Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Celebrate Love + a Recipe to Match

Valentine's Day is a great reminder to love ourselves. 

We don't have need to splurge on extravagant gifts or experience. Rather, surround yourself with people you love and share something that makes you feel vibrant, alive, and beautiful.

And if you are celebrating the day with solo; even better.
Some things I love:

Real, raw love. For yourself.

Recipe: Slightly Sinful Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are intense, alluring, and have a secret. Three secrets, actually. Even a cupcake can be mischievous :)

The secrets? Beets, Tahini, + Bourbon

A little sweet, a little wholesome, and a little sinful. 

Slightly Sinful Chocolate Cupcakes

High Quality Chocolate
100g dark chocolate
100g almond meal
50g Tahini (1/3 c)
6 dates
1/4 c maple syrup
1 t vanilla
3 eggs
2 large beets (or several small)
1/2 c cacao powder (or cocoa)
1 t baking powder
2 T bourbon (or more to taste)
pinch of salt
1/2 c cacao nibs or chocolate chips (optional) 

Soak pitted dates in hot water until soft. Puree or mash with a fork. Finely shred or puree raw beets, reserving some of the liquid for the frosting. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine almond meal, cacao powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Melt chocolate in a double boiler over low heat. Once melted, stir in dates, tahini, vanilla, and shredded beets. Remove from heat, and add to almond meal mixture. Stir to combine.

In a small bowl, beat eggs, vanilla, bourbon and maple syrup. Add to the large bowl and mix well. Fold in cacao nibs or chocolate chips. 

Bake at 350 for 20-30 min.

4 T plain or vanilla greek yogurt
5-6 T powdered sugar
2 T tahini or other nut butter
pinch of lemon juice
1 t beet juice 

Combine and stir until well combined. Taste and add more powdered sugar to taste. Spread on cooled cupcakes. 

Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. happy Valentines Day to you too. I am going to try your cup cakes they look really good. I love the picture of you running with your pup and the moon. What a great shot ! Thanks for sharing

    1. Glad you like the photos! The cupcakes are pretty darn tasty too- even better the next day :) Enjoy! And, let me know how they turn out!

  2. Whole lotta lovin' right there!

  3. Those cupcakes were a perfect treat yesterday after my long run:)
    Thanks for the great recipe, and the pics are amazing!