Raw Red Velvet Cupcakes (Nut & Dairy Free Frosting)

Posted by: on maj 9, 2015 | 2 816 Comments

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I couldn’t sleep the other night. I wasn’t one of those frustrated ’Guh – I need to fall asleep so badly’-moments that happen sometimes. Instead I felt as if a constant flood of tingles moved through my body ruling out the possibility of drifting off. So I lay there, eyes closed with a grin on my face when suddenly – light bulb-moment! I wrapped my body in our coziest of blankets and walked barefoot out in the garden to watch the full moon. And there she was, full and complete, slightly golden and so, so powerful. I was completely transfixed as I often am when I see that bright light in the sky and also filled with energy and ideas that left me feeling like anything was possible. Know what I mean? I fully believe that those kinds of moments are the ones that have the power to lead us to where we want to be/go/do. Not saying it’s a road laced with glowing rainbows and unicorns but still, with miracles in their own tough and weird but life-altering forms.

So watch the moon, hug a tree or stare at the intricate beauty of a romanesco :). The space you create by doing those things will let the light-bulb moments pop up within you and -BOOM- before you know it you’ll be tuned-in to all the crazy awesomeness that is You and your creative force. Ready to shoot off soul aligned ideas and projects like freaking fabulous fireworks? You better be. Creativity is the juicy language of the soul and if it keeps you awake during odd hours of the night, let it. It’s the door to all those rad miracles you carry within.

Who needs sleep anyway? *ahem me ahem*

..so what can one of those life changing in-the-middle-of-the-night ideas look like? Sensational Raw Red Velvet Cupcakes with a frosting that’ll blow.your.mind!

Ps. I can’t take credit for the seemingly well-thought-out cupcake-matching outfit. I wish I was that organized sometimes though, I mean the colors are identical!

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Fun & Fabulous Facts

– We’re dumping the artificial dyes!

Our human brain is supposedly wired to look for bright red and yellow in terms of food. This is meant to lead us to the ripe and (preferably..) edible fruits giving us long-lasting nourishment and energy (side note: which are McDonald’s two colors, everyone?). If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve switched from searching the jungle to rushing through the isles of a supermarket to find your next meal. So what does it mean when we reach for the brightest most juicy-looking colors in a supermarket and especially how do manufacturers benefit from our longing for color? Enter: Artificial food coloring.

Where is it? If you or anyone in your family eat any of the following: yoghurt, lemonade, chips, pickles, cake, pudding, gravies, candy, frozen yoghurt, tea, beer, liquor, sauces, rice, macaroni and cheese, flavored milk, popsicles, ice cream, breakfast cereal, jelly, fruit punch, juice, stuffing, cookies, mashed potatoes and bread. I know. I could have simply said that artificial food coloring is in a wide range of foods but I really want to give you the whole picture. Chances are that more then 50% of what you eat comes with unnatural cherry pop-red, glow in the dark- yellow, hulk-green or other colorful but artificial hues.

These colors are not only used inside regular products as those listed above. They may also be sprayed onto fruits to make them appear more ripe and nutritious and get this: no label required! Factory fishing farms may also give red-coloured feed to salmon to give it’s flesh that desirable orange hue while beef may be injected with red dye since no one really thinks grayish meat looks appealing. Labels? Nope. Then there are the little pills you may pop too so if you take any medicin, contraceptives or supplements always look for dye-free versions.

How do I spot it? As a rule, packaged foods with synthetic dyes must have the colorants used labeled in the list of ingredients. If you see for example ’Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1, Green 3, Caramel Coloring or Yellow 5, Carmine or Coachineal extract on the label you’ll know that the crackers/ cereal/ yoghurt you are holding is not colored with beet juice or turmeric. Other places to look for artificial colors are in temporary tattoos, face paints, finger paints and play dough.

What is it made off? Just as with the frightening ingredients in skin & hair care (see my guide for it’s natural DIY counterparts HERE) artificial food coloring is made from from coal or petroleum byproducts, ground bugs and propylene glycol (antifreeze, anyone?). Yellow 5 as listed above contains Benzene which is a known carcinogen. Blue 1 doubles as jeans colorant and Red 2 and 40 are made from either coal or petroleum byproducts so why oh why is this stuff not so very banned?

How does it effect us and the earth? With such an incredible palette of colors present in nature it feels absurd to rely on artificially made dyes. Spirulina, beet juice, carrot juice, blueberries, turmeric (and the list goes on) are just a few of the coolest mother earth-made colors around. If the earth would have big relaxing exhale-moment if we dumped the unnatural dyes and turned to the stuff listed above instead? I think YES. That fact aside, artificial food coloring have been linked to hyperactivity, sleep disturbances, ear infections, headaches, ADD/ADHD, chromosomal damage, eczema, bed-wetting, asthma, diabetes and cancer.

In Europe and Scandinavia many of the artificial food colorants are banned due to the extensive research and studies on the effect they have on our health and especially the effect on the health of our children. In The States on the other hand there are even some examples of artificial coloring once banned by the FDA but later legalized due to major economic interest. Money over health may be the standard but guess who can change it? We can! Yes, It is scary what may pass our lips when thinking ’well, it’s food so we ought to be safe’. It’s not like we’re drinking gasoline’. Oh wait, we are (’Red 2’ & ’Red 40’).. my mistake. BUT it’s also quite an easy switch when out shopping for food so let’s effing DO THIS! When deciding to color these cupcakes I opted for orcangic beets instead of ’Red 40’. Hope that’s ok, by you. I mean I know red bugs are cool and all but I think we can agree that they are way more rad un-crushed and very much alive. 

Ps. Here’s an interesting study on food dyes and it’s effects if you wish to dive deeper.

Ps2. Awesome all natural Rainbow Cake Sparkles by my friend Jo, anyone?

Ps3. All about Beets HERE

Ps4. Why Raw Treats Rock HERE

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Raw Red Velvet Cupcakes

Filled with the all natural red color of beets and healthy goodness from almonds, flax and coconut, these cupcakes are actually good for you! The frosting would also be perfect on a carrot cake or with added raw cacao powder on a chocolate creation. 

Around 10 mini cupcakes

Coconut Frosting
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup plant based milk
2 tbsp honey (vegans use maple or rice syrup)
1/4 tsp pure vanilla powder
1.5 tbsp coconut flour
1/4 of a whole nutmeg, ground
1/4 large lemon, juice + zest

1. Add coconut oil and plant based milk to a saucepan on lowest heat possible. Once the mixture has reached just below body temperature (check with your little finger) you remove form heat and add the honey/maple syrup/rice syrup and stir until fully incorporated. Add to a high speed blender (use a hand blender if you don’t have a high speed blender) and add all other ingredients to the mix. Blend until slightly fluffy and nicely shiny. Pour into a piping bag or plastic bag and refrigerate for 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Sorry, there are no shortcuts..

2. Once you notice that the consistency of the frosting is one that will hold or at least not completely leave the top of the cupcakes, you cut a small-ish hole in one of the bottom corners of the plastic bag (if you’re using a piping bag – don’t cut a hole in it ;). Work quickly because once you start working with the frosting it might start ’crumbling up’ due to the highly absorbent coconut flour and the change in temperatures. Once ready, sprinkle with the beet pulp you saved when making the cupcakes (below).

3 mid sized beets (1 1/2 cup once peeled and shredded)
1/2 cup raw almonds
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup flax flour (it’s easy to make you own flour by grinding whole seeds in a coffee grinder)
7-8 medjool dates, pitted (around 135 g once pitted)
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
a pinch of sea/himalayan salt
1/4 tsp pure vanilla powder

1. Peel beets and juice them in a juicer and use the pulp for the cupcakes OR peel and grate beets finely (I recommend using a food processor and not a hand grater). If grating, add the grated beet to a nut milk bag and squeeze out ALL juice (that you’ll of course drink, silly!). Set aside pulp and save 4 tbsp separately for sprinkling onto cupcakes later.
2. Rinse and wipe food processor dry if you used it for the beets. Add almonds and mix into a flour (stop mixing before it starts sticking together). Now add coconut, flax flour, raw cacao, salt and vanilla to the almond flour and pulse until incorporated.
3. Add pitted dates and beet pulp to the food processor and pulse into a deep red mixture. Be careful not to mix for too long as you don’t want the ’dough’ ending up too compact but still have a fully incorporated blend of ingredients.
4. Divide ’dough’ into ten pieces and form each one into a cupcake shape. Wrap with parchment paper and tie a little string around it or simply leave as they are. Leave cupcakes in room temperature if you plan on eating them once the frosting has set. When refrigerated in air-tight container cupcakes will stay fresh for 2-3 days both frosted and un-frosted.

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It would be awesome to know in the comments below if you have an example of a moment that spark your juicy creativity! Or feel like adding your two cents on artificial vs natural food coloring?

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Thank you for taking all this in. You are the change.


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