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This White Chocolate Cupcakes With Honey Pistachio Frosting recipe is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute. Tracking Pixel White Chocolate Cupcakes With Honey Pistachio Frosting

I know these cupcakes are going to make you drool. Then, you're going to be all, “But Sadie… what about the #SlapDash100? What about our exercise? What about that healthy eating stuff? I can't just throw it out the window!” I'm definitely not asking or telling you to do that! Pistachios are here to save the day, and I'm going to show you why.

Being Healthy While Staying Realistic

Nobody can be 100% healthy all the time, right? Right. So, it's important to stay realistic while staying healthy and fit. How do you do that? Balance. Balance, I tell ya. No, not like a balance board. I'd fail at that, real fast. I'm talking about 80% good, 20% not so good. That means that 80% of the time, you need to be on track, eating healthy, and following your fitness program. The other 20% of the time, though, you get a slight break. That doesn't mean you get to binge and eat gallons of chocolate ice cream, it just means you don't have to be spot on all the time. If you don't give yourself a little break once in a while, you might fall off track completely! And we all know how difficult it is to get back on that track. valslide

If you do get off track, hop back on quickly by doing an exercise that is portable, yet effective – like the Valslide®! Valerie Water’s fitness tips for 2014 are bound to get you “Hot in a Hurry”. ;) The Valslide® is specifically designed for flowing, controlled range of motion that activates the muscles that lifts your butt and slim your thighs. Who doesn't need help with some butt and thigh slimming?! White Chocolate Cupcakes With Honey Pistachio Frosting

Guilt-Free Options

Okay, so I'm gonna be honest when I say that these delicious cupcakes can have a little guilt associated with them – but if you are following the 80/20 philosophy, you won't have the guilt! Eating healthy foods that fill me up without weighing me down is key for my busy lifestyle. I work all day, I bike home 10 miles, and then I have three kids to tend to. That bike ride is difficult, but it's made easier when I have lots of water, and a healthy snack like pistachios to munch on. Rachel shelled a few handfuls of pistachios for my last bike ride, and it made a huge difference! I love pistachios because they’re delicious, nutritious and completely satisfying. Plus, 30 pistachios is only 100 calories – score! Rewarding yourself for a job well done can give you the motivation and encouragement you need to continue on your healthy journey. I like to give myself rewards in many forms – mostly by buying fancy electronic gadgets. However, that gets expensive. Since cupcakes are way cheaper (and so fun to make), I'm going to share one of my favorite healthy-ish cupcake recipes with you. White Chocolate Cupcakes With Honey Pistachio Frosting

White Chocolate Cupcakes With Honey Pistachio Frosting

Ingredients for the Cupcakes: 2 cups flour 1 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup raw sugar (any sugar will work) 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup white chocolate chips 1 whole zucchini (shredded) 1/3 cup sugar-free applesauce 2 whole eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions for cupcakes: Line muffin tin with cupcake liners. Preheat oven to 350F. Mix flour, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Combine zucchini, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add dry mix to wet mix and stir. Bake for 18-22 minutes. While cupcakes are baking, make your frosting.

White Chocolate Cupcakes With Honey Pistachio Frosting

Ingredients for the frosting: 1 1/2 cups raw sugar 1/3 cup flour 1 1/2 cups whole milk 1/3 cup heavy cream 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 4 Tbsp organic/raw/local honey 1/4 cup pistachios, chopped Directions for frosting: Over medium heat, whisk together sugar, flour, milk and cream together in a medium saucepan until it thickens. The mixture will come to a boil, and start to thicken, in about 8 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour mixture into large mixing bowl. Beat on high speed until cool. Add in butter, honey, and vanilla, until the frosting is fluffy and smooth.

Healthy? Not Healthy?

So while these cupcakes aren't a healthy treat like fresh veggies would be, they're a delicious reward item that won't weigh you down. The best part about this treat is that everyone can enjoy it. Whether you're focusing on weight management, or not really worrying about it, it tastes great – not like dirt something super healthy. ;)

Win Some Stuff!

3 winners will receive “Shine like the Stars Sweepstakes” prize packs, which include: (1) Valslides autographed by celebrity fitness trainer, Valerie Waters (1) Valerie Waters workout DVD (1) Valerie Waters workout instructions (1) Pistachio Health tote bag (1) Pistachio Health nut container (3) 8 oz. bags of pistachios (1) $100 VISA Gift Card To enter, participants must Like the Pistachio Health Institute Facebook page and enter their name, address and contact information here. Participants may enter once a day for the duration of the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes will end at 3:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, February 14, 2014.

What are you doing to get healthy and fit in 2014? Besides trying not to eat too many cupcakes…

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute. #pistachiohealth

White Chocolate Cupcakes (with Honey Pistachio Frosting)

Delicious and deceptively healthy, these cupcakes will blow your mind!

  • 2 C. Flour
  • 1 C. Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 C. Raw Sugar or your preference
  • 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 C. White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Whole Zucchini (shredded)
  • 1/3 C. Sugar-Free Applesauce
  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 C. Raw Sugar
  • 1/3 C. Flour
  • 1 1/2 C. Whole Milk
  • 1/3 C. Heavy Cream
  • 3 Sticks Unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Tbsp. Organic/Raw/Local Honey
  • 1/4 C. Pistachios, chopped
  1. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.
  3. Mix flour, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together in a mixing bowl.
  4. Combine zucchini, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl.
  5. Add dry mix to wet mix and stir.
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes.
  7. While cupcakes are baking, make your frosting by whisking together the sugar, flour, milk, and cream in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it comes to a boil and thickens - about 8 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour mixture into large mixing bowl. Beat on high speed until cool. Add in butter, honey, and vanilla, until the frosting is fluffy and smooth.
  8. When cupcakes are cool, frost them.
  9. Decorate with drizzled honey and pistachio pieces.
  10. Serve and Enjoy!


Sadie Mae is a Lifestyle blogger living in Arizona with her three daughters. Her passions including traveling, healthy living, and teaching women how to work from home so they can spend more time with their kids.


  1. Those look lovely! I 100% agree about realistic eating. For 2014, I’m continuing what I was going in 2013 with exercise and eating. I celebrated some big fitness milestones last year and I’m looking forward to meeting new goals this year!

  2. These look and sound amazing. I am going to have to make them… I wonder about trying them with dark chocolate? I love pistachios!

    1. They would be great with dark chocolate! That is actually what I had in mind at first. Delish!

  3. Oh wow, these look so yummy! I am a huge fan of the sweet and salty combination!

  4. I want to try one of those cupcakes with some pistachio ice cream. Yummy!

  5. You had me at white chocolate!! HA. I have never tried Honey Pistachio Frosting before, though. I have to admit, I am not a big pistachio lover, but I am intrigued and want to try it!

  6. I love how the recipe includes zucchini. My theory is that if it has a vegetable in it, it’s clearly healthy. Like pumpkin pie. Pumpkin is technically a vegetable, ergo pumpkin pie is vegetable pie. These have zuchinni, ergo they are vegetable cupcakes!

  7. I am a sucker for your cupcakes anyway.. so I know this one with the pistachio is also very delish.. as always pictures are real winners.. They look great :)Thanks for the recipe Sadie :)

  8. Those cupcakes both look good and my mouth is starting to water just thinking about biting into one. I actually love most nuts-including pistachios!

  9. Those look amazing! Love the idea of adding pistachios!

  10. yummy and the fact that they come with a chance to win work out gear to awesome my mouth waters just thinking about it

  11. Oh man, I’ve got a sweet tooth right now and that looks better than I can even say!! That frosting sounds divine!

  12. Oh pistachio nut is my favorite!!! Oh I’m so drooling over this cupcakes.

  13. I love pistachios and I love cupcakes. What a delicious looking recipe!

  14. Those cupcakes seriously look amazing! I love white chocolate and pistachio so I bet I would really love these!

  15. I loving the recipe!! I have a major sweet tooth and those pistachios are calling my name! Great combo of flavors!

  16. We Love pistachios at our house. This year I’m really trying hard to cut out the un-necessary junk food… Keeping the snacks as a treat or a reward.

  17. This looks super yummy but I won’t be able to eat it with the recipe here. I’ll have to take the pistachio out since I’m allergic to nuts. The kids would love it though.

  18. Yum, cupcakes, I love cupcakes! That looks so delicious and I love pretty much anything with honey or cinnamon included!

  19. This is a must have and the photo looks like it will jump off the page. WoW! Mail me two please!

  20. Oh yum! These cupcakes look divine! And it is an extra bang for you buck that they have both pistachios and a whole zucchini! How cool!

  21. These cupcakes look delicious! I love pistachios! I have a cookie and cake recipe, so I will add this to my file! Thanks for sharing. I’m here from the SITS Facebook page and heading over to check you out at Pinterest!

  22. Those cupcakes look delicious and you’re right, you should reward yourself once in a while. I like the 80/20 rule, too it’s not as restricting as cutting out cold turkey, but it’s effective enough to do the job.

  23. Oh My! I hate having food allergies :( Most of mine are to nuts like pistachio’s peanuts and cashews. I miss out on the good stuff in life for sure!

  24. I love baking zucchini bread…this will be a great recipe when I’m loaded up with zucchini in the fall!

    Stopping by from SITSSharefest!

  25. I am, in fact, drooling. I want to make these RIGHT NOW! So glad I found your blog, Sadie, through Pin It Thursday at Sweet Bella Roos. Pinned! :) Danni

  26. I was reading through the instructions for the cupcakes and it mentions adding oil. I don’t see that listed in the ingredients list. If adding oil, how much? Thank you.

  27. The cupcakes are so delicious they definitely look like a guilty pleasure and worth every bite. Thanks so much for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday St. Patrick’s Day Party this week. Pinned/shared.

  28. I love pistachios, and these look guilt-worthy. But I love your philosophy. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I found you on Link Party Palooza.

  29. G’day! Gorgeous photo and recipe!
    View as party of this week’s Foodie Friends Friends St Patrick’s Day GREEN Recipes Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  30. What a fabulous cupcake! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  31. I love pistachios and I love cupcakes so this is a match made in heaven! Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Say G’day Saturday linky Party.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  32. Couple things….
    Do u mean applesauce, not oil?
    And by raw sugar do mean white sugar, sugar in the raw, or powdered sugar?
    Also, pistachios are no where on the ingredients list.
    I’m trying to make these cupcakes but there’s too much confusion in the recipe!

    1. The pistachios are on the frosting. :) And the sugar.. you can use white sugar or sugar in the raw. Doesn’t matter. :) Good luck!

  33. Cupcakes turned out well. Icing was a total failure. Followed directions to the “T”. Icing never got fluffy.

  34. The frosting is running it never thickened how can I make it thicker?

    1. I’m not sure why that would have happened, I’m sorry! Try this traditional buttercream frosting recipe if you need a frosting in a pinch.

      Traditional buttercream frosting:

      1/2 cup butter, softened
      4 cups confectioners’ sugar
      2 teaspoons vanilla extract
      5 to 6 tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk

      You can swap out some of the heavy cream with honey, and still add pistachios.

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