My first job as a fifteen year old was at a local Baskin Robbins Ice Cream shop. I stayed for three years and fell in love with about six of their 31+ flavours. Ate too much of it of course but that’s a story for another day … One of the flavours I will never forget was Peanut Butter & Chocolate … a thick, moussey chocolate ice cream with shards of salty peanut butter throughout … so good.
I used this inspiration to come up with a new muffin-style cupcake for my son’s sixth birthday coming up soon. I’m always conscious of using occasions like this to example nutritious food that kids still love to eat. I don’t believe kids party food needs to be sugar, sugar and more sugar. I like to send them home on a high from a good time and some delicious food.
I made this in the Thermomix, but if you don’t have one, you can adapt the recipe simply by mixing all the wet ingredients together first then adding the dry. I would recommend warming the peanut butter with the coconut oil before mixing through – and mix it in last just before you add the choc chips.
1 large or 2 small bananas
1/4 cup almond or soy milk
2 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
5 tbsp peanut butter
3/4 cup chocolate chips (you can buy dairy-free/vegan)
220 gms flour (I use french flour – a future post on this wonder!)
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup sweetener (I used agave syrup – rice malt syrup would be even better)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
- Place the coconut oil and peanut butter in the TM bowl and warm on 60 degrees for 30 secs, speed 1.
- Add the bananas, milk, chia seeds, apple cider vinegar, agave syrup and vanilla to the bowl. Mix on speed 5 for 5 secs then drop to speed 3 until combined.
- Add the flour, salt, baking powder and oats and mix on speed 4 for 10 sec. Scrape down the bowl and repeat for 3-5 secs until combined.
- Add the chocolate chips and mix on speed 3, reversed, for 10 secs.
- Spoon mixture into 12 cupcake patties (fill almost to the top) and bake for 15-20mins on 180 degrees.
These will freeze well and keep the kids happy … their tummies too.
With grace and gusto,