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Green Smoothie Cupcakes

Now you can have your Green Smoothie and your cupcake at the same time – with these Green Smoothie Cupcakes! And, check out that Vanilla-Coconut Frosting – it sure does balance off these cupcakes well!

Green Smoothie Cupcakes Vanilla Coconut Frosting #PurelySimple

If I were to ask you what’s one word that makes you happy – what would that word be?

For me, that word is balance!

The balance between work and family; between strength training and running; between green smoothies and cupcakes…

Yes – achieving that perfect balance can be priceless indeed – at least for me!

Green Smoothie Cupcakes Coconut Vanilla Frosting #PurelySimple

During my college years, I used to balance a job at an all-you-can-eat salad and soup restaurant, and, a job at a bakery that made the most exquisite “Ratatouille” (chocolate mousse mice) in Atlanta!

My reasoning was that my salad and soup on Friday night balanced off Saturday morning’s tastings of chocolate “Matignon’s” and “Napoleon Tiramisu.” After all, when customers asked me for my opinion as to what was in each and how they tasted, I had to be able to give them an honest answer – right?!  😀 

Green Smoothie Cupcakes

When I graduated and got a job in my field, I could not manage the other two as well and when I gave them up – my (food) balance was seriously compromised! I think I must have existed on coffee and oats for awhile! But, then, my daughter came along and the home-cooking and baking started and balance was restored!

Now, I’ve always tried to make treats and eats from scratch – but sometimes, when we have a million places to be and a million things to do, I try to maintain (my mental) balance by doctoring up a cake or cookie mix – with beets, or spinach, or berries, or some kind of fruit or vegetable. And these cupcakes are the result of my doctoring up!

Purely Simple Yellow Cake & Cupcake Mix

A couple of weekends ago, when my daughter and I were walking through Target looking for baking supplies for birthday cupcakes for a friend’s son; my daughter asked me if I could whip up some cupcakes for her too – for a meeting one of her school’s clubs were having.

Of course, I had to change my game plan and that’s when I came across Pillsbury’s Brand New Purely Simple cake and frosting mixes in the Baking Mixes aisle. As these had “no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives,” I figured they would be perfect to “doctor up” with a green smoothie – and there’d be plenty for both occasions – with some leftover – for me!

Spinach Avocado Cupcakes

The Process was really simple:
• I first made my green smoothie by throwing 1 cup dairy-free milk, 1/2 an avocado, and 2 cups of spinach in a blender, and blending it all up well!

Green-Smoothie-Purely Simple Eggs Yogurt

• I then Added the Smoothie, 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt, and 3 eggs to the Purely Simple Yellow Cake & Cupcake Mix and, using an electric mixer, blended everything up for 2-3 minutes.

• I then Spooned the mix into a cupcake tray and placed the tray into my oven (that had been preheated to 350 degrees per package instructions) and let the cupcakes bake for 19-20 minutes. I then let the cupcakes cool completely.

Purely Simple Pillsbury

• When the cupcakes were cooled, I made the frosting by mixing Purely Simple Simple Buttercream mix with 1/2 cup of softened butter, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes, with an electric mixer on low speed for 1-2 minutes till well blended.

• I also made some chocolate avocado cream to “garnish” the cupcakes with. The Chocolate Avocado Cream consisted of mixing 1/2 an avocado and 1/2 cup melted dark chocolate chips

• I then frosted the cupcakes with the Vanilla Coconut frosting and garnished them with some avocado cream and they were almost ready to be distributed – with only the “self-sampling” left to be done!

Naturally Green Colored Cupcakes #PurelySimple
Green Smoothie Cupcakes Coconut Vanilla Frosting #PurelySimple

Green Smoothie Cupcakes

5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24
Author: Shashi
Now you can have your Green Smoothie and your cupcake at the same time – with these Green Smoothie Cupcakes! And, check out that Vanilla-Coconut Frosting – it sure does balance off these cupcakes well!



  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 pkg Purely Simple Yellow Cake & Cupcake Mix


  • 1 pkg Purely Simple Buttercream
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes


  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/2 cup melted dark chocolate chips



  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a blender, blend milk, avocado, and spinach into a "smoothie"
  • In a large bowl, add the smoothie, Greek yogurt, 3 eggs & the Purely Simple Yellow Cake & Cupcake Mix
  • Using an electric mixer, blended everything up for 2-3 minutes.
  • Spoon mix into the lined cupcake tray and place the tray and bake for 19-20 minutes
  • Then let cupcakes cool completely.


  • With an electric mixer, mix Purely Simple Simple Buttercream, softened butter, water, vanilla extract, and unsweetened coconut flakes on low speed for 1-2 minutes till well blended.
  • Mix 1/2 an avocado and 1/2 cup melted dark chocolate chips
  • Frost Green Smoothie Cupcakes with Vanilla Coconut Frosting and "garnish" with chocolate-avocado cream!
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g
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  1. […] Green Smoothie Cupcakes – Savory […]

  2. Catherine says:

    Dear Shashi, this is a brilliant idea…I love that it is naturally green and it looks wonderful! Such a fun and festive always surprise and delight me with your recipes. xoxo, Catherine

  3. What a super unique idea!!! And I hate to say it,..but when I make cupcakes I make use Trader Joe’s mix 🙂 I always know it’s good quality and I can doctor it up with whatever I want!

  4. These are awesome!! I love green monster smoothies and have been meaning to make a popsicle version or pancakes or what have you. These are mind blowing and the perfect way to jazz up those mixes.

  5. I love that you have made a treat have a great health aspect to it as well Shashi 🙂

  6. hotlyspiced says:

    Your cupcakes are so brilliantly green. I’m old enough to remember the days where if you wanted to colour a cupcakes, you just added food dye! I love how inventive you were in turning a good cupcake into an exceptional cupcake xx

  7. This is a beautifully balanced cupcake—you have the indulgence of boxed cake mix balanced with the goodness of green smoothie. I love the creativity of this recipe! I am a fan of sneaking healthy ingredients in desserts.

  8. cottercrunch says:

    yes yes, balance is key. I love it! and love these. green is so fun and love what you added. Quick and semi healthy works for me!

  9. You are so creative Shashi! Who would think of adding green smoothie to cupcakes? You! I love the color and they’re so pretty!

  10. this is amazing Shashi, brilliant recipe. I am quite sure that I can eat these cupcakes for breakfast because there’s smoothie in it 😉

  11. Shashi this looks amazing! I really like the look of the texture of these cupcakes too. You’re so creative! 😀

  12. This is genius, Shashi (as usual!) This is definitely one way to ease the guilt of eating too many cakes. I adore the green one, but I’m guessing that you could do this with any kind of smoothie!

  13. I love everything about these cupcakes! What a fun way to get kids to eat their veggies too!

  14. Sadly I think making a poke cake or a jello cake is the most exciting way I’ve used cake mix… I really need to experiment more!

  15. Oh how awesome are these?! I have never used a green smoothie in a cake mix before, or any smoothie for that matter. These are genius. And I love that Pilsbury has made this product! Thanks for a great, simple recipe!

  16. These cupcakes are seriously SO genius! I mean, everyone loves a good green smoothie right?? Green cupcakes are just winning at life. 😉 Love these, Sashi!

  17. Balance is a MAGICAL word, Shashi. This is what we need to master, and everything else will take care of itself. And these gorgeous green cupcakes — no words for these beauties. What a wonderful and innovative idea pf baking green cupcakes. Only you could do that! Shashi. These are SO GOOD!

  18. Lyguyia Vance says:

    WOW..[S] I remember those days, but it warms my heart to read this and understand where you were then vs. now…you’re amazing my friend. Those chocolate mice were everything! Whaaat?

    • Shashi says:

      GUYIA!!!!! HEY!!!!!! So nice to “see” ya here! Those mice were amazing indeed! You know what – that head chef opened up his own little bakery in Alpharetta – and now sells those mice there, along with ALL his amazing creations! I’ve been meaning to go by, but weekends have been crazy busy – but, maybe if you came and visited we could go??? Speaking of which – when are you coming down to Atl?

  19. Can you teleport some over!? These look so good, and this is such an awesome idea! 😀

    • Shashi says:

      You know I would – but, somethings don’t last long in our house! Next time I make some I will have too – my daughter says these cupcakes are brain food 🙂

  20. juliajolliff says:

    These cupcakes are so fun! I love the idea of using a green smoothie to make them. That makes them healthier and I bet they taste awesome!

  21. Those cupcakes look amazing! I love the color combo and the way you find a fun of balance with these. yum! #client

  22. Here we go! Hello, gorgeous Cupcakes which I’ve been waiting for so long! And sorry for calling you ‘pancakes’ the last time:) That’s amazing idea, Shashi! I’ve made few times spinach pancakes, and I loved them. So,I’m going to love these bad guys as well. Love the idea of incorporating avocado. And I totally agree with the idea of balancing out. I’m trying the same – eating chocolate ice cream only on Mondays, Saturdays, and Sundays and having ice cream without chocolate on the remaining days, haha:)

    • Shashi says:

      Hahahaha!!! Ben, LURRRVE your idea of balancing out your ice cream consumption!!!
      No worries – I’ve actually made and posted Green Smoothie pancakes on the blog too – sometime around March, I think. And Ben – thanks so much!

  23. So I can count this as a health food right? At least that’s what I’ll tell myself. 😉

  24. nagimaehashi says:

    I totally agree with you. Doctoring up mixes is necessary at times! I just made my caramel stuffed brownies using a brownie mix cause I was desperate! 🙂 Cramming in a green smoothie into a cupcake is gold. GOLD! 🙂 Pinning! (Breakfast, yes?) 😉

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Nagi! It’s pouring down cats and dogs outside and you have me wanting to go to the store to get a brownie mix to make some of those insanely mouthwatering caramel stuffed brownies with that gynormous layer of caramel!

  25. Ashley says:

    Oh balance! Achieving it really does make me so happy …. but it’s something I have to constantly work on at the same time!!

    And green smoothie cupcakes??? I mean c’mon! How cool!

  26. Always about balance, eh 😉
    Fabulous cupcake recipe! So fun!

  27. How fun are these? Love to hear when packaged food is improved.

  28. I love green cupcakes! I often throw spinach in cupcakes to balance the chocolate and vegetables so I love this idea of a smoothie cupcake!

  29. I have a love/hate relationship with balance. I know it’s good, but sometimes I prefer the extremes… 😉
    Anyways, there are my kinda cupcakes: green as a leprechaun and super delish!

  30. dianeboy says:

    Balance is so under rated. Extremes tend to sensationalize things, and unfortunately that sells. It’s important to be true to yourself and your beliefs! BTW, really digging the chocolate avocado cream!

  31. I love the colour of these Shashi. And isn’t that teeth marks I see in the frosting in that very first photo? 😉

  32. hipfoodiemom says:

    girl, you always amaze me with your creativity! LOVE the green smoothie cupcakes!!! What a great idea!

  33. Shashi! I love these! I totally agree that sometimes a box mix is needed, and I love that you used a green smoothie in pace of the other add-ins. Have I told you that you’re a genius in the kitchen lately? 🙂

  34. What a creative idea! Perfect way to get kiddos to eat some healthy stuff. Love it!

  35. harrietemilys says:

    These look incredible Shashi! What a beautiful green colour these cupcakes have!!!!! And what an amazing idea to make them with a green smoothie too – it definitely creates the perfect healthy/naughty balance!!! I love them!

  36. I’m loving how you found balance between a green smoothie and cupcake. I must try these. So innovative. Oh and balance, I need more of that in my life =)

  37. Wonderful and creative idea Shashi. I have never used a cake mix but you are right when being pulled in a million different directions this is the way to go and your healthful additions are great. They look delicious.

  38. Balance is a great word Miss Shashi! Mine would be moderation. And I think they are pretty synonymous. Love you worked in a fancy bakery AND a soup and salad place simultaneously….love these green cupcakes. I was not aware of the Purely Simple mixes by Pillsbury. Great concept and these would be absolutely perfect for St. Patty’s day up here in Boston…the Irish would go ga ga!!!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks bunches Allie! When I was working those 2 jobs, I don’t think I spent any money on groceries! Good Times! 🙂
      The Purely Simple mixes are new – don’t forget the Cartwheel offer if you go get yourself some!

  39. Joanne says:

    Balance in the form of green smoothie cupcakes?! I like the way you think.

  40. Balance is DEFINITELY my word too, and slowly something that I am learning I REALLY REALLY NEED.
    ALMOST as much as these cupcakes. Anything with veggies is healthy right? So I can eat 6?!?! 😉 Pinned!

  41. These look awesome! Great idea for adding veggies to cupcakes and still make them taste amazing!

  42. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    These are my kind of cupcakes, Shashi. I will have to blend a huge batch and use some for the cake, and some for the breakfast!