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!

  • Ruthy

    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!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Me too!! Let me know if you do try these cupcakes, they’re surprisingly easy to make since they don’t use very many hard-to-find ingredients. They’re the perfect fall treat :)

  • Delishhh

    OH MY these looks heavenly – I am so ready for pumpkin!!! Love the name of your blog and your pictures are gorgeous!

  • Carrian-Sweet Basil

    So glad to have found your site. Lovely photos and recipes!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Thank you Carrian! You’re so sweet (and welcome!!) :)

  • pamela Lippe

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

    • Queen of Quinoa

      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)!

  • Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden

    Really nice cupcakes! I would like to showcase this recipe on my cupcake recipes & ideas blog if you agree. Best regards

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Sure thing! Just note that the recipe isn’t mine, it’s actually from Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen. The pics are mine though :)

  • Sassy Celiactivist (Pamela)

    I WILL be trying these come Halloween or (Canadian) Thanksgiving!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Fabulous idea! Let me know how they turn out for you :)

  • Anne @ EZ Gluten Free

    Wow those look delicious. Nice Job.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Thanks so much!

  • Shannon @ Enjoying Gluten-Free Life

    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.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      It was definitely fun to join the event. Will be doing it again next time :) Thanks for the compliments, the recipe was indeed delicious!