Sweet, tender, and bursting with bananas, these grain-free banana toffee cupcakes have the perfect combination of flavors. They are the perfect grain-free cupcake!
If you have a leftover banana that’s been sitting on your counter, and it’s super rip, you NEED to make these grain-free cupcakes. If not then you need to buy a banana and let it sit out until it’s brown and mushy and then make grain-free banana cupcakes.
The combination of flavors in these grain-free cupcakes is sophisticated and quite amazing. You can enjoy them plain or top them with your favorite gluten-free frosting.
We’ve been making recipes using almond flour for a few years now. One of my favorite recipes is my Paleo Chocolate Chip Muffins. This grain-free cupcake recipe is derived from it, and might be considered an upgrade to any grain-free banana cupcake recipe. Recently I made Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes, for those who love chocolate.
The combination of maple, cinnamon, banana, and vanilla create a toffee like flavor in these grain-free cupcakes. Yes, I did sprinkle some toffee on top of these almond flour cupcakes.
For those who are sticking to a refined sugar free diet, these grain-free banana toffee cupcakes are refined sugar free. It’s the frosting that’s not. Simply make your favorite sugar-free frosting or leave the frosting and toffee off altogether to keep this grain-free banana toffee cupcake refined sugar free.
Is powdered sugar grain free?
Most powdered sugars contain a small percentage of cornstarch to prevent caking. Look for a brand that uses tapioca starch instead. We use Wholesome Sweet Powdered Sugar. It uses tapioca to prevent caking.
I can’t have almond flour, what else can I use?
This recipe was designed using almond flour. Some people have had great results using hazelnut flour. Please note that the flavor profiles are very different from each other. I haven’t tried hazelnut flour in this recipe but I have tried it in other recipes.
What can I replace the banana with?
I know not everyone likes bananas but the one banana in this recipe really helps the flavor and the texture. If you don’t like bananas you can make a grain-free vanilla cupcake by leaving the banana out and adding a third egg.
A couple of tips for baking with Almond Flour:
- If you store almond flour in the freezer, make sure to bring it to room temperature before you bake with it otherwise it will absorb too much moisture from the wet ingredients.
- Spoon your almond flour into your measuring cup, don’t scoop.
- Almond flour is not a 1-t0-1 for regular gluten-free flour or coconut flour.
- Almond flour has more natural oils in it then most other flour types, so keep that in mind.
Some of my favorite grain-free recipes:
These grain-free banana toffee cupcakes bake up in about 20 minutes. Depending on how full you want them to be, this recipe makes 8-12 grain-free cupcakes.
Almond Flour Cupcakes
For the toffee, you can use your favorite gluten-free toffee. If you are leading a dairy-free lifestyle I recommend topping these cupcakes with Vegan Maple Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting from Cotter Crunch. You might also like this Paleo Frosting from Healthy Seasonal Recipes.
Looking for more grain-free recipes using Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour? You’ll want to check out my Grain-Free Hummingbird Cake.
Did you make these Paleo Banana Cupcakes? Please stop back by and let me know what you thought.
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Serving Size: 1 cupcake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 142mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 5g