Monthly Archives: March 2012

Chocolate Walnut Muffins/Cupcakes

What is the difference between a muffin and a cupcake anyway? I would say that a muffin might be a little denser that the cupcake but in the world of gluten free nothing is as light and fluffy as the original. So you can call this a muffin or you can add some frosting and call it a cupcake. I will eat it either way 🙂

Lately I have really been craving something sweet but when I eat sweets I do not like the way I feel. I wanted something made from real food. Something that tasted good but with out all the sugar (from what ever source..maple syrup, honey, etc). I was thinking of making an almond cookie recipe that I made at Christmas time but man they were a lot of work. So I started searching for recipes that fit into the low sugar real food category and found a keeper. Nuts for protein and chocolate for my sanity.

Chocolate Walnut Muffins/Cupcake (gluten-free and low-sugar)

For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 8 oz of dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 8 egg whites

For the glaze:

  • 8 oz dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp butter

Pre-heat oven to 350 F degrees.

Grease a muffin tin or use liners. You can also use a cake or pie pan.

Chop the walnuts in the food processor until crumbled and remove to another bowl. Chop the chocolate in the food processor and add to the bowl with the walnuts.

Whisk the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg yolks to the mixture, beating after each addition (I do this in the food processor). Add this mixture to the nuts/chocolate mix and stir. Add in the vanilla extract and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks. Gently fold approximately 1/3 of the egg whites into the batter, adding the rest of it after that.

Pour the batter in the prepared pan and bake (15 minutes for the cupcakes and about 35 minutes for the cake). Let it cool to room temperature. After it cools, prepare the chocolate glaze. Put the chocolate and butter in a pan and gently melt, stirring well until smooth. Pour over the top of the cake.

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The first time I made this I did not get the chocolate chopped enough and it sank to the bottom but still very tasty. The second time I made them I did not chop the nuts enough and it did change the texture a bit. I guess you will have to work with it and find what is best for your taste. I like the nuts chopped/ground up more.

I took the second batch to a mom’s night gathering and the next morning the first thing the boys asked “Is there any muffins left for us”. If they call it a muffin we can eat it for breakfast right?? Good thing I did not have time to frost them before I left last night 🙂

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And so it begins…

It has been one month to the day that my hubby decided to create Live…Love…Farm as a gift for me.

We had tossed the idea around before but never really got around to doing anything about it. Anyone out there with kids understands the “things you would like to do” list vs. “the reality of life that fits in to a 24 hour day” list. I have found that I have lots of ideas in my mind but getting them out and on this blog prove to be another story. I told hubby tonight that I need an auto save with an option to print installed into my brain!

So let’s get started…

Hi! My name is Lisa and I am a mom to 2 special need kids. They are wonderful and challenging all in the same breath. I never want them to use their disabilities as an excuse, but want their lives to be a testimony to God. They are overcomers and not survivors in this world. It does seem many times that we are under a watchful eye – as Christians, as Homeschoolers, and as a family with unique challenges. For this I think that we need to set the bar high, striving for the best and always willing to do the hard thing. The balance of that equation is to always be real and show others that our strength only comes from the grace of God. I will share my life with you – it is an open book. I have made many, many mistakes and am thankful that God uses it all for His good. I hope to learn from others as much as they learn from me. I believe that sometimes it is easier to see things in others than it is in our own life, so I am thankful for those true friends that are not scared to be real with me. Who will speak the things I need to hear with truth and love. As scared as I am of change I know that it is essential to life. I dream of a country life which everyone I know thinks is crazy. I love a good sports movie, and cooking is a great stress relief for me.


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