By Kirsty Underwood
I’m not afraid to say these cupcakes are SENSATIONAL. They’re gluten and refined sugar free, and great for school lunchboxes. They freeze well without the ganache and have been tried, tested and loved by kids aged 7 - 40 ;)
4 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup water
300g eggs weighed in their shells (about 4-5 depending on the size)
150g coconut sugar
120g butter at room temperature (ideally organic, grass fed)
100g almond meal
30g cacao powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp bicarb of soda
Pinch of salt
Here’s what you do…
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius
2. Line muffins tins with 16 silicone or paper cases
3. Soak chia seeds in 1 cup of water for 15 mins, stirring occasionally
4. Place cacao, eggs, almond meal, coconut sugar, salt, bicarb and butter in a mixing bowl, food processor, blender or Thermomix and mix until smooth
5. Add chia seed gel and mix until well combined
6. Pour into muffin cases
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through (poke with a skewer, if it comes out clean they’re cooked)
8. Allow to cool ready for icing with ganache
185g coconut cream
4 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of fine Himalayan rock salt
40g quality chocolate, I use Loving Earth as it’s free from nasties
Here’s what you do…
1. Place coconut cream, cacao, maple syrup, vanilla and salt into a food processor, blender or Thermomix and mix until smooth.
2. If you’re using a Thermomix, add the chocolate and heat 8 min/50 degrees/speed 2, or until melted. Otherwise, pour the mixture into a pan, add the chocolate and melt slowly over the heat while continually stirring.
3. Once melted, combine the avocado with the chocolate mixture and blend until smooth.
4. Place the mixture in the fridge for an hour to cool and thicken.
5. Then spread the thickened ganache onto your cooled cupcakes and enjoy!
These cupcakes store best in the fridge to keep the ganache from melting.
Kirsty Underwood is a healthy food and lifestyle expert for busy people who struggle to find the time or inspiration to eat well. Through her scrumptious wholefood recipes and transformative coaching style she shows you how to make food fun, uncomplicated and super healthy. While still tasting ah-maaaazing!
When she's not sharing her infectious passion for health - you'll find her seeking sunshine, embracing her inner hippy, getting lost in nature or enjoying something chocolatey.
You can meet Kirsty over at www.vitalitykitchen.com.au or on Facebook.