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Banana Beet Cupcakes with Berry Cream Cheese Frosting

Naturally pink, healtheir cupcakes perfect for baking with kids
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 48 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes

Equipment

  • Muffin tin
  • Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or use all gluten-free flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp fine salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 small cooked peeled beet about 4 ounces
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or other flavorless vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk unsweetend almond milk or any kind
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried raspberries or other decorative topping

Berry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces whipped cream cheese
  • 1 Tbsp honey or other sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, defrosted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place paper liners or decorative cupcake papers into a standard muffin tin.
  • In a large bowl, add flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk together until well combined.
  • Add remaining ingredients to a blender besides the raspberries. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour blender contents into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir with a spatula or spoon until just combined and no dry flour remains.
  • Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 16 to 18 minutes. Place cupcakes on a cooling rack.
  • Once cooled, spread frosting over each cupcake with a butter knife or small spatula. Sprinkle crushed freeze-dried raspberries over the top or decorate with other toppings as desired.

Berry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Scoop cream cheese into a medium-sized bowl. Add honey and vanilla. Using a spoon, stir to combine.
  • Strain frozen raspberries over a bowl or measuring cup. Set the solids off to the side. Add a little of the raspberry juice to the cream cheese mixture at a time until you reach the pink color you'd like. Taste frosting to see if you'd like to add any additional sweetener.. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Keyword banana muffins, healthy dessert, valentines day