Delicious Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cupcakes Recipe

Have you ever had to give up your favorite desserts because of dietary restrictions? As a nutritionist and food blogger, I have witnessed many people struggle with allergies and intolerances to gluten and dairy. But why should anyone miss out on the simple pleasure of a freshly baked cupcake?

I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to. With this Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Cupcake recipe, you can indulge in scrumptious treats without having to worry about any discomfort or allergic reactions.

These cupcakes are perfect for those who want to maintain their diet while enjoying a delectable dessert made entirely of organic, wholesome ingredients such as coconut, banana, vanilla, and almond flour. Not only that, but they’re also vegan-friendly.

So, let’s get baking! With my detailed instructions and tips, you’ll have no trouble whipping up a batch of these mouth-watering cupcakes in no time. Trust me; you won’t even taste the difference between these gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes compared to traditional ones.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free  and Dairy Free Cupcakes / Muffins
Gluten Free and Dairy Free Cupcakes / Muffins

This gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes/muffins recipe is a treat for your taste buds. Whether you are allergic or sensitive to gluten and dairy products or just looking for healthier options, this recipe will not disappoint.

What’s great about these cupcakes/muffins is that they are made with simple ingredients that you may already have in your pantry. The combination of coconut milk, banana, and almond flour gives them a rich, moist texture and flavorful taste.

These cupcakes/muffins can be enjoyed as a dessert or just a snack with coffee or tea. Whatever the occasion may be, they are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without worrying about gluten or dairy-related problems.

Moreover, these cupcakes/muffins can be easily customized according to your preferences. You can add different flavors like chocolate or orange zest, incorporate blueberries for a fruity twist or even use peanut butter for a nutty flavor.

In addition to being free of gluten and dairy products, these cupcakes/muffins are low-carb, sugar-free, and paleo-friendly. So it’s an excellent recipe choice for anyone who is looking to maintain a healthy diet without compromising on taste.

So why not give these gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes/muffins a try? They’re easy to make, customizable, and most importantly, tasty.

Ingredient List

 These cupcakes/muffins are the perfect gluten-free and dairy-free treat!
These cupcakes/muffins are the perfect gluten-free and dairy-free treat!

Here are the gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients you’ll need to gather before starting the recipe:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour blend
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond milk

Optional Ingredient for Chocolate Cupcakes/Muffins:

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Make sure to carefully read through the recipe beforehand to avoid missing any crucial ingredients.

The Recipe How-To

 Who says you need gluten and dairy to make delicious cupcakes/muffins?
Who says you need gluten and dairy to make delicious cupcakes/muffins?

Step 1: Preheat the oven and line the muffin tin

Firstly, preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) or gas mark 4. While waiting for it to heat up, line the muffin tin with paper cases. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes or muffins.

Step 2: Combine the dry ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine ¾ cup of gluten-free flour blend, ¼ cup tapioca flour, ½ cup of caster sugar, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

Step 3: Add the wet ingredients

In another mixing bowl, mix together 2 large eggs, 1 mashed banana, ½ cup of coconut oil (room temperature), and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Slowly add the dry ingredients mixture into this and whisk until all ingredients are combined.

Step 4: Add additional flavors to enhance taste

If you want to add additional flavors, here are some suggestions:

  • For chocolate cupcakes: Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder.
  • For blueberry muffins: Slowly fold in a handful of fresh blueberries.
  • For orange cupcakes: Add zest of one orange.
  • For peanut butter cupcakes: Mix in a few tablespoons of smooth peanut butter.

Make sure not to overmix the batter as it can affect the texture of your cupcakes.

Step 5: Bake

Using a large spoon or an ice cream scoop to divide the batter evenly into each paper case. Fill them up until around two-thirds full. Place them into the preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes.

Check to see if they’re done by inserting a toothpick into the centre of each cupcake. If it comes out clean, then your cupcakes are ready!

Take them out from the oven and leave them to cool in the muffin tin for about 5 minutes before transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 6: Enjoy

Now that you know how easy it is to make these delicious gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your cupcakes with your friends or family. These treats are perfect for a dessert, snack or can be used as a base for your favorite frosting or decorations.

Substitutions and Variations

 These cupcakes/muffins are like a warm hug for your taste buds.
These cupcakes/muffins are like a warm hug for your taste buds.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with this recipe and try different substitutions or variations to cater to your preferences. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Instead of using coconut oil, you could replace it with butter or any other neutral oil like canola or vegetable oil.

– If you don’t have tapioca flour on hand, try using arrowroot flour as a substitute.

– You can swap almond milk for any other type of non-dairy milk like soy or oat milk.

– For a fruity twist, add in some fresh blueberries or mashed bananas into the batter before baking.

– To make chocolate cupcakes, simply add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder into the recipe.

– For a low carb and sugar-free option, use your preferred sweetener instead of caster sugar.

– If you’re looking for a caffeine kick, try substituting the vanilla extract with espresso powder.

Remember to adjust the measurements accordingly to ensure that the cupcakes turn out just right. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find your favorite variation of this delicious gluten-free and dairy-free cupcake recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 Trust me, you won't even miss the gluten and dairy in these cupcakes/muffins.
Trust me, you won’t even miss the gluten and dairy in these cupcakes/muffins.

Now that your gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes have been baked to perfection, it is time to carefully decide how to serve and pair them. One of the best things about these cupcakes is their versatility as they can be customized to match with different toppings and beverages.

For an irresistible treat, consider topping your gluten-free and dairy-free vanilla cupcakes with fresh coconut shavings for added texture and a tropical twist. You may also choose to drizzle some peanut butter or melted dark chocolate on top for added indulgence.

On the other hand, you can try serving the chocolate cupcakes with a scoop of non-dairy vanilla ice cream for a classic combination. Alternatively, you may opt for a cup of almond milk or brewed coffee to pair with your cupcakes if you want something refreshing yet flavorful.

Remember, the possibilities are endless when it comes to serving and pairing these delightful treats. Don’t be afraid to experiment with various combinations until you find one that suits your taste preference best.

One essential thing to note about serving these cupcakes is that they are best consumed immediately after baking or within 1-2 days of refrigeration in an airtight container. Any longer, and they might lose their moistness and freshness, which will affect their taste and texture.

So go ahead, enjoy your freshly baked gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes with your favorite topping combinations, beverages, and friends!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These cupcakes/muffins are free of gluten and dairy, but full of flavor and happiness.
These cupcakes/muffins are free of gluten and dairy, but full of flavor and happiness.

Once you’ve savored these delicious gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes, you’ll want to know how to properly store them for later. The good news is that these cupcakes can be made ahead of time and stored for up to 3 days at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

To make them ahead of time, simply bake the cupcakes as directed in the recipe and let them cool completely. Once they’re cool, store them in an airtight container or cover them with plastic wrap. You can also place the cupcakes in the refrigerator if you prefer a chillier treat.

When it’s time to eat, you can reheat the cupcakes by placing them in the oven at 350°F for about 5-10 minutes or until they are warm. Alternatively, you could microwave them for no more than 10 seconds. Keep in mind that microwaving may cause the cupcakes to lose some of their moisture, so it’s best not to overdo it.

If you want to frost your cupcakes, store the frosting separately in the refrigerator and frost only when ready to serve as leaving frosting on top of the cupcake while storing it might result in a soggy texture.

These make-ahead tips allow us to enjoy freshly-made cupcakes without worrying about last-minute preparation on busy mornings or during tight schedules. Go ahead and indulge yourself with a tasty and convenient cupcake whenever your taste buds crave something sweet!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Say goodbye to boring GF and DF desserts with these amazing cupcakes/muffins.
Say goodbye to boring GF and DF desserts with these amazing cupcakes/muffins.

As a nutritionist, I have learned that baking can be a precise task. Especially when it comes to baking dairy-free and gluten-free recipes, tips for perfect results can make all the difference. Here are my top tips for making sure your cupcakes or muffins come out perfectly every time:

1. Measure Ingredients Correctly: Baking is not an area where you want to be creative with measurements. It’s essential to measure the ingredients correctly and follow the recipe directions to ensure consistent results. For example, if you use too much flour or not enough liquid, your cupcakes may come out dry.

2. Use Room Temperature Ingredients: To avoid lumps in your batter and ensure even mixing, take out any dairy-free products such as butter or eggs from the refrigerator in advance and let them reach room temperature.

3. Mix Thoroughly: Gluten-free flours tend to clump together, mix thoroughly without overdoing which can cause tough or rubbery baked goods. Be careful not to mix too hard as gluten-free ingredients are fragile.

4. Preheat Your Oven: Before putting in the cupcakes or muffins in the oven, make sure it is preheated (at least 10 minutes). This helps guarantee even cooking throughout the product.

5. Don’t Overfill Your Cupcake Liners: It’s tempting to fill those cupcake liners all the way up – but don’t! Leave about 1/4 inch at the top of each liner; if you fill them up more they will spill over and stick to the pan or burn on top.

6. Test With a Toothpick: Inserting a toothpick into one of the cupcakes will tell you if it’s cooked properly. If it comes out clean or with a few crumbs sticking that means it’s done.

7. Let Them Cool Before Storing Them: The Cupcakes will continue cooking while cooling down so it’s important to let them cool before storing them. Plus, they’ll be easier to handle without falling apart.

8. Enjoy: Finally, enjoy! These cupcakes are delicious and you deserve every bite of them!


As an experienced nutritionist and food blogger, I have accumulated a lot of experience developing and sharing healthy organic, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes. However, despite our best efforts to create detailed and understandable recipe instructions, we know that sometimes some questions may arise. Therefore, we have compiled answers to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) about this gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes/muffins recipe that might be helpful to you. So let’s dive into the FAQ section!

How do you keep gluten free cupcakes fresh?

If you want to keep your gluten-free cupcakes fresh and delectable, I’ve got some helpful tips for you. To ensure your cupcakes last up to 48 hours, wrap them up tightly with some plastic wrap after they have cooled down. Then, just put them on your kitchen counter and let them sit at room temperature.

What is the difference between gluten-free and regular cupcakes?

When making gluten-free cupcakes, the recipe calls for a different type of flour instead of the traditional kind that contains gluten.

Do gluten free cupcakes taste different?

Gluten-free cakes can certainly have a unique taste, but it’s what makes gluten-free baking so intriguing. The great news is that there are many gluten-free flours such as potato flour, tapioca flour, and white rice flour, that have a fairly neutral taste, and hence, won’t significantly alter the flavor of the cake.

Why do my gluten free cupcakes sink?

When it comes to baking gluten-free bread, avoiding a sinking loaf can sometimes be challenging. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce the risk. First, it’s important to avoid overmixing the batter. Make sure everything is just incorporated and you’re done. Additionally, if you notice that your bread consistently sinks, it could be due to excess moisture in the mix. In this case, you can try reducing the amount of liquid by 1-2 tablespoons or adding 1-2 tablespoons of flour to the batter. Lastly, be mindful of how much xanthan or guar gum you are using, as too much of either can also contribute to a sinking loaf.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes/muffins recipe is perfect for those with dietary restrictions or those who are just looking for a healthier alternative to traditional baked goods. With simple ingredients like coconut flour, banana, and vanilla, these cupcakes are easy to make and taste absolutely delicious.

Moreover, this recipe is versatile and can be adapted to suit different tastes and preferences. You can create variations of the recipe by substituting ingredients like cocoa powder, blueberries, or even peanut butter. The possibilities are endless!

In addition, baking these cupcakes/muffins is a great way to get creative in the kitchen, while also indulging in some guilt-free treats. So why not give this recipe a try and see for yourself why it’s one of the best gluten-free and dairy-free recipes out there? Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Cupcakes / Muffins

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Cupcakes / Muffins Recipe

These are YUMMY!!! I absolutely love them, so do my kids and they do not have to eat gluten/dairy free. Coconut flour is a must, I use coconut oil instead of butter, and you can omit the mashed banana if you want. I also add nuts, pecans are my favorite. I got this off an old message board, and I did not have a name to credit it to.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert/Breakfast
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 6 muffins
Calories 147.7 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted (or coconut oil)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 mashed banana
  • chopped nuts (optional)
  • toasted coconut, for tops (optional)


  • Just mix up the ingredients.
  • Scoop batter in a muffin tin with liners.
  • Bake 15 min at 400 degrees.
  • Enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 64gCalories: 147.7kcalCarbohydrates: 15.8gProtein: 3.4gFat: 8.2gSaturated Fat: 4.5gCholesterol: 108.3mgSodium: 198.5mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 13.6g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Beginner Cook, Dairy Free, Dessert, Easy, Free Of..., Kid-Friendly, Lactose-free
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