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Figgin’ Fantastic Paleo Diet Fig Newton Cupcakes (Gluten-Free)

Fig Newton Cupcakes

After creating paleo diet fig newtons, I had to turn them into cupcakes!  These figgin’ fantastic fig newton cupcakes start with a dense vanilla cake.  To make the cupcakes both paleo and gluten-free, the cake is made with almond meal and coconut flour instead of all-purpose flour.  Then, there’s an agave-sweetened fig paste baked right into the center of each cupcake.  The whole thing is topped with a honey coconut oil glaze and a dried black mission fig.

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Bob's Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour, 16-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)

Almond meal is used in place of all-purpose flour.

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Nature's Way Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce

Coconut oil is used in place of butter in both the cupcakes and the glaze.

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If You Care Unbleached Large Baking Cups, 60-Count Boxes (Pack of 24)

These cupcakes stick really badly to standard cupcake liners – when you peel the liners back, you also peel off a layer of cupcake.  I suggest either using silicone liners, grease-proof liners, or these liners.

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Paleo Diet Fig Newton Cupcake Recipe

The cupcake portion of these fig newton cupcakes is a recipe for paleo vanilla pound cake that I found on Paleo Effect.  I barely changed the recipe (I just left off the arrowroot powder – one less thing to buy), but I am reprinting it below so that it’s clear how to use it in the context of these cupcakes.

Figgin’ Fantastic Paleo Diet Fig Newton Cupcakes (Gluten-Free)

Yield: 8 cupcakes

Figgin’ Fantastic Paleo Diet Fig Newton Cupcakes (Gluten-Free)


    Filling Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup dried black mission figs, stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • pinch cinnamon
  • Cupcake Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons almond meal
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • Frosting Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Dried figs for topping, optional


    Filling Instructions
  1. Place figs in a food processor with all other filling ingredients. Process until smooth.
  2. Cupcake Instructions
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine almond meal, coconut flour, and baking soda.
  5. In a small bowl, combine salt, vanilla, lemon juice, coconut oil, honey, eggs, and applesauce.
  6. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  7. Fill cupcake liners 1/4 full with cupcake batter.
  8. Add a heaping tablespoon of fig filling over batter in each liner.
  9. Top filling with enough batter to fill liners 3/4 full.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out dry.
  11. Frosting Instructions
  12. Place coconut oil and honey in a small bowl and use a hand mixer or an immersion blender to fully mix the two ingredients.
  13. Leave the frosting on the counter for a few hours to thicken. It will be more runny right after mixing.
  14. Spread on cooled cupcakes.
  15. Optionally top with sliced dried figs.


These cupcakes work just as well without the glaze, but they won't seem quite as cupcakey.

The cupcakes stick to regular cupcake liners, so be sure to use grease-proof liners or silicone liners.
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8 Responses to Figgin’ Fantastic Paleo Diet Fig Newton Cupcakes (Gluten-Free)

  1. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting July 23, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    Love the title on these!

  2. Amy July 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Coconut flour is one of my new favorites to play with! I still can’t get over how absorbent it is compared to other flours. I feel like mixing it with milk or other liquids is a magic trick, every time!

    My mom loved eating Fig Newtons while my brother and I were growing up (probably because they were the only cookie we picky eaters wouldn’t ask for a bite of!), so your cupcakes remind me of her. They look delicious!

  3. Nessa August 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    These look AMAZING!

  4. Amy May 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    Just made these as well, i love all of your gluten free cupcake recipes, FRIGGIN AMAZING!

  5. Dalene July 28, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    I am new to the gluten free baking, I have Rice, Topiaco and Potato flour, will I be able to use any of these flours as I have not yet to find Coconut Flour?

    • Stef July 28, 2014 at 8:34 am #

      Dalene – It’s not simple to substitute one flour type for another. I would suggest using the coconut flour for this recipe.

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