Salted Caramel Cupcakes (VG, Refined Sugar Free, Natural)

Healthy & Nourishing Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free
Quick & Simple

Makes 6 (Prep 10 minutes, Bake 15 minutes)

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All this week I am sharing my ultimate healthy caramel recipes with you. I love sharing healthy alternatives to traditional 'junk food,' like Jules Arons Ultimate Banana Bread & my Baked Vegan Doughnuts.

Since going dairy free, I have really missed my caramel. Its so creamy and sweet, and there really is nothing like an indulgent caramel treat now and again. 

But Emily, you write a health food blog? How can I have caramel and cake when I'm trying to eat healthily?
Have no fear, you can eat healthily and still enjoy an indulgent cake; the best bit being it tastes incredible and you dont have to feel guilty at all, because everything in them is nourishing your body and doing you the world of good.

What swaps have you made to make these healthy?

Swap 1: Tahini rather than Butter. Tahini gives these cakes and incredible, subtle nutty flavour. Its dairy free, gluten free, and natural filled with vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15. as well as being an amazing source of calcium so if you are dairy free like me its an essential!

Swap 2: Oat Flour. This one is for all my gluten free people out there. Gluten isn't digestible and even if you aren't celiac it can cause digestive issues. To avoid any problems oat flour is used.

Swap 3: Using aquafaba rather than eggs. This is an ethical swap and one you dont have to make although its great if you are trying to loose weight as aquafaba is really low in calories. Its perfect for binding your cakes and helping them to rise. 

So now we know the health benefits lets get into the recipe! 


  • 1/4 cup Tahini
  • 100g Aquafaba
  • 150g Oat Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Agave Nectar 
  • 150 g dates
  • 50g cashew butter
  • 6 tbsp almond milk
  • 150g Coconut cream 


  1. Pre heat oven to 180 degree centigrade.
  2. Add your flour, & baking soda to a bowl.
  3. Whisk the aquafaba until doubled in size and frothy.
  4. Add your tahini, agave, vanilla and whisked aquafaba, to your dry ingredients and fold in.
  5. Spoon into 6 muffin cases and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Whilst baking add your dates, cashew butter and milk to a blender. 
  7. Blend until smooth (if your blender is less power full, blend and then use a liquidizer to get a creamy consistency).
  8. Remove cakes from the oven.
  9. Whisk up your coconut cream whilst the cakes cool.
  10. Using a piping end make holes into the cake to halfway down.
  11. Pipe in the caramel mix.
  12. Once all cakes are filled, pipe over the coconut cream, into swirls.
  13. Top with your favorite cake topping! I used cherries, ginger, cinnamon, and date love hearts!
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  1. You had me at salted caramel! These sound and look delicious, I’ve never tried tahini so will give it a try!- x

  2. I LOVE that they have a gooey centre! No cupcake is complete without one. Amazing recipe as always! x


    1. Exactly! I do love a surprise center in a cupcake! Thank you lovely!

      Emily xx

  3. I adore salted caramel! It's amazing and definitely made me a fan of your recipe here. I love how you've made it work for people we can't have certain items. I'm definitely going to have to try this recipe, yours always seem super easy to follow.

    Gemma |

    1. Thank you so much Gemma! I adore salted caramel too, its the best isnt it! I hope you love the recipe when you try it <3

      Emily xx

  4. These look like absolute bloody heaven, as all of your recipes always do. Salted caramel anything is always a good shout in my eyes, the saltier tasting the better! I’ve made chocolate salted caramel cakes before and they tasted amazing but looked a mess, I need your presentation skills haha x

    Alice |

    1. yes Alice!! Im so the same with the salt <3 Ooh chocolate caramel cakes sound delicious you'll have to send me the recipe!

      Thank you so much for the comment!

      Emily xx

  5. Salted caramel is my favourite thing in the world! I could eat it all the time if I could. Love this recipe!

    Julia xx

  6. I absolutely love anything and everything that is salted caramel, so these are right up my street.. 😍 I really want to do some baking with my nephews over Easter, and this may be my recipe of choice.. 🙊

    Andi |

  7. These look absolutely delicious! We're actually having people over this weekend so I might have to make these then :)x

    Anu | Based On blog


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