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End of July? Really?
I have so many food posts I want to make and not enough time in my days to do them!
When I looked at my dwindling days left in July and the list of food posts waiting to be shared with the world, I decided you all might like this one. Tasty, sweet, decadent, and ridiculously easy chocolate cupcakes and icing. I can't go wrong, really. Anyone will give these a try. I think.
Until I mention they're vegan, of course. They might be absolutely amazing and even just a wee bit healthy for you, but dare I say they're vegan.
On our journey through health and happiness over the past... 5 years? 10 years? I'm not sure how you would calculate the journey. I mean, every step of it counts if you figure how we even got to the point of caring about health and happiness. Anyway, what's important here is that we discovered over the years that food is key. It is essential, delicious, and unfortunately, unevenly produced/distributed/packaged/disguised. At any given point, it's actually far too difficult to know exactly what you're eating, where it came from, and how it it plays a role in your body's health.
So, what we learned is that if we truly valued our health and happiness so much, we had to know more about food. And so we learned. We are still learning, and have found a love for a specific kind of food far beyond what we ever would have imagined. And our love has grown to this solely because of our quest for health and happiness. Vegan food.
It's more than just saving animals. But I won't get into that now. That's what makes people tune out and think I'm a nut case. (Which I kind of am, anyway, self-proclaimed) All I gotta tell ya is it's not always easy being a lover of vegan food. It's not always looked at with open minds and open hearts. It's a bit exhausting to be met with such resistance, when honestly, it's from the heart that it all comes from.
If more and more are investing in health and happiness, it means more and more will most likely discover veganism. Which means more people might actually give these delightful chocolate cupcakes a try. I hope, anyway.
Give them a try! You might surprise yourself to enjoy such a simple, dairy/egg-free treat. And the icing - don't even get me started. DATES! Yet another fantabulous way to use them. Sweet!
Ingredients: (makes 12-ish)
What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 fahrenheit and put muffin liners in your muffin pan.
2. Combine milk & vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes.
2. Add sugar & oil, blend until combined and frothy.
3. In another bowl, combine dry ingredients.
4. Slowly add dry to wet ingredients until no longer lumpy.
5. Scoop batter into muffin liners, about 3/4 way up. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Let cool.
Adapted just a wee bit from this excellent site: Wholefully
What to do:
We really cooked these things. From scratch. On weeknights. And we even had time to do the dishes.
They have real, simple ingredients that you'll find in your cupboards. They're healthy and delicious. No lies.
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