Coconut Pumpkin Breakfast Cupcakes

coconut pumpkin cakes

Sweets | January 28, 2016 | By

Cupcakes for breakfast? Why the heck not? They are muffin siblings anyway, so go ahead and enjoy this easy “breakfast cupcake.” The coconut flour in this recipe really adds a wonderful flavor and consistency to the cake. Its muffin-like texture screams for a cup of Joe! Top it off with vanilla frosting, grab your coffee cup, and pull up a chair!

Coconut Pumpkin Breakfast Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup organic pumpkin puree
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • Vanilla frosting (optional )
  • Toasted coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners. In a small bowl, mix dry ingredients together and set aside. In a medium bowl, beat eggs and mix in melted coconut oil, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, coconut milk and vanilla extract. Add dry ingredients. Mix well. Scoop batter into cupcake liners filling each ¾ way full. Bake 25 minutes, or until muffins are firm and golden brown. Let muffins cool. Top with vanilla frosting if desired, and sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes.
Notes
Coconut flour and organic pumpkin puree can be found at select grocery stores like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.

Adapted from: Coconut Mama

Seared Tuna Salad with Miso Dressing

Soup & Salad | January 27, 2016 | By

I love salad for dinner (or lunch!). This is a fantastic, tasty meal that has “healthy” written all over it! And, it’s so easy to prepare. If I’m making seared tuna for another meal, like my wasabi seared tuna recipe, I repurpose the tuna for this dish. Leftovers anyone? Why waste a beautiful fish? Add a glass of white wine and now you’re talkin’ tuna!

Seared Tuna Salad with Miso Dressing
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 fresh tuna steak, ahi or yellow fin
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 package cleaned mixed greens
  • 1 cup undressed broccoli slaw from package
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ sliced red onion
  • 1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
For the Dressing
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • Dash of pepper
Instructions
For the salad
  1. Pat the tuna dry and brush 1 tablespoon of canola oil on all sides. Sprinkle salt and pepper on all sides of tuna. Heat a small cast iron skillet to medium high and sear tuna on one side for 3 minutes and the two minutes on the other side. Remove and cool. Tuna should be nicely seared on the outside and rare pink on the inside. After cooling slice tuna on the diagonal and set aside.
  2. Mix together the field greens, broccoli slaw, carrots, and red onion. Toss lightly with miso dressing (recipe below). Top salad with sliced avocado and tuna. Place a mound of cilantro on top and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
To make the dressing
  1. Whisk together rice vinegar, soy sauce, miso, ginger, lime juice, garlic, honey, and pepper. Whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons of canola oil. Toss salad with dressing.
Notes
To toast the sesame seeds: Place in a skillet on the stove over medium heat and dry toast it until light brown. Don't overcook.