• Healthy Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes (grain-free)

    Healthy Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes made grain, gluten & dairy-free!

    Healthy Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes that are grain-free and have secret ingredient!Healthy Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes made grain, gluten & dairy-free!

    The first cupcake recipe on the blog EVER is here! Hip hip HOORAY!

    Not going to lie, I was so nervous baking cupcakes from scratch. Anything that I haven’t done before usually intimidates me, but these cupcakes had me seriously freaking out. I have never ate a grain-free cupcake let alone made one from scratch, but I was up for the challenge.

    Red velvet is personally one of my absolute favorite cupcakes and cake flavors ever. I wanted a red velvet wedding caking but J wasn’t too into that idea. Then again, it didn’t really go with the whole “gold, blush and silver” color scheme I had going. We settled for vanilla chip with cannoli cream and it was AMAZING..in case you are wondering 😉

    But these grain-free and dairy-free red velvet cupcakes are healthy AND they are homemade. No box or mix over here people. I used almond flour as my flour of choice.

    Lately almond flour and I are getting along really well. I made a skillet brownie with some a couple weeks ago and have been getting lucky with it in the kitchen. Coconut flour on the other hand, well we have a love/hate relationship right now.

    Now here is the real “wow” part of this recipe. I used BEETS to dye the cupcakes red. Yup, it is happening. It was wayyyy too much fun making these. I read online that someone had made a frosting recipe pink from using beets, so I knew that they would have to work in cupcakes too.

    There is still actual cacao in the cupcakes, giving the real “red velvet chocolatey” taste too. All red velvet cake is, is a glorified way of eating chocolate cake.

    Healthy Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes made grain, gluten & dairy-free!Healthy Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes made grain, gluten & dairy-free!

    I used Love Beets for these cupcakes too. Their Organic Mild Vinegar Beets are so so good. They are steamed and marinated in a mild white wine vinegar. I don’t recommend using roasted beets in this, steamed worked best for coloring purposes!

    Love Beets is literally the only beet company I buy. I find them in Whole Foods and get them every single week. Jord loves them in his salads too so I try to always have them on hand.

    I am also obsessed with the fact that Love Beets was started by a husband and wife (#couplegoals). The company’s branding is also so fun and colorful and their passion for quality products is admirable. You can read all about why beets are good for you right on their site too! You may recognize Love Beets from the beet pesto you all love too 🙂

    If you make these cupcakes, don’t forget to share with me! I would love to hear what you think.

    Healthy Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes made grain, gluten & dairy-free!Healthy Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes made grain, gluten & dairy-free!


    Healthy Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes (grain-free)

    5 from 4 reviews

    • Author: rachel mansfield
    • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x
    • Category: grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free
    • Cuisine: cupcakes, dessert


    • Wet ingredients:
    • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • 1 package Love Beets Organic Mild Vinegar Beets
    • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/3 cup maple syrup
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Dry ingredients:
    • 2 cups almond flour (have not tested other flours)
    • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/3 cup coconut sugar


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with liners
    2. In a food processor, blend together the beets so they are completely broken up in an applesauce-like consistency and set aside
    3. Mix together wet ingredients with hand mixer or Kitchen Aid in a large bowl
    4. In a medium bowl, stir together dry ingredients
    5. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well
    6. Fill each cupcake liner about 3/4 full
    7. Bake for 20-22 minutes and let cool then add your favorite frosting on top
    8. *Will stay good for about 4-5 days and I kept in fridge after a couple days

    xx, Rach

    Healthy Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes made grain, gluten & dairy-free!

    Thank you Love Beets for sponsoring this post. It means so much to me to work with brands that I love and who support rachLmansfield!

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  • Reply Leah Goldglantz December 13, 2016 at 7:26 am

    LOVE that you snuck beets into here 🙂

  • Reply Karlie December 13, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Cupcakes with beets? I love it.. and so festive too

  • Reply Fiorella December 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    These look amazing and i bet they are delicious! Just wondering, what kinf of icing did you use to top these cupcakes?

    • Reply Rachel December 13, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      thank you so much!!! simple mills 🙂

  • Reply Abs December 14, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    These look beautiful! If we don’t have a Whole Foods near by, how much/many beers should we use?

    • Reply Rachel December 14, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      thanks! roughly about 6!

      • Reply Diane September 17, 2017 at 8:46 am

        How big? I grow my own veggies, and would like to use some of my beets in this. Would it be 1/2 a cup of beets, a cup, or more or less?

  • Reply Hannah December 23, 2016 at 2:54 am

    It says dairy free but contains eggs? What can I sub instead of eggs?

    • Reply Rachel December 23, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      eggs aren’t dairy 😉

    • Reply Dara December 29, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      You could make a flax egg. Google has recipes.

  • Reply Lisa January 8, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    These looks so yummy! Should the beets be cooked??


    • Reply Rachel January 8, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      thanks lisa ! they are steamed.. i mention it in the blog post 😉

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  • Reply Emily March 15, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Hi, I don’t know if I just skipped over it in the post but do we have to use the beets mentioned? I can only find Love band cooked pure beets, they don’t have the vinegar. Is this okay? Sorry but thank you in advance! These cupcakes look phenomenal!

    • Reply Rachel March 15, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      hi emily – the instructions say when to include it! it is included wet ingredients 😉 enjoy!

  • Reply Annabelle April 13, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Hi! Can’t wait to make these! Do you have any idea how these would turn out as a cake instead of cupcakes?

    • Reply Rachel April 13, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      i haven’t tried but definitely keep me posted!

  • Reply Maryke May 8, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Rachel. In the dry ingredients it says ⅓ coconut sugar. a ⅓ of what is that – a cup?

  • Reply Anayat May 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    My entire family is in love with these!! Absolutely adore these…xx

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  • Reply Amy August 1, 2017 at 12:49 am

    These look so good! Can you sub lemon juice for apple cider vinegar? I can’t handle that because of candida

    • Reply Rachel August 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      i’m sure it will work! is this rest of the recipe candida-friendly??

  • Reply Nahid August 15, 2017 at 4:04 am

    How much is that 1 packet live beers in weight or atleast how much of a cup after pureed

  • Reply Nahid August 15, 2017 at 4:09 am

    I mean what is weight of beets in 1 package Love Beets Organic Mild Vinegar Beets

  • Reply Savannah October 8, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I am all out of maple syrup Could I sub more coconut sugar for maple syrup ? And if so about how much?

    • Reply Rachel October 9, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      i haven’t tested but honey can also work!

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  • Reply Ann October 23, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    What is the measurement for the beets? I bought a Costco size of Love Beets so I don’t think I want to use an entire package 😳 I saw you mention 6 beets, but do you know is that 1 cup? 2 cups? Thanks!

    • Reply Rachel October 23, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      i’d use 6 small beets! less than a cup

  • Reply Melissa February 13, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Just made these in mini cupcake form for Valentines! I’m amazed by how good they are! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply Rachel February 14, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      YAYY so happy to hear!!

  • Reply Pamela March 5, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Can regular beets be used instead?

    • Reply Rachel March 6, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      i think it would be too bitter to be honest!

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