A Valentine’s Day Treat

Saint Valentine’s day is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, greeting cards and sweets. In the past few years I have also celebrated Valentine’s day by showing my appreciation to close friends and family. This time I decided to include a few special readers. I ran some basic stats from the blog and picked the top 5 most active readers (readers that posted the most comments) on the blog. Thankfully they are all good friends and live locally so I was able to make them a treat.

Chocolate Cupcakes was my treat of choice! I found this recipe on Elena’s Pantry website. I love that website and can’t wait to get a copy of her book!!

Ingredients:
¼ cup coconut flour
¼ cup cacao powder
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
¼ cup grape seed oil
½ cup agave nectar

Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine coconut flour, cacao powder, salt and baking soda.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, oil and agave.
Blend dry ingredients into wet ingredients thoroughly. This will also serve as an arm workout!
Line a cupcake tin with paper liners and scoop a scant ¼ cup into each.
Bake at 375° for 20-22 minutes.

Makes about 7-9 cupcakes. For frosting I just used store-bought sugar-free chocolate frosting.

Hope you guys enjoyed it! Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine’s day!

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Yesterday I baked the first batch of the Pumpkin cupcakes that I will be giving out. These cupcakes are Paleo friendly made with Almond flour, raw honey, organic eggs and grass-fed butter, topped with sugar-free vanilla frosting. And the best part is that they came out delicious!

Again, here’s the recipe I used…

1½ cups almond flour
3/4 cup canned pumpkin (or cook and purée pumpkin yourself)
3 large eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup raw honey (optional)
2 tsp grass-fed butter

Instructions
1.Preheat oven to 350℉.
2.Coat 6 muffin tins with coconut oil (or use paper muffin cups and add 1/2 tsp melted coconut oil to batter).
3.Mix all ingredients and pour evenly into tins.
4.Bake for 25 minutes on the middle rack.


Decorated cupcakes….

And in their boxes ready to give…

Please come back and post a comment on how you liked them! 🙂