Best Keto Chocolate + Peppermint Cupcakes

December 9, 2019

These Keto Chocolate + Peppermint Cupcakes are what we call absolutely delicious and healthy at the same time! Not only are these cupcakes completely fluffy and moist, but they come fully decadent with a sweet chocolate + peppermint flavors and topped with a beautifully light, tasty buttercream. All organic ingredients, easy to whip together, and the perfect low-calorie bite. Completely Gluten-free. Vegan option available!

Best Keto Chocolate + Peppermint Cupcakes

Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored by Navitas Organics, but the content and opinions expressed are all based on my genuine love for this brand and are my own. Thanks so much for supporting the brands I love.

Best Keto Chocolate + Peppermint Cupcakes

It’s a new week and I couldn’t be more excited to share another recipe in collaboration with Navitas Organics. If you’ve been an avid follower of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you’re aware that I chose my collaborations with brands VERY carefully, because I want to ensure that they represent this blog’s mission in every way possible.

Honestly, I’d rather turn down a company that doesn’t coincide with what I stand for and of course I often already use that company’s product so that I can ensure that you’ll love it too.

With that being said, I’m a huge fan of Navitas Organics and often use so most of their products. Navitas Organics has so many great options when it comes to eating healthy and one of their latest is this Keto Cacao Powder.

Best Keto Chocolate + Peppermint Cupcakes

In case you aren’t too familiar, Navitas Organics has an array of options which include Cacao, Goji Berries, Maca Powder, Superfood blends, Turmeric, Chia Seeds, Mulberry Berries, and so much!

In addition, they have Latte mixes, Powder Boosts, Power Snacks, and more.

Best Keto Chocolate + Peppermint Cupcakes

OK, so can I be honest for a sec? This my first time trying a Keto recipe. Usually, I’m not the girl who counts her calories or worries about high-fat consumption, etc. So this is all new to me.

However, after making these, I must admit that eating a dessert will never be the same.

These cupcakes are even more incredible than I thought they would be. Granted, it was a bit of a stretch trying to figure out ingredients that wouldn’t be too high in caloric value, but after making them, I’m a believer!

The great thing about it all is that this Keto Cacao Powder already contains a high amount of fat and is made from 100% cold-milled cacao nibs and in addition still contains it’s superfood value. Win, WIN!

What You’ll Love Most About These Cupcakes?!

They are super easy to make.

Only requires a small amount of ingredients.

Perfect for those on a Keto or Paleo diet.

Super moist and fluffy.

Not too sweet, but perfectly sweet!

Killer Chocolate and Peppermint combo!

Just too delicious to pass up.

Best Keto Chocolate + Peppermint Cupcakes

Looking For Great Ideas to Incorporate Navitas’ Powders?

These Vegan Blueberry Acai Mini Muffins are a great healthy option for the entire family. Loaded with nutrient dense ingredients, these mini muffins are the perfect little bites for breakfast, brunch, a quick packable snack, or sweet treat after dinner. Moist, fluffy, made in just 1 bowl, and in 25 minutes.

These No-Bake Cacao Date Loaded Energy Bars are loaded with nutrient-dense ingredients like Cacao, Cacao Butter, Dates, Chia Seeds, Cashew Nuts, Coconut Flakes, Pumpkin Seeds, and Maple Syrup. They make for an awesome packable snack, breakfast replacement, or even dessert if you’re into something healthy as a sweet treat. Full of bold flavor, chewy, and super easy to make. Vegan and Gluten-Free.

This Vegan Chocolate Cake + Chocolate Buttercream is a healthier option to the decadent classic—Chocolate Cake! Not only is it completely moist + fluffy, but it’s also filled with an airy Cacao buttercream that when paired with this velvety vegan chocolate (cacao) buttercream, they all work amazingly together. A definite crowd-pleasing cake for any occasion, celebration, or ‘treat yo’ self day!

These No-Bake Vegan Superfood Chocolate Cheesecake Bites are something truly decadent for any occasion, but especially for the holidays. They are made with a delicious date-walnut-cacao combination crust, and layered with a cashew-chocolate base and covered with flavorful chocolate glaze with a strawberry on top. Naturally sweetened and completely Vegan, these cheesecake bites are such a treat for the entire family.

This Superfood Overnight Oats: Maca, Cacao, + Chia Seeds recipe is a healthy satisfying and energizing option for the perfect grab-n-go breakfast. These Oats boasts their creaminess, thickness from the thickly cut oatmeal used, jam-packed nutrients from the superfoods, chocolatey-ness, and generous nutty flavor from the delicious Maca powder + Peanut butter; which all create quite the experience in just one jar. All vegan and Gluten-Free.

Best Keto Chocolate + Peppermint Cupcakes

Looking for a Healthier Sweetener Option?

The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes list is all about finding better ways to enjoy your favorite sweets without compromising your healthy lifestyle. For those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate healthy sweeteners into your diet.

What is Cacao really? Cacao vs. Cocoa.

OK, so can we talk about Cacao for a sec? Did you know that Cacao AND Cocoa are the same thing?

I know. Insane. I was totally confused about this for a long time and honestly assumed that once was healthier than the other. However, it’s come to be determined that they are just used interchangeably.

Chocolate is actually made from Cacao beans (or seeds). It’s said that companies who use the term ‘Cacao’ are referring to the beans, pods, or ground up version of the beans. However, the term Cocoa is often referred to as the powdered version of it all (which is formed after the fat is pressed out of the bean).

Of course there’s a whole process that happens and you can find out more about that here.

However, be mindful that since Cocoa has the fat removed for it to be powder-like, it does make Cacao a greater option in terms of health benefits.

Cacao has a host of health benefits which include: antioxidant properties, heart-protective and anti-cancer properties, contains iron and tryptophan (which is an amino acid that helps the body make serotonin—a relaxing chemical).

So of course, it’s always best to go with a brand of Cacao that contains those nutrients and are premium to ensure that your body actually receives all of those boosters. Navitas Organics’ version of Cacao not only does that, but it’s so delicious as well! You can always purchase it on their site or through a large retailer like Amazon.

Best Keto Chocolate + Peppermint Cupcakes

So, if you’re like me and this is your first time really delving into the Keto diet, then I hope that you really enjoy these!

More importantly, I’d like to share what I’ve learned about using specific flours when making Keto treats.

Firstly, the use of all-purpose flour and many other common flours are a NO, NO. Unfortunately, these flours often have a very high calorie value, which isn’t good for keeping with your body’s ketosis levels.

Therefore, the best types of flours to consider are:

  • Almond flour
  • Almond meal
  • Coconut flour
  • Walnut meal
  • Other nut flours such as Hazelnut meal, Pecan meal, Macadamia Nut meal, and so on.

In addition, you can always choose to use Sunflower Seed or Pumpkin Seed meal or even Organic Soy Flour, Bean Flour, etc.

There are plenty of options, which often work out perfectly for those who enjoy Gluten-free as well since most of these flour are GF.

Just be sure that whatever flour that you choose to use also contains Xanthan Gum, or else you would need to add that separately when making baked goods to ensure a proper rise and texture.

While it does take some getting use to, I am happy to have been able to try a Keto recipe. It was fun!

Best Keto Chocolate + Peppermint Cupcakes

Now, let’s dig right into this recipe, shall we?

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prep your cupcake pan with liners + spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, Keto Cacao powder, baking powder, sugar, and sea salt. Now add the milk, vanilla, peppermint extract, and whisked eggs, stirring until well combined. **NOTE: Don’t OVER-MIX! Mix just until combined.**

Divide the batter evenly into each cupcake cavity and bake for 14-16 minutes or until the centers are fully cooked through once tested with a toothpick.

Remove from the oven and let cool before icing them.

For Chocolate Buttercream:

In the bowl of an electric mixer (attached with a paddle), beat the butter and shortening on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.

Turning the mixer on low, add the Keto Cacao powder followed by the Almond milk. Slowly add the powered sugar (1/2 the amount) and vanilla, mixing them together until well combined. Add the remaining powered sugar and mix until well combined and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. **NOTE: If the frosting is too thick, add additional milk (1 Tsp at a time); if it’s too thin, add additional powered sugar (1 Tbsp at a time). Wallah!

Once cupcakes are fully cooled, add buttercream to a piping bag and pipe a generous amount to your cupcakes, until all cupcakes are iced. Top with crushed peppermint candy, if preferred.

Bon Appetit!

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Best Keto Chocolate + Peppermint Cupcakes
Best Keto Chocolate + Peppermint Cupcakes

Best Keto Chocolate + Peppermint Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
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Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups Fine Almond flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1/4 cup Keto Cacao Powder + 2 Tbsps! (I use Navitas Organics; See Notes!)
  • 2 1/4 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup Almond milk (I use So Delicious Dairy-Free)
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract (double amount for more flavor!) (I use McCormicks)
  • 3 large organic eggs, whisked (I use Organic Valley; See Notes for Vegan option!)
  • 1/3 cup organic pure cane sugar (See Notes!; I use Wholesome Sweeteners)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate (Cacao) Buttercream:

  • 1/4 cup vegan butter spread (I use Earths Balance)
  • 1/4 cup organic vegetable shortening  (I use Spectrum Organics)
  • 2-3 cups organic powered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Keto Cacao powder, sifted (I use Navitas Organics)
  • 1/4 cup Almond milk  (You can use your favorite plant-based milk!)

Other:

  • crushed peppermint candy canes, garnish

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prep your cupcake pan with liners + spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, Keto Cacao powder, baking powder, sugar, and sea salt. Now add the milk, vanilla, peppermint extract, and whisked eggs, stirring until well combined. **NOTE: Don't OVER-MIX! Mix just until combined.**
  • Divide the batter evenly into each cupcake cavity and bake for 14-16 minutes or until the centers are fully cooked through once tested with a toothpick.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool before icing them.

For Chocolate Buttercream:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer (attached with a paddle), beat the butter and shortening on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  • Turning the mixer on low, add the Keto Cacao powder followed by the Almond milk. Slowly add the powered sugar (1/2 the amount) and vanilla, mixing them together until well combined. Add the remaining powered sugar and mix until well combined and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. **NOTE: If the frosting is too thick, add additional milk (1 Tsp at a time); if it’s too thin, add additional powered sugar (1 Tbsp at a time). Wallah!
  • Once cupcakes are fully cooled, add buttercream to a piping bag and pipe a generous amount to your cupcakes, until all cupcakes are iced. Top with crushed peppermint candy, if preferred.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

FLOUR: If you don’t have Almond flour, be sure to check within my post for additional Keto flour options!
CACAO POWDER: To purchase Keto Cacao Powder from Navitas Organics, visit link here.
VEGAN OPTION: Feel free to substitute the eggs with an egg replacer (Bob’s Red Mill has a great one!) or using ‘flax eggs’; 1 flax egg = 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 3 Tbsps warm water.
SUGAR: If you choose to opt out of using pure cane sugar, feel free to substitute with granulated erythritol or Lakanto Classic Sugar which are the best for Keto recipes.
STORAGE: Keep cake tightly wrapped using plastic wrap and refrigerated for about 1 week.
 

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  1. The perfect combination of flavors for the holiday! I love that this is keto too, as my boyfriend just started the diet. Can’t wait to try these.

  2. Great keto recipe for cupcakes. I made them for the family and didn’t tell them they weren’t the “norm”. They all loved them.