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When I first saw these in the Cox Cookies and Cake recipe book, I was dubious – healthy cupcakes? Cupcakes are a delicious treat but they’re definitely an indulgence and do not fall into the healthy category generally…

Really, these cupcakes are more of a muffin since they aren’t slathered with frosting, but I like calling them cupcakes – and these are cupcakes that you can even enjoy if you’re watching your weight! They also freeze well and are great for taking along on a walk or picnic for a healthy snack. If you want them to be EVEN healthier, you could just leave out the chocolate but I couldn’t resist sneaking some in…. plus isn’t dark chocolate like a health food anyway?

You’ll need (makes 6 cupcakes)

  • 115g wholemeal flour
  • 50g mixed muesli/granola
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 30ml sunflower oil
  • 50ml honey
  • 80ml milk
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 30g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • a sprinking more of muesli/granola for the top

Right, lets get going! First, before you’ve even got a bowl out of the cupboard or anything, preheat your oven to a medium heat – say 150 degrees/gas mark 5.

This is a really easy recipe to make – combine your dry ingredients in one bowl, wet in another (whisking the oil, honey and milk together) and then combine the two!

Dry ingredients...

Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases and sprinkle over about a teaspoon more granola/muesli onto each one. Bake in the preheated oven for around 20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy with a cuppa! After making these the first time it occured to me how much yummier they would probably me with the addition of some mashed banana so I suggest trying that and easy off on the oil if you decide to make these!

x Kerry