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Low FODMAP S’Mores Cupcakes

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We have S’Mores Chocolate Chunk Cookies and One-Bowl S’Mores Brownies, so what was next? Low FODMAP S’Mores Cupcakes, of course! They start with a low FODMAP, gluten-free graham cracker crust baked underneath moist, dark chocolate cake that is so easy to make, you can whisk it up by hand in a bowl. The crowning glory is a homemade, fluffy, marshmallow frosting.

closeup image of Low FODMAP S'Mores Cupcakes on white plate and white cake stand in background
Graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow – in a low FODMAP cupcake!

Leave as is or garnish with a small piece of milk or dark chocolate, graham cracker and mini marshmallows.

What Are S’Mores?

Classic s’mores (a contraction of “some more”, as in gimme some more!) are made around a campfire – graham crackers and thin slabs of chocolate at the ready. Marshmallows are toasted to one’s preferred level of doneness and that hot gooey lusciousness is added to the crispy cookie and soon to be partially melted chocolate. They wait for no one. Eat the concoction immediately. Some folks make a sandwich with top and bottom graham crackers; other prefer an open-faced arrangement.

Low FODMAP S'Mores Cupcakes on a white plate
You can brown the marshmallow frosting under the broiler, but we highly prefer using a small hand-held torch for better control and results.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Did “S’Mores” Get Their Name?

No one knows. The original recipe was called Some Mores and was referenced as such through the early 1970s. Someone somewhere created the contraction. Brilliant.

You can read more in our recipe for One-Bowl Low FODMAP S’Mores Brownies.

Where Can I Get Low FODMAP Graham Crackers?

Nairn’s Gluten Free Original Oat Grahams are a low FODMAP option when you need graham crackers – for pie crusts, snacking, or as the bottom layer of these cupcakes. In our neck of the woods I have never seen them in brick and mortar stores, so do plan ahead as they might have to be mail-ordered.

Are Chocolate & Cocoa Low FODMAP?

Dark, milk, white chocolate and cocoa all have low FODMAP serving size amounts according to Monash lab testing and out recipe adheres to their findings. PS: we have a lot to say about cocoa and I strongly suggest that article of ours in particular. There are issues with Monash’s findings and the way they present their information that we have clarified. For a more in-depth read check out:

·      All About Dark Chocolate & FODMAPs
·      All About Milk Chocolate & FODMAPs
·      All About White Chocolate & FODMAPs
·      All About Cocoa

Do I Need Fluted Paper Liners?

I tend to bake my muffins “naked” without paper liners (there are exceptions) but always make by cupcakes with them. Cupcakes, being more of a dessert, often involve glazes and frostings and sometimes fancy decorations and toppings, as shown here – or perhaps a scattering of sprinkles or what-have-you. I think having paper liners makes then neater and easier to eat.
 
I first made these for a fourth of July celebration (see image down below), so I went with a red, white and blue color scheme. The joy of these low FODMAP s’mores cupcakes is that you don’t have to wait for the summer or need to build a campfire. You can make them year-round and use whatever fluted paper liners you want – and boy, do you have choices! There are literally hundreds of choices: solidsholiday-themed, polka dots (even in tulip shape), paisleys, metallic, lacy, tie dye, you name it. Have fun choosing!

Why Does This Recipe Make 15 Cupcakes?

There are several components: the graham cracker crust, the chocolate cake and the marshmallow frosting. The cake part is our Easy Low FODMAP Chocolate Cake, which frankly, is one of our most versatile dessert recipes. It makes amazing layer cakes, sheet cakes and cupcakes.
 
The issue here is that the graham cracker crust takes up some of the volume in the cupcake pans. So, even though we are using a half-batch of the cake batter, it doesn’t fill the same number of cupcake wells as it would if the crust wasn’t there. So, there you go, an odd number. 15 cupcakes. My friend Lisa says 15 is perfect, because this way you have 12 to bring to your party or serve your guests and 3 to, well, you know, EAT YOURSELF 😋. Not all at once, please.

How Do I Brown The Marshmallow Meringue Frosting?

First of all, browning the frosting is a must! A plain “raw” marshmallow does not belong within a s’more! You can use your broiler, but there is a lack of control and exactitude that can leave you with some marshmallow frosting not browned enough, some browned too much, and also the possibility of setting the paper liners aflame.
 
The best-case scenario is using either a propane torch or a butane torch. If you have a propane torch that you use for household repairs, use it for these! Or, if you need a torch for kitchen duty only, I suggest buying a small, easy-to-use butane torch. Both are hand-held and make it much easier to control the size of the flame and where you are applying it.

overhead image of Low FODMAP S'Mores Cupcakes on white plate and white cake stand in background
The additional mini marshmallows, wedge of graham cracker and piece of chocolate are optional decor.

Notes On Nutritional & Low FODMAP Info

The nutritional info listed at the end of the recipe is calculated without the optional additional mini marshmallows, chunks of chocolate and wedge of graham cracker.

How To Make Low FODMAP S’Mores Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 15 cupcake wells with fluted paper liners. I know this means that you are going to have empty wells, but there was no getting around the fact that the recipe makes 15 cupcakes!

For the Crust: Using a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse the graham crackers into very fine, evenly ground crumbs. Pulse in the sugar and melted butter until evenly moistened.

Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the crumb mixture into each cupcake liner.

scoops of graham cracker crust in bottom on paper liners in cupcake pan

Pat down firmly to create an even layer of graham cracker crust. There is no need to parbake the graham cracker crust. It bakes right along with the chocolate cake layer.

using a spoon to tap graham cracker rust into an even layer in fluted paper liners in cucpake pans

For the Cake: Have the Easy Chocolate Cake batter prepared as directed. Divide the batter into the cupcake wells, on top of the graham crusts.

chocolate cake batter in paper lined cupcake pan
No need to parbake the graham cracker crust. Just spoon the chocolate batter on top and then bake.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick just tests clean. Cool completely on rack. Cupcakes may be made 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Homemade Marshmallow Frosting

For the Frosting: Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in a heatproof bowl – I use my stand mixer bowl.

combining egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in bowl using whisk
Make sure your bowl is grease-free or your egg whites won’t whip properly.

Set bowl over a saucepan filled with a couple of inches of simmering water. Do not let the bowl touch the water. Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and mixture is very warm; I like to check with my instant read thermometer and bring it up to 160°F (71°C). A little higher is okay, but cooler is not.

marshmallow meringue mixture in bowl with whisk
As the mixture heats, it will thicken and look more opaque.

Place bowl on stand mixer base and beat with whisk attachment on high speed until thick, glossy and cooled. Go by temperature, not time.

marshmallow frosting in bowl_
Beat the marshmallow meringue until thick, glossy, stiff and cooled.

Beat in vanilla. (You can do this with a hand mixer, but it might take a long time for the marshmallow meringue to cool down a bit).

Now you have a choice of how to finish them. At their simplest, pipe or spread marshmallow meringue on each cupcake and brown with a kitchen torch, either butane or propane. I like to use disposable pastry bags as they are always clean, ready-to-go, and grease free.

showing a clear plasticn pastry bag wtih coupler
For my cupcakes, I just piped through the round coupler and did not add a tip.

At their fanciest, add a few mini marshmallows on top of the frosting.

low FODMAP s'mores cupcakes ready to be torched on sheet pan

Time to Torch!

Brown with torch (propane or butane).

torched s'mores cupcakes on sheet pan

If you like, you can then add a piece of graham cracker and a piece of chocolate, as shown in images.

s'mores cupcakes on sheet pan

Best served the same day. Cupcakes are ready to serve. The optional chocolate, graham crackers and mini marshmallows have not been taken into consideration for FODMAP load or nutritional calculations.

Low FODMAP S'Mores Cupcake held in hand outdoors at picnic
Here you can see the graham cracker crust under the chocolate cake.
closeup image of Low FODMAP S'Mores Cupcakes on white plate and white cake stand in background
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Low FODMAP S’Mores Cupcakes

We have S’Mores Chocolate Chunk Cookies and S’Mores Brownies, so what was next? Low FODMAP S’Mores Cupcakes, of course! They start with a low FODMAP, gluten-free graham cracker crust baked underneath moist, dark chocolate cake that is so easy to make, you can whisk it up by hand in a bowl. The crowning glory is a homemade, fluffy, marshmallow frosting. Leave as is or garnish with a small piece of milk or dark chocolate, graham cracker and mini marshmallows.

Low FODMAP Serving Size Info: Makes 15 cupcakes; 15 servings; 1 cupcake per serving.

Makes: 15 Servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Author: Dédé Wilson

Ingredients:

Graham Cracker Crust & Cupcakes:

Marshmallow Frosting & Decor:

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 15 cupcake wells with fluted paper liners. I know this means that you are going to have empty wells, but there was no getting around the fact that the recipe makes 15 cupcakes!
  2. For the Crust: Using a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse the graham crackers into very fine, evenly ground crumbs. Pulse in the sugar and melted butter until evenly moistened.

  3. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the crumb mixture into each cupcake liner and pat down firmly to create an even layer of graham cracker crust.
  4. For the Cake: Have the Easy Chocolate Cake batter prepared as directed. Divide the batter into the cupcake wells, on top of the graham crusts. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick just tests clean. Cool completely on rack. Cupcakes may be made 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

  5. For the Frosting: Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in a heatproof bowl – I use my stand mixer bowl. Set bowl over a saucepan filled with a couple of inches of simmering water. Do not let the bowl touch the water. Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and mixture is very warm; I like to check with my instant read thermometer and bring it up to 160°F (71°C). A little higher is okay, but cooler is not. Place bowl on stand mixer base and beat with whisk attachment on high speed until thick, glossy and cooled. Beat in vanilla. (You can do this with a hand mixer, but it might take a long time for the marshmallow meringue to cool down a bit). Now you have a choice of how to finish them. At their simplest, pipe or spread marshmallow meringue on each cupcake and brown with a kitchen torch, either butane or propane. At their fanciest, add a few mini marshmallows on top of the frosting. Brown with torch, then add a piece of graham cracker and a piece of chocolate, as shown in images. Best served the same day. Cupcakes are ready to serve. The optional chocolate, graham crackers and mini marshmallows have not been taken into consideration for FODMAP load.

Notes:

FODMAP Information

Our recipes are based on Monash University and FODMAP Friendly science.

Butter: Both Monash University and FODMAP Friendly have lab tested butter. Monash states that a low FODMAP Green Light portion is 1 tablespoon or 19 g and also states that “butter is high in fat and does not contain carbohydrates (FODMAPs)”. FODMAP Friendly gives it a “Pass” at 1 tablespoon or 19 g. Both recommended serving sizes are presented as part of healthy eating guidelines, not as maximum FODMAP serving size. Fat can affect guy motility and trigger IBS symptoms in some people. Eat to your tolerance.

Chocolate: Monash University has lab tested dark, milk and white chocolate all have low FODMAP amounts: 85% dark at 20 g; dark at 30 g; milk at 20 g; white at 25 g.

Cocoa: Monash University has lab tested what they call “cocoa” and also “cacao” and they show different FODMAP content. The problem is that from the chocolate manufacturing industry’s perspective, there is no difference between cacao and cocoa powder. The FDA, The Food Standards for Australia and New Zealand, the ICCO (International Cocoa Organization) and the National Confectioners Association do not even recognize the term “cacao” to describe cocoa powder. We have an article, All About Cocoa, that we encourage you to read. It attempts to explain the discrepancies in the Monash lab testing.

Eggs: Eggs are high in protein and do not contain carbohydrates, according to Monash University.

Oats: Both Monash and FODMAP Friendly have both lab tested oats. FODMAP Friendly gives rolled oats a “Pass” at ½ cup or 43 g servings. Monash has several app entries and some are country specific. Here we present their “basic” app entries which are not country specific (use your app to look up the other entries). For their main entry called “rolled oats” they say a Green Light low FODMAP serving is ½ cup, which they peg at 52 g. For “quick oats” they state that a low FODMAP serving is only ¼ cup at 23 g, becoming moderate Yellow Light at ½ cup or 47 g.

Sugar: Monash University and FODMAP Friendly have both lab tested white, granulated sugar. Monash states that a Green Light low FODMAP serving size of white sugar is ¼ cup (50 g). FODMAP Friendly simply states that they have tested 1 tablespoon and that it is low FODMAP. Regular granulated white sugar is sucrose, which is a disaccharide made up of equal parts glucose and fructose. Sucrose is broken down and absorbed efficiently in the small intestine.

Please always refer to the Monash University & FODMAP Friendly smartphone apps for the most up-to-date lab tested information. As always, your tolerance is what counts; please eat accordingly. The ultimate goal of the low FODMAP diet is to eat as broadly as possible, without triggering symptoms, for the healthiest microbiome.

Course: Dessert, Treat
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 9mg | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.