Cherry Cupcakes and Dark Chocolate Granola

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Need some healthy, but delicious treats? On this week’s episode of The Scoop with Lea, you’ll not only get one recipe, but a BONUS one, too! Check out this video to hear how you can make healthy cherry cupcakes and dark chocolate granola for the whole family.
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Cherry Cupcakes

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Bake Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes

You Will Need

  • A large mixing bowl
  • A cupcake pan
  • Cupcake baking cups

Ingredients

  • 1 box (14.5 ounces) angel food cake mix
  • 1 can (22 ounces) cherry pie filling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line the cupcake pan with cupcake baking cups
  3. Mix together both ingredients
  4. Pour mixture into cupcake pan
  5. Bake cupcakes for 20-25 minutes

Tips 

  • For Valentine’s Day, use some of your mixture in a heart shaped pan and create a yummy heart cake for the family!
  • Use cool whip as a light, delicious topping for your cake or cupcakes!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Makes 24 cupcakes

  • 88 calories
  • 0 g fat
  • 185 mg sodium
  • 20 g carbohydrate
  • 2 g protein
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Dark Chocolate Granola

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Bake Time: 60 Minutes
Total Time: 70 Minutes

You Will Need

  • A baking sheet

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  2. In a large pan, heat oil and honey over low heat until blended
  3. Remove from heat and add cocoa and vanilla
  4. Stir in oats, walnuts, and puffed rice cereal
  5. Mix until cereal is coated
  6. Spread evenly into a parchment lined baking sheet
  7. Bake one hour until toasted, stirring every 20 minutes
  8. Once cooled, add cocoa baking chips and cranberries
  9. Store in an airtight container

Tips 

  • Add your granola to 1/4 cup of your favorite Greek yogurt!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Makes 28, 1/4 cup servings

  • 140 calories
  • 8 g fat
  • 7 mg sodium
  • 17 g carbohydrate
  • 2 g protein
  • 9 g sugar
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Lea Rice, RD, LDN, CDE

All recipes come from Lea Rice,
Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at Mahaska Health.