Gluten Free Strawberry Cupcakes

These tender and light gluten free strawberry cupcakes are flavored with cooked and pureed strawberry syrup, and topped with a strawberry glaze or frosting.

How to bake with strawberries

When strawberry season is in full swing, they smell like strawberries, look like strawberries (red inside and out!) and even taste like strawberries. I never really tire of baking with this lovely fruit, but baking with a berry that has a ton of moisture can be tricky.

These gluten free strawberry cupcakes are made with a strawberry syrup that’s easily made by cooking some strawberries (frozen work great here) with some sugar and a bit of water. Blend the cooked mixture, and you have a concentrated strawberry flavor that adds color, sweetness, and aroma.

Frozen strawberries, like all frozen fruits, are frozen at the peak of freshness, so they’re always perfectly ripe. Since they’re being cooked down in the syrup, … Read more

Gluten Free Chocolate Muffins | Lighter Option

These gluten free chocolate muffins have tons of rich chocolate flavor and are really satisfying for breakfast. Make the lighter option, and they have only 180 calories, with all that rich chocolate flavor. 

These rich chocolate muffins have way way less sugar than I would usually use in muffins or cupcakes, and lots less butter. They’re tender and chocolatey, but clearly muffins and not cupcakes.

Lite gluten free chocolate muffins have 180 calories & under 2 teaspoons of sugar. Still rich and generous, with all the rich chocolate flavor. Have it all!

The lighter gluten free chocolate muffin variation

This is not a “diet” blog. I don’t count calories, and I don’t ever want my 2 girls to hear me complaining about the way I look, so I never do it.

In the same spirit, I don’t generally provide nutrition information for my recipes (that, and it’s crazy labor-intensive to do it). The exception is when I offer a recipe as “lighter,” or “light.”

Since both fat (yum!) and sugar (yum!) are not only delicious but act … Read more

Gluten Free Milk Chocolate Cupcakes

Moist, light and airy, these gluten free milk chocolate cupcakes are chocolatey but not too rich. Perfect for every occasion.

Do you think milk chocolate is for wimps, that these milk chocolate gluten free cupcakes can’t possibly satisfy? This recipe might just have the power to change your mind about milk chocolate. It’s not fool’s gold! It’s real chocolate – just with milk.

This is the perfect cupcake for holiday decorating or any sort of celebration. It’s not too rich and not too sweet, so it can handle some serious frosting and other decorations and fanciness. Here, I made a simple ganache-style milk chocolate glaze, which is always a safe choice.

Milk chocolate cupcakes batter in a bowl with a spoon

What makes milk chocolate different than other chocolate?

When I bake with melted chocolate, I typically specify dark chocolate. I’m not a chocolate expert, so when I get questions about what “dark chocolate” means as an ingredient, I limit … Read more

Homemade Gluten Free Funfetti Cupcakes

Festive homemade gluten free Funfetti cupcakes with fluffy buttercream frosting are the perfect way to make anything a celebration. They’re made in a small batch that can easily be doubled.

Gluten free cupcakes are one of my favorite ways to say “happy birthday,” or even just, “hello.” When my gluten free son was in grammar school, I learned quickly to maintain a steady supply of cupcakes in my gluten free freezer stash for those sudden school birthday party announcements.

The best part about a gluten free Funfetti cupcake is that, even without frosting, it’s still festive. If you frost it with a simple buttercream and sprinkle on a few more edible confetti pieces, you are really ready for anything.

This recipe is for a small batch of cupcakes that is nearly identical to our perfect gluten free vanilla cupcakes. You can double the batch if you’re baking for a … Read more

Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins | On the Healthy Side

These tender gluten free zucchini muffins are made with healthy fats and some whole grains, and they’re relatively low sugar. Add chocolate chips, raisins, or chopped nuts.

These muffins are healthy-ish

Moist, tender, only lightly sweet and still really flavorful, these gluten free zucchini muffins are healthier than most, but definitely not “diet” muffins. They’re made with a combination of an all purpose gluten free flour blend and whole grain oat flour, and of course tons of zucchini (insert zucchini emoji here why isn’t there one?).

There’s only half a cup of sugar in the whole dozen+ batch of generously-sized muffins. I used to make them with raisins all the time, but I’ve transitioned to using chocolate chips almost exclusively. There aren’t that many mix-ins and for the love of Mike even just a few chocolate chips are so good in muffins.

Zucchini muffin batter in muffin wells

Tips to making these muffins

I’ve also switched … Read more