Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
My 3 year old son S has recently become infatuated with the movie ‘Frozen’. It started when my Mum and S bought a singing Olaf toy for the baby. Since then we have heard Olaf singing about Summer every day, read the ‘Frozen’ book daily (most days more than 3 times!) and have acted out the story whilst shopping (I’m always Anna).
S has taken his love of ‘Frozen’ to his wardrobe. His taken to wearing his summer Olaf Pyjamas over his tracksuit pants, he has 2 frozen T-shirts which are on a wash and wear rotation and winter Pyjamas that have become day wear.
Today we were at the shops looking for new runners for S when he spotted a pair of sparkly, light up, jewelled encrusted ‘Frozen’ high top runners. He was besotted (as was I; why can’t they make these in a size 10?!) but I didn’t get them for him. I convinced S, and myself, that it was because of the poor shoe quality and we should look at the sports store for a better shoe but perhaps it was more than that.
If S was a girl would I have bought him the shoes? Is my issue that I don’t want him to wear ‘girls’ shoes or that I don’t want him to wear shoes that will probably fall apart the first time he jumps in a puddle? Does it really matter, at 3 years of age (or any age for that matter), if you prefer princesses over monsters, like wearing Mummy’s lipstick or steal Mummy’s handbags to keep blankie in? If S doesn’t have an issue with it why should I?
Does this mean I’ll let him wear bedazzled ‘Frozen’ runners? Probably not as I’m a tightwad with my money and they were too expensive anyway, but I will let him choose his own pair from a line-up of podiatry approved runners (even if they are bright pink!).
I recently posted a recipe for this Chocolate Hazelnut Meringue Cake and was reminded by the lovely Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella of her Paleo Brownies which, like my cake, are made using Sweet Potato. I have not had much success with Brownies but suddenly really wanted them so instead I made a batch of these Chocolate Brownie Muffins. These Chocolate Brownie Muffins have the gooeyness of a brownie with the crunchy top of a muffin, whilst still hiding some veggie goodness. The perfect balance in a baked treat!
These Chocolate Brownie Muffins are not overly sweet and taste great with fresh strawberries and Whipped Coconut Cream. Like most Desserts when Sweet Potato and Chocolate are paired the taste ‘matures’ with time. If you decide to eat one straight out of the oven (like I did!) you may be able to get a hint of veggie but that fades quickly. I highly recommended adding the Chocolate Chips to the muffins. You can make your own here. If you’ve never made Sweet Potato puree before check out this post. P.S. it’s really simple.
- 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Milk(of choice)
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1/3 Cup puréed baked Sweet Potato
- 2/3 Cup Almond Meal
- 1/3 Cup Cocoa
- 4 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- 100 grams Chocolate Chips
- Preheat the oven to 175C/350F
- Line a muffin tray with 8 muffin cases and lightly grease each one.
- Put all the wet ingredients (including the sweet potato) into a small bowl and whisk together lightly by hand. If the sweet potato is chunky blitz the wet ingredients in a food processor.
- In another bowl, put all the dry ingredients and whisk together lightly by hand.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl and stir until combined.
- Fold through the chocolate chips. Do not over mix as the muffins will turn out tough.
- Divide the mixture evenly into the greased cases.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
- Allow the muffins to cool in the tin before removing.
- Store in an airtight container.
- For added sweetness serve with whipped cream and strawberries.
- To make your own Sweet Potato Puree see here http://mummymade.it/2013/12/sweet-potato-puree.html