This afternoon I decided to make vanilla cupcakes from Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook to share with another gluten-free, allergen sensitive friend of mine. I wanted to make a frosting to go with them, but I didn’t have any soy-lecithin free chocolate chips. I ordinarily use Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Gluten, Dairy & Soy Free but I ate them up in a snacking frenzy some time ago. I looked around, but most recipes online seemed to call for something my friend couldn’t have or something I didn’t have in my pantry. And so, I made up my own recipe.
I also wanted to try a menu again. I’ve gotten out of the habit and I miss it, so here goes. The DH is out of town, so I just have to please Baby Yum and my Mother, who is living with us.
Tofu Meatball subway on Sorghum-Millet French Bread
Vegetable Stir Fry
Split Pea Soup
Prepared Ravioli in pumpkin-sage cream sauce
Dessert of the week: Fruit Cobbler
Dairy-free Soy-free Chocolate Frosting Recipe
1/2 to 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1 tsp dairy and soy-free Margarine (I use soy-free Earth Balance)
1/2 cup high quality cocoa
2 tbsp coconut cream (*you can add 1/2 tbsp more if you like)
1/2 tsp. gluten-free vanilla
pinch of salt
Put your shortening, margarine and 1/4 cup of your powdered sugar in a standing mixing bowl or small to medium bowl and mix together until creamy. Add your cocoa and another 1/4 cup sugar and combine. Add coconut cream (the thick cream-like solid that forms at the top of a can of regular, full fat coconut milk) and vanilla and mix together. Add your pinch of salt and combine. Adjust as desired. If needed add final 1/4 cup sugar and whip together.
Baste cupcake or cake with frosting. Will firm up as it sits, even at room temperature.