Quinoa Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado and Cocoa Icing

A healthy alternative to cupcakes and lollies we now offer low fat, low sugar but still scrump-didly-umptious kids party packs. These amazing little cupcakes are also available as a gluten free option for your wedding on a tiered stand or as part of a bar. 
We thought we would share with you our recipe as we just can't get enough of these moorish little cupcakes. They are amazing to eat,  they taste just like a chocolate cupcake but richer in flavor and oh so moist!

Here we have added a chunk of honeycomb however to keep it super healthy decorate with pretzels, sultanas or some yummy fresh fruit!

Quinoa Cupcakes
Makes 24 large cupcakes

4 cups cooked quinoa, cold (see note below for instructions to cook quinoa)
2/3 cup milk
8 large eggs
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1.5 cups butter, melted and cooled
3 cups organic cane sugar
2 cup pure cocoa
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

Preheat the oven to 170°C reduce to 165 before cooking. Line the muffin tin with the 24 cupcake liners.  

In a blender combine milk, eggs, vanilla and blend until combined.  Add 2 cups of cold cooked quinoa and the melted butter and continue to blend until smooth.

Combine all dry ingredients into a mixer and add the blended ingredients. Mix until just combined.

Cook for 30 mins

Note:  Bring 2/3 cup raw, rinsed white or golden quinoa to boil in a heavy saucepan with 1 1/3 cups water.  Cover, reduce to simmer and cook for 10 minutes.  Turn off heat and leave covered saucepan on burner for another 10 minutes.  Fluff with fork and allow the Quinoa to cool.

Chocolate Avacado Icing
Enough for 24 cupcakes

2 perfectly ripe avocado’s
1 cup good unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli)
1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup dark chocolate mini chips (optional)

Place all three ingredients in a food processor and mix together, stopping to scrape down the sides once or twice. Stir in the chocolate chips (if using). The frosting is ready to spread immediately but you can refrigerate if you think it needs to firm up. Add a little water if it is too thick. (We didn’t need to add water)

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