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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Chocolate Kind of Day..

Hello All! So I have been having a horrible chocolate craving all day! on days like today, most people who eat the paleo way have a difficult time sticking to the diet. Especially if you read all the ingredients in chocolate chips for example. There is cane sugar, traces of soy, milk. Nothing good... may taste good but just knowing the damage it does to your body makes it hardly worth it! I developed some absolutely delicious paleo chocolate cupcakes with incredible frosting!
Chocolate Cake
2 cups Almond Flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup coconut nectar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Frosting
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut nectar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 ripe avocados

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. and line cupcake pan with papers. Combine almond flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda. In seperate bowl, combine coconut nectar, vanilla, eggs and mix. slowly mix together wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop batter into cupcake papers and bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool In a medium sized bowl, slice avocado, remove pit and scoop all into bowl. I find using a spoon works best for mashing avocado until completely smooth. Add vanilla, cocoa powder, salt and mix slowly. refrigerate until cupcakes are completely cooled. add as much frosting to cupcakes as you desire. Spoon on some, pipe it on to look pretty or smear it in with a knife! Store in refrigerator.

The fun thing about using avocados with chocolate is a few things: taste like a cross between a fudge and a pudding. And the longer you avocados out they turn brown because of air exposure. When you add the cocoa powder, yes they still get brown but it will look like dark chocolate! Everything is good in moderation so just because this recipe is paleo, doesn't mean you can stuff your face and eat all of the cupcakes in 1 sitting!
Tip: if you do not have access to coconut nectar and only can find coconut palm sugar, that is fine. Use the same measurements just add 1/4 Cup of almond milk to make the batter a cake consistancy!

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