Spending the day with Pamela

Today I am guest posting over at Pamela’s Heavenly Treats!  I was fortunate enough to meet Pamela last spring when I began blogging and we have been chatting it up since!  Please head on over to her blog and check out my Sweetheart Cupcakes and all over her fabulous recipes! 

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A Quick Treat

This morning Corinne must have asked me if we could make a treat about 50 times!  Of course we were low on baking supplies and it was freezing outside!  So after scouring our cupboards I pulled out some Rice Krispies, half a bag of marshmallows, and grabbed their aprons. 

While we were melting the marshmallows and butter I added a few drops of red food coloring till it was pretty in pink, pulled out a heart shaped pan, and some Valentine’s themed sprinkles.  The final product was not only super yummy and enjoyed by all but was seasonal too!

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Paleo Brownie Cupcakes

 

 

Here is the recipe that I used for the paleo brownie cupcakes with chocolate frosting.  Again, the brownie recipe is from BakerGal and the frosting is Elana’s Pantry.  The below recipes include the changes that I made.  The brownies had great flavor but were a little too dense for us.  I think that I will add 1 more egg next time and bake them in a pan next time instead of cupcake liners.  The frosting was extremely rich (great for chocolate lovers) and had a consistency more like a ganache.  I’m still pondering what to do with this one?

Brownie

1 cup raw light agave syrup

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 cup almond butter

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 egg

1. Gently heat agave syrup over stove, DO NOT boil.  Stir in cocoa powder until smooth and remove from heat.

2. Whisk 1 egg with vanilla and baking powder in a seperate bowl.

3. Stir in remaining ingredients, except salt, until thoroughly mixed.

4. Sprinkle salt and fold into batter.

Bake at 325 degrees.  I did 25 minutes, if I do cupcakes again I will do 23, if I put them in a pan around 30.  This reciped only yielded 6 cupcakes, if baking in a pan I would recommend a 9×9.

 

Chocolate Frosting (ganache)

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 tbsp vanilla

dash of sea salt

2-3 tbsp Coconut milk

1. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small sauce pan over the stove.  Heat slowly and DO NOT boil!

2. Stir in vanilla and salt.

3. Remove from heat and transfer to a medium sized bowl.  Refridgerate for 15-20 minutes or until thickened.

4. Reove from refridgerator and whip with a hand mixer while adding coconut milk.

The recipe I was following stated that the miture would become thick and fluffy from beating.  I could not get it to, I’m thinking I may have left it in the refridgerator too long though.

All in all I was pleased with the outcome!

 

 

1st Attempt

 

 

So I’ve talked about the Hubby going paleo a few times so far.  The last few weeks I have become mildly obsessed with cooking dinners that meet the paleo requirements but also fit for the whole family.  I always enjoy a good challenge and this has been a fun one. Josh has always been a big fan of sweets and misses all the treats I used to make. So I decided to add onto the challenge by baking, caveman style!  After searching tons of blogs and websites and of course pinterest I was ready to give it a try.  So Saturday we went to a local health food store and stocked up on supplies and got some very yummy smoothies for the ride home! 

Sunday morning I rolled my sleeves up and dived right in!  I decided to make Chocolate brownie cupcakes with chocolate frosting.  I followed a recipe from the BakerGal for the brownies and the frosting I found on Elana’s Pantry.  Here’s the finished product.

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Surprisingly they came out pretty good, Josh was a happy Caveman.  I plan on attempting these a few more times and will keep tweaking the recipes.  Next on the list is chocolate chip cookies.