Today I am excited to share a healthier vanilla cupcake recipe that makes a fabulous lunch box treat.
Those of you with school aged children or kids in child care will probably understand when I say I am slightly freaking out about school lunchboxes. Now that Bear and Bee have started full time school I need to fill lunchboxes 5 days a week for 40 something weeks each year. Which means 10 lunchboxes a week for the girls plus my lunches for 4 days and hubby’s lunches for 5 days. I thought I was prepared for this but now I am just not so sure.
To help with my mild anxiety over this, I have developed a weekly menu plan for our lunchboxes and we have been trying out new recipes for foods to include. I started with homemade lunch box treats – that is healthier versions of snacks our family already likes, such as cupcakes and cakes, and next will move onto homemade versions of the kids favourite store-bought treats, like muesli bars and homemade fruit cereal bars.
Related: Check out these healthier fructose free chocolate muesli bars.
First up, I decided to tackle cupcakes. After being inspired by all the delicious recipes on The Healthy Chef site I adapted Teresa’s recipe for Lemon Yoghurt Cupcakes to make a nut free, vanilla version. At this stage the girls’ school isn’t nut free but many schools in our area are and this may change at our school in the future.
Healthy Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe
A few hints and tips to start.
This is a great recipe to cook with kids as no electric mixer is needed. This does mean the cupcakes are a little heavier in texture than regular cupcakes but they aren’t as dense as muffins.
If you individually wrap the baked cupcakes in plastic wrap you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge for future lunches.
These cupcakes are most definitely delicious as is, however Bear and Bee couldn’t stand to see them plain and needed to decorate them with a little icing. So now our healthier cupcakes aren’t quite as healthy anymore!
For even more inspiration check out this great big collection of homemade lunch box treats.
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