Low-Fat Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Fluffy, rich, moist, decadent… and LOW FAT, LOW Calorie Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting. You will LOVE them. Even people who don’t like low-fat will love them! Here’s the recipe:

Cupcake Ingredients:
-1 3/4 cups flour
-1 cup white sugar (or I substituted with “Whey Low”- only 4 calories per tsp, as opposed to 15 calories per tsp of sugar, cutting total sugar content down dramatically)
-3/4 cup cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli natural unsweetened cocoa)
-1 1/2 tsp baking soda
-1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
-1 1/4 cups low fat buttermilk (I substituted w/ 1 cup non-fat milk, 1/4 cup Fromage Blanc 0% fat… it’s like a FF sour cream)
-1 cup light brown sugar lightly packed
-2 eggs, lightly beaten
-1/4 cup canola oil
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-1 cup hot black coffee

Peanut Butter Icing Ingredients:
-1/4 cup peanut butter
-1/4 cup reduced fat cream cheese
-1/4 cup Fat Free Ricotta Cheese (this was my addition to the recipe, though not called for originally. But I LOVE the addition)
-1 cup Confectioner’s sugar (I substituted with Whey Low)
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-2 tbsp Peanuts chopped (I skipped it)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cupcake pan w/ nonstick spray
2. In large bowl, whisk together flour, white sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt.
3. Add buttermilk (or substitute), brown sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla. Mix well to combine. Whisk in hot coffee.
4. Pour batter into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.
5. Meanwhile, prepare icing. In a small bowl mix all ingredients except peanuts. Spread on cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

Serves 16
Calories: 255 as made to the original recipe. With my substitutes, probably more like 150-200 calories



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