These healthy banana cupcakes are gluten-free, dairy free and sweetened only with agave. The recipe is even grain-free with the use of almond flour. Eggs, plenty of blueberries and 2 soft bananas are most of the rest of the ingredients. Yes, there is sweetener (agave), because these ARE cupcakes mind you. But these are cupcakes I can feel pretty good about eating.
Almond flour– be sure to use almond flour – not almond meal. It is also known as blanched almond flour which removes the brown skin from the almonds before milling. Also a super fine flour will work best.
Bananas – As with banana bread, be sure that the bananas are very ripe – mostly brown. The more ripe the bananas the stronger the flavor. But there is an option if your bananas are not ripe enough. Peel off half of the peel (lengthwise) and place on a small plate, peel side down. Microwave for 30 seconds – 1 minute. Almost ripe enough will need around 30 seconds, barely brown 1 minute or more,
Blueberries – I know, blueberries are usually a muffin thing but the blueberries add nutrition as well as awesome flavor and texture to these “healthy” cupcakes. Fresh blueberries are my preference but frozen blueberries can be used too. Rinse the frozen blueberries in a strainer with cold water until the water runs almost clear. Dry the berries on an absorbent kitchen towel.
To be sure that these cannot be mistaken for muffins, I topped these cupcakes with a coating of chocolate ganache, which is simply chocolate melted with cream, coconut cream in this case. To keep it low-sugar I use Lakanto chocolate chips – monkfruit sweetened. Another option to keep it low sugar is with Ghirardelli 92% Bittersweet Chocolate or Lindt Excellence Bar 90%. The natural sweetness of the coconut cream will help to balance the bittersweet chocolate,
The white icing, instead of using powdered sugar, is made with coconut cream whipped with a tiny bit of agave. The coconut cream is naturally sweet so just teaspoon of sweetener does the trick to make these cupcakes beautiful & delicious. See my full post and video Icing without powdered sugar.