First post…so let’s start with my favorite part of any meal: DESSERT!
My kids love dessert, especially my younger son. Sometimes, it seems they think dinner is just an annoying opening act to endure until the main event takes the stage in the form of something really yummy. Chocolate is always a hit, of course, which is fine by me as an admitted chocoholic.
I adapted this chocolate cake recipe from Hungry Girl. Hungrygirl.com is a great site with many healthy recipes and a fun daily newsletter. HG has LOTS of recipes with reduced calorie and fat counts, and they emphasize protein and veggies and fiber. The only issue for me is that the dishes are not always family-friendly, in that the kids don’t like the ingredients, or it isn’t practical to make for a family of 4. For example, they have a TON of recipes using House Foods Tofu Shiratake Noodles, but the noodles are expensive and kind of a pain to handle and the kids don’t like them. But, this chocolate cake recipe is easy and everyone LOVES it. I also love the fact that I can easily ask the kids to make it, because it requires only 2 ingredients! And one of them is a fruit!
-1 box (18.25 oz) devil’s food cake mix (or brownie mix)
-1 can (15 oz) pure pumpkin
-Mix them together (batter will be VERY thick)
-Bake in 9 inch pan at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes
The pumpkin not only keeps the fat grams and calories to a minimum, but also adds vitamins and minerals and fiber to your cake! According to Livestrong.com, each cup of canned pumpkin contains 80 calories, 1 g of fat, 20 g of carbohydrate and 7 g of fiber. It also provides 760 percent of the daily value of vitamin A, 17 percent of vitamin C, 6 percent of calcium and 19 percent of iron.
That’s it! It is SO good! Try it!