I am always trying to find ways to sneak fruits or vegetables into anything and everything. My kids have gotten to the point where they will actually eat their vegetables now, but it is more challenging when we go out or when they are at school.  The fruits and vegetables sometimes still come back home in their lunch bags.

The best way to get them to consume anything healthy while they are out or at school is to pack them a chocolate cupcake! I know it doesn’t sound very nutritious, but instead of sugar, I add honey and molasses and used whole grain flour instead of white flour.

They love them! (and……I don’t feel guilty letting them eat a few at a time)


2 cups Whole grain flour of your choice, store bought or homemade (I usually make flour out of any whole grains I have on hand using my Vitamix and Dry Mix Container) *You can see the container with flour on the top right hand corner of the picture, next to the honey container)
3 Eggs
1/4 cup Coconut Oil (Can be replaced with softened butter)
1/2 Cup Molasses
1/2 cup Honey
1 Small, Finely Grated Beet
1 cup of Applesauce
1 Small, Finely Grated Carrot
1 cup Milk
1 cup Cocoa Powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder

In a mixing bowl, mix flour with baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder.

Next, add coconut oil (or butter), molasses and honey, mix together.

Then, beat in eggs.

Add milk, applesauce, beet and carrot to mixture and mix well.

Pour into cupcake pan (makes 24 cupcakes/muffins) OR makes a 9×13” cake

Bake at 350 for 20 min. (for cupcakes)
Cake may take 30-35min.

Once the muffins are cool, you can top them with icing, which I do on occasion. Otherwise they also taste great on their own!

I keep the icing simple and just whip together 1 cup of softened butter, 2 cups icing sugar and 3/4 cup of cocoa powder.

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8 comments… add one
  • Allison Jul 1, 2013

    These look great. I’ll have to try them. Pinning these! Do you have the nutrition information?

    Allison @ http://www.allisonskinnyjeans.com

    • Marie Jul 3, 2013

      Hi Allison,
      Unfortunately I don’t have any nutrition information for them. It’s just a recipe that I threw together for my kids. I’m sure it would also depend on the type of whole grain flour you choose to use as well. Thank you so much for pinning and I would love to hear if you end up loving them as much as my kids and their friends do!

  • Jen Nikolaus Jul 3, 2013

    Beets, carrots and applesauce?!! They look amazing and I bet my boys would never know they were even in there! Thanks for sharing this!

    ~Jen @ YummyHealthyEasy.com

  • Jean Jul 4, 2013

    The cupcake looks delicious! I made a batch without the icing, and my toddler loved it! And since he is going through a phase, its nice to know that he is getting some vegetables!

    • Marie Jul 5, 2013

      Thanks Jean! So glad you tried the recipe and that your toddler is enjoying it too!

  • Love the secret ingredients. Sounds great! Pinned! Thanks for sharing on Two Cup Tuesday!

  • Krista Low Jul 9, 2013

    I am always up for a good cupcake and I love the fact that you are making this one so healthy! I am all about the secret ingredients 🙂 Just pinned this one! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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