Recipe: Chocolate Chip Muffins with Cashews & Amaz!n Prunes // Healthy Snacking with Sunsweet

January 27, 2015


Chocolate Chip Muffin // livelovesimple.com

Chocolate Chip Muffin // livelovesimple.com

I didn’t talk a lot about resolutions when the year changed over. Resolutions are so easy to make but so difficult to maintain. Instead of making a bunch of promises to myself that I might never keep, this year I’ve simply resolved to: do better.

The truth is that I know where I fall short. I’ve made incredible lifestyle changes in my lifetime and positive change always comes from acknowledging my weaknesses and working hard to do better. In 2015, I aim to do better by:

  • focusing less on what I want and being more grateful for what I have;
  • making smarter snacking choices;
  • and being more active/getting outdoors every day that weather permits.

Today, I’m teaming up with Sunsweet to talk about one of our favourite healthy snack choices — prunes! Prunes have gotten such a bad rap over the years as being boring, but really they’re a deliciously tasty and uniquely nutritious fruit. Dried plums (prunes) contain so many heart-healthy and bone-healthy nutrients, like: vitamin K, potassium, copper and boron. And everybody knows that prunes contain a lot of fiber which is great for digestive health — so important for growing little ones and mamas, too!

We have a few favourite prune/plum snacks. I love to pour a big splash of PlumSmart Light Juice into our morning smoothies.

My go-to snacks when my sweet tooth kicks in are Amaz!n Prunes. They have a low glycemic index, which means they keep you feeling fuller longer — pretty much the best thing ever for my ever-hungry, pregnant self.

Roman loves the little Amaz!n Diced Prunes. They remind me of raisins, but sweeter and juicier. I toss them in cereal & salads. I also love to add them to my favourite recipes for added flavor & nutrition. Here is a quick & easy recipe for our family’s beloved chocolate chip muffins!

Chocolate Chip Muffin // livelovesimple.com

Ingredients
19 ounce package of vanilla cake mix (I use this kind)
3 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
small handful raw cashews
small handful semi-sweet chocolate chips
small handful Sunsweet Diced Plum Amaz!ns
12-18 cupcake liners

Directions
Add all of your ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix until everything is evenly blended. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. Spoon mixture into cupcake liners, leaving about 1/2 an inch empty at the top of each one. Bake for 19-21 minutes. Remove from tin for cooling. Remove muffins from cupcake liners, serve & enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Muffin // livelovesimple.com

Chocolate Chip Muffin // livelovesimple.com

Chocolate Chip Muffin // livelovesimple.com

Chocolate Chip Muffin // livelovesimple.com

These muffins are a perfect treat for a family snack. They’re super easy to make & I love that they incorporate some healthy elements like cashews & prunes. Thank you to Sunsweet for sponsoring this post and to you for supporting the sponsors that help to make my blog possible.


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