Natrel/ Lactose-free Cupcakes / by Didier Young

Lactose free is as easy as 1, 2, 3

In this day and age, it seems that food allergies have become something that plague the majority of us. From celiac disease, peanut allergies to coconut intolerances its harder for us to find food that we might deem 100% safe for us to eat unless we were to fully make everything from scratch at home. One of the bigger food issues is lactose intolerance, so when Natrel released their 2% Lactose free milk in their smaller to-go format, I decided to try and bake lactose free cupcakes. For people with lactose intolerances, those to-go formats are fantastic bottle for them to carry around or add to their coffees and teas at work. For me, it was a great way to use an ingredient that I do not necessary need in huge quantities.

Made with Natrel's Lactose free option, those cupcake will make your lactose intolerant friends happy

  • Chocolate cake
  • Cocoa powder                             183g
  • All Purpose flour                         435g
  • Sugar                                           630g     
  • Baking soda                                1 tbsp    
  • Baking powder                           1.5 tsp    
  • Salt                                             1.5 tsp
  • Eggs                                            3
  • 2% Lactose free Natrel milk       1.5 cups
  • Coffee                                        1.5 cups
  • Canola oil                                  0.75 cups
  • Vanilla extract                           1.5 tsp
  • Whisk all the dry ingredients together before adding in all the wet ingredients. Full your cupcake cups halfway and bake at 325C for about 18-20 mins. Keep in mind that this recipe will give you around 40 cupcakes so cutting it in half would be recommended.

Fresh Ontario raspberries make for a great healthy topping option.

A few mint hearts and some icing sugar and you are done.

For the topping, I decided to go with pure smooth peanut butter. Only a thin layer is sufficient given the potency of the product. For people with peanut allergies, this step can be replaced with other toppings such as whipped coconut cream.  A few fresh Ontario raspberries are added to the top and finish it off with a mint heart and some icing sugar. This is one of my favourite chocolate cake recipes and it is one of the easiest ones I have ever been given to bake. Those cupcakes make for tasty treat and will not inconvenience any of your lactose free friends. Thanks Natrel!

-Didier