Graveyard Dirt Cupcakes Recipe

These graveyard dirt cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate Halloween!

I love October with such fervor that it’s rubbed off on Mini Chef as well. We both dearly look forward to this month of hay bales, pumpkins, turning leaves, and bonfires. In fact, the thought of those things is often the only thing that gets me through my least favorite season of the year, summer.

Clean Eating Graveyard Dirt Cupcakes Recipe

I know, I know. That’s sacrilege for some of you. But I’ve never been a summer lover or sun worshipper. My skin is too pale for all that nonsense. I can say with almost total sincerity that I glow in the dark. Seriously, I couldn’t tan if my life depended on it. So I choose to enjoy those months where the level of brown on my California skin is not judged or questioned.

And yes, Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday of the year too. I often decorate for it in September just so that I can enjoy it a little longer. This year, I may not be able to go “all out” the way I have in years past just because I’m trying to get ready to move. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy some delicious, Halloween-inspired treats! In fact, I’d be willing to bet you’d enjoy these too. Give em’ a try! They make a fun presentation while offering a sweet treat that’s just a little bit healthier this holiday season. I know, I know… there I go with that sacrilege again… But the way I see it, if it’s healthy and you’re going to indulge anyway, might as well indulge in something you don’t have to feel as guilty about!

What can I say? I’m a die-hard clean eater. Even at Halloween.

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Clean Eating Graveyard Dirt Cupcakes Recipe

Graveyard Dirt Cupcakes Recipe

A delicious, Halloween treat both kids and adults will love!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 standard muffins
Calories: 198kcal


Cupcake Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice, no sugar added (see link above)
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup light flavored oil
  • 1 large whole egg
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Graveyard Dirt Ingredients

  • ½ cup sucanat or coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder


  • In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Then add in all remaining cupcake ingredients. Pour batter into papered cupcake pan and bake at 350 F. for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the graveyard dirt until the sucanat is well coated in cocoa powder.
  • When the muffins are finished and cooled, cut off the muffin tops to create a flat surface and sprinkle graveyard dirt over the top. Top with a skeleton of your choosing.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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