Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes

How did the word “Twinkie” evolve into a nickname for a vapid female? I was hoping you knew.
Also, think of the other snack food names – “Ding Dongs,” “Ho Ho’s” and the like. You don’t want to be called by those names either. We can live without Twinkies and Hostess cupcakes. My mom never bought those items so I never acquired a taste for waxy chocolate and cake with a shelf life longer than most cats.
Although I admit that as an adult I bought a box of the cupcakes to experience them. The chemicals made me belch and I was so disappointed with the flavor and texture that I was never tempted again.

heavenly healthy cupcake

Ironically, I was looking for an unusual – and healthy – recipe for chocolate cupcakes the day before the “Hostess plant closing” stories hit the airwaves. I had already made these, so I felt duty bound to share the recipe. Please don’t suffer in your “wondering” about things called Ding Dongs, Twinkies and Ho Ho’s. Life will go on without “Wonder” bread and all the rest. You will LOVE this recipe

Make these instead:
Ingredients for Chocolate Cupcakes
1 egg
1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt – low fat
1/4 cup sugar free applesauce
3 TBS canola oil – or coconut oil
1/4 cup milk, low fat
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup AP flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt – Iodized is best
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder -unsweetened

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Put 12 cupcake wrappers in a muffin pan or grease a pan.
Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
Whisk the wet ingredients together until smooth.
Add the dry ingredients and mix just until blended.
Pour into muffin pan.
Bake 12 – 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Cool and make this fabulous frosting.
2 TBS butter, softened
4 TBS low fat cream cheese
4 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
dash of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
2-3 TBS milk
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar.
Directions for frosting: Make it!
Use a small mixer and blend until rich and chocolatey. If you think it’s a bit runny, put in the fridge for a few minutes. If after 10 minutes, it’s still too runny, add a bit more powdered sugar.

Taste the magic of real chocolate cupcakes that are low in fat and high in taste. No need to “Wonder” again.

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