Delicious 100% Cocoa Lowers Blood Pressureby Kelly R. Smith
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I’ll have to confess, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. I enjoy the odd Reese’s peanut butter cups or pieces, but regular candy or cake, not so much. I do eat a small square of dark chocolate every day because it’s been shown to lower blood pressure naturally. The ingredient in this Ghirardelli chocolate cupcake recipe falls in that category; it is not processed with alkali, otherwise known as the Dutch method. That kind of processing takes away the hypertension benefit.
*Remember: once you lick the frosting off a cupcake, it becomes a muffin. And muffins are healthy. You’re welcome.
- 1 Cup pure cane sugar (or the sweetener of your choice)
- 1/3 Cup flaxseed meal (for antioxidants, fiber, protein)
- 3/4 Cup wheat bran (fiber)
- 3/4 cup Ghirardelli premium baking unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp Himalayan (pink) salt; it retains all the essential minerals that are removed from commercial salt
- 1 Cup milk
- 1 3/4 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 Cups water, boiling
- Frosting of your choice; or not
- Preheat your oven to 350°.
- Put baking cups in your cupcake pans. this recipe makes 31 or so cupcakes, so you’ll need 3 pans that hold a dozen each.
- Mix the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Add in the milk and butter.
- Mix with a beater, medium speed, 2 minutes. Any stronger and you’ll likely be decorating the wall.
- Add in the vanilla extract and the eggs.
- Mix well.
- Stir in the boiling water.
- Divide among the baking cups. Filling them about 80% full each leaves just enough room for rising.
- Bake for 30 – 45 minutes. Test doneness by pushing down lightly in the center with your fingertip. If the dent springs up nicely, you’re good to go.
- Remove from oven, cool, and frost if desired. I don’t frost mine; She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed does. As Pappy used to say, “Each to his own, said the man who kissed the cow.”
I came up with this version of Ghirardelli chocolate cupcake recipe to add another healthy option to my snacks, baking, and workout recovery food list. But that aside, it’s just plain tasty.
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