It was pitch black at 5:00 pm. It was raining. Depressing. I decided that to counterbalance the negative effect the month of November has on us, energy-packed and healthy snacks are in order.
Having pinned a few delicious-looking ball recipes recently, and having almonds, coconut and almond butter on hand, I made these No Bake Almond Butter Coconut Bites. I didn’t have flaxseeds but replaced them with more chopped almonds. I also substituted maple syrup with honey. Maple syrup in undeniably delicious, but honey offers more health benefits.
Those mini cupcakes are moist and tender, with a lemon flavour that contrast beautifully with the jam-like taste of the cooked blueberries. Acidity and sweetness coming together. When you take the pan out of the oven and draw an ear close to it, you can hear the blueberry juice bubbling. As if it were a blueberry pudding that cooked long and slow. Or blueberry jam simmering on the stove.
They are delicious and do not come attached with guilt, contrary to full-of-sugar-and-full-of-fat cupcakes. See for yourself (to mini cupcakes equal 1 cupcake):
BLUEBERRIES AND LEMON MINI CUPCAKES
Energy 101 kcal Protein 1 g Carbohydrates 17 g
Fat 3 g Iron 1 mg Sodium 67 mg
The recipe for these mini cupcakes (which can be baked into regular cupcake pans) is in my Daily Cooking – Mini Cupcakes cookbook. It’s available on Amazon (US$2.99, CAD$3.24). There is also a French version La cuisine au quotidien – Les mini gâteaux.
To make this recipe, I apply the special technique I have developed over the years, using only one bowl. One of my goal in the kitchen is to have the least possible amount of dirty dishes. 😉 I explain everything in my cookbooks (with multiple pictures).
The content of this article is given on an informative basis and do not replace advice from a health professional, a diagnostic or a treatment. All opinions stated in this article are those of the author only and are based on her personal experience with gestational diabetes and hypoglycemia, as well as on her autodidactic learning.