Healthy Substitute Chocolate Cupcakes

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Here it is. The real reason I created this blog is to share some of my favourite foods that have been substituted with healthier ingredients. I try to stick to a healthy diet but I LOVE FOOD. And by that I mean all kinds of foods and all types of cuisines.

Sticking to a healthier diet doesn’t mean giving up on the foods you love. Like they say, everything in moderation and sometimes we just got to indulge a little.

Through kitchen experiments I’ve been able to substitute ingredients for a healthier alternative.

Ingredients:
1 cup almond milk (you can also use low fat milk or soy milk)
1 large egg, whisked
2/3 cups packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweeted apple sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil but you can also substitute with coconut oil)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 good quality unsweeted cocoa powder
3/4 tsp bake soda
1/2 tsp baking powder

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Whisk. In a medium size bowl, combine wet ingredients. Mix.
  3. Gradually add wet ingredients to dry, combining with a mixer or wooden spoon, until all lumps are gone. Careful not to overmix.
  4. Fill each cupcake about 3/4 of the way with the batter.
  5. Bake for 16 minutes or until set. Test cupcape with a toothpick (it shouldn’t have anything on it). Let cool completely before applying the frosting.

Serves 12 cupcakes

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Light Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

6-ounce less fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup non fat greek yogurt
3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup good quality raspberry jam

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, using a mixer, combine cream cheese, yogurt, confectioner’s sugar, and raspberry jam until smooth.
  2. Let sit in the refrigerator for about an hour.
  3. Once completely chilled, transfer to a piping bag and pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Place a fresh raspberry on top for garnish.

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Homemade Guacamole

Serving: 2 cups of guacamole

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Ingredients:
2-3 ripe avocados
1 lime, juiced
1/2 diced purple onion
3 tbs chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp minced garlic
pinch sea salt & pepper to taste
pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
3 dashes tabasco sauce (optional)

In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice, and salt. Mix in onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic. Stir in cayenne pepper and tabasco sauce.

Great healthy snack and very simple to make.

TIP: To ripen avocados quicker, wrap them in newspaper or place them inside a closed paper bag.