Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably noticed yesterday's post where I talked about my latest source of inspiration - blogger and Youtuber Mimi Bouchard. I was following Mimi because she just joined one of my favourite TV shows, Made in Chelsea. She's originally from Toronto, and the first Canadian to join this British series. While looking at her Instagram story last week, I noticed she had posted a video on why people judge, and how to deal with online bullying. At the time, I wasn't even aware she had a Youtube channel, so I was instantly intrigued. After watching some of her videos on changing your mind, keeping your health on track, and training tips, I felt this wave of motivation take over my body - something I had recently been lacking.

As a blogger (and just a human being in general), I go through ups and downs of motivation boosts. Over the last couple of weeks, I started to get into a slump where I wasn't as motivated as I wanted myself to be. But I wasn't unhappy. In fact, that was the problem - I was just a little too comfortable with everything in my life as it was. You know when you hear something and you realize that it's exactly what you needed to hear at that exact moment? That's what happened to me when I watched Mimi's videos. Best of all, it was so unexpected. I definitely didn't think I would come across something so deep from someone I discovered through what I would call the British version of The Hills (on that note, if you loved The Hills and haven't watched Made in Chelsea you definitely have to check it out.)

One of my favourite motivational Mimi videos.

I'm the type of person that when I'm really interested in something, I get so absorbed in everything about it. I might be biased because of how much I love Made in Chelsea, but all in all I honestly just related to a lot of what Mimi was saying. I started reading the articles on her online magazine, and started browsing through the health and fitness section to see if she had any recipes. Whenever I admire someone, especially from a health and fitness perspective, I always want to know what they like to eat. Cause really, is there anything more important in life than food?

When I came across this cupcake recipe on Mimi Bee, I knew I had to make them. Not only do I love chocolate, but I especially love it when it comes in the form of a guilt-free treat. These cupcakes make the perfect dessert if you are trying to eat clean and healthy. They are dairy-free, gluten-free, and (almost) refined sugar-free (seriously - have you ever tried to find chocolate chips that are both dairy-free and sugar-free). I haven't tried to make a vegan version of these, but I'm guessing you could probably substitute the eggs with 'flax eggs' to make them 100% plant-based. As I talked about in my last blog post, when I visited Sweet Hart Kitchen, I love eating guilt-free sweets. It's so important to be able to give into our cravings in a healthy way, and clean desserts really help to accomplish that.

These cupcakes were so delicious, and even my boyfriend who doesn't normally go for the healthy dessert trend loved them. His favourite part was the icing, and he couldn't believe it when I told him that it was made out of avocado. It sounds weird, but avocado makes the best base for healthy chocolate icing, chocolate mousse, and smoothies. As long as you don't eat too much of it in a day, it's one of the best healthy fats to incorporate into your diet.

To top everything off, I sprinkled extra chocolate chips and coconut chips on top of the cupcakes, giving them an even sweeter and crunchier texture. The toppings are optional, but a delicious touch. I actually hadn't tasted coconut chips prior to making these cupcakes and was impressed with how tasty they were! Since lately I've been baking more adventurous, pastry-like desserts, I forgot how easy basic, healthy treats are to make. If you like these healthy dessert options, comment below and let me know.

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes
Original recipe from Wellness by Stella

Ingredients
CUPCAKES:
-¾ cup coconut flour
-½ tsp baking soda
-pinch sea salt
-¼ cup cocoa powder
-1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
-6 eggs
-1/3 cup agave or honey
-1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
-1 cup raw carob chips (or semisweet organic chocolate chips)

ICING:
-1 avocado, mashed well
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-½ cup cocoa powder
-½ cup honey or agave

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 12 muffin tins with parchment liners and set aside. In a bowl, combine the coconut flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs until completely combined. Add the coconut oil, the sweetener of your choice, and the vanilla extract to the eggs. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well. Fold in the carob chips until evenly distributed. Let sit for a few minutes or until the coconut flour has absorbed most of the liquid. Scoop batter into prepared muffin trays filling each one almost to the top. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

2. While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the icing. Place all ingredients in a blender or mixer and beat over medium-high speed until it is creamy and smooth, with no visible avocado lumps left over. Cover and chill until ready to assemble.

3. Once the cupcakes are done, allow them to cool completely before icing. Top each with a generous helping of the avocado frosting and garnish with coconut chips and/or more carob chips.

I love finding mounds of motivation all at one time and in one place too! Where do you get your motivation? Do you prefer healthy desserts or ones full of sugar? Who are some of your favourite YouTubers? I would love to know your answers to all of these questions, so comment below and let me know!

With love,

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