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The World's Most Delicious Chocolate Cupcake (vegan, gluten free...shhh..)

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Chocolate Cupcakes

Guess what is right around the corner my sweets?? Yup, V-day. Love it or hate it Valentines Day is the best excuse in the world to eat some chocolate, and really what is better than that?

I promise you there is room for chocolate and dessert in a healthy “Nutritious America” diet., as long as you keep a few rules in mind… dessert is a once in awhile food, not an every day food. AND most importantly, if you are going to make a dessert why not make it the healthiest you can. I consider myself a nutrient collector, in every single recipe I create I work really hard to add as many high quality nutrients as I possibly can. These cupcakes are no exception. Oh, and I should mention they are not only vegan, and gluten free, but they are potentially the most delicious cupcakes you have ever had in your entire life. Seriously. So whip up a batch of these for your love, and be sure to save a few for yourself.

Watch the video to see my Lucille Ball moment, I am sure Rachel Ray spilled batter all over herself at one time or another too. (They probably were kind enough to edit hers out though)

I will be bringing you V-day recipes for the next few weeks… I have been neglecting the sweet side of life and right now I want to embrace it!

Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan/Gluten Free

  • Ready Time: 30 mins
  • Prep Time: 5-10 min
  • Cook Time: 25-30 min
Level: Easy



  • 3/4 cup of butternut squash
  • 2 ounces of dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup of quinoa flour
    or any whole grain flour will do
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup of coconut palm sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt


  • 1 regular cupcake pan & liners
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 spatula
  • measuring cups & spoon
  • 1 wooden spoon


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine all wet ingredients
  2. Add dry ingredients into wet and mix well
  3. Fill cupcake tins 3/4 full with batter
  4. Bake @ 350° for 25-30 minutes. The cupcakes will still be soft to the touch in the center.

Optional Vegan Chocolate Ganache Frosting

  1. Over a double boiler melt 2 oz dark chocolate
  2. Add 1/4 cup almond milk and 1 tbsp coconut oil
  3. Mix until shiny
This recipe also contains a video which can be viewed on its recipe page.

Abra Pappa
About Abra Pappa, Health and Wellness Expert

Abra is a wellness expert that has inspired thousands of people to reach their health and weight loss goals through whole, natural food and mindful lifestyle shifts. Her food philosophy is simple; keep it real, keep it simple, and it sure as heck better be delicious!

  • http://www.dhclinic.co.uk Nutritionist Manchester

    Delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe, I will certainly be trying this one out!