Veg-Based Desserts: Healthy Treats

Be virtuous and still eat cake with these veg-based desserts

by Ruth Emmett

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Chocolate-courgette cupcakes

For: A healthy heart

Courgette’s potassium may help reduce high blood pressure, while it’s also a source of folate, linked to good artery function.3 Dark chocolate is full of flavonoids that boost heart health.4 

Preparation: 10 minutes 
Cooking: 30 minutes
Makes: 12

  • 275g dark chocolate (70% cocoa) + 50g in small chunks
  • 225g courgettes, finely grated
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 200g sunflower oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 140g icing sugar
  • 140g butter

1 Preheat the oven to 190C. Arrange 12 cases in a muffin tin.

2 Melt 175g of chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Take off the heat and cool for a few minutes.

3 Break the eggs into a bowl. Add the caster sugar and oil, and beat until thick.

4 Fold in the melted chocolate; add the courgettes, the pre-mixed dry ingredients and the chocolate chunks.

5 Divide between the 12 cases. Bake for 30-35 minutes until cooked through.

6 Meanwhile, get on with the frosting: melt the remaining chocolate as in step 2. Beat the icing sugar and butter until smooth, pour in the chocolate, and spread over the cupcakes.

The Skinny

Calories  354
Carbs 30.3g
Sugars  16.1g
Protein  4.4g
Fat 24.7g
Saturates  6g

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