Gingerbread Cupcakes

by Maggie on December 15, 2011

I am so excited to be hosting the final week of Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free’s Gluten-Free Holiday event!  This week we’re focusing on gluten-free holiday desserts AND I’m giving away two fabulous cookbooks!

First I must share my recipe for this week’s Gluten-Free Holiday Desserts!  I’ve been saving this extra-special recipe since last Christmas!

Who says you can’t eat cupcakes at Christmas?

My kids LOVE cupcakes. Last year I stumbled across a Martha Stewart recipe for gingerbread cupcakes and I knew I had to get to work creating a gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free version my family could enjoy.

The best part?  Now you get to enjoy them too!

Gluten-Free and Vegan Gingerbread Cupcakes

Don’t tell anyone, but this cupcake recipe will happily double as a muffin recipe.  Just skip the icing!

1 cup teff flour
1 cup sorghum flour (or brown rice flour)
½ cup arrowroot flour (or tapioca flour)
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp ground ginger
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground chia OR 1 tsp xanthan gum
½ tsp sea salt
½ cup coconut oil, liquified
2/3 cup maple syrup or agave
1/3 cup unsulphured molasses
6 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners, or grease lightly with coconut oil.
2.  In a medium sized bowl sift flours, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, ground chia OR xanthan gum and sea salt.
3.  In a large bowl beat oil, syrup, molasses, and applesauce until combined.  Stir in sifted flour mixture until well combined.
4.  Fill cupcake liners (full) and bake at 350 degrees for 20-24 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

We frosted ours with homemade cane sugar frosting.  I’m working on a new refined sugar-free frosting recipe but it’s not quite ready for you.  Perhaps by February – another sweet month!

Yield: 14-15 cupcakes

You can also check out what the other GF Holiday participants are busy baking up for the holidays, here:


Need more Holiday inspiration?

A Gluten-Free Holiday I: Healthier Through The Holidays hosted by Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free .

A Gluten-Free Holiday II:  Thanksgiving Favorites hosted by Cook It Allergy Free.

A Gluten-Free Holiday III:  Edible Gifts hosted by Tasty Eats at Home.

A Gluten-Free Holiday IV:  Holiday Entrees and Side Dishes hosted by Daily Bites.

A Gluten-Free Holiday V: Holiday Breakfast and Brunch hosted by Diet, Dessert n Dogs.



{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

KellyB December 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

My current favorite dessert this fall is raw apple pie.


Suzanne H December 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Pumpkin spice cake.


Jody December 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

My favorite is definitely home-made caramels. Mmmmm! 🙂


Sarah (appifanie) December 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm

No contest! Green tree shaped spritz cookies. From a cookie press, of course. With sprinkles.


Amanda M December 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm

My fave dessert is apple crisp!


Rachel December 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Pumpkin pecan pie. Mmm! And what wonderful cookbooks 🙂


Ali Kimble December 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I’d have to say, melt in your mouth shortbread cookies!! Very festive! 🙂


Donna F. December 16, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Gingerbread cookies are my fave!


Adele December 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is pecan pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.


alisa joy December 17, 2011 at 12:15 am

banket. it’s a dutch almond pastry. and this weekend…it’s going gluten-free!


Michelle Bornick December 17, 2011 at 8:01 am

So excited to try these…this is my second gluten-free Christmas!


Diane M. December 17, 2011 at 8:53 am

Cheesecake is my favorite holiday dessert, and I love adding new flavor swirls to my standard recipe each year!


robyn December 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm

my fav. dessert has always been a layered treat we call “barbershop”….lots of pudding and coolwhip…unfortunately it’s not gluten free nor grain free so i need to find a new favorite!


Stephanie December 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is chocolate pecan pie!


Gaye December 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

My favorite? Oh, how to choose? Strawberry cheesecake!


marina December 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm

OMG ! anything with sugar and chocolate LOL!


Molly December 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

I must say my favorite dessert at Christmas is my Croatian grandmother’s potica cake. Yumm!


KarenO December 18, 2011 at 11:17 am

My fave holiday dessert is pumpkin pie…can’t get enough of it at this time of year! Nice blog, by the way, and thanks for the giveaway!


Maggie December 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Thanks KarenO!


Laurel December 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Pumpkin pie! And I have never heard of Teff flour before, interesting! Happy to discover you through Ricki Heller.


Laurel December 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Here are some yummy raw chocolate fruit and nut macaroons I enjoyed creating and they turned out amazing, if I do say so myself 🙂 – I mean, what’s not to like?


Maggie December 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

These do look amazing Laurel! Happy you discovered me too 🙂


Angela December 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Salted chocolate carmels.


Linnea December 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies!


~Vickie Bailey-Bice~ December 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Sweet Potato Pies are the hit of the show around here~Whole pies have been known to disappear mysteriously….lol…Any healthy versions available? Happy Holidays to all~


Maggie December 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Vickie can you believe I’ve never had sweet potato pie? I’m thinking I’ll have to remedy this for 2012!


Arleen December 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is my grandmother’s Cranberry bread. Alas, I have yet to recreate it in a gluten-free version. But I will not stop trying!


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy December 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Pecan pie is my favorite! I just linked two recipes that I’ve made gluten free since posting them and they worked great!


Natalie December 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Cinnamon Roles


Andrea A December 19, 2011 at 8:11 am

GF shortbread cookies…simple yet elegant!


Linda De Lano December 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm

my favorite holiday dessert is Swedish rum balls!


Linda De Lano December 19, 2011 at 1:42 pm

another favorite that brings back happy holiday memories … cinnamon rolls


Stephanie Howard December 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm

These cakes look so good. I have many gluten free friends, I need some help with great recipes.


Deanna December 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm


Favorite holiday food = peanut butter kiss cookies. Shocking, I know.


Maggie December 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Oh yes, I remember those peanut butter kisses Deanna 🙂


Jennifer December 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Oh, my. I am excited to find your blog and others. Just arrived from simplysugarandglutenfree. Having suffered from migraines for about 40 years, I have been gluten-free and sugar free for the last….5-7 years or so. I don’t have a favorite desert anymore because I don’t do deserts…haven’t found any that work for me. I usually have a granny smith apple or blueberries and cream. I would love to see your cookbooks.


Karen December 19, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Favorite holiday dessert…hmm…I like a lot of desserts! LOL One treat I especially like that we only make this time of year is Oreo bon-bons. They aren’t gluten free though. We’re just beginning to venture into the world of gluten free.


Karen December 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm

BTW, I just found your blog. I’m looking forward to looking at all of your recipes! As I mentioned in my previous comment, we’re just now beginning to venture into the world of gluten free more. So I am trying to find some yummy gluten free recipes. I’m glad to found your blog!


Maggie December 20, 2011 at 9:06 am

Thanks Karen – I’m glad you found my blog too! Let me know if you need any help navigating the gluten-free world!


Christine Kite December 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

hmmm, this is difficult but I think my favorite is good old fashioned-type sugar cookies in Christmas shapes with seasonal decorations on top!


Cara December 19, 2011 at 9:15 pm

How did I miss this! So sorry Maggie. These cupcakes (skip the frosting? no way!) look incredible. I’d have to say my favorite holiday dessert is the (completely gluten, dairy, and sugar FULL) chocolate trifle that my aunt makes. Such a guilty pleasure 🙂


Denise Fedor December 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm

my fav holiday treats are Russian Nut Balls. We never called them tea cakes. Made them gf this year for the first time. Too delicate to give away– my daughter and I will eat them all! Thanks for the recipe Without Almond meal or flour. So many things you can’t eat with a nut allergy. Dee


rawesome goddess December 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

my favorite holiday dessert is egg nog:)


shannonmarie (rawdorable) December 21, 2011 at 7:44 am

I’m a huge cupcake fan, so I’m loving your gluten-free gingerbread cupcake recipe. Obviously, cupcakes are my favorite holiday dessert. I make a raw vegan ginger cupcake, which I linked to your page. I’ve never linked up like that so I accidentally typed in my screen name rather than the name of the recipe. Oops!

Happy holidays 🙂


jean mosher December 21, 2011 at 8:54 am

Just found you all and it’s wonderful….it would take me all day to read everything so will
bookmark for now.

Have been doing the wheat-free—dairy free for about 4 weeks now and it is challenging but doable to say the least. Nowadays there is so much out there and lots of wonderful recipes.

thank you


Adrienne @ Whole New Mom January 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Hi Maggie – these look great!

I am wondering if you have thoughts about subbing out applesauce and molasses since we are really restricting sugars here. I suppose I could sub more fat for the applesauce. I’d love your thoughts! And what frosting did you use?


Maggie January 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Hi Adrienne! Nice to see you here 🙂 I used the applesauce to replace eggs. Can you guys do eggs? Could you try a veggie puree maybe, for the molasses? Combine it with some water to thin it out a little? I’m just trying to think what I would consider trying if I were doing it myself. Let me know if you try it, I’d love to know how you did it! Oh, maybe a nut butter thinned with water?! We used a cashew cream frosting but it’s sweetened with maple syrup.


niv December 6, 2012 at 11:27 am

I would love to try this cupcake, what would be a good substitue fro Teff flour?



Maggie December 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Hi Niv – I think you could sub millet or quinoa or sorghum for the teff flour. They’re all similar. I haven’t tried it, but if I needed to, I’d chose one of those. Thanks for reading 🙂


Annie November 21, 2013 at 7:26 am

Would I be able to substitute a gf flour blend for the flours in this cupcake recipe? It looks delicious!


Maggie November 21, 2013 at 9:04 am

Hi Annie – I haven’t tried it with a gf flour blend, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Just be aware of the xanthan gum – is it in the mix? If so, don’t add it to the batter.
Sound good?


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