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Gluten Free Sunken Chocolate Peppermint Cakes Recipe

Nothing says December quite like the taste and aroma of peppermint. In this easy-to-make sweet treat, peppermint adds refreshing and quintessential seasonal flavor to both the cakes and the whipped cream.

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Gluten Free Sunken Chocolate Peppermint Cakes Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cooling time5 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 369kcal


For the cakes:

  • ¾ cup packed pitted Medjool dates
  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut almond, or hemp milk
  • ¾ cup unsweetened sunflower seed butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup gluten-free oat flour
  • cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • cup dark chocolate chips

For the whipped cream:

  • cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line 12 cups of a standard muffin pan with paper liners. Cover the dates with hot water and soak for 10 minutes. Drain and place in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add milk, sunflower seed butter, and applesauce. Puree until smooth. Add the oat flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, peppermint extract, and salt. Puree to combine. Stir in the chocolate chips. Divide the batter among the lined muffin cups. Bake for about 25 minutes, rotating the pan once halfway through, until cracked on top and sunken in the middle. Cool for 20 minutes.
  • While the cakes cool, whip the cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks start to form, about 2-3 minutes. With the mixer running, add the peppermint extract. Add the sugar, a few tablespoons at a time, and whip to incorporate.
  • Serve the cakes warm, topped with the whipped cream.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Sunken Chocolate Peppermint Cakes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 369 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 164mg7%
Potassium 229mg7%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 530IU11%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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