Iron Cupcake Earth 8: Battle Nuts & Seeds, Part 1

Really, these are for the child at heart.  The child with chocolate on their face and what you really, really hope is peanut butter on their hands.

Or for those who are diehard allergen lovers.  PB&C is the combo for me.

When I became vegan, I gave up a lot of things that I still try to replicate at home from time to time, including milk chocolate.  When I was in junior high, one of the best things I took away from it was a recipe for a pie-sized peanut butter cup.  I’ve made it a few times and it always hits the spot, but thanks to this month’s Iron Cupcake challenge, I have something else that hits that same creamy, ooey, gooey, nutty, chocolately, om nom nommy spot.

Introducing Double Butter Cupcakes:
a creamy, decadent, almond-butter oatmeal cupcake, topped with a combination of chunky peanut butter, semi-sweet and dark chocolate

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These are definitely not the sort of cupcakes that win beauty contests, per se, or the sort you can daintily nibble without worrying about mess.  No, these are creamy, sticky, you-had-best-just-focus-on-the-cupcake sort of eats, but believe me, they’re worth the minute or two, depending on how long you can make it last.  I chose almond butter as I am trying to wean myself off of peanut butter; almonds are better fuel for training (10k this Sunday, 20K in July, half-marathon in September/October.)  In all honesty, I would have used almond butter too in the topping, but I ran out – turns out to be a blessing in disguise, as these cupcakes had a perfect balance of sweet and savory nutty flavors.

In the end, I’m just glad the recipe made a lot cupcakes!  I ate at least two myself at home before bringing the rest in to (reluctantly) share with co-workers.

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See? A cuppie trying to undress is always the sign of wonderfulness inside… the organic hippie paper liners don’t hurt, though.

Ooh. I should try coating these entirely in chocolate like mini-donuts…

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The Iron Cupcake: Earth March ETSY PRIZE-PACK includes killer schwag fro the following artists:

Last and certainly not least, don’t forget our corporate prize providers:
Head Chefs by Fiesta Products
Hello Cupcake by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson
Jesse Steel Aprons
Taste of Home Books
and last but not least, a t-shirt from Up with Cupcakes.

Iron Cupcake:Earth is sponsored in part by 1-800-Flowers.com.

And as a special thank you, we would like to once again thank Diana Evans for her participation in the February challenge. An incorrect link was posted and we want to be sure that she gets the recognition she deserves. Thanks again Diana!

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