Free-from Nutella Cupcakes

Free-from Nutella Cupcakes
That’s right, you can have your cake and eat it too! You can tuck into delicious cakes with no remorse, as being healthy doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious treats. When baking many of us look for quick, easy and super delicious treats – but that can sometimes be tricky to achieve. With this cupcake recipe for refined sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free Nutella Cupcakes you definitely can’t go wrong.
Icon_cookingtime_grey Created with Sketch. 30 mins
Icon_apron_grey Created with Sketch. Easy
Icon_cloche_grey Created with Sketch. Serves 12
Free-from Nutella Cupcakes


Cupcake batter


  • 400g hazelnuts
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 120ml maple syrup


How to make

Step One | Start by making the Nutella

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place the 400g hazelnuts onto a baking tray and pop into the oven to roast for 10 mins.
  2. Remove the hazelnuts from the oven and leave to completely cool. Place the roasted hazelnuts into the food processor and blitz for 10-15mins. Until the hazelnuts have completely broken down and formed a hazelnut butter.
  3. Then add the cacao powder and maple syrup to the hazelnut butter and blitz for a further 3mins. Pop in the fridge to set.

Step Two | Make the cupcake mixture:

  1. Increase the oven temperature to 200°C. Line the muffin tin with 12 paper cases.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon into a large bowl. Stir in the coconut sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the almond milk, eggs and coconut oil. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid ingredients. Add in the mashed bananas and the 70g chopped hazelnuts. Stir gently until just combined, do not over mix.
  4. Spoon in the cupcake mixture to fill half the paper case, then spoon 1 tsp of the Nutella into the middle and top with a spoonful of the cupcake mix.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until well risen, golden brown and firm to the touch. Leave the cupcakes in the tin to cool and then transfer to a wire rack, ready for icing.

Step Three | Make the icing:

  1. Drain and rinse the cashews. Place them in a food processor along with the rest of the ingredients. Purée on high speed until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add 5 tbsp of Nutella to the bowl and combine well. Pipe or spoon the icing onto the cupcakes.

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