Sunday, September 2, 2012

Single Serving Double Chocolate Cupcakes {Vegan!}

There are those days that all I can manage to think is, "I need chocolate. I need chocolate. I need chocolate. Chocolate!" I've had enough of the constant chocolate button on repeat, and know the only way to hush it is to eat some freaking chocolate. The rich, velvety goodness.  
Turns out I'm not alone. Even in ancient times, people thought chocolate, or the cocoa bean was a food gift from the gods. Got that right. The sweet stuff contains micro amounts of cannabinoids, the stuff that gives you a 'high' with marijuana. Chocolate also has tyramine and tryptophan. Put the 3 compounds together and the brain converts them into the feel-good chemicals dopamine and serotonin. Simply put, chocolate stimulates the brain pleasure centers. 

Yet, we all know it can be calorically dense and can do damage to our waist lines. But avoidance is just absurd, it's science people...chocolate makes us happy. I have the perfect solution...cupcake recipe that takes 5 minutes to stir together and makes 2 rich chocolate cupcakes. I wanted to make just one, but it's tricky!

If you don't want chocolate, you can substitute the cocoa powder for another tablespoon of flour and omit the chocolate chips.

Single Serving Double Chocolate Cupcakes
Serves 2

1 tablespoon earth balance margarine
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons almond milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons (heaping) whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
dash of salt
2-3 tablespoons chocolate chips, as desired

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
2. Stir dry ingredients together. Add in wet. Fold in chocolate chips. 
3. Bake in oven ~15 minutes until baked throughout. 
4. Yes, it really is that savor the cupcake and be happy! :)

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