Orange and Vanilla Cupcakes
We all enjoy a cupcake from time to time. These Orange and Vanilla Cupcakes use honey as the sweetener so they are not overloaded with sugar as many are. You can add a gluten-free frosting if you like or serve them just the way they come from the oven. This is one recipe of a host of great gluten-free desserts that are fast and easy to make. We will share more of them over the coming weeks.
- 6 farm fresh, free-range eggs
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ⅛ cup honey
- ½ teaspoon orange zest
- 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farhenheit. place oven rack in center of the oven.
- You can use cupcake liners or grease muffin tin with coconut oil. I prefer to use the lines so that you can sit the cupcakes down and they will remain clean. You can always spray the liner with a gluten free cooking spray to prevent the cupcakes from sticking to the liner.
- Combine the eggs, coconut oil, coconut milk, honey, orange zest, orange juice concentrate, vanilla extract, coconut flour, and sea salt. Mix well with a whisk to make sure every thing is mized.Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure the coconut flour is mixed in well.
- Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling ¾ full.
- Bake cupcakes about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool
- Frost with a gluten-free icing if desired.
These cupcakes freeze well so you might want to make a double batch to have on hand for over the holidays when the family is home but you are to busy to stop and bake cupcakes…
Honey: Todays Spotlight is on Honey: It is a natural sugar which contains vitamins B6, Thiamin, Niacin, Riboflavin as well as some amino acids. In the mineral department, Honey contains calcium, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and more. Honey is a good source of energy as well as a sweetener.
A word of warning. Purchase your honey from beekeepers if at all possible. A lot ot the honey available in stores around the country are counterfeit. In other words, they may contain only a small amount of honey and have been thickened artificially. The thickening agents used could mean that it is not gluten free so check carefully.
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