I sometimes feel like dessert is an overlooked option when eating healthy. You can have your cake and eat it too. There are lots of healthy dessert options that are low in fats and sugar. Today I will be sharing one of my favorites!
Red Velvet Cupcakes. If you know me, you know I am a glutton when it comes to cupcakes. I like having my very own tiny version of heaven, wrapped up in foil. It's like a tiny celebration without the birthday.
Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes:
Makes 48 mini cupcakes
83 calories per serving (1 cupcake)
5 g of fat
6 g of sugar
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon red food coloring
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup lowfat (1-percent) buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
Nonstick cooking spray, for coating ice cream scoop
8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 48 mini muffin cups (2 large tins or 4 small) with paper liners.
Whisk together the flour, cocoa and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt in a medium bowl. Beat together the oil and granulated sugar on medium-high speed with a hand mixer in a large bowl until well combined. Add the egg and beat until well blended. Beat in the food coloring and 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla.
On low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk in thirds, beginning and ending with the flour, beating well after each addition. Whisk together the baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl, and then beat into the batter until fully incorporated.
Using a small ice cream scoop sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, evenly divide the batter among the cupcake liners. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack.
Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth and fluffy. Sift the confectioners' sugar over the mixture and beat until smooth. Beat in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Spread or pipe the frosting over the cooled cupcakes.
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/red-velvet-mini-cupcakes-recipe.html?oc=linkback