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(Truly Unbelievable!) Keto ‘Banana’ Cupcakes 🍌 gluten free

These keto banana cupcakes (with chocolate buttercream frosting!!) are just incredibly flavorful and totally moist! Fact is, you’ll be hard-pressed to notice the lack of bananas… i.e. they’ll fool everyone!

Keto banana cupcake with chocolate frosting sliced in half
Sugar Free & Keto ‘Banana’ Cupcakes (With Chocolate Frosting!)

Keto ‘Banana’ Cupcakes

With Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

I’m guessing you guys won’t believe me that these banana(less) cupcakes actually taste like the real deal! But pinky promise that they do…  just go check out the raving reviews by you guys on our famous keto banana bread (these are a terrific spinoff!!)!

Like The OG, these are super (suuuuuper!) moist, bursting with an incredible banana flavor, and with a dense yet cakey texture. i.e. they’re truly spot on!

Make them solo or add pecans (my favorite!), walnuts or chocolate chunks(!!) and top off with our chocolate buttercream frosting. But I’m also thinking a drizzle of our keto salted caramel will go nicely too… or how about some keto nutella?!

Alas! A total steal at just 2g net carbs a cupcake (add about 0.5-1g net with the frosting!)!

The Banana Extract

high quality banana extract is an absolute must! Out of the handful I’ve tried, the Pure Banana extract from Olive Nation is the one I’ve liked best (not sponsored!).

It simply tastes like ripe bananas (ideal!) and is completely sugar-free and nil carbs (super ideal!). But if you’ve tried other good ones, be sure to drop them in the comments (always love your recs!)

Overhead shot keto banana bread cupcakes with chocolate buttercream flowers
Sugar Free & Keto ‘Banana’ Cupcakes (With Chocolate Frosting!)

The Sweetener

You’ve got a few good options here! Lakanto Golden (erythitrol-monkfruit blend with maple hues), xylitol (non-corn though to avoid tummy troubles!) and allulose (add 30% more) are my top choices (no aftertaste at all!).

Pyure (an erythritol and stevia blend) is also a good one for muffins and quick breads, particularly if you’re trying to limit your sugar alcohol consumption(it’s added stevia makes it twice as sweet as sugar… i.e. you add half!).

Oh, and if not restricted by sugars, simply sub 1-to-1 with coconut or regular sugar.

Also note that adding a teaspoon of blackstrap molasses adds that brown sugar kick (i.e. a tonne of umami and improves browning!). Keep in mind that blackstrap molasses is considered a low glycemic sugar. One teaspoon (7g) adds 5g net carbs, so just 0.4g net carbs a slice (i.e. half the sugar of a strawberry!). But carbs aside, it’s also known to be a nutritional powerhouse rich in vital vitamins and minerals; such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium.

Fun fact: Molasses contain high amounts of chromium, which has been studied to increase glucose tolerance levels.

But if it’s still not your thing, just leave it out!

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup (or kitty!) around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕

The Flours

I like a mixture of super fine almond flour (I love Anthony’s), coconut flour (again Anthony’s best taste and texture by a mile!), psyllium husk powder (I like NOW best!) and golden flaxseed meal.

Just keep in mind that for best texture and rise, you’ll always want to regrind your flaxseed meal in a dry blender or bullet. And be sure you’re either using either very finely ground psyllium powder or to regrind your husks!

Halved keto banana cupcake with chocolate frosting and pecans
Sugar Free & Keto ‘Banana’ Cupcakes (With Chocolate Frosting!)
Halved keto banan cupcake with crumbs on the liner
Sugar Free & Keto ‘Banana’ Cupcakes (With Chocolate Frosting!)

Keto banana cupcake with chocolate frosting sliced in half

Keto 'Banana' Cupcakes (With Chocolate Frosting!)

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana cupcakes, chocolate frosting, keto banana cupcakes, sugar free banana cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 186 kcal

These keto banana cupcakes (with chocolate buttercream frosting!!) are just incredibly flavorful and totally moist! Fact is, you’ll be hard-pressed to notice the lack of bananas... i.e. they'll fool everyone!

Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Cups for an instant conversion.

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Ingredients

For the keto banana cupcakes

For the chocolate buttercream frosting

Instructions

  1. Heat up the butter in a small saucepan over medium/low heat. Continue to simmer the butter, stirring once in a while, until fully browned (about 4-6 minutes). Set aside to cool slightly while you prepare the rest. Note: browning the butter is totally optional, but it does add a tonne of flavor so it comes highly suggested! 

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C and line a muffin pan with liners.

  3. Whisk together in a medium bowl almond flour, golden flaxseed meal, psyllium husk, coconut flour, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt. Set aside. 

  4. Add eggs, sweetener and molasses (optional) to a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 3-5 minutes until airy and lighter in color. With the mixer on, add in the banana and vanilla extracts, apple cider vinegar and browned butter.

  5. Add in the dry flour mixture in two parts, alternating with the yogurt. Mix for 2 to 3 minutes until fully incorporated and elastic, the batter will thicken as you mix (think cookie dough!). Fold in the nuts (optional). 

  6. Distribute batter evenly into muffin pan, smoothing out the top with a wet spatula. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until deep golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Check in on the cupcakes after minute 15, and cover with aluminum foil as soon as they begin to turn golden (about minute 20 for me). 

  7. Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan before removing, and cool completely in a rack before frosting.

Recipe Notes

*For best texture and rise, always regrind your psyllium husk (or powder) and flax meal in a dry blender or bullet. 

**A high quality banana extract is an absolute must! Out of the handful I’ve tried, the Pure Banana extract from Olive Nation is the one I’ve liked best (not sponsored!). It simply tastes like ripe bananas (ideal!) and is completely sugar-free and nil carbs (super ideal!). Also note that you can add it to taste: with 2 tsp giving you a mild banana flavor and 3 tsp a more intense one (my pick!). 

Please note that nutrition facts were estimated per cupcake solo (2g net carbs!), add roughly 0.5-1g net carb for the chocolate frosting (depends on the cocoa you use). 

Nutrition Facts
Keto 'Banana' Cupcakes (With Chocolate Frosting!)
Amount Per Serving (1 slice (or muffin))
Calories 186 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 199mg8%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 3g12%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

11 comments

  1. Lisa Sebelle says:

    your link for xylitol goes to a corn based product. what is a birch based xilitol brand? I tried the corn one and had massive amounts of watery diarrhea. I became quite dehydrated after 7 episodes.

    • Lisa Sebelle says:

      Yikes just checked the one I used by Sweet Natural Trading and IT IS birch. I guess I just can’t use it. It tasted so darn good. I am stuck with cooling sensation after taste. Has anyone heard of someone who has been able to get their body to adapt to xylitol? I used about two teaspoons in my serving of ice cream and had a violent reaction all night long. I am afraid to try it again but I keep readinf about it so it makes me feel like I am missing out.

      • If you feel like your body can’t handle it I just wouldn’t eat it anymore (I know some people say you can adapt to it… but why adapt to something your body is telling you no to?!).

        You have another great option though, allulose! Its a rare sugar, so it doesn’t ferment in your stomach and cause gastric distress (plus its zero GI and pet friendly!) xo!!

  2. Pebbles Worthington says:

    Hi. So, if I wanted to use the defatted almond flour or Baney’s Almond powder, would I use half of the recommended amount (64g vice 128g) or just go with same measurements? I bought the stuff and now want to use it! Thanks for your hel. I love your blog.

    • Don’t kill me Pebbles, but I feel like this is one of the recipes where i wouldn’t use the defatted flour (just because the crumb comes sooooo ‘banana bread’ like already). But generally yes! I’m also testing it with pretty much every type of recipe on the site to give you guys more precise guidelines. Xo!!

  3. Megan says:

    Hi Paola,

    The frosting makes 12 servings and is 212 cals per serving, but then then the muffins with frosting is only 186 cals per serving, while using a full batch of frosting? Can you please tell me if this is accurate, or if something is going right over my head. Thank you!

    • Hi Megan! Yeah exactly, I calculated the macros without the frosting as stated in the notes. Btw I do it this way because I’ve done it in the past with the frosting, and was flooded by questions ‘for the cupcakes only’ please!)… can’t win them all lol Xo!!

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