Almond Meal: Almond Meal is just ground up almonds. The great thing about buying almond meal as compared to making it yourself is that when you grind almonds in your food processor you usually end up with something closer to almond butter. I have a suspicion that the almond manufacturers add extra almond skins to the almond meal because they have so many left over from the blanched almonds.
The cupcakes that we serve our kids at birthday parties are just empty calories wrapped around white sugar, white flour and lots of fat. So many of our food choices are just bad habits that we repeat year after year without ever stopping to think. These tendencies and practices are handed down from one generation to the next, as we can all understand. The great thing is that at some point in life young kids don't know the difference between a healthy cupcake or an unhealthy cupcake. Try serving them a healthy cupcake and see if they like it.