As Thanksgiving (the US one:-) and Christmas are getting closer, I keep being drawn to spices, and all the flavors of that magical time of the year. This year is going to be a tough Thanksgiving for me because I’ll be leaving Atlanta, GA behind for the new adventure that is Boulder, CO. I have an inner group of friends that I know I’ll miss every hour, but I have to move on with my life, and I have to follow my heart. Boulder is calling me… I’ll be pursuing a master’s degree, at a university and a program that was (almost) created for me. Add snow, mountains, healthy green living, and I HAVE TO GO!
But, as I look around me now, I’m surrounded by love for the friends I’m going to leave behind. True friendships are hard to find, and they take time to develop, slowly, forged by the hottest fires…
I was feeling (and still am) a bit melancholic, and reminiscing on all the good times I’ve had in HOTlanta, the ATL, the belly button of the south, and nothing came to mind except my friends… and dinners with friends… and Thanksgivings, and Christmases with friends… and all that led to the creation of these new flavors of yummy, unbelievably delicious (almost) guilt free cupcakes, that I can share with my friends before the departure to greener (indeed) pastures:-)
ALL THE RECIPES ARE PALEO*!!!
First comes the
COCONUT RUM cupcakes
, which is such a surprise to the palate. Shaven coconut, infused with rum (essence! These are kid friendly cupcakes), and melting in your mouth… I’m telling you, I WAS SURPRISED at how great these turned out! I know I’m good, but these, WOW, are really really good.
DAIRY FREE (YES, not even heavy whipping cream!!!)!
There’s STEVIA instead of the SUGAR, and I did add about 10% sugar (the Turbinado, organic kind), just so you won’t taste the stevia. If you love these, but would like them without ANY SUGAR, well, let me know, and I’ll make you a batch of Wheat/Gluten/Dairy/Sugar FREE CUPCAKES!
I’m going to have a tasting at CrossFit North Atlanta, on Friday, 10/23, at the LUNCH WORK OUT, so BE THERE!!!
BRING ON THE CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE cupcakes!!!
These have been a hit since the days of the cakes… Yes, I admit, I started with cakes, and somehow I found my way into cupcakes. They’re so much cuter:-)
The Double Chocolate cupcake is just as insanely healthy as the Coconut Rum cupcake. But this one is for the Chocoholic, for the paleo dieter that cannot live without the hypnotic taste of cocoa, for the ladies at that time of the month when nothing else will do. One taste, and you’re SOLD for life!
DAIRY FREE (in this case, I mean dairy free from the Paleo perspective, where heavy whipping cream is considered a fat)!
If you have dairy allergies, I’d check first to make sure you can have these because they do include heavy whipping cream. There is another option, if you want them dairy free and sugar free fully, just let me know, and you’ll get them free of all dairy & sugar!
YUMMY! You can melt into this cupcake…
And for the third course, I HOPE YOU LEFT SOME ROOM for the
WHITE CHOCOLATE SPICE cupcakes!!!
How do I describe this cupcake??? Have you seen Ratatouille, and that scene where the critic takes the first taste of the ratatouille dish and is immediately transported into his mother’s kitchen, tasting this amazing dish, this comfort food dish, this food that heals??? Remember that one? WELL, these cupcakes do that! It tastes like Christmas morning, with the family around a big fire, and gifts, and joy, and everything is just right with the world. Yeah, I am a bit dramatic, but just wait till you taste these!!! You’ll start digging deep for the best adjective to describe these cupcakes…
With swirls of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, vanilla, and covered in a white chocolate syrup, you’ll be dreaming sweet dreams of cupcake fairies.
STEVIA & 10% turbinado organic sugar
This a cupcake for the soul.
WARNING!!! Eating one WHITE CHOCOLATE SPICE cupcake will elicit a FULL EMOTIONAL RESPONSE!
*PALEO diet, if you don’t know already, is what we humans have eaten for about 1 million years, before agriculture. So our bodies are still “stuck” in that kind of diet. The plow has indeed increased the harvest, and therefore provided food for more people, but, BUT, it has also diminished out health by bringing wheat, and other grains (whole or not), into our diet, which has lead to inflammation of tissues, congestion, thickening of the mucosa, among other things. Feel free (and I strongly recommend it) to inform yourself about the human digestive system, and the correct list of nutrients we need to sustain ourselves in a healthy body. Check out Paleofood.com, and CrossFit.com. educate yourself, so you CAN make the right choices for yourself and for your family. THANKS for your SUPPORT!