FEED A CHILD, NOURISH A MIND.
ON FEBRUARY 10, 2014, FOOD BLOGGERS ARE DONATING THEIR POSTS TO SUPPORT THE LUNCHBOX FUND.
WE ARE RAISING MONEY TO PROVIDE A DAILY MEAL TO 100 SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLCHILDREN FOR ONE YEAR.
Last year in The Giving Tables event, I shared a wonderfully delicious meal idea, “The Vegan Value Meal”, that emphasized the need for us to concentrate on healthy diets as well as inexpensive. This subject is dear to my heart. I am more and more concerned about the way advertisers and the food industry promote low nutritional food items for reduced income families. Fast food doesn’t have to be full of sugars and empty carbs if we educate what foods are really best for our health.
This year, The Giving Table has partnered with The Lunchbox Fund in a new campaign to feed 100 needy children in South Africa. Their goal is to provide 1 meal, each day to 100 children while feeding their minds about nutrition as well. To support this effort, I’m sharing a lunchbox idea of my own which features these lovely, easy, inexpensive and nutritious peanut butter cupcakes. They are actually so packed with good flavor as well as good ingredients that they are the main dish for my ‘lunchbox’ meal. They have more nutrients than 95% of most meat sandwiches and add a Valentine’s Day chocolate packed punch to any child’s lunchbox. No flour and a healthy dose of flax seed, they have a hidden agenda behind the cocoa flavors and fun chips. Two of these cup cakes with a side of veggies make up a perfectly fun-filled Valentine’s Day lunch for your girl or boy. Check it out: Nutritious Flax Muffins disguised as Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cupcakes!
Non-dairy, Vegan, No-flour, Low sugar and inexpensively easy to make; I do love these cupcakes as much as I love helping to feed and educate children on the importance of filling your soul with good tasting, good for you, cruelty free foods.
Are there any flavors better matched than chocolate and peanut butter?
- 4 Pitted Dates, soaked in the Almond Milk
- 2/3 Cups Sweetened Almond Milk ( I used chocolate flavored but vanilla would work fine)
- 1 Very ripe Banana, mashed
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 2 Tbs. Olive Oil
- 1/2 Cup Silken Tofu
- 1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seed
- 1/2 Cup Non-Alkaline Cocoa Powder
- 2 Tbs. Turbinado Sugar
- 1 Tbs. Baking Powder
- About 1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter mixed with 1/2 tsp Stevia powder
- 1/4 Cup Non-Dairy Chocolate Chips
- Place your dates in with the Almond Milk to soak about 15 minutes.
- Add banana, vanilla, oil and tofu in with the softened dates and milk. Blend in a blender until smooth.
- In a medium size bowl, mix together ground Flax, Cocoa, Sugar and Baking Powder.
- Combine your blended wet ingredients in with the dry mix. The dough will be thicker than most cake batters.
- Warm your peanut butter in a hot water bath or microwave so that it is slightly liquified.
- For cupcakes, fill lined cupcake tins half way with batter. Push the batter down into each space with the back of a spoon to smooth out the surface some. Drizzle about a teaspoon of peanut butter into the center of each cupcake (see pics below) Use the remaining batter to fill the tins to the top. Push a few chocolate chips on top of the batter for each cupcake. Drizzle any remaining peanut butter on top of each cake for more flavor.
- Bake cupcakes @325 for 20 minutes. The flax seed flour will act a lot like a pudding cake and the peanut butter insides make for a soft center to each cake. The outer edges should not be over cooked though. Cakes will firm up as they cool so if the outer edges spring back when lightly touched, they're done. Dust tops with cocoa powder.
- Store sealed for a few days. Serve warmed.
A perfectly packed lunch for a special Valentine’s Day ‘healthy’ lunch box ♥
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- 65% of all South African children live in poverty. Receiving food encourages these children to stay in school and obtain their education.
- Nearly 20% of all children in South Africa are orphans, with approximately 1.9 Million of those children orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS.
- Lack of food can diminish concentration, erode willpower, and strip away a child’s potential. Compound that with prevalence of HIV/AIDS or the trauma of losing parents and loved ones, without food, a child’s attendance and performance at school is severely jeopardized.
- The Lunchbox Fund identifies schools or forms partnerships with locally based NGOs or community organizations in order to evaluate and identify schools. It funds distributors to buy and deliver food, monitor the feeding scheme, implement a Project Manager, and deliver reports back to them for evaluation.
- Find out how you can help………
The Giving Table
The Lunchbox Fund
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