Cleaned-Up Valentine Cupcakes! Simple sweet and contain no refined sugar, oils or wheat flour!

Cleaned-Up Vanilla Cupcakes

By on February 13, 2016

Who remembers making Valentine cards out of lacy doily’s, construction paper, glue, tissue paper and glitter?  I also have wonderful memories of Valentine baking with my mom. Cookies, candies and cupcakes were always on her list and she never hesitated to let us help. The kitchen had flour and sugar everywhere when we were done as well as hand prints galore.  I don’t remember her ever complaining.  My kitchen when my children were growing up was much the same.  Now I have grand children and I will say, it is even more fun!  

Cleaned-Up Vanilla Cupcakes: No wheat flour, no refined sugar and an oil that boosts metabolism - I think that's a great excuse to eat a cupcake!

So for Valentines Day I took on the task of cleaning up Vanilla cupcakes.  I tried several versions and this cupcake (with almond buttercream icing, of course) was a the winner according to my husband.  These yummy cupcakes are made with coconut flour instead of wheat flour and contain no refined sugar.  These little gems do not rise as much as those made with wheat flour but are just as good.  They also contain no butter or vegetable oil. Instead they have red palm oil.  Red palm oil is considered a super food.  It’s consistency is more like shortening or soft butter and it comes in a jar.  Just a teaspoon of red palm oil per day will offer your body elements such as antioxidants, essential fatty acids and multiple vitamins that your body needs to become healthier, more productive and even stronger. Some of the key components in this oil are Carotenes, alpha tocotrienol and co-enzyme Q10 . Red palm oil helps promote healthy skin and is believed to boost metabolism!

As for the buttercream icing…. I used organic butter and organic powdered sugar.  I also replaced the milk with unsweetened almond milk.  Organic sugar is not processed as much as regular confectioner sugar.  It is a bit clumpy and has a slight tan color to it. Therefore your icing will not be snow white.  But the taste is amazing! Add some organic almond extract and it is fabulous! Add a little sparkle with colorful sugar (a little refines dyed sugar is in order for special occasions) and you have festive little gems!

So no wheat flour, no refined sugar and an oil that boosts metabolism – I think that’s a great excuse to eat a cupcake!

Cleaned-UpVanilla Cupcakes
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  1. 1/2 cup coconut flour
  2. 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  3. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 6 large eggs
  5. 1.2 cup red palm shortening/oil
  6. 4 tablespoons agave syrup or honey
  7. 2 vanilla extract
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a food processor pulsing until mixed
  3. Add eggs, red palm shortening,agave/honey and vanilla.
  4. Pulse until mixed well. (batter will be an orange color due to red palm oil)
  5. Line a cupcake pan with 8 - 12 liners.
  6. Fill each liner with 1/4 cup of batter.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
  8. Cool
  9. Frost with your favorite frosting and decorate.
  10. Enjoy.
  1. These cupcakes do not rise as much as those made with wheat flour.
  2. They are also not as sweet as traditional cupcakes. Pairing them with buttercream icing creates the perfect pair!
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Almond Buttercream Icing
This sweet, buttery icing although still filled with calories is cleaned up! Organic powdered sugar, organic butter and almond milk help place it on the healthier side!
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  1. 3 3/4 cups organic confectioners (powdered) sugar
  2. 1/2 cup softened organic butter
  3. 3-4 Tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons pure organic almond extract
  1. Combine sugar, softened butter, almond milk and almond extract in a large bowl.
  2. Using an electric mixer beat 1-2 minutes until creamy.
  3. Add additional almond milk, 1 Tablespoon at a time until it reaches spreading consistency.
  1. Makes enough frosting for a 13 x 9 inch sheet cake, a 2 layer cake or up to 24 cupcakes depending upon hoe much frosting is used.
  2. Store unused frosting in the refrigerator, bring to room temperature before using.
  3. For Vanilla frosting substitute pure organic extract for the almond extract.
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