Life in the Slow Lane

Life in the Slow Lane

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Getting All Betty Crocker On Your Ass

Over the last few years I seem to be in constant conflict with the food I eat. I have a lot going against me as I am a picky eater, a vegetarian and a disinterested cook. The good news is that while fussy I still like lots of fairly adventurous flavours and I no longer get one of those looks saying, “You goddammed freakin’ hippy-dippy moron.” when I tell people I don’t eat meat. I am still usually the only vegetarian in the bunch but not quite the pariah I was 15 years ago at dinner parties.

Of course recently a whole new wrench has been thrown in the works with my cancer diagnosis. There is a lot of data out there that suggests that diet plays a huge part in disease and eating well is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Now being a veghead I’ve never eaten a lot of fast food but I have to admit I don’t have the best diet. It is fairly monotonous and pasta based. There is also a lot of cheese.

I like to take a moderate view and probably will never become vegan, dairy free, sugar free (probably a physical impossibility for me) and be able to consistently incorporate the bitchmillion amino acids, vitamins, minerals and voodoo required to be the perfect little eater. Yet I have become more conscious of the type of food I eat and how much overt crap passes my lips. For instance I have pretty much eliminated any kind of pop, diet or full sugar, from my diet. I love me a Barq’s root beer now and then but I don’t buy it regularly any more. Fake sugar scares me a little so I avoid that as well.

My other big weakness is chocolate. I’ve tried to cut that out but, frankly, along with caffeine, chocolate makes me a better person. I’ve managed to cut down a lot but it still remains a major part of my personal joy program. So you can imagine my little ears wiggled with interest when I heard about a recipe for chocolate muffins that were actually considered somewhat healthy.

I made up a batch and I’ve decided to share the recipe with you all who may be in the same predicament as me; juvenile palate, aversion to strange ingredients, and a desire to cut some of the muck from your plate while still maintaining a little culinary happiness.

I bring you…

Double Chocolate Muffins - By Mairlyn Smith and Liz Pearson – Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health


Wet Ingredients-

1 cup pumpkin puree (This means pure pumpkin puree and not pie filling. It should be sugar free and contain only pumpkin.)
½ cup oat bran
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg (an omega 3 egg is best but not necessary)
1 cup dark brown sugar

Dry Ingredients-

1 cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup ground flaxseed (it takes a while to grind whole flax seed up in a food processor but it can be done)
½ natural cocoa powder (or reg is ok too)
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ cup chopped dark chocolate or mini semi sweet chocolate chips


-Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line muffin pan with paper cup liners.
-In a medium bowl, beat together all the wet ingredients. Set aside.
-In a large bowl, use a fork or whisk, mix together all the dry ingredients.
-Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
-Scoop into muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until done.

Makes 12

One Muffin:
200 calories
5g total fat
1g saturated fat
0g trans fat
180mg sodium
38g CHO (whatever that is)
5g fibre
6g protein

Now as a fussy eater I can absolutely guarantee that you CANNOT taste the pumpkin in this. At all. The next time I make these I will adjust the recipe a little bit as I think that is too much cinnamon to my taste and I REALLY like cinnamon. Supposedly cinnamon has some sort of special powers so that is why there is so much in this recipe. Next time I think I’ll try about a teaspoon and see what that is like. I like these muffins as they are chocolaty enough that I get my fix but they contain such things as flax seed so I feel rather virtuous too.

Do you have a healthy recipe for a normally dirty little food vice?


Random and Odd said...

reeses peanut butter cups

Rice said...

I envy you. My diet bites. It's not that I don't want to change, I need to fucking do it for my health but it is like an addiction. It's just not happening for me.
Food has been my best friend for so long. No joking. I'm pretty much stapled to my house after 6:00 pm each night due to my two little Cabbage Patch dolls. So, I dream , not of healthy food but of a greasy burger or chips. I hate myself.

Celebrate Woo-Woo said...

Thanks for posting this. It sounds delicious!

What I read about the cinnamon was in relation to regulating blood sugar and it being a godsend for diabetics. The info I found said the amount necessary to achieve the benefits was really minimal, like 1/4 teaspoon a day.

here today, gone tomorrow said...

I will definitely try that recipe, since I, too, believe in the profound benefits of chocolate. I didn't know you were a vegetarian - yeah! I don't know if you like Indian food, but this lady writes a very enticing blog complete with recipes and lots of food porn photos:

eclectic said...

CHO = Carbohydrates, maybe? Looks good! I'll have to give it a try.

kalki said...

Sounds like my eating habits are a lot like yours - my mom says I'm a pastatarian. I'm definitely going to try this recipe!

Also, I totally need a personal joy program. And a theme song, but that's beside the point.

east village idiot said...


You should live in NYC - tons of people are veggies. Your recipe looks cool. I want to try it. I just bought some organic knock off of coco puffs for my son because I won't buy him the real thing. It's funny what we call chocolate taste -they seem to achieve it with just a little chocolate, honey and molasses...go figure.

There are tons of blogs that are dedicated to healthy cooking. The blog link on my blog to the Village Vegetable has a list of tons of healthy cooking blogs.

Stay healthy and happy kranki!

Anonymous said...

CHO is Carbohydrate or for the technical folks Carbon Hydrogen Oxygen

Jeannette said...

Mmmmmm...these sound yummy. I'm going to have to try them out and let you know how I do with them. We should exchange a superfood of the week recipe. Ok, maybe month. Nah, whenever we can get to it. Either way, I miss chocolate and can't wait to try these!