Archive for February, 2012

Carrot apple-sauce cupcakes

For one of my friends baby first birthday party,  I wanted to make some healthy cupcakes. My idea of making these cupcakes was to use the readily available and simple ingredients that babies or kids like to eat. I used this Recipezaar recipe, with a few omissions, to make these carrot cupcakes. I used apple sauce instead of oil and using apple sause will definitely cut your calories to half. I used Betty Crocker vanilla frosting.

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 11/2 cup apple sauce or canola oil (1 cup)
  • 1 8-ounce can of crushed pineapples
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Before you start the recipe, preheat your oven.  These cupcakes will bake at 350°F.
Shred two cups( 3 medium sized) of fresh, raw carrots.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
Well combine together and add 1 cup of sugar.
Then add applesauce (or oil), eggs, and vanilla.
When you mix all together the batter should like thick brown.
Then add chredded carrots and 1/3 rd can of crushed pineapple chunks(well drained).
Baked in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes until they turn brown.
With this recipe I think you can make about 16 to 20 pancakes.


Oatmeal Raisin cookies w/almonds

02.08.12 1 comment

Who doesn’t like cookies?; we all get tempted when we see at the food court or coffee shops. But when I see them I could only think of  big number calories popping on my head. So I thought of making some home made cookies to have a bite with evening coffee.  This recipe can make about 16-20 cookies in 2 baking trays but I tried to fill my cake pan instead of second baking pan and made an oatmeal raisin cake.  And I also tried substituting oil with apple sauce. Lets make  some chewable cookies and cake that we can eat and cherish.


  • 3 cups Oatmeal (rolled oats/old fashioned oats)
  • 1 cup of Raisins
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 piece of unsalted butter( I used baby apple sauce)
  • 11/2 cup of brown sugar(1/2 cup sugar + 1 cup br.sugar)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsps cinnamon
  • 2 tbsps nutmeg
  • 1 tbsps baking salt
  • 1 tbsps baking soda
  • 2 tbsps water
  • 2 tbsps vanilla
  • 1/8 tbsp; ginger
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • almonds to garnish (optional)


Mix wet ingredients:Butter /apple sauce, sugars, eggs, corn syrup, water and vanilla; beat well.

Mix dry ingredients:Combine flour, baking soda, spices and salt; then add to wet creamy mixture.

Add oats, raisins and beat well together.

While you start beating preheat oven at 350for 10 – 15mts. If you are using parchment paper preheat oven at 400°c.

Drop by scoop the cookie mixture onto ungreased baking sheet/parchemnt paper.Here u can top them with almonds or choco chips.

Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.Cool slightly on sheet and move on to cooling racks.

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Chocolate Coconut cupcakes

I was just starting to experiment in making unique ingredient combination cupcakes. Those ingredients may not be complicated and look in the market, I am using simple ingredients that I can dig in at home. I used frozen coconut flakes that I use in making Indian currries and instead of cocoa powder I used kisses chocolates melted to room temperature.

1/2 cup (1 stick butter) 
1 cups sugar (u can add accordingly)
3 eggs
2 cups flour
25 kisses choclates melted (or 3/4 cup cocoa powdered)
1 cup coconut flakes
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tbsp salt
2 tbsps vanilla






1. Beat butter until softened. Add sugar and then eggs, and beat for 30 sec.
2. Add cocoa powder or melted chocolate into the bowl.
2. Add 2 cups of flour, baking soda, baking salt, salt and coconut flakes, into a medium bowl.
3. Whisk and combine wet ingredients; then app 2 tbsps of vanilla.
4. Scoop batter into cupcake cups about 3/4’s full.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes. And you see those beautiful choco cupcakes turning into deep brown in color.

I used butter cream frosting and sprinkles on top for a yummy treat.




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