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Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint

The one thing I love about cooking is how flexible it is.  I can’t count on my fingers and toes the number of times I have started a recipe thinking it would be something and once it’s done, realize I had instead created a different creature.  Cooking is about going with the flow.  Knowing your ingredients and realizing that as long as you follow certain rules, it will turn out all right in the end.

I thought that this was going to be a thin mint cookie recipe and it transformed into a light and fluffy Paleo Chocolate cupcakes recipe  that satisfied my need for dark chocolate and peppermint.


Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint



Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Kelly Bejelly @ A Girl Worth Saving



  • 2 cups of Pecans
  • 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint flavoring
  • 2 tablespoons B grade maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon palm Shortening

Chocolate Peppermint Frosting

  • 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp palm Shortening
  • 11/2 tsp of peppermint flavoring


  1. Combine the pecans, dark chocolate chips, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder in a food processor/blender and grind until you have a flour.
  2. In a medium bowl add the peppermint oil, maple syrup and eggs and mix well.
  3. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and blend thoroughly.
  4. Pour the batter into 12 cupcake tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  5. To make the frosting combine the chocolate chips, palm shortening and peppermint oil in a pan over low heat. Cook until the chocolate chips are melted and then set on your counter to cool.
  6. Frost the cupcakes with the frosting and enjoy!



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  • March 18, 2013 at 11:51 am

    This recipe is right up my alley, I LOVE peppermint and chocolate together!!5 stars

  • March 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    That last picture is mouthwatering.

  • March 18, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    That looks really tasty. It’s amazing how good chocolate can be, especially cupcakes, when either vegan or grain free.

  • March 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    That looks fabulous! I think I will soon be going on a grain free diet for a while, so I will be sure to come back to your site to try your recipes.

  • March 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    That looks so yummy and mouth watering.

  • March 18, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    After Eights are one of my favorite chocolate treats – the frosting on these sound like it would taste just like them!

  • March 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Mmm, those look amazing! Dark chocolate and peppermint are always a perfect pair but in a cupcake oozing with frosting? That’s just a priceless creation you’ve come up with!

  • March 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    These look sinful! In a delicious kind of way. 🙂5 stars

  • March 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I love the mini-ness of them 🙂5 stars

  • March 21, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    the perfect mouth bites with non of the guilt how in the world to you find time to bake so much and keep the weight off5 stars

  • March 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    These look incredible and just love the photos!

  • March 22, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    These look so good and I have those same exact cupcake wrappers LOL.

  • Rhonda
    April 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Those look great! My daughter is allergic to all nuts except almonds. Do you think this would work with almonds?

    • April 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

      It should work a-ok Rhonda 🙂 I hope you like them.

  • April 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    These sound so good!

  • Randi
    September 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Can you use peppermint essential oil or is best with peppermint extract?

    • September 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      I’ve never made it with essential oil and while, I know that you can eat essential oils, I would suggest the extract.

  • Allie
    January 10, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    OMG! These look so delicious!!
    I just started eating paleo and am a huge baker, so I am SO SO SO glad I came upon your site! Its amazing! All your recipes look so delicious! I can’t wait to get baking again! 🙂
    Thank you!

    • January 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      I hope you enjoy Allie 🙂 Happy eating!