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Carrot Zucchini Cupcakes

Makes 12 Cupcakes
Time 40 min
These veggie-stuffed cupcakes are great after school snacks, but work just as well for birthday treats, too. Skip the frosting and enjoy them for breakfast, if you like.
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Ingredients
  • Cupcakes
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unbleached, evaporated cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 medium carrots grated
  • 1 small zucchini grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Frosting
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 2/3 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 12 walnut halves for decoration
Method

Preheat the oven to 400°F. 

Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners or coat with nonstick spray.

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 until well-incorporated. 

Add lime juice and beat until frosting is light and fluffy. 

Ice the cupcakes with a blunt knife. Garnish each with a walnut half.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • Cupcakes
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unbleached, evaporated cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 medium carrots grated
  • 1 small zucchini grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Frosting
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 2/3 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 12 walnut halves for decoration