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Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes

These are moist, chocolate-y, sweet, light, and . . . perfect. Since they contain chia, you can have your cake and . . . your omega-3’s, iron, and protein, too!
 
MAKES 12 CUPCAKES
Ingredient List: 
1½ tablespoons chia seeds or meal 
½ cup unsweetened organic almond or soy milk
⅔ cup cocoa powder (organic, fair trade, if possible)
Generous pinch sea salt
Generous pinch ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Unsweetened organic almond or soy milk
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
½ cup coarsely chopped non-dairy dark chocolate 
 
Chocolate Glaze
1 cup non-dairy dark chocolate chips
2 teaspoons brown rice syrup
⅓ cup unsweetened organic almond or soy milk
 
Step By Step Instructions: 
Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly oil a 12-cup muffin tin or use cupcake papers.
 
Soak chia meal or seeds in almond milk for 15-30 minutes or until the mixture thickens slightly.
 
Mix together all dry ingredients, whisking to ensure the ingredients are well-combined. Mix in oil, syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla, and vinegar. Stir in chia-almond milk mixture. Slowly mix in additional almond milk to create a thick smooth batter. Fold in nuts and chocolate. Spoon into prepared cups to fill three-fourths full. Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops of the cupcakes spring back to the touch. Cool completely before frosting.
 
Make the glaze. Place the chocolate chips in a heat-resistant bowl. Bring syrup and almond milk to a rolling boil. Pour over chocolate and whisk until smooth. Cover with plastic and cool slightly. When the cupcakes are cooled, whisk frosting to loosen and spread frosting on top of each one.