July is birthday season in our family, which means lots of baking. Thankfully I love baking (and taste-testing) my cakes, but when we have 3 birthdays in the one week, even I start to feel sick at the thought of more sugar and butter.
A friend told me about these amazing cupcakes that have cannellini beans in them. At first I thought that they sounded pretty awful, and that I didn't want to spoil the fun of being able to indulge at parties, but then I decided to give them a go. Wow, what a nice surprise. They actually tasted delicious, and the kids had no idea. I even took 40 of them into two different classes at school and they were devoured. I still made them fun for the kids with a little icing on top and a chocolate freckle.
In contrast, I made the birthday cake (pictured above) using an amazing butter cake recipe, that is so simple. When it was cake time, I was surprised to see the amount of kids that enjoyed the birthday cake, but picked off the super sweet fondant icing. One boy even said "I don't like this cake, it's too sweet". However, he did enjoy the cupcake. Yes, you may have guessed it, he is the child of the lovely friend who gave me the cannellini bean cupcake recipe in the first place. So the point of this story is that birthdays can still be fun, and I am certainly not anti-sugar, however I have learnt that every time you eat you should use it as an opportunity to get something nutritious into your body. The addition of cannellini beans into your cupcakes, zucchini or beetroot into chocolate cake or finely chopped vegetables into your pasta sauce are all great ways to increase the nutritional value of your food.
If you would like the recipe for the cupcakes, it comes from the e-book called Well Nourished Lunchbox which you can purchase here (just copy and paste the address below)
I have already made many of the recipes with my cooking class and at home, hence my decision to sign up and become an affiliate. That means, I am happy to promote this wonderful cook book, and if you decide to purchase a copy, I will receive a percentage of the profit. Perhaps one day I may create my own cook book, however when Georgia Harding has already done such a wonderful job to inspire us all with her recipes, I am happy to get out there and promote them for her.
The best part is that 5% of the sale of this eBook will be donated to IOOSK Cooking School for Young Mums. Whether or not we realise it, the way that our parents cooked – or didn’t – sticks with us for life. Those early lessons don’t just influence how we cook but instil in us a set of beliefs about the value of good food. Unfortunately, not everyone gets handed those valuable life lessons, which can have devastating consequences. Poor food choices are linked to more than 20% of children in Australia being overweight or obese before they even start kindergarten. Together with the Red Cross, IOOSK currently runs cooking courses at a crisis shelter for young parents. “Our mission is to teach young mum’s that food is more than food. We aim to build confidence and skills mum’s need to shop for and cook healthy meals for their family, from scratch.” Rob Caslick, IOOSK.
I’m thrilled to be able to support Georgia Harding, The Well Nourished Lunchbox and this fabulous, grass-roots charity.