I decided to make these cupcakes after trawling the net in search of a healthy cupcake recipe and stumbling upon a whole bunch of unhealthy options in the process. The vegan cupcake recipes on the web generally include things like vegan butter frosting, soya milk, and refined white flour (not my kind of ingredients).
Needless to say, I was determined to create a healthy cupcake option with a higher nutritional value then what one would normally find in the shops… And so these Magical Spelt Flour Cupcakes were born.
These scrumptious treats taste divine, and leave you feeling satisfied because they contain healthy whole food ingredients that have undergone minimal refining. And yes, they are actually good for you! Blows my mind every time.
They are also supremely easy to make. It took me about 15 minutes to mix all of the batter ingredients together (It took me longer to preheat my oven!), now that is what I am talking about! What I love about these cupcakes is how the natural sugars in the honey create a beautiful caramelized effect on the top leaving the inside soft, light and fluffy. Add a few superfoods into the mix if you are feeling adventurous and want to increase the nutritional value of your cupcakes.
Although cupcakes are not the most inventive of food items, if you love traditional sweets and desserts the cupcake makes the cut. These cupcakes are awesome to take along to a birthday party and will definitely score you brownie points with your friends… or should I say cupcake points.
For the cupcake batter
½ C olive oil
¾ C cashew milk (almond and brazil nut also make a great milk)
½ C honey
2 C spelt flour
¼ C cacao powder
1/3 C cacao nibs
2 t baking powder (aluminum free)
½ t salt
A few Brazil nuts (topping)
Freshly grated nutmeg (topping)
Note: These cupcakes are not overly sweet, you can add 1/4 cup more sweetener if you want your cupcakes to be on the sweeter side
For the icing
1/2 C coconut oil, melted
5 Tablespoons honey
3 Tablespoons coconut flour
Note: the coconut flour has a tendency of separating from the coconut oil, however, if you give the icing a bit of time to set you can easily create a thick and uniform icing (I have come to celebrate these small cooking miracles, healthy icing sugar is another tricky thing to come by). PS. Do not put the icing into the fridge to set, it goes too hard and becomes difficult to smear onto the cupcake.
1. Preheat your oven to 230 degrees.
2. If you are making your own nut milk place ¼ cup of your chosen nut to 1 cup spring water and blend in a high-speed blender.
3. Add the bananas and the rest of the the liquid ingredients to your freshly made nut milk and blend again until smooth and creamy.
4. In another bowl, sift all of the dry ingredients together, except for the cacao nibs.
5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in the cacao nibs. It should be a fairly loose mixture. Add a little water to the batter if needed.
6. Divide the mixture into a 9-cupcake tin lined with cupcake wrappers (the batter should reach the ¾ mark on each wrapper).
7. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool.
8. Make your icing by whisking the honey and coconut flour into the melted coconut oil and allow the icing to cool for a few minutes until it has set.
9. Have fun decorating the tops of your joyful cupcakes with Brazil nuts and freshly grated nutmeg or whatever else suits your fancy.
A note on Spelt:
Spelt is by nature a whole food. The vital substances of spelt are found in the inner kernel of the grain which remains intact during the milling process. Spelt does contain gluten, however, many people with wheat allergies find they can better tolerate spelt (I suggest monitoring your own personal reaction to spelt to determine how you personally react to it). Spelt is a good flour to cook with and often replaces whole-grain wheat flour in baked goods. It has the ability to create a light and nutritious end product with an appealing nutty flavour. Spelt is high in vitamins, complex carbohydrates, and fiber.
Wishing you happy cupcake making and decorating friends!