pint-sized (paleo) cupcakes: gluten-free, dairy-free + guilt-free

go fitbook, it’s ya birthday, we’re gonna parrrrrty like it’s ya birthday! and just like that, fitbook turns 8! our chief fitlosopher is knee-deep in her first round of #whole30 right now, which isn't exactly ideal for celebrating a big birthday... but what would a birthday be without cake?? (or mini cupcakes in this case.)

as the in-house fitlosophy foodie, i (katy) created these healthified, pint-sized cupcakes to surprise our chief fitlosopher! while not technically "whole30-approved", they’re about as close as you can get. in fact they
are paleo, so they’re a heck of a lot better than your average cuppycake! no refined-sugar, gluten-free + dairy-free, these little darlins are not only pretty darn virtuous on the cake scale, they’re also packin’ healthy fats + antioxidant-loaded, heart-healthy dark chocolate, making this one delicious AND nutritious celebration! 

[paleo banana-chocolate mini cupcakes]
makes 24 pint-sized lil' minis

cupcake batter:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 3 pasture-raised eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla-bean paste
  • ¼ cup buttery coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 ½ cups fine almond flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt


  • 1 cup paleo (dairy-free) dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup buttery coconut oil
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla-bean paste
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees + line a mini muffin tin with 24 mini muffin liners.
  2. in a medium mixing bowl, whisk together almond flour + tapioca flour + coconut + cinnamon + salt.
  3. in a blender, blend together bananas + sugar + eggs + vanilla-bean paste + coconut oil until smooth. add in the flour + blend further, just until fully incorporated.
  4. fill each of the muffin liners about ¾ of the way + bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. let cool completely before frosting.   
  5. to make the frosting, in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stir together chocolate chips + coconut oil until fully melted. stir in coconut milk + vanilla-bean paste + salt. let cool for several minutes, then stick the saucepan in the fridge to thicken, stirring every 5 minutes or so, until desired consistency is reached.
  6. frost your heart out!


we told you there'd be (healthy) cake for fitbook's 8th birthday!
 wanna know what else? we're doing a BIG giveaway over on instagram! click here to go comment on our #fitbookturns8 giveaway post: all you have to enter is comment on the post with a goal you have + tag 8 friends! we're giving away EIGHT $50 giftcards to shop 'til you drop. so hustle up, cupcake! [winners announced monday]

finally: what's a birthday without a gift? valid through 07.25.16, enter promo code FITBOOKTURNS8 to save $8 on all orders @

oh fitbook, you're so spoiled: a birthday blog, pint-sized paleo cupcakes, a giveaway + gifts! all for you.

i guess you CAN have your cake and eat it too!

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