As you likely already know, May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. I’ve been sharing thoughts about why I went gluten-free, tips on how to take those first gluten-free steps, and how to avoid cross-contamination of gluten in your own home. Today, I’m sharing something a little more fun! I was asked to contribute to an event called Cupcakes for a Cause, hosted by the American Celiac Disease Alliance. All throughout the month of May, various gluten-free bloggers and bakers will be sharing their cupcakes – baking the number of cupcakes needed to represent the years they’ve been gluten-free. Each entry will be pinned on Pinterest, and you are welcome to “vote” for your favorites there – just “like” it or repin; either counts as a vote.
Anyway, as I have been nearly 3 years gluten-free, I am showing 3 of these lovely, welcome-to-summer peach cupcakes. (In truth, the recipe makes more than 3 cupcakes – it’s hard to make only 3 cupcakes!) Peach season has come early to North Texas, due to the warm temps we’ve had this spring. I was astonished when I started seeing the early peaches at the farmer’s market on the first weekend in May. Since then, I’ve been buying them up – they’re superb this year, full of juicy sweetness. You bite into one, and that sticky, orange-red juice drips down your chin. It’s messy, and it’s heaven. Mostly, I’ve been enjoying them unadorned. They’re one of my most favorite fruits.
But since I needed to bake some cupcakes for this event, what better inspiration than the bounty of late spring/early summer? I opted to make this healthier gluten-free cupcake. But you don’t have to know that it’s healthier; just know that there’s the gorgeous flavor of peach throughout, and a creamy, decadent peachy frosting on top. It’s a perfect way to celebrate both a gorgeous time of year and an excellent cause.
Check them out for yourself, and be sure to go and vote for your favorite cupcakes!
Peach Cupcakes with Peachy Cream Frosting (grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free)
For the cakes:
3/4 c diced peaches
1/2 c medjool dates, pitted
1/4 c coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 t vanilla extract
1/4 t almond extract
1/4 t stevia extract
1 1/2 c blanched almond flour
2 T tapioca starch
scant 1/2 t salt
1/4 t baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers. Place peaches, dates, and coconut oil in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, almond and stevia extracts, and process again until well-blended. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, tapioca starch, salt and baking soda. Scrape the wet ingredients from the food processor and add them to the almond flour. Mix together with a spoon until well-combined. Spoon batter into cupcake papers, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Peachy Cream Frosting (grain-free, dairy-free), refined sugar-free)
2 T palm shortening
2 T coconut oil
6 T tapioca starch
3 T agave nectar
1/4 c powdered coconut sugar
6 T coconut milk
Add coconut butter, shortening, coconut oil, tapioca starch, jam, and agave nectar to the bowl of a food processor. Whisk until creamy. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and add coconut sugar and coconut milk and whisk until creamy and thick, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed.
Frost cupcakes as desired.
This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays over at Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free.