Naturally Green Cupcakes – Colored With Sunflower Seeds!

Naturally Green Cupcakes - Colored With Sunflower Seeds!

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.

Natural Green Sunflower Cupcakes With Natural Green Food Coloring


  • 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.

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!

43 thoughts on “Naturally Green Cupcakes – Colored With Sunflower Seeds!

  1. 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:)

  2. 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!

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