Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Low Fat Vanilla Cupcakes with Sweet Almond Glaze


These cupcakes, a low(er) fat vanilla, are perfect for a warm and sunshine-y summer day by the pool. With the almond glaze, these little guys are fun and a bit messy, but manageble.

1/2 c vanilla soy yoghurt
2/3 c vanilla almond milk
1/4 c applesauce, or 1/2 mashed banana
3 tbsp canola oil
3/4 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract, or a fruit extract (like orange or raspberry), or more vanilla
1 1/4 AP flour
2 tsbp arrowroot powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and fill your muffin pan with cupcake liners.
Whisk together yoghurt, milk, applesauce or mashed banana, oil, sugar, and extracts. Sift in flour, arrowroot, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix. Pour into cupcake liners until about 2/3 full.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.

For the Almond Glaze:
1/2 c almonds
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c agave nectar (light or raw)
~2 c confectionary sugar
~1/2 c vanilla almond milk (or water)

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until you get a smooth and syrup-like. Add or adjust ratios to get your desired taste and consistency.
Spread 1 tsp of glaze to each (slightly warm) cupake and let it drizzle down the sides. For cleanliness sake, you can eat this guy with a fork and napkin.

Caloric Info
Total Fat:7.0 grams
Sat Fat:0.5 grams
Polyunsat. Fat1.8 grams
Monosat. Fat:4.0 grams
Cholesterol:0 grams
Sodium:115.1 mg
Potassium:120.9 mg
Carbs:50.7 grams 
Dietary Fiber:1.4 grams
Sugar:35.2 grams 
Protein:3.1 grams

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