Sunday, 6 September 2015

Clean Eating Cupcakes


How often do you want something chocolatey, cakey and delicious, without all the guilt of eating a chocolate cake? Because I want that fairly often. And in my determination to be a more nutritious human, off I went on the search for some form of 'healthy' treat.

And this is the result - tasty,  rich, deliciousness in the form of mochaccino cupcakes! These contain no egg or refined sugar, and are still pretty darn good. One thing I did find when I baked these however was a particularly strong flavour of... saltiness. Which was odd. But also kinda worked - the salt helped bring out the intense cocoa, and the cakes were perfect for those times when you're craving something sweet and salty!

For the cake:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon of salt (reduce if you're not that into salty sweet)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 baking soda
1 cup dark brown muscovado sugar
1/2 cup butter (melted)
2 teaspoons of vanilla 
2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar
1 1/3 cup of strong brewed coffee (stronger the better in my opinion!)
1 cup chocolate chips/chopped fruit/chopped nuts (optional)

For the icing:
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3-4 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp vanilla 
2 tbsp butter
pinch of cinammon 
Chocolate to grate on top (optional)

To prepare the cakes, combine flour, salt, cocoa powder, baking soda and muscovado sugar in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, vanilla, vinegar and coffee. (Warning, that combination smells weird.) Mix together until all is combined, and add any chocolate chips/nuts/fruit. Pour into 12 muffin cases. Bake at 180° for 12-15 minutes (or until a skewer in the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean).
To prepare the icing, combine all of the ingredients until smooth. When the cakes are cool, frost them with a good spoonful of icing, and then grate your chocolate on top!

Eh voila! Tasty cupcakes with a slight hint of healthy!

I'm fairly new to the idea of clean eating, but after tasting these I'm definitely interested! Have you ever tried it or got any healthy but tasty recipes? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!
Amber, xox