My grandson Caleb loves chocolate. He’s a lot like his mommy in that regard. He loves chocolate milk, chocolate banana bread, chocolate zucchini muffins (recipe coming soon), chocolate pudding (I’ve tried 3 different recipes and failed to get his blessing - so far), and chocolate cupcakes. Here is the recipe for Caleb approved chocolate cupcakes.

 Ingredients for Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup date sugar
  • ¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup plain kefir
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 whole egg plus 2 egg whites

Preparation for Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl combine cocoa powder, 1 cup date sugar (save 1/4 for adding to eggs whites), flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together kefir, 1/3 cup milk, oil, vanilla, and whole egg.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry. Mix until just combined. 
  5. Place egg whites in a small mixing bowl. Whip with electric mixer until egg whites are foamy. Gradually add remaining ¼ cup date sugar to whites. Continue whipping until medium stiff peaks form.
  6. Ingredients with egg whites added about to mix in

  7.  Gently fold whites by thirds into cake batter with a spatula.  Fill each of the 12 cupcake liners ¾ full with batter. 
  8. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cupcakes cool completely. Spoon 1-2 teaspoons chocolate ganache (see recipe below) over top of each cupcake.

Ingredients for Chocolate Ganache:

  • ½ cup grain-sweetened chocolate chips
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk 
  • 2 teaspoons brown rice syrup 

Preparation for Chocolate Ganache:

  1. To make the glaze, place the chocolate chips in a heat-resistant bowl and microwave for approximately 1 minute, stir until smooth.
  2. Add rice syrup and milk and whisk to form a smooth, satin-like ganache.

Nutritional Info:    

Makes 12 servings.   

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 147, Cal. from Fat: 35, Total Fat: 4g, Sat. Fat: 1.5g, Carbs: 29g, Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 20.5g, Protein: 4.5g, Sodium: 66mg, Chol: 17.5mg  


We served these cupcakes at a Halloween themed birthday party and they were a big hit.  Everyone enjoyed them - adults and kids alike!  They are less like a fluffy cake cupcake and more fudgy and thick.  If you are a chocolate lover you’ll be in heaven! 

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