I’m not entirely sure what possessed me to attempt more gluten-free cupcakes, but I stumbled upon this recipe from Elana Amsterdam’s archives while searching for something else, and I was curious how it would turn out. The other cupcake recipe of hers that I tried uses almond flour, and while still yummy, those cupcakes are dense, heavy, and moist to the point of almost seeming soggy.
Yesterday I mentioned that I was trying something different. I love Elana Amsterdam‘s recipe for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, only I make it with coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil and maple syrup (the good stuff!) in lieu of agave because I hate agave. But everything else is the same, unless I sub out a handful of the almond flour for coconut flour. This makes more of a dense, soft cookie that doesn’t spread when baked.
I finally tried the Very Vanilla Cupcakes recipe in Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook. I’ve been wanting to make them ever since I got the book, but for one reason or another I just didn’t get around to it. Probably because I usually end up making her chocolate chip cookies, which are exceedingly addictive and rarely last more than a few days around our house, if that long.
Based on the contents of my past few CSA boxes, zucchini is doing really well this year. Or at least there’s a lot of it growing. It’s a veggie that you can easily add to just about anything, and that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing with it. Grated, it makes a wonderful “raw” pasta substitute, I love it lightly stir-fried with other veggies, it’s delicious sauteed and added to salads, omelets, or whatever else is cooking, and then of course there’s always zucchini bread.
There are times when I really, really, want chocolate. Occasionally these times occur when I don’t have any chocolate in the house apart from some Ghirardelli baking chips. Rather than just eating the chocolate chips, although they are nice enough to enjoy that way, I decided to make some gluten free chocolate chip cookies.