Dieting and eating healthy is great, but sometimes you just want to say “Screw it” and eat a whole cake. Well, instead of going face first into an Angel Food cake, take a deep breath and try this awesome alternative idea. Have a cupcake! Not all cupcakes are created equal, either. Some cupcakes are loaded with refined sugar, butter, oil, and unnecessary calories. Would I let you eat that? Of course not. Now, let me make myself clear…it’s alright to have some of those things once in a while in moderation. And while these cupcakes are all healthier than traditional cupcakes, and healthier than eating an entire cake by yourself, these cupcakes are not as healthy as eating an apple.
Sweet treats are fine to have sometimes, so when you’re craving something sweet, reach for a healthier cupcake! In honor of National Cupcake Day, I’ve found ten delicious cupcakes that are better-for-you than other cupcakes. So give your diet a rest and enjoy one of these semi healthy cupcakes! Yum!
Pineapple Zucchini Cupcakes via Skinny Taste
Not only do these cupcakes look great, they’re healthy too! Made with whole wheat flour, coconut oil, zucchini, and pineapple, this awesome cupcake recipe is actually good for you. These cupcakes come complete with low-fat cream cheese frosting.
Healthy Pumpkin Cupcakes via Bekah the Baker
Pumpkin cupcakes are probably one of my favorite cupcakes ever! There’s something about the spices and the sweet flavor of the pumpkin that is so satisfying and so delicious. This recipe uses Greek yogurt and whole wheat cake flour to cut down on calories and add some protein to these awesome cupcakes.
Frozen Yogurt Cupcakes via FitSugar
Frozen yogurt cupcakes make an awesome dessert when you’re craving something sweet or are tempted to reach for that carton of Ben and Jerry’s in your freezer. These fro-yo cupcakes are totally satisfying and only pack in 30 tiny calories per serving. Made with simple ingredients including Greek yogurt, banana, strawberries, and mini chocolate chips, these cupcakes are easy to make and you can enjoy them 100% guilt-free.
Whole Wheat Carrot Cupcakes via The Novice Housewife
Carrot cake is so light and fluffy, I could probably eat an entire cake. These healthy whole wheat carrot cake cupcakes are perfect as dessert, a snack, or even breakfast. This recipe uses whole wheat flour, toasted walnuts, and grated carrots to keep these cupcakes healthier than traditional carrot cake. You can make low-fat cream cheese frosting or just gobble these babies up right out of the oven.
Fudgy Beet Cupcakes via Minimalist Baker
These delicious beet cupcakes are sweet and chocolatey. Did I forget to mention that they’re vegan too? Yep, that’s right! Vegan cupcakes, what could be better. This recipe uses beets, almond milk, apple cider vinegar, and whole wheat pastry flour to make amazing healthy, fudgy cupcakes that don’t even really require frosting. Yum!
Sweet Potato Cupcakes via Chocolate Covered Katie
Complete with marshmallow frosting, these sweet potato cupcakes are like Thanksgiving-sweet-potato-casserole-heaven in cupcake form. This recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie uses sweet potato, spelt flour, and apple cider vinegar to make fluffy, moist cupcakes that everyone will love.
Kiwi Blackberry Breakfast Cupcakes via Joseph’s Grainery
Cupcakes for breakfast? Sign me up! These healthy breakfast cupcakes are made with wholesome ingredients like kiwi, blackberry, oatmeal, applesauce, and milk. Try these breakfast cupcakes as a quick on-the-go breakfast or as an awesome mid-morning snack at work.
Double Chocolate Cupcakes via Healthy Kid Fuel
These cupcakes are perfect for your family and friends. They are grain-free, dairy-free, and low-carb. What these cupcakes lack in grains and dairy, they make up for in flavor. Made with coconut flour, honey, unsweetened cocoa powder, and coconut oil, these cupcakes are healthy and delicious!
These surprisingly healthy cupcakes are dense and super flavorful. Made with vanilla Greek yogurt, honey, and whole wheat flour, this recipe is healthy and easy to make. The frosting for these sweet treats are made with low-fat cream cheese and bananas. Serve these warm with a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flakes on top for an extra burst of flavor.
Strawberry Almond Cupcakes via Living Healthy With Chocolate
Craving something sweet that won’t undo your whole day of dieting? Try these awesome strawberry almond cupcakes. These cupcakes are made with raw honey, coconut flour, and all-fruit strawberry preserves. Serve these as a snack or as dessert for a sweet treat everyone will devour!