Chocolate has long been termed as a “bad guy” that may cause a number of health issues, including acne, obesity, tooth decay, hyperactivity and diabetes. Does this mean that our kids should stay away from chocolate? Of course not if we are talking about dark chocolate. It can still be part of your child’s diet if you allow him to consume it moderately on an occasion basis. For a healthier choice, choose dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa.
I have always wanted to share a chocolate recipe in this blog but have to KIV this idea till now. The reason is that chocolate causes heatiness* to my son. If he eats chocolate or anything that is made with chocolate, he will get a nose bleed thereafter.
[*In Chinese diet, heaty food refers to food that may trigger illness such as fever, sore throat, cough with sticky phlegm, nose bleeding, mouth ulcer etc..]
My son had just finished his school first term exams two weeks ago. It’s his first time having exams in Malaysia. As the local school curriculum is quite different from the one in Singapore, he has put a lot of efforts in his study especially Malay subject which he needs to learn from scratch. To reward his hard work, I made these steamed chocolate banana cupcakes as a little treat for him. At first, he was quite reluctant to try as he has a phobia towards chocolate. But then, he gathered up his courage to pick up one and walloped it almost instantly. Much to our surprise, he didn’t have a nose bleed!!
These steamed cupcakes contain less sugar, less flour and no milk. Oil is used instead of butter, and only two tablespoons! It’s surely a healthy treat that you can enjoy more without the guilt. Do not underestimate this steaming method in making cupcakes. It yields a texture that is as good as baking – soft and moist, and remains so for hours without having to re-steam. As for taste, it’s seriously good! Rich in chocolate flavour and packed with banana fragrance! I have received rave review from my mother-in-law, hubby and son.
For those mamas, readers and friends who love to make cupcakes but don’t have an oven, this is one recipe that you can try to show off your hidden talents and surprise your family. You can even use it as a “baking with kids” project for this coming school holiday. Have fun!
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