Archive for June, 2012


I have an obsession. Not an unhealthy one but a healthy obsession… Even more so than avocado…. It’s chai tea! I can drink it every day and it’s even more delish in milkshake form. So I’ve seen lots of complicated recipes for cupcakes but this morning I had little time and very little ingredients. The wonderful thing about chai teabags is that they have all the essential spices in the bag to make a very tasty treat. So I thought I’d try to simplify the recipes a bit.

vanilla chai cupcakes/muffin…. Single serving!

3 T whole wheat pastry flour

1T cream cheese (I did this in place of the usual applesauce and to sweeten it a little. If fat free is your goal use cinnamon applesauce)

3-4 T chai infused milk of choice

2 chai tea bags

1T plus 1tsp agave

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 or 1/2 tsp vanilla depending on how vanilla tasting you want cupcake

Can add:

1/4 tsp of ginger
Spinkling of black pepper for a little extra bite

*these can be made in a coffee cup in a microwave if short on time!

In a small saucepan bring some milk and 2 tea bags (any extra can be used to make a chai milkshake or latte!) to a simmer. Heat until chai tea steeps completely and is a caramel color.

If baking preheat oven to 330 degrees. Prep muffin pan or coffee cup.

Add all ingredient ingredients and mix completely then add wet. Add enough milk/tea mixture to get muffin or cupcake consistency you want. Once completely combine pour into prepped coffee cup or pan.

Bake about 12-15 minutes or microwave for about a minute and a half. And enjoy!

Extra chai can also be used to make a cream cheese spice frosting! I will post a few frosting recipes later on. I’m on my way to the zoo for fathers day now.

Happy fathers day to all the daddies out there! Have a great day!

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Mint chocolate brownies

I love making cupcakes. I love cooking in general and with a wicked sweet tooth I look for every opportunity to bake desserts I can find. Today is my friend from works bday. Yesterday I decided to wake up early and make something for the occasion. I bring cupcakes all the time so I thought I’d change it up a bit and made brownies. They can’t be just any normal brownies so since I was out of cream cheese I went with my favorite combination. Mint and chocolate! I have 5 I saved for myself because they were so yummy and I can only share so much. Haha! I used whole wheat flour and the consistency was really nice. I doubled my recipe to make super thick brownies. But here’s the recipe for normal people!

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Minty chocolate brownies

2 C whole wheat flour
2 C raw sugar (can sub other sweeteners)
3/4 C unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 C water or milk of choice
1 C oil or applesauce
1 heaping tsp mint extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees and prep brownie pan
Mix dry ingredients well then add wet. Combine until free of lumps and completely mixed.
Pour batter into pan and smooth with spatula. Bake 20-30 minutes or until fork or tooth pick comes out clean.

Top with powdered sugar, Icecream, or vegan cream!

Add ins:
Chocolate chips
Nuts
Mint chips
Peanut butter or cream cheese to swirl In.

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