Vanilla Cupcakes with Vegan Chocolate Frosting (Grain and Dairy Free)

This past week I celebrated a dear friend’s birthday. My family went over to our friend’s house for a potluck.The day of the potluck I wanted to bring some dessert, but was undecided on what to make. Then I asked my four year old daughter, Emma, what she wanted to make. Any guesses?! “Cupcakes, Cupcakes”, Emma exclaimed! I’ve really been enjoying baking with almond and coconut flours lately, so I decided to create a recipe based on these flours. The cupcakes turned out delicious. They are moist, grain-free and quite addicting. Alright, they are VERY addicting. I am pretty sure I will be making them again this week just so I get to eat most of them this time!

Ingredients for Cupcakes:
1/2 cup coconut flour
3 eggs
3/4 cup coconut sugar (brown sugar will also work)
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add all ingredients to a large bowl. Mix on medium speed with an electric mixer for 5 minutes. Scrap sides of bowl and beat for another 3 minutes.
Place cupcake liners in each cup of the muffin/cupcake tin (or lightly grease each cup with coconut oil). Fill each cup 3/4 full. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 1 hour.
Ingredients for Frosting:
1 1/2 Tbsp. coconut oil
Melt coconut oil over low heat in a sauce pan. Add in chocolate chips and stevia. Stir and cook for 3 more minutes. Remove pan from burner and let the frosting cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Use a rubber spatula or flat knife to spread the frosting on top of each cupcake.
Topping Ideas: Chocolate chips, coconut flakes, raspberries, sprinkles, and/or strawberries.Makes 12 cupcakes.

And now for an exciting announcement…
This coming Wednesday, I will be joining 4 fantastic bloggers to launch an allergy-friendly blog hop. You will be able to link up your recipes and they will appear on all of our blogs. I am very excited to see all of the incredible recipes posted here in just a few short days!

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  1. Just mouthwatering…looks so yummy, delectable & delicious!

  2. Love the pics. Looks yummy. thanks for posting. I am gluten and lactose intolearant and having ahard time.
    I added your post to my blog for a week. I hope that is ok.
    Malika the No non-cents Nanna. htpp://

  3. These look yummy! I bet the coconut in them taste super delish! I just love coconut! Is almond flour like almond meal? I have 3 bags of almond meal that I picked up from Trader Joe's.

  4. Drool!!! These look wonderful. I like how the almond meal to coconut flour works (I've found this ratio works really well – nice balance of flavors). Great job! I'm working on a vegan, grain-free lemon cake with a vegan chocolate frosting (great minds think alike my friend)!! 🙂


  5. They look so good! for once I have most of the ingredients on hand. can't wait to try them for my bday on the kids LOVE cupcakes! thanks for sharing, your timing is brilliant!

  6. Thank you all for your sweet comments! Blanched almond flour is a finer and lighter flour than almond meal. However, almond meal can work with this recipe for sure.

    Maureen, I hope you have a wonderful birthday later this week. Amber, I can't wait to see your lemon cake recipe!

  7. Looks delicious!!! Love the chocolate ganache on top.

  8. Me too. I was so happy there was some leftover after frosting the cupcakes so I could gobble it up with a spoon!

  9. Love the combination of almond meal and coconut flour… The chocolate on top looks great, too.

  10. I am a sucker for anything involving chocolate frosting. And that looks like GOOD frosting–it looks like ganache! I've been meaning to try making it with coconut oil.

  11. Oh yum! These look fantastic. I love using coconut flour in baking and I'll bet the combination of coconut flour + almond flour works really well.

  12. I'm passing this along to my daughter-in-law. She eats gluten and dairy free, so I love the chips you used too.

  13. Almond and coconut flour work so great together-you really can't go wrong with them! Coconut oil goes well with these cupcakes as well. You could add in shredded coconut into the batter if you are a coconut fan like me 🙂

  14. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

    Share your great fermented food recipes at my Probiotic Food Linky – open through Februray 6, 2012.

  15. these cupcakes look great! wish I could have one now!

  16. OMG!!!! Gluten free? Dairy free? Sugar free??????????

    Makes me wish coconut didn't cause me stomach issues… Yummy!!!

    Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  17. I love a healthier version of cupcakes. Thanks for sharing. Haven't used coconut sugar before…hmmm, will be on the lookout for that one!

  18. Omg…This recipe looks to dye for! I need more gluten free recipes on my blog! I'm having a linky party as well, and would love for you to join it! Here is the link… Thanks for sharing!

  19. Oh man I am sorry to hear you can't handle coconut. I love coconut! You can replace coconut oil in this recipe for your favorite oil.

    Stephanie, I buy coconut sugar on Here's the product link:

    If you want to use brown sugar in place of coconut sugar that works well too.

  20. Looking forward to trying these! Who doesn't love a good cupcake?!

  21. Looks scrumptious! Would you like to link up to my Allergy Friendly Lunchbox Love link party?

    I can't think of anyone who wouldn't want to find these in their lunchbox 🙂

    Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery

  22. Your cupcakes look delicious. I have not baked with coconut flour yet, but I often use almond flour and I love the flavour it gives to the dishes as well as the texture. I'm sure coconut flour must add a wonderful flavour too. Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  23. I know, I can never pass up a cupcake…especially if it is made from healthy ingredients! Thanks Lisa. I shared the recipe on Lunchbox Love 🙂

    I highly suggest trying coconut flour. It pairs very well with almond flour in recipes.

  24. Hi Laura,
    These are great looking cupcakes. I am going to make them for my Granddaughter, she will just love them. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  25. These look delish!

    I'm working on stocking my freezer for the upcoming birth of my second child. I would love for you to come share this recipe at my Make-ahead Monday Link-up over at Raising Isabella! I would love for there to be some gluten free options on my link-up!

    Hope to see you there!~

  26. What lovely cupcakes! They look delicious and I really like that they are gfree and dairy free. I have everything in my cupboards to make these for my little guy.

  27. WOnderful! Mmmmmmmm

    Thanks for sharing these cupcakes on Food Flicks Friday!

  28. Thanks for sharing this recipe at Make-ahead monday! I just discovered coconut flour, and I love it! Hope to see you again next week!

  29. You just made Valentine's Day a lot sweeter for some allergic children! I made sure to pin/tweet them. Thanks for linking them up at my Valentine's Day party.

  30. Ahh thanks so much! Happy Valentine's Day!

  31. This looks great! Thanks for linking this recipe up to my hop.


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