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Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting

Here's a recipe that can satisfy your chocolate craving while being a little better than the average cupcake.

The difference: Black beans are used instead of flour. The addition loads these cupcakes with protein and fiber, without taking away from the delicious, rich, chocolaty taste and the cake texture you love.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Serves:  9; Portion Size: 1 cupcake.


15 ounces

canned black beans, drained and rinsed  


fresh eggs

1 tablespoon

vanilla extract, pure

6 tablespoons

unsalted butter

3/4 cup

granulated sugar

1 teaspoon

baking powder

6 tablespoons

baking cocoa

1/2 teaspoon

baking soda

1/2 ounce

rainbow sprinkles

9 ounces

chocolate frosting


  1. Preheat Oven to 350 F.
  2. Using a blender, blend black beans, eggs and vanilla until completely liquified with no lumps.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add baking soda, baking powder and cocoa powder then set aside.
  5. Combine the black bean mixture with the butter mixture and beat until smooth with no lumps.
  6. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins.
  7. Bake cupcakes at 350 F for 14 to 18 minutes or until inserted tooth pick comes out clean.
  8. Remove cupcakes from oven and cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and finish cooling on baking rack.  
  9. Garnish each cupcake with 1 ounce of chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

Homemade Chocolate Frosting

Yields: 9 ounces; Portion Size: 1 ounce.


2-2/3 tablespoons

butter, softened

1-1/3 ounces

Neufchatel cream cheese

2-2/3 tablespoons

baking cocoa

1-1/3 cups

powdered sugar

1 teaspoon

skim milk


  1. In mixing bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese together until smooth.
  2. Add sugar one cup at a time.
  3. Next add the cocoa powder.
  4. Add milk and mix well.
  5. Beat at high speed for about 30 seconds.
  6. Cover and refrigerate until internal temperature reaches 41 F or less.

Nutrition Information: (1 cupcake with frosting) Calories  363, Total Fat 15 g, Saturated Fat 9 g, Carbohydrate 50 g, Protein 8 g, Fiber 5.9 g, Sodium  315 mg

Recipe courtesy of Morrison Healthcar