Sorry I’ve been MIA. It’s been quite hectic since starting a new job, which I am loving!
Anyway, I thought I would share with you a lovely recipe that I found from Joy the Baker.
Every other Wednesday night I have the pleasure of having a delicious dinner and great company with some lovely ladies.
One of the ladies has a completely different food preference than mine – the Paleo diet. I know that I haven’t been shy about going meatless this past year. So you can see why this diet would not be a favorite of mine.
For those you that have never heard of this diet, it is based on a diet similar to what a caveman ate back in the Paleolithic age.
It consists of basic foods such as plain meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, nuts, vegetables, fruits, berries and mushrooms. Products such as dairy, legumes and dry beans, grains, coffee, alcohol, sugar and processed foods are not part of the diet, as these foods came about after the onset of agricultural revolution. Use minimally processed oils, such as avocado, olive or coconut oil, for cooking. The diet does not advocate specific proportions of these foods, it just advocates that you choose foods that were available to those living in the Paleolithic Era. (Source)
I can’t say that I completely agree to this diet (especially since I don’t eat meat). And I’m not alone. To find out more, read this article that talks about why other nutrition professionals agree with me.
Anyway, since I’m the only one that doesn’t eat meat, all the ladies have been gracious enough to go out of their way to make sure there is always a vegetarian option for me. So I thought I would return the favor and make a Paleo diet approved dessert.
(Paleo-approved) Gluten-free Strawberry Cupcakes (taken from Joy the Baker)
Makes 9 cupcakes [Recipe from Gluten Free Cupcakes]
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries (plus more for topping the frosting)
- Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with 8 or 9 foil or paper liners. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together coconut flour, arrowroot powder, salt, and baking soda. If the coconut flour has a few stubborn lumps in it, make sure to whisk them out.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, agave, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients, all at once, to the dry ingredients and whisk together. You can do this by hand or with a handheld mixture. Whisk until all ingredients are well combined. You’ll feel the mixture begin to thicken as you stir.
- Fold in the strawberries.
- Scoop batter into lined cupcake pan. Fill papers to two-thirds full.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Remove from oven. Allow cupcakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to cool completely on a wire rack. Once completely cool, frost with cream cheese frosting.
- Cupcakes will keep, in an airtight container in the fridge for up 2 or 3 days.
Cream Cheese Frosting (Not Paleo approved)
- 1/3 cup heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks
- 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- dash of pure vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, whip heavy cream into stiff peaks using a whisk or a handheld mixer. In a separate large bowl, whip the cream cheese, agave, and vanilla together until smooth and pliable. Using a rubber spatula, fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Fold until evenly combined.
- Spread onto cooled cupcakes or place in a piping bag to pipe over cupcakes. Sprinkle with small diced strawberries.
- Frosting will keep, in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 or 3 days.
Regardless of whether or not you follow the Paleo or gluten-free diet, these are pretty tasty. I have to warn you that they don’t taste like your normal cupcakes but they are delicious none-the-less! Enjoy!
Have you ever heard of the Paleo diet? What is the craziest diet you’ve ever heard of?