We know what you're thinking. It's impossible to get your hands on cupcakes that aren't loaded with artificial sugars, fat, and calories. Well, you will be proven wrong by this deceiving healthy cupcake recipe. These treats are healthy, wholesome, delicious, and easy to make. On top of that, they are darling to look at and fun to share. So basically, they are all that is good in this world!

Double Chocolate Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Calories

422

Serves

5 big cupcakes

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Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut meat
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons carob powder

Buttercream:

  • 1 cup dates
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoon cashew butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Coconut powder:

  • 1/2 cup dried coconut meat

Topping:

  • Sliced strawberries
  • Mint leaves
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Preparation

To make the cupcakes:

  1. Stir the chia seeds into 1/4 cup water and let them sit for 5-10 minutes so they puff up.
  2. Grind the oats and coconut into a fine powder and set that aside in a bowl.
  3. Blend the dates with 1/2 cup water and the carob powder until smooth, mix this into the oat/coconut powder by hand and then mix in the puffed up chia mixture as well, until it’s all well combined and like a dense, slightly wet chocolate dough. If it’s too crumbly, add a little more water.
  4. Press into cupcake papers and let them sit in the fridge until set (I let them sit overnight, covered with a cloth).

To make the buttercream:

  1. Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Refrigerate overnight so it can develop those magical flavors, then spread evenly into your crust.

To make the coconut powder:

  1. Grind into powder in a high speed blender.
  2. Frost with the buttercream, then sprinkle with your powdered coconut, and enjoy!
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Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 2108 | Total Carbs: 338 g | Total Fat: 84 g | Total Protein: 25 g | Total Sodium: 44 g | Total Sugar: 227 g Per Serving: Calories: 422 | Carbs: 68 g | Fat: 17 g | Protein: 5 g | Sodium: 9 mg | Sugar: 45 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.