Vegan and Gluten-Free Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes

These are the perfect cupcakes for your friends with the endless list of dietary restrictions
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They may be gluten-free, butter-free, and vegan, but these cupcakes are still rich, sweet, and perfectly gooey.

This recipe is courtesy of The Kitchn.

12
Servings
624
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 2  Tablespoons  ground flax seeds
  • 1/3  Cup  warm water
  • 1  Cup  almond milk
  • 1  Tablespoon  apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4  Cup  gluten-free flour mix
  • 3/4  Cups  granulated sugar
  • 1/2  Cup  cocoa powder
  • 1  Teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/3  Cup  coconut oil, melted
  • 1  Teaspoon  almond extract

For the icing

  • 3/4  Cups  coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  almond extract
  • 3  Cups  powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2  Tablespoons  almond milk
  • 1/2  Cup  unsweetened flaked coconut, toasted

Directions

For the cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 standard muffin cups with paper liners.

In a small bowl, combine the ground flax seeds and warm water. Set aside to gel, about 10 minutes.

In another small bowl, combine the almond milk and cider vinegar. Set aside for 3-4 minutes to curdle.

Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, into a large mixing bowl.

Whisk the coconut oil and almond extract into the curdled almond milk extract. Stir this mixture, and the gelled flax mixture, into the dry ingredients. Beat for 1 minute.

Pour the mixture into the prepared muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes, until just set in the middle. Set aside to cool.

For the icing

Beat together the coconut oil and almond extract in the bowl of a stand-mixer. Add the powdered sugar, and beat to combine. Gradually beat in the almond milk, until well-combined.

When the cupcakes are completely cool, frost with the coconut icing, and sprinkle with the flaked coconut.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
37g
53%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
19g
79%
Carbohydrate, by difference
67g
52%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
20µg
3%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin E, added
1mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
163mg
16%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
10g
40%
Fluoride, F
14µg
0%
Folate, total
35µg
9%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
25mg
8%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
62mg
9%
Selenium, Se
5µg
9%
Sodium, Na
266mg
18%
Water
35g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Vegan Shopping Tip

As an alternative to sugary, salty, processed foods, try shopping for fruits and vegetables that are in season.

Vegan Cooking Tip

For a healthier alternative, substitute honey or molasses for sugar in baking recipes, and use a 3:1 blend of canola oil to olive oil instead of butter when cooking over the flame.