Grain-Free Pumpkin Cupcakes | Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen

Grain-Free Pumpkin Cupcakes | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

Well, this is a first for me. It’s my first Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger post! And I couldn’t be happier to be sharing this amazing recipe with you (really it’s amaaaazing!!)

If you’re not already familiar with the Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger event (which is hosted by Alta from Tasty Eats at Home this month), was started by Sea from Book of Yum in hopes to help gluten-free bloggers across the blogosphere get to know each other better and test each other’s recipes.

For my first ever event, I wanted to choose a blog that I follow regularly, but haven’t tested many of their recipes. I’ve tried a few from this fabulous site, each one just as delicious as the next, but knew there was so much more to explore.

Especially when it comes to cupcakes.

Grain-Free Pumpkin Cupcakes | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen, written by Ali and Tim, is a site full of amazing, healthy, gluten-free recipes. From sweet to savory, from grain-free to sugar-free to vegan, Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen pretty much has it all. Anything you’re looking for, they’ve tested, mastered and thankfully shared for all of us to try. Not to mention they have two fabulous cookbooks, both of which are packed with even more fabulous dishes.

It wasn’t hard to choose which recipe to test. I wanted cupcakes and fall is just around the corner. I opted for their Grain-Free Pumpkin Cupcakes for a few reasons.

      • They’re refined sugar-free: sweetened only with soft medjool dates
      • They’re grain-free: made from coconut flour
      • They have my favorite spice combination on the planet: cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
      • They remind me of my childhood and spark my obsession with pumpkin pie
      • They’re easy to whip up and don’t contain ingredients I don’t normally stock in my gluten-free pantry
Grain-Free Pumpkin Cupcakes | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

To say that I was happy with these cupcakes is an understatement. They were sensational. Soft, moist, pumpkiny, not too sweet, but just sweet enough to consider them a cupcake and not a muffin.

For the icing, I used their recipe for Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Frosting, but decided to make it chocolatey since I couldn’t find white sweet potatoes (it would have been too orangey). Although the frosting was DELICIOUS, I can’t say that it was my favorite combo with the pumpkin cupcakes. Next time I’m going for the vanilla maple version. But what I can tell you, it was the most amazing, vegan, sugar-free icing I’ve ever tasted. It was smooth, creamy and loaded with sweetness. Better than the kind I used to buy out of a carton, but healthy.

Grain-Free Pumpkin Cupcakes | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

Make sure to check out all of Tom and Ali’s recipes on their site and consider picking up their two fabulous cookbooks while you’re at it. You can also follow stay connected on Facebook and follow along on Twitter. Trust me, you won’t want to miss a single recipe!

About Queen of Quinoa

Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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15 Responses to Grain-Free Pumpkin Cupcakes | Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen

  1. Ruthy says:

    These look so good! I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin lately too, I’m so ready for Fall. I’ve never made gluten free cupcakes and will have to give it a try. love the Adopt a Blogger event!

  2. Delishhh says:

    OH MY these looks heavenly – I am so ready for pumpkin!!! Love the name of your blog and your pictures are gorgeous!
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  3. So glad to have found your site. Lovely photos and recipes!
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  4. pamela Lippe says:

    Looking here for the grain-free pumpkin cupcakes receipe you offer!

    • Hi Pamela – the recipe is actually linked in the post – if you follow the link to Whole Life Nutrition’s site. I followed the recipe exactly (except that I added chocolate to the frosting)!

  5. Really nice cupcakes! I would like to showcase this recipe on my cupcake recipes & ideas blog if you agree. Best regards
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  6. I WILL be trying these come Halloween or (Canadian) Thanksgiving!

  7. Wow those look delicious. Nice Job.

  8. Pumpkin and spice. Those two flavors scream fall and these look delicious – both the recipe and your photos. It’s always fun being part of Adopt a GF Blogger.

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