Healthy Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe - Clean Eating Magazine

Hidden Gem Cupcakes

Our vanilla cupcakes with berry centers and chocolate glaze are the perfect light treats to satisfy your sweet tooth.
hidden gem cupcakes
  • 12Servings


  • Olive oil cooking spray (optional)
  • 3 tbsp unrefined coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp flaxseeds, finely ground
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups light spelt flour, scooped and then leveled
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 cup berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, chopped strawberries or combination), fresh or frozen (do not thaw), divided, plus 12 raspberries for garnish
  • 3 oz dark chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond or rice milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 cups of a muffin tray with paper liners or mist with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, maple syrup, applesauce, 1/4 cup water, flaxseeds, vanilla and vinegar. Set aside for at least 2 minutes while measuring dry ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir briefly to combine. Pour wet mixture over dry mixture and stir to blend well.
  4. Fill each muffin cup with about 1 tbsp batter, spreading to cover bottom and part way up the side of each cup. Place a heaping tsp of berries (about 4 to 5 berries) over the center of the batter, taking care not to let berries touch the sides of the cup. Top with another spoonful of batter, and gently spread batter to cover berries completely. Make sure to use all the batter, dividing evenly among 12 muffin cups.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, rotating tray about halfway through, until cupcakes are golden and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean (it may be moist but shouldn't have any batter on it). Remove and allow to cool at room temperature for 5 minutes before removing cupcakes from tray to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. Combine chocolate and milk in a large heat-proof bowl set over a small pot of simmering water over low heat. Stir until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth and can be drizzled; add more milk if necessary to achieve desired texture.
  7. Once cupcakes are cool, drizzle chocolate glaze in free-form lines across the top of each cupcake, then top with a raspberry. May be served immediately or stored in an airtight container at room temperature if serving later the same day. Cupcakes can also be stored, wrapped individually in plastic wrap, for up to 3 days in the refrigerator but should be enjoyed at room temperature.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 cupcake
  • Calories: 210
  • Carbohydrate Content: 37 g
  • Fat Content: 6 g
  • Fiber Content: 3 g
  • Protein Content: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1.5 g
  • Sodium Content: 190 mg
  • Sugar Content: 20 g