Guilt-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

These whole-grain cupcakes are low fat, low sodium, and vegan, too. Indulge in moist, dense, chocolate-laden pleasure with absolutely no guilt!

Serves: 16Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 16


  • 1 2⁄3 cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 3⁄4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. sodium-free baking soda
  • 1 cup water
  • 1⁄2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
  • Place the dry ingredients, except chocolate chips, into a mixing bowl and whisk together. Add the wet ingredients to the pan and mix until combined.
  • Pour batter into the muffin cups, filing rough 2⁄3 full. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the batter.
  • Place pan on middle rack in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool. Cool briefly before serving.