Foodie Goodness Part I

013It’s been awhile since I’ve posted something on food.  I’ve kind of been in a rut since the holidays to tell the truth. Recently, however I found a yummy recipe for “healthy” chocolate cupcakes. There really is such a thing!! I love to bake, but I don’t love to use unhealthy ingredients like canola oil, white flour or sugar.  Anytime I find a recipe that uses an alternative to these things  (and thankfully there are MANY out there) I like to give it a try. The original recipe was easy to follow and I hardly made any changes at all. Here you go:

  • 1 3/4 c. oats
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 c. cocoa
  • 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 1/2 c. yogurt
  • 1/2 c. honey (this was my substitution for Stevia)
  • 1 c. hot water
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips (OK, not the healthiest ingredient…but they are chocolate cupcakes after all!!)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Mix wet into dry
  • Stir in 1/2 of the chocolate chips
  • Bake at 350 for 10 mins
  • Top cupcakes with rest of chocolate chips ( a few on each cupcake top)

These cupcakes have been gobbled up by everyone who has tasted them…kids and adults alike. They have a slighty chewy texture because of the oats, but one way to minimize that is to mix all of the ingredients in the food processor instead of a mixer. I am going to make these again today and I’m going to sneak in a few scoops of Amazing Grass Amazing Meal Chocolate Infusion…a chocolatey vitamin powder that I put in smoothies. We’ll see how it goes over.008Another yummy treat that recently came from our kitchen were these tasty little Paleo banana – almondy cookies.  The recipe called for chocolate chips, but since I made these on the same day as the muffins, I left them out.  An easy-peasy recipe and I love it when my kids ask, “Mom, can I have a cookie?”  I always say yes!

  • 1 lg. soft banana
  • 2 Tb creamy almond butter
  • 1 Tb apple butter (I used pumpkin butter because that’s what I had available)
  • 1 1/4 c. almond flour
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg (I added this, it wasn’t part of the original recipe)
  • 1 tsp. salt (omit if you are using salted almond butter)
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips
  • Mix together and bake on a cookie sheet at 350 until golden brown.

Delightfully delicious and so simple to make. Enjoy! I’ll be back tomorrow with a savory Part II.

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