Finding healthy cupcake and frosting recipes that taste great can be a chore, but it can be done. These vegan cupcakes from my recipe box is one great example and this healthy chocolate frosting is simply to die for :).
Today I've got another fabulous recipe for you — Paleo Cupcakes with a Sugar-Free frosting.
Doesn't get much better than that!
Here's where this recipe came from–from a blogger who has since stopped blogging.
I need a treat.
There, I said it.
Why the need you ask?
Well, while Christmas brought with it some wonderful visits and wonderful memories, the busyness of it all has worn me out. Stress is not my friend and as nice as the holidays were, I admit I was stressed far more than I'd like.
Add to that some new and overwhelming challenges with my kiddos, candida, and leaky gut and I am really in need of some down-time.
(Note to self: Implement Adrienne's 6 Tips for Slowing Down for Christmas next year!)
One of my favourite ways to unwind is with a warm cup of tea and a sweet treat. However, one of my least favourite ways to unwind is by cleaning the kitchen.
These days my kitchen is hanging on by a thread in the tidy department and I don’t think I could stand another chore!
Thank goodness for this cupcake recipe! This is a one-bowl recipe (the cake portion) that does not compromise on taste. Fantastic! I can have my cake (or cupcake) and have the kitchen clean before it comes out of the oven!
What's even better is that this recipe can be made into a cake or cupcakes and is just as delicious with or without the cinnamon sweet potato frosting.
These cupcakes are comforting, a little spicy, just a touch sweet, totally grownup and (incredibly) kid approved. I stumbled upon this recipe one afternoon and thought it looked great.
Unfortunately, the only “pumpkins” I had to use for this recipe were a weird hybrid of spaghetti squash and pumpkin from my in-laws garden and they didn’t have a ton of pumpkin flavour.
With no pumpkin flavour to carry this treat, I knew I needed to find something that would really make this recipe shine.
Note: I have since made this cake with pumpkin, the spaghetti-squash/pumpkin hybrid, and hubbard squash–all with great results!
Carob was an easy flavour choice to assume this role, as you may or may not know, I have recently rediscovered a love for all things carob and I have been excited to try it in everything.
I wasn’t quite in the mood however, for straight up carob as I had just downed the last of my Coconut Carob Cups so I needed something to compliment it. And since I have been craving my Chai Spiced Popcorn a lot lately I thought, why not cardamom? I love its spicy, warm notes and even though I like it anytime of year, there is something about cold weather that just seems to suits it.
More On these Paleo Cupcakes
Note: If you’re not a team carob super fan like me, I think you will still like this cake, as the carob is not overpowering. If you don’t believe me, feel free to sub cocoa powder, just use a little less.
The frosting is an inspiration from a mixture of recipes, one being the original glaze from the adapted recipe and the other being from a post here on Whole New Mom (Secret Ingredient Allergy – Friendly Chocolate “Buttercream” Frosting).
I love, love, love cinnamon and who would have thought of using sweet potato?
Genius. Adding natural sweetness, I love it! It may seem like a bit of a job to make this frosting but it is mostly just the baking of the potato that takes up time and that time is hands off. Plus, to save even more time, just use a canned potato for an uber easy treat!
- For squash, I've used pumpkin, hubbard and a pumpkin-spaghetti squash mix — all with good results. Sweet potato can also be used but is higher carb.
- I used homemade almond butter made from soaked and dehydrated nuts.
- You can use a tad less cocoa powder instead of carob for low carb.
- Here is a homemade Aluminum and Corn-Free Baking Powder.
- Ann egg substitute like this DIY Powdered Egg Replacer can be used instead of eggs if you are not low carb – flax or chia egg works well for a low-carb option.
- Here is a great homemade liquid stevia recipe.
- To make sweet potato or pumpkin puree, wash one medium to large sweet potato, prick with a fork a few times, then place on a baking sheet (line with parchment paper to make cleaning up a breeze) and bake at 400°F for 30-40 minutes until tender.
Let it cool a bit. The skin should peel off relatively easy at this point. Scoop out the filling and place in a mini food processor or blender and puree. Now you are ready to make the frosting!
Chocolate Cardamom Cupcakes
- 1 cup pumpkin (or other squash; use either pureed and drained or canned)
- 1 cup organic almond butter (or other nut or seed butter)
- 2/3 cup organic carob powder (sifted)
- 2 tsp cardamom
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs (large)
- 2 1/12 tsp liquid stevia (50 drops; or to taste)
Chocolate Cardamom Cupcakes
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined.
- Scoop into paper lined muffin tin or into cake pan.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes until it looks set and a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
- Cool and enjoy!
Sweet Potato Frosting
- Before you begin, ensure all ingredients are at room temperature or warmer.
- Using a hand mixer beat all ingredients into a bowl, scraping down the sides a few times. Adjust flavors to taste.
- Spread onto cupcake or cake with a knife or use a frosting piping bag for something a little fancier.
So whip up a batch of cupcakes, or dial it in and make it a cake.
Top it with yummy frosting, or take it easy and munch on the delicious cake all by itself.
You won’t be disappointed and your worn out mind and body will relish the pampering of a quiet moment accompanied by a warm and comforting treat.