Fall has just officially arrived in Arizona. I say just simply because since September 21st, the first "official day of fall" to all other U.S. states but us desert dwellers, it's averaged about 108 degrees during the day. But since last week it's been a steady, refreshing 70-80 and I couldn't be happier.
Today I actually got outside for a workout, took the pup on a walk and spent the evening baking. That's the other thing about fall. The baking. Oh, the baking.
Mr. Charming and I have had a lot to celebrate as of late, and although we are planning on cutting out grains and all sweets for a while again as we continue our TTC Journey, we are both celebrating new jobs, I recently graduated school for Personal Nutrition, we found a new bible study home and the holidays are around the corner.
And that always calls for celebrating. So naturally, cupcakes.
When I was in Las Vegas for the FABlog Conference, I met the lovely Soy Nut Butter Company and got to sample some yummy products. You may remember my Pumpkin Maple Granola from last fall using their nut-free granola after a lot of readers requested more nut-free recipes. I use soy in moderation, (a good gluten-free soy sauce on my takeout recreations is a must) and I only use Non-GMO soy when I do. I.M Healthy, the company that created Soy Nut Butter makes delicious non-nut butters from roasted soybeans that taste extremely close to classic nut butters but are safe with kiddos with nut allergies. They are also low in sugar, have zero sodium and can be used in a variety of ways.
Instead of using my jar of Chocolate Soy Nut Butter as a simple spread, I was inspired to create a frosting, and with some simple experimentation, my German Chocolate Cupcakes were born. They are rich and chocolaty and make the perfect fall treat.
For the cupcake you can use a traditional gluten-free chocolate cake box mix (just watch the sugar content) or for a healthier option you can use my Paleo coconut flour chocolate cupcake base.
For foodies who can tolerate almond, you can also use my Paleo almond flour chocolate cupcake base. This is personally my favorite when it comes to texture. In the picture I used a rice and sorghum based chocolate flour.
For the frosting, which couldn't be simpler, and of course is always the best part...
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2. C. Coconut Whipped Cream or other Dairy-Free Whipped Cream or Cool Whip Equivalent
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
Mix thawed coconut whip and vanilla with room temperature soy nut butter with a hand mixer until smooth. Scoop into piping bag or ziploc bag and pipe onto FULLY COOLED cupcakes. Top with shaved coconut. Serve immediately or chill in fridge until ready to serve.
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I would love know your favorite way to use Soy Nut Butter if you've tried it before, or your favorite Fall cupcake recipe!
Nosh & Nurture was born of this journey I am on to better the health of myself, my family and those around me. What started as a simple compilation of recipes has grown to a all-around lifestyle journal with ways to incorporate organic products into your home, pantry and beauty cabinet. I also include stories on pregnancy, new motherhood, travel, Proverbs 31 marriage, and spiritual health, as I am a Christian who couldn't do any of this without my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. For more of my story you can click here.
All recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free with a lot of soy-free, grain-free, sugar-free options.