Vegan Banana Split Cupcakes
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These vegan vanilla cupcakes are dressed up with chocolate, nuts, bananas, and cherries for a delicious banana split experience.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12 cupcakes
  • 1 cup vanilla dairy-free almond milk beverage
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond or caramel extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup non-hydrogenated dairy-free shortening
  • ½ cup non-hydrogenated dairy-free margarine or buttery sticks
  • 3½ cups powdered sugar, sifted if clumpy
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup dairy-free vanilla coconut creamer
  • ½ cup melted dairy-free semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ to ½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, your choice!)
  • 1 large banana, sliced
  • 12 maraschino cherries
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 12 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. Whisk the almond milk and vinegar in a measuring cup and set aside for a few minutes to get good and curdled.
  3. Beat together the almond milk mixture, sugar, oil, vanilla, and other extract, in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix until no large lumps remain.
  4. Fill the cupcake liners two-thirds of the way and bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into one of the cupcakes comes out clean.
  5. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely before frosting.
  1. Beat the shortening and margarine together until well combined and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat for about 3 more minutes.
  2. Add the vanilla and the creamer and beat for another 5 to 7 minutes until fluffy. I then added India Tree Natural Decorating Colors to give my cupcakes some color, but you don’t have to do this.
  3. To frost your cupcakes, use a pastry bag or spatula.
  4. Drizzle the frosting with melted chocolate, sprinkle on the chopped nuts, top with sliced bananas, and finish each cupcake with a cherry on top!
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at