No food coloring needed for these bloody Halloween cupcakes! This vegan and gluten-free dessert will get you in the mood for a frightful night. With a red wine reduction to give them a bloody appearance, they are a festive yet spooky treat.
These aren’t your ordinary cupcakes. The two key ingredients; red wine and cacao (raw chocolate) provide an antioxidant boost from polyphenols.
Red wine has been associated with improving cholesterol, promoting weight loss, and even increasing longevity. Though these benefits are occasionally challenged by scientists, in moderation a bit of red wine may provide the body an antioxidant boost.
You’ll also be reaping antioxidant benefits from cacao’s polyphenols. Polyphenols can help fight free radicals and prevent inflammation in the body. While most chocolate cupcake recipes call for cocoa powder, cacao powder is a healthier alternative that tastes just as delicious.
A dollop of coconut whipped cream adds an extra dose of coziness to these cupcakes. The light and fluffy texture will make you say goodbye to heavy frostings on cupcakes. Plus, the sweet and mellow flavor counteracts any bitterness from the dark chocolate and red wine.
These boozy Halloween cupcakes are certain to be a hit amongst the adults at your Halloween party!
Recipe adapted from Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen
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