The dark green color of these cupcakes is amazing! And they’re all naturally colored with sunflower seeds. Yes, you’ve read that right: they’re colored with sunflower seeds! 😉
Sunflower seeds contain chlorogenic acid which turns green in an alkaline environment! Chlorogenic acid is safe to eat – many vegetables contain chlorogenic acid.
These naturally green sunflower cupcakes are nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and even sugar-free if you like.
- 2/3 cup homemade sunflower seed butter *
- 2 eggs
- 1 small banana
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vinegar
- optional: sugar
* Just process sunflower seeds in a food processor until smooth.
Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Mash the banana with a fork. In a bowl, stir together all ingredients. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not over bake.
Now make dark green frosting, which is naturally colored with sunflower seeds, to spread on the naturally green St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes.
I found the recipe for the healthy, naturally green St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes on this website. The gorgeous, dark green color of these naturally green cupcakes inspired me to experiment more with sunflower seeds: I made naturally green sunflower seeds and food coloring, a naturally green sunflower smoothie and ice cream.
The sunflower cupcakes are so incredible dark green that they look almost black in this photo!