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Healthy Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe with whole wheat or spelt flour, coconut oil, applesauce, maple syrup, Greek yogurt frosting and are low in sugar. | ifoodreal.com

These healthy vanilla cupcakes came out perfect! Because Easter is around the corner, we decorated them with unsulphured and unsweetened organic coconut flakes (fancy grade) for “feathers” and organic naturally coloured jelly beans for “eggs”. Kids were ecstatic as I never made cupcakes before!:)

I’m not a huge cake person and neither are my kids. They dislike the overly sweet icing but they sure love the cuteness of cupcakes. So, they were all over these cupcakes because they were up to their taste – low in sugar and healthy (believe it or not my kids are vey health conscious after watching Fed Up movie). However, a 4 year old still preferred cupcakes plain, no icing.

Healthy Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe with whole wheat or spelt flour, coconut oil, applesauce, maple syrup, Greek yogurt frosting and are low in sugar. | ifoodreal.com

Because these cupcakes are made with whole wheat flour, they are a tiny bit less fluffy but still very soft and moist! I would never think you can make healthy cupcakes with whole wheat flour and that is why I never attempted to. I assume using spelt flour will yield lighter cupcakes. To keep cupcakes healthy I also used coconut oil, applesauce and maple syrup (hone works too).

The icing is creamy and because it’s made with fresh ingredients, cupcakes should be refrigerated. After making two batches we had so many cupcakes, so we shared with a few friends and their kids, everyone loved them! I found organic jelly beans free of artificial colours, corn syrup and GMOs at my local organic store, I’m sure you can find them as well. I paid $2 for a small bag.

This year will be 1st time ever when Easter egg hunt won’t mean hunting for toxins. I will be filling plastic eggs from $ store with organic candies, coins, rubbery frogs, Lego, and tattoos.

Looking for more healthy festive desserts? Try my healthy chocolate cake recipe, healthy strawberry cheesecake bars, or healthy chocolate mousse recipe.

Healthy Vanilla Cupcakes

Healthy Vanilla Cupcakes



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray non-stick 12 muffin tin with cooking spray or line with cupcake liners (these are awesome).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add Wet Ingredients and beat with a mixer until smooth. Add Dry Ingredients and process until smooth. Batter should be like for the cake consistency, thicker than for pancakes but thinner than for muffins. Pour batter into prepared muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes, or until tops spring back to the touch or a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  3. While cupcakes are baking, prepare icing by beating Icing ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth. Frost cupcakes, sprinkle with coconut flakes and place a few jelly beans in the middle (decorations are optional).
  4. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for a few days.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving = 1 cupcake (w/o coconut flakes and jelly beans):
Calories: 207.3
Total Fat: 9.6 g
Cholesterol: 51.5 mg
Sodium: 182.8 mg
Total Carbs: 27.4 g
Sugars: 12 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.4 g
Protein: 4.4 g
WW Points+: 6

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    • Olena

      Perfect for Easter! I see so many Easter themed desserts and none of them are healthy…making these was a nice fresh change!

  1. Diana

    I made these yesterday and they are so good! My question is I want to make them again but as mini cupcakes instead for my daughters birthday. Would the quantities be the same as the recipe?

    • Olena

      Hi Diana. Depends how many cupcakes you need or what is your pan size. I’m trying to remember the baking sheet and the only one I can think of is a 24 mini openings one. That is what I think this recipe will be sufficient for.

    • Olena

      You need applesauce. I haven’t tested cupcakes with anything else and applesauce is quite irreplaceable when baking in regards acidity and dry:wet ratio.

    • Olena

      I think that would make them more like muffins. These cupcakes are already more dense because of whole wheat flour.

  2. Cindy Dyer

    Made these tonight & it was a much needed change from my weekly clean eating banana or pumpkin bread I usually make. While it’s not the same as a sinful vanilla cupcake it hits the spot for my dessert craving. Made peanut butter greek yogurt frosting & I’m in clean dessert heaven. Touch of sprinkles for my 4 year old who helped me make them & he doesn’t know these cupcakes are actually healthy. Just a mouthful of yum mommy these are goood. This one is a keeper.

    • Olena

      Hi Cindy. I know what you mean. These vanilla cupcakes are heavier and not as airy as original, understandable because of whole wheat flour. But definitely satisfy the craving. Your frosting sounds great!

  3. Frank

    Is the honey/maple syrup for sweetening? We wanted to make a giant cupcake for our daughter and keep it on the healthy side, but she can’t eat honey/maple syrup.

    • Olena

      Yes, it is for sweetening. What liquid sweetener can she eat? Brown rice syrup or date syrup would work too.

  4. Maia

    So impressed with this recipe!! I’m always baking and referencing recipes posted online but have never left a comment before, this recipe is absolutely praise worthy. Prefect cake texture that’s moist, fluffy, and flavorful. I don’t eat dairy so I can’t comment on the frosting. I also substituted 2 tbsp of oil for the eggs and warm water for the milk. I couldn’t believe how quick and delicious these were. A huge hit with the whole family. Thank you!



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