Though I don't do as much gluten free baking as I used to, I still love making healthier special treats for my family on occasion. These Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Macaroons are some of our favorites, but this recipe for vegan cheesecake cupcakes, well–it really takes the cake :).
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I used to make homemade low fat cheesecakes as a special treat for holidays. They were amazing. But our diets have changed.
I typically love a culinary challenge, but this one seemed a little steep.
I saw these fabulous cupcakes by Ricki Heller (one of my favorite bloggers) and knew I had to have them.
The vegan cheesecake inside reminded me of the lovely cheesecakes I used to make and I just knew my family would love them.
So I went in the kitchen and got to work. Ricki's recipe is already great, of course (like so many of her recipes are) but I wanted to get a way around the fruit juices in the cake part to make them less of a glycemic issue for us.
And I ended up tweaking her cheesecake filler a bit.
Well, we have a real winner here, folks.
These Chocolate Chip Vegan Cheesecake Cupcakes are amazing. The 24 cupcakes I made were gone in a flash and I have 3 men (2 of them are pretty young) begging for more.
(By the way–not a follower of Ricki's? Hop on over there and check out her wonderful blog now :-).)
Chocolate Chip Vegan Cheesecake Cupcakes (Gluten, Egg, and Sugar Free w/ Dairy-Free Option)
Makes approximately 3 dozen cupcakes
3 cups nuts or seeds (cashews or macadamias will make the most “cheesecake looking” filling, but use whatever you like.)
3 Tbsp. water
3/8 cup lemon juice
4 tsp vanilla extract
3/16 tsp salt (I recommend RealSalt)
6 scoops stevia extract (or 1/2 cup sweetener of your choice. I use NuNaturals.)
1 cup chocolate chips (I used my Homemade Chocolate Chips)
4 cups gluten free flour mix (see Notes below)
1/2 cup arrowroot starch (or other light starch)
1 1/2 cup cocoa or carob
1 tsp gelatin (I recommend Great Lakes. Vegans could use a gum like xanthan or guar.)
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 Tbsp baking powder (See Homemade Baking Powder)
2 2/3 cup sweetener (I used xylitol due to needing a low glycemic sweetener)
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups milk alternative (like my Easiest Almond Milk or my Easiest Coconut Milk. Of course, dairy milk could also be used)
4 scoops (1/8 tsp) stevia extract (I recommend NuNaturals) *see below for measuring details
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup oil (I used melted coconut oil.)
1. Make the filling first so it has time to cool. (If you make my Homemade Chocolate Chips with coconut oil you will want it cool or it might melt the chips :-(.)
2. Please all filling ingredients in a high-powered blender (like Vitamix) and blend 'til smooth.
3. Fold chocolate chips into the cheesecake mixture.
4. Make the cake batter.
6. Fill prepared muffin tins about 1/2 full with cake batter.
7. Spoon about 2 tsps of the cheesecake mixture on top of the cake batter.
8. Top each cupcake with remaining cake batter.
9. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until a tester comes clean out of the cupcake part.
1. Please use Soaked and Dehydrated Nuts or Seeds.
2. If you use a stronger-tasting nut like pumpkin seeds, you will need more sweetener. (Pumpkin seeds are a great zinc source, by the way.) Macadamias and cashews are a good mild choice for this filling.
3. I used a minimal amount of starch because I try to bake with whole grain flours only. The cupcakes sink “a tad” using this recipe. If you want a completely “non sinking” cupcake, trade a little of the whole grain flour for some starch.
4. My basic “go to” gluten-free flour blend is typically 4 parts sweet brown rice, 4 parts mixed whole grain gluten-free flours, consisting of millet, buckwheat, amaranth, and long grain brown rice. I pretty much use whatever I have on hand :-).
5. Measuring Stevia: These stainless mini measuring spoons from Amazon are super duper handy. The 2nd smallest is 1/32 of a teaspoon so you can easily measure stevia extract.
Creamy dairy free cheesecake filling with crunchy chunky chocolate (or carob) chips, surrounded by a “just right” chocolate cake.
Honestly, I've made a number of cakes over the years (well, I do make more cookies and such than cakes), but these vegan cheesecake cupcakes were a clear favorite.
Gobbled up lickety-split.
By the way, you will have extra filling with these proportions. I thought about reducing the proportions, but we really liked having the extra.
My husband likes to add it to his cupcakes by putting a big dollop on top when he ate them. He's not at all a fan of frosting, but the sweetness in this filling is just right.
My oldest just eats the filling by the spoonful for a snack :-).
Just plop some of that filling from the yummy vegan cheesecake cupcakes onto your already stuffed cupcakes and you've got a double layer of goodness.
You could, alternatively, use it as a frosting of sorts. Or even a fruit dip.
Whatever way you choose to eat is, it's just great.
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