Rich, Sinful, but a Healthy Option.. Is that possible?
Valentine’s Day has come & gone leaving one question… How do you stay on track while still enjoying a special dessert now & then? I don’t know about you, but I LOVE baking and sweets that go along with this deliciously yummy holiday! What I don’t like, however, are all the calories and sugar that are associated with these desserts. Which led me to thinking, YOU might be looking for healthier alternative’s too! I’ve put together a collection of my absolute favorite healthy chocolate desserts that are so delicious you wouldn’t even believe that they’re healthier!
Here is your first recipe to Kick off my 12 Week Series of Healthy Chocolate Desserts!
Ok let’s talk more chocolate.
The truth is I wasn’t sure how these would turn out, but was excited when I tried them! They were moist, chocolatey with a hint of sweetness which is how I love my cupcakes. I cut out about half of the sugar that was called for in the original recipe and added just a bit of honey as well, so if you like yours really sweet then just add more sugar. I was amazed by the frosting as well! The agave gave it a nice glossy look while the avocado made it super creamy – I seriously had to stop myself from eating it straight out of the bowl #TRUTH. These are perfect for your kids too, they’ll never guess you added veggies and when you give them that second one they’ll think you’ve gone nuts in letting them have this much chocolate!
It’s a win win ALL around.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix together shredded zucchini, eggs, sugar, honey, yogurt and vanilla; set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
Spoon mixture into 24 prepared muffin cups, about 3/4ths full, and bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Set aside and allow to cook completely before adding the frosting.
To make the Avocado Frosting: In a blender or using a hand mixer, mix together the mashed avocados, cocoa powder, agave and vanilla until smooth. Let sit in the fridge until cupcakes are cool and frosting is stiff – enjoy!
Serving Size: 1 cupcake • Calories: 148 • Fat: 3.7 g • Carbs: 28.2 g • Fiber: 3.8 g • Protein: 4 g • WW Points+: 4 pts
Just a quick note, I would suggest keeping these cupcakes in your fridge since you are using avocado OR keep the avocado frosting in a bowl covered in the fridge and top on your cupcakes when ready to eat!
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