No I am not a vegan, but I sure do love these cupcakes.
If you have followed me for a while you know that I am not a vegan, but because I am lactose intolerant, I do make a few vegan based meals. I think it is a great lifestyle but it isn’t something I could 100% adopt for myself. I feel very comfortable making different vegan meal dishes. However, vegan based desserts have always been intimidating to me. Why? Because the ingredients for most of the vegan desserts are foreign and something that I, most likely, isn’t at my regular grocery store. I don’t like to buy ingredients that I may only use one time. Who does right? Well these cupcakes are as basic as they come and you probably have all the ingredients in your cabinets.
The cupcakes were easy to make. I had a get together this past weekend and everyone loved them. They couldn’t taste the difference and were really surprised when I told them what the ingredients were. When it came to me making the frosting, I really hated the idea of using powdered sugar but I wanted to make something very basic and simple and I told myself that I will explore different options. To cut back on sugar I just iced a very thin layer of icing on each cupcake. Works for me. I don’t care too much for icing anyway. These cupcakes are easy, simple, and perfect.
A quick word about veganism. STOP GIVING THE WORDS VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, RAW, OR HEALTHY A BAD NAME! I feel that the majority of people in this country get real freaked out when they hear about a meal or a dish that is one of the latter. I’ll take my family as an example. I made my mom some beet juice, black bean brownies, and these cupcakes before and every time the woman act like I was asking her to eat a grasshopper with pond scum on it. She didn’t care for the beet juice but the cupcakes and the brownies weren’t that painful for her to eat. She was pleasantly surprised. She allowed her mind to prevent her from tasting something that was really good for her and that satisfied her taste buds. These lifestyles aren’t bad. In fact, when you eat a meal or treat that derives from one of these lifestyles you might actually like it and notice how great your body feels! So please, stop being afraid of these words. Explore them and get to know them.
Okay, that’s it!
Cupcake recipe adapted from Food.com