Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Healthy Cupcakes Makeover

Now, I understand that the title of this post may seem like an oxymoron and I am not sure that cupcakes are meant to be healthy, but I really wanted to take my favourite treats and give them a nutritional makeover.

After a few attempts and some tinkering, I am pretty happy with the results. These cupcakes are not quite as light as the traditional version, but they do satisfy your craving for something sweet and cakey. Although much better for you than their moist and delicious counterpart, cupcakes are still a treat and should be enjoyed in moderation :)

Cinnamon Raisin Cupcakes (Makes 12 cupcakes)

1 cup of Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup White Flour, unbleached
1/4 cup ground Flaxseed
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 cup Applesauce, unsweetened
1/2 cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 cup plain, low-fat Yogurt
1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1/2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1/2 cup raisins

Set oven to 350 degrees. 

Combine flour, flax, soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce, sugar, egg, yogurt, oil and lemon juice. Add the dry ingredients to the wet in two batches and mix until incorporated. Add raisin and mix until smooth.

Spoon batter into 12 lined muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.


Nutritional Information
148 cals/serving
28g carbs
4g protein
3g fat
3g fibre

Next time, I am going to take on biscotti!

Have you given any recipes a healthy makeover? Post away!

Stay Healthy,


  1. YUM! Those sounds so good. Wonder if you could use whole-wheat pastry flour in lieu of the white?

  2. I bet you could, definitely worth a try. I tired a batch with all whole wheat flour, but they were too heavy. The pastry flour would really lighten them up, I think :)



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