Chocolate And Banana Cupcakes (low fat)

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About five years ago I was almost five stone (70lbs) heavier than I am now. As I couldn’t afford to join a gym or go to classes, I followed recipes from Rosemary Conley magazines, did Davina DVDs, and ran up the hill to the school, with a toddler on a buggy board.

Well, my husband wasn’t really committed to loosing the 6 stone he needed to back then. But he is now. It might have something to do with me waking him up on the 2nd of January with the words “this is the first day of the rest of your life”, or maybe he’s just motivated by the results he’s seeing. Anyway, my point being…I dug out all my old RC magazines a couple of weeks ago, pulling out all the recipes I hadn’t been following recently. I came across this one for (as it is officially named) Chocolate Teacakes.

They are very moist and delicious. And for the calorie conscious amongst us grown-ups, they only have 110 calories per cake (and 1.9g fat) including the chocolate topping! But the best thing about them, apart from the taste, is that they are so easy to make. If you’re not into low fat spreads, you could use a normal margarine or softened butter. I’m sure the results would be very similar.

Chocolate And Banana Cupcakes
Makes 12
100g plain flour
25g cocoa powder
2 tsps baking powder
120g Flora Extra Light (or any soft spread)
120g caster sugar
120g mashed banana
2 eggs, beaten
Grated chocolate, to garnish
for the topping
4 tbsps icing sugar
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
Few drops Vanilla extract
A tiny bit of boiling water, from the kettle.

1 Preheat the oven to 150c, 300f, Gas 2
2 Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a bowl.
3 Cream together the margarine, caster sugar and mashed banana in a large bowl, then gradually mix in the eggs.
4 Stir in the flour mixture, then spoon the mixture into paper cases.
5 bake in the oven for about 35 minutes until well risen, and a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.
6 Mix together the topping ingredients, make a smooth but not runny mixture with the boiling water (a tiny bit!). When the cakes are cool, add a blob of topping, and grate a little chocolate over each one.

Pop them in lunch boxes, picnics…or enjoy,as I did, over coffee with bookgroup girlfriends, as part of a guilt-free treat.

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