These rich and decadent vegan chocolate sweet potato cupcakes with chocolate sweet potato frosting are dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free and loaded with nutritious sweet potato in every bite!  They only require ten ingredients and are made in your blender. 

Vegan Chocolate Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Vegan Chocolate Sweet Potato Cupcakes

It is hard to believe that these amazingly delicious and moist chocolate cupcakes are made with nutrient-dense sweet potatoes.  Even the frosting!  You really would never know it.  Every bite is truly incredible!  I wanted to make a light and fluffy cupcake with a creamy thick chocolate frosting that was nutritious, vegan (dairy-free and egg-free), gluten-free, nut-free and refined sugar-free.  I am beyond thrilled with how these turned out and will make these again and again.  Despite being gluten-free the cupcakes hold together perfectly and the frosting is thick, creamy and perfect for decorating.  Even though they are naturally sweetened with just maple syrup they still taste incredibly decadent.  They have the perfect amount of rich chocolate flavor that will have you falling in love at first bite!

Vegan Chocolate Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

I love how easy this recipe is to pull together.  All the frosting ingredients go in your blender and then chill in the refrigerator to harden.  The cupcake ingredients leverage the blender as well.  The cupcakes bake in just 20 minutes and then once cooled you can frost them and enjoy immediately.  

Vegan Chocolate Sweet Potato Cupcake Recipe

What you need to make Vegan Chocolate Sweet Potato Cupcakes

The cupcakes are made from nine wholesome ingredients: 

  • old fashioned oats (certified gluten-free if desired)
  • unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • maple syrup
  • avocado oil
  • unsweetened plain plant-based milk (oat, almond etc.)
  • sweet potato
  • vanilla extract

And the icing is made from just six ingredients (five of which are used for the cupcakes above):

  • sweet potato
  • maple syrup
  • coconut oil
  • unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
  • vanilla extract
  • salt

Altogether you only need 10 ingredients to make these cupcakes (including the baking powder and salt)!  And it doesn’t require any flaxseed to hold them together.  

You may want to decorate your cupcakes.  I like to use dye-free sprinkles. Unsweetened shredded coconut would also work well in place of sprinkles if you want to keep them totally refined sugar-free.  Both are optional but always festive and fun.  

Vegan and Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

What are the health benefits of sweet potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite vegetables to incorporate into recipes whenever possible.  Their vibrant orange color lets you know you are getting all that immune-boosting vitamin A (also helpful for vision and bone health).  They also offer dietary fiber and potassium and are high in vitamin C.  They are convenient and versatile and somehow serve as both a comfort food and health food all at once.

Compared to russet potatoes, sweet potatoes have similar calorie content but offer more fiber.  Plus, one medium sweet potato offers almost 700% of your daily recommend intake of vitamin A, while russets offer none.  Sweet potatoes offer almost double the amount of vitamin C as compared to russets. 

Refined Sugar Free Chocolate Cupcakes

What are the health benefits of unsweetened cocoa powder?

Unsweetened cocoa powder is used in this recipe and is made by roasting and grinding cocoa beans. Years of nutrition research has shown that chocolate may provide health benefits from antioxidants called flavanols found in the cocoa solids (as opposed to the cocoa butter). When consumed in large amounts, studies have shown that flavanols in chocolate may:

  • Lower high blood pressure and decrease levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol leading to decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke
  • Promote lung health and protect against asthma
  • Decrease the risk of diabetes and several types of cancer
  • Benefit the brain and preserve cognitive abilities to lower the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease
  • Improve mood and feelings of pleasure
  • Benefit the vascular system by reducing the risk of blood clots and increasing blood flow in arteries and the heart

Many recipes call for Dutch-processed cocoa powder, which is cocoa powder that has been alkalized to remove the bitter taste. This actually substantially reduces the flavanols (about 65% of the flavanol content is lost).

Like most foods, eating the least processed and most pure form is the healthiest.  Flavanols provide a dark pigment, so visually you can look for a darker color in your cocoa powder for more nutritional benefits. 

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Looking for more delicious vegan and gluten-free chocolate recipes?

There is no shortage of chocolate recipes on this blog.  I truly am a chocoholic at heart and that will likely never change.  Here are some of my favorite chocolate recipes that are ALL dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free and peanut-free.  Most are refined sugar-free too!

  1. Baked Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate Ganache Glaze
  2. No-Cook, No-Avocado Vegan Chocolate Pudding 
  3. The Best Vegan and Refined Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate (made in your blender!)
  4. Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
  5. Classic Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  6. Protein-Packed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
  7. Homemade Vegan Chocolate 
  8. No-Bake Brown Rice Crispy Treats with Dark Chocolate Shell and Flaked Sea Salt
  9. Creamy Chocolate Fudgesicles
  10. Healthy Chocolate Smoothie
  11. Healthy Chocolate Mocha Smoothie
  12. Instant Vegan Chocolate Mousse (made with avocado)
  13. Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Muffins 
  14. Vegan and Gluten-Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now, let’s get to making these amazing Vegan Chocolate Sweet Potato Cupcakes!

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