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Recipe for Lemon Cupcakes

Recipe for Lemon Cupcakes – If you’re looking for a delicious, creamy, moist-filled recipe for Lemon Cupcakes, you will not be disappointed! This recipe for Lemon Cupcakes is super easy to make. Plus, the delicious creamy frosting.

recipe for lemon cupcakes

The Healthiest Recipe for Lemon Cupcakes You’ll Find!

I’m challenging you to find a recipe healthier than this one for lemon cupcakes. It’s going to be hard to come by. This deliciously nutrient-dense cupcake is not only gluten free and dairy free – but is also refined sugar free.

One thing I know for sure is that you will not feel guilty making or enjoying this recipe for lemon cupcakes.

recipe for lemon cupcakes

More than Just Healthy… These Cupcakes are Nutritious!

So, yes, this recipe for lemon cupcakes is not only healthy but it’s also loaded with nutrients.

The oat flour, cassava flour and dates provide some great fiber. While you’ll benefit from the antioxidants found in the extra virgin olive oil. Then, omega-3’s from the walnuts and protein and lutein from the eggs.

And coconut sugar — oh, we just love coconut-based products around here and all of their incredible benefits.

Cassava Flour is a Root Vegetable Flour

Cassava flour is a great ingredient to swap with conventional whole grain flours such as whole wheat or spelt flour. Plus, it’s naturally gluten free.

In many recipes it can be substituted in a 1:1 ratio for whole wheat flour and reduced by 25% of volume (see chart below). It’s also a great source of vitamin C (1/4 cup has almost 20% of your Daily Value), folate, magnesium, potassium and many additional nutrients.

cassava flour

We have started to use cassava flour more here at Clean Cuisine. So, if you buy yourself a bag of our favorite brand of Otto’s Cassava Flour, be sure to visit these top recipes.

Swap Vegetable Oil for Extra Virgin Olive Oil

As you know, a “whole fat” will always be healthier than oil! So while the extra virgin olive used in this Lemon Frosting is much healthier option the refined vegetable oil used in conventional cupcakes.

You’ll note that yes – eating the “whole” olive would be even healthier than the oil. But of course we can’t be ridiculous about it either! So, healthy “whole olives” might be the BEST option, we’re not going to use them in this recipe for Lemon Cupcakes.

recipe for lemon cupcakes

Easiest Ever Lemon Frosting Made with Coconut Butter

Oh! And let’s not forget the Lemon Frosting for this recipe for Lemon Cupcakes. Not only is the frosting delicious but it’s also the easiest. Just add the ingredient list to a mixing bowl and using a hand-mixer, it can be done in less than 5 minutes.

In fact, it’s super clean and healthy too! Learn more…

recipe for lemon cupcakes

Ingredients for the Coconut Butter-based Frosting

The frosting is made with the healthiest and most delicious combination. You’ll be using coconut butter, lemon juice and pure maple syrup.

A Bit More About Coconut Butter:

Since it is made primarily with coconut butter, the frosting is loaded with healthy brain-health-supporting medium chain fatty acids. Also, unlike coconut oil, coconut butter is a plant-based “whole fat” and therefore also contains fiber and iron.

Natural Sweetening from Maple Syrup

For those of you that are not fans of maple syrup, please just give this a try first. We use maple syrup to sweeten our No Bake Key Lime Pie and trust us, you can’t taste it.

Well, the same goes for this Coconut Butter-based Lemon Frosting. We use it as a naturally sweetener but the extra lemon juice, vanilla extract and lemon zest do a great job covering the maple syrup flavor.

recipe for lemon cupcakes

How to Frost your Recipe for Lemon Cupcakes with this Decadent Lemon Frosting?

Gosh, I’m so glad you asked. Years ago my parents bought me a 3 hour course from the local Michael’s Stores on how to decorate cakes. In no time at all I was making roses and shells and random designs. But, this required a BIG box of tips, bags, tools and so much more.

A few months ago, I swapped out the decorate box for this little box with a few attachments in it. The ever-incredible Pampered Chef Easy Cake Decorator tool. I use this incredible tool to decorate this recipe for lemon cupcakes and everyone was impressed.

So, if you want to eat fancy-dancy cupcakes without paying $4.00 a piece at your local grocery store, try this Easy Cake Decorator for the win!


Recipe for Lemon Cupcakes

Recipe for Lemon Cupcakes are super easy to make, delicious and full of healthy nutrients. The lemon frosting is the easiest frosting EVER!

recipe for lemon cupcakes
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  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x


Ingredients for Lemon Cupcakes:

Ingredients for Lemon Cupcake Frosting:

  • 1 cup coconut butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Recipe for Lemon Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium size bowl, whisk together the cassava flour, oat flour, baking powder, coconut sugar and salt.
  3. In a high speed blender, add the lemon juice, lemon zest, water, walnuts, eggs, vanilla, olive oil and dates. Process on high until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  4. Pour wet mixture in with the dry and use a wooden spoon to stir ingredients together until just blended.
  5. Divide the mixture evenly among the 12 cupcake liners.
  6. When over is to temperature, reduce to 325 and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for at least 30 minutes before frosting.

Recipe for Lemon Cupcake Frosting:

  1. To a mixing bowl, add all frosting ingredients and only 1/4 cup of the lemon juice.
  2. Using an electric hand mixer, combine ingredients on low for 1-2 minutes. Then high for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. If not lemon-flavored enough or too thick, add 1 tablespoon at a time until satisfied. I ended up adding an entire 1/2 cup to my frosting because we LOVE lemon!
  3. Add the frosting to the Easy Cake Decorator and frost your cupcakes. You can also use a Small Spreader to frost the lemon cupcakes.

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*Oat Flour: You can purchase oat flour or easily make your own. Just put about 1 cup of steel cut oats into a dry high speed blender. Pulse until oats become flour. Measure out 3/4 cup for the recipe. Have leftovers? Try this Chocolate Donut Holes Recipe.

Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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We Love Lemon Juice — either fresh or Nellie & Joe’s

For years, we’ve been using and telling the world about Nellie & Joe’s Key Lime Juice – which is amazing. We use it in this No Bake Key Lime Pie recipe, these Key Lime Cheesecakes recipe and even in this most-delicious Key Lime Pie Smoothie.

I found their LEMON Juice… and it’s Tart and Deliciously Smooth

recipe for lemon cupcakes

Well shopping at my local Publix, I not only found bottles of key lime juice to fill my pantry, but lemon juice too. I took the risk, paid $3. for my lemon juice and have not regretted it once.

So, if you love citrus as much as we do around here – you definitely need to give them a try!

Aimee Niedosik

Aimee loves to craft delicious, nutrient-dense recipes to share with her family and friends. While in remission from autoimmune diseases and underlying viruses, she still maintains an anti-inflammatory and anti-aging diet. Aimee is a Christian, website designer, autoimmune community leader and lives in North Carolina with her husband, 2 kids and 2 dogs.

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Jill Newton

Saturday 28th of August 2021

These sound great but is there a good substitute for the oat flour? We’re doing paleo and oats are out, sadly.

Aimee Harris Niedosik

Saturday 28th of August 2021

You can do a cassava replacement for the oat flour -- maybe try to add a 1/2 cup of cassava flour in place of the out flour and add 1 tablespoon at a time more until you get the cake batter consistency.

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