I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a while.  These pictures? Taken for my children’s birthday last October.  My friend Rachel made a variation of these as a gluten free alternative for her baked-goods booth at the farmer’s market in Montana, and they were well received there too!  

For young children you may want to make some in mini muffin tins, as coconut flour baked goods are very filling.  Just reduce the cooking time by half and check for doneness.


Orange-Vanilla Grain Free Cupcakes

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: GAPS Diet, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, SCD
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 135 kcal
Author: Cara Comini
Sweet orange vanilla cupcakes that have a great cake-like texture. Extra freeze well.


  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil butter, or ghee (buy coconut oil here, buy ghee here)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 8-10 pitted dates pureed, or 1/8 cup honey or grade B maple syrup (maple syrup is not GAPS legal, but some people are okay with it)
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate optional
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract optional
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour buy coconut flour here
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tin with coconut oil or use cupcake liners. If using cupcake liners, drop approx 1/4 teaspoon coconut oil in the bottom of each liner and place in the oven while combining ingredients- the oil will wick up the liner to grease it, a healthier alternative to pressurized baking sprays.
  2. In a food processor, blender, or in a bowl with a whisk, combine all ingredients, using a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure the coconut flour is mixed in well. Spoon batter into muffin cups evenly, filling 3/4 full.
  3. Bake cupcakes for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean. Allow to cool and frost with Simple Meringue Frosting if desired! These freeze well and be taken along to birthday parties for your children.
Nutrition Facts
Orange-Vanilla Grain Free Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 cupcake)
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 140mg6%
Potassium 73mg2%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 3.8mg5%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Stevia Version: I know that many people are sensitive to carbs, I tried replacing the sweetener in this recipe with stevia and it worked wonderfully. I cut the orange juice concentrate down to 1 tablespoon and used 10 ‘servings’ (10 little scoops from our Trader Joe’s stevia powder- it’s all a little different but you can adjust for how yours comes) in the recipe to replace the sweetener, omitting the honey, dates, or maple syrup.

Otherwise the recipe is the same! Turned out wonderfully- and I normally don’t care for stevia that much, though my children think it’s wonderful.


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