Melissa d'Arabian's Magic Fruit-and-Veggie Cupcakes

Melissa, host of Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d’Arabian put together this recipe for healthy "cupcakes", perfect for an after-school snack!

Melissa d'Arabian's Magic Fruit-and-Veggie Cupcakes

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    Ingredients

    1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 large egg
    1/2 cup whole-wheat flour 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    1 tbsp soy flour 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    2 tbsp wheat germ 1 tsp vanilla extract
    1/2 cup bran flakes cereal or old-fashioned oats (or combination) 2/3 cup plus 1 tbsp whole milk
    1/4 cup ground flax seeds 3/4 cup grated or finely chopped vegetables (carrots, zucchini and/or spinach)
    1 tsp baking soda 3/4 cup grated or finely chopped fresh or dried fruit (apples, pears, pineapple and/or raisins)
    1 tsp baking powder pinch of salt
    1 tsp ground cinnamon cooking spray (optional)

    directions

    Prep: 20 min Total: 45 min
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    • 1

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 24-cup mini muffin pan with paper liners or mist with cooking spray.

    • 2

      Whisk the flours, wheat germ, bran flakes, flax seeds, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl; set aside. Beat the egg and brown sugar in a medium bowl with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add the olive oil, vanilla, milk, vegetables and fruit and mix well. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and stir just until blended

    • 3

      Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, filling each cup about three-quarters of the way. Sprinkle the tops with brown sugar, if desired. Bake for 20 to 24 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool on a rack.

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