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We’re Turning 20!

So this is it, people.  Today is the day.

The day we leave our teenage years behind.

That’s right, today is our twentieth birthday!

Somehow we have gone from this…

Our 3rd birthday

To this…

In our Birthday Finest!

So it’s time for us to take charge, get responsible… to start moving up in the world! Or… maybe not.

But you know what it is time for?


Healthy cupcakes, of course!

When we were trying to come up with a yummy recipe to celebrate our birthday with, we knew we wanted cupcakes.  Be casue really, who doesn’t love an individual-sized cake? Crazy People, that’s who.

Anyways, we created a list of some of our favourite foods that we knew we wanted to include in these cupcakes. It looked a little something like this:

sweet potatoes, avocados, chocolate, bananas, cottage cheese, berries (any kind will do!), coconut, coffee, nut butter, maple syrup.

*NOTE: this list BY FAR does not include all of our favourite foods, but it’s really difficult to incorporate salmon and salsa into cupcakes!

And yes, we did manage to include all of those ingredients in these cupcakes!  We made 2 separate kinds, each with their own secret ingredients ;).

There is a chocolate sweet potato cupcake with pink cream cheese frosting…

…and a pink (beet!) cupcake with chocolate frosting!

And what you can’t see, is the inside of these cupcakes.  For extra decadence (it is our birthday after all!) we filled each cupcake with a creamy, luscious filling!

Pink filling for the chocolate cupcake and chocolate filling for the pink cupcake, of course!

These cupcakes are so healthy, you could eat them for breakfast!  But you’d never know it.  We did a few trial runs to make sure they were just right, and you can be sure our family thoroughly enjoyed being our taste-testers 🙂  We don’t think we’ve ever seen our brothers so happy once they found out that they could eat these cupcakes free of conscience!

Ok, so we know what you’re thinking- it’s your birthday!  Why don’t you indulge a little and have something unhealthy?

Don’t worry, we’ve got that covered- more to come later 😉

So how does it feel being 20?

The exact same as yesterday, when we were nineteen 🙂

But after eating one a few of these cupcakes, 20 is starting to feel pretty good!

Chocolate Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Pink Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 15 min

Bake Time: 20-25 min

Makes: 6 cupcakes


For the cake:

1/2 c. whole wheat flour

1/3 c. white flour

1/2 tsp each baking powder and baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 c. white sugar

1/2 c. cooked mashed sweet potato

1/4 c. maple syrup

1 egg, separated

1/2 banana, mashed

1/2 tsp vanilla

For the Filling:

2 tbsp pressed cottage cheese

1 tbsp strawberry jam

1 tbsp “coconut cream” (minus the added extracts)

1/4 banana

1/4 tsp pureed beet

For the Icing:

1/2 250 package pressed cottage cheese

1 tbsp raspberry jam

2 tbsp strawberry jam

1/8th c. vanilla protein powder

1/2 tbsp diced beet


For the Cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350C

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients

Separate the egg yolk from the white, and whip the white until it forms stiff peaks.

Combine all other wet ingredients (except egg white) in a separate large bowl.

Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  Gently fold in egg white.  Spoon batter into prepare muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

For the Filling:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined.  Place in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Once cupcakes are cool, using a sharp knife cut cone-shaped wedges out of the top of the cupcake like this. Fill with filling and replace the “lid”.

For the Icing:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until blended well.  Store in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to ice the cupcakes.

Beet Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Prep: 15 min

Bake time: 25-30 min

Makes: 6 cupcakes


For the cake:

1/2 c. whole wheat flour

1/4 c. white flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 c. white sugar

1/2 a medium-sized beat, roasted and cooled

1 egg, separated

1/4 c. maple syrup

1 tbsp raspberry jam

1/2 banana, mashed

1 tsp vanilla

For the Filling:

1/2 broiled banana

1/4 c. pressed cottage cheese

1 tsp chocolate hazelnut butter

2 tbsp plain greek yogurt

2 tbsp maple syrup

1/4 tsp vanilla

2.5 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 tsp coffee grounds

1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the Icing:

1/4 c. cocoa

1/8 c. vanilla protein powder

1 tsp coffee grounds

2 tbsp arrowroot flour


For the cupcakes:

Follow instructions for chocolate cupcakes, except combine wet ingredients in the food processor (except for egg white) and blend until smooth).

For the Filling and Icing:

Follow same directions as for the chocolate cupcakes.


ps- congratulations to Adam van Koeverden for his silver medal in the 1000m kayak, Mark deJonge for his bronze in the 200m kayak, Mark Oldershaw for his bronze in the 1000m canoe, and to our men’s marathon runners Reid Coolsaet, Eric Gillis, and Dylan Wykes for three amazing runs in the men’s marathon today!

What’s your favourite birthday treat?