Vegan Green Goodness Cupcakes

My warm-weather friend made my weekend infinitely brighter.  I call Chelsea my “Sun Buddy.” She traded the mountains and snow for the desert to become an ASU Sun Devil. She is my beach lovin’ friend! Miss Chelsea and I can talk for 8 hours straight and always find fun in outdoor adventures or some sort of healthy cooking. Saturday we made the greenest cupcakes you ever did see with a modified recipe from the Oh She Glows cookbook.

Vegan Green Goodness Cupcakes with Avocado Frosting from Stronglikemycoffee.com

Please make these cupcakes. Shred some zucchini. Bake it in a cake. Get a little fancy with pistachio crumbs. Impress your family. Don’t tell them it’s made with vegetables. Laugh about the lime green frosting. We call them Shrek Cakes!

Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Cupcake Recipe:

(Adpated from Oh She Glows) Makes 12 large cupcakes

  • 1 Tbs. ground flaxseed
  • 3 Tbs. Water
  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tps. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (we used mini!)
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded zucchini

1. Preheat over to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan.

2. Stir ground flaxseed and water and set aside. In a separate bowl, stir almond milk and vinegar and also set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.

4. Pour flax mixture into almond milk mixture. Add in maple syrup, and vanilla.

5. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips and shredded zucchini.

6. Bake for 15-18 minutes; set aside to cool

Avocado Frosting:

  • 1 large very ripe avocado
  • 3 Tbs. confection sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Mash avocado. Using a mixer, combine all ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to frost cupcakes. Garnish with crushed pistachio pieces.

**We joked that avocado frosting would taste like sweet guacamole. It did not, though the avocado is still detectable and I think that is a very good thing. Californians have a special obsession with avocados. ;)

Vegan Green Goodness Cupcakes from Stronglikemycoffee.com

So Clean. So Green.

We loved the cupcakes (and so did our taste testers!) but I think everyone agreed they were best without frosting. The avocado topping is great for looks but the muffins are perfect just by themselves (or with fresh coffee, but that goes without saying.)

Baking aside, I had not properly celebrated Chelsea’s 21st birthday yet! We hit up downtown and stopped for a drink. At an espresso bar. Appropriate? I think so. :) I’m way too excited for our autumn plans, tailgate parties, football games, and all things pumpkin.

Molino's Coffees on Stronglikemycoffee.comI am so grateful to have a friend with such a big heart. People who prioritize their friends and relationships, who can have a conversation without looking at their phones, who make an effort and make time to make silly memories are (sadly) rare. I’ve had too many experiences being someone’s friend when it’s “convenient.” This applies to relationships too. It is painfully obvious when someone values your friendship less than you value theirs. When you find a friend like Chelsea, count yourself lucky.

SUN BUDDIES FOR LIFE ;)

Now go get your green on and post it up on Insta!

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Posted on August 2, 2014, in Dessert, Healthy Habits and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Girls this looks amazing! well done!

  2. You are the most amazing friend Kenzie!! I LOVE our time spent together, and I can’t wait for all the fun that will come this fall :) I am beyond lucky to call you my friend. SUN BUDDIES FOR LIFE :)

  3. wow these look dangerous. I am going to get experimental with them! :)

  4. GREAT recipe!!!! I take my job as “taste tester” very serious and these delicious little green gems were bursting with flavor and I absolutely loved them! I would definitely make them for snacks. After all, it’s a serving of veggies right?

  5. Oh MY GOSH!!!

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