Recipe of the Week: Harvest Banana-pumpkin Cupcakes with Honey-cream Cheese Frosting
Posted Dec 18 2008 7:31pm
If you're looking for a fun activity to do with your family for Halloween or Thanksgiving, try these healthy-yummy cupcakes and decorate them together. Serve them up for a boo-tiful addition to your harvest party. This recipe also makes great mini loaves that you can wrap in foil and tie with a ribbon for a holiday Housewarming gift or serve at your Thanksgiving brunch.
Halloween Banana-Pumpkin Cupcakes with Honey-Cream Cheese Frosting
3 cups flour (I use 1 cup unbleached white and 2 cups whole wheat or spelt) 4 teaspoons baking powder 4 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons ground ginger 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon flaxseed (optional) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 15-oz. can pumpkin (100% pure)* 4 large eggs 1 cup honey 2 medium mashed bananas 3/4 cup butter, softened 1/2 bag chocolate chips (optional) 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Frosting: 1 8-oz package cream cheese 1/4 cup honey (or until consistency you like)
Garnishes: 1/2 bag chocolate chips chocolate-covered sunflower seeds (They sell them at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's and they're a great alternative to M&Ms with no harmful dyes!) mint leaves for the green pumpkin stem
Makes 24 muffins + 3 mini loaves or 2 large loaves (cook 1 hour).
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 muffin tins or use paper cups. 2. Mix eggs, butter, sugars/honey, pumpkin and banana. 3. Mix in dry ingredients. 4. Add chocolate chips & nuts. Do not overmix. 5. Pour into loaf pans and bake 25-30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. 6. Cool completely on rack. Meanwhile, add softened cream cheese to mixer. Blend until smooth. Add a bit of honey to the consistency you want for your frosting - not too runny. 7. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Garnish with chocolate-covered sunflower seeds or remaining chocolate chips used to make jack-o-lantern faces. Mint leaves make fun all-natural pumpkin stems. (We skip the frosting for the mini loaves so they keep longer.)
*If you'd like to use real pumpkin, check out this technique.