Strawberry Pineapple Greek Yogurt Cupcakes

Strawberry Pineapple Greek Yogurt Cupcakes

Pineapple Greek Yogurt Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting.  Is Spring here yet?  Because I am SO ready for sandals, short sleeves and sundresses! And yes, these beautiful cupcakes have greek yogurt in them! Added protein… so they’re basically heathy, right?  Well Bekah will tell us all about greek yogurt a little later…

Pineapple Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cupcakes

Strawberry Pineapple Greek Yogurt Cupcakes

Strawberry Pineapple Greek Yogurt Cupcakes

Ingredients

Pineapple Greek Yogurt Cake:
1 box Yellow cake mix
3 eggs
3/4 C. crushed pineapple
1/2 C. non-fat plain greek yogurt
1/3 C. oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Strawberry Frosting:
1 C. butter, softened
1/4 C. strawberry puree (a few strawberries blended down in a blender)
3-4 C. powdered sugar
NOTE: You can top cupcakes with chopped strawberries tossed in a little sugar. This is the healthier option and still delicious!

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix into a small bowl and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, crushed pineapple, greek yogurt, oil and vanilla until smooth.
4. Stir in cake mix.
5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
6. Let cool.
7. Strawberry Frosting: Beat butter for 2 minutes. Add strawberry puree and slowly add in powdered sugar until you reach your desired thickness. (You may need to add more than the recommended amount depending on the heat of where you live!)
8. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and top with a fresh strawberry!

Greek Yogurt Cupcakes

Bekah taught us some awesome Healthy Baking Substitutions for Flour, Sugar, Butter, Eggs and More last Monday, and today we’re talking Greek yogurt.  Bekah?

–Lizzy

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Greek yogurt has become the most popular item in the dairy isle and for good reason! This stuff is incredible healthy and versatile.

What is Greek yogurt? It’s yogurt that has been strained or filtered through a cheese cloth to remove the whey, which gives it’s distinctively sour taste and thick consistency. That’s why it works so well as a baking substitution!

Why is Greek yogurt so good for you? Greek yogurt tends to have twice as much protein as regular yogurt, which is great for keeping you full and rebuilding and repairing those muscles. Greek yogurt is also lower in sodium and carbohydrates for those who are on diets where they need to monitor their intake of either of these nutrients. Greek yogurt is also very easy to digest because it has less lactose (natural sugar found in milk) which is known to upset stomachs. Also, it contains probiotics, which are live microorganisms which aid in digestion and immune system functions. Cool, huh?!

Have you jumped on the Greek yogurt bandwagon yet? These cupcakes are the perfect chance to introduce this power food into your diet. Trust me…once you go Greek, you won’t go back.

And as always, if these tips don’t apply to you, do me a favor and keep working on that water intake. I challenge you to drink 16 ounces of water before every meal and snack this week—you’ll be pleased to see how much it can help you control your caloric intake, regulate body fluids, and energize your muscles!

–Bekah

15 thoughts on “Strawberry Pineapple Greek Yogurt Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Beverly says:

    You had me at Greek yogurt! I love yogurt in general but ever since I discovered the fat free Greek yogurt, no other types make it into my grocery cart. Nom nom.

  2. 2
    megan says:

    WOW!! I have just found your blog and it is truly beautiful! All of your pictures are so lovely and colorful (including yourself! — you are beautiful!) I found your baking blog sometime after I watched you sing on TV. . . I totally thought you should have won:P

  3. 3
    Ange says:

    Do you drain the juice from the crushed pineapple?

  4. 4

    Oh yum! I’ve made strawberry lemon before but not yet pineapple. Reminds me of the pineapple lush cakes.

  5. 5
    Ms Bird says:

    Can this be made in 9×13 pan

  6. 6
    Kala says:

    I have used greek yogurt in cake mix but only added it and water, just curious what egg is needed for? meaning what does it do different with or without the eggs?

  7. 7
    Jade says:

    I don’t have a sifter is there anything else i can use?

  8. 8
    Billie says:

    I have tried to eat Greek yogurt. don’t like it. Can I use regular yogurt instead?.Or do you not taste it in the cupcake?

  9. 9
    Billie J. Bond-Townsend says:

    Thanks. I think I will try it with it then. Can’t wait, they sound so good. I have made several of your cupcakes & my husband & friends all rave about them. The Almond Joy ones are “to die for” !!!!

  10. 10
    Billie says:

    I made these yesterday. They are really delicious. I just used the regular plain yogur as I didn’t have any Greek and didn”t want to buy a large container just for this. They turned out great.Thanks for all the great recipes. Can’t wait to try the new lemon cream cheese ones that you just sent in email!

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