Caramel Apple Cupcakes (Gluten-free & Paleo)
Recipe type: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
Healthy coconut flour cupcakes with apple pieces, plant-sourced minerals and spinach. Drizzled with dairy-free caramel.
  • ¼ cup arrowroot starch
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch sea salt
  • ⅔ cup diced granny smith apple (about 1 medium-sized apple)
Caramel Nut Topping
  • 2 tablespoons smooth nut or seed butter (I used tahini)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raw walnut pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 6-tin muffin pan with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Add wet ingredients to the jug of your blender, blend for 30 seconds.
  3. Add dry ingredients and blend for 15 seconds. Turn off the blender and let the mixture sit for 2 minutes.
  4. Drop in apples and swish around in the jug. Do not blend!
  5. Pour mixture into prepared muffin pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 22-25minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and immediately remove the cupcakes from the pan and set on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. Once cooled, add nut butter, honey and vanilla to a small frying pan. Heat on medium-low, stirring constantly until bubbles form. Continue to heat for another 10 seconds. Then, drizzle over top of the cupcakes. Immediately top with walnut pieces.
Natural Vitality Plant-Sourced Minerals - is a mineral liquid concentrate. It has a very watery consistency. Although I haven't tried it, if you do not have plant-sourced minerals on hand, it could likely be replaced with apple juice.

Apple pieces - float to the bottom of the cupcakes which we loved! If you don't have apples, they're not 100% required for this recipe. If you want to omit them, go for it! You could replace it with ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Recipe by Healthful Pursuit at