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Happy Earth day!!! Well, it's technically stilll not Earth day. It's about 24 minutes before midnight and I'm trying to get this recipe out to you, asap...
I decided to spend my Saturday playing around in the kitchen today and ended up with the cutest 'Earth Day' themed cupcakes!
These are so easy friends, I swear I didn't try too hard, and I'm NOT that skilled. I have basically zero art, drawing, painting skills and still managed to make semi cute looks-kinda-like-Earth cupcakes! 😛
Wanna give these Earth Day Cupcakes a try?
You can pick your favorite vegan cupcake recipe, or you can try the one I've included here made with oat flour. You'll need two natural food coloring sources; a green and a blue. I opted for blue spirulina for the blue and wheatgrass powder/green spirulina powder for the green.
You're going to make the cupcake batter and then divide it into two, adding the blue powder to one bowl and the green to the other. Once you have your two colors, then begin pouring the batter one spoonful at a time into each cupcake mold - taking turns between green batter and blue.
Get creative here. You can swirl it. You can layer it. You can add more green or more blue. I didn't use an exact science. The key to a good outcome is - don't fill all the way up, fill only up to 3/4 of the way allowing room for the cupcake to expand. And make sure the last layer on top has a little bit both of green and blue batter, if not your top of the cupcake will only show one color when baked.
If you want to get extra creative - try drawing out your best Earth map outline! I'm not very good at that but somehow, if you stare at it long enough, it kinda looks like Earth, right?! 😛
four things you can do to help save the planet
- Get your hands on some reusable grocery bags and ditch the store bought paper and plastic ones.
- Plant a garden! Even a small garden makes a difference. The more green we have, the more CO2 can be picked up by the plants.
- Share a Ride to reduce green gas emissions.
- and for the biggest positive impact of all - Go Vegan! 😛
If you'd like to learn more about veganism, check out this article on How To Go Vegan For Beginners.
Have fun today friends, we are blessed for this experience we get to call life on planet Earth.
How are you celebrating Earth day today? Will you give these vegan cupcakes a try? If you do, show us your pictures on instagram by tagging us at @sproutingzeneats ...
with love + gratitude,
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Earth Day Vegan Cupcakes
Perfect vegan cupcakes to celebrate Earth Day with natural food colors!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 6 cupcakes
- Category: baking
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: vegan desserts
- 1.5 cups of oat flour (you can process 1.5 cups of oats in a food processor until it’s really fine)
- 1 cup of oat milk
- 1/4 cup of applesauce
- 1 tablespoon of tapioca starch flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon of agave
- pinch of salt
For blue color: 1 tsp of blue spirulina (or any other natural blue food coloring you may have)
For green color: I used 1 teaspoon of wheatgrass powder plus 1/8 teaspoon of green spirulina. Matcha powder should work as well. You can also use your preferred natural green food coloring you may have at home already.
- Pour all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix (leave the colored powders out!). Then add wet ingredients and mix until you have a cupcake batter.
- Divide the batter into two separate bowls. Add blue coloring to one bowl, and green coloring to the other bowl.
- Begin adding cupcake batter to your cupcake molds by adding a spoonful of blue, then a spoonful of green alternating the colors. Get creative and make whatever patterns you like. You can swirl them, or leave as is. Make sure not to overfill the cupcake molds, fill only up to 3/4 of the way up for a nicer finish.
- Bake at 375F for 15 minutes. Check cupcakes with a toothpick, if dry, they are ready.
HAPPY EARTH DAY!
- Colors become a bit dull during baking but become more vivid once cupcakes cool down. 🙂