Flourless Brownie Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Frosting

Flourless Brownie Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Frosting

You really can’t go wrong with brownies or cupcakes for dessert — no exotic ingredients or frou-frou toppings. Just mix, bake, and eat. But you know what’s better than brownies or cupcakes?

Brownie cupcakes. With peanut butter frosting.

These Flourless Brownie Cupcakes feature pure maple syrup, unsweetened cocoa, and a decadent peanut butter frosting and still manage to be a healthy treat.

The key to these brownies is the “flourless” part: Instead of processed white flour, we use chickpeas as a binder.

The bonus? Chickpeas contain protein, fiber, and iron. So these brownies taste like a decadent treat and they’re chockfull of nutrition.

These Flourless Brownie Cupcakes feature pure maple syrup, unsweetened cocoa, and a decadent peanut butter frosting and still manage to be a healthy treat.

And of course, no brownie (or brownie cupcake) recipe is complete without cocoa powder. Add Vanilla Shakeology to the mix and your “cheat” treat just turned into a pretty healthy dessert.

These Flourless Brownie Cupcakes feature pure maple syrup, unsweetened cocoa, and a decadent peanut butter frosting and still manage to be a healthy treat.

Some people aren’t fans of frosting since it’s usually full of refined sugar and more than a few unpronounceable ingredients. But the frosting for these cupcakes has just four ingredients — peanut butter, maple syrup, almond milk, and Vanilla Shakeology — so there’s no reason to fear (or avoid!) the frosting.

Pro tip: Check the label and make sure you’re using 100-percent pure maple syrup. Beware of syrups that are “maple-flavored” or contain added sugars.

These Flourless Brownie Cupcakes feature pure maple syrup, unsweetened cocoa, and a decadent peanut butter frosting and still manage to be a healthy treat.

These Flourless Brownie Cupcakes feature pure maple syrup, unsweetened cocoa, and a decadent peanut butter frosting and still manage to be a healthy treat.
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Flourless Brownie Muffins

These Flourless Brownie Cupcakes feature pure maple syrup, unsweetened cocoa, and a decadent peanut butter frosting and still manage to be a healthy treat.

Course Dessert
Keyword Shakeology
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 160 kcal
Author Beachbody

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • cup + ¼ cup pure maple syrup, divided use
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup all-natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • cup Vanilla Shakeology

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with muffin papers or coating with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Place chickpeas, eggs, ⅓ cup maple syrup, cocoa powder, baking soda, coconut oil, and extract in blender or food processor; cover. Blend until smooth.
  4. Divide batter among 12 prepared muffin cups.
  5. Top each cupcake with about four chocolate chips; push into batter.
  6. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely and enjoy!
  8. To make frosting while cupcakes are baking, whip peanut butter in a medium bowl; beat on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes, or until creamy.
  9. Add almond milk; beat until well blended.
  10. Add Shakeology; beat until well blended, scraping bowl occasionally.
  11. Slowly add remaining ¼ cup maple syrup while beating on medium speed. (If frosting is too stiff, add 1 to 2 Tbsp. additional almond milk.) Set aside.
  12. Once cupcakes are cool, evenly spread with frosting.

Recipe Notes

Gluten-Free, No Dairy, Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Flourless Brownie Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 Muffin)
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 179mg8%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

P90X/P90X2 Portions
½ Fat
1 Single Serving Snack

P90X3 Portions
1½ Carb
1 Fat

Body Beast Portions
1 Legume
1 Fat

Container Equivalents
1 1/2 Yellow
1 tsp.

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Photos by Rebecca Swanner.