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Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield 1 dozen (serving size: 1 cupcake)
These banana cupcakes are so moist and delicious your family will never guess they are eating a healthier dessert.

For the best frosting, make sure the cream cheese is chilled. If the frosting is too thin, place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until spreadable. Store frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

  • Cupcakes:
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • Frosting:
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, chilled
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 247
  • caloriesfromfat 28 %
  • fat 7.8 g
  • satfat 4.2 g
  • monofat 2.3 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 3.8 g
  • carbohydrate 41 g
  • fiber 0.6 g
  • cholesterol 54 mg
  • iron 0.7 mg
  • sodium 193 mg
  • calcium 25 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. To prepare cupcakes, combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar and banana; set aside. Beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar, butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 3 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana mixture to sugar mixture, beating well. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with yogurt, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition.

  3. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups lined with paper liners. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

  4. To prepare the frosting, beat the powdered sugar, chilled cream cheese, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla at medium speed of a mixer just until blended (do not overbeat). Spread frosting over cupcakes, and sprinkle with toasted walnuts.