Grain-free Cardamom Vanilla Bean Cupcakes – Gluten-free and Dairy-free

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Grain-free Cardamom Vanilla Bean Cupcakes - Gluten-free and Dairy-free

I feel like I am constantly reiterating how aloof I am about most sweets, but here I am again. I honestly just don’t have much of a sweet tooth, never have. Yet, as of late, I feel like I am constantly creating and sharing sweets and baked good recipes. I was thinking about why that might be – as someone who is much more into savory cooking. I started to realize that it was a subconscious decision I was making because of how much happiness sweets bring people and how intimidating baking and desserts can be with a restricted diet.

Grain-free Cardamom Vanilla Bean Cupcakes - Gluten-free and Dairy-free

More specifically when I say “people” – besides all of my lovely readers, I really mean my husband, Mark. He is a self-professed sweets junkie. He loves any and all sweets and has been known to eat a slice of cake for breakfast, on occasion. So, whenever I can create a healthier sweet that not only works for my dietary restrictions, but also makes him very happy, it is a HUGE win, in my book. I have been on a roll lately, so I am just going with it.

Grain-free Cardamom Vanilla Bean Cupcakes - Gluten-free and Dairy-free

I had been dreaming of a subtly sweet vanilla bean infused grain-free cupcake of some sort for a while now and I realized that one of my favorite spices, cardamom would be the perfect pairing. These cupcakes have a taste similar to carrot cake – subtle, comforting, spicy and not overly sweet. The creamy coconut cream frosting has complimentary flavors with a bit more of the spicy ground cardamom and two whole vanilla beans, plus a bright pop of citrusy flavor from the orange zest.

I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

Grain-free Cardamom Vanilla Bean Cupcakes - Gluten-free and Dairy-free

This recipe was originally shared on the Free People Blog BLDG 25

Grain-free Cardamom Vanilla Bean Cupcakes - Gluten-free and Dairy-free

 

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen March 20, 2014 at 7:47 am

Gorgeously delicious! Is that marble slab your countertop? Swoooon.

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2 Denise March 20, 2014 at 9:56 am

Mmm Mmm Mmm, I just love cardamom. This is a great idea.

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3 T.Scholtz March 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Wait, you mean I’m not supposed to have cake for breakfast? Baked sweets are one of the things I miss the most since we eliminated grains, so I’m glad your husband has such a sweet tooth! I’m so happy to have found your site. 🙂 Off to check out this recipe now!

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4 Christine March 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

I’m in heaven over here!

The frosting looks AMAZING!

The cake looks soooo moist!

Your cross section pic is killing me!

Cardamom is my absolute favorite taste and scent! Can’t wait to make these!

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5 EyeCandyPopper March 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Funny, I was thinking the same thing recently about my blog. I’m not really into sweets all that much but I get a lot of joy in creating healthy recipes for people to enjoy!
These look really yummy, although I’m not a fan of cardamom, so I’m not sure if I’d like that… I’m guessing it’s a subtle taste?

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6 Helen @ Scrummy Lane March 23, 2014 at 9:49 am

Love the idea of a coconut cream frosting on a carrot-cake-like cupcake, Beth … and they look so beautiful! I’m totally with you on the whole baking bug thing, too. I’m usually more of a savory person (as far as cooking goes, that is), but I’m so enjoying having a go at a bit of baking these days!

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7 Ellen March 23, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I love cardamom too, and this recipe looks delicious although I rarely bake. It reminds me of one of my favorite sweets from India- makhania lassi. It uses a thick, local unpasteurized yogurt and is sweetened and flavored with rose water, saffron, and lots of cardamom. Pomegranate seeds on top if it’s winter- so good.

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8 Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa March 27, 2014 at 6:18 pm

These look sosososo good! I seriously wish I had a whole batch of these right now!

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9 Hari Chandana April 4, 2014 at 5:35 am

These are so adorable and tempting.. yummy!!

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10 Nicole January 3, 2015 at 9:34 pm

I was just about to make these and realised I don’t have coconut milk. Would almond milk work as a replacement or am I best to use the coconut milk? Thanks for your help! last time I made these, they were absolutely delicious! This time I’m leaving out the cardamom and adding berries. Yum!

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11 Beth @ Tasty Yummies January 5, 2015 at 11:41 am

I don’t know that almond milk would work since it is missing the fat and the creaminess of the coconut milk. If you tried it, I would love to hear how it came out for you.

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