Saturday, March 2, 2013

Low-fat & Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes


The weekend is here and I am thoroughly enjoying being lazy.  It’s very nice to have a weekend where there isn't much going on, it gives me time to bake and cook and spend endless hours on Pinterest.  Basically what I’m trying to say is that my lazy weekend isn't really productive at all! It’s also very cold out today and that makes me just want to stay in and be warm, makes sense right?

I decided to make some low-fat chocolate cupcakes this morning and I’m happy to say that these are also vegan-friendly.  I was going to add a chocolate frosting to them but I left them plain instead, no need for the extra calories and sweetness.  These cupcakes were very easy to make and you don’t need a hand-mixer.  Just grab two bowls, a wooden spoon and whisk and you’re good to go.  These cupcakes are full of rich chocolate flavour and are just perfect left plain. They do taste ‘different’ than a regular cupcake but if you can shake that notion out of your head and just dig in, you’ll realize that these are different in a good way, IN A HEALTHY WAY! Don’t be afraid to let your sweet tooth panic, because your body will be thankful. 

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Low-fat and Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder (or 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsulfured light or dark molasses

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with a rack positioned in the center.  Line standard cupcake tin with 12 paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda, and salt together. 
  3. Separately, whisk the water, oil, vanilla, and molasses together.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix together with a wooden spoon until the batter is smooth and combined. 
  5. Divide batter into the 12 lined cupcake tins (it will only be filled about halfway up).
  6. Bake the cupcakes for approximately 16-18 minutes, or until the cupcake springs back when lightly pressed in the center.
  7. Let the cupcakes cool for a few minutes before removing from the tin and cooling completely on wire racks.

* To bake as a 6-inch cake, bake the cake batter in a greased and floured 6-inch cake pan for 50 to 55 minutes.




HAPPY BAKING!

38 comments:

  1. I bake things like these cupcakes for myself once in a while, when I want something sweet but not feel guilty about it. I perfectly understand what you mean about understanding the odd flavor! They look like the perfect snack to me!

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    1. Yeah I like to take a break from all the sugary bad stuff every now and then. These are definitely the perfect chocolatey snack!

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  2. Those look so good! Anything chocolate is delish :)

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  3. My boyfriends dad is a vegan, it would be fun to make these for him!

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  4. Yummy these look good! Not sure if I could make them though as I would probably be way way too tempted to eat the whole batch :)

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  5. Natalie, these cupcakes look fantastic...love the fact that you made them low-fat, and you don't even miss any of the fat by how deliciously moist they look! Thanks for sharing and have a great Sunday!!!

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  6. Wonderful looking cupcakes! It's nice to have lazy weekends, isn't it? Particularly when the weather is cold (or rainy). Fun post - thanks.

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  7. Nathalie these cupcakes look delicious and nice pictures too!!

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  8. I love that these are vegan! You did an awesome job of adapting a delicious treat into a dairy-free cupcake :).

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  9. How interesting, I haven't seen a cupcake made with water before!

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  10. You are so right Natalie about the hours on Pinterest! These look very good. I am sure I will like them since I love the Black Bean Brownies I make. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Those cupcakes look good! I also try not to put frosting on my cupcakes as I don't want the children to consume any extra sugar if I can help it!

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  12. Those cupcakes look very moist and they must be full of flavour. Glad to hear you had a relaxing weekend. We try as much as possible not to pack to much into our weekends - just too exhausting xx

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  13. I adore lazy weekends, and making cupcakes on them is a recipe for perfection :-) These look lovely!

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  14. These look really tasty! Any suggestions on a molasses sub? I don't have any handy and would like to make these :)

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    1. Hi Danielle! I've read that you can substitute molasses for: maple syrup or honey with brown sugar, granulated sugar and a bit of water. I have never tried it before though :P

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  15. Low-fat? I'll take two then. Oh, heck, make it three! ;)

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  16. Those look delicious! I love vegan treats so much more. I don't walk away feeling so heavy and full.

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  17. These look great Natalie. Can't tell from just looking that they are vegan and low fat...just delicious. Now, I need one made without grains...(i am on a diet see..)

    Nazneen

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  18. They look delicious! Healthy and enjoyable.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  19. Hi Natalie, I was about to write something like "I've made these too..." when I noticed you linked back to me. That's very sweet of you - thank you! I absolutely agree with you about these. They are different but in a good/clean/lighter way. The kids didn't notice a difference in them from "normal" chocolate cupcakes but I do admit their's had frosting. : ) I like them plain as well. Makes a nice simple treat.

    Have you tried David Lebovitz's chocolate yogurt cakes? It's not quite as light but still a healthier option (no frosting necessary). My 7-year old loves it so I bake them when I have extra yogurt around. I've never been able to bake them without little lumps but they taste marvelous!

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    1. Hi Monica! I was happy to find that recipe on your site as I was in such a cupcake mood that morning and it just seemed like a quick and easy recipe and I had all of the ingredients on hand :)

      It's definitely different, but also totally edible and it still cures my chocolate fixing! I will totally look into the chocolate yogurt cupcakes, thanks for the info :)

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  20. Those look delicious! And I would say making cupcakes and surfing Pinterest is productive. ;) Jo

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  21. Sounds like we had a very similar type of weekend lol. It feels good even if lazy. And nothing better than enjoying these adorabel cupcakes while doing next to nothing.

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  22. These look great! I love a little bit of coffee with chocolate, so this flavor combo sounds amazing

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  23. These look so moist and flavorful, hopefully I can trick my boyfriend Gilbert into trying them with me :)

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  24. I will definitely have to make these since I am on a diet! They look fantastic!

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  25. I am without a doubt a chocolate fan and these cupcakes look wonderfully delicious.

    I like to recharge and relax when I can also. It's so important to our overall well-being.

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  26. These cupcakes look so good. I love that you added espresso powder. Great recipe!

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  27. Your cupcakes baked up really well! I bet they taste awesome. I'll keep them in my rolidex!

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  28. My daughter was here for the weekend and we made cupcakes, too. These sound great!

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  29. Mmmmm....it's always great to have a healthier option to satisfy that choclate craving!!!

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  30. YUM these look so delicious. And that plate is so pretty!

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  31. these look great - not too much sugar and some additional oomph from the molasses - unlike some low fat recipes - will be bookmarking for the cooler weather when I feel like baking

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  32. Sometimes, all we need are lazy weekends....and some vegan chocolate cupcakes. Are these really vegan? They look scrumptious and I'm happy that you shared this recipe. Now, I can make some of these for my girlfriends who are vegan. YUM!

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  33. Can't go wrong with such a classic treat. A little bit less to feel guilty about only sweetens the deal. ;)

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