Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes (Gluten Free & Vegan)

February 10, 2013

Serve these delicious Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes for Valentines Day!

  • They are gluten free – so your gluten free loved ones can enjoy a special treat this Valentines Day.
  • These cupcakes contain a healthy dose of cacao, which is high in magnesium and polyphenols – important for heart health.  Dark chocolate has been shown to lower heart attack and stroke risk by 30%.
  • Made with coconut oil which is high in lauric acid, which is useful for lowering cholesterol and protecting the heart.  High in medium chain fatty acids, coconut oil is more easily converted into energy than other oils, so it is less likely to get stored as fat.  Coconut oil also in a natural antibacterial, antiviral, and so it is a powerful tool for our immune system.  Coconut oil is also good for the thyroid too.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/2 cup gluten free flour blend
  • 3/4 cup cacao powder (such as Sunfood), if you can’t find cacao powder – you can use cocoa powder.
  • 1 teaspooon gluten free baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon aluminum free baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (such as Real Salt)
  • 1 large avocado
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup, or your personal favorite natural sweetener (I used raw agave for these)
  • 30 drops of Stevia liquid (this cuts down on the blood sugar impact)
  • 3/4 cup flaxmilk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 15 drops of Stevia
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of flax milk (or another alternative milk)
  • 1/4 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries (optional)
  • Fresh raspberries to top each cupcake (optional).

Frosting Directions:

Melt the coconut oil gently over low heat on the stovetop, or in a Pyrex dish in a hot water bath. Then mix together all the ingredients in a blender or food processor (except the raspberries).  Add the 1/4 cup raspberries and process until combined*. If using frozen, it will instantly thicken the frosting.  Spoon out into a bowl and place in refrigerator to chill.  Rinse and set aside the fresh raspberries for topping the cupcakes.

*Note: If you do not want the frosting to be raspberry flavored, just omit the raspberries.  It will have a slight coconut taste – if you do not like that – replace the coconut oil with organic butter (this is a non-vegan option).

Cupcake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line the mini muffin tins with paper lines, or grease with coconut oil.
  3. If you did not line them, mix together 3 Tablespoons of cacao powder and 3 Tablespoons gluten free flour, and use it to dust the muffin tin, pour out excess. This is not essential, but will help the cupcakes to release from the pan.
  4. Whisk together the dry ingredients and set them aside.
  5. Slice the avocado open, remove the pit, and spoon the flesh into a food processor, puree it until it is smooth.
  6. Then add in the sweeteners, flaxmilk, vanilla, and pulse to combine.
  7. Add the dry ingredients, and mix until combined.
  8. Finally, add the melted coconut oil, and mix until combined.
  9. Spoon batter into mini muffin tins.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 17 minutes – test with a toothpick to see if the cupcakes are done, it should come out clean when poked.

Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

©2015, all rights reserved. Sara Vance.

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