Four-Ingredient Nutella Brownie Cakes

This post is way overdue, and I am so sorry for that, but I did promise a successful recipe last time, and this is definitely it! 

As it was my boyfriend’s birthday a while ago and he goes a liiittle crazy over Nutella, I wanted it to be the main ingredient in the cupcakes I wanted to make for one of his gifts. However, they turned out to have so much Nutella in them that the texture is more brownie-like, so I fittingly named them Brownie Cakes. As you can see from the title, they also only require four ingredients! And that’s including the frosting. How great is that? Seeing as I used an entire big jar of Nutella though, I would definitely not call these healthy. But let’s be real… guys don’t care about that. Am I right? (Yeah, I’m right.)

This recipe was originally found here. It says it yields about 28 mini cupcakes, but I got 35.

browniecakes1I also finally bought new measuring cups and spoons, and I was so excited about them that I had to include them in this picture. (yes, I get excited about new kitchenware.)

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups Nutella
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 oz cream cheese

browniecakes2Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and place cupcake liners in mini cupcake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs.
  3. Add 1 1/2 cups of Nutella to bowl, and mix until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add the flour and stir mixture well.
  5. Pour batter into cupcake liners.
  6. Bake for 13-15 minutes.

browniecakes3For the frosting, combine remaining 1 cup of Nutella and cream cheese in a bowl and mix well. Make sure the Brownie Cakes are cooled well before piping the frosting on top!browniecakes4 browniecakes5I added chocolate sprinkles because if you’re gonna bake yummy Nutella cupcakes and have Nutella frosting, why not top it off with more chocolatey goodness?!browniecakes6Tip: Make your own cute flags! I cut up Post-it notes, glued them on toothpicks and wrote the letters on them.browniecakes7And lastly, some extra hearts for cuteness. ;)

I have so many ideas and good recipes planned and will start posting more regularly now, so get ready!

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valentine’s day cupcakes. (GF)

In honor of Valentine’s Day (and the fact that I got almond flour a long time ago and never used it), I thought why not make some cute cupcakes!  Since we all know that strawberries and chocolate are the ultimate combination, and will win over any sweet tooth (hint hint, last minute Valentine’s Day gift, anyone?), I present to you: chocolate almond flour cupcakes with strawberry chia seed jam!

The strawberry jam takes a while to make, so I prepared this first by putting 1 cup of frozen strawberries in a bowl to thaw for about one hour. You could also make this with fresh strawberries!

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ingredients for strawberry chia seed jam:

  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp water
  • *I didn’t use a sweetener, but add it if you like

directions:

  1. Let frozen strawberries thaw for about one hour
  2. Mash strawberries with a fork (you could also blend them)
  3. Add chia seeds, water, and optional sweetener. Mix well!
  4. Place mixture in the fridge for at least 30 minutes so the chia seeds can expand into a gel-like form.

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This is how my jam looked. Not the prettiest picture, but it tasted good and that’s really all that matters, right? Chia seeds are also an amazing source of omega 3 fats, fiber and protein! So, if you like jam or want something sweet on your toast, make this healthier alternative and feel good about indulging in it. (:

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ingredients for chocolate almond flour cupcakes: (makes about 7-8 cupcakes)

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place liners in cupcake pan.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in one bowl, and wet ingredients in the other.
  3. Mix wet ingredients well, then stir into the dry ingredients.
  4. Pour batter into cupcake liners.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

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For the hearts, I just used a sharp knife to cut out the heart shape, and placed the strawberry chia seed jam inside. It was a little difficult to make the hearts look decent, but I think they look cute. I was also pleasantly surprised with how these taste! First time I’ve used almond flour, and although a little more crumbly than other flours, they still tasted rich and chocolatey. There’s also a slight hint of coconut from the coconut oil. Simple and delicious!

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

peppermint hot chocolate.

I used to love the Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix. Also the Nesquick one was pretty good. I mean, chocolate, calcium and “NO SUGAR ADDED” ?! That  must be good for you, right?

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Wrong. Look at those ingredient lists! So many things you can’t pronounce and should simply not put into your body. A future informative post about all that later. 

But for now, let’s make our own healthy hot chocolate. Oh, and add peppermint. Because chocolate + peppermint = a perfect combination. Try it if you don’t believe me. ;)

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ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

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directions:

  • heat a saucepan over medium heat
  • add milk, maple syrup, vanilla, peppermint, then cocoa powder
  • stir and taste to liking!

Feel free to add more maple syrup if you’d like it sweeter.

So simple, healthy, and delicious. And no need to worry about any weird ingredients or chemicals! Enjoy while wearing red lipstick (optional, but recommended).

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