Primal Carrot Cake Cupcakes- with a tasty twist!

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It was a friends birthday at the gym last week, so I decided to make cupcakes. Picking one flavor was tough, but after surveying my fridge and finding 5 lbs of carrots the choice was pretty easy! I love carrot cake not only for its unique and delicious flavor, but I feel justified in eating it because it contains a serving of vegetables! Wins all around.FullSizeRender-4

These are primal because the frosting includes cream cheese. Even though I can digest milk products with little repercussions upon their exit….( awkward), I try to avoid them because no one in my house eats them, and it’s better for your digestion. That being said, I used a shit ton of cream cheese for these because of the special occasion… and because it was delicious to lick off my fingers, duh. This recipe was designed to be made for a cake, but I made cupcakes instead! Because of this, I decreased the frosting recipe and left a few of the cupcakes plain in case someone at the gym was strict paleo. The recipe made about 18 cupcakes, and I adjusted the bake time to 20-25 minutes. Oh, and the addition of the orange juice and zest was unbelievable, do NOT skip this step. You will seriously be sorry! Oranges are in the peak of their season right now, and the cara cara are TDF. Get some.

Cake recipe from South Beach Primal, adapted into cupcakes:

  • ½ cup coconut oil (plus extra for pan)
  • ½ cup unpasteurized honey
  • ½ cup palm sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp juice from orange
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup arrowroot starch
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 ½ tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups grated carrots (about 6 small)
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  • Toasted unsweetened coconut flakes (optional, for garnish)
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 (8oz) packages of organic cream cheese, room temp
  • 3 tbsp unsalted Kerrygold butter, room temp
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp orange zest

Instructions

For the Cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  1. Use a food processor to grate the carrots into fine pieces (should equal 2 cups of shredded carrots). Transfer carrots to a small bowl.
  2. Combine all of the wet ingredients into the food processor and mix until smooth.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk all of the dry ingredients together (excluding the carrots, walnuts, and coconut flakes) until fully incorporated. Dump into the dry ingredients and whisk thoroughly.
  4. Add in the grated carrots and walnuts. The mixture will be pretty thick at this time. Spread the batter into a greased muffin tin, or greased silicone muffin liners.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cupcake. COOL COMPLETELY.
For The Maple Cream Cheese Frosting:
  1. In a clean mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer. Slowly add in the maple syrup. Add the vanilla extract and orange zest last, mixing until silky smooth.
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Naked Cupcake…Best way to eat em’

Note: I was able to keep mine out on the counter overnight unfrosted, and frosted them the next day. I would imagine because of the frosting, the left over cupcakes need to be refrigerated.

Finally, I saw this video today and though it was really neat. It is only 5 minutes long, and totally worth it. Warning: I cried. Old people are fucking adorable. But it made me think about how often I avoid eye contact- mostly because it can be intimidating/weird/very un-western culture- but maybe you could have more meaningful interactions and relationships with people if you hold a stronger eye contact…. Just something to think about.

Happy Thursday :0)

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Cake Date

Woah. I have been away for a while, no?

That’s alright, I have a delicious cake for you to try!

Baking has always been very therapeutic for me because I don’t have to think, I just go. And there is an instant reward! I also love cooking because you get to add ingredients, taste here and there, adapt, change, throw it all away and start over. Cooking is like life. LACEY, WAY TOO DEEP. Sorry.

Today I went with my friend to a workout sponsored by a group/movement called The November Project, and it was awesome. It is basically a huge group of people from the city who come to run some stairs, do burpees, play fitness games, and socialize. Oh, and they use the word F**K a lot. Which really makes me happy! Well, it was snowing/raining (yes, you are correct. They do call that sleet in meteorology) and we had to do 7 minutes of burpees. Now, if you didn’t know, I freaking love burpees -mostly because I can do them fast, which helps me catch up to people during crossfit workouts. BUT 7 MINUTES. IN THE SNOW/RAIN (sleet). My hands were mini icebergs (did you look at your hands and imagaine them as icebergs? I sure did :0)) . But my friend was just as happy as a clam to do them!

Moral of the story: Be around friends who are happy to do tough shit with a smile on their face. You become a better person. And that is what this year is going to be about. Being around positive friends and actively looking for the silver lining.

Oh, ok right. Cake.

So normal day. I wanted a chocolate treat and had nothing but candied ginger (normal to own) and Hot chocolate mix. No, you grosso, I didnt try to eat the hot chocolate mix … Ok but I did look up this cake and made it, and it turned out baller. In fact, it was even better the second day. So if you can manage to save a piece or two, try it the next day. Worth it.

Recipe Adapted From Edible Perspective 

Paleo/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free

Servings: 12

for the cake:

  • 2.5 cups almond meal
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons liquid from coconut milk can or carton
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil, melted 
  • for the frosting:
  • coconut cream from 1 can full fat coconut milk from Trader Joes
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons powdered coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Ok, go eat some cake and have a great day!

Chocolate Cake makes everything better

Chocolate Cake makes Everything Better

I mean, how could you not?

Let it go

I was talking with a friend yesterday about life, and it was really nice.

Something he said that stuck with me:

You’re always exactly where you should be.

Now that is deep. As much as I have trouble embracing this, I totally believe it. I am where I am, and it is a great jumping point to decide what it is that I want. I guess I never realized how often we go through life and default in our thinking and don’t believe we can have what we really want. Why not do things that make you happy? What’s the big fear?

So here we are. Talking about life’s lessons on a food blog.

What I really want is to trust who I am. Dont compare myself, don’t talk down about myself, don’t put others down to make me feel better. Speak kindly about myself, think less, believe in myself, know that who I am is good enough.

Everything is working out. Everything is alright. And for now, just eat this pumpkin pie, and have a little faith.

Kitchen Sink Cookies- grain free

 

My life has been interesting lately. I got a job, which is cool cause it shifted me into the employment bracket! But it is not cool enough to share the details here. Lets just say it pays for the expensive hobby of delicious treats and binge buying at target boutique ( I call it that to make it seem fancy).

Recently, I was dog sitting for a family friend who has a beautiful, huge house which included several amenities I had not indulged in for a long time. This meant I got to get in the hot tub! Hello 20 something- year- old future homeowners dream! I also made a juice in a kick ass juicer. It unfortunately was rather bitter ( im more of a smoothie girl- throw it all in and drink it kind of girl–that goes for margaritas too) but I obviously drank it. The ingredients were nicer than any item in my fridge, so I couldnt waste it! I balanced it with a side of coffee… cause that makes sense. Diuretics folks!

A great way to start

A great way to start

 

A friend has been asking me to do a post with an actual, good recipe. I suppose this harping is only fair because  I did the same to her when she had a blog. Oh blogs, so totally the thing to do right now. Shyeah!

So I made these cookies,  with a few modifications of omitting the Flax and adding extra vanilla. Jake (BF) and I were making excuses to each other why we needed to have another. you think I am joking, but jake had 5 the night I made them. This is real life. Best cookies of 2014.

Anyways, so I really liked the play off of shredded coconut replacing the consistency of oats. So I tested the water on these cookies, and they were delicious. I cant decide if they should be called ” everything but the kitchen sink cookies” or just ” Kitchen sink cookies”. Whatever. They should probably be called “get in my mouth now” cookies. Yep. I did it again. perfect name.

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Get In my Mouth Cookies- Grain free

(Adapted from Frisky Lemon Nutrition)

Ingredients:

I C shredded Coconut

2/3 C almond flour ( I get mine at trader joes)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup maple syrup

4 Tbsp Peanut butter ( oh no- Not paleo!)

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

Add Ins:

2/3 C Chocolate chips

1/2 C walnuts, chopped

1/3 C dried cranberries

Combine Dry. Combine wet Ingredients. Mix dry into wet, and form about 12 smaller drop cookies. Cook for 12-15 min. Mine were done at 12, but Im at high altitude. Allison at Frisky Lemon nutrition says 13 min is the sweet spot. When done cooking they are fragile, so let them cool for 10 min or so… if you can.

 

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Life has been good. I am waiting for my sister to have a baby so I can hold that little girl and become an aunt! Woop Woop! And I did this workout today and it was effing hard:

Back Squat: 2-2-2-2-2. Add as you go. 1st set at 82% (18 mins)

Between Sets: Max Effort Strict Pull Ups

THEN

10 min AMRAP Of:

9 Clean &Jerks (135#/95#)* I did 75

12 Alternating Back Rack Lunges (135#/95#)

 

Hope all is well wherever you are! Have a great week!

Ps. this is a sweeeeet remix. Oh Blackstreet. The good ole days.

 

 

 

Mini Banana Bread Loafs- Paleo

I have always liked photography. I took a class both in high school and college, and it is definitely my favorite form of art. I am not necessarily creative. I like to think I know how to decorate my apartment, but it pretty much ends up with me buying a bunch of decorative paraphernalia from Target, Tj-maxx, Homegoods (you see my taste here-affordable shit) and then I return it all within a week. That, my friends, is what they call indecision.  

Back to photography. I really like it. I thought it would be awesome doing it for this blog, but it turns out it is incredibly hard to be patient when the aroma of fresh banana bread fills the room for 40 min, and then you have to wait another HOUR until you can touch it. yeahhhhh I couldn’t wait. 

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My mom asked me the other day to find her a recipe for a healthy paleo banana bread so she could make it with her siblings. I stumbled on this recipe, which came from this website, and it is amazing. It is moist, which I think some people don’t like because it doesn’t replace the texture of regular banana bread. But hey- healthy, fresh, homemade, and basically free? Yeah, im ganna put it in my face. 

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The recipe calls for a 4X8 pan, but I used minis cause they are adorable, and if you know me I love all things mini. Mini Mini Mini. This also changed my cook time to about 40 min. 

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Butter makes everything better. No joke.

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And this is the disaster that occurs when you don’t a) have any patience to wait for food to cool before immediately stuffing it in your mouth and b) not lining the pan with parchment paper. Cheers to learning from mistakes!

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