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{Healthier} Chocolate Cupcakes {vegan, gluten-free}

January 11, 2015 | 9 comments

We seriously returned to school for 1 day (it was supposed to be a week) and then get bombarded by snow days and cold days. What’s a cold day you ask? A day where it’s so fricking cold that you will be frozen within 10 minutes (provided that you’re brave enough to walk outside for 10 minutes, that is).


I was soooo grateful. I mean, what else do you do when you feel so overwhelmed by the amount of homework/projects you have on the first day you get back, that you want to crawl into a cave and never come out? Tell the weather to behave badly… And that’s exactly what happened. I spent those days researching and researching… and of course, more research.

But these precious days also gave me a chance to test and develop a recipe for these chocolate cupcakes when my eyes could not focus anymore!! Let’s just say, I made them everyday that we were off, and omg are they delicious!

I wanted them to be filling, good for you, and delicious. They turned out exactly that… with some added bonuses! I added oat flour, that I sifted to make sure it was really fine, and used a tiny amount of coconut oil, which is supposed to be good for you (and it smells amazing, so how could I resist?).


But then I realized, if I was in a hurry, and didn’t have time to pulse oats into flour, and then stand there sifting it, how would I make this cupcake? And what if I don’t have coconut oil?

So, I remade it and tweaked it, so it works both ways! You can subsitute whole wheat or all purpose flour for the oats (or even use a mixture) and you can use any kind of neutral oil (or even melted butter) for the coconut oil!

Oh, one last thing… If you make them with oat flour, they’re probably healthy enough to eat for breakfast… And if they aren’t, we can just say they are. 😉

And, they’re still absolutely AMAZING!


-For the frosting, I just mixed 1/4 cup powdered sugar (sifted), 1 tbsp chocolate chips (melted), and 1 tsp of milk (you can use any kind). If you don’t want frosting, you can always just add in some chocolate chips.


{Healthier} Chocolate Cupcakes {vegan, gluten-free}


  • 1/4 cup milk any kind, cow's, almond, coconut, oat...
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil melted (can also use any neutral oil, vegetable, etc. or butter)
  • 1 egg substitute with flax egg, if vegan --> 1 tbsp flax & 2 tbsp water, mix, then let sit for 5 min
  • 1/3 cup oat flour substitute with all purpose or wheat flour, if desired
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sugar raw, if vegan


  1. Line 4 muffins with parchment paper or cupcake liners. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  2. Mix the milk and lemon juice together and let sit for about 5 minutes. Add in egg and coconut oil.
  3. Mix in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar.
  4. Divide the mixture among the 4 muffin tins and bake for 18-25 minutes. Frost with frosting, if desired.


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  1. Thalia @ butter and brioche on

    January 11, 2015 at 11:24 pm says

    WOW these look so chocolat-y and delicious.. and they are healthy too? A perfect recipe I need to make!

    • Anne on

      January 18, 2015 at 9:45 pm says

      Definitely! 😀

  2. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef on

    January 12, 2015 at 5:58 am says

    I remember one year in the early 80s (I know, I know) my children didn’t go to school from the week before Christmas until the 2nd week in February in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. The buses couldn’t get up the mountain roads for snow and ice. They ended up going to school til the end of June. That bit they hated but if they’d had these cupcakes to come home to, they would have been happier.

    • Anne on

      January 18, 2015 at 9:46 pm says

      Wow! We haven’t had anything like that… yet…

  3. Eva on

    January 14, 2015 at 12:38 pm says

    Je crois qu’on en effet il doit faire très froid la bas ! Tes cupcakes ont l’air délicieux et pour les jours glacé doit être très réconfortants !
    Mes enfants aimeront beaucoup joué avec la neige! A Bordeaux il neige plus depuis 2 ans !!

    • Anne on

      January 18, 2015 at 9:56 pm says

      Oui, il a fait froid… Hahahaha, je me souviens quand j’étais jeune, j’aimais jouer avec la neige aussi! Merci! 😀

  4. Medha @ Whisk & Shout on

    January 18, 2015 at 12:28 pm says

    Scanning the ingredients list, I’m amazed at how healthy these are! Yum! Love all the drippy chocolate goodness and love that they’re vegan! Pinned 🙂

    • Anne on

      January 18, 2015 at 9:57 pm says

      Hahaha remember, breakfast! Thanks!



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