Cupcakes are not only adorable, but they’re also wonderful comfort food. Had a bad day at work? Pick up some cupcakes on your way home.
Is your friend going through a breakup? Send them their favorite cupcakes to let them know you’re thinking of them.
They taste delicious and they’re straightforward to make! However, they can be quite heavy in sugar, especially if they have frosting, which really increases their calories.
This is why making your own cupcakes is best, as you get to decide exactly what goes into them!
This article is going to be giving you a list of some of the best healthy cupcakes you can make yourself at home!
Starting off this list is none other than the classic red velvet. Is it chocolate? Is it vanilla? We have no idea, we just know that it tastes delicious.
These healthy red velvets are only 124 calories each, including the cream cheese frosting!
For this recipe, you’ll need to use white whole wheat flour, as opposed to all-purpose, or cake flour. This flour is much lighter and is one of the things that makes it healthier.
They also use just one tablespoon of butter, butter extract, and Greek yogurt.
The Greek yogurt gives the batter a good amount of moisture, just like extra butter or oil would do, but it’s fewer calories and gives you more protein at the same time!
Healthy Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
These healthy dark chocolate cupcakes will change your world, and don’t assume that their ‘healthy’ side will overpower any of the chocolate flavor.
The smell of these babies cooking will fill your home with sweetness and comfort.
For this recipe, you’ll need white wheat flour, like the recipe above, and you’ll be using unsweetened cocoa powder.
In order to add some sweetness, you’ll be using pure maple syrup. You should always avoid the sugar-free and pancake syrups, as they normally contain cornstarch.
You also can’t forget about the chocolate frosting! This healthy version uses cocoa powder, vanilla, milk, and some vanilla crème stevia!
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
These carrot cake cupcakes are moist, scrumptious, and only 193 calories! Again, this recipe uses white whole wheat flour, and it’s sweetened with some maple syrup.
Unsweetened applesauce is also used as a substitute for oil in order to keep the calorie count relatively low, while still giving them that moist texture.
You also can’t have any form of carrot cake without the cream cheese frosting.
Instead of making it with 2 cups of powdered sugar, this recipe uses organic cream cheese, maple syrup, vanilla extract and cinnamon.
Healthy Strawberry Cupcakes
These adorable, strawberry pink cupcakes are low in fat, high in protein, and completely free from all refined sugar.
They’re made with whole wheat pastry flour, along with some whey protein powder!
The pastry is fluffy and springy, and the pastel pink frosting is filled with a fresh, strawberry flavor.
You really won’t regret making these cupcakes, and once your friends and family have a taste, they’ll be begging you for more.
Frozen Yogurt Cupcakes
Perfect for a warm summer’s day, these frozen yogurt cupcakes are great for those who love ice cream and frozen yogurt, but don’t love the amount of sugar and calories that are in them.
These babies are made with healthy and fresh ingredients, such as Greek yogurt, and fresh strawberries and bananas.
Another bonus is that each little cupcake is only 30 calories! These are perfect as a little breakfast snack, or a late night sweet treat.
All you need to do is fill some silicone baking cups with yogurt, and add some puréed banana and strawberry on top of each one.
Then add the remaining yogurt over each cup with a few chocolate sprinkles and place them in the freezer for around an hour.
Healthy Banana Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting
At just 120 calories, these cupcakes are bursting with a delicious banana flavor and incredibly moist texture.
Like many of the options on this list, the base for these cupcakes is white whole wheat flour for a lighter taste and flavor.
While there is 1 tablespoon of coconut included, the rest of the wonderful texture of these cupcakes comes from mashed banana.
Aside from texture, this gives them a lovely flavor and natural sweetness.
For even more of a sweet flavor, you can add some liquid stevia, which is a no-calorie sweetener.
While these cupcakes each have a dollop of cream cheese frosting on top, the low-calorie, healthy cupcake section balances it all out!
Healthy Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes
These cupcakes are a little more experimental in their flavor, but they truly will not disappoint, especially as each one is only 96 calories.
As well as using the white whole wheat flour (as you probably already guessed), you’ll be using unsweetened cocoa powder, and you’ll actually be using more of this than flour, so you can be assured that your cupcakes will be rich and Chocolatey.
Greek yogurt is also added to the mix, giving your cupcakes an even more tender and moist texture. It also reduces the calories but increases the protein in-take, win-win!
Of course, the title of these cupcakes is ‘peppermint mocha’, so that means you’re also going to be adding peppermint extract, and instant coffee to the batter!
The result is an amazing combination of flavors that are both rich and refreshing.
As mentioned in this article, store-bought cupcakes (as well as pre-made mixes) may contain additives that you aren’t completely aware of, or comfortable eating.
Making your own cupcakes not only reassures you of what exactly is going into them, but it also means you can add whatever sweeteners, flavorings, or extras you like!
You can also have a lot of fun experimenting with all kinds of flavors, and if you’ve got little ones in your household, this is something you can do together!
We hope this article has given you some inspiration on how to make healthy cupcakes!