Simple Mills Frosted Vanilla Cupcake
A lot of people I work with are following a Medical Medium lifestyle (vegan and gluten-free, grain-free) and I have friends and family members who are dairy free and gluten free so I wanted to share some fun I have had recently with baking!
This Autumn brings quite a few birthdays and so I was looking into healthier options to make cupcakes and brownies. I have found Simple Mills to be a reputable brand with what I consider to be clean, whole food ingredients, so I decided to purchase a few of their offerings. This is not a proper recipe blog as I am really just sharing how I tweaked their recipes (stated on the box) to make it vegan friendly!
The first recipe I am going to share is the cupcake recipe! I used the Simple Vanilla Cupcake Mix and I followed the recipe on the box. However here is how I tweaked it:
Instead of eggs I made chia eggs (or flax seed eggs work as well):
1 egg = 1 tablespoon of chia seeds mixed with 2.5 tablespoons of water. Mix and put in the freezer for a couple minutes so it becomes gelatinous.
The recipe on the box calls for 3 eggs so you would triple the chia egg amount.
Instead of oil or butter I used organic apple sauce and it worked well! The recipe on the box calls for 1/3 cup of oil so I just add 1/3 cup of organic apple sauce!
I bake everything in unbleached and chlorine-free baking cups by a brand called If You Care.
For the frosting I purchased the simple mills chocolate frosting and I like the simplicity of the ingredients. I found it wasn't that sweet and the texture was hard so I decided to mix the frosting with raw
honey and a tiny bit of unsweetened organic coconut milk and it created this amazing mousse like frosting! Wow! It was not too sweet and the perfect consistency!
So I frosted the cupcakes and then added a few organic dried flowers on top for a little splash of color! They came out delicious and were dairy, egg and gluten free!
Simple Mills Frosted Brownies
Because I had so much success with the cupcakes my next trial was with the Simple Mills brownie mix! I did the exact thing I did with the other recipe, I replaced the oil with apple sauce and the eggs with chia (or flax) eggs. I also decided to make the brownies in
cupcake form, so I put a little of the brownie batter into a cupcake cup.
I then used the Simple Mills Vanilla Frosting this time and mixed it with honey and used a couple drops of an natural food coloring to make it pink! You can also use a cherry or strawberry in the food processor to create this soft pink color!
I did not measure the amount of honey or unsweetened coconut milk that I added to the frosting, I would keep adding and bending until I found the taste and consistency that I liked the best! I cannot tell you how wonderful the frosting comes out when you add in the honey and coconut milk! It is the perfect sweetness and such a lovely mousse-like consistency!
I hope you have found this blog helpful! If you are outside of the USA I am
not sure if you will be able to find this specific brand, however you can follow these tips using apple sauce instead of butter or oil and chia eggs instead of regular eggs and a unsweetened plant based milk instead of dairy milk!
Happy baking beautiful souls!
Sending lots of love from Sweet River Cottage in Narnia!