Does anyone else like Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas?" My first impression of it was that it was one of the strangest movies I had ever seen...
However, the movie has definitely grown on me! I don't know if it was riding the "transformed" Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland during Halloween Time... or the soundtrack. Probably both. For whatever reason, I was inspired to make these "Jack Skellington" Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes! Oh... and they are healthy (and vegan), by the way. ;)
Anyways, the countdown to Halloween begins!! It's not so much that I particularly like the actual day of Halloween... it's the weeks & days leading up to it! The reason perhaps? I love, love, love pumpkins, so I am excited for any excuse to decorate, cook, & bake with them daily!
1 1/4 c. spelt flour
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
dash of salt
1/2 c. pumpkin
1/3 c. cane sugar
2 T. maple syrup
1/2 c. applesauce (unsweetened)
1 c. zucchini, grated
1/8 c. water
1/8 c. almond milk
1 tsp. vanilla
8 oz. vegan chocolate chips (Trader Joe's has them!)
1. Combine the spelt flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt in a bowl and mix well.
2. Combine the pumpkin, cane sugar, maple syrup, applesauce, zucchini, water, soy milk, and vanilla and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips.
3. Combine the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix only until just combined (mixture will look thick and brownie like).
4. Place in greased muffin tins or liners. Bake approximately 22 minutes at 350 F (if bake too long the moist brownie will dry out). Makes 12 brownies.