Nothing better than a healthy, Paleo friendly cupcake to celebrate. Or, just get you through the week! These Tigernut Flour Cupcakes are the perfect dessert for a healthy treat. They are moist, lightly sweetened, nut free, dairy free and grain free.
Cupcakes or Muffins?
A cupcake or a muffin? Now, that is the ultimate question.
I did a bit of research on “what’s the difference between a cupcake and a muffin” and the general consensus tends to be that cupcakes are:
- higher in sugar than muffins
- always sweet, never savory
- more moist than a muffin (I disagree on this one – depends on the muffin/cupcake)
- the batter is smoother and fluffier and creates a more airy dessert
- they are topped with frosting
I have to say, based off these characteristics, whether you call something a cupcake or a muffin seems up to you. There doesn’t appear to be a fine line between the two. Although, some passionate, skilled bakers would most likely disagree with me.
Furthermore, when you start talking about Paleo and Vegan desserts it gets even more confusing. You know, since they don’t often follow baking “rules” and use traditional baking techniques. What are your thoughts?
I’m pretty sure the experts would disagree with me, but I decided that these Tigernut Flour Cupcakes were cupcakes, not muffins. They are airy, but moist, sweet (to my palate) and topped with frosting. But, if it makes you feel better about eating them, then by all means call them Tigernut Muffins!
Ingredients in Tigernut Flour Cupcakes
These Tigernut Flour Cupcakes are Paleo friendly and nut free, only require 8 ingredients (and that’s including simple things like baking powder, salt and water) and are incredibly easy to make. Oh, and did I mention they are healthy for a cupcake? Yah, I’m pretty sure they are the healthiest cupcake recipe you’ve ever seen 😉
The ingredients include:
Because of the simplicity of this recipe, there aren’t many ingredient substitutions.
The baking oil in this recipe is avocado oil. Perfect for adding moisture, but not affecting the flavor. I also like avocado oil because of it’s high smoke point and nutritional profile. That being said, any liquid oil will work in it’s place. Preferably olive oil or melted coconut oil.
I topped these cupcakes with Simple Mills Vanilla Frosting – which is the best quality frosting I have seen available for purchase. I usually like to make my own frosting from a combination of coconut cream, maple syrup and vanilla extract, which makes for an even healthier cupcake, but I decided on Simple Mills for this recipe.
More Paleo Recipes Using Tigernut Flour
For more tigernut flour recipes, check these out:
- Tigernut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Mint Chocolate Chip Tigernut Flour Muffins
- Tigernut Flour Pancakes
Lightly sweetened Paleo cupcakes made with tigernut flour. Perfect for a healthy, quick to bake treat.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
- Stir in wet ingredients. Mix well.
- Spoon about 2 Tbsp batter into a lined cupcake tin (recipe makes 8 cupcakes).
- Place uncooked cupcakes in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Remove cupcakes from oven and cool to room temperature before frosting.
*You may use only honey or only maple syrup, but the flavor of these two sweeteners together is delicious…so I recommend using both.
Keywords: cupcake, tigernut, nut free, dessert