No mixing bowls. Just one blender. Easy. Quick. Best of all – delicious cupcakes in no time at all!
Paleo treats. Now, if we’re really trying to change the way we eat and change the mindset around using food as a reward or to ‘treat’ ourselves, then perhaps pseudo-junk isn’t exactly the way to go about it. I mean, you could easily eat Paleo bread, Paleo pancakes, Paleo pizza every day and convince tourself that it’s fine because it’s made from healthy ingredients. Weeeeeelll, not so much. Hence challenges such as Whole30 don’t allow any pseudo-junk at all, and REBOOT advises against it but allows it on their orange list. However, we’re all human and our minds and bodies are so conditioned that the cravings do come and I, for one, would much rather make myself some mug bread once in a while than eat store bought bread. And let’s think about it for a second …
Don’t you think!? 😉
Which brings me to these ‘batter-in-a-blender’ cupcakes. They’re very decadent and that’s also one of the reasons I won’t make them all the time, but wow! The texture was incredible – moist and dense yet light at the same time, and they tasted so insanely moreish that the 6 cupcakes were gone in about 5 minutes – my husband even ate two of them (he’s not a fan of Paleo treats usually) and he asked me to make a batch for some colleagues… High praise indeed!
These cupcakes started out as me being too lazy to reach for my spatula to scrape out all of the date paste I’d made so instead I decided to add more stuff and create a batter (my mind really does play these tricks on me sometimes!). I wasn’t really sure what I would land up making but I must say, I’m very much pleased with the result.
*Also note that I use almond meal (this is just ground unblanced raw almonds, which I usually have because I make my own almond milk). You can use almond flour but would likely need to add a bit more (or a tsp of coconut flour) to absorb the liquid more.
Recipe for Paleo Almond Meal Cupcakes
Yield: 6 cupcakes
Prep time: 2 minutes
Baking time: 15 minutes
What you need
1/3 cup almond meal (*see note above)
1 tbsp tapioca flour (or coconut flour)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup date paste
1 tsp baking powder
Few drops vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
What you need to do
1. Preheat oven to 180°C (fan assisted). Line a muffin tray with cases.
2. Add the ingredients to a blender and blend until a smooth batter is formed. It is quite a liquid batter.
3. Pour equal amounts of batter into each case, and bake for approximately 15 minutes (or until cooked through).
4. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Top with whipped coconut cream and fresh fruit – done.
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