Think Cupcakes Aren’t Healthy? Think Again!

IMG_6034Who knew black beans would be a key ingredient in a cupcake recipe?  If you love coffee and chocolate, try this super easy cupcake recipe.  It is almost too good to be true 🙂  And, you can easily make this recipe vegan.

Aside from the ingredients below, you’ll need a food processor or blender to puree the black beans.  This step is critical to keep the consistency super smooth.  I promise, you won’t be able to taste the beans, but you’ll still get all the nutritional benefits including the fiber & protein.  I’ve made these many times and they’re one of my all-time favorite healthy desserts.

10 Ingredients = Deliciousness in 30 minutes 

  1. Black beans
  2. Baking soda
  3. Baking powder
  4. Eggs = optional
  5. Flax (can be used in place of eggs)
  6. Agave or honey (healthier than white sugar)
  7. Vanilla extract
  8. Ground coffee (use less than the recipe below calls for, otherwise they’ll taste bitter)
  9. Baking cocoa
  10. Optional (Frosting – see recipe for details, it’s easy to make!)

The recipe has been adapted from NPR.  I eat these without frosting but you can certainly make your own, or purchase store-bought frosting if you’re really pressed for time.  Keep in mind these varieties are often loaded with sugar so omit or make your own to keep these on the healthy side.  :0)  These are excellent with hot chocolate or coffee and kids won’t know they’re healthy which makes these so fabulous.

Enjoy!

Nicole

 

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