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Sugar-Free Cupcakes[Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Vegan cupcakes, without gluten and sugar. Not so easy as it sounds. I checked most of the vegan recipes you can find for cupcakes, but all of them involved sugar and most of them were made with white flour. Two of my least favorite ingredients. So at the end I decided to go with the winner, meaning I altered the winning cupcakes war recipe of vegan Chef Chloe by replacing the main ingredients. Corn flour for the white one, agave nectar for the sugar, real vanilla for the extract, and added 1 teaspoon guar gum as a gluing agent. The cupcakes turned out to be super delicious, fluffy, and irresistible for an adult as well as a child. Go on, give them a try.

Sugar-Free Vegan Cupcakes [Vegan, Gluten-Free]


  • 1 3/4 cups corn flour
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon apple vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon guar gum
  • 1/4 vanilla bean
  • a pinch of salt


  1. Pour everything in the food processor and blend well.
  2. Fill the paper wrappers. I used double wrappers to make them steadier.
  3. Bake 12-15 minutes for the mini cupcakes and 20-25 for the normal size cupcakes.
  4. Makes 70 mini ones.


Garnish with raw caramel sauce and add a piece of fruit, if you want to and serve with a smoking hot cup of almond milk latte or just chilled nuts milk. You can also make the traditional sugar frosting, but I don’t eat sugar and still can’t figure out how to make it with honey or agave. The shortening is also something super unhealthy, which we don’t use. Do you have a healthy frosting alternative? Please share if you do, I’m in an urgent need for one.





I’m Nadia Petrova, holistic nutritionist. I studied in the Canadian school of natural nutrition, I’m a member of the Canadian association of natural nutritional practitioners, Green Chef for the Gliving network and author of 2 books. My philosophy about life is that we are in control and we can change things. We can change the way we eat, feel, experience, live. We decide what is best for us. Visit my website Nature Insider.



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16 comments on “Sugar-Free Cupcakes[Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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3 Years Ago

Gluten-Free and Sugar-Free Vegan Cupcakes Will this work with coconut oil and milk substitutes? My grandson is allergic to coconut as well as eggs, sugar, and is gf.

4 Years Ago

My favorite easy, vegan frosting I stumbled upon uses Olivio Coconut Butter Spread. It hints at sweetness without actually having any sugar. I'll use a 2-1 ratio of that and PB2 powder, maybe a drop or two of flavored stevia, whip it up and VOILA, amazing vegan sweet(ish) fluffy frosting. Have also enjoyed success when I've blended with a mashed banana for sweetness, a dash of unsweetened cocoa or carob powder for an awesome choco-banana frosting on a vegan PB cupcake...

Avril Simms
4 Years Ago

Honey is NOT vegan !

Stephanie Kim
4 Years Ago

OGP, please post more low fat recipes! Scientific researches again and again keep proving that it is not the sugar (or gluten for that matter) that is the problem, but the excess FAT that leads to all kinds of issues such as insulin resistance and obesity.

Megan Rawle
4 Years Ago

Honey isn't vegan.

Ellen Kessler
30 Dec 2013

Yeah! Don't call it vegan if you even suggest honey as one of the ingrdients.

Michele Howard
4 Years Ago

Luv hug n milk free food ;) thx

Debi Larabie Beriault
4 Years Ago

It doesn't sound easy to me.

Mary Ellen Huntley
4 Years Ago

honey and agave are sugar! the same goes for adding fruit (applesauce, bananas, etc.). Your body does not distinguish one from the other. Please stop misleading niave people.

Debi Larabie Beriault
30 Dec 2013

Unfortunately, you are misinformed.

Prue McGee
30 Dec 2013

i agree we should be using the term processed sugar free

Stephanie Kim
30 Dec 2013

Body runs on sugar!!! Sugar is not the enemy!! Fat is!!

Stephanie Kim
30 Dec 2013

Sugar doesn't make you fat. (Carbs don't make you fat either). Excess fat (more than ~10%) makes you fat. Check out Dr.McDougall's work!

Mary Ellen Huntley
30 Dec 2013

sorry Debi, all of the dietitians I know are my sources. They are the health professionals who are qualified to explain it to you. and yes, I didn't even mention that honey isn't vegan, as some others have pointed out.

Renee Hoffinger
4 Years Ago

Please give an oven temp for the GF cupcakes.

Mary Finelli
4 Years Ago

Thank you, but if honey is being used in place of sugar the recipe is not vegan. See: http://vegetus.org/honey/honey.htm


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