Almond Orange Confetti Cupcakes

For all those birthdays or parties when you just need to throw some confetti. 
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (original, not sweetened)
  • 1 tsp. orange extract + 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1-1/2 cup gluten free flour blend
  • 6 tbsp. ground flaxseed

    Mix all wet ingredients together then combine the dry and mix all together.  Preheat oven to 350. Pour mix into 12 cupcake cups 3/4 of the way full then bake for 30-35 minutes. While they're baking make the confetti top.

    Almond orange glaze
  • 1/4 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp. almond milk
    2-3 tsp. orange juice
  • Whisk together (adjust almond milk and sugar until its a thick creamy consistency)

    Almond chocolate Confetti
  • 1/4 cup almonds, slivered or chopped
    1/4 tsp (just a drizzle) agave nectar
    1/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
    In a small pan place chopped almonds and agave nectar and toast for a minute.

    When cupcakes are done remove from cupcake pan to cool for a few minutes.  Drizzle a little glaze on tops of cupcakes so the almonds and chocolate chips have something to stick to.  Top with your confetti concoction, then drizzle a little more glaze over top the almonds and chocolate chips.  (If you eat them while they're still warm the chocolate chips are soft and slightly melted)  So, so yummy!

    *Flaxseed is not only the highest plant derived source of omega 3 fatty acids and a great source of fiber, but can be substituted in place of butter, margarine, oil, and eggs.

    * Almonds are "very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Riboflavin, Magnesium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)." It is also a mild anti-inflammatoryRead More
Here's a fun tip if you look at the shape of nuts like walnuts, what do they look like? A brain.  Now look at an almond.  It shares a vague resemblance to reproductive organs, like woman's ovaries.  So guess what.  Walnuts are great for your brain and almonds are great for...yep your reproductive organs.  Kind of cool right?   
"Products which balance hormones [are] primrose oil, flaxseed oil, soya products...and nuts like walnuts, almonds...."

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