I continue with my new found passion (obsession) of trying to cook all things dairy free, egg free and soya free. Here is a recipe that has totally blown me away. These Chocolate Cupcakes are amazing and so easy to make and apart from a can of black beans you just need cupboard staples. But before I start I want to tell you how I came about this recipe.
I have a lovely friend who I used to work with. She regularly reads my blog and has ambitions of one day quitting her job as a maths teacher and setting up her own Cafe. Something which I think she would be extremely good at. Having read my review of the lemon drizzle cake the other day she sent me a text message with a recipe for a chocolate bean cake she had made. She said it was amazing and that I should try and make one with an egg substitue. So after an internet search I found several egg free versions.
I finally settled on these wonderful cupcakes/muffins. Harriet couldn’t get it in her mouth quick enough. They are so light and fluffy.
Unless I told you, you would never know that these were made using pureed prunes as the egg substitute and black beans. In fact I don’t intend telling Amelie what is in them as she might not then eat them.
The recipe said to cook for about 15 mins but mine needed nearer 20-25 mins. Next time I think I might try adding some chocolate chips to make them more like a chocolate chip muffin. I had no idea that you could make something so delicious as this using black beans. This is a great way to try and add fiber to kids diets. I have found loads of other recipes for cookies and brownies.
Without doubt the only toy that the girls play with on a consistent basis is their ever growing Playmobil collection. Their love for Playmobil started when Amelie was about 18 months old. She was given a Playmobil 123 farm and we have literally played with it ever since. The farm animals went everywhere with us and now that Amelie has migrated to the next stage Harriet now brings the same animals out and about with us.
It is now becoming a daily battle of tidying away the Playmobil. The temper-tantrums I get when I suggest its time to tidy up are unbearable. I find it everywhere and occasionally I have to break up the odd fight because Harriet has stolen one of the babies and won’t give it back either that or she has ruined Amelie’s game. Whilst I struggle to maintain the Playmobil chaos when all is quiet and the kids are in bed or Amelie is at school I love looking at the little parties and gatherings that take place at the Playmobil house or on-board the pirate ship. I love listening to Amelie playing with it. I can hear her talking away to herself. She sets up campsites and gardens, playgrounds, picnics and parties. The other morning when I went downstairs at 6.00am (I wish she wouldn’t wake up so early) to find they were rocking it at a fancy dress party.
Whilst Harriet is still a bit small for Playmobil she tries to join in bless her. The other day Amelie spent ages setting up a playmobil playground for her to play with, and was distraught when Harriet appeared and demolished it.
I am so pleased that the girls have found a toy that they genuinely like playing with. We have brought so many toys which lie abandoned on the shelves collecting dust. Watching my girls playing on the floor surrounded by Playmobil reminds me of when we were little. We would spend hours playing with the Lego strewn all over the floor with my Mum moaning at the mess we had made.
In between tidying up all the Playmobil one of my favorite things I love to do at the moment is pull silly faces with Harriet. She is so cute, she tries so hard to copy and when we say pull your funny face she grits her teeth and scrunches her little nose up. I just had to include this crazy photo of us pulling faces. These are the memories I want to hold onto forever.
We had Mikes parents coming for afternoon tea yesterday and they always like a piece of cake with their afternoon cup of tea. The problem I normally have is that there is nothing that Harriet can eat and I have to spend the next hour trying to stop her trying to grab stuff off the table or attempt to entice her with something she blatantly doesn’t want as it doesn’t look anything like the cake everyone else is eating. So I decided to try and make a Lemon Drizzle Cake that Harriet could eat too. Having attempted to make cakes previously I was a little dubious but I was blown away at how delicious and easy it was to make this cake was. Not only that but Amelie ate about three bits which means it must have been good (Amelie has a hideous sweet tooth and would scoff a whole packet of biscuits given a chance). It was light and fluffy not a bad match on a traditional Lemon Drizzle Cake and made a perfect afternoon tea cake. This is definitely a recipe we will be making again.