The sugar coma holidays are upon us. We’re heading into the candy, cake, and sweet tooth season. First Halloween, then Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love this time of year, and I love to have a strategy for how to enjoy it while still feeling great about the nourishment I am feeding my family. For this Friday Food Adventure, we took a Halloween spin on an old favorite, our Carrot Quinoa Cupcakes.
Looking for a healthy recipe or candy alternatives for your child this Halloween? Join us in the kitchen this weekend for a tasty adventure even your most finicky eater will love to explore! You can “trick” them by hiding the veggies in the cupcake, but it’s more fun to let them in on the scary secret.
How to make Halloween Cupcakes that are so good for you it’s scary
1. Pick out your favorite Halloween toppings
We chose these sour and sweet pumpkin toppings from a series of options at Williams-Sonoma. You can choose a few options you feel comfortable with your child eating. Our feeling is that this one small candy on top of this super healthy cupcake is a good balance.
2. Follow our Carrot Quinoa Cupcake Recipe here.
This is such a delicious, moist cupcake. We use gluten free quinoa flour and unsweetened applesauce to make this cupcake super moist and protein packed!
Follow our recipe here. Make these small Halloween substitutions:
Instead of 6 carrots, we used 3 carrots and 2 raw beets. We peeled the carrots and the beets and we cut them with a food processor into tiny pieces. We add the chopped carrots and beets to the batter after mixing the dry and wet ingredients together.
3. Have some fun with natural food coloring
It’s really fun to make your own food coloring and so much better for your family. Take 1-2 tablespoons of your chopped beets and add them to a blender with a few spoons of water. Pulse to puree. Add a few spoons of this liquid to ½ of your frosting batter. It turns out more pink than purple but still lots of fun to do with kids.
If you’re interested in knowing more about why food dyes are dangerous for our health, read this article by the Food Babe to get started understanding this hidden danger in our food system.
4. Enjoy with a nice cup of spiced apple cider or a piping cup of coffee.
These cupcakes are so good for you, they could even pass for a nice morning muffin on the go (without the frosting)!
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