Tonight found me thrashing through the cupboards trying to come up with something to make for the 10 children who will be in my house tomorrow. In case you didn’t already know, kids want to eat CONSTANTLY. I do run a tight ship around here, but I still have to feed breakfast at 7:30, snack at 9:30, lunch at 11:30, snacks at 2:30 and 4:30 and then a dinner at 6:30 for a few less children. That’s a lot of eating!
I really wanted to make something chocolate-y… because every kid will eat just about anything cloaked in chocolate.
As my luck goes, I’m currently out of cocoa powder (and all alternative forms of baking chocolate)… I did however have a chocolate cake mix, some Enjoy Life chocolate chips, oats and bananas… so, I made a poor man’s version of a mini-muffin with some nutritional value. Granted, these won’t win you any marathons, but they are tasty!
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 large, over ripe banana- mushed
1/3 cup applesauce
1 1/4 cup water
1 cup oats
1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
(Note- pay attention to the liquid requirements for the brand of chocolate cake mix you are making, here the applesauce replaces the oil/fat in equal amounts, alter if your cake mix requires more or less. The banana helps offset the addition of the oats to keep the muffins moist). For this recipe, I made non-GF (using a bargain .89 Pillsbury cake mix)… if I’d had a GF Pamela’s Chocolate Cake mix in the cupboard I would have used that one! Be sure to use GF oats as well. If your cake mix doesn’t call for oil, try subbing the applesauce in place of eggs, 2 Tbs. per egg.
Mix all ingredients until well incorporated and cake mix lumps are out. Scoop into prepared mini muffin pan, bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until the glossy look is gone and they are springy to touch.
(How many times did I use a y adjective in this post? Let’s see… glossy, springy, chocolate-y, tasty, constantly… I’m sure there are more!)
I call them poor man’s because this non-GF version costs less than $2.00 to make 54 mini muffins (or about 18 full size muffins). A GF version will vary in price based on the mix you purchase.
If you want to get all crazy (and I do at times)… prepare batches of gluten free cake batter to make your own mix… just combine all the dry ingredients (leave it unflavored) and store in an airtight container (in the fridge or freezer is best). When you are ready to whip up a cake, cupcakes or muffins, just take a container out and add your wet ingredients (and flavor, like cocoa powder or vanilla).
Now, onto the other Mini things. 🙂
Last weekend, Hubs and I found ourselves child-free on Sunday morning so we ventured out for a lovely breakfast at one of our favorite hotels (they only have weekend breakfast and it’s better than home-cooked… fresh baked bread, freshly grated potato hashbrowns…). After breakfast, we walked around the beautiful hotel property and discovered these:
This van is less than 5 ft tall and about 6 ft long… it had seating for 5 inside and a wild, floral print interior.
This is a cute, little car made by BMW… the entire front opens for the driver and potentially one passenger to climb inside. Notice the “wind-up” knob on the back!
This one was my favorite… the original “Mini-Cooper”. This is a well loved little baby, with pristine interior of taupe colored ostrich leather.
We were sad the kids weren’t with us, they would have loved these little “toy” cars!