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.