Learn how to make Banana Chocolate Cupcakes, one of Rita's recipes for healthy fats to reduce asthma.

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Banana Chocolate Cupcakes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 (6-ounce) container vanilla or banana yogurt
  • ½ cup mashed banana (1 medium)
  • 1/3 cup vegetables oil
  • ¼ cup fat-free milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 egg whites


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 20 muffin cups with paper baking cups.
  2. In large bowl whisk together flour, ¼ cup sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In small bowl stir together the yogurt, banana, oil, milk and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Beat egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add remaining ½ cup sugar, beating well after each addition, until sugar is dissolved and stiff peaks form.
  5. Stir yogurt mixture into flour mixture just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  6. Gently fold in 1/3 egg white mixture until blended. Fold in remaining egg white mixture.
  7. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling two-thirds full.
  8. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Remove cupcakes to wire racks. Cool completely.
  9. Lightly frost if desired. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

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