Skinny Vanilla Cupcakes

Skinny Vanilla Cupcakes

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Skinny Vanilla Cupcakes will make any occasion extra special without hurting the waistline. Free of Dairy, Eggs & Nuts. Low sugar & fat.

There is something sweet and pure about vanilla cupcakes.  When done right, there is no need for all the icing and fluff because it should simply taste amazing on its own.  It’s only when the cupcakes are dry and/or tasteless that you need to add more and more icing or have a cold cup of milk (non-dairy of course) to go with it.   Now, I am not in any way saying to skip the icing, I mean, that is what makes cupcakes look so pretty, but I am saying that you just want it to taste good on its own, and the icing is simply the bonus!

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Skinny Vanilla Cupcakes are delicious, and as always, they are free of dairy, eggs, nuts.  Like most of my recipes, they can also be gluten-free if you pick the right flour substitute (I happen to really like Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 best).  Best of all, they are so lower in sugar and fat than most recipes, uses very little oil (I use coconut oil), and gives off the most wonderful vanilla scent which will have you coming back for more.

Simply put, they are perfect for birthday parties, baby showers, girls night in, holidays, or whenever the day calls for cupcakes.

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Skinny Vanilla Cupcakes




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There's no way you'll want to bypass these vanilla-infused cupcakes. Pair with your favorite frosting or top with a berry puree and you won't go wrong!


  • 1/2 C. vanilla dairy-free yogurt
  • 2/3 C. coconut milk (use vanilla flavored for more intensity)
  • 1/4 C. natural applesauce
  • 3 TB. melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 C. cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 C. all-purpose flour (or sub Bob's 1-to-1 Gluten Free Flour)
  • 2 TB. tapioca flour (cornstarch will also work)
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Fill muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. Yogurt, coconut milk, applesauce, coconut oil.
  4. Add in sugar and vanilla extract.
  5. In a mixer bowl, sift in flours (all purpose and tapioca), baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. Pour in liquids and blend until incorporated but don't over mix. Using a paddle attachment works great here.
  7. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake 22-25 minutes, until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
  8. Transfer to cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.

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I recently made these Skinny Vanilla Cupcakes for our friend’s Vintage Travel themed baby shower and they were a HIT!

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What type of frosting would you pair with these Skinny Vanilla Cupcakes?   Vanilla on vanilla? Rich and creamy chocolate for the perfect ying & yang cupcake? Or maybe even a berry sweetened glaze to keep it even lower in sugar?

Do you like hosting parties and special events Or would you rather show up with a dessert in hand?  And what is your speciality dessert that you like to bring?

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