too! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you at the next party!

  4. 5 stars
    What a decadent Cupcake, I must have it! Hope you have a Very Special Week End and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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