Coconut Lime Cupcakes {Grain-Free}

April 15th, 2014 at 6:06 am

Coconut Lime Cupcakes {Grain-Free} |

A huge predicament parked itself in my kitchen last week as I was getting set to prepare an Easter treat for you. I couldn’t decide between Coconut Lime Cupcakes, Lemon Tart, Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies, and Raw Key Lime Pie. Oh, the choices!

So I did what any undecided girl of my generation would do and turned to Facebook for some help.

The feedback was, for the most part, divided between Lemon Tart and Coconut Lime Cupcakes. The cupcakes made the final cut.

I’ll let you in on my very systematic and highly official way of deciding: the scrap paper method. I scrawled “cupcakes” on one piece of paper and “tart” on the other. Then I folded them up, tossed them around in my hands a bit, and picked one.

Voila! Cupcakes.

Coconut Lime Cupcakes {Grain-Free} |

This is a coconut-packed coconut cupcake if there ever was one. Just take a look at the ingredients:

  • Coconut flour
  • Baking soda
  • Sea salt
  • Eggs
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut sugar
  • Lime zest
  • Coconut butter
  • Hemp milk
  • Stevia
  • Coconut flakes

Yep. Somehow I managed to work five forms of coconut into one recipe. (Is that deserving of a Girl Scout badge or what?!)

Coconut Lime Cupcakes {Grain-Free} |

For some crunch and to drive home the coconut vibe, I added unsweetened coconut flakes on top of my cupcakes. You could also use unsweetened shredded coconut for the same effect, but if you can find the flakes, use them. They really make these cupcakes pop.

Check out my other gluten-free spring recipes perfect for Easter weekend:

Coconut Lime Cupcakes {Grain-Free}

Yield: Makes 12 cupcakes

These festive grain-free coconut cupcakes are perfect for any spring gathering. Feel free to replace the lime zest with orange or lemon zest instead for a different flavor.


2/3 cup coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

6 large eggs, room temperature

1/2 cup coconut oil or organic butter, melted

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest

1/2 cup coconut butter (I make my own, but Artisana is a good brand)

1/4 cup unsweetened hemp or almond milk

10 drops pure liquid stevia

Unsweetened coconut flakes or shreds, for topping


Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line 12 cups of a standard muffin pan with paper liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and lime zest. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and whisk quickly to form a thick and uniform batter. Divide the batter evenly between the lined muffin cups.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

In a small pot set over low heat, combine the coconut butter, hemp milk, and stevia. Whisk constantly until melted, thick, and smooth.

Spread over the cooled cupcakes and top with coconut flakes. Serve.

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  1. These look so good, I can’t remember (and don’t care) what I voted or on Facebook! Can’t wait to make these over the weekend.

  2. I think I may have to start using the scrap paper method too! These cupcakes look wonderful Hallie!

  3. Your recipes sound so good but I cannot tolerate stevia. I used to think I was the only one, but there are more folks who can’t. Any chance of you including some options that are low carb and how much to make up for the stevia in future recipes? Thanks.

  4. I’m so glad I saw this recipe!! I have to cut out almonds for now, which used to be my go-to baking flour. I am now relying heavily on coconut, but I noticed that many glutenfree/grainfree recipes use a combo of both. I love that your recipe is only with coconut flour. I happen to have all of the ingredients and can’t wait to make these! It’s been so long since I’ve baked cupcakes. These look perfect for spring. Thank you again. Pinning and sharing now.

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