Here’s a straightforward recipe for organic cupcakes with a difference – they’re packed full of vitamins and minerals, rather than high fat and loads of sugar and gluten. They taste delicious, and yet are actually good for you. These cupcakes are also suitable for anyone with a gluten and/or dairy intolerance and are vegan to boot!. The recipe comes courtesy of Abra Pappa from Her site is well worth checking out for recipes that use healthy organic ingredients boosting vitamin and mineral intake generally.

You will need:

  • 3/4 cup pureed butternut squash (you can either make your own from scratch by steaming and then blending a squash, or you can buy tinned squash if you live in the US)
  • 2oz of melted dark organic chocolate
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flour (or any whole grain flour will do)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Take a large bowl. Mix squash, chocolate, coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla extract, vinegar together. Make sure the wet ingredients are really well mixed. Mix dry ingredients well in a separate bowl. Note the use of coconut sugar which is very high in potassium and trace minerals, providing more nutrition than normal white sugar. Equally quinoa has a much higher protein content than normal flour. This means it will keep you feeling satisfied for longer.

Add wet ingredients to dry and again mix well – just keep folding the mixture to avoid overdoing it. When all ingredients are nicely blended, fill cupcake tins 3/4 full with the batter (don’t forget to use cupcake or muffin cases in the tin). Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 25-30 minutes. The cupcakes will still be soft to the touch in the centre.

To make the delicious looking icing (which is optional), mix 2 oz melted dark chocolate, add 1/4 cup almond milk and 1 tbsp coconut oil. Mix until shiny. Once the cupcakes are cooled, add the frosting.

This really is a delicious treat that has so many more nutrients than conventional cupcakes. Fabulous for the family and a wonderful recipe to learn as part of a healthy and organic lifestyle. Go try it, and let me know how you get on.

Filed under: Organic Kitchen

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