The last time I tried to make something that was gluten-free (white chocolate macadamia nut cookies), I made a point not to tell anyone until after they tasted it. And it worked really well – every single person raved about how good they were and couldn’t believe that they were gluten-free.
The one person with whom I didn’t pull my shenanigans, though, was my food snob coworker, and he took full advantage.
Me: “Here, Nick. Try one. These are gluten-free, but I made some regular ones that I’ll bring over in a sec.”
Nick (taking a bite): “Eh, they’re not bad. For gluten-free.”
Yeah, okay. I get it. Gluten-free is a turnoff, as are vegan and vegetarian and all of those food philosophies that require dietary modification. And, to be honest, I kind of agree, if only because a “food philosophy” just sounds radically pretentious.
The one exception, though, is those recipes that are unintentionally dietarily philosophical, the ones that don’t require rice flour or fermented cashews or whatever the digestively challenged substitute for real food in their baked goods. This is one of those recipes. You won’t find any suspicious health food store ingredients in here – just chocolate, almonds, honey, and a pinch here and there of things you probably already have sitting in your pantry. And even if you work in an office that houses all breeds of eaters, I defy them all to find a reason to abstain.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes
Adapted generously from Jen
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup almonds (I used lightly salted)
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a mini-muffin tin with paper liners or lightly grease each cup.
In a food processor, combine chocolate chips and almonds until they have the consistency of coarse sand. Add eggs, agave, vanilla, and salt; pulse ten seconds or until combined.
Fill each cup to just over 3/4 full. Bake 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cupcake comes out clean. Let cool in pan five minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Decorate with your favorite frosting, or just drizzle on some melted chocolate like I did.