Get your greens in cupcake form with these very berry smoothie cupcakes.
Ok, so smoothie cupcakes sound like they might be a good idea in theory, right? And then you start thinking about what goes into smoothies, and inevitably you get to those two words dreaded by kids and adults alike: Leafy. Greens. When I had the idea for very berry smoothie cupcakes, I went through this thought process and figured there would be no way to make a big handful of spinach taste really good in a cupcake. I’m not talking about “good for healthy” standards. I mean “really good and no one would ever suspect” standards. So that’s what I set out to do. Thanks to my family of leafy-greens-haters who were unknowing taste testers, I know that I succeeded! These very berry smoothie cupcakes are delicious AND nutritious. And let’s be honest, that almost never happens.
Now, do NOT hear me say these are über healthy. They still have sweetener (I use coconut sugar), dairy, and white flour. But they have a heaping helping of dark berries (think blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries), and around a cup of spinach in them, a little more if you count the frosting. Yes, the frosting has raw spinach in it! So I say if you’re going to make a treat, why not give it some nutritional value? That way you don’t have to feel super guilty when your kids (or you) eat, like, 5 of them in one sitting.
They start with one of my favorite bases that includes peanut oil, butter, buttermilk, and yogurt. See, I told you they weren’t über healthy. 🙂 Then I take a big handful of spinach and about a cup of fresh or frozen berries and give them a whirl in my Vitamix. You can use a food processor or any other contraption that gets fruit and spinach smooth. Spinach has a wonderful viscosity when it’s blended well, and it helps give structure to these very berry smoothie cupcakes.
I top these off with a very berry smoothie whipped cream, which basically means I make a simple whipped cream and add some of the puree to it at the very end. There are raw berries and spinach in there, but I promise you cannot taste it. And if you want to use honey instead of a bit of powdered sugar, it works just as well and gives the whipped cream a floral note. Please make these very berry smoothie cupcakes and revel in your healthy-ish baking goddess glow. Or god; this is a gender-neutral zone. 🙂