Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Low Cal Choc Cupcake...

I'm trying my hardest to stick to an approx 1200 calorie a day allowance - it isn't a diet, no food is off limit unless the single item happens to be over 1200 calories! OMG what would that taste like?!?

Anyway - I'm trying to vary the foods and enjoy a little of what I like (love in the case of choc) by having low cal hot choc - Options Chocolate Brownie and reducing my portion sizes back to where they should be. On weighing a bowl of boring cornflakes this morning I realised I was probably putting almost 2.5 times the recommended amount in the bowl - oops.

I'm not saying it's easy but I'm helping myself along by enjoying the challenge of finding tasty foods and actually it's been harder to find easy recipes for the low calorie thing as they all need 10x more spices/herbs than are on my spice rack and way too many different and obscure ingredients.

Anyway I'd like to share with you my version of a low cal cupcake that with a nice brew on the side (no milk) is a really tasty treat and provided you don't eat the whole batch shouldn't hit the allowance too hard...

Ingredients: (makes 12, feel free to double... treble... as the occasion demands - just beware the increase in size of the eggs when whisked x)

3 eggs
85g Sugar
70g Self Raising Flour
2 Tbsp Cocoa (unsweetened)

Method: (don't try to do by hand unless you're looking to eat the whole batch and need to pre-burn the calories off)

  • Preheat oven to 180`c or 10/20 degrees less of you have a fan oven
  • Crack the eggs into a clean bowl and add the sugar, whisk until the mixture leaves a line behind (to me it looks like runny marshmallow), it takes me just over 5 mins to do in my kenwood mixer, probably a bit longer with a handheld mixer and lord only knows if you did it by hand
  • Add the cocoa to your flour, it is very important to sift them over the surface of your egg mixture, aim is to keep as much air in as possible
  • Fold the flour into the eggs v e r y slowly, this will take more time than everything you've just done
  • Divide the mix into 12 cases
  • Pop them in the oven for 13 minutes
  • When you take them out they should feel springy to the touch
Voila, tasty cupcakes and just under 70 calories each - gotta love the lack of fat! This recipe would also be just enough to make 2 sandwich sponges if you used say 6" tins - anything much bigger and they'd just be biscuits!

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