Fruity Pebble Cupcakes

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fruity pebble cupcakes

A family favorite in my house is definitely cupcakes.  No question!  Since I bake a LOT, I definitely try to make sure that I balance the number of insanely calorie laden unhealthy treats with ones that are as good for you as they taste.  This recipe for fruity pebble cupcakes definitely falls in the second category.

fruit pebble cupcakes

I loved making this fruity pebble cupcake recipe in honor of American Heart Month after coming down from a week of serious Valentine’s Day treats, and most importantly after seeing people in my family suffer with heart disease.  It really is close to home.  These cupcakes are light, moist and filled with the fun and exciting flavor of Fruity Pebbles.  The only difference between these cupcakes and others is your heart will thank you.

fruity pebble cupcakes

The base of these cupcakes is a heart friendly white cake recipe.  Without the egg yolks, your heart is already screaming hooray!  Next, I replaced butter with a healthier substitute butter spread.  Some great ones you can try are SmartBalance and EarthBalance, and they both work awesome.  I used coconut milk in these fruity pebble cupcakes.  Coconut milk provides such wonderful moisture to cake batter without using buttermilk, sour cream or full-fat milk.  And I lowered the sugar in the recipe.  There is only 3/4 cup in the batter for 12 cupcakes total and you can just top with a bit of buttercream and not go overboard.

fruity pebble cupcakes

Try making these with your kids because they look so fun and colorful, and they won’t have any idea that you cut corners to enhance the nutrition.  So if you want to try these out, head to  Walgreens to pick some up.  My husband will no doubt be stocking up on Fruity Pebbles, and I will definitely pick up a bunch of Raisin Bran, my favorite.

fruity pebble cupcakes

Fruity Pebble Heart Healthy Cupcakes

Fruity Pebble Heart Healthy Cupcakes


  • 1 ½ cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Heart Healthy butter substitute, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large eggs whites, whipped
  • 1/2 cup fruity pebbles, grinded in blender or food processor
  • For frosting- 1 cup Heart Healthy butter substitute, at room temperature
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: Garnish tops of cupcakes with fruity pebbles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, add cake flour, baking powder and granulated sugar and mix on low.
  3. Next add in butter substitute and coconut milk and blend until well mixed.
  4. Add in vanilla extract and olive oil and mix well.
  5. Turn off mixer and fold in egg whites.
  6. Lastly, whisk in fruity pebbles.
  7. Add cupcake liners to cupcake pan.
  8. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop mixture into cupcake liners.
  9. Bake cupcakes for 17-21 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean but DON'T OVERBAKE. Because these cupcakes don't have any egg yolks, they have a tendency to dry out faster.
  10. Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool on cooling rack.
  11. While cupcakes cool, add cup of butter substitute to bowl of mixer and slowly add in powdered sugar, coconut milk and vanilla extract then slowly increase speed of mixer and beat until well mixed buttercream is formed.
  12. Pipe buttercream on top of completely cooled cupcakes.
  13. Sprinkle tops of buttercream with fruity pebbles and serve.
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  1. These are so fun! They would be perfect for any type of celebration :)

  2. These are so cute!

  3. LOVE these! They remind me of my favorite doughnut from a cute little shop in Kansas. It was topped with Fruity Pebbles, and it was the best. So colorful, so happy!

  4. These are so fun!! I love fruit pebbles and making the cupcakes heart healthy is a great plus!!

  5. These are so fun! Perfect for the kiddos!

  6. This is such a cute way to use fruity pebbles! I use to eat this cereal endlessly as a child!

  7. So cute and festive Jocelyn! I love Fruity Pebbles, I don’t think I’d have survived college without them. :)

  8. These cupcakes are gorgeous! I am so impressed you made a healthy cupcake. The Pebbles look so pretty on top too.

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Awww thanks so much dear and I am now thinking of replacing all sprinkles on cupcakes with pebbles!

  9. These are so stinkin’ adorable. I think it’s so sweet that you made these heart healthy. Love your substitutions and they look like you won’t even know that they are good for you :).

  10. They are so adorable!

  11. These are so beautiful, the little fruity pebbles look like little jewels! They look incredibly moist and I love the changes you made to make it more heart healthy!

  12. I cannot BELIEVE these pretty, colorful, happy little beauties are healthified!!! They look like the perfect treat!

  13. These are such fun cupcakes Jocelyn, I love that you made the healthy. Beautiful shot!

  14. My kids love Fruity Pebbles! They would go crazy for your cupcakes!

  15. These cupcakes are beautiful! I could use a healthier cupcake every now and again!

  16. Oh my goodness Jocelyn! These cupcakes are beautiful! I love fruity pebbles… it reminds me of being a kid. These would be such a fun dessert to make with the kids that I used to nanny for. And they are heart healthy?! Just perfect!

  17. I totally forgot about Fruity Pebbles! I’ve always been a Cinnamon Toast Crunch fan myself, but I’ll never say no to these!

  18. Oh my goodness, these are just too cute. My kids would be all over these like animals! That last shot is incredible :) xx

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Thanks so much Emilie! I was so distracted by your compliment on my photography that I briefly lost my mind. That means a lot coming from you. I adore all of your photography!!

  19. You had me at heart healthy cupcake! Who knew? And then I saw fruity pebbles and I was yours, hook, line, and sinker. :)

  20. These fruity pebbles cupcakes are cute! They would be perfect for a birthday party! :) And heart healthy? The best!!!

  21. What fun (and adorable cupcakes)! I love the creativity you brought to this recipe. I’ve never baked cereal inside a cupcake, let alone a healthier one, so these are definite winners in my book!

  22. So cute! I love the idea of fruity pebbles in cupcakes! Like funfetti but with more flavor!


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