Today we had plans to go visit some friends who just bought a beautiful house out in the ‘burbs, and I volunteered to bring dessert. Obviously I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try baking something new, and I immediately started scouring some classic sources – Smitten Kitchen (this recipe in particular) and my Baked cookbook (fabulous birthday present with my favorite brownies!), both of which are full of truly decadent choices. I figured this visit was a special occasion, worthy of indulgence.
And then hubby had to go and remind me of my commitment to finding healthier choices. He asked if there wasn’t something I could make that would be both delicious AND worthy of calling wholesome? I had to take on the challenge, and I am so glad I did…because after some internet searching I came across a food blog that I am so excited about – Sweet + Natural. This blog contains tons of recipes for the most delicious sounding baked goods which contain all wholesome ingredients – no refined flour or sweeteners, and substitutions for healthier fat sources and levels. I was so overwhelmed by the choices that I e-mailed my friend to help narrow things down for today, but I have a list of new recipes to try!
The winner for today’s dessert was carrot cake with yogurt glaze. The only modifications I made were to convert to cupcakes (shorter cooking time and half the glaze because I only needed to coat 1 layer) and to use 3 whole eggs instead of 2 whole + 2 whites because I hate throwing away an extra egg. Plus, the recipe was already low-fat so I didn’t mind a little extra in the 3rd yoke. Overall these were a huge success! The cake was incredibly moist and flavorful, and the yogurt glaze added just enough tang and sweetness without being overpowering. Plus, the cupcakes have the same low amount of added sugar (1/2 cup for 12 muffin equivalent) as most of my healthy muffin recipes and are packed with vegetables and whole grains, so I felt totally comfortable giving them to the munchkin without the glaze and was excited when she gobbled one up!
The only issue I had was that the cupcakes stuck to their papers more than I would have expected, but my friend in Brooklyn just sent me an article that suggests it may just be due to the agave in the recipe. And the good news was that they stuck less the next day after fully cooling than right after I made them.
Overall, I cannot wait to try more of the recipes on Sweet + Natural – I’ll keep you posted on how they turn out!