Almond Joy Cupcakes
Yields: 12 cupcakes
 
These fun cupcakes taste like a sophisticated version of the classic candy bar! The cupcakes can be made a day or two in advance and stored in an airtight container until ready to fill and frost.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners, and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. To prepare the cupcakes, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, egg, coconut extract, and vanilla extract. Stir in the maple syrup and Greek yogurt, mixing thoroughly until no lumps remain. Alternate between adding the flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with the flour, and mixing just until incorporated. (For best results, add the flour mixture in 3 equal parts and the milk in 2 equal parts.)
  3. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups, and bake at 350°F for 17-19 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely to room temperature.
  4. To prepare the filling, stir together the almond butter, Greek yogurt, and maple syrup in a small bowl.
  5. To prepare the frosting, stir together the cocoa powder, agave, milk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl.
  6. To assemble the cupcakes, remove the centers using a sharp knife or cupcake corer. Spoon in the filling. Drop a dollop of frosting on top of the filling, and spread outward until it covers the tops.
Notes: Regular whole wheat flour, white whole wheat flour, or all-purpose flour may be substituted for the whole wheat pastry flour. Many store-bought gluten-free flour blends (like this one!) should also work, if measured like this.

Unsalted butter may be substituted for the coconut oil.

Honey or agave may be substituted for the pure maple syrup in the cupcakes and filling.

Any milk may be substituted for the nonfat milk.

It’s very important to mist the paper liners with nonstick cooking spray! Low fat cupcakes tend to stick to liners, so spraying them helps prevent that.

{gluten-free option, clean eating, low fat}
Recipe by Amy's Healthy Baking at https://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2014/03/19/almond-joy-cupcakes/