Firstly, I’ll say this is not an attack on Kidspot – a couple of their writers are great and some of the content… while I’m not a parent blog or family writer per say, the fact that I have a child and generally feel quite justice driven towards the next generation and future of our planet (who me?), then yes, I will write about parenting issues related to my topics of interest when it fits, of course. So when I see this recipe in a mainstream publication, I get sad.
Have a quick look at this recipe link that the lovely Heather a reader of mine shared in shock the other day.
Or, if you can’t bring yourself to clicking through, here’s the abridged in pictures. .
What a most excellent example of what NOT to do. The ’2 ingredients’ in this recipe, which consists of a can of coke and a packet of chocolate cake mix are actually many ingredients, none of which need to be in little bodies or big ones for that matter. The argument in the comments is that they’re a ‘treat’, not an every day food. Isn’t the very definition of treat in need of a massive overhaul? Why ‘treat’ ourselves to additives, preservatives, GM sugar, chemicals and fake salt? How are they treats? It makes no sense any which way you try and look at it. This is the kind of recipe that makes me think about responsibilities and ethics in publishing. If something is all kinds of wrong then why is it being promoted? As a ‘best recipes’ recipe, no less. Let’s get one thing straight right now. To treat yourself, you’re worth 100% natural, rich and luscious chocolate cupcakes when you ‘go there’. Check out my thoughts on redefining treats if you’ve got a minute by clicking here.
If you’ve not tried my chocolate cupcake adaptation from a Jude Blereau recipe, they are DEE licious and while they’re a few ingredients, they’re very easy, stir-only to make and our bodies see those ingredients coming and say ‘hey guys, thanks for coming. we could really use your awesomeness’. Here’s that recipe HERE. Now THAT is a treat and I bet you all have a few delicious go to recipes yourselves from talented wholefood bakers out there that you already love too.
People who’ve read my pieces for a while will know that I never intend to judge people’s ways of doing stuff. Once we’re presented with undeniable logic regarding a better, safer and even more delicious way of doing things?? Well, It’s what we DO when we know what we know, so let’s DO it right.
If you want to share a story or inspiration for making any transitions into healthy baking, you just might help someone who’s thinking about making some changes.
The difference in a child’s behaviour between these two different recipes or similar comparisons, is all the proof we need to know that whole and real food baking is the absolute best option.
Real Food. Happy Bodies and please share this if you fancy reaching out to anyone who might not be thinking about what’s in stuff yet. We shouldn’t be niche cooks. These ingredients shouldn’t be considered weird. We should be the norm.