Bad Things Gone Good Week: A Healthy Twinkie (You heard me!)

Bad Things Gone Good Week: A Healthy Twinkie (You heard me!)

I tried to think of the worst possible thing I could make good when it came to our theme for this week: Bad Things Gone Good. Lots of foods came to mind. Things like hot dogs (I wasn’t going there), crumb cake (why bother making that healthy?) and french fries (Ceri beat me to the punch!) so I came up with the Twinkie. How wonderfully evil it is. Not that a Twinkie tastes bad. It’s actually delicious in all its processed yumminess. However, in the pecking order of treats that are healthy for your kids, this would be at the bottom. Sorry Hostess. You know I love you and your Ding Dongs. (I don’t like the way that sounds.)  My issue was how in the hell was I going to make a Twinkie healthy? Well, folks, I did. I was so friggin proud of myself I could barely contain my excitement. However, I got no gratitude for my family, especially my husband. This is a man who confessed to having had a Ho Ho a day ago (Is he 10?) and believes, like Texas, you don’t mess with Hostess. Scarlett had never had a Twinkie so she didn’t understand all my fuss. She just wanted to lick the bowl of the whip cream. 

I found numerous attempts on-line to replicate the infamous treat at home but none that tried to clean up its act in terms of healthiness. What I did learn from a few sites like www.joythebaker.com and www.canyoustayfordinner.com was a great alternative to a mini loaves baking pan that most people don’t have-a homemade version using foil and replicates the Twinkie tube shape. I used my mini-loaf pan from Loblaws but also made a foil pan for you to follow.

Cut a square of foil and grab a spice container.

Fold. Keep edges outside.

Spray with cooking spray.

I used a yellow cake recipe that I had to modify in order to remove the white floor and cut down on the butter and sugar. As a result, I lost the trademark “yellow” cake appearance of my Twinkie. For you Twinkie purists (I’m looking at you, honey!), get over it. At least you’re eating cake with whipped cream. A lot of other homemade recipes had marshmallow or sweeter middle concoctions but I decided to keep it simple. Whip cream is rich enough without other things added into it.

Homemade Healthy Twinkies

Cake

1 cup barley flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons applesauce
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup blue agave
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup 1% milk

Filling

1 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoons powdered sugar

Method

Put a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together flours, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.

Mix butter, sugar and agave in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture alternately with the milk in 3 batches, beginning and ending with the dry mix. Beat until just incorporated.

Spray pan or Twinkie foil pans with nonstick spray. If you’re making your own, you’ll need to create 8. Place them on a baking sheet. Pour batter into each, leaving a little room at the top.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before flipping onto a wire rack where they should continue to cool completely.

Use the pointy edge of a kitchen tool to poke three holes into cakes. Once inserted, wind the instrument around to burrow a tiny space for cream to sit. Be careful not to poke too far down and split the cake.

Place whip cream into pastry bag or ziplock bag with the corner snipped off (keep it small) and pipe cream into holes.

Like I said, my husband was lackluster about my  Twinkie version. However, he did say the cake tasted great. Scarlett loved it too. However, she didn’t need the cream piped in. She told me to just wipe it on top. I, on the otherhand, ate two in one shot and, unlike Twinkies, I could have cared less.

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