The Healthiest Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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One year ago today (I’m writing this on Sunday morning) I sat down and wrote my first blog post on Almost Getting it Together. I also ran the Montour Run Half-Marathon (which I ran this year, I’ll recap tomorrow – today is for celebration) and discussed running a half-marathon unprepared (foreshadowing?). I wrote a few posts, bit the bullet and bought my domain name, then six months later began working with my designer to make my blog look more professional and moved to self-hosting (which I am thankful for every day).

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It’s not a Blogiversary without sprinkles.

One of the biggest things blogging has taught me is to be patient. I used to have no patience whatsoever. I used to have a fear that if something didn’t happen within a certain time frame, the world was going to end. I’ll let you in on a little secret – I’ve ruined a good number of relationships, recipes and belongings by not being patient. I’m learning how to not feel the need for instant gratification. My mantra currently is “Patience, Pisone”. Yes, there are times I’m ready to give up on whatever it is because I just want it now but what is that going to serve me? I’m not going to get what I want because I gave up, so was it really worth it to not be patient?

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Fun fact: I almost accidentally made this photo title the President of WVU’s Twitter handle.

As far as patience with blogging goes, I couldn’t come out of the gate and be Sincerely, Jules or Cupcakes and Cashmere or Edible Perspective. It’s been a lot of hard work to grow my blog, a lot of time and even more passion. If you ever need a reality check on what it’s like to grow as a blogger, go look at the very first posts bloggers have written. Would I love to blog full-time some day? Yes. But that isn’t going to happen overnight.

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One thing that still needs patience and work? My food photography skills.

Angela asked if I was going to make a special recipe for my Blogiversary. I honestly didn’t plan on it until she mentioned it. I actually considered going all out and making a recipe with real butter and sugar and all of those things, but Almost Getting it Together started because I made a pan of black bean brownies once that were insanely delicious and everyone at work told me to start a blog for my recipes. (I am capable – and willing – to make those things, just for the record.) I had to stay true to my roots! (I should have recreated those brownies for my Blogiversary but I wanted something with sprinkles.)

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Note the icing on my finger. I couldn’t wait to try these.

This is to thank everyone for coming to my blog. Almost Getting it Together finally gave me the creative outlet I wasn’t getting anywhere else. I look forward to reading your comments every day. I’ve made friends who have talked me through some crazy shit (Davida talking me down at 2 pm on a weekday over FaceTime with a glass of wine or Erin standing on the street in Oakland with me, telling me I’m making the right decision, even if it feels so hard.) It makes my entire day when someone has tried my recipe and loved it or someone in my life tells me they like my blog (dove love to all my sorority sisters at homecoming last year who told me they loved my blog!).

Sooo… real quick let’s chat about these cupcakes. Gluten free, refined sugar free, oil free… and I still want to eat the entire pan. The texture isn’t super cake-y, more devil’s food cake-y thanks to the egg whites. There are 82 calories in each of these cupcakes… and 4 grams of protein. I know, I’m pretty talented. That means you can have a couple of these and a glass of champagne and not feel guilty. You’re welcome.

healthiest chocolate cupcake with peanut butter icing | almost getting it together

The Healthiest Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting

The Healthiest Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
 
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82 calorie chocolate cupcakes with less than 7 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein! Refined sugar free, gluten free and oil free!
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Recipe type: Gluten Free
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 18
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • 1 large zucchini, shredded
  • 1 cup Gluten Free Baking Flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 egg + 2 egg whites
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
Peanut Butter Frosting
  • 8 oz plain 0% Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp cottage cheese
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line two muffin tins with cupcake liners or spray with coconut oil.
  3. Mix gluten free flour blend, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
  4. In a medium size bowl, mix egg, applesauce, vanilla, and honey together.
  5. Make a well in dry ingredients and add wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
  6. Add shredded zucchini and continue mixing until well combined.
  7. Pour batter into prepared tins, filling ⅔ of the way full.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes until a fork inserted comes out clean.
  9. Let cool completely.
  10. While muffins are cooling, mix Greek Yogurt and peanut butter in a food processor until well combined.
  11. Add cottage cheese, maple syrup and vanilla and continue mixing.
  12. Once cupcakes are completely cooled, frost with peanut butter frosting.
  13. Top with sprinkles and enjoy guilt-free!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cupcake Calories: 82 Fat: 2.4 g Saturated fat: 0.7 g Carbohydrates: 12.1 g Sugar: 6.7 g Sodium: 72 mg Fiber: 1.5 g Protein: 4.0 g

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49 comments on “The Healthiest Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on September 8, 2014 7:14 am

OK. Let’s go.
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 2:56 pm

xoxo

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on September 8, 2014 9:42 am

What do I love most about your blog? You — duh :P I never know what to answer when a blogger asks what I want to see more of since I already visit because I like what I’m seeing. Just keep being fabulous and doing you <3
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 2:57 pm

Thank you loveee! Good point about you keep coming back because you like what you’re reading :)

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Davida @ The Healthy Maven on September 8, 2014 10:09 am

I LOVE YOU!!!! Congrats on an amazing year. I’m so happy you started this blog otherwise I wouldn’t have stalked you and we wouldn’t have become besties. Messaging you now!!!! xoxo
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 2:57 pm

Thank you loveeee… let’s have a glass of wine on Skype tonight to toast to blogging/our friendship xo

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Annmarie on September 8, 2014 10:27 am

Happy Blogiversary!!
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 2:57 pm

Thank you!

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Melissa @ Mango About Town on September 8, 2014 10:50 am

Happy Blogiversary!! I’m so scared to buy my domain/self-host. I would feel like a phoney I think. My boyfriend is trying to convince me to come out of my shell, maybe one day!
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 2:57 pm

Def just buy your domain… it’s not too expensive!!

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Angela @ Health's Angel on September 8, 2014 11:10 am

Happy b-day to your blog! I’m really glad I found it. I became disenchanted with the blog world for awhile but I’m starting to find some new ones I really like. Hoping that’ll inspire me to start writing again.
And now I want those cupcakes!

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Cassie on September 9, 2014 2:58 pm

Thank you, I’m glad you like it!! I hope you’ll start writing again soon!

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on September 8, 2014 11:35 am

YOU DA GURL. Happy blog bday AGIT!
xo
-your inspiration
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 2:58 pm

Thank ya, inspiration :) xoxo

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Lauren @ ihadabiglunch on September 8, 2014 12:55 pm

What an awesome thing to do – acknowledge and accept something about yourself that you know you have to work on. Patience really is a virtue – it just goes against our human nature to want to control how/when everything happens in this life. It’s exhausting trying to be that in-control though! Also, these look so, so good. And they don’t even look healthy…it makes me want to bake them and see if my family notices hahaha
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:00 pm

They might say they are “different” but they seriously taste like a chocolate cupcake!!

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Caitlin on September 8, 2014 1:42 pm

Woohoo! Congrats on one year hun! I can’t wait to see what you do in this upcoming one :) and these cupcakes look awesome. I’ll have to try them out on the girls at the store ;)
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:00 pm

Thank you!! Please do… and let me know what they think!

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on September 8, 2014 1:59 pm

Aww, happy blogiversary! I love your blog exactly the way it is – I just like using it to get to know your fabulous self a bit better!
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:00 pm

Thank you love! xoxo

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Kelli @HungryHobby on September 8, 2014 2:17 pm

First of all CONGRATULATIONS! Making it one year is a huge deal, well at least I think so. I’m so happy I found your blog through the ReDux it’s been fun so much fun following you! What I love most? Your sincere approach to blogging, your natural voice in your posts and all your amazing recipes! I feel like when I read your blog that you’re sitting across the table from me, those are my FAVORITE types of blogs. It was also cool to find another EK blogging, even if we didn’t go to the same school, I still think it’s awesome! I know what you mean about wanting to be a full timer overnight (I’d love to have a private practice and blog) but that kind of hunger is what will get you there some day! I’ll be following you and cheering you on, HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:01 pm

Yes, #dovelove all the way… so amazing to find another EK blogging!! Thank you so much! xo

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Tina Muir on September 8, 2014 2:51 pm

Happy Blogiversary! I LOVE your blog, everything about it, and that is incredible that your blog is only a year old…your photos have advanced so quickly! These would be a delicious treat for meatless monday, especially as they are good for you! I made cupcakes yesterday too, yum yum! These are better for you though! You should linkup to meatless monday more! That is my request :)

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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:01 pm

I’m going to try to do that… just for you!! Thank you so much for your kind words! :) xo

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Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner on September 8, 2014 3:42 pm

ooh zucchini in a cupcake-creative! Your food photo skills are great. I still need to work on mine. Thanks for linking up with us today and please remember to visit some of the other recipes and the hostesses as well. Hope to see more of your recipes too!
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:01 pm

Thank you!

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Sarah on September 8, 2014 5:07 pm

Happy Blogiversary!
Can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter! Sprinkles are always an added bonus! :)
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:02 pm

Thank you… totally agree. Three things that can’t go wrong together!

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Matt @ Runner Savvy on September 8, 2014 8:10 pm

Yummmm
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Lesley on September 8, 2014 9:17 pm

I can’t get over how amazing these look. That frosting. OMG.
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:37 pm

So glad you enjoyed! :) xo

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Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating on September 8, 2014 11:22 pm

Happy Blog B-day, Cassie! Though I’ve recently discovered your blog, I’m already enjoying the articles and insight you bring to certain topics. Nevermind all the yummy recipe inspirations like this one too. :) Wishing you an even better 2nd blogging year as well!
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:35 pm

Thank you, I’m so excited you enjoy my blog!!!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld on September 9, 2014 4:38 am

Happy Blog Birthday!

Buy a ticket to Australia. I’ll be waiting with open arms and a kangaroo burger.
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:34 pm

2015. It has to happen. We need to chat about your Toronto trip. Maybe I’ll try to come up!

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Angie@Angie's Recipes on September 9, 2014 4:47 am

Patience…I hear what you said. Happy Blog Birthday!
These cupcakes look stunning.
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:34 pm

Thank you!!

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Amber on September 9, 2014 8:05 am

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY LOVE <3 Isn't it so exciting when your "baby" gets a bit older? I look at early posts sometimes and cringe, but hey like you said it takes time and is a learning process! THESE CUPCAKES LOOK TOTES TASTY :)
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:28 pm

THANK YOU!! I’m telling my friends who are just starting their blogs that it just takes time :)

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Em Todd @ CFGF on September 9, 2014 2:41 pm

CONGRATS! I’m so proud of you. And you have no idea how much you’ve taught me about starting my own. Couldn’t have done it without you. You deserve cupcakes and champagne.
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:02 pm

Thank you loveeee! Couldn’t do it without your support, either! xoxo

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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness on September 15, 2014 10:37 pm

Happy Blogiversary! Eeeek, my first blog posts are pretty funny. I’m like, what was I thinking?? But that’s the beauty of learning and growing as a blogger… you can look back and realize how far you’ve come :)
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Cassie on September 16, 2014 4:03 pm

Thank you! So, so true!

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Athletic Avocado on October 25, 2014 9:29 am

these look amazing! The peanut butter frosting looks to die for!
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