There are many things that make me happy 10 of which I have shared with you previously.
BUT, what makes me very happy is glorious, gorgeous and nutritious filled meals.
*Grilled Pear and Goat’s Cheese Salad*
*Squash Bean Burgers*
*Fruity Mixed Whole Grain Salad*
Despite all of this goodness sometimes yah just need something to balance everything out…
On the pursuit to accomplish this mission I like to chow down a Date and Coconut Slice or two…
or sometimes my Choco, PB and Nana Pudding really hits the spot…
…and when it doesn’t you can always find me digging a hole in the in the cookie jar…
AND when all of that fails to help me find that healthy balance I like to reach for these…
Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)
- 2 cups of soya flour
- 1 cup of xylitol (or golden caster sugar)
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 2 medium sized eggs
- 1/2 cup of low fat spread or a non-dairy butter
- 90 ml of hemp milk (or any other milk alternative)
- 1 tbsp of lemon zest
- 40 ml of fresh lemon juice
The frosting was made using the Vanilla Frosting recipe from the Babycakes recipe book with the addition of 30 ml of fresh lemon juice and 1 tbsp of lemon zest.
Line a 12 hole muffin tray and preheat the oven to gas mark 4.
Cream together the low fat spread and xylitol using a electric mixer or hand held whisk until fluffy- this may take a few minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well. Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda into a separate bowl. In a jug mix together the milk, canola oil, lemon juice and lemon zest and add it to the eggs and creamed sugar and spread in three parts alternating it with the addition of the sifted the flour mixture. At this stage it is best to mix in the flour and liquid mixture using a wooden spoon to prevent stretching the gluten in the flour, which results in a heavy sponge.
Fill the muffin cases with the cake batter three quarters of the way up and bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes or until the cupcakes are golden and a skewer comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely and then pipe on the icing or spread on top with a knife- decorate as your heart desires.
Remember balance is important: so this is a NO GUILT ZONE!
What is your favourite sweet treat do you like to reach for to find that healthy balance?
Are you a cookie or cupcake fiend?