Paleo and allergy-friendly, these grain-free vanilla cupcakes are a treat that you will love! They are fluffy, moist, and taste like the original.
Grain-free Vanilla Cupcakes with extra vanilla
Two sweet additions with so many uses!
Pure Vanilla Bean Powder
It makes an excellent whole30 compliant vanilla latte by adding 1/4 t. pure vanilla bean powder to a cup of hot coffee with 1/4 c. coconut cream then blending until frothy.
Making Vanilla Extract
Unfortunately, so many store-bought vanilla extracts contain sugar or syrup. I like to make my own vanilla extract with vodka and vanilla beans, it also makes a great Christmas gift!
To make vanilla extract, I use 2-3 vanilla beans per cup of vodka. Make a slit down the bean pod and add to bottle of vodka.
After steeping for at least 8 weeks, it should be an amber color and be ready to use. Store in dark colored bottles like these: 4 oz. Amber Glass Bottles.
Creating a grain-free/paleo cupcake
After making Paleo Red Velvet Cupcakes that really shocked me with how delicious they were and tasted better than the usual kind made with dye and conventional ingredients, I had to try making a vanilla cupcake!
It took a few trials with some tests that didn’t turn out very well, but finally I found the winning combination. The blend of cassava flour and arrowroot powder creates the balanced texture that is soft and moist but not too chewy.
As you make these, the state of your ingredients is key. For instance, the coconut oil should be melted, but not too hot so it doesn’t cook your other ingredients.
Enjoy making these for your next celebration!