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11 Healthier Cupcake Recipes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Have you noticed that cupcakerys are the new hot trend in restaurants? Even in my non-metropolitan home town, our local bakery competed in the 2011 and 2012 Food Network Cupcake Wars and won "Best of the Best" on Cupcake Champions in 2012.
In our home, the month of February is an unofficial cupcake month, with Valentine's Day and nine separate family birthday celebrations to prepare for. However, if I stuck with the standard recipe, my husband and I would surely gain a few pounds and my kids would gain an eternal sugar high. 

That said, there are some simple modifications that add nutritional value, reduce the processed sugar, fat, and calories too. Substitute whole-grain flours for all purpose flour. Use fruits and vegetables as a natural sweetener and add color and texture; applesauce can be used in place of oil; flaxseed meal or chia seeds mixed with water can be used in place of eggs; and Greek yogurt can be used in place of flour. I also find that when I use natural ingredients, I crave the processed sugar less-and-less. Another health benefit and convenience with cupcakes is that a serving is as simple as one cupcake. Leftovers can go right into the freezer instead of a late night snack. Celebrate something special with these healthier cupcake recipes. 

Chewy Cupcake Brownies
 Remember how delicious Mom's brownies were? You can duplicate the taste for a fraction of the fat if you substitute cocoa for bittersweet chocolate and use applesauce in place of some of the butter or oil.
calories: 72.2   fat: 0.6 g   protein: 1.1 g   carbs: 16.2 g   fiber: 0.7 g

Natural Red Velvet Cupcakes
Beets are used to add vibrant red colors instead processed food dye. This recipe is also made with whole-wheat flour!
calories: 64.1   fat: 0.8 g   protein: 2.2 g   carbs: 12 g   fiber: 1 g

Spring Cupcakes with Citrus Icing

An exclusive 'SparkPeople Cookbook' recipe! You’ll never know that the confetti inside these cupcakes comes from vegetables. These cupcakes were a hit during our taste test!
calories: 145.8   fat: 4.9 g   protein: 2.6 g   carbs: 24.6 g   fiber: 2.4 g
Pina Colada Cupcakes
 A deliciously moist cupcake. Great on their own, but better with rum cream cheese frosting!
calories: 71.1   fat: 2.6 g   protein: 0.9 g   carbs: 11 g   fiber: 0.2 g

Low Fat Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes
An out of this world treat for chocolate lovers!
calories: 123.3   fat: 2.8 g   protein: 3.8 g   carbs: 20.6 g   fiber: 1.2 g

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Prepare these allergy-friendly cupcakes, which are wheat and dairy free, for a healthy snack!
calories: 112.9   fat: 0.5 g   protein: 1.4 g   carbs: 26.6 g   fiber: 1.4 g


Caramel Pumpkin Pudding Cupcakes

This recipe tastes so indulgent--you won't believe it's so low in calories and fat!

calories: 122.9   fat: 2.4 g   protein: 2 g   carbs: 23.6 g   fiber: 1 g

Strawberries and Cream Surprise Cupcakes

 The surprise is that these cupcakes have no butter or oil in them, less sugar and less flour, but do use zucchini, and have a hidden spoon of strawberry jam! Use rice flour in place of wheat for a gluten-free option.

calories: 157.6   fat: 5.1 g   protein: 3.3 g   carbs: 25.7 g   fiber: 1.4 g
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
Light yet tasty cupcakes that are a cinch to make!
calories: 99.7   fat: 1.8 g   protein: 1.2 g   carbs: 20.3 g   fiber: 0.2 g

Banana Chocolate Cupcakes

Bananas add a light flavor and moisture to this recipe without added fat.

calories: 83.7   fat: 2.8 g   protein: 1.3 g   carbs: 14.5 g   fiber: 0.9 g

Vegan Cupcakes
Dairy- and egg-free, these cupcakes are low in fat and feature a homemade icing topped with fresh berries!

calories: 178.9   fat: 4.5 g   protein: 1.9 g   carbs: 34.1 g   fiber: 1.4 g

What is your favorite cupcake recipe? Which of these cupcake recipes will you try?

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PATRICIA-CR 10/7/2020
What's not to love! Report
DEBBERNEBBER523 9/3/2020
These look delicious! Report
RAPUNZEL53 8/18/2020
Nice Report
Thanks for healthy desserts Report
I am going to try the Lemon Blueberry and the Spring cupcakes this weekend for football sunday desserts. Report
I'll be making the banana chocolate cupcakes later today....thanks for sharing! Report
Nice little variety of cupcakes. Used to make birthday cakes for my boys when they were younger. My Mom would make cupcakes. Nice little touch of love. Report
Great cupcakes. Report
Never was a huge cup cake fan but their so pretty.... yummy too Report
I pinned these for later. Report
I am not a huge cake or cupcake fan, but some of these look really yummy Report
I am going to try the brownie recipe and the pumpkin recipe w/o sugar. Report
Going to experiment with some of these. I want to make some high-protein, NO, or very low, SUGAR cupcakes. : ) Report
these look great. we have to look at the whole recipe nutritional information to find the sodium. Thank you Report
Brownie cupcake, actually. hahahahaha Report
Banana Chocolate & Strawberries & Cream are on my try list! Report
chocolate brownie, lemon blueberry and pina colado since i will be going to a big picnic friday Report
They all look so good and sound good too! I would like to try some of these! :) I hope they turn out good like they sound! :D Report
Yum! I think I'm going to try the strawberry ones. Report
I need to avoid cupcakes. Report
these all sound wonderful. being diabetic I really get hungry for chocolate. these will do the trick and keep me on my diabetic diet, Report
I wish that I had a little cook book of these. They all look wonderful and I am sure to copy the recipes and make some. Yummy! Report
yummmmmm Report
I've made some of these before. they are so yummy! Report
Used to make chocolate brownies with oat bran, applesauce instead of fat, and they were great! This was back in the 1980's. These are good recipes, but I'd still have to eat more than one little cupcake, and so would my husband, so I don't bake hardly at all anymore. Report
I think they all sound pretty yummy, but I think I'd try the brownie cupcakes, and later this summer, the strawberry (always have lots of zucchini from our garden). Report
I came across the suggestion "replace some of the oil/butter by applesauce" in pastries three times in three days on three different websites. That must be a sign.

I really like the color of the pink one! Report
Good point OOLALA53! I agree! Report
I substituted whole wheat pastry flour for the all purpose flour. I substituted organic coconut sugar for the white sugar. I also added a few dark chocolate chips with a high cacao %. Yummy! Report
I'm disappointed that these are called "guilt-free" cupcake recipes. Guilt is a highly ineffective and demoralizing emotion in eating management. Spark of all organizations should know this. Please don't pander to the side of the weight loss industry that reinforces women's sense of shame over this issue. Report
it's look like so deliciouse , but i want to ask , i'm trying to lose weight by counting the calories ,but some time the food is low calories but hight in carbo or sugar or fat , shall i take it or nooo. Report
Yummy! They all look so good it's hard to pick just 1! Report
As someone who is wanting to actually have their own bakery/bistro I found this blog posting to very helpful and insightful. I will definitely bookmark this so I can refer back to it later when I am ready to bake up something yummy. They all look and sound wonderful! Great job! Report
Mmmmm!!!! Report
RITASL: People who live in glass houses......BRAKE, REALLY??????? Anyway, the point of this is that we all know that Cupcakes are not "healthy" (FITARTIST) however, if you want to have a cupcake, then these are a better alternative. I think that the people that are so worried about that probably shouldn't even be reading the recipes for cupcakes anyway. If you aren't going to try making something, then keep your comments to yourself, because you are probably the only one who values your opinion anyway! I'm sick of reading "snarky" remarks made by people who don't have anything better to do! Bake something! Maybe it will make you happy! Report
Mmmm... they all look good. Report
Mmmm... they all look good. Report
Thank you for those with constructive criticism, it helps the rest of us in putting together a recipe that affords alternatives for the rest of us. Personally, I will try to watch my grammar, spelling as well as my criticisms of others since I have many faults too and all of us make poor judgments as we try to improve ourselves in all areas.. Report
To RITASL If you are going to complain about others grammar perhaps you should correct your spelling too. Brake it not correct in your usage. It should be BREAK.
Enough said. Let us stick to comments about recipes and food.
I think I will try the Red Velvet recipe. Seems healthy with beets as an ingredient. Report
Helpful info. Report
I was surprised out how much yummier cakes are with applesauce than the oil normally used. Report
These look great ! I am looking forward to trying some of the recipies. Report
The pictures alone make me say,"LHM" (Lord have mercy)!
Those 1st two look more like my calorie range. May have to try. Report
Wow! they all look so good! But if I had to choose, I would try the Pina Colada and Brownie cupcake. Report
Thank YOU!!! They ALL look very inviting and I'm sure I will try a few out later. The lemon one is the MOST inviting since I'm a fan of lemon cake...oh and STRAWBERRY too! :) Report
I would like to try the Red Velvet cupcakes. Sounds Great! Report
Another substitution: one banana = one egg. Report
I really like red velvet cupcakes and what's great about a cupcake is when your finished eating it that's it. Portion control. Report
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