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DV Home Cooking: Westchester Resident Cooks Up Healthy Muffins

Rye resident Wendy Baruchowitz is all about cooking healthy.
Rye resident Wendy Baruchowitz is all about cooking healthy. Photo Credit: Submitted

RYE, N.Y. -- DV Home Cooking is a new series devoted to readers and their recipes. All we ask is that you're a home cook, not a professional chef. Got a favorite dish you want to share? Send it, along with the story behind it, to

Home Cook : Wendy Baruchowitz, Rye, NY

"Up until four years ago, I would rather order out then be in the kitchen. That all changed when, due to a serious health condition known as POTS  or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, I was forced to abandon my fast food and junk food diet and embrace one that is mainly organic, dairy and gluten free. I soon began to love to cook and to create recipes where I swap out dairy, gluten and processed sugar for ingredients I can tolerate and my kids love. This recipe is one I often prepare for my husband, kids and myself whenever that sweet tooth calls."

Recipe: Cacao Super Food Muffins


  • 2 Ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 Cups of applesauce
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp of cacao powder (or dark cocoa), hemp, flax and chia seeds
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 to 1 Cup of cacao nibs, dark chocolate chips, dried fruit or nut of your choice
  • 1-2  Tbsp sunflower nut butter (or any nut butter of your choice (almond, hazelnut, pecan, etc.)
  • 1 Cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp Coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 cup Gluten free flour (or whole wheat if you prefer)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp Agave nectar or maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl mash bananas. Add applesauce and eggs. Stir until well combined.
  • Add remainder of ingredients and mix well.
  • Spoon mixture into a pre-greased mini muffin tin (or silicone muffin holder), approximately 1/4 filled.
  • Place in preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until fully cooked (ovens vary depending on temperature so please check as cooking continues to avoid burning.)

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