Being a dessert lover while being into clean eating is no easy task. You either have to practise an enormous amount of self-restraint and wait until your designated cheat days or, yes, you guessed it right, cheat on your diet to satiate those cravings. And giving up on desserts altogether is not an option at all. What if we said we know a way to make your lives easier? Of course, the credit for this genius hack goes to nutritionist par excellence Pooja Makhija for assuring us that we can indulge our sweet tooth while eating healthy.
In an Instagram Reel, Pooja Makhija teaches us to make something that would almost seem like an impossible oxymoron until we see how appetising she makes them look. Guilt-free cupcakes! Her promise? “Cupcakes that you’ll be happy to feed your kids and yourself daily! Gluten-free, vegan, no added sugar, antioxidant and good fat rich and delicious!” Sounds too good to be true, right? Wait till you find out how easy it is to make as well.
To make a batch of six cupcakes, all you would need are one cup of rolled oats, one tablespoon of peanut butter powder, four dates, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, around 400 grams of coconut yogurt, a quarter teaspoon of organic stevia, and your favourite fruits.
The recipe? A cakewalk (pun intended).
Mix the rolled oats, cinnamon, chocolate peanut butter powder, and pureed dates with some water to make a thick, crunchy, pasty cupcake base. Now, evenly distribute this mixture in your cupcake liners so the cupcakes have a tight, strong base. Then mix your coconut yogurt with a dash of stevia powder and layer your cupcake bases with a thick creamy layer with the yogurt.
Chop up your favourite fruits and top the cupcakes off with pieces of fruit. Pooja’s topping has seasonal peaches, cherries, and pumpkin seeds. Now, put your cupcakes into the freezer for around two to three hours, and, voila, you have a set of six, gluten-free, vegan cupcakes with no added sugar and oodles of antioxidants and good fat richness. Awesome, right? All thanks to none other than Pooja Makhija.
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Will you be trying out Pooja Makhija’s cupcakes? Let us know how they were.