Friday, December 25, 2009

Nutella Strawberry Cupcakes

For my husband's birthday, I decided to bake something for him without thinking twice about the number of calories involved. I just wanted to pamper the two of us...and at the risk of sounding repetitive, what better than chocolate.

We really gorge on the goodies in December, and its beginning to show on our waistlines. But thats the advantage of winter, with the thick warm clothes covering up a bit for the flab.

Happiness increases when celebrated, and a celebration without something sweet loses its essence - at least for us. But of course, at the last moment, the voice of reason and the pangs of conscience kicked in - so I converted the recipe to a NoBO one - No Butter and Oil!


3 tbsp heaped - whole wheat flour
1 tbsp - crushed oat flakes and hazelnuts
3 tbsp - muscovado sugar ( low sugar version... use 5-6 tbsp for normal sweetness)
4 tbsp - apple strawberry puree
4 tbsp - nutella
2 tbsp - cocoa powder (sweetened)
3 tbsp - low fat milk
1/4 tsp - bicarbonate of soda
1/4 cup - chopped fresh strawberries
a pinch of salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree C and line a cupcake tray with 7 paper cases.
  2. Place the sugar, apple strawberry puree, nutella and milk in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Whisk together the flour, oats hazelnuts mixture, salt, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture. Fold in the strawberries. Mix very lightly with a rubber/silicon spatula. Do not overmix
  5. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases, filling three quarters.
  6. Place the tray in the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 20 - 23 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  7. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Serve the cupcake upside down with some strawberries and chocolate sauce.
Serves -  7 cupcakes

I used this apple strawberry puree. You can use a homemade apple puree as well.

 I trimmed the edges and served the cupcakes upside down with some fresh strawberries and some chocolate sauce.

Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas!


  1. Thank u Rachana for visiting my blog...
    U too have a wonderful blog with new recipies....
    Happy blogging..

    Wish u a happy and a prosperous NEW YEAR

  2. These look tempting and inviting ! Awesome...

  3. Wow.. you have started a blog with a bang.. :) recipes looks so tempting and good. sure to be here often. keep it going. :) Thanks for your comments on my blog.. :)

  4. Thanks a lot for your humble words Nithya:)

    Thanks Usha, do try them:)

  5. your recipes as well as the clicks are all mouth watering!!



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