Wheat Free Vegan Baking

I decided to make things a little bit more challenging since my last baking. ¬†For someone who can’t bake, it seems a little silly to do that but what the heck, life is too short ūüôā ¬†More than that, my good friend SP bought me a gluten free baking book for turning 38. ¬†Took me a couple of months to gather the ingredients and find the time motivation to do and ta daaaah!!

I made Dark Chocolate Cupcakes for the 12th of May and replaced¬†cocoa¬†powder for carob. ¬†In my opinion, it looked decent, the taste was ok but the texture was plain awful :p ¬†It was like taking a bite into a cake and have it crumble into sand soaking up all the moisture in your mouth. ¬†I did say awful. ¬†My husband aka resident guinea pig of the MacLaughlan household kindly ate a couple and said they were not bad. ¬†If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is ūüôā

If you knew me, you’d know I’m not the sort that backs away from a challenge and that’s what it felt like when I looked at the remaining 14 cupcakes in the fridge the next day. ¬†The terribly failed carob cupcakes were sitting in the container daring me to do it all over again, make another batch as awful as they were. ¬†So one night while waiting for a work call to start I had a couple of hours to kill and decided to try the Coconut Heaven Cupcake.

I am happy to report, this time it was slightly better … yes … just slightly. ¬†“Small steps” is my motto. ¬†I’ll get there eventually ūüôā ¬†The texture wasn’t so terribly crumbly but still it doesn’t have the cake texture that a normal wheat and dairy filled one would have had but it was ever so slightly better. ¬†The perils of trying to eat better. ¬†People ask me why I do it? ¬†For one, it really does make me feel better. ¬†Ask people who knew me before my vegetarian-bordering-on-vegan days, I would eat anything. ¬†After cleaning up my diet, I do feel like my stomach digests the less processed, less dairy¬†vegetarian-bordering-on-vegan meals more and I do feel better overall for it. ¬†It may all be in my mind, I don’t know and am open to that.

For now, I actually enjoy experimenting with healthier options. ¬†I’m happy to have more tasters if you’re allergic to wheat or diary and wanna try them … I can’t promise they’ll all be good though :p