Today we got a taste of spring sunshine and I was really in the mood for a picnic. Sadly it was still too cold to actually sit outside so my daughters and I had an indoor tea party with all of their little Russian dolls and these yummy chocolate zucchini cupcakes.
The best part of zucchini cupcakes ( besides being delicious) is of course getting a little extra veggies in the kiddos diet without a fuss. Luckily my kids love veggies but even they can be stubborn about eating sometimes. These are lightly sweet and oh so yummy and the frosting has a hint of salty bacon in it making them a little extra special.
What you need
1 medium-large zucchini
1/2 c coconut oil
1/2 c honey
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 c cocoa powder
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
4 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp honey
1 heaping tablespoon of bacon grease ( you can use chopped cooked bacon for ‘sprinkles’!)
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tbsp corn starch
A few drops of water as needed
How to make it
Preheat oven to 350
in one bowl mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder & soda and salt together and set aside
Grate zucchini finely
in a bowl mix zucchini, eggs and honey
Melt coconut oil
Add coconut oil to dry ingredients and mix well
add zucchini mixture to flour mixture and mix well
add batter to a greased muffin tin
reduce oven to 300 and bake for 15 minutes or until done
In a kitchen aid or in a bowl with a mixer whisk together cocoa powder and corn starch until fully blended
add coconut oil and honey slowly and whisk in
whisk in bacon grease
add a few drops of water if needed until consistency is like frosting
Place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes
(coconut oil may clump together once cooled, just whisk again to blend or not if you don’t care )
Last night was grocery day ( thank goodness!) and I was finally able to make something that wasn’t “experimental” . I have been wanting to try to make whole wheat samosas for a long time and I finally figured out a recipe that worked. It took some trial and error and one really gross sauce to come up with this absolutely delicious recipe. You know something is good when your child is completely silent while eating…and then she licks the plate.
This recipe is a little time consuming but if you want to make it go a bit quicker you can use prepackaged pastry dough. I was feeling excited to have a fridge full of food again and since it was the weekend I decided to go the hard route. It takes around an hour prep/cooking time altogether or if you are like me and you have kids who want snacks every 3 minutes it takes around 3 hours.
These samosas are baked not fried so they are not as greasy but just as flaky and delicious! You can fry these up if you like, I suggest using coconut oil.
I love coconut, not just for its flavor but for its amazing healing properties. It is cold and flu season and with everyone just getting over being sick I have been trying to add coconut oil to all of our foods to help boost our immune system.
Sunday morning I was craving a warm , sweet and filling breakfast but when I opened the cabinets I realized I forgot to buy whole wheat flour at the grocery store so pancakes and waffles were out of the question. We did however have some cornmeal and coconut milk and I decided to experiment a bit and see what happens.
These corn cakes were a hit with my family and after eating breakfast everyone was energized and ready to get some projects we have been putting off done. Perhaps the coconut oil and milk gave us an energy boost or perhaps it was just having a belly full of good food.Either way these corn cakes are a much healthier alternative to pancakes drowned in syrup and are a nice fresh and exotic twist to an ordinary breakfast. Enjoy!
I love sweet treats but I hate sugar, a real dilemma I know. It isn’t that I think sugar is terrible to eat, it’s that I know if I do eat it I will have to share with my daughter and one bite of sugar in her system and she’s bouncing off the walls for days. Today my chocolate craving hit HARD and I needed a sweet treat to get me through.
I found a few sugar-free chocolate recipes on pinterest but I wanted something more than just chocolate. I thought it would be fun to add a surprise inside chocolate peanut butter treats and my daughter agreed it was an awesome idea. I had sunflower seeds, raisins, dried cranberries, frozen banana and apple slices on hand and some cute mini cupcake liners to make this fun recipe.
This is a great late night sugar craving snack, a good treat to reward a kiddo or a fun treat for a picnic or party. Let me know what you think and show me your results!