8/01/2011

Grain Free Delicious!

We've been grain free here since May. This post is not to share why, although I will eventually, but to share one FABULOUS recipe that will make you so delighted!

These are grain free cupcakes. The original recipe is for a nut butter muffin, and then for chocolate avocado pudding. Since I am the way I am, and can't leave anything as it is, I changed everything up a bit and made these tasty cupcakes.

I honestly can't remember where the recipes came from, so if you are reading this and it is your recipe, please leave a comment!!

Ok, so moving right along...

One thing I will say before I share the recipes is that nut butter is expensive. We generally don't use peanut butter here because of a couple family members being sensitive, and because most peanut butters contain aflatoxins, a type of toxic mold. Instead, we use almond butter or sunflower seed butter, both raw if we can find them. For us, they are healthier choices, and the extra cost is worth it.

(you can read more on this here and find healthy peanut butter here)

So are you ready? Drumroll please...

Nut Butter Cupcakes
(you can use half of the sweetner and they can just be nice, neutral muffins)
1 jar nut butter
1/2 C raw honey
3 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
2T raw apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

That's all! 
Yep, that's all the ingredients! I was totally amazed the first time I made these!

Method:
Combine all ingredients except for the vinegar and mix well. You can use a whisk and some elbow grease or an electric mixer. Add vinegar or lemon juice and mix well, then pour into muffin cups or greased muffin pan. This makes 12 good sized muffins. Almond butter makes poofier muffins than peanut butter, not sure why.
Bake at 350 for around 15 min. They are done when a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool completely and then frost with...

Chocolate Avocado Frosting

2 ripe avocados
1/2 C raw honey
1/2 C organic cocoa powder
2 T fat (coconut oil or butter, melted)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Add ingredients to food processor and blend. I ended up adding a tad extra cocoa (maybe 1/4 C?) because it still tasted a bit avocado-y to me. This is super thick and is very satisfying because of the fatty avocados.

Personally, I stored these in the refrigerator. Nut butter can go rancid, and we've all seen what avocados to when exposed to air for any period of time. I just put them in an airtight container and they were fine and just as tasty right out of the fridge. Of course there weren't many left to refrigerate after my kids realized how yummy they were!

If you make this, please comment and let me know how you liked it, or if you changed it up at all!

6 readers took time to leave a thought:

12arrows August 1, 2011 at 10:33 PM  

Very convicted lately to change some of our eating patterns and not sure where to start exactly! This is a GREAT way to introduce some the things I want to implement without SCARING my family to much! :) Maybe they will be a little more willing to try things! OR maybe I won't tell them until AFTER they eat it and then let them know! ;0 Thank you!

Christine August 3, 2011 at 11:11 AM  

Yum! These sound great! And we love almond butter too. :)

Jill August 3, 2011 at 2:32 PM  

what a great picture of AVA! sounds yummy yummy!!

SimplytoDelight August 6, 2011 at 5:40 PM  

These look absolutely amazing!! We went grain free at the beginning of the year. I'm excited to read why you guys went grain free. I do have a question for you - would you specific the size of nut butter? Thank you!!!
Elizabeth

Anonymous August 11, 2011 at 3:09 AM  

It is always interesting to see how other people address food issues. We are different, but the same :). We expect our children to try everything at the table. If they don't like it, they don't have to eat it. There is always something that they like on the table. We (90% of the time) eat whole and nutritious food, so I don't panic if they don't LOVE everything, but their tastebuds are always changing so I think it is important to always try, try and try some more!

Shaina February 1, 2012 at 9:36 PM  

These look great! Just wondering what size nut butter? I'm assuming maybe 16oz? Also, do you have any suggestions on how to make these chocolate? Thanks!

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