I have recently started playing with grain free recipes just to see if I could ever make the switch. My body feels so much better when I avoid all grains (as opposed to just gluten free, which is how we’ve eaten for the last couple years), but it is really a huge mental hurdle to consider switching – not because of the food deprivation, but because of the social implications. It’s just awkward to not eat what most people eat.
Anyways, while I haven’t determined exactly what I am doing with grains and my diet I have decided to take the plunge in my home – I have been having fun finding ways around common grain based recipes. These paleo chocolate cupcakes is a result of that playing around and it is amazing.
I found this Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcake recipe and the use of beets made so much sense to me. We aren’t vegan, and I wanted grain free, so I spent some time adapting the recipe to our preferences and came up with this delicious, moist paleo chocolate cupcake.
Topped with chocolate avocado pudding it is perfection.
If you aren’t familiar with chocolate avocado pudding I highly recommend trying it out! It is rich and creamy and truly remarkable considering it is made from an avocado!
There are quite a few variations available online, but I have included my go-to recipe below. I alternate between dates or maple syrup as a sweetener; just depends on what I have on hand!
While we normally consume it pretty much as quickly as I make it, I did try extending it once just to see how long it could last in the fridge – I had used avocados that were turning brown, made this pudding, placed it in the fridge in an airtight container, and it was still delicious three days later! I often find avocados that are turning so this has been a wonderful revelation; I can buy large amounts of browning avocados, make this pudding in large batches (which works really well and is much more efficient!), and then enjoy it over the next few days.
Beet puree is made easily by cooking the beets until soft and then blending with some liquid (water or juice).
Beet kvass also works, if you randomly happen to have that on hand.
*Sams Club has bags of raw almonds, raw walnuts, and chia seeds. I buy them and grind them in our blender and it works perfectly for the flour blend.