Toasted Coconut Madness Mini Cupcakes

Prep time: About 10 minutes

Baking Time: 15 to 17 minutes

Calories per serving:  124 calories

 

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Coconuts! Cupcakes! I don’t know what it is but lately, I’ve been a little obsessed with these two terrific things. About two weeks ago, my stepdaughter and I made some cupcakes and had tons of fun with them. I guess that got me going. Then last week at the grocery store, I decided to try Newton’s Fruit Thins Toasted Coconut Drizzled with Dark Fudge. Oh boy, I just had to experiment with chocolate and coconut 🙂

So now, I have the pleasure of sharing the recipe with all of you.

For starters, preheat the oven to 350 deg F.

Mix together the apple sauce and sugar in a medium bowl. Add the eggs one by one, then add in the Greek yogurt, almond milk and vanilla. Set aside.

½ cup Apple Sauce – Unsweetened

¾ cup Dark Brown Sugar

2 eggs

6 oz Chobani – Greek Yogurt – Plain

¾ cup Nature’s Place – Vanilla Almond Milk-All Natural

2 tsps Pure Vanilla Extract

1 cup King Arthur Flour – Unbleached Cake Flour Blend

1 cup King Arthur – Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

¾ cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa

1 tsp Baking Powder

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

In a separate bowl, mix the flours, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa and salt. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients mixture into the wet mixture.  Feel free to use a hand mixer and mix on medium low for about 2 minutes. Your mixture will be a bit thick.

Line some muffin tins with muffin cups. Fill each cup about 2/3 of the way. Bake for about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool completely.

For the frosting, I used:

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill – Flaked Coconut (Unsweetened), toasted

1 cup Whipped Lite Whipped Topping

1/3 cup All Natural Hazelnut Spread (a.k.a. Nutella)

Toast the coconut flakes in a pan, cool for a few minutes. In a medium bowl, pour in the toasted coconut then mix in the hazelnut spread. I added the whipped topping to make it fluffier and it worked like a charm. Spoon each muffin with the coconut mixture. Enjoy!

                                                                                                               Eat well and be well. – Ella Bella

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