Monday, May 28, 2012

100 Calorie Chocolate Cupcakes


The past couple of days have been pretty busy here for all of us. The last two mornings, I had rehearsal for my dance recitals and then the last two evenings, I got to dance in an alumni dance in the dance recital for the studio where I danced with I was younger. It was so much fun! I loved rehearsing for it and I loved dancing in the show. It brings back so many great memories! I will definitely be doing a future post on the recital with some pictures and maybe even some video for you!

I don't know about anyone else, but whenever I eat, I like to have something sweet at the end of my meals. I'm not usually very picky about what it is. I discovered this recipe on Can You Stay for Dinner? a couple of months ago. The first time I made them, I was pleasantly surprised about how good they were. They were very moist. I really couldn't tell that they were light. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Here's the recipe:

100 CALORIE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
adapted from Can You Stay for Dinner?
Servings: 12
Points+: 3


1 cup nonfat or low fat milk, dairy or nondairy
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup all purpose flour –OR- whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners. Spritz them lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

In a small bowl, stir together milk and vinegar. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, applesauce, and vanilla. Pour in the now curdled milk and mix all ingredients well.

Stir in dry ingredients until just combined. The batter will be thin and wet, similar to a runny pancake batter. Divide it evenly among the prepared muffin cups. Bake for about 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of one comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack before removing to cool completely.


EXERCISE
Well, I brought my yoga mat and some hand weights with me to Pennsylvania, but all I've gotten to do is run. I have run the last three mornings. I'm hoping to some circuit training today to add some strength and ab work to my cardio. If I am successful, I might post about the workout so you can get to try it out too! Just have to figure out what all to include in it.

So long for today...

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