Chocolate Orange Protein Cupcakes

serves 8

20 minutes prep time

By Morgan Shupe, categorized in Treats

Chocolate Orange Protein Cupcakes

It’s time to get your bake on… high protein style! See if your friends can guess the secret icing ingredient…


Chocolate Cupcakes

250 mL plant-based drink

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

150 g gluten-free all-purpose flour

50 g oats, ground

2 scoops chocolate Vega® Essentials or Vega® Clean* Protein

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

160 mL maple syrup

125 mL coconut oil, melted


Avocado Icing

1 avocados, peeled and pitted

50 g cocoa powder

1 scoop chocolate Vega® Essentials or Vega® Clean* Protein

60 mL maple syrup

1 orange, zested and juiced

Salt, as desired


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/ gas mark 4 and line a muffin tin.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, protein, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the plant-based drink, vinegar, maple syrup and coconut oil.
  4. Gently fold the wet into the dry ingredients and pour into muffin tins.
  5. Bake 12-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. While the cupcakes are cooling make the icing. In a blender combine the avocado, orange zest and juice, cocoa powder, protein, salt and maple syrup.
  7. Ice the cooled cupcakes and enjoy!


*At Vega®, Clean means: Non-GMO, suitable for vegetarians and vegans, gluten-free and non-dairy ingredients.