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Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

I tweaked it a bit to my liking, so here is a cupcake that is safe to eat (moderation of course) that is loaded with healthy oils, alternative sugars (that are healthy), and some hidden healthy foods that you would never have thought to put into a recipe like this.

Gluten-free Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate 'Buttercream' Icing

This Recipe is :

Dairy FreeVegan


For the Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup homemade almond milk (you can also use full fat coconut milk)
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour or arrowroot flour
  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder (non-aluminum)
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 TB. psyllium seed husks or flax seed meal (ground flax seeds)
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 TB. vanilla extract or vanilla bean powder (that’s what I used)
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup extra virgin organic coconut oil, liquefied

Chocolate “Buttercream” Frosting

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 TB. sweet potato purée 
  • 3 TB coconut sugar
  • 15-25 drops plain or vanilla stevia liquid, to your taste 
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao or carob powder
  • 2.5 ounces GOOD quality dark unsweetened chocolate 
  • 1/4 cup smooth organic sesame tahini (for nut-free)
  • 2 TB. organic extra virgin coconut oil, melted


For the Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 12 cup muffin pan.
  2. Combine the apple cider vinegar with the almond milk (or coconut milk) in a large bowl. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes to create a “buttermilk”.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, sift together the starch (tapioca or arrowroot flour), sorghum flour, baking powder, baking soda, psyllium seed husks or flax seed meal, sea salt, and cacao powder.
  4. Add vanilla, coconut sugar and coconut oil to your “buttermilk” mixture and stir until well combined. Stir in dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until tops bounce back.
  6. Remove cupcakes from oven and let cool for fifteen minutes in pan. Remove from pan after that time and transfer to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely.
  7. Frost with Chocolate “Butterceam” Frosting (recipe below)

For the Chocolate “Buttercream” Icing

  1. Place sweet potato, coconut sugar, stevia, vanilla and salt in food processor and process to blend. Add the raw cacao powder or carob powder and process until combined. Set aside.
  2. In a small, heavy-bottomed pot, place the chocolate, tahini and coconut oil over low heat. Stir constantly until chocolate melts; remove from heat. Turn the mixture into the food processor and blend everything until smooth and creamy, scraping down sides as necessary.


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Kibby Miller turned her life and health around in 2010 by switching over to a plant-based diet and lifestyle.  Two years later, enthused with the results she saw in herself and passionate about getting the word out, she started her own blog on healthy, plant-based eating.  She now teaches others how easy and delicious it is to transition over to this way of eating and living through her Healthy Cooking Classes.  Her approach to healing focuses not only on the foods you put into your mouth but also incorporates the elements of body, mind and spirit.  Come visit www.kibbysblendedlife.com to find out more about Kibbyand to get tons of information, recipes, and inspiration! website:  http://www.kibbysblendedlife.com Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kibbys-Blended-Life/461561530523978?fref=ts Youtube videos: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaZUNKGOr7v1lH24exuX9wQ/videos



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12 comments on “Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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Sarah Carere Bester
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Oooooh - Alycia Bromley, this looks delish!

Jessica Andrea
2 Years Ago

Maybe I'll start with this yummy looking thing... GF baking is rather difficult. :/

Sp Villen
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I tried it came out good

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Em Carson
2 Years Ago

Laura Allen I will make these for you when I'm back. Healthy cup cakes and gluten free!!!!


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