Healthy Vanilla Toffee Quinoa Cupcakes with Toffee Frosting
I planned on baking Apple Pie Blondies (idea courtesy of commenter miss Karin!) so I could cross it off my Blondie Flavors To-Bake List, but completely forgot to buy the apples (doh). I was at home with barely any ingredients on hand, and then I remembered this recipe. If I omitted the seeds and raisins, the recipe has only 4 ingredients! Instead of buttermilk I used almond milk mixed with yogurt. I baked the batter in a loaf pan, but the texture of the loaf ended up being more like cake than bread.
I made a few more modifications for the next trial and BAM, I got the best cupcakes in the world
Okay, that might be a controversial statement, especially in my household. My mother, sister and I loved these cupcakes, but my father was undecided as he could detect the bitterness from the quinoa flour. Because the frosting overpowered most of the bitterness he said he would definitely reach for another cupcake, but without the frosting, he probably wouldn’t grab a second serving.
I have to admit, I’m on the fence with quinoa, I like it sometimes and I don’t like it others. I cringe from the smell of quinoa flour straight out of the package, yet I can down all twelve three of these cupcakes in one sitting. If you hate quinoa, you will most likely not enjoy these cupcakes, but if you’re neutral to, or love quinoa (and frosting and vanilla and toffee and awesomeness) you will adore these!
The cupcake texture is fluffy, springy and moist, and the frosting is rich and sweet (like the Pillsbury stuff). Combined, the cake and frosting make the most nutritious, guilt-free treat ever!
I’ll end the torture right here… and leave the rest to your imagination.
I wanted to eat the entire batch. I wanted all twelve cupcakes. I cursed at the world wondering why calories mattered *shakes fist at sky* but then I calculated the nutrition facts, ate three cupcakes and felt no guilt
The nutrition label on the left is for the cupcakes alone, the label on the right is for the cupcakes with the frosting: