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My dear friend, Jenny holding these tasty treats!

I mean, does this picture make your mouth water or what?  And, some of y’all are probably thinking, “oh, I can’t have those, they’d be so bad for me!”  Well,  think again my fellow real-food “foodies.”

What you are looking at is a wonderful baking mix, the muffin part…I’ll get to the icing later.  This Chocolate Muffin & Cupcake mix is:

  • gluten-free
  • no refined sugars
  • low-glycemic
  • paleo-friendly
  • non-gmo
  • grain-free
  • soy-free
  • dairy-free

The company that makes this and a variety of other wonderful baking mixes is Simple Mills!  They have worked hard to create a product that is delicious, clean, honest and actually health-supportive.  You know I’m not big on foods that come out of packages but this is one I can get behind because all the ingredients are ones that live in my kitchen like:

  • almonds
  • coconut nectar
  • unsweetened cocoa
  • arrowroot powder
  • flax meal
  • baking soda
  • celtic sea salt
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They are even truly delicious naked!

And, now for the icing!  My sweet friend, Jenny was over last Sunday for a visit and we decided to make these chocolate muffins…which came together in about two minutes.  But, Jenny with her serious baking experience said, “we should make a peanut butter, chocolate icing!”  And, I said, “Don’t ask me twice and tell me how to do it!”

Let me just tell you, dear reader the icing on this cupcake is satisfaction guaranteed.   You know how I’m always saying…if you’re going to eat dessert make sure it has ample fat and is lower in the sweetness factor so you don’t spike your blood sugar too high?  This icing has ample fat and so do the muffins.  Simple Mills mixes are just sweet enough which I love!

Well, this is all well and good if you eat just one cupcake but I had one and a half and enjoyed every moment of it! :-)

The “Chocolate Peanut Butter Icing” was perfection…thanks to Jenny’s guidance…so print off the recipe and give it a try!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Icing
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Serves: ¾ cup
 
Oh my, this icing is a must when having any baked chocolate treat!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup chunky or smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons real butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Optional: add a little cinnamon, cayenne & tiny pinch of sea salt if there is no salt in your peanut butter.
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl using a hand mixer until the icing looks well mixed. Spread on whatever baked goody you like and enjoy!

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Jenny clearly knows what she’s doing!

Simple Mills makes a variety of mixes.  The other two mixes I tried:  Pumpkin Muffin and Focaccia & Sandwich Bread were both delicious but just know that gluten-free focaccia tastes quite different from the wheat variety.  But, if you have a hard time digesting gluten and you want a baked treat that is actually nutritious and satisfying then please check out Simple Mills…you can buy their products here.  *(Please know that I make no money off of the sale of this product.)

It truly is possible to “treat” yourself and make it somewhat good for you and Simple Mills accomplishes that!

Now tell me if you’ve found any gluten-free baking mixes that have seven ingredients or less!

*Full Disclosure:  Simple Mills emailed me a few weeks back asking if I would like to try their products and of course I said yes!  Please know that I’m not giving this company’s products a positive review because I received the mixes gratis…that’s just not how I am.  So trust me and know that I have been objective and fair in my opinion on these baking mixes.

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