It sounds ridiculous doesn’t it. I wouldn’t believe it myself if I hadn’t tried it! Many of you have asked for healthy kids’ treats and snacks – this is a pretty good option! Kidney beans are packed with protein, vitamin B1, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese. According to Livestrong they are not a complete protein in themselves but if you were to add in brown rice flour, that would give a complete protein (i.e. all the amino acids). But hey, this is a treat, not a meal, so don’t worry about it 🙂
Who would have thought you could get so much goodness out of a cupcake anyway?
There are many ways to make these so I’m going to link you to two recipes: one is vegan and the other has eggs in it. I made these for a friend’s birthday but of course, yours don’t need to be turned into flowers!
Whatever you use, these are a healthy alternative to butter and sugar! In the vegan recipe, use 1/2 cup rice malt syrup or agave instead of 1 cup sugar, and reduce the apple sauce slightly (because the syrup is liquid, so you need to reduce the other liquid to make up for it).
What a great way to get kids to eat kidney beans! Next time I am going to make raspberry, chia kidneybean cupcakes. Sounds even more bizarre but I’m confident they’ll be good! I’ll let you know when I get the recipe right.
Hope this helps for a lunchbox treat. NB. If you want to make the frangipani flowers vegan, you need to buy gelatine-free marshmallows. Gelatine contains animal byproducts (I think is ground bones?) so just be conscious of that if it affects you.