What a day! Extremely proud to be an American! I just heard a quote that is worth repeating, ‘This is a ‘I know where I was when…’ moments. I remember where I was when I found out about the attacks, and I will remember this.” Good riddance to an evil and heartless human. The world is a better place. The utmost respect and admirations for our military!
With this appreciations, this week’s tips are based upon appreciating what we have and how lucky we are to live in the USA. (more…)
Black Bean Chocolate Cupcakes (Makes 12 cupcakes)
1/3 cup butter, melted (suggestion: yogurt butter)
1 1/4 cups sugar (suggestion: Splenda/Truvia)
2 large eggs
2 tsps vanilla extract
2 tbsp grated orange zest (optional)
1 15.5 oz can black beans, drained, rinsed and pureed
1/2 cup unsweetened baking cocoa powder
1 cup all-purpose (or wheat) flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened (suggestion: yogurt butter)
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
12 chocolate kisses (optional)
Preheat oven to 375°. Line cupcake tin with paper liners. Mix butter, sugar and eggs for 3 minutes on high with an electric mixer until thick and creamy. Fold vanilla extract and orange zest (if using) into pureed beans. In a small bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, flour and baking powder.
Fold egg mixture into beans then fold flour mixture into beans by thirds. Fill cupcake tins 2/3 full. Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.
While cupcakes are baking, beat butter with electric mixer until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar then juice concentrate until you get a nice thick, smooth, spreadable frosting. If too stiff, add water 1 tsp at a time until you get the desired consistency. If you’d like, add food coloring to tint the frosting. Once cupcakes are completely cool, frost cupcakes and top each one with a kiss (if using).
This is one of my favorite recipes from Vegetarian Times. My kids love these and they have no idea that they are eating beans!