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HG's Death by Chocolate Cupcakes
HG's Death by Chocolate Cupcakes

To Die For!
The brand-new HG cookbook, Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World, hits stores TODAY. To celebrate, we're featuring one of our favorite new recipes from it. You'll FLIP for these super-chocolatey fluffy things...

Ingredients:
2 cups moist-style chocolate cake mix (half of an 18.25-oz. box)
Two 25-calorie packets diet hot cocoa mix
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
2 tbsp. semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1 tsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1/8 tsp. salt

Directions:
Place chocolate chips and the contents of both cocoa packets in a tall glass. Add 12 ounces of boiling water, and stir until chips and cocoa mix have dissolved. Place glass in the freezer to chill for 25 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Once cocoa has chilled, give it a stir, and mix with all other ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whip batter with a whisk or fork for 2 minutes. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray, or line it with baking cups. Evenly spoon batter (which will be thin, but don't worry, your cupcakes will puff up!) into the pan. Place pan in the oven, and bake for 15 minutes. Cupcakes will look shiny when done. MAKES 12 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1 cupcake
Calories: 108
Fat: 2.5g
Sodium: 239mg
Carbs: 19g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 12g
Protein: 2g

PointsPlus® value 3*

Plain Chocolate Cupcake, Average
Plain Chocolate Cupcake, Average

Cake Mistake
The average unfrosted chocolate cupcake isn't astronomically high in calories. After all, it isn't enormous, slathered with frosting, or covered with crazy toppings. But even a single (naked) chocolate cupcake has an average of over 200 calories and fat grams in the double digits. Not exactly a calorie bargain, if you ask us! And FYI, if you felt like splurging and ordered the Triple Chocolate Cupcake at Starbucks, you'd swallow a ridiculous 360 calories and TWENTY grams of fat. Why do it, when you can have one of HG's choco-licious cupcakes for a mere 108 calories and two and a half fat grams? Three cheers for HG's Death by Chocolate Cupcakes (and our groovy new book)!

Serving Size: 1 cupcake
Calories: 203
Fat: 10g
Sodium: 154mg
Carbs: 27g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 17g
Protein: 3g

PointsPlus® value 6*

CHEW ON THIS:
Today, April 29th, is National Shrimp Scampi Day. An average order of the stuff includes a pile of spaghetti and contains 600 - 800 calories plus dozens of fat grams. You're definitely better off with a nice shrimp cocktail!
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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.