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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Tip Tuesday: Read your ingredient labels!

I can’t seem to stress this enough. In food labeling today, marketing plays a key role in effecting purchasing behaviour. Food companies spend millions of dollars on product display, brand, labeling, and key words that essentially play a part in our buying decisions whether it is providing a “ligther”, “heathlier”, “low calorie” option, bare in mind that it’s all marketing!

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For example, this nutribar weight loss plan bar that I found at a local Pharmasave. Its a “meal replacement” and marketed a as a good contributor if you’re trying to lose weight. At the bottom it says”Sweetened with sugar, glucose, maltitol, honey & sorbitol”. Excuse me but did it just list a whole bunch of sugar and artificial sweeteners?

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Unfortunately I was unable to capture the nutrition label however, I don’t expect it to be anything great for your diet just by looking at the ingredients. No 1. ingredient is protein blend and No. 2 chocolate flavoured coating which sugar is the main ingredient.

We all know what sugar does to you. Sugar spikes your insulin causing your body to store fat. This box of chocolately goodness is quite deceiving isn’t it? If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t just read the food packages. Make sure to also check the ingredients.