# Healthier Vanilla Latte Cupcakes {C&H Light} + $25 Visa Giveaway

You made it through the holidays and now it is time to at least attempt your resolutions, right? There is a good chance one goal you have set is to eat healthier, which is always a goal of mine since it is a never-ending pursuit. I’m rounding the end of my second pregnancy so I am all set for major detoxes. Our Vita-Mix will soon be whirring away all day. I bet you are ready to cleanse the system a little too after all the decadence of the holiday fare.

As big of a fan of juices, smoothies and health shots as I am, I still love to bake. Life is all about moderation, after all. This year I am implementing a couple new tricks permanently. This fall I started to sub in avocado for butter and oil in my baking, and with great success, so that one is here to stay. Another modification I’m making is my sugar.

It seems like there are so many sugars, “sugars” and sugar blends around to choose from, but when it comes to baking I like to keep it simple. For fear of messing up my confections, I typically stick to straight sugar (*gasp) but when I heard of C&H® Light Sugar & Stevia Blend, I thought this might just be the perfect compromise. With half the calories but no artificial ingredients, this sugar blend is just perfect for family baking.

To realistically test the new sugar blend, I decided to take a recipe I already know by heart and switch the sugar. This way I could really see what difference, if any, the new sugar makes. A couple notes on baking with this product:

- Since there is half the sugar content, there may be less golden color in your baked items, so don’t assume doneness just by color (important in light confections like cookies).
- The change in sugar content also creates a denser cake product. One suggestion to compensate is a slightly higher liquid content (I added more avocado).

### Vanilla Latte Cupcakes

Adapted from Cupcake Bakeshop and Pink Parsley

**Cupcakes**

- 3/4 cup avocado (or 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp)
- 1 1/2 cups C&H Light Sugar & Stevia Blend
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 Tbs dark roast coffee grounds
- 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
- 1/4 cup milk or buttermilk
- 2 Tbs coffee liqueur or milk if non alcoholic

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pans with liners.

In a standup mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the avocado (or butter) until creamy at medium speed, about 30 seconds. Add in sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

Add in eggs, one by one, beating after each egg. Add in vanilla extract and beat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and coffee grounds. In a liquid measuring cup, add together brewed coffee, milk and coffee liqueur.

Alternating between dry and wet, add both the flour and liquid to the mixer. End with flour. Mix on a low speed for the duration until just incorporated.

Pour batter into 18 cupcake liners, filling about 3/4 the way full. Bake 18-22 minutes, testing with a toothpick. Allow to cool 5 minutes in pans and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Then, we ice!

For the icing I recommend the **Vanilla Espresso Swiss Meringue Buttercream **recipe found at Pink Parsley. Super delicious, but you could use any vanilla or coffee flavored icing. Top with a coffee bean for your Instagram photo, but remove before eating =).

So you can try out C&H® Light Sugar & Stevia Blend for yourself, C&H is giving away a $25 Visa Card! Enter below for your chance to win –

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