Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting (gf + vegan)
Updated: Apr 25, 2021
I kid you not, these cupcakes are UNREAL. The cake is fluffy and delicious, while the frosting is creamy and sweet!! They might actually be my favorite thing I've made so far. The flavor is epic, trust me when I say YOU NEED THESE IN YOUR LIFE.
Can I sub another flour for oat flour? I've only tested oat flour for this recipe, but I believe a spelt flour would work as well!
How do I make a flax egg? You just combine 1 tbsp flaxseed meal with 3 tbsp water, stir it, and let it sit for 5 minutes. (This recipe calls for two, so just simply double this)
Can I sub a regular egg? Yes! Just sub 1 normal egg to 1 flax egg!
The frosting is quite simple, and it tastes delicious! I love the flavor of pure maple syrup and peanut butter together, but honey would also work, textures and sweetness may just slightly vary.
yields: 12 cupcakes
prep time: 20 minutes
cook time: 15 minutes
total time: 50 minutes
for the cupcakes-
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 tbsp apple sauce (can sub pumpkin purée or mashed banana)
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flaxseed + 6 tbsp water, mix, + let sit for 5 min, can sub normal eggs)
1 3/4 cup gf oat flour (1 3/4 cup blended gf oats)
1/3 cup raw cacao powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup non dairy milk
for the pb frosting-
1/2 cup unsalted peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
3 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
*preheat oven to 350 F and line a cupcake tin, set aside
*in a large bowl, mix together the melted coconut oil and coconut sugar. then add in the vanilla and (flax) eggs.
*then add in the oat flour, cacao powder, baking soda, and salt (stir until combined and there are no bits of loose flour in the bottom of the bowl. once combined, add in your oat milk and stir.
*scoop the batter into the lined cupcake tin until each liner is filled up 3/4 of the way and bake in the oven for 16 min.
*for the frosting: while they’re baking in a medium bowl mix together the peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, salt, and vanilla until there are no coconut oil clumps.
*let the cupcakes cool for 15-20 min then frost and top with chopped peanuts, chocolate shavings, or whatever your heart desires, and enjoy!