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Healthy Dessert Recipe: Wheatgrass Cupcakes With Acai Buttercream Frosting

A new year’s resolution of mine is to eat more healthily — pretty much the same as everyone else's! We all feel a little guilty after Christmas and New Year’s as a result of all the eating and drinking. When January arrives, many of us are in need of a post-holiday detox. For me this means bumping up my nutrient-rich green veggies and increasing my consumption of antioxidant-rich fruits. During my recent quest for a healthier diet, I came across a couple of easily accessible superfoods: the nutrient-laden wheatgrass, with its ample supply of vitamins and minerals, and also acai, which is a Brazilian fruit packed full of antioxidants. Daily, or even twice daily, I enjoy my wheatgrass juice, and, once in a while, I prepare an acai bowl. I got a little addicted to the acai bowls when on holidays in Brazil, the birthplace of acai. They literally have acai cafes there which serve all things acai, from smoothies, juice and acai bowls. I’m pretty much having a crave attack just as I am writing this. Random, but if you are ever in the city of Santos, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, go to a place called D’Boa Acai. They say they serve the best acai in town, but I certainly do believe them.

Not so much on the healthy side, I also quite enjoy the odd treat. Carrot cake cupcakes with white chocolate buttercream frosting, to be precise. Well I suppose they do contain a load of carrots and walnuts, so maybe they aren’t that terrible. A few days ago I decided I would make a batch of cupcakes, but this time I considered ways in which I could nutritionally improve them. I wanted to come up with a healthy cupcake recipe. Since I had wheatgrass powder and also acai powder on hand, I thought of ways I could incorporate these into an existing cupcake recipe I use. To the prepared cupcake batter I added an ample amount of powdered wheatgrass, which gave it a vibrantly-green colour. To my typical buttercream frosting recipe, I incorporated a good amount of acai berry powder, which in turn provided a deep purple tone. It was all very exciting indeed.

Having baked the cupcakes and added the acai frosting, the finished product actually looked pretty awesome and appetising. Upon tasting these cupcakes, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised, they were actually really good. Even mother dearest approved, which is always a positive sign! The wheatgrass provided a subtle green tea-like flavour to the cupcake base. The acai gave a very interesting taste and texture to the buttercream frosting. It reminded me of an acai bowl, which is pretty much a healthy dessert in itself. Overall, the superfoods provided a super taste to the cupcakes. Now obviously I cannot declare this unique cupcake recipe as 100% healthy, considering it does contain sugar and fat, but in comparison to the typical cupcake, it can be considered a healthier alternative. Definitely a step towards your healthier diet plan for the new year.






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