Cupcakes for Dinner

Anna B.

By
@AnnaBrav

It's sometimes hard to convince kids to eat their broccoli and beans. I encourage my daughter to eat them with these quick, easy, and gluten-free cupcakes. They are unexpectedly delicious! Neila loves to have them for dinner.

This recipe is featured in the newest issue of Yum Food & Fun for Kids Magazine (Spring, 2014).


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Serves:
12
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
25 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

FOR THE BATTER

1 c
organic canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 c
mashed ripe banana
2/3 c
shredded broccoli stems
2
eggs, at room temperature
2/3 c
brown rice flour
1/2 c
natural sweetener baking blend such as truvia
2 tsp
baking soda
2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1 tsp
salt
1 tsp
apple cider vinegar

FOR THE FROSTING

12 oz
neufchatel cheese, at room temperature
1/2 c
organic low-fat plain strained greek yogurt
6 Tbsp
pure maple syrup
2 tsp
natural cocoa powder
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract

Step-By-Step

1Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2Add beans, shredded broccoli stamps, banana, egg, and vanilla extract into a small food processor. Puree until the mixture is smooth.

3Combine flour, natural sweetener baking blend, cocoa powder, baking soda,baking powder, and salt in the bowl of electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

4With a mixer on a low speed, add the bean-broccoli puree. Mix until combined.

5Add vinegar and mix it into the batter.

6Line a muffin pan with paper liners and spray them with nonstick baking spray. Spoon the batter into lined muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 full. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool in a pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

7To make frosting, combine all the ingredients and beat on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Before serving, top each cupcake with a generous dollop of frosting, if desired.

8Decorate with seasonal decorations

9Note: To help your child enjoy these cupcakes, frost them with his/her favorite frosting.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy