I’m feeling a little bit obsessed at the moment about cake making but at the same time I need to lose a few pounds. So I have been keeping my eye out for sweet treats but using a healthy recipe that can also be good for me (and you).

One of my favourites, that I found last year (I think) on the website Dashing Dish, is Strawberry Shortcake Muffins. A super lovely healthy recipe for muffins. Now when you read that title you’re probably thinking  “well they hardly sound good for me!” Well wait until you read the recipe, you can also use seasonal, even foraged fruits you have stored, in them too.

Here is the recipe taken from Dashing Dish:

2.5 cups of rolled oats
1 cup of plain low fat greek yoghurt
2 eggs
0.5 cups of Stevia
1.5 tsp Baking powder
0.5 Baking soda
1.5 cups of Strawberries

I made a few little tweaks to this recipe to make it to my liking:

  • I use 1/3 cup of Stevia as I found the 0.5 cup too sweet for my tastes
  • I am a fan of eating fruit and vegetables that are in season so during the non-strawberry season (which is most of the year in the UK ) I use foraged elderberries that I have squirreled away in my freezer or blackberries which also reside in my freezer for such occasions. You can use any fruit in this recipe but isn’t it lovely to use foraged goodies in your home bakes.
  • You can also substitute the fruit for grated courgette or carrot. I have made a batch with homegrown courgettes and they were delicious. I even got the kids to eat them (they didn’t know courgette was in them!)

Here is a shot of my very first batch of Shortcake Muffins in my silicon tin ( which is a must for cooking with oats, they stick horribly to paper cases). They are superbly tasty, their texture is very different to muffins made with wheat flour but that adds to the enjoyment in my book.

I love sending my boys off to school with a healthy homemade bake in their lunch boxes. The boys love them which is wonderful and an extra bonus is i can enjoy a naught treat without feeling terribly guilty.

Oh, and for all you Mums and Dads out there whose little monkeys are a bit fussy with their veggies you can sneak some veggie goodness into these muffins and the kids will gobble them up. Just don’t tell them before hand what’s in them, wait until they tell you how awesome your muffins are!

I would love to receive your  healthy recipes for your favourite sweet treat bake that is also good for you . Please comment below.

Keep an eye out for more recipes as I bake my way through some more naughty but not recipes. Next on my list Sweet Potato Brownies!

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