Carrot Zucchini Cupcakes

Carrot Zucchini Cupcakes

Makes 12 Cupcakes

These veggie-stuffed cupcakes are great after school snacks, but work just as well for fancy birthday treats, too.

Ingredients: 
  • Cupcakes
  • 1/2 cup expeller pressed canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unbleached, evaporated cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1/2 medium zucchini, grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1 2/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted, (buy natural and unbleached, if possible)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 12 walnut halves for decoration
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Method: 

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the oil with the sugar and applesauce. Add eggs. In a separate bowl, mix together mix together the flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to the liquid ingredients. Fold in carrots, zucchini and nuts. Spoon into muffin cups filling 3/4 full. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until done when tested with a toothpick. Cool on a wire rack.

For frosting, beat the softened cream cheese with the powdered sugar. Add lime juice. Ice the cupcakes with a blunt knife. Garnish each with a walnut half.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:330 calories (160 from fat), 18g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 40mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 25g sugar), 5g protein
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