My family used to eat dessert every night. But as the kids began to grow and started spending less time outside and more time on the computer or playing video games a concern for our overall health became a factor. It was time to put a stop to the sugar rush that had taken over our house and, more importantly, the health of my children. We established a workout routine and Friday became our sole indulgent treat day. During the week we substituted dessert for fruit and I am proud to announce my family is healthier than ever.
During this transition I started learning how to make substitutions for traditional desserts using ingredients like coconut and almond flour instead of regular and honey instead of sugar… quickly realizing my little ones didn’t even notice the difference! When these chocolate chip muffins hit our table the kids claimed they were the best they’d ever tasted! And I like nothing better than tricking my kiddos into enjoying healthy food while learning as a family that healthy can be delicious too.
One challenge with baking substitutions is maintaining a moist, fluffy consistency, especially when experimenting with flours. Steaming baked goods in my rice cooker ensures a moist cake every time which has taken a lot of the guesswork out of “healthifying” my treats. Now I have no reason to be embarrassed by a deprived brood who once stuffed their pockets with treats as we left a party or attempted to carry the complimentary candy bowl from a restaurant.
1 cup almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup coconut butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Line silicone cupcake molds with foil liners.
Mix all wet ingredients together until well blended. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients together until incorporated.
Add dry ingredients to wet ones and beat with an electric mixer or food processor until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.
Fill molds 3/4 of the way full with batter and place in your Steam Tray.
Add 2 cups of water to inner pot of rice cooker and add the tray. Set to Steam for 20 minutes. Enjoy!
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