Saturday, 4 April 2015

Easter Treat: Carrot Cupcakes

Good Morning lovelies & Happy Easter!
During this Easter weekend we all need a few treats, so why not throw in a few healthy ones amongst all that chocolate too? These carrot cupcakes with a coconut frosting are delicious and healthy – perfect for this Easter weekend or whenever you feel like it really. So let’s get right into it!

All you will need for the cake is:
150g wholegrain flour (flour of your choice)
200g of pealed & grated carrots
20g melted coconut oil
4 eggs
75g unsweetened apple sauce
2 tsp baking powder
The zest of half an orange
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon (and a little more if you want)
70g agave syrup or honey (I used a bit of both)
50g of chopped walnuts

All you will need for the frosting is:
250ml coconut milk
100g light cream cheese
vanilla extract

Pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees C.
First whisk the eggs and the sweetener together. 
Add in the apple sauce.
Gradually add in the flour and the grated carrots.
Then add the zest of half an orange and the spices (cinnamon & vanilla).
Add the melted coconut oil to the mixture & stir well.
Don’t forget the backing powder & finally add the chopped walnuts to the mixture.  

Distribute the mixture evenly into cupcake holders (I made 16 from this mixture) and put them in the oven for 25-30min.

In the mean time you can make the frosting.
Before you start baking make sure you put your coconut milk in the fridge so that it is cool.
Once you have your cool coconut milk, the milk will have separated.
The more solid part at the top is the part we are going to use for the frosting.
Combine the coconut milk fat with 100g of light cream cheese and add in the vanilla & sweetener to your taste and mix it with a hand mixer.
Once the cupcakes are finished and have had time to cool down you can add the icing on top.

Now all you need to do is enjoy your healthy carrot cupcake treats!

Give this recipe a try, it really worked out really well – one of my favourites so far!
Let me know what you think. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #debbieariella if you recreate these delicious treats so I can find them on Instagram.
Wishing you a wonderful day.

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