Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes…

Festive and healthier than your average cupcake!

Yep, healthy! The secret ingredients are: black beans and greek yogurt. DON’T cross these off your list just yet–I took them to a party and no one knew they were made of black beans! They’re easy to make…

and more nutritious than your average cupcake: higher protein content and gluten-free!

These cupcakes were inspired by the chocolate espresso cupcake recipe from this NPR story and cookies Esther made last Christmas. Here’s my recipe:

For the mocha cupcake:
15-ounce can unseasoned black beans
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
1 teaspoon instant espresso–I just used instant coffee.
3 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar —I used brown sugar
1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

1. Grease pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Puree the black beans and vanilla together.
2. In seperate bowls:
–whisk together: coco powder, baking soda, baking powder, instant coffee powder
–beat together: eggs, yogurt, sugar
3. Beat the puree in with wet ingredients, then, fold in the dry ingredients. Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 of the way full.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until knife comes out clean (this recipe makes about 12).

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting (from: http://www.pipanddebby.com)
Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened 5 cups powdered sugar, divided 2 Tbsp. milk 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
Servings: 12 Ready in: 10 minutes

1. In a medium bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in milk and peppermint extract.
2. Gradually beat in remaining 3 cups powdered sugar until smooth. If necessary, beat in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to achieve spreading consistency.

Add the crushed candy canes prior to serving to maintain the crunch!

This was truly an adventure!

Below are pics from the Gately’s Christmas party (my unsuspecting tasters, ha!):

 

Those Gatelys, they sure know how to throw a party!
And there, you have it, peppermint mocha cupcakes:

Healthier. Gluten-free. Festive.
Happy Tuesday!!!

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5 thoughts on “Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes…

    • The funny thing is that it doesn’t look like black beans–it looks just like regular chocolate cake when you cut into it (I’ll take pics when I make them again!). But, I have to agree, the peppermint bits and frosting was great at distracting people from the actual cake.

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