Recipes: Chocolate Oatmeal Almond Cupcakes

My SIL got me a really cool dinosaur cake pan so I thought I’d surprise my dinosaur-loving boys to a “dino tea time” treat…

The original recipe was from an old Australian Women’s Weekly recipe book for “Quick Mix Cakes”. I modified it slightly because we were out of certain ingredients and managed to sneak in some oats into the recipe. Here’s our ingredient list:

  • 125g dark chocolate, melted
  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 1 cup (160g) brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 75g flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 80g ground almonds
  • 40g oatmeal

Method: Chuck everything into your mixer and whip it up until it forms a well-blended mix. Dish it out into a greased cupcake pan. Bake in a moderate (180 C), fan-forced oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until done. This really depends on the size of your cupcakes. Poke it with a skewer to check that it’s cooked through if you’re not sure.

Few things to take note of: when adding oats, be mindful of how coarse or fine your oats are because it can significantly alter your texture. Rolled oats may give your cupcakes too much bite which may not pass a texturally-sensitive child. The powdered stuff can really soak up the liquids from your mix and alter the final consistency of your cupcakes.

Here’s our final results:

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Verdict: Thumbs-up for Aristotle. Thumbs-down for Hercules…

Nutritional Information

Health Benefits of Almonds

  • Of all the nuts, almonds have the lowest calories.
  • Contains: manganese, vitamin E, magnesium, tryptophan, copper, vitamin B2, phosphorus, fiber, protein.
  • Vitamin E, Vitamin B, Magnesium – strengthens immune system when stressed.
  • Magnesium – prevents heart attack and hypertension.
  • Protects against diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • High Vitamin E content is good for brain health.

Health Benefits of Oatmeal

  • Contains: manganese, selenium, phosphorus, fiber, magnesium, zinc.
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Contains antioxidants that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, and decreases asthma symptoms
  • Enhances the immune response to infection
  • Stabilises blood sugar
  • Lowers risk of Type 2 Diabetes

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