Delicious Dairy Free Green Vanilla Cupcakes {Hidden Veggies} St. Patrick’s Day

Delicious Dairy Free Green Vanilla Cupcakes {Hidden Veggies} St. Patrick's Day   I am so excited that this recipe turned out as good as it did, actually it turned out way better than I expected! I know you are probably thinking they don’t look very yummy, but no lie – these cupcakes are delicious! My husband, a couple of our friends and my toddler all thought so too 🙂

These cupcakes are super easy to make and guess what? They are made from scratch! No baking out of a box here. I so much prefer baking from scratch as then I know exactly what goes into everything and I can tweak things and make them a tiny bit healthier.

This recipe is one I created yesterday and I based it from the recipe I created almost 3 years ago when I made over 200 cupcakes for my wedding. Yep, over 200 from scratch! More on that little adventure here.

But instead of a white chocolate chip vanilla cupcake, I made a much healthier version – and this one includes hidden veggies – 5 cups of fresh spinach! oh yeah! Some other adjustments I made this time around: I substituted both coconut oil and applesauce for the butter, and agave syrup for sugar. I also made these completely organic which is really easy to do nowadays when there are so many affordable organic options popping up in the stores. (I will be writing a post soon on how to eat organically on a budget).

Not only are these green cupcakes perfect for St. Patricks Day – but they are perfect for any day! Oh and they are Dairy Free as well! And if you use Gluten Free flour, they can be gluten free too.

Delicious Dairy Free Green Vanilla Cupcakes {Hidden Veggies Recipe} St. Patrick
Recipe Type: Cupcakes
Cuisine: American
Author: Jessica Acs
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Serves: 12
A healthy but delicious vanilla cupcake – dairy free. A hidden veggies recipe.
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup agave syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 5 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • Icing:
  • almond milk
  • icing sugar
  1. Using an electric mixer, blend the coconut oil, agave syrup and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs and continue mixing.
  2. Mix the flour and baking powder together in separate bowl then slowly pour into the mixer.
  3. In a blender or vitamix, puree the applesauce and spinach until smooth.
  4. Add the puree spinach mixture to the mixer and mix for about 30 seconds.
  5. Preheat oven to 325
  6. Fill 12 muffin cups (I used the silicone baking cups, but paper liners will work too) and bake for 20-25 minutes. Make sure you use a cake tester to test before removing from the oven.
  7. Icing:
  8. tbsp almond milk
  9. cups icing sugar.
  10. Depending on how much icing you’d like, you will need to add more of both the milk and icing sugar. Use an electric mixer and add a tiny amount of milk at a time. A little goes a long way here. Keep adding the icing sugar until you get your desired consistency.


Delicious Dairy Free Green Vanilla Cupcakes {Hidden Veggies} St. Patrick's Day

Delicious Dairy Free Green Vanilla Cupcakes {Hidden Veggies} St. Patrick's Day

Delicious Dairy Free Green Vanilla Cupcakes {Hidden Veggies} St. Patrick's Day


About Jessica Acs

Originally from Victoria BC, Canada, I'm now living in Chicago IL. I mostly just make mini albums now, and I’m the author of Memory Makers Book: “Outstanding Mini Albums”, 2009. I am a Certified Ranger Educator and I previously taught classes in Vancouver BC, as well as at Scrapbooking Conventions around the USA. I'm also an Exotic Animal Trainer/ Wildlife Educator and with my husband we do educational live animal shows for schools, parties and events. We literally have a small zoo at our home, with over 70 different animals. To add even more excitement to our lives, we recently became new parents when we welcomed our baby girl, Ava, in July 2012. As well as here at Homeketeers, I can be found over on my other 2 sites: and


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