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These hummingbird cupcakes are the perfect spring-time sweet treat! They’re grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, topped off with a delicious cream cheese frosting.

almond flour hummingbird cupcakes on a baking sheet with almond milk on the side.

It’s funny because I’m literally eating a hummingbird cupcake (and getting cream cheese frosting all over my keyboard) as I write this. I’m full-on addicted to the babies. They’re sweet, but not too sweet. Incredibly versatile – enjoy them as a snack, dessert, or heck you can even eat them for breakfast!

The first time I ever ate a hummingbird-anything was at this cute little muffin place by my parents house. My mom got me to try one of their hummingbird muffins and I’ve been hooked ever since. I then discovered hummingbird cake and was like – woahhhh, I didn’t know life could get EVEN better! And in case you’re like, Sam WTF is a hummingbird cupcake?! It’s similar to carrot cake, but has crushed pineapple and shredded coconut instead of carrots. It also features a cream cheese frosting, just like carrot cake. If you’re looking for a muffin instead of a cupcake, simply make these without the cream cheese frosting. My suggestion here is – take a plain cupcake, top it with a little crunchy almond butter, and enjoy it as a sweet afternoon snack!

an almond flour hummingbird cupcake on a baking sheet.

What You’ll Need To Make Almond Flour Hummingbird Cupcakes

Almond Flour – I chose almond flour as the base of these cupcakes for two reasons. One – it’s grain-free, making these cupcakes so light and healthy that you could literally eat them for breakfast if you wanted to. And two – it yields a soft, crumbly cupcake that doesn’t fall apart when bitten into, but also isn’t at all dense. I specifically used this Anthony’s Organic Almond Flour, it’s fairly priced and bakes like a charm!

Coconut Sugar – Just half a cup of coconut sugar is all you need in these cupcakes! This is what I mean by they’re sweet, but not too sweet. Coconut sugar is lower on the glycemic index than usual white sugar. It also contains many more vitamins and minerals than most other sugars. If you don’t have coconut sugar, you can either use brown sugar, cane sugar, or white sugar instead.

Mashed Bananas – You won’t find a single hummingbird recipe without mashed bananas in it. In conjunction with the pineapple and coconut, a little banana is truly magnificent. It adds a touch of sweetness and incredible flavor. Though if you’re not a banana fan, you can use one cup of apple sauce instead.

Crushed Pineapple – Like I said earlier, crushed pineapple is a main ingredient in these hummingbird cupcakes. I buy canned crushed pineapple and rinse out the liquid before using in this recipe. Though you can use finely chopped fresh pineapple instead.

Shredded Coconut – Similar to the crushed pineapple, these wouldn’t be hummingbird cupcakes without a little coconut. My one thing when baking with coconut is to make sure it’s unsweetened. Our cupcakes are sweet enough!

overhead image of almond flour hummingbird cupcakes on a baking sheet

Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs

  • Make it Paleo: Leave out the dairy-free cream cheese frosting and you’ll have delicious little paleo hummingbird muffins!
  • Make it Vegan: Use your favorite egg-substitute in place of the eggs in this recipe. I have not tested this recipe using flax eggs, though I can image that it will yield slightly less-fluffy, but still delicious cupcakes.
  • Sugar-Free Option: Leave out the frosting and sub 1/2 cup of your favorite sugar-free sweetener for the coconut sugar. You can also leave out the coconut sugar altogether, if you’d like!

Almond Flour Hummingbird Cupcakes

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Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertDifficulty: Intermediate
Servings

12

cupcakes
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Total time

30

minutes

These hummingbird cupcakes are the perfect spring-time sweet treat! They’re grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, topped off with a delicious cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour, see Notes

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 very ripe bananas)

  • 2 eggs, see Notes

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

  • For the cream cheese frosting:
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free cream cheese

  • 1/4 cup dairy-free butter, softened

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line a cupcake tin with 12 cupcake liners.Hummingbird Cupcakes Process Photo 1
  • In a large bowl, mix together the almond flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.Hummingbird Cupcakes Process Photo 2
  • In a small bowl, mix together the coconut oil, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla extract.Hummingbird Cupcakes Process Photo 3
  • Add the wet ingredients, crushed pineapple, and shredded coconut into the dry ingredients and mix to combine.Hummingbird Cupcakes Process Photo 4
  • Fill each cupcake liner with 1/4 cup of batter and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.Hummingbird Cupcakes Process Photo 5
  • Transfer cupcakes to a wire cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.DSC_0118Hummingbird Cupcakes Process Photo 6
  • Make the frosting by adding all ingredients to a bowl and beating with either a hand or stand mixer until combined. Dollop frosting onto cooled cupcakes and enjoy!DSC_0118Hummingbird Cupcakes Process Photo 7

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Notes

  • Almond Flour: Be sure to use almond flour, not almond meal.
  • Coconut Oil: You can use 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or melted butter instead.
  • Eggs: I like to remove my eggs from the fridge a couple hours before baking. If your eggs are too cold when added to the batter, they might cause your coconut oil to re-harden.

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I don’t mean to brag, but these gluten-free vanilla cupcakes are truly the best ever! Perfectly soft, fluffy, sweet, and moist (sorry if that word makes you cringe!). Whip up a batch of this gluten-free cupcakes for your next party as a fun treat even gluten-eaters will love.

gluten-free cupcakes with vanilla frosting and white sprinkles

We all need a solid vanilla cupcake recipe in our back pocket when the occasion arises. For me, this occasion is an upcoming Super Bowl party. But for you this could be a birthday party, baby shower, holiday party, or a simple Tuesday night when you’re craving something sweet.

Now you might be wondering, what makes these gluten-free cupcakes the best ever?? Well, for one very simple reason. They taste identical to their non gluten-free counterparts. Meaning, those with celiac disease or a gluten allergy/intolerance can enjoy these perfect vanilla cupcakes with everyone else. So no one will feel left out or dissatisfied!

What You’ll Need

All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour – I swear by the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour for all my gluten-free baking needs. It does a perfect job at keeping your bakes together, and mimicking the taste and texture of regular all purpose flour. Though you can definitely use whatever brand of all purpose gluten-free flour you prefer! I’ve also tried King Arthur and Nature’s Promise gluten-free flour blends, and they work great as well.

Butter – I used non-dairy butter, but any butter will work in this recipe. Salted or unsalted butter won’t make much of a difference either, so use whichever you have on-hand! Just remember to bring it to room temperature first, so that it’s soft.

Sugar – White sugar or cane sugar both work well in these gluten-free vanilla cupcakes. You can try using either coconut sugar or maple sugar in its place for a slightly healthier recipe, though I haven’t had the chance to test these options myself yet.

gluten-free cupcake cut in half, close-up on the center of the cupcake

Top Tips

  • Beat the butter and sugar together really well in the third step of this recipe. The goal is to introduce as much air to the mixture as possible. This will result in a lighter and fluffier gluten-free cupcake!
  • Use an ice cream scoop or large cookie scoop to fill your cupcake molds. This simple trick makes filling your cupcake tin much quicker and easier. This also guarantees even-sized cupcakes that will bake at the exact same rate!
  • Sub the vanilla frosting for a cream cheese frosting instead! To do this, replace the butter with 1/4 cup butter plus 1/2 cup softened cream cheese. Whip all ingredients together just as you would the vanilla frosting, then spread over your cooled gluten-free cupcakes.

Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs

Make it Dairy-Free: Use dairy-free butter and non-dairy milk to make these gluten-free and dairy-free vanilla cupcakes! If taking this option, I recommend the Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks and Elmhurst Almond Milk.

Make it Vegan: For vegan vanilla cupcakes, follow the same modifications as you would for the dairy-free version above. Then, use your favorite vegan egg replacement in place of the eggs – I recommend this one from Bob’s Red Mill.

Best Ever Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes

4 from 12 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertDifficulty: Intermediate
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Total time

35

minutes

I don’t mean to brag, but these gluten-free vanilla cupcakes are truly the best ever! Perfectly soft, fluffy, sweet, and moist (sorry if that word makes you cringe!). Whip up a batch of this gluten-free cupcakes for your next party as a fun treat even gluten-eaters will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour, see Notes

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (I used dairy-free butter)

  • 2/3 cup sugar

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup milk, I used non-dairy milk

  • For the vanilla frosting:
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (I used dairy-free butter)

  • 1-2 tablespoons milk, I used non-dairy milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with either a hand or stand mixer until fluffy. Beat in one egg at a time, then add in the vanilla extract.
  • With your mixer on low speed, add 1/3 of the flour mixture into the butter mixture, then about half of the milk. Then, add in another 1/3 of the flour mixture, then the remaining milk, then the remaining flour mixture.
  • Once batter is fully combined, transfer ¼ cup of batter into each cupcake mold. Bake cupcakes for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  • Remove cupcakes from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  • Make the frosting by adding all frosting ingredients to a large bowl and beating with either a hand or stand mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Once cupcakes have cooled, decorate with frosting and sprinkles if you’d like.

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Notes

  • Gluten-Free Flour: Make sure your gluten-free flour contains xanthan gum. If not, add 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum to the dry ingredients.
  • Store cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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Rich in flavor, yet delicate in texture, gingerbread cookies are a classic Christmas holiday hit! These gluten-free gingerbread cookies are soft, chewy and flavorful from the molasses and warm spices. Dairy-free option is also included, so everyone can enjoy!

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

I love the holiday season, especially for all the food and desserts that come with it. Gingerbread cookies are one of the Christmas cookies that I love to make this time of year. Since my gingerbread cookies recipe is both gluten-free and dairy-free, it’s super friendly to dietary restrictions and baked slightly crisp with a soft, chewy, and perfectly spiced middle!

Main Ingredients Needed To Make Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

  • All Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour

  • Butter – Dairy or non-dairy is fine depending on your preference, but I used non-dairy.

  • Egg

  • Baking Soda

  • Brown Sugar

  • Molasses – if you don’t know what molasses is: a syrupy byproduct of sugars from sugarcane and sugar beets.

  • Spices – ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground allspice, salt

  • For the icing: powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract

Tips When Making Gingerbread Cookies

  • To make vegan, use 2 flax eggs! To make one flax egg you will simply mix 2.5 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Once it’s thick, you’ll use the flax mixture just as you would a regular egg.

  • You could substitute the molasses with maple syrup if you need something more “on hand,” but I definitely prefer it with molasses!

  • Blackstrap molasses provides a richer flavor and deeper color. Regular unsulphured molasses can be substituted for a lighter color and flavor.

  • Get your friends and family involved with the gingerbread cookie decorations (while sipping on big mugs of vegan hot chocolate). There’s no better way to get in the Christmas spirit!

  • Be creative! Turn these gingerbread cookies into a snowman, yeti, teddy bear and more.

What to use on GINGERBREAD Cookies For Decorations?

  • Shredded coconut: This can help to mimic snow when decorating your cookies (especially great when making house-shaped cookies).
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Cream cheese frosting: Instead of the simple glaze, combine plain vegan cream cheese with powdered sugar.

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

0 from 0 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertsCuisine: American, Christmas
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 

10

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

20

minutes

Rich in flavor, yet delicate in texture, gingerbread cookies are a classic Christmas holiday hit! These gluten-free gingerbread cookies are soft, chewy and flavorful from the molasses and warm spices. Dairy-free option is also included, so everyone can enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons Butter (softened)

  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

  • 1/2 Cup Molasses

  • 1 Egg (at room temperature)

  • 2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour

  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Ginger

  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

  • 1 Teaspoon Nutmeg

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Allspice

  • For the icing:
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar

  • 2 Tablespoons Milk

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • Beat butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl with either a hand or stand mixer, until light and fluffy. Add in molasses and egg, beat until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together gluten-free flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.
  • Add flour mixture into butter mixture and beat until a dough forms. Cover dough and let chill in fridge for at least one hour.
  • Once ready to bake, preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place dough on a floured surface and roll until ¼-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes from dough and carefully transfer shapes to prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake cookies for about 7 minutes, then remove, and transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Make icing by whisking all ingredients together in a small bowl. Add food coloring if you’d like, then use to decorate cookies.

Notes

  • To Store: Once the glaze has dried, store the vegan cookies in a cookie tin for 2-3 weeks.
  • To Freeze: Once the cookies are cooled place the undecorated cookies in a plastic freezer bag and place them in the freezer.  The cookies can be frozen for up to six months.

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With a delicious burst of tart lemon flavor and a moist and delicate crumb, this Gluten-Free Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe is a classic dessert that can be enjoyed for any occasion.

Gluten-Free Lemon Drizzle Cake

Main Ingredients For Gluten-Free Lemon Drizzle Cake

  • Sugar

  • Lemon Zest

  • Softened Butter – I used non-dairy.

  • Eggs

  • All Purpose Flour – I use Bob’s Red Mill’s gluten-free all purpose flour.

  • Almond Flour – adds protein and moisture to the cake. 

  • Baking Powder

  • Salt

  • For the lemon drizzle you’ll need powdered sugar and lemon juice

Tips When Making Lemon Drizzle Cake

  • Add poppy seeds: Mix in 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds to the batter just after mixing in the dry ingredients. 

  • How do I know when the lemon drizzle cake is done? The cake should be golden brown on the outside. Insert a toothpick into the center and it should come out clean or with just a few crumbs.

  • How do I store the lemon drizzle cake if there are leftovers? Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Gluten-Free Lemon Drizzle Cake

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertsCuisine: BritishDifficulty: Medium
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 
Total time

1

hour 

10

minutes

With a delicious burst of tart lemon flavor and a moist and delicate crumb, this Gluten-Free Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe is a classic dessert that can be enjoyed for any occasion.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Sugar

  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Zest

  • 1 Cup Softened Butter (non-dairy)

  • 4 Large Eggs

  • 1/4 Cup Milk (or non-dairy milk)

  • 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

  • 1 3/4 Cups Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour

  • 1/2 Cup Almond Flour

  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt

  • For the lemon drizzle:
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar

  • 1/4 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Mix together the sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl. Add in the butter and use either a hand or stand mixer to beat until pale yellow.
  • Beat in one egg at a time, before adding in the milk and lemon juice. Mix until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the gluten-free all purpose flour, almond flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Slowly fold flour mixture into butter mixture until just combined, do not overmix.
  • Transfer batter to prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted down the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing and placing on a wire rack to cool the rest of the way.
  • While the lemon cake cools, make the drizzle by whisking together all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Once cake has cooled completely, spoon lemon drizzle over top. Leave drizzle to set for about 10-15 minutes before slicing and enjoying.

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If you’re looking for a fudge snack that you can easily make at home, try my fudge recipe which only requires a few basic pantry ingredients. It doesn’t require sweetened condensed milk as many fudge recipes do, but it’s just as delicious!

close up image of fudge without condensed milk

What is Condensed Milk? How is the fudge made without it?

Condensed milk is cow’s milk from which water has been removed. It’s also sweetened with added sugar and is often used in traditional fudge recipes because it’s thick and sweet. However, not everyone has condensed milk in their pantry. So, if you want to make fudge on a whim, you need to improvise with some basic ingredients that you likely already have on hand. This is where my recipe comes in handy!

Melting the butter and chocolate in the microwave is the easiest way to create this fudge without condensed milk. But, this can also be done on a stovetop by melting and constantly stirring until combined.

However, keep in mind that evaporated milk is completely different and shouldn’t be used as a substitute.

overhead image of fudge without condensed milk cut into squares.

Main Ingredients For Fudge Without Condensed Milk Recipe

  • Chocolate – your choice of dark chocolate or chocolate chips!

  • Butter – I used non-dairy.

  • Milk – I used almond milk.

  • Powdered Sugar

  • Vanilla Extract

Tips When Making This Fudge Without Condensed Milk Recipe

  • Chocolate: I recommend using semi-sweet chocolate or darker. I used 70% dark chocolate for this fudge recipe and had delicious results. The additional powdered sugar contributes quite a bit of sweetness to this recipe, therefore to avoid fudge that’s too sweet, use a dark chocolate which contains less sugar.

  • Milk: I used almond milk but regular milk works fine too. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try chocolate milk!

Easy Fudge Recipe Without Condensed Milk

4 from 43 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Total time

0

minutes

If you’re looking for a fudge snack that you can easily make at home, try my fudge recipe which only requires a few basic pantry ingredients. It doesn’t require sweetened condensed milk as many fudge recipes do, but it’s just as delicious!

Ingredients

  • 6 Ounces Dark Chocolate (or 3/4 cup chocolate chips)

  • 1/4 Cup Butter (Dairy or Dairy-free)

  • 1/4 Cup Milk (Dairy or Dairy-Free)

  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar

  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • Line and grease a loaf pan. 
  • Microwave chocolate, butter, and milk in a bowl for 2 minutes or until melted – stir to combine.
  • Add in powdered sugar and vanilla extract, beat with a hand or stand mixer until smooth.
  • Transfer mixture to prepared pan, cover, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm. Use a greased knife to cut fudge into squares.

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