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!
43 thoughts on “Naturally Green Cupcakes – Colored With Sunflower Seeds!”
Wow! how interesting! 🙂
I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/
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Thanks, Jess! 🙂 I’m not on facebook, but feel free to share the recipe.
This is a very creative recipe idea! Could you please include the party link somewhere in your post next time, you don’t need to display the badge but we do ask that people link back. Shared your recipe:)
Thanks for stopping by. There is a link back on my link party page.
That would be a great idea for St Patrick’s Day and Halloween! Love how dark the green is and would definitely try and make the butter. Where’s the #DreamTeam badge?
Thanks, baby Isabella! The badge is on my link party page, as always!
Love these! And perfect for Halloween / slimy / dinosaur themes, which my son is loving at the moment!
Never knew sunflower seeds could do that. I am a fan of using natural colours and would try it in my next kitchen experiment!
Thanks, Bhawna! 🙂 Let me know how it turns out for you!
How cool! This would be fun to make with my kids. If I didn’t know what it was, I’d think they were moldy cupcakes. lol.
Lol! 😀 Yes, they look a bit moldy!
These are so cool! We dye our Easter eggs with onion peel and so I’m familiar with the color change that causes, but I never would have guessed green like this could come from sunflower seeds! Pinning to try!
Thanks for pinning, Lisa!
Who would ever think you could get a green color from sunflower seeds? Thanks for sharing with SYC.
It’s amazing, isn’t it?! 🙂
I actually made “blondies” with sunbutter once and had no idea they’d turn green- you can imagine my reaction…and they tasted delicious!
Thank you for sharing treats that are nutritious over on Foodie Friday! I love your recipes!
Wow – this is very cool! Thanks for linking up to the Friday Frenzy!
Thanks for stopping by!
Love this! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party! Pinned!!
Thanks for pinning!
I’m definitely going to have to remember this for St. Patrick’s Day…we’re big into the green in our household!!!
Thanks for stopping by, Colleen! Let me know how you like them!
hahahahaha these are so cool! Thanks for linking up to the Friday Frenzy-we appreciate you!
That is amazing, I have never heard that before. Such a nice green that is natural, artificial colors are so not good.
Thanks for sharing this with us.
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Thank you, Kathleen! 🙂
What an amazing and interesting idea! I never thought of coloring the cupcakes with sunflower seeds!
I would never have imagined that sunflower seeds could make such a brilliant green colour. Perfect for St Patrick’s Day! Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x
It’s crazy, isn’t it?! Thanks for stopping by!
Just in time for St. Patty’s! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – have a fabulous week!
Thanks, Helen! Have a fabulous week too!
This is so fascinating Lina! I’ll be definitely having a play with this idea. #CookBlogShare,
Thanks for stopping by, Angela!
Who knew sunflower seeds turns things green? I love reading about this kind of info on your blog. And I’m sure those cupcakes are delicious!
Thank you, Florence! 🙂
Your Cupcakes are such a beautiful color and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
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Thanks, Helen! 🙂
Looks Delicious! Thanks for sharing this. I should try this at my home.