Healthy Cup Cakes / Muffins / Fairy Cakes
In a nutshell excess sugar is toxic & flour has been linked to many diseases.
This version of a cup cake also has some fantastic health properties such as antioxidants, vitamin A, B6, B12, magnesium & iron. They are also good for your teeth!
- 2 Pastured Eggs (why pastured?)
- 1 200g Organic Creamed Coconut (why coconut?)
- 1/4 tsp Celtic Sea Salt (why sea salt?)
- 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda (baking soda)
- 1 tsp Cold Pressed Vanilla Extract (why cold pressed?)
- 2 or 3 tablespoons (adjust to taste) Xylitol (what is xylitol?)
- 1 or 2 tablespoons Organic Raw Cocao Powder (why raw?)
- Turn the oven on to 150 Centigrade (302 Fahrenheit). I like to cook at low temperatures to preserve the nutrients.
- Use a double boiler to melt the bar of creamed coconut.
- Once you have something that resembles double cream, with no lumps left in, then simply mix in all the other ingredients. I prefer to use a hand blender as it makes the job much easier and they are easy to wash up!
- Once thoroughly mixed (the mixture will get quite thick so you will need to pull the hand blender out and put it back in a few times – see the video below) drop a tablespoon of the mixture into the cake cases and put them in the oven for about 20 minutes
- You can test to see if the cakes are ready by pushing a skewer into one of the cakes and seeing if any mixture sticks to the skewer. If it does, they need a little longer.
- Once they are ready just remove them from the oven and set aside to cool.
Tips ‘n’ Tricks
- If you store the finished cakes in the fridge they will be a little firmer (I prefer them this way).
- Experiment with different flavours. For example if you mix up some organic, freeze dried coffee with a little boiling water to make a paste you can add that. Also adding cinnamon is great and may have additional health benefits.
- You can use a normal teaspoon to measure the quantity of ingredients but I find an inexpensive set of
measuring spoons help to remove the guess work when you get down to a 1/4 of a teaspoon!
- You can use paper cupcake cases but I prefer silicone cupcake cases as they are reusable.
- Buy in bulk. Whilst the ingredients may seem expensive the health benefits you will obtain from the recipes on this website will be worth it. If you buy in bulk you can reduce the cost however and most of the links to ingredients above link to larger quantities that will last you some time.
- Whilst xylitol is a great substitute for sugar it’s fairly expensive so try reducing the amount you use each time you cook a new batch. Over time you will find that you can tolerate less sweetness which will also help with other food cravings!
I was inspired to make these cakes after reading Primal Cravings: Your Favorite Foods Made Paleo which is a great companion book to this website.