Fresh lemon flavor studded with fresh organic blueberries, held together by a nut free, dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free batter, and topped with whipped coconut cream frosting, AND, it’s husband and toddler approved. Sounds like a tall order, doesn’t it?
These paleo lemon blueberry cupcakes were a challenge I presented to myself after a friend told me about a coconut flour only cinnamon roll she tried at a conference. I tried that.. it was a disaster, so it’s on my drawing board for later. The thing is, coconut flour is very drying, and so normally one wouldn’t use it as the only flour in a baked good, but if you hang around here long enough, you’ll realize I really like to try and make the improbable happen for fun. Since I have a pretty good handle on making gluten free/paleo cupcakes, I decided to create one with just coconut flour to build confidence.
My biggest challenge is that I use nuts in the majority of my paleo baking and the results are spectacular! Just ask the people on my e-mail list who have my free Easy Weekday Breakfast recipe booklet and the exclusive-to-the-book Paleo Maple Bacon Muffin recipe. Those are amazing, and this is a shameless plug for my e-mail list. 😉 So it’s with a bit of hesitance that I stepped away from my happy comfort zone and started working on these coconut flour cupcakes.
It took a few trials, probably since I started winging it at the beginning, and some were fantastic disasters. So I turned to Google, and found a vanilla cupcake recipe by Comfy Belly, which I adapted with much better results! And that resulted in this recipe, which was finally approved by the Godfather and Princess A. It’s not a traditional cupcake texture, but it is good, and you really don’t taste a ton of coconut in the batter. You do get a stronger coconut flavor because of the frosting I used, so if you’d prefer to avoid that and have no dairy sensitivities, a whipped cream frosting would be my suggestion.
I think they looked just darling in their happy yellow cupcake wrappers, and I hope you enjoy this “healthier” cupcake treat!