After filming a cooking show for my nonprofit organization, I realized I really need to cut back on the sweets. However, it’s the holidays and there are cookies, candies, and all kinds of delicious treats waiting to be had. I decided to try and make a healthy-ish cupcake. Granted, it’s high in fat because of the coconut but there’s not that much sugar in it, it’s whole wheat, and there’s flax. They turned out pretty good- they’re not super sweet and the chocolate chips inside make a delightful surprise as you’re trying to figure how much you love these cupcakes.

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes

  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup turbinado sugar
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon plain soy milk
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Chocolate Coconut Icing

  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a cupcake pan with liners.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Combine wet ingredients in a larger mixing bowl.
  4. Mix the dry into the wet ingredients and stir. Batter should be light and airy.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until completely cooked.
  6. To prepare the icing, combine all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix together at a high speed until icing is stiff. Add more coconut milk or powdered sugar as needed.
  7. When the cupcakes have cooled, spread icing and top off with coconut flakes. Enjoy!

Note: They turn out a little dry. I recommend incorporating a bit of apple sauce instead of coconut oil!

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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