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Vegan Chocolate ‘Peanut Butter’ Cupcakes

When I was younger, my favorite Halloween candy was peanut butter cups (anyone else with me?!).  Even on Easter, I would get so excited to have one of those peanut butter filled chocolate eggs.  That sweet combination of peanut butter and chocolate…amazing but I wanted to come up with an easy eggless option that included a moist cake instead of the solid chocolate and of course less sugar!  After some experimenting, I finally created this vegan chocolate cupcake with an ooey gooey naturally sweetened peanut butter center!  The cake is super moist and gluten-free!

Ingredients:

Cake

1 1/2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup coconut or canola oil

1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)

1 cup unsweetened almond, soy or coconut milk

1 teaspoon vinegar

Filling

1/2 cup creamy all-natural peanut butter

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a muffin tin with liners lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  2. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, vanilla, vinegar and milk.
  4. Add liquid to dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  5. Pour into muffin liners and sprinkle with chocolate chips (2-3 chips per muffin is perfect). Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, whisk together the filling ingredients.  If the peanut butter is a little hard, microwave for 10-15 seconds until soft and easy to whisk.
  7. Once muffins are done, allow to cool completely.
  8. Carefully slice in half and spread peanut butter honey mixture.

 

 

Gluten-Free Mini Chocolate Brownies

These rich, chocolate brownies are low sugar, gluten free, low fat and super delicious! My kids gobbled these up and my husband and I enjoyed them warm with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.  Totally guilt free!  I’ve baked these for my son’s class and they were a huge hit!  It feels great to bring them a homemade goodie that is healthy and you feel good giving them!  You  can use 1/4 cup of mashed avocado instead of coconut oil, but either way tastes incredible.

Ingredients

1/2 cup oat flour

1/4t baking powder

1/3c unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4t salt

1/3c coconut sugar

2 eggs

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup coconut oil or mashed avocado

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs and add in coconut oil (or avocado if using), vanilla and applesauce.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the oat flour, salt, baking powder, cocoa powder and sugar.  Whisk well.  
  4. Add liquid to dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  5. Pour batter in an 8×8 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  6. Sprinkle 2T of mini chocolate chips on top.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool before cutting.