1st Birthday Cupcakes

Last week our tiny little Tilly turned 1-year old! You can read all about her original “Birth Day”HERE

To celebrate we had some close friends and family over for a little party.  The birthday girl enjoyed her pizza and veggie sticks, showed off her almost walking skills, and really liked the wrapping paper on all of her gifts.
I wanted to make cupcakes that Tilly and her party guests could enjoy, cupcakes that were as healthy as possible and that had no refined sugars or food dyes.  Here is what I came up with.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
1 cup plain yogurt
3 cups whole wheat flour (I use white wheat)
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups of grated green apples (squeeze out the liquid as  best you can)
1 cup mini chocolate chips / chopped walnuts / raisins / whatever! (optional)

Directions
Step 1: Line or grease a cupcake pan (This ended up making 18 cupcakes) and preheat oven to 350 degrees
Step 2: Melt coconut oil, butter, and honey on the stove.
Step 3: Mix all dry ingredients and honey / oil / butter mixture
Step 4: Add in eggs, yogurt, apple and any optional whatnots
Step 6: Fill cupcake pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until cooked through

The cocoa taste is subtle, it’s more like a spice cake.  I “frosted” ours with some lightly sweetened whipped cream but a cream cheese frosting would probably be awesome too (when is cream cheese frosting not awesome?) or you could go really crazy and leave them frosting-less, call them muffins, and eat them for breakfast…Not that I did that.


What did you serve at your little ones first birthday?

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