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Kefir Brownie Cupcakes (Gluten Free)

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Perfect for Birthdays
Perfect for Birthdays

“He showed the words “chocolate cake” to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: “celebration.” Michael Pollan

My daughter Maci asked if I would make her chocolate, peanut butter, probiotic, sugar-free birthday cupcakes . . . my word, that’s a lot of words. This is what I came up with. They are gluten free and sugar free. Made out of walnuts, they taste like brownies. My younger daughter, Holli, had one for breakfast and thought she was doing something wrong when I told her she could have one. I have three more birthdays coming up and there is no telling what each one of them will ask for. I’m scared. They think I can do anything when it comes to birthdays. I think my family has been the inspiration for most of my recipes. Makes me happy to see them enjoy something that is decadent, tasty, and really good for them.

I am constantly thinking about food and recipes. I have collected cookbooks since I was a young girl and have shelves of cookbooks, and have used them all. I never knew why I collected cookbooks and pretty dishes. I have so many, and now I use them all on my website and blog. My husband laughs now, as I pull out dishes I have had for years and put them to good use in pictures for my blog. I now feel completely justified for my compulsions. I just need more cabinets to store them in – ha! I told him to get on it. After all, I have five refrigerators, what’s a couple more cabinets . . . right?

Brownie Cupcakes (Gluten Free)
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My daughter Maci asked if I would make her chocolate, peanut butter, probiotic, sugar-free birthday cupcakes . . . my word, that’s a lot of words. This is what I came up with. ~Donna
Ingredients
  • 1 3/4cups walnut meal(From walnuts ground in a food processor)
  • 1/3cup coconut flour
  • 1/2cup dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
  • 2 eggslarge
  • 1cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/2cup honeyor substitute about 8 packages of stevia. Add more to taste.
  • 2teaspoons rum vanilla extract
  • 1/3cup Coconut Oilmelted
  • 1/4cup Walnutsfor topping (optional)
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
    Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or place cupcake holders in muffin pan.
    Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or place cupcake holders in muffin pan.
  3. In a small bowl, mix first six ingredients until well blended. Set aside.
    In a small bowl, mix first six ingredients until well blended. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk eggs for one minute, then add coconut milk, honey, and vanilla and whisk again.
    In a small bowl, whisk eggs for one minute, then add coconut milk, honey, and vanilla and whisk again.
  5. Stir in melted coconut oil and whisk again until all ingredients are completely blended.
    Stir in melted coconut oil and whisk again until all ingredients are completely blended.
  6. Stir liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl so no pockets of dry ingredients remain.
    Stir liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl so no pockets of dry ingredients remain.
  7. Pour into tins.
    Pour into tins.
  8. Sprinkle with walnuts (optional)
    Sprinkle with walnuts (optional)
  9. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
    Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  10. When cooled, top with Kefir Peanut Butter Frosting
    When cooled, top with Kefir Peanut Butter Frosting
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You can substitute almond butter for the peanut butter, or another nut butter as well. ~Donna
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  1. Mix first five ingredients in food processor or mixer until thoroughly combined.
    Mix first five ingredients in food processor or mixer until thoroughly combined.
  2. Gently fold in whipped cream.
    Gently fold in whipped cream.
  3. Place on top of cooled brownies.
    Place on top of cooled brownies.
  4. Place in refrigerator and keep chilled.
    Place in refrigerator and keep chilled.
Recipe Notes

This goes great with my gluten free Brownie Cupcakes!

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27 Responses to "Kefir Brownie Cupcakes (Gluten Free)"
  1. moi je consomme depuis une semaine du kefir de lait environ 1/4 tasse pas jr j’ai des ptite diharré et un gout amer dans la bouche est ce que c’est normal

  2. do almonds convert = to flour or meal? Does 1c almonds grind into 1c flour or meal?

  3. Do nuts translate to meal cup for cup? 1 3/4 c nuts ground= 1 3/4 c meal? or what. Thanks for the great recipes and all the hard work you do.

  4. Looks yummy, but how much stevia is in a packet? My stevia is either drops or loose in a jar with a small spoon measure.

  5. For those saving these files as pdf: the frosting ‘print’ link has the same name as the cake link. You need to change the name of one of the files if you’re saving both onto your computer.

  6. I am allergic to walnuts – would almond meal work do you think? I will try it – they look so yummy and since my husband has Celiacs, and daughter is gluten intolerant (likely heading toward Celiacs) everyone is very excited and drooling over the pictures!!

  7. Your cupcake recipe popped up on my e-mail this morning and do they ever look good! I sorta took your advice last week on trying kefir (I’m new to it). The only e stores in my area that had it (Whole Foods is over an hour away and I hear they carry the same brand) was Walmart and Publix and it is the Lifeway brand. I understand it only has 12 probiotics but being a struggling type 2 diabetic, I gave the plain a try. What a difference! I need to get the hang of the proper dose for me as I had my sugar go too low! But putting that aside, I hear it is good for osteoporosis, which is a greater battle I have been fighting in wondering where all the calcium I take is going for me to be diagnosed worse in the last 2 years. So I hope it helps! But getting back to the cupcakes, I am a chocoholic in the 70% dark or more and I have a recipe for black bean brownies. How would that work for that? I believe that, like garlic, there is no such thing as “too much” and add more of the cocoa powder to what ever I make. Believe it or not, I lavish all my attention on the cake or brownies leaving the frosting off except for a little Redi Whip at the time of devouring – I mean, eating. I am not a “sweets” eater so frosting isn’t in my recipes. I will however, make a ganache (more chocolate) and make it with added whipped cream (the real stuff) to fluff it up or add ricotta cheese whipped into it. Yes, I love RICH not sweet but I only do this for others for potlucks or parties, (I keep it plain for myself in individual wrapped servings in the freezer, which brings to mind wouldn’t freezing kill it? It destroys yogurt cultures). Or, do you already have a recipe for such gooey richness! Thanks!!! Oh, and thanks so much for the idea for kefir for type 2 diabetes control. I told a friend about it and what it was doing for me and she bought a bottle of it, too! Bless you!

    • You can try the 70% dark chocolate and I think it would work too. Freezing does diminish the benefits but not all of them. Let me know how it turns out!

  8. It was the same for me, I had cookbooks uff and family and friends used to gift me with them, and my family thinks I can do anything when It comes to food. Its amazing the similarities. Love this recipe, but i love every recipe here, have your book and im waitnig for the next.

  9. These look reallY GOOD, sINCE i DO NOT HAVE ANY KEFIR CHEESE CAN YOU BUY IT AT THE STORE OR DOES IT HAVE TO BE HOMEMADE? IF NOT WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST FOR A SUBSTITUTION. mY BIRTHDAY IS NEXT WEEK AND i AM THINKING THESE WOULD BE GREAT TO MAKE FOR MY FAMILY. Not sure why it only lets me type in all caps?

  10. Looks delicious as always! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got for us when you come back from the WAP Conference in St. Louis!

  11. these look great! I am a bit confused as to the amounts of the following ingredients. I’m assuming that they are all in cups except for the baking powder which would be in teaspoons?

    1 ¾ walnut meal
    1/2 dutch processed cocoa powder
    1 ½ baking powder
    1/3 coconut oil melted

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27 Responses to "Kefir Brownie Cupcakes (Gluten Free)"
  1. moi je consomme depuis une semaine du kefir de lait environ 1/4 tasse pas jr j’ai des ptite diharré et un gout amer dans la bouche est ce que c’est normal

  2. do almonds convert = to flour or meal? Does 1c almonds grind into 1c flour or meal?

  3. Do nuts translate to meal cup for cup? 1 3/4 c nuts ground= 1 3/4 c meal? or what. Thanks for the great recipes and all the hard work you do.

  4. Looks yummy, but how much stevia is in a packet? My stevia is either drops or loose in a jar with a small spoon measure.

  5. For those saving these files as pdf: the frosting ‘print’ link has the same name as the cake link. You need to change the name of one of the files if you’re saving both onto your computer.

  6. I am allergic to walnuts – would almond meal work do you think? I will try it – they look so yummy and since my husband has Celiacs, and daughter is gluten intolerant (likely heading toward Celiacs) everyone is very excited and drooling over the pictures!!

  7. Your cupcake recipe popped up on my e-mail this morning and do they ever look good! I sorta took your advice last week on trying kefir (I’m new to it). The only e stores in my area that had it (Whole Foods is over an hour away and I hear they carry the same brand) was Walmart and Publix and it is the Lifeway brand. I understand it only has 12 probiotics but being a struggling type 2 diabetic, I gave the plain a try. What a difference! I need to get the hang of the proper dose for me as I had my sugar go too low! But putting that aside, I hear it is good for osteoporosis, which is a greater battle I have been fighting in wondering where all the calcium I take is going for me to be diagnosed worse in the last 2 years. So I hope it helps! But getting back to the cupcakes, I am a chocoholic in the 70% dark or more and I have a recipe for black bean brownies. How would that work for that? I believe that, like garlic, there is no such thing as “too much” and add more of the cocoa powder to what ever I make. Believe it or not, I lavish all my attention on the cake or brownies leaving the frosting off except for a little Redi Whip at the time of devouring – I mean, eating. I am not a “sweets” eater so frosting isn’t in my recipes. I will however, make a ganache (more chocolate) and make it with added whipped cream (the real stuff) to fluff it up or add ricotta cheese whipped into it. Yes, I love RICH not sweet but I only do this for others for potlucks or parties, (I keep it plain for myself in individual wrapped servings in the freezer, which brings to mind wouldn’t freezing kill it? It destroys yogurt cultures). Or, do you already have a recipe for such gooey richness! Thanks!!! Oh, and thanks so much for the idea for kefir for type 2 diabetes control. I told a friend about it and what it was doing for me and she bought a bottle of it, too! Bless you!

    • You can try the 70% dark chocolate and I think it would work too. Freezing does diminish the benefits but not all of them. Let me know how it turns out!

  8. It was the same for me, I had cookbooks uff and family and friends used to gift me with them, and my family thinks I can do anything when It comes to food. Its amazing the similarities. Love this recipe, but i love every recipe here, have your book and im waitnig for the next.

  9. These look reallY GOOD, sINCE i DO NOT HAVE ANY KEFIR CHEESE CAN YOU BUY IT AT THE STORE OR DOES IT HAVE TO BE HOMEMADE? IF NOT WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST FOR A SUBSTITUTION. mY BIRTHDAY IS NEXT WEEK AND i AM THINKING THESE WOULD BE GREAT TO MAKE FOR MY FAMILY. Not sure why it only lets me type in all caps?

  10. Looks delicious as always! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got for us when you come back from the WAP Conference in St. Louis!

  11. these look great! I am a bit confused as to the amounts of the following ingredients. I’m assuming that they are all in cups except for the baking powder which would be in teaspoons?

    1 ¾ walnut meal
    1/2 dutch processed cocoa powder
    1 ½ baking powder
    1/3 coconut oil melted

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