Meat Loaf Cupcakes

BY Katie Wells

Meat loaf Cupcakes
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Katie Wells


Cupcakes have exploded in popularity in recent years with entire bakeries, TV shows, and cookbooks devoted to them. I don’t like refined sugar and food dye-infused cupcakes, but the delivery method is brilliant and our family likes this savory and nutrient-rich alternative. In place of sugar and flour, I make a meat loaf with hidden veggies as the base and a whipped sweet potato “frosting” to top.

Cooking 35 mins


  • 6 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 pounds of ground beef
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup coconut oil or 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork and place them in the oven to bake. Alternately, you may peel, cute an boil them until soft.
  3. Finely dice the onion and place in a large bowl. Add the beef, eggs, flour, basil, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of salt, and ½ teaspoon of pepper. Mix by hand until well incorporated.
  4. Grease the cups of a muffin pan with the oil and divide the mixture among the cups. (You can also just press the mixture in a 9x13-inch baking dish.) Place the muffin pan on the middle rack in the oven and put a baking sheet with a rum under it. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the meat is cooked through (add an extra 10 minutes for 9x13 dish).
  5. If you baked the potatoes, slice and remove them from the skin. If you boiled them, remove from eh water and strain. Place the potatoes in a large bowl and add the oil and salt and pepper to taste. Mash by hand or use an immersion blender until creamy and smooth.
  6. Remove the meat muffins from the oven when they are cooked through (there should not be any pink in the center) and remove from their cups. Top each with a dollop of the mashed sweet potatoes.

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KATIE WELLS, the "Wellness Mama," is an award-winning blogger, author, podcaster, and real-food crusader. Her mission with is to... Read More