Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Woo-Hoo It's National Chocolate Cupcake Day!

I’m not sure who makes these declarations, but they are a good excuse to enjoy a delicious little treat filled with antioxidants and fiber! 

I am just going to assume that you are as busy as I am and that a little “help” from a reliable source would be appreciated.  I think that Daphne Taylor is a genius when it comes to providing mixes that are reliable, delicious and they fool even the most discriminating cupcake connoisseur. 

Daphne’s company, Namaste Foods, is a small but rapidly growing company from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (one of my favorite spots in the world) that produces wheat, dairy, gluten, soy and nut free mixes of all kinds. 

So when I don’t have the time or energy to make a rather complicated GF chocolate cake or cupcake I use her Chocolate Cake Mix and make the following adjustments to add just a bit more nutrition to the mix:

To the contents of the dry mix I add
3 eggs or egg replacer
2 teaspoons ground flax seeds
1/2 cup walnut oil
1 cup ionized water (filtered water can be substituted)
2 tablespoons strong coffee

This makes a fairly significant difference in the nutritional content of the cake without changing its light but moist texture.  Just to break it down for you the flax seeds increase valuable plant sourced Omega 3's and fiber, the walnut oil is also a great source for brain boosting minerals and Omega 3's, ionized water dramatically increases the antioxidant levels and the coffee brings out the flavor of the chocolate plus it adds antioxidants and magnesium!  Remember cacao is THE best source of antioxidants and magnesium available.  (Of course the sugar in the cupcakes is a downer, but if you consume it with caution, you can still enjoy it!)

Bake as directed, cool and add just a bit of a ganache icing and a few berries or nuts to make them even more beautiful.  To make them a bit more decadent, when you remove them from the oven pour 1 teaspoon hazelnut liqueur over each cupcake, cool and ice.

Just click here to find out more about Namaste Foods.

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