I am SO excited to share this recipe with you! My Mom’s birthday was last week and I wanted to make a fun dessert for her to enjoy. We were heading up to the mountains for a birthday picnic, so I knew it needed to be portable and easy to eat. I instantly thought cupcakes would work marvelously! I wanted to include chocolate in these cupcakes, but I didn’t want to make a chocolate cake…I looked at all the bananas on my counter and inspiration took shape! A banana cupcake with chocolate frosting was born!
These cupcakes are absolutely moist, tender, and
yummy utterly DELICIOUS! You will never believe that there is no added fat in these babies. Really. I was quite surprised myself! And the health benefits? Bananas are full of potassium and other vitamins, plus the cacao has heart healthy antioxidants to name a few benefits. What’s not to love? My Mom LOVED these cupcakes – YAY! And the rest of the family? Let’s just say they have requested them for their birthdays too! ENJOY!
1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour (add in 1 teaspoon xanthan gum to recipe if not included in your flour blend)
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed (3 large bananas)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons coconut vinegar
1/2 cup milk of choice
6 tablespoons aquafaba (canned white bean liquid)
Line a standard size cupcake pan with paper liners. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. In a medium sized mixing bowl, mash the bananas and then mix in the vanilla, coconut vinegar, milk, and aquafaba. (Note: make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature for an optimal bake). Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix until well combined. Fill each liner about 3/4 full and bake for 25 minutes, until the tops spring back to the touch and they’ve started to brown a bit. Let cool completely on a cooling rack before slathering them in frosting!
2 cups organic powdered sugar
1/2 cup cacao powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
dark chocolate almond milk
Place the powdered sugar and cacao powder in a medium bowl. Mix until well combined with a hand mixer. Add in the vanilla and mix until well incorporated. Add in a tablespoon of dark chocolate almond milk and mix. Continue to add in a tablespoon of milk at a time and mix until you reach the desired spreading consistency.