|Gluten Free Walnut Carrot Cupcakes|
|photo by recipe author|
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Walnut Carrot Cupcakes:
- 1/4 cup coconut oil or palm shortening
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup whole sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups gluten free flour blend*
- 1 cup coconut milk*
- 1 cup carrots, finely shredded
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Coconut Cream Frosting:
Preheat oven to 350 °F
In a mixing bowl, cream together oil or shortening, applesauce, honey and sugar until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time until smooth. Add in cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder and vanilla. Slowly add in flour and milk, alternating and beat until just combined. Fold in carrots and walnuts.
Using an ice cream scoop, spoon batter into lined cupcake tins. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.
Cool completely on wire racks before frosting.
In a mixing bowl using the whisk attachment, whip together coconut milk, honey, vanilla and 1 teaspoon arrowroot starch. Mix for several minutes or until completely smooth and whipped, adding more arrowroot starch (1/2 teaspoon at a time) if necessary to thicken. Spread frosting over cooled cupcakes or pipe using a pastry bag, if desired.
Store cupcakes in fridge or coconut frosting will melt.
*Gluten Free Flour Mix:
Makes 3 cups
- 2 cups brown rice flour
- 2/3 cup tapioca starch/flour
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
Mix all ingredients together and use as directed.
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