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Green Smoothie Cupcakes

Have you ever had a green smoothie?  I always expect green smoothies to taste gross (they’re green not from food coloring but from spinach, kale, or some other leafy greens), but they surprise me every time by being as sweet and fruity as any other juice smoothie.  Aside from the color, you’d never know there were greens in a green smoothie.  Many people use green smoothies to get their children (or spouses) to eat their veggies.  Could I similarly hide some spinach in my cupcakes in a way that no one would notice?  I had to find out.

When Jonathan and I were out in our yard taking cupcake photos, the kids next door stopped by and begged for some cupcakes.  They don’t yet know enough about my experiments to ask whether they are eating normal vanilla cupcakes or something like Buffalo Chicken cupcakes, fig, goat cheese, and onion cupcakes, or cupcakes that contain spinach.  They just assumed (and why wouldn’t they?) that all cupcakes are sugary and kid-friendly.  The innocent children squealed with delight as they inhaled the green cupcakes, thanked me, and told me how good they were.

Mission accomplished!

Green smoothie cupcakes use green smoothie as an ingredient in both the cupcake and the buttercream frosting.  The green smoothie gives the cupcakes a mildly fruity flavor and a slightly denser than average texture.  The green smoothie cupcakes are a simple one bowl recipe – the only catch being that you have to make a smoothie before you get started.  I can vouch for the smoothie recipe below (both as a smoothie you’ll want to drink and as something that works well in the cupcakes), but I suspect that any smoothie recipe that you like would also work – just don’t add ice to the smoothie.

Green Smoothie Cupcake Recipe

 

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Green Smoothie Cupcakes

Green smoothie cupcakes use green smoothie as an ingredient in both the cupcake and the buttercream frosting. The green smoothie gives the cupcakes a mildly fruity flavor and a slightly denser than average texture.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword green smoothie buttercream, green smoothie cupcake recipe, green smoothie cupcakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 cupcakes
Calories 380kcal

Ingredients

Green Smoothie Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Green Smoothie Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup cake flour not self-rising
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup green smoothie from above

Green Smoothie Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup green smoothie from above

Instructions

Green Smoothie Directions:

  • Put all ingredients in a blender (I use a Vitamix, which does an amazing job at turning spinach to liquid) and blend until smooth.

Green Smoothie Cupcake Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Mix in sugar and honey.
  • Mix in eggs.
  • Mix in oil and smoothie until fully combined.
  • Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.

Green Smoothie Buttercream Frosting Directions:

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix butter and powdered sugar for about three minutes on high speed.
  • Mix in the gree!Green Smoothie Buttercream Frosting Directions:
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix butter and powdered sugar for about three minutes on high speed.
  • Mix in the green smoothie a little bit at a time.
  • Spread or pipe on cooled cupcakes.

Notes

I imagine that any smoothie recipe sans ice would work in these cupcakes. However, I haven't tried them all and I can only vouch for the one I provide below. My green smoothie recipe yields much more smoothie than you will need for the cupcakes. Go ahead and drink the extra smoothie while you are working.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Green Smoothie Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 63mg3%
Potassium 160mg5%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 765IU15%
Vitamin C 5.5mg7%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Green smoothies can be in cupcakes too! Use them as an ingredient in both the cupcake and the buttercream frosting. The green smoothie gives the cupcakes a mildly fruity flavor and a slightly denser than average texture. 
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14 comments on “Green Smoothie Cupcakes”

  1. Anonymoussays:

    Can’t wait to try these! I live in Crystal City, Tx. Spinach Capitol of the world and will definately bake these for our spinach festival. :)

  2. What a great idea!! My husband has a green smoothie every morning, sometimes it is the only vegetables he eats all day.

  3. Haha, what a good way to trick kids into eating veggies.

  4. Rosiesays:

    What a creative idea! I love green smoothies, and I love my Vita-Mix!

  5. Anonymoussays:

    Doesn’t all that fat and sugar negate the healthy benefits of green smoothie?

    • Beatrizsays:

      I agree that if you’re looking for something super-healthy it would be best to combine the vegetables with other kinds of food that are also healthy, but adding greens to something not-so-healthy you were already going to eat is a good idea.
      The point here is not to substitute, say, a green smoothie with a green smoothie cupcake, but make it instead of another cupcake that doesn’t include vegetables!
      I hope that made sense :)

  6. Great, I love your blog and I want to try this ! Sometimes we can also have some food with more fat/sugar I guess… as comfort food and sometimes we will have only a green smoothie! Cheers, Ste

  7. I’m so jealous of you for making this. I have been pondering for months now on the idea of a green monster muffin or cupcake. They look great!

  8. AMAZING!!! I am sharing this with everyone I know!!!!

  9. Jordansays:

    Will reducing the sugar/honey in this hurt the cupcake in any way? I don’t like super-sweet desserts and I figure that the smoothie is already sweet from the fruit so reducing the added sweeteners might be good.

  10. This is very educational content and written well for a change. It’s nice to see that some people still understand how to write a quality post.!

  11. Katiesays:

    These look awesome. I’ve made spinach cupcakes before but, I can’t wait to try these. But, I can’t have any fat. What would make a good substitute for the oil in this recipe?

  12. Wow, this paragraph is good, my younger sister is analyzing such things,
    thus I am going to inform her.

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