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.



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