I've gotta admit, I'm not really a fan of bittersweet chocolate. I agree with Ina Garten who always says on her show, Barefoot Contessa, that bittersweet chocolate is too bitter and semisweet chocolate is too sweet (except I don't think anything is too sweet!)
As I made these cupcakes I was expecting them to have a super sweet chocolate flavor, like the cupcakes you can buy at a bakery. But as I sunk my teeth into the first cupcake, I realized that these weren't your typical sugary baked good. These were bittersweet, sophisticated, and left me wanting more... to my surprise.
I like sweet cupcakes, you know, the kind that make your teeth twinge and stomach ache. Why did I like these cupcakes so much? I think it's because these cupcakes were just sweet enough where you wanted (needed?) to grab another one. Kind of like eating potato chips, where each chip is just salty enough where you want to grab another few
These cupcakes are fluffy, springy and packed with chocolate flavor. It's tough to tell that they are made with healthy ingredients such as quinoa flour, flax and yogurt!
Bittersweet Chocolate Quinoa Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting: [sugar free, low fat, high fiber/protein, GF, V]
(makes 11 cupcakes)
136g (1 cup) Quinoa Flour
80g (1/2 cup) Brown Rice Flour
27g (1/3 cup) Regular Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
13g (2 tbs) Ground Flaxseed
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
241g (1 cup + 1 tbs) Plain Amande "Yogurt" (other yogurts will probably work, like dairy, soy...)
1/2 tsp Instant Coffee (I used Starbucks VIA Italian)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Stevia Extract
1+1/4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
24g (2 tbs) Non-Hydrogenated Vegetable Shortening (I used Spectrum Organics)
1/3 cup Light Coconut Milk, canned
1/2 tsp Stevia Extract
10g (2 tbs) Regular or Dark Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
75g (2/3 cup) Powdered Erythritol
42g (2 scoops) Chocolate Brown Rice Protein Powder (I used SunWarrior)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cupcake tin with parchment liners (or spray with cooking spray... the cupcakes tend to stick to the paper liners since they are so low fat)
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the quinoa flour, brown rice flour, cocoa powder, flax, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, coffee and extracts, then whisk in the almond milk.
4. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet. Whisk batter for ~20 seconds, or until batter is fluffy and even.
5. Scoop the batter into the cupcake tins (level out the batter if needed) and bake for ~20 minutes, or until surface springs back when tapped. Take cupcakes out of pan immediately after removing from the oven, let cool on a wire cooling rack.
6. For the frosting- In a medium-sized bowl, add the shortening and coconut milk, microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until shortening has melted. Stir in the stevia, then the cocoa powder, then the protein powder. Frost the cooled cupcakes and serve!
Can you believe it? Nutritionally balanced cupcakes!! Of all things...