Gluten-Free Eggnog Cupcakes - A Low-Fat Version
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Happy Holidays, gluten-free dieters! I can't believe it's already December; maybe time does have wings. One thing I really love to drink during a holiday season is eggnog, the infamously heavy concoction of sugar, milk and eggs. I enjoy it either cold or warm, with alcohol or without, depending on my mood of the day. This year, however, I wanted to do something a little more fun with my favorite holiday drink than just sipping it from a cup, so I decided to use it as the star ingredient in my gluten-free cupcakes. Now you might already be calculating how much fat your cardiovascular system would have to endure from these treats. The answer is "not too much." In this gluten-free dessert recipe, I use healthy low-fat ingredients, such as non-hydrogenated margarine and light eggnog, which helps reduce the fat content by more than 50%. Don't worry that the low-fat ingredients might compromise the taste of your eggnog goodies. I just wolfed down two of these cupcakes this morning, and they were scrumptiously eggnoggy! Plus, I have an easy eggnog frosting recipe for you as well. Aren't you itching to bake some cupcakes right now?
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Ingredients You Need for this Gluten-Free Dessert
- 1/4 cup non-hydrogenated margarine
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup light non-alcoholic eggnog
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsps rice flour
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- a tiny pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
A Note on Some of These Gluten-Free Ingredients
- Why non-hydrogenated margarine? This is not a matter of gluten avoidance. Butter and all types of margarine are gluten-free. I choose non-hydrogenated margarine for this gluten-free dessert recipe because it contains no trans fat and no cholesterol, which makes it pretty heart-friendly.
- Not all vanilla extracts are created equal. To make sure the vanilla extract you use is gluten-free, select a brand that does not contain grain alcohol.
- How can you tell if a baking powder is gluten-free or not? Most brands of baking powder are gluten-free even though they don't carry a gluten-free label. However, there are also some baking powders that contain gluten ingredients, such as wheat starch, modified food starch and dextrine. Always read the label first unless you're already familiar with the brand.
- Is eggnog gluten-free? In most cases, yes. There are very few brands of ready-made eggnog that contain wheat starch. So once again, it's wise to check the label first.
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How to Make Gluten-Free Eggnog Cupcakes from Scratch
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, cream non-hydrogenated margarine and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy.
- Add egg and light non-alcoholic eggnog. Beat together well.
- In another bowl, combine rice flour, tapioca starch, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt.
- Add the dry mixture to the egg mixture, and mix together until well-blended.
- Line your cupcake tins with paper liners. Fill about 2/3 of each cup with the cupcake batter you just made.
- Bake your gluten-free eggnog cupcakes in the preheated oven for about 15 - 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove your holiday cupcakes from the oven and cupcake pan, then allow them to cool on a wire rack.
- Decorate the cupcakes with gluten-free eggnog frosting (recipe follows) and lightly dust with some ground cinnamon. Enjoy!
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Low-Fat Eggnog Frosting
Ingredients: 1/2 cup + 2 tbsps non-hydrogenated margarine, 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tbsps light non-alcoholic eggnog
Preparation: Cream all the ingredients together until light and smooth. (You may simply do this with a whisk, but an electric hand mixer will make it a lot easier.) Put the eggnog frosting into a pastry bag and pipe it onto your gluten-free eggnog cupcakes. Lightly sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top, and your holiday cupcakes are done!
Gluten-Free Eggnog Cupcakes - Calorie and Nutrition Info
|Serving size: 1 cupcake (without frosting)|
|Calories from Fat||36|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 4 g||6%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 2 g|
|Carbohydrates 35 g||12%|
|Sugar 18 g|
|Protein 2 g||4%|
|Cholesterol 37 mg||12%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|