I’m pretty sure I know what you’re thinking: isn’t the phrase “healthy cupcakes” an oxymoron?
After all, isn’t a cupcake a sweet treat that fills your mouth with happy little tastebuds as they slide into a state of culinary euphoria that screams for MORE?
And doesn’t a mouth full of, say, super healthy chard, feel a little different? More like those tastebuds lined up first in elementary school and earned a pat on the head for good behavior?
So how do those two possibly fit together in a way that makes sense?
Oh, they fit together all right.
Listen. These healthy cupcakes may not be as a healthy as, say, a kale salad topped with kale chips and sprinkled with a broth-based dressing made of kale, but they are WAY better than the double-chocolate caramel espresso cupcake you were drooling over last week.
Take the win, my friend. And then trick your kids into taking the win too. 😉
6 Healthy Cupcakes
Perfect for Afternoon Snack
The first thing you have to do when creating a healthy cupcake is to consider your ingredients. Bitter vegetables (collard greens, kale, arugula, chard, endive, etc.) are going to be a LOT more difficult to balance into a delicious sweet treat.
So unless you’ve won Cupcake Wars a few times, it’s probably best to start experimenting with naturally sweet vegetables that can be easily slipped into a healthy cupcake without your picky eater ever being the wiser.
- Sweet Peas
- Avocado (yes, I know this is really a fruit. Forgive me.)
With the right recipe, it’s totally possible to turn those healthy foods into a delicious afternoon toddler treat. Here are some healthy cupcake recipes to get you started!
Where to Find These Healthy Cupcakes
1. Cucumber & Mint Cupcakes
2. Spring Veggie Chocolate Cupcakes
3. White Chocolate & Purple Potato Cupcakes
4. Chocolate-Filled Sweet Potato Cupcakes
5. Zucchini Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Frosting
6. Sweet Pea and Ricotta Cupcakes
6 Veggie Muffins
to Slip into Breakfast
Cupcakes are, brace yourself here for brilliance, little cakes. That’s what makes them different than muffins. They are usually a little sweeter than their muffin cousins. (Unless you’re in Panera, in which case, everything is really just a gorgeous, glorious, cupcake.)
You’re not quite ready to dive into the “Crazy Pool” of healthy cupcakes? That’s okay. Sometimes you have to start with the low board first, which means baking up a batch of veggie muffins.
My favorite part about veggie muffins is how freezable they are. Cupcakes = frosting and frosting isn’t something you want to freeze. Plus, I do have some standards. Feeding my kids cupcakes at breakfast (even if they are healthy cupcakes) feels like a mothering fail I just can’t get over.
Instead, I can make some veggie muffins in the afternoon, freeze them, and then nuke them in the morning for a fast Taylor crew breakfast. #NotaMorningPerson
Where to Find These Veggie Muffins
1. Power-Packed Fruit & Veggie Muffins
2. Veggie Egg Muffins
3. Carrot Banana Muffins
4. Blueberry Avocado Mini-Muffins
5. Red Velvet Beet Chocolate Chip Veggie Muffins
6. Chocolate Avocado Strawberry Muffins
Healthy Things Can
Be Delicious Too!
So have I converted you to the world of healthy cupcakes and veggie muffins?
If not, you certainly haven’t tried serving these chocolate chip veggie muffins for breakfast or trotted out white chocolate and purple potato healthy cupcakes for snack time and watched your child’s eyes wide up in amazement.
Your child at snacktime: “I get to actually EAT THIS??”
You will look AWESOME, and your mom-guilt monster may even take the day off! (We can hope.)
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