If you have been hanging out on our Facebook page lately, you’ll know we’ve been pretty excited (dance parties have been mentioned) about a post that was shared far and wide and having so many more of you following us—to celebrate I made cupcakes!
Ok, I actually made them for my younger son’s 5th birthday—excuse me while I take a moment to ponder that mathematical fact—but either way cupcakes were called for.
As the holidays celebrations near, I have been thinking about how my family approaches our celebrations and the food we serve at them—food is always a centerpiece, of course! I have been amazed out how smoothly the transition has gone for us (especially with two fairly-picky-kid eaters). While I thought holidays and other celebrations would be awful to plan, in many ways it’s been fun to be more creative and thoughtful. Bonus: I am so proud of how my boys have embraced it!
We recently attended a birthday party where we had no control over what was served and my boys we’re outstanding. In the past, I would have let them indulge in whatever was offered, but since we have been working on GAPS we decided that, for where we are now, it wasn’t worth having a “cheat” day. We made sure that we discussed this together as a family so they were prepared (and they acted like we were crazy for thinking it would be a problem!) On the day of, it took just a little preparation on my part—feeding them before, bringing a snack for hunger and a treat to substitute for the cake they wouldn’t be eating. They ate the mom-provided snacks, enthusiastically sang happy birthday, helped blow out candles and then by-passed the cake got their treat from me, eating it with all signs of perfect enjoyment. They didn’t seem to feel like they missed out, didn’t complain and just enjoyed it and the treat I offered was just as much of a centerpiece for them as the birthday cake. (And there were no tears or meltdowns about the lack of cake and pizza, as might have happened a few months ago–but that’s another post!) For me it was really fun to see them embrace and enjoy what we have been teaching them outside of our daily routine.
Now I feel like celebrating again! Guess I should go make some more cupcakes…
For the cupcakes
1 cup coconut oil (melted)
1 cup raw cacao
dash sea salt
¼ raw honey (or more to taste)
12-15 pitted dates
1 cup coconut oil
¼ cup raw cacao powder
¼ or ½ cup raw honey (to taste, I used about ¼ cup)
½ tbsp. grassfed butter (optional, if you don’t do dairy feel free to omit or subm with a little coconut milk)
dash of sea salt
raw shredded coconut or nuts for topping
Preheat the oven to about 350.
Use your food processor or blender (I used my Vitamix) add your eggs and salt and start blending. I gathered the other ingredients while this ran. You want the eggs whipped well. Add the coconut oil, raw honey, cacoa and dates and blend really well until it gets to a cake batter consistency.
Fill each cupcake with about a ¼ cup of batter—this will make 12 medium sized cupcakes. Bake about 12-15 minutes. I find these are much tastier if you take them out before they are fully cooked and are still a little soft in the middle. They set up well and then are really moist and fudge-y. If you like them a little more cake-like you can cook a little longer.
For the frosting, throw your coconut oil, honey, cacao into the blender or food processor. Don’t melt your oil this time! Blend really well until it gets to a whipped consistency. I added just a bit of the grassfed butter which gave these a nice flavor, but you can easily omit it and I often do. You can also omit the cacao and have a more vanilla flavored frosting.
Don’t frost your cupcakes until they are completely cool. I would suggest making them the night before and frosting them the next day. If you do this, I would wait to make the frosting until you are ready to frost. It will melt if it gets too warm! Once they are frosted if you aren’t eating right away, stick them in the fridge or somewhere cool.
Decorate with a little shredded coconut or some chopped nuts or even some berries!
That’s it, you can go celebrate now!
Before I go, I want to add my thanks to the post Tarrin wrote earlier this week. You all have made it a an amazing, exciting week for us and we are so thankful to be on this adventure!