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Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes

I hope you all enjoyed the weekend! Who watched the Superbowl? Aside from Xtina messing up the National Anthem (I mean, come on, I love you, but..how many times have you sung it, girl?) I thought that the Puppy Bowl was more exciting:

my favorite part of course is the kitten half time show πŸ™‚

However, I only ended up watching the first half of the Superbowl before catching up on GLEE season 2 on my DVR ( am NOT finished so NO spoilers PLEASE!). I went to my moms for the second half of Puppy Bowl/ First half of the Superbowl. Michael went to his friends house to play poker and watch the game. He said that the second half got really exciting. At that point I was really into GLEE. There was no turning back :/

I brought some Kale Chips & White Bean Dip along with some Multi-Seed Crackers to myΒ  moms. Also a delish chocolate cupcake recipe I will share at the end of this post. There were SO many things that I wanted to make. Including Morgans Seitan and Buffalo “chiken” Ranch Wraps. Unfortunately I was non-stop all weekend, and realized I needed more cheese cloth, and down to my last drop of hot sauce. Boo.Β  I had no time to run outΒ  πŸ™ I still can not wait to make it though! Drooling hasn’t stopped since I first saw her post.

If you ever make these Kale chips and the Dip I want to make a note that you can’t actually “dip” the kale chips like you could a cracker. To offer as appetizers, you want to get a spoon. small knife or a pastry bag, lay the kale chips on a plate, ad dollopΒ  a little dip on each. Or guests can spread it onto the chip using a mini spreader. They are great by themselves too πŸ™‚

Sunday morning Michael and I took his grandmother out to breakfast, then went over to IKEA for the piece of furniture to solve all of my space/storage issues. I am making my office/den into a baby room. However, at this point the room is a disgusting mess. Computer, printer, books, papers, papers, papers, papers, filing cabinet, litter box, dust (that comes back every day and I can’t stand it), and so on. I can not WAIT to clean out this room. However, I needed somewhere to PUT all of my stuff before I do so. We do not have a lot of space. I don’t want my computer in my bedroom, and I do not wat all the wires, stuf, etc in my living room. I can’t do ANYTHING with the baby room until I have a place to put all my crap. So….I insisted we get this:

It closes up, so it will hide everything. I can put my printer, computer, some of my files and papers all in here. It will fit nicely in the corner of my living room. The first time I saw this was in my neighbors house. They bought it when they put their condo on the market to “hide” the eyesore that is your computer and everything that comes with it. It looked great, and I thought it was an awesome solution for our small space. My mom and brother are coming over tomorrow to help me put it together. Right now there are two HUGE boxes in the middle of my living room. I came home this morning to do some yoga, and completely forgot about that obstacle πŸ™ Guess I need to venture back out to the gym.After I reluctantly do some cleaning around here. I can’t even explain how tired and lazy I am feeling these days. But I MUST keep moving! As hard as it may be. As much as I would rather go crawl into my bed. I have to fight the hormones, and MOVE! Damn you, third trimester. Bye, bye energy πŸ™

Before I head back out I want to share with you the chocolate cupcakes I made for the Superbowl yesterday……..

This is a great Valentine’s Day Recipe! I think I may make a half batch of this, and a half batch of my All Natural Red Velvet Cupcakes to share with my loved ones πŸ˜‰

Chocolate Frosted Vegan Cupcakes

3/4 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

3/4 Cup Unbleached All Purpose Flour

3/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1 tsp baing powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

1 Ripe Avocado, pitted and scraped out

1 Cup Maple Syrup or Brown Rice Syrup

3/4 Cup CoconutΒ Milk

1/3 Cup Organic Apple Sauce

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners. Whisk together flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Puree avocado in a food processor until smooth. Add the maple syrup (or brown rice syrup), almond milk, apple sauce and vanilla and blend until creamy. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and stir until fully combined. Spoon batter into muffin liners and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. It was 22 minutes in my oven, but oven times may vary.

Chocolate Frosting:

4 ounces Vegan Chocolate Chips

1 T Coconut Oil

1/4 Cup Hot Water

1 tsp Vanilla

1 1 /2 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Transfer to a bowl and add hot water and stir, Slowly sift in the powdered sugar until you reach a desired consistency. Ice the cupcakes immediately once they are cooled down.

Enjoy πŸ™‚

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What did you think of the Superbowl commercials?

From what I saw the creepiest was definitely the Doritos commercial. where the guy licked his co-workers finger. The cutest was the Darth Vader VW commercial. I heard about a tire commercial with a Beaver that sounded really cute, but I missed it.

How was your weekend? Favorite thing you ate?

xxoo

 

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42 Comments

  • Reply susan

    Ikea is the best isn’t it, I like your storage unit. I think nearly everything in my home is from Ikea. The bummer bit is assembling the stuff but I roped in some friends to assemble the stuff for me. Those vegan cupcakes look so wonderful, I’m on a health kick from today and I’m trying the Sun Warrior Superomus product, I hear it’s meant to be good. Have you tried it?

    February 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    • Reply laury

      Never heard of it? Only tried their protein powder….not crazy about it, but if I mask it enough in a smoothie I can deal πŸ˜‰

      February 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply BIOCHEMISTA

    What a great giveaway! Do you recommend buying one? I haaaate tap water and always buy bottled $$$$$$ πŸ™

    February 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm
    • Reply laury

      Absolutely. It tracks how much you drink!

      February 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Charlie

    Those cupcakes look soooo good! Love that you added avocado!

    February 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Nice shelf! Those will definitely be helpful when you have a kid walking around that wants to grab everything!

    February 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply carls barkley

    those dang cupcakes were MFing delicious, girl!

    February 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    • Reply laury

      LOL. thanks

      Glad I left them all at your house. Too dangerous in my current condition πŸ˜‰

      February 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm
      • Reply carls

        dad ate 3/4ths of them…

        February 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm
        • Reply laury

          of course he did.

          February 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    That little kitten is just too cute. We were travelling when the Superbowl was on so we just caught the last couple minutes of it. Would have loved to see that half time show with the puppies and kittens though:)

    Great storage cubby..very stylish too!

    Those cupcakes look divine!! yum!
    I did watch the new episode of Glee last night..great stuff but I won’t give anything away:)

    February 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm
    • Reply laury

      Don’t think you missed much traveling πŸ˜‰

      The puppy and kitten show was on Animal Planet πŸ™‚ Totally separate from the SuperBowl. Usually plays from 3pm on all day same day as the Superbowl! Gotta check it out next year! So cute!

      February 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Lexie

    Ooooh I love your new computer stand. I can’t wait until I’m a grown up and can buy furniture. Oh wait, I’m 21 years old… I’ll get on that…

    February 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Jess@atasteofconfidence

    i was kind of disappointed with the commercials, but not the food! i love bread bowl:)

    February 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Hi Laury!

    Didn’t catch the superbowl. Was not a fan of either team and I dont really watch sports anyway.

    Nothing spectacular as far as eats this weekend…my mom made an awesome soup though that sticks out! I might have to blog about it at some point if I make it on my own!

    Those cupcakes look awesome! You’re so great about healthier desserts! I wish I was better! πŸ™‚

    February 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Oh I LOVE your storage unit for your computer! I am looking for something similar to hide my “junk”. Do you know the name of it?

    February 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks! It’s called the Alve Corner Workstation from IKEA. It was actually $100. off yesterday when we went!

      February 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Hungry Dancer

    Love the computer stand!! Glee is sooo addicting!!! I wasn’t that interested in the superbowl..I was excited for Glee after!

    February 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    I need that cupcake now!!! Unfortunately in Canada we don’t get to watch your American fun superbowl ads, but I plan to catch up on them with a little youtube action tonight!

    February 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    oh i like your ikea pick! omg i know i cringed when she messed up the lyrics! the black eyed peas were sucktastic for halftime. i was praying that fergie would stop singing. fave thing i ate yesterday was so delicious vanilla ice cream with frozen berries and a couple tbsp peanut butter slathered on top! we did our big move this weekend so our storage unit is empty yay!

    February 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm
    • Reply laury

      Oh, I agree about the Black Eyes Peas!

      February 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I was a BIG fan of the Super Bowl πŸ™‚ The commercials, not so much.

    I actually like the old people in the rest home commercial watching the car ad. I’m from Florida so I’ve spent a good amount of time with the older folks πŸ™‚ They crack me up.

    Best thing I ate yesterday was a toss up between my husband’s pasta salad and the deep dish pizza. Oh and of course there was also cheese πŸ™‚

    February 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    I WOULD be upset about not winning the water bottle buuuuuut…because it was munchkin who chose I just can not be mad. Hes too cute to be mad at.
    I totally watched some of the puppy bowl! LOL It was so rad. Totally killed the Superbowl in coolness.
    Best thing I had yesterday was my wanna be cheesy bean dip. It was SO GOOD! Seriously…i am totally patting myself on the back for that one. haha It had some homemade healthy refried beansand then I made a tangy raw almond cheese and layered them with salsa. It was awesome, and will be making a comeback soon so I can take a pic and blog it for you. πŸ™‚ I am totally droooooooooling over your cupcakes. I have a cupcake problem and that is all im going to say about that. Its bad.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm
    • Reply laury

      Oh that Munchkin. I was rooting for you πŸ˜‰ I need your refried bean recipe!!!! I’ve been trying to find a good one that’s easy to make!

      February 7, 2011 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Angie

    Great Recipe! I love anything chocolate these are a must try for me! Are they better than the red velvet ones? πŸ™‚ hope your doing well Laury!

    February 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm
    • Reply laury

      I think I need to make them both and do a taste test πŸ˜‰

      If i had to pick, I would say the red velvet by a little, just because I love them SO much!

      February 7, 2011 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    Congrats to Christy!! I love that Munchkin chooses the winner!!! πŸ™‚

    I didn’t watch the superbowl! haha I chose to cook instead. πŸ™‚ Those vegan cupcakes sound amazing!! Mm, so many good recipes for vegan week! πŸ™‚

    February 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Angela (the diet book junkie)

    it was definitely a good game yesterday, didn’t see the commercials (sigh..) but i guess that’s what happens when you live so far away…

    hope you’re feeling better dear, don’t be afraid to take it easy when you need to – hello, you totally deserve it!! πŸ™‚

    February 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm
  • Reply Leashieloo

    The Puppy Bowl was the highlight of my night yesterday! We only had it on for a minute, I couldn’t handle the adorabs!

    February 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    How cute is the Puppy Bowl!! Awwe πŸ™‚ Beats watching big guys tackle each other any day πŸ˜‰ haha!

    February 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm
  • Reply Simply Life

    Oh that cupcake looks so good!

    February 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply Madison

    Oh shoot, I missed the puppy bowl. Did those puppies actually play football correctly? Your vegan cupcake frosting looks way more creamy than when I made mine. I think I used cocao powder and not melted vegan chips. I gotta try your recipe soon.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm
    • Reply laury

      LOL, the puppys fall asleep, jump on each other, and you’re lucky if you see them play with the football. However, they are so cute!

      February 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    Hooray for Puppy Bowl! The Doritos commercial with the dude sucking the finger is still skeeving me out, eek! I thought the commercials were kinda lame this yr, especially Bud Light, they usually have good ones.

    I made kale chips tonight, one of these days I will make your dip along with it πŸ™‚

    February 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    I know, I can’t believe Christina messed up! How embarrassing! Those cupcakes look so gooey and amazing! Sorry you’re feeling so tired lately! Keep your head up πŸ™‚

    February 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply christy

    YAYAYA!! Thanks sooooooooooo much! This is the first blog give-a-way I’ve EVER won! And when I entered I was doing the mental math on my odds and they weren’t very good. Thanks again! πŸ™‚

    February 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm
  • Reply Katie

    There were commercials? Huh. Didn’t even notice.

    I also didn’t pay attention to the apparently crappy halftime show or the national anthem. I guess I missed all the good stuff. πŸ™‚

    February 8, 2011 at 12:22 am
    • Reply laury

      you were too busy staring at Aaron Rodgers behind as well as screaming out of pure joy and excitement πŸ˜‰

      The halftime show did suck. Wait, I didn’t even watch it, it stunk so bad.

      February 8, 2011 at 12:42 am
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  • Reply Alisa Fleming

    Busy weekend girl! Those cupcakes look awesome too!

    We saw a bit of the superbowl, but not really the commercials, so I can’t say. Not big football people here.

    February 8, 2011 at 11:39 am
  • Reply (what runs) Lori

    I’m drooling.

    February 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm
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