My first hand account of the ongoing search for health and wellness through a conscious focus on nutrition, cooking, ingenuity, and physical exertion. As an active stay at home mother of two young children, I spend large portions of my day in my kitchen inventing new recipes and reinventing old favorites into fun, healthy and delicious meals my whole family loves... especially while on the run... literally.
Today was one of those days that called for a little indulgence, and usually for me that means chocolate. But as always, I try to find ways to add a little health into everything I make, so although there is sugar, fat and chocolate chips in these, there are also whole grains, fiber and plenty of nutrients as well. This is also an example of how I interchange ingredients and how you can learn to do the same. Instead of the usual white sugar, I used half coconut nectar, which has a very low glycemic index (and won't affect blood sugar levels as drastically), is high in minerals, amino acids, and vitamins B and C. If you do not have or cannot find coconut nectar, you could easily substitute honey, maple syrup or agave nectar. Instead of butter, I used coconut oil, which although high in saturated fat, also helps control blood sugar levels, can increase your metabolism and helps your body absorb fat soluble vitamins. You could also use canola oil, peanut butter or almond butter, depending on your flavor preference. And as always, I used whole wheat flour and added in wheat germ and flax seed for an added nutritional boost. The result is an incredibly rich, slightly flaky and delicate treat that my whole family loved!!!
Preheat oven to 350F. In a small saucepan melt together the dark
chocolate and coconut oil and let cool slightly. In a large bowl, mix together the white sugar, coconut nectar, shredded coconut, eggs
and vanilla, and then add in the cooled melted chocolate mixture. Sift together the flour, flax
seed, wheat germ, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder and add to the wet
ingredients. Stir in the chocolate
chips. Bake for 18 minutes. Makes 18 donuts, or muffins.