I kicked ass at life yesterday. Worked out, raked hay, had dinner with my fam and visited with my sister. Picked up a sexy new pair of black leather shoes via the post (gotta love online DEALS), got my kids to bed, read a few chapters in my book AND CAME UP WITH THE MOST INSANE BANANA CUPCAKE RECIPE EVER. Holla! You heard me right, I baked cupcakes. And they were da bomb.
One thing I have not been kicking ass at lately is my low back. I feel like a very old senior with a cane and walker most days because the pain I walk around with is unbearable (totally from bouncing around in tractors all day, I blame my Farmer haha). My physiotherapist Gaby tells me it’s because of my kids, rotated pelvis and all that jazz, so cool, I’ll blame it on them. Anyways, I saw her beautiful face this morning and she has made my day MUCH BETTER than it normally would have been so I wanted to give her and her biz, Beaumont Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic in Beaumont, Alberta, a shout out on here (you can find them here on Facebook too). Plus she mentioned to me that she was going to avoid the blog like the plague this weekend because I told her about this wicked recipe so I thought it only proper to tag her in it so she checks it out too, HA! #winning.
I want to send them props because I have honestly been visiting this clinic since 1997 when I was 13 and THIRD DEGREE SPRAINED MY ANKLE. (Lots of rehab for that bad boy. Still messed up. Another story on another day). My health care providers have paid for A LOT of care for me there and I want everyone I know to check them out if they’re in pain. They work magic, honestly. I’ve seen Gaby, Kristin and Kyle and I recommend them all – Kimmie the office manager is stellar too. But my girl is Gaby so don’t be booking up all her spots because I need as much as I can get of her in my old age.
Now. On to the cupcakery shenanigans! Don’t these just look like the most amazing, moist, chocolatey, decadent cupcakes you’ve ever seen?! They could be in a professional photo shoot. Huzzah! And so easy to make. Proceed on to learn how. Or close the window here if you don’t want to bake yourself the best thing since Easter Greekcake.
Double Chocolate Banana Cupcakes
Yield: 12 servings
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
1/3 cup PURE maple syrup
1 tsp PURE vanilla extract
3 small SUPER RIPE bananas (or 2.5 medium bananas, or 2 large bananas)
1 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Put all the wet ingredients in the mixer first and mix them up real good. Then add the dry and mix slowly. Finally, add the chocolate chips and stir them around to make sure they’re even (you don’t want your hubs getting them all in one cupcake, totally not fair).
I put my batter into 12 silicone muffin cups and they works amazing. No cleanup and reusable. Again, #winning. Throw them into a 350F oven for 25-30 minutes. Watch them bake and drool. Remove and cool for 3 minutes, 12 seconds and then eat one (or four) with butter.
Just in case you didn’t get enough of them in the first photo, here it is again. And yah, I know they look more like a muffin but they TASTE more like a cupcake. Tender and flaky just like that geek in the science club you had a crush on in high school. You’re welcome.
Have a safe and happy long weekend everyone! Much love, Kim.