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Elvis is Alive

…and he’s in my kitchen! Hopefully the title caught your attention and you will try out this recipe for Elvis cupcakes! I am pleasantly surprised at how well they turned out. Today was one of the few days that I did not feel much like baking. Mainly because I don’t like getting my kitchen dirty and having to wash dishes on my day off. But I had some bananas that were old and needed to be baked or thrown away, so I decided to find a new recipe to try. I also wanted to try something gluten-free to bring to our small group because one of the girls who attends cannot have gluten. I generally avoid gluten and grains – but lately I’ve been a little lax and have a few bites here and there. (and maybe a whole muffin too…oops!). I never expect anyone to cook or bake specifically to my dietary needs, but I like to bake “alternative” sweets so that everyone can enjoy them!

Now, about those awesome cupcakes I made. I went off of this website and used the first recipe listed with a little modification and tripled the batch. The original recipe says it will make 7 cupcakes, and I would say that is about right on. I was able to get 18 medium (regular sized) and 12 mini cupcakes out of a triple batch.  Now, the tricky part was the icing because although I wanted to make some amazing bacon-y type frosting, I didn’t have bacon. I thought about making a banana glaze, but ended up making a chocolate icing. I can’t totally tell you the measurements because I didn’t measure but I’ll put what I think I used and you can tweak the recipe to get the consistency you would like. This is very similar to how you would make sugar cookie or cinnamon roll icing.

Gluten-Free Elvis Cupcakes (Triple Batch)

3 cup JIFF Peanut Butter (original recipe calls for natural but I didn’t have any)
6 eggs
4 ripe bananas, mashed (I used one extra than called for)
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar (you can use regular ACV as well)
1/8th tsp plus 2 more servings of Kal Pure Stevia (to taste) I did not add any extra sweetener to my mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and blend well with whisk.  Taste for sweetness. Using large scoop (1/4 cup), divide batter into 7 cupcake liners (using scant full large scoop).  Bake for 15-17 minutes.  DO NOT OVER BAKE!

Chocolate Icing

1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-2 TBSP honey
1/2 boiling water
~2 cups powdered sugar

Place chocolate chips and honey into a heat proof bowl. Pour 1/4 cup of boiling water over chips and stir until melted. Add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and whisk, stir or beat with mixer until creamy and slowly drips off of a spatula. If the mixture is too thick, add a small amount of water and stir again. If the icing is too thin, keep adding powdered sugar until it thickens up. If the icing gets too stiff or dried out while you are icing your cupcakes, just add a little water and stir it up.

There you have it – the gluten-free Elvis Cupcake. The King lives on…until I eat them all.

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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Baking

 

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Paleo Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I’m writing this as my crusts are cooking in the oven. I used a recipe from Fast Paleo – thank you! It’s three ingredients and not complicated. Although, I will say that I did not fully read the recipe because I thought I should flip my crusts after only 5 minutes of baking – WRONG. Wait 10-15 minutes, and then flip them.Pizza crust one got messed up but crust two flipped very nicely when I waited. I’ve been waiting to try this recipe for a while and am very excited to see how it turns out. My plan is to make a Mexican pizza with some slow cooked chicken breast, salsa, cilantro and onion. It says you can freeze the crusts for later, so I intend to do that for future use.

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I really do love eating Paleo, now that I am used to it. For the most part I feel better and I know that I’m putting good things in my body. The only problem is that it takes so darn long to put together something to eat. Even if you have veggies chopped, and meat cooked, you still have to saute them, or cook your eggs or make sauces for flavorings…if you don’t want super boring meals! I’m trying to make some things that will last a few days, like Cucumber Noodles from The Clothes Make the Girl, various versions of coleslaw (bacon jam coleslaw anyone?? yes, it was good along with cilantro lime coleslaw), Potato-less Potato salad was also great, and some Red Pepper Dried Tomato meatballs (my own creation!) were wonderful. Here is my Mexican Pizza, not pretty but VERY tasty!

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See paleo can be fun and tasty! Ben will eat meat-y things that I make, but he’s not really into veggies. Unless they come in the form of white potatoes (chips, fries, baked, hashbrowns, mashed, grilled, ect)! I just finished my pizza, and it was incredibly enjoyable! Even if you don’t eat paleo, this is a great alternative to traditional pizza with all the breading, grease and cheese! And the follow-up, these work great to put in the oven for future pizza crust use!

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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Cooking

 

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Paleo Challenge Update

It has been just over a week since Ben and I started on our Paleo challenge. It has been much easier on me than on him mainly because I think my tastes have gravitated toward leafy greens and various veggies and lower sugar items, so picking veggies to eat with almost every meal is not too hard. I will say that I went through sugar withdrawals the first few days and I am craving chocolate a lot!

This challenge has caused me to try new recipes because a lot of what I normally cook has some sort of grain or dairy in it. Also, we have had to cook more because eating most types of fast food is completely out of the questions. I made beef stir fry lettuce wraps, which were surprisingly good. I made meatballs for the first time and think with a little fine tuning, they will be a standby recipe for life after paleo. Ben found out he likes sweet potatoes with Tony’s, so at least he will be able to eat a few more carbs. No-oats oatmeal has been my breakfast for the last two mornings, and it might replace regular oatmeal all together.

Aside from the general requirements of eating no grains, no dairy and no legumes, the hardest thing about the Paleo challenge is meal planning. Up until now, if I didn’t plan dinner, we can scrounge around the house or just run somewhere to grab a quick dinner. Now, I need to plan dinner so we can have lunch leftovers, unless we want to be eating eggs for 2 or three meals a day (they are the only quick Paleo food I have found so far). I did some homework tonight and found several recipes that should last a few days and will plan to make them this weekend and for the next week.

Are you trying a new eating plan? What are the challenges? What are you enjoying?

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Food Reviews

 

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