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Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes



cupcake-girlThis is a great recipe for very moist chocolate cupcakes.  Who would have thought of putting avocado in your dessert?  And read on to find out how these cupcakes can increase your energy and libido!

Avocados are very rich in vitamin E and researchers credit their unique other nutrient combo of folate and vitamin C with killing or stopping the growth of precancerous cells that lead to oral cancer and may have similar effect on other cancers.   They can protect your vision as they are also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants found in the retina that keep eyes healthy. They also may prevent age-related problems like cataracts and macular degeneration.

Historically avocados had a long-standing stigma as a sexual stimulant and are known by the Aztecs as the “fertility fruit.” Due to their high monounsaturated fat content and vitamin B6, both are needed to keep energy and libido up.  (Imagine eating your chocolate/avocado cupcake and increasing your energy and libido!)

Chocolate-Avocado Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe
Modified from Summer June 2009 Issue of Delicious Living Magazine (found at Whole Foods Market)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 half cups gluten free flour blend
1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
3/4 cups of organic powdered cocoa
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
1 avocado (pitted and skin removed)
1 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup of milk (other options include rice, hemp, almond or coconut milk)
1/3 cup of coconut oil
2 tsp of gluten-free vanilla
1/2 cups gluten-free chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients.  Set aside.

In a separate bowl, puree the avocado, syrup, milk, oil and vanilla together until smooth.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

Mix the puree with the dry ingredients and mix until firm. Place into muffin cups, bake 25-minutes or until done.  Top with peanut butter glaze (Recipe below.)

Peanut Butter Glaze:
1/2 cup peanut butter (preferably smooth)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup milk (rice, coconut, soy, etc…)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp cream cheese

Whisk together ingredients until smooth with no lumps.  If necessary, add more milk to thin out glaze.

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