I believe that "knowledge is power," so when I gross you out with ingredients and facts about food, I'm just trying to bring awareness to you and your family so we can all become healthier together. When I was younger, I was NEVER concerned about what I put into my body, but now that I feel so good, I want everyone to realize you can get out of the "brain fog" and increase energy through eating the right foods. Foods devoid of sugar, corn syrup, white flour/wheat, TRAN-FAT, food dyes... all of which rob us of health and energy. Am I saying you can't have "treats"? NO, but stay away from this junk... The ingredients are listed in order of the highest percentage of contents to lowest, and in Little Debbie Zebra Cakes, the first 2 are sugars!
Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1]Riboflavin [Vitamin B2]Folic Acid)Water, Interesterified Palm and Palm Kernel Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil with TBHQ to Preserve Flavor, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Egg Whites, Emulsifiers (Mono - and Diglycerides, Sorbitan Monostearate, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Propylene Glycol Monostearate, Polysorbate 60, Polysorbate 80, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids)Whey (Milk)Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate)Corn Starch, Salt, Cocoa, Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness)Colors (Titanium Dioxide, Turmeric, Annatto Extract)Natural and Artificial Flavors.
HEALTHIFIED ZEBRA CAKES:
1/2 cup coconut flour (125 mL)
1/2 cup granulated erythritol (125 mL)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (60 mL)
1/4 tsp baking soda (1 mL)
1/4 tsp Celtic® sea salt (1 mL)
1/2 cup coconut oil, OR butter, (125 mL)
1 tbsp vanilla extract (15 mL)
1 tsp Stevia glycerite (5 mL)
1 cup whipping cream (250 mL)
1 tsp Stevia glycerite, OR to taste (5 mL)
8 oz cream cheese, softened (250 mL)
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (60 mL)
1 tsp Stevia glycerite (5 mL)
3 tbsp granulated erythritol (45 mL)
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped (60 g)
3 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk (45 mL)
1 tsp vanilla extract (5 mL)
1/4 tsp Stevia glycerite (1 mL)
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). In medium-sized bowl, sift together coconut flour, erythritol, cocoa, if using, baking soda and salt. In small bowl, beat eggs and stir in coconut oil, OR butter, vanilla extract and Stevia glycerite.
Slowly add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until very smooth (If you let the batter sit, it will thicken up a lot! Stir again just before pouring). Grease a muffin pan and fill about 1/3 of the way with batter (don't overfill; we want a shorter cupcake). Bake 13 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven. Once cool, cut each cupcake in half.
Filling: While the cupcakes are baking, whip the whipping cream and add a few drops of Stevia glycerite to sweeten. Once the cakes are cooled and cut, fill the middle with 2 tbsp (30 mL) of sweet whipping cream. Put two halves together (like a sandwich) and freeze for at least 2 hours.
Frosting: In medium bowl, mix cream cheese, vanilla almond milk and Stevia glycerite and sweeten to taste (warm frosting will work better for dipping – microwave briefly). Dip the frozen cakes in the warm frosting to completely cover the cakes. Place back in freezer until set.
Chocolate Stripes: Place granulated erythritol in a food processor or coffee grinder and blend until finely powdered. In double boiler or microwave safe bowl, place chopped chocolate and almond milk. Heat and stir until smooth. Mix in powdered erythritol, vanilla extract and Stevia glycerite until smooth. Use to make stripes on the cakes (use a teaspoon to gently drizzle over each cake).
Helpful Hint: *For an easy option: Melt a ChocoPerfection bar with 3 tbsp (45 mL) vanilla almond milk.
Nutritional Comparison (per 2 cakes):
Little Debbie Zebra Cakes = 330 calories, 47 g carbs, trace fiber
This recipe as well as many other awesome kid ideas are found in the cookbook: LOW CARBING AMOUNG FRIENDS. amongfriends.us
Low-Carbing Among Friends is a revolutionary cookbook in several ways. First of all it is a low-carb cookbook with a difference – it is also gluten-free. Second of all it is collaboration between 5 talented and innovative authors and 6 other very famous people in the low-carb world. Thirdly, the cookbook is comprised of 5 mini-cookbooks of at least 60 recipes each, showcasing the unique talents and recipes of each author, bringing an exciting new cookbook as never seen before to the low-carb world. In addition, 6 famous people round out the team of 11, and contribute their ideas, making this an even more value-added book.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per 2 cakes)
Little Debbie = 330 calories, 47 carbs, trace fiber
"Healthified" Cake = 277 calories, 7 carbs, 4g fiber