Guilt-Free Cupcakes only .99 on the Kindle for a Limited Time!

GuiltFreeCupcakesBookCoverImageI’m excited to annouce that I’m offering my book, Guilt-Free Cupcakes, for only .99 for a limited time! This book is 9.99, but I’m offering this discount in honor of my birthday! I wanted to pass along a birthday gift from me to all of you!

The book is filled with light, lucious and low-calorie cupcakes recipes.

If you have a Kindle and are looking more more cheap reads, check out Good Reads for the top cheap books (that are worth reading.) Amazon also has a daily listing of the “Deals of the Day.”

I love my Kindle and especially love finding good, inexpensive books! In Charlotte, today is the perfect day to stay inside, curl up by the fire and read a good book. It’s also a great day to bake some cupcakes while watching the rain hit the window pane.

Do you have a Kindle? What are your favorite books? I’d love to hear from you!

How to make delicious cupcakes that are actually GOOD for you!

This year for St. Patrick’s Day I volunteered to bring in green cupcakes to my daughter’s class. I love making fun food for kids, but I don’t love the negative side effects of food dye on children’s behavior. Many studies have shown that children are particularly susceptible to the effects of food dyes, especially those with ADHD and ADD. Add white sugar, white flour and food dye to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster.It seems that the United States is behind on the issue of elminating artificial food dye in packaged foods. The Center for Science in the Public Interest group recently posted an article about the actions that the British and European government have taken on ending the use of food dyes throughout Europe. Evident to this change is the difference between the Kellog’s Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars made in the United States compared to the same exact product in Britain. The bars made in United States contain red number 40, yellow number 6 and blue number 1 dyes. The bars produced in Britain use beetroot red, annatto and paprika extract to color the bars.

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to implement a ban on several food dyes. Review this list from NPR to see the food dyes under scrutiny.

I love my daughter’s teachers too much to subject them to a room full of hyper kids for the day, so I made natural green cupcakes, using spinach to dye the cupcakes green. By using whole-wheat flour, applesauce and spinach to make these cupcakes, I transformed a recipe for diaster into a fairly healthy mid-day treat.

I asked the teachers to let me know how the kids liked them, and everyone of the kids gobbled them up! They had no clue that they were getting a serving of healthy veggies in their treat. Make these for your kids and let me know if they like them. If you would like more guilt-free, vegan, low-calorie or healthy cupcakes, check out my NEW book, Guilt-Free Cupcakes: Indulge without the bulge that is available now! It just hit Amazon today and it is available in print or on the Kindle.

Top of the morning to ya Spinach Cupcakes

  • 2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cups Splenda Sugar Blend
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dried milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 cups baby spinach
Frosting
  • 1 small package neufchatel cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. King Arthur Green Natural Food Color

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line mini-muffin tin with mini liners.

2.Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

3.Puree the applesauce and spinach in a food processor and pulse until combined. Make in batches to ensure the spinach is completely pureed.

4. Mix  spinach mixture and vanilla into the flour mixture by hand. Place spoonful of batter in each muffin tin.

5.Bake for 10 minutes.

6. Meanwhile make frosting by combining neufchatel cheese with powdered sugar, natural food color and vanilla extract in a food processor.

7. Let them cool completely, then frost.

Mickey Mouse Cupcakes – Guilt-Free

I love Disney, but since I can’t live at the most magical place on earth 365 days a year, I try to re-create Disney magic in my kitchen. I made these delicious Mickey Mouse cupcakes with all of the flavor, but half the fat and calories than an average cupcake.

The cupcake hiding under the cute mouse veneer is red velvet, a delicious blend of cocoa and vanilla. Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are one of my favorite desserts. In this recipe I replaced the butter with kefir, which is a drinkable yogurt. Kefir is filled with probiotic bacteria, which promotes a healthy gut, vitamins, minerals and protein. The thick texture of kefir makes it a perfect fat replacement.

This is just one of the many delicious and LOW-CALORIE, LOW-FAT cupcakes in my newest book, Guilt-Free Cupcakes: Indulge without the bulge. Consider buying my book, which is now available for purchase as an e-book, on the Kindle, Nook and iBooks. I’d love to hear what you think!

Red Velvet Cupcakes

•2 1/2 cups cake flour

•3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa

•1 tsp baking soda

•1 tsp baking powder

•1 1/2 cups sugar

•6 Tbsp butter

•1 1/2 tsp vinegar

•1 1/4 cups plain kefir

•2 eggs

•1 tsp salt

•1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

•2 Tbsp red food coloring

•Cream Cheese Frosting

•Two Oreo’s, two M&Ms, one peanut and licorice whips cut into strips

 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin tin with liners. Coat with nonfat cooking spray.
  • Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and mix.
  • Beat sugar and butter in an electric mixer until creamed. Add eggs, kefir and flour, mixing until combined. Add vinegar, vanilla and food coloring, beating well.
  • Spoon mixture into muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Cool completely and frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.
  • Decorate with two Oreo’s for the ears, two M&Ms for the eyes, one peanut for the nose and six small strips of cut licorice whips for the whiskers.


Don’t be scared – These Pumpkin Halloween Cookies won’t give you a Calorie Fright!

Halloween is in only six days, which means six spooky days of Halloween treats and goodies!

I will post six healthy Halloween recipes, one each day until Halloween! Also, don’t forget to buy Guilt-Free Cupcakes: Indulge without the bulge for more healthy Halloween recipes! You can buy the book for only $3.99 on the Kindle or download as an ebook directly on my website! Just click “Add to my cart” in the right column!  It will also be available in the iBook store and Nook next week!

 

Halloween can be a scary time, not just because of ghosts and goblins, but also because of the calories in your favorite holiday goodies!

 

I read an article today on SparkPeople that called out the top five surprisingly high calories Halloween treats.

 

I knew that fun sized candy bars weren’t exactly “fun” for the waistline and that candy apples aren’t considered a health food, but to find out that the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte has 410 calories – that is enough to make me scream in fright! If I am going to consume over 400 calories, it better be in the form of a hot fudge brownie sundae!

 

Pumpkin breads, cookies and scones also made the list, but I have an easy solution to that problem….make your own!

 

I made my own recipe for a chocolate chip pumpkin cookie and they are not only delicious, but healthy too! These cookies are chockfull of pumpkin, which provides antioxidants, vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids. One cup of pumpkin has only 26 calories, but has 246 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin A, 1 gram of protein and 1 gram of fiber. Pumpkin is also an excellent source of zeaxanthin, which is an antioxidant that helps the eyes. Pumpkin is also rich in minerals, including copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.

 

I recently joined Weight Watchers and I created this recipe in the “My Recipe” builder tool and calculated only 3 points per serving! Not too bad for a deliciously decadent cookie!

 

Stacy’s Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Cookies

 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Sucanat
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 15-oz. can pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  • ½ cup walnuts

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line with silpat.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and Greek yogurt in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Add pumpkin and mix until just combined. Gradually beat in flour mixture, being careful not to over mix. Gently stir in chocolate chunks and walnuts.
  3. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.

 

Let me know if you try these and if you like them!

 

 

Guilt-Free Cupcakes: Indulge without the bulge is now available!

My first book, Guilt-Free Cupcakes: Indulge without the bulge, is now available for purchase as an e-book on my website and as a download on the Kindle and Nook!

With cupcakes that are loaded with flavor, without the added fat and calories, Guilt-Free Cupcakes: Indulge without the bulge, shows you how to satisfy your sweet tooth without expanding your waistline. From “Cubcakes” to “Grand Groundhog Cupcakes”, you will not only find healthy recipes, but beautifully designed cupcakes for every occasion.

You’ll find:
Recipes for more than 18 adorably decorated low-calorie cupcakes and frostings
Beautiful photographs of every recipe
Tips for baking light
Ideas for getting kids involved in the kitchen
Interesting nutrition facts and the latest research
Halloween, Christmas, character and animal cupcake designs
Fun facts, kids activities, party planning ideas and more!

Perfect for bake sales, holiday parties, classroom treats or just an everyday dessert, Guilt-Free Cupcakes is your source for baking adorable and low-calorie cupcakes!

Buy the book today for awesome Halloween cupcakes! I’m offering a introductory price of only $3.99! The price will go up to $9.99 soon, so get your copy while it’s on sale today! I’d love to hear what you think! Please write a review in the Amazon store or on the blog!

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Heathfully,

Stacy