Go 'green' the healthy way this St. Patrick's Day without compromising on taste!
Try these tasty, ToxicFree® cupcakes! They're free of synthetic food dyes, are perfect for catering to food allergies, as well as the toughest taste-testers of all—kids!
The Best 'Green' Cupcakes
These cupcakes are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or for any reason you need a green theme!
¾ cups of organic, pureed spinach
1 teaspoon of vanilla flavoring
2 organic eggs
½ cup of organic, unsweetened apple sauce
¼ cup of coconut oil
¾ cup of either organic, unbleached flower or gluten-free flower
¾ cup of your choice of organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
½ teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with your choice of cupcake liners. Lightly grease the inside of liners with your choice of cooking oil.
Steam organic fresh spinach (thaw first if frozen). Cook for a few minutes and then transfer spinach to a food processor or blender. Puree spinach. After it is pureed, to a baby food consistency, pour ¾ cup into a food processor or blender.
Add all of your “wet” ingredients to the food processor. This includes eggs, vanilla flavoring, oil and applesauce. Mix well.
In large bowl, combine all of your “dry” ingredients including baking powered, baking soda, salt, flower and sugar. Mix well.
Next pour your wet ingredients in the large bowl with your dry ingredients. Use a hand mixer and mix on low speed, until a batter forms.
Pour batter into muffin tins and fill 2/3 full. If using mini muffin pans, as we did, bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. If using regular size muffin pans, bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Insert a toothpick into center and make sure it comes out clean.
This recipe makes 15 in a regular size muffin pan.
Avocado Buttercream Icing
Peel and pit the avocado.
Use half of the avocado in a mixing bowl.
Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla flavoring.
Next, add 2 ounces of your choice or milk (we used almond).
From here you are going to start adding sifted powdered sugar.
Blend with handheld mixer until your icing is the level of sweetness and consistency you want.
The goal here is not to taste the avocado (unless you want too). So, I will be honest, it takes some playing with. But, when you have reached that perfect consistency, your children will be licking the spoon!
If not using the icing right away, store in the refrigerator.