Mega Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes

The ultimate sweet deception!  Believe it or not, these healthy chocolate cupcakes are 100% whole grain, sweetened with honey and banana, made with coconut oil, and are packed with quinoa and zucchini!  That’s right, these deliciously decadent TRIPLE chocolate cupcakes are something you can enjoy without all the guilt!  And if you’re trying to sneak in those healthy ingredients without your kids knowing, this Mega Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes recipe is your ticket to success!

healthy chocolate cupcakes recipe whole grain flour spelt coconut oil honey wheat germ quinoa zucchini

Health-conscious parents, the ultimate sweet deception has arrived.

You already know from previous posts that I regularly deceive my children.  Yes, yes, I know.  But it’s all out of love.  I love my family more than anything else in the world and so I like to take good care of them.  Fortunately I don’t have to twist my husband’s arm to eat healthy, he’s fully on board.  My kids on the other hand…yeahhh.  It’s a work in progress.  And that’s where the deception comes in.

Psssst, come here.  Look at this cupcake.  Soft, tender and moist with a glisteningly decadent, fudgy glaze.  Can you guess what’s in it?

healthy chocolate cupcakes recipe whole grain flour spelt coconut oil honey wheat germ quinoa zucchini

Well I’ll tell you:  100% whole grain flour, wheat germ (concentrated nutrients and fiber), coconut oil, raw honey (no refined sugar), an entire cup of quinoa (one of the world’s healthiest grains), a large potassium-rich banana, and a whole cup of zucchini (vegetables, score!).

If someone were simply to describe this concoction to you, you probably wouldn’t feel too excited.  But come here a little closer and let me demonstrate how different these cupcakes are.  (*Chomp*)  Just look at the texture.  Can you detect quinoa or zucchini?  Nope!  And the crumb is irresistibly tender and moist.

healthy chocolate cupcakes recipe whole grain flour spelt coconut oil honey wheat germ quinoa zucchini

And the best part, my kids didn’t have a CLUE!

Sweet, sweet deception.

Do you think I watched them devour these with a clear conscience, knowing they were chomping into 100% whole grains, wheat germ, coconut oil, raw honey, bananas, zucchini and getting a mouthful of protein-packed quinoa?   Heck yes!   And as soon as they turned their backs I clasped my fingers together and did my evil villain laugh.

“Muhahahahahaaaa!”

healthy chocolate cupcakes whole grain coconut oil no sugar wheat germ quinoa recipe

healthy chocolate cupcakes whole grain coconut oil no sugar wheat germ quinoa recipe

And so, dear parents, here’s a healthy treat you can feel good about giving your kids.  Perfect for dessert, snack, or sending with them to school.  Just know their teacher may call you with a voice of alarm, “Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, my parent newsletter said a healthy snack.”

Then it’s your turn to grin with satisfaction.  “Ms. Mumfrey, they are healthy.  Deceptively healthy.  Deeeeeliciously healthy!”

Then you can add, “And if you’re a very good teacher to my child this year, I’ll bring you some.”

healthy chocolate cupcakes recipe whole grain flour spelt coconut oil honey wheat germ quinoa zucchini

And of course who said these cupcakes were for kids only?  These are for anyone who likes sweets but want to enjoy them without all the guilt.  And so, dear grownups, chomp on!

Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Let’s get started!

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the spelt (or whole wheat) flour, wheat germ, baking soda, baking powder, salt and Dutch cocoa powder.

In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, honey and coconut oil.  If the coconut oil isn’t already somewhat liquified at room temperature, microwave it for a few seconds but don’t add it to the eggs while hot.  Beat the ingredients until combined.

preparing dry and wet ingredients

Add the mashed bananas, vanilla, and chocolate cashew milk and beat until combined.

Add the cooked quinoa and zucchini.

combining ingredients in bowl

Add the flour mixture and fold with a rubber spatula until combined.  Don’t use an electric mixer for this.  Fold just until combined, you don’t want to over-stir or the cupcakes won’t rise as well and will be dense.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

combining wet and dry ingredients

Your lusciously healthy batter is ready!

Line a cupcake tin with cups and spoon the mixture in 3/4 full.

healthy chocolate cupcakes whole grain coconut oil no sugar wheat germ quinoa recipe

In an oven preheated to 350 degrees F, bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Be careful not to over-bake or the cupcakes will be dry.

healthy chocolate cupcakes whole grain coconut oil no sugar wheat germ quinoa recipe

Remove the cupcakes from the pan and allow them to cool completely.

To make the glaze, combine the chocolate, honey, and coconut oil and microwave for a few seconds, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is melted.

Satiny chocolate gorgeousness!  It will be runny at first but firms up quickly.

making the frosting

Spread the glaze on the muffins, working quickly because the glaze will firm up.  If it becomes too firm simply microwave for a few seconds.

healthy chocolate cupcakes whole grain coconut oil no sugar wheat germ quinoa recipe

If you’re making these cupcakes in advance, wait to glaze them just before serving.  If you have any leftover, keep them refrigerated so the glaze stays firm.

Enjoy!

healthy chocolate cupcakes whole grain coconut oil no sugar wheat germ quinoa recipe

boy eating cupcake

girl eating cupcake

Be sure to also try our healthy Chocolate Deception Cake!

Originally published on The Daring Gourmet August 31, 2015

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