Thursday, June 12, 2008

more random thoughts...

Well, nobody seems as impressed with the beer can garden as I was... It's a shame. I was hoping to lead a protest into Ft. Worth City Hall... complete with hippies singing peace chants.

Oh well.

yesterday was a very trying day... One of my brand new tires went flat, and my jack has gone missing, so AAA sent a guy to help me change it, but he didn't have the right tools, so he sent for a guy to tow me, but after 3 miles they had to charge me, so I told him to tow me to the nearest tire store, where they just put the spare on for me, but there were a whole bunch of people ther first, so I had to wait an hour. But he didn't charge me, so that's cool. Then I went to the store that sold me the tire, and they replaced it for free, and I went home and made muffins...

1 large can of mango puree (usually you have to find this at the nearest Indian market, but sometimes the Asian market will carry it.)
2 white cake mixes
a handful of dried cherries, chopped.

If you can find a small 15 ounce can of mango puree, use 1 cake mix, but the small cans are hard to find.

mix all the ingredients, (do NOT add the oil, eggs, etc to the cake mix)
bake in muffin tins, either sprayed with non stick spray or use cupcake papers... at 400 degrees for 22 to 25 minutes. 2 cake mixes will yield 24 muffins, 1 cake mix will yield 12...

because you don't use the oil or eggs, this is low fat and low cal (there are some calories & fat, but you're greatly reducing them) And they taste good...
This is one of my favorite recipes, because you can vary it and get creative... If you can't find mango puree, you can use any pureed fruit, either processed or fresh. You can also use any dried fruit (dates, raisins, cran-raisins) or nuts.

Try a 15 ounce can of pumpkin, and a devils food cake mix... that's good too.


  1. And you can bake too? I can't try the muffins-I would eat them all! I did give the recipe to my daughter.

  2. My mother is an excellent cook... and studied cooking.

    She made sure that I knew how to do everything, because she said there was nothing more annoying than a useless person.

    Consequently, I know how to do some really elaborate recipes, but I have no idea why I'd want to...

    I think of myself as an adequate cook, someone who won't starve, and I collect easy recipes that I can make fairly quickly, and are flexible.

  3. Love that idea...gonna try it right away! Especially since I have gone will be great with the fruit and nuts!

  4. P.S. Glad you got your tire prob fixed kinda sorta's so good when it is finally fixed and you can celebrate with some food!!!

  5. The recipe is interesting enough to actually try. I don't cook, but I love reading recipes for some reason, and this one sounds so simple I'll have to bite the bullet and give it a try.

  6. OK, I made some, and wanted to report back!

    First try was white cake mix with a can of guava puree...these came out too sticky and sweet...but consistance of brownies, which was good!!! I shared them with my Mom and cousin, who also love guava.

    Second try, I used a white cake mix and a 15 oz can of pumpkin, and added some cinnamon. Baked at 350 x 20 minutes and they came out perfect and delicious! I cut them opened and put butter on them, but I couldn't help it!!! What a quick and easy way to make a fat free muffin!

    Thanks so much for telling this secret recipe! I am now gonna try buying some really healthy cake mixes, with flaxseed, or whole grains and then adding the can of pumpkin, or maybe I will puree squashes (drained really well though).