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Healthier Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin

2 Oct

Healthier Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin

2 Oct

What kid doesn’t like chocolate cake?  Ok, there are a few exceptions.  This is a cake you can make them and not feel as guilty.  It is so easy, just two ingredients.  Yes! You heard right just two ingredients and here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box any flavor chocolate cake mix
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin – I actually use two cans and a 2-cup liquid measuring cup and scoop out 16 oz.

All you do is mix the cake mix and the pumpkin together, spread mix into a greased and floured cake pan, follow the directions on the cake mix for oven temperature and bake time.  I like to use Pam for baking, much easier and  I don’t have to get my hands all greasy.

This cake is very moist, it doesn’t raise as high as a regular cake but my kids love it.  It is also low fat and has all the added benefits of pure pumpkin.  1 can Libby’s Pumpkin is as follows.

  • Vitamin A: 300%
  • Vitamin C: 2%
  • Calcium: 2%
  • Iron 4%

I followed this last time with cream cheese frosting, but you don’t even really need frosting.  My kids will eat it either way.  The best part is it doesn’t taste like it is low-fat!

Puppy Chow

27 Mar

I know this is not a new recipe, or necessarily a healthy one, but most kids will love this. The first time I made this, my husband had never heard of it. My mother-in-law makes kind of an opposite version of this called “White Trash”, and it is also very good. I will have to get that recipe from her and post it.

Pour cereal into large bowl.  Set aside.  Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in microwave.  Stir until smooth.  Stir in vanilla.  Pour chocolate mixture over cereal, stirring until all pieces are evenly coated.  Pour mixture into a large resealable bag with powdered sugar.  Seal securely and shake until all pieces are well coated.

 

This makes a great party mix.