After my update Monday, (thanks for all of the well wishes!!) I had hoped I would have better vision by now and happily be blogging away. Sadly, after seeing the doctor yesterday, it seems that my healing is taking longer than expected and my vision is not expected to stabilize until next week. In the meantime, I can’t really do much of anything. No exercise, no really leaving the apartment, no walking the pup (light sensitivity is my worst side effect), no driving, no volunteer shifts
But, I’m trying to look at it as a time of meditation and relaxation. It’s getting me to learn to be more patient about things and making me realize how lucky I am to have such great friends offering to cook meals for me, walk my pup and even come over to help make recipes for the blog 😉
I wanted to break out of my comfort zone for this recipe. Baking is definitely not a skill set I have, so I enlisted the help of a friend and we made these gorgeous cupcakes in time for Valentine’s Day. (sorry for the pictures… my vision is still so hazy – it’s hard to take and sort through pictures :/)
Chocolate Heart Lava Cakes (makes 6 cupcakes)
Preheat oven to 400. Brush a thin layer of coconut oil into each cupcake mould.
1 cup of gluten-free flour
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
1 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of salt
Mix these dry ingredients together.
3/4 cup of strawberry purée (take 1 cup of trimmed strawberries and blend with a splash of water)
3/4 cup of coconut milk
1/2 cup of sugar
2/3 cup of melted chocolate chips
3 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tbsp of aquafaba
1 tsp of vanilla extract
Place all of the wet ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until fully combined. Pour this wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until completely mixed. Pour the batter into 6 cupcake moulds, filling them 3/4 of the way full. Then place 6 chocolate chips in the middle of each filled mould, press in and pour more batter on to fill the mould completely.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before gently removing them.
Do you have any special Valentine’s Day Plans??