Beety & Boozy Red Velvet Cupcakes

I'm always looking for a way to add a little more nutrition into my desserts.  Being a dessert addict, I'm just looking for the easiest way to get my dessert fix in a healthy way.  To be honest, since I started this blog, I've gained almost eight pounds!  I need to be careful about what I'm eating haha.

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These cupcakes have quite a kick - the bourbon provides a very boozy taste, so they're not for the faint-hearted!

Ingredients:
Adapted from Keepin It Kind

1 1/4 c. organic whole wheat pastry flour, like Bob's Red Mill
1/4 c. coconut sugar
2 1/2 T. carob powder, like Chatfield's, or other unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 c. beets, steamed and cooled (about 2-3 large beets)
1/4 c. bourbon
1/2 c. pure maple syrup
1/3 c. coconut oil, softened
2 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla

Frosting:
1 c. medjool dates, pitted
pinch of sea salt
1/2 c. organic non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening, like Spectrum 
pinch of cinnamon
1/2 c. vegan powdered sugar, and more as needed

For the cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a muffin pan with parchment cups.  

In a blender, combine the cooked beets and bourbon; puree them.

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In a small bowl, combine the flour, carob, salt, and baking powder.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the sugar, coconut oil, syrup, and vanilla. Add the lemon juice and bourbon/beet mixture until ingredients are incorporated. (It will be pretty soupy.) Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl.

Fill your cupcake liners 1/2 - 2/3 of the way full.  Bake the cupcakes for 18-22 minutes.  Insert a toothpick in and be sure that it comes out clean.

For an even better cupcake, add this chocolate sauce in the middle!

For the icing:

Combine the icing ingredients in a food processor until the consistency resembles icing, scraping the sides as needed.  If the consistency is too stiff, add a little bit of water; if it is too watery, add more powdered sugar.

Ice your cupcakes and add walnuts and/or chocolate chips to the top!  Enjoy!

Cheers,
-Aileen