Easter Cupcakes…with Garbanzo Bean Flour!

20200412_124752Easter denotes goodies, aka chocolate and candy! That meant I needed to see what I had available in my cupboards, so off I took in adventurous mode through the fridge to see what I could find.

What if I used garbanzo bean flour in cupcakes? What would that taste like? I took a risk in mixing one cup of garbanzo flour with all purpose flour, including the regular baking powder and baking soda, salt, and decided to use 3/4 cup of Swerve, a sugar replacement that measures like sugar, instead of white sugar.

I found I had 1/2 papaya and 2 pieces of mango, which I liquified with a cup of water. In a separate bowl, 3 eggs were beaten with the Swerve, and about 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil.  I added the fruit mixture and mixed well. Then the dry ingredients were beaten in 3 separate batches with the wet ingredients until everything was well integrated.  The cupcake molds were filled with a large heaping tablespoon of the mixture, and in they went in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.  When I heard the timer, I rushed to the kitchen and took them out of the oven.

They glowed in their toasty exterior. I waited till they weren’t piping hot before taking one out and cutting it to see how they baked. And took a bite. Waited a second, took another bite, and thought….these are good! They are not overly sweet, and the garbanzo bean flour definitely adds lots of fiber – had I just used the garbanzo bean flour, the cupcakes would have been gluten free! Check out Bob’s Red Mill Stone Ground Garbanzo Bean Flour in your local supermarket. I found mine in my neighborhood Publix. The 1 lb bag was very inexpensive, and a great buy. Swerve is also available in Publix and at Whole Foods.

I wasn’t planning on making chocolate ganache, but because the cupcakes were not very sweet, I melted a large dark chocolate bar and a bag of Trader Joe’s chocolate chips in 1/3 cup of almond milk.  And voila! After finding green and pink sprinkles and a few chocolate covered almonds, used them in a fun presentation as this year’s Easter Cupcakes! And yes, they were delicious…..I think I might still have one left to enjoy today.

Easter Weekend Baking – Garbanzo flour et al!

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Baking makes me happy and it’s Easter weekend, so it’s time for Celebrating, even though we’re doing it at a distance…

I started my morning by going to Wal-Mart. I thought it was going to be easy to walk in, get the ingredients I needed, come home and bake to my heart’s content, but I was surprised to see that there was quite a long line outside the store, while a security guard allowed people in, as others walked out with their groceries. It’s the new normal….

Having not made banana bread in quite a while, I decided to make two different kinds, so I put a “secret ingredient” in one of the banana breads with walnuts; the second banana bread has macadamia nuts and chocolate chips….can’t wait to try a little piece of both.

Then while the banana breads were baking, I thought why not make the black bean brownies once again? Super easy, fast and pretty nutritious, as there is no flour involved, I whipped up the ingredients in the food processor, and when I took out the banana breads out of the oven, in went the black bean brownies for a mere 18 minutes.

In the meantime, put clothes to wash….yes, it’s a busy Saturday. Then thought…..it would be great to have some homemade cookies, as I haven’t made oatmeal cookies in such a long time, so rummaging through my cupboards, came up with a new recipe using 3 different kinds of flours. For the very first time, I used 1/2 cup of garbanzo bean flour, alongside 1/2 cup of apf and 1/2 cup of coconut flour, and 1 tablespoon of arrowroot to the dry ingredients.  Found a bag of orange infused cranberries, leftover walnuts, which I crushed into small pieces with the can of black beans, and put it all together, and if I say so myself, turned out pretty good! These cookies do have gluten but on a much lower scale had I just used all purpose flour. Definitely putting this recipe in the cookbook!

Happy Easter…can’t wait to cook Easter dinner tomorrow!