Skinny desserts are becoming a popular trend not just for dieters who want to reward themselves with delicious treats, but also for special occasions like weddings and showers. With more people developing Type 2 diabetes and becoming conscious of weight control issues, healthy cupcakes that contain nutritious ingredients are suddenly all the rage.
Here are five of our favorite healthy ingredients that you can include in cupcakes along with best healthy cupcake recipes that incorporate them:
1. Quinoa – We discussed this miraculous little seed in a previous blog post, but it’s so nutritious that we’re mentioning it again. With a complete amino acid profile and a healthy dose of both protein and fiber, quinoa makes a great wholesome addition to cupcakes. You can check out this mouth-watering recipe for Banana Quinoa Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting on the Desserts with Benefits blog.
2. Carrots – Rich in carotenes and antioxidant vitamin A, carrots are an extremely healthy vegetables. Carrot cake is a popular dessert throughout the United States, and carrot cupcakes are growing in popularity, too. If you want to make truly healthy carrot cupcakes, however, you’ll need to opt for a recipe that is lower in sugar and free of caloric cream cheese frosting. We love this Carrot Cupcakes recipe from “Diabetic Living” as its low in fat and in carbs.
3. Sweet Potatoes – With their naturally sweet taste, sweet potatoes are a perfect ingredient for cupcakes. Just one serving of sweet potato provides nearly two-thirds of your body’s daily vitamin C requirement as well as a dose of vitamin A and beta carotene. For some baking inspiration, check out the Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting on How Sweet It Is.
4. Zucchini – Zucchini is another vegetable that makes appearance in baked goods, particularly in sweet breads. This green veggie is rich in the antioxidant carotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin as well as potassium. For a truly skinny zucchini cupcake, check out these Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Cupcakes at Chocolate Covered Kate. Each one has only 117 calories.
5. Greek yogurt – High in protein and low in fat, calcium-rich Greek yogurt can be added to many kinds of baking recipes. In cupcakes, it can take the place of sour cream or be used as a base for a tangy icing. TheVanilla Greek Yogurt Cupcakes and Frosting from Itty Bitty Bakes double up on the Greek yogurt for double the nutritional benefits.
When you’re serving healthy cupcakes for a special event, you’ll want to dress them up with a pretty stand. Try our elegant Adjustable 3 Tier Flower Stand for completing your dessert display in style.