Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Mini Cakes

Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Mini Cakes are perfect for breakfast (yes, cake for breakfast!) or dessert! A hint of molasses and a heavy dose of cinnamon and cardamom come together with a bit of chai and a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips in an easy quick bread-style cake. And the best part is, you don’t even need a special cake pan to make adorable mini cakes. Oh, no, wait, the best part is the chai icing and the chocolate chips, right? 

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This is one of those days that I just can’t believe is here [noted I'm writing on Sunday, Oct 12th]. Our anniversary. 

What?!

Seriously, a whole year has passed since the most beautiful day in my whole life. I can’t fathom that. It was just so beautiful and I hold it on a pedestal in my mind. I’ve never felt more beautiful either. Well, at least we have gorgeous photos from that day (thank you Elizabeth!) and a big ol’ hunk of cake (my parents have a whole layer in their freezer and my mom said she was saving it to eat on our anniversary too! Cake for everyone!). I even saved the sugar flowers from the cake. How could I not?! 

Anyways! I had an awesome weekend. We finally found rugs we loved for our house. 2 of the 3 were out of stock, so at least we get one of them, right? My home is going to look like a friggin Turkish bazaar. Woohoo! 

We also attended our small town’s “Water Tower Festival”…which in a small town is basically a stage for middle-aged men in a cover band and 1 funnel cake stand and 2 beer stations. Fall festivities at their finest. We walked around the town square a couple times, went and ate dinner, then went home to watch the DVR. We’re so fun. 

Insert terrible transition here…

And so here’s some cake for you! Because I know you’ll want to pop champs and toast to us [right?]. This cake is amazing. It’s basically the consistency of banana bread or pumpkin bread. And it tastes like chai and is studded with chocolate chips! You could totally eat it for breakfast if you wanted to. Please do. And it’s based off of my Baked Pumpkin Donuts recipe, so you know it’s going to be amazing! 

Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Mini Cakes (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #autumn #pumpkin #chai

Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Mini Cakes (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #autumn #pumpkin #chai

You don’t need mini cake pans either! Just use tin cans. Wash them really really well, remove the labels, and make sure they’re well greased before you pour in any batter. Mini cakes, done!

You’re so impressive. You’re welcome! 

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Cheers! [to autumn, to our anniversary, to 5 years of blogging, to small towns, to cake]

Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Mini Cakes
Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Mini Cakes are like a breakfast bread disguised as cake. They're tender and moist, spiced with your favorite autumn flavors and studded with chocolate chips. A drippy, sweet glaze adds the perfect finishing touch. (makes 2, 2-layer mini cakes)
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Ingredients
  1. ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  2. ½ tsp. cinnamon
  3. ¼ tsp. cardamom
  4. ¼ tsp. cloves
  5. 2 Tbs. molasses
  6. ¼ cup coconut oil
  7. 1 egg
  8. ½ cup oat flour
  9. 2 Tbs. coconut flour
  10. 1 tsp. starch (I used tapioca)
  11. 1 tsp. baking powder
  12. ½ tsp. salt
  13. 1 chai tea bag tea (I used Tazo)
  14. ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
Glaze
  1. 1 cup powdered sugar
  2. 2 tsp. almond milk
  3. pinch of cinnamon
  4. pinch of cardamom
  5. pinch of cloves
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease your mini cake pans or 2 empty, cleaned and dried, tin cans (make sure they’re squeaky clean and don’t have any labels on them anymore).
  2. In a small microwave safe bowl, heat the coconut oil until melted and warm. Add the tea bag to the warm coconut oil and set aside (odd, yes, but we’re infusing the oil with the chai flavor here). Let steep at least 5 minutes. Squeeze out the tea bag (carefully, and don’t do this yet if your oil is hot because I don’t want any burned fingers) and discard the tea bag.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and the spices with the egg until smooth. Next, add the molasses and whisk until smooth. Add your infused coconut oil and mix.
  4. Finally, add all of the dry ingredients and stir until everything is just combined. Then add the chocolate chips and give it a couple mixes.
  5. Pour your patter into your mini cake pans or tin cans (just divide the batter evenly between the two cans). Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let your cakes cool in the cans on a wire rack. When they’ve cooled for a bit (at least 30 min), turn your cans upside down on your wire rack and release the cakes (you may need to run a paring knife around the edges first, just don’t shake them to get the cakes out or you’ll probably break the cakes…because I’ve totally done this!). Let the cakes finish cooling before assembling.
  7. When you’re ready to assemble your cakes, cut them each in half. Mix up your Glaze ingredients in a small bowl until you have the desired consistency. Spoon some glaze on top of the bottom layer, add the top layer of cake then top with more glaze (and maybe a pinch more of spices). Eat and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Unglazed cakes can be kept in a storage bag in the fridge for 4 days. Glaze before eating…or don’t glaze at all and eat them for breakfast, because they’re essentially a quick bread!
Adapted from my Baked Pumpkin Donuts
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September Treats Favorites

Don’t worry! I’m not done with pumpkin-palooza! But I just had to take a pause and do a roundup of the amazing September Treats Favorites we’ve had so far. Good? Good. 

I’ll keep this short and sweet because we ALL want to get to the treats (and because I’m 3/4 of the way through reading Gone Girl and I have to finish it!!). Ready to drool and then make something gluten-free and Fall fabulous?

1. Carrot Almond Muffins! Um, yes please! Plus, it’s all about the crumble, right?

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2. Simple Oat and Cherry Breakfast Cookies! I’m ALL about eating cookies for breakfast. These are super healthy and you’ll be excited to share them with your friends and kids…just kidding, you’ll probably hide them and eat them all yourself. All cool. 

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3. Mini Pumpkin Pie Smores Tarts! Enough said. 

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4. Pumpkin Spice Granola! Crispy, crunchity, pumpkin spice-ity… (think I’ll be sued?)!

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5. Pumpkin Spice Granola Pancakes! Let’s throw that stuff up there into and onto some pancakes! Ok! Now we’re best friends. 

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6. Baked Pumpkin Donuts! Ok, clearly I’m stuck in breakfast land and frolicking through pumpkin fields. Care to join me?

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And that was September! Are you hungry? I’m hungry. Please excuse me… 

Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Baked Pumpkin Donuts are an Autumnal delight, first thing in the morning! They’re baked, so they’re healthier, gluten-free, slightly sweet, moist, and bake up in 10 minutes or less! You’ll be enjoying donuts in no time! 

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I had another one of those anti-productive weekends.

We hung photos on the wall. I hated it. We took it all down. Blank walls.

I painted all of our frames the same color. I ran out of paint. I couldn’t finish. Blah.

I made a pumpkin loaf cake. It broke in half. Fail.

I DID however do a few things. I snipped some flowers and brought them inside, making cute little arrangements for our vases. I practiced some yoga, posting a picture on Instagram, obviously. I ran 5K on Sunday (a weekly tradition now since starting that 8 week fall fitness challenge) and helped my husband pick out work pants (riveting, I know).

Wow! I feel like I have to apologize for being so boring! Promise I’m reading a book that is exciting and baking yummy things for you! Don’t leave me!

So, here’s some proof!! Baked Pumpkin Donuts!

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree

I’ll point out that mine are quickly glazed to make adorable sprinkles stick. I’m going to be blasphemous and recommend you DON’T glaze yours. Eek! Gasp! What?!

Baked Pumpkin Donuts (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree

Baked Pumpkin Donuts (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree

Yes! Please listen. These are MOIST. Yup, said it. They are really dense and moist and fragile and delish. They don’t need a glaze. You can try to make sprinkles stick if you must, but really, you should just gobble these up naked. The donuts, not you. Not that I’d know. Please don’t tell me.

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts
Baked Pumpkin Donuts are an Autumnal delight, first thing in the morning! They're baked, so they're healthier, gluten-free, slightly sweet, moist, and bake up in 10 minutes or less! You'll be enjoying donuts in no time! (makes 6 donuts)
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Ingredients
  1. ¾ cup pumpkin puree (½ can)
  2. 2 Tbs. molasses
  3. 1 egg
  4. ¼ cup coconut oil, melted, cooled
  5. ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  6. ½ tsp. cinnamon
  7. ¼ tsp. cloves
  8. ½ cup oat flour
  9. 2 Tbs. coconut flour
  10. 1 tsp. starch (I use tapioca starch, but potato or corn would work too!)
  11. 1 tsp. baking powder
  12. pinch of salt
  13. Sprinkles, for decorating, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 deg F. Spray your donut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, molasses, egg, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Stir well until completely combined. Next, add all of the dry ingredients. Stir a few times until everything is incorporated but not over mixed (everything should be just moistened).
  3. Transfer your batter into a gallon-sized zip-top plastic bag. Snip the tip of one corner and pipe the batter into your donut pan, tapping the pan lightly on the counter to settle the batter.
  4. Bake the donuts for 8-10 min, or until your toothpick comes out clean. Let them cool on a wire rack for a few minutes then flip them out of the pan.
  5. If you want to decorate your donuts with fall sprinkles, mix ½ cup powdered sugar with 2 tsp. of water. Dip your donuts into the icing then sprinkle with sprinkles. Enjoy! (Although I dipped and sprinkled mine, these donuts are SO moist that they really don’t need it! Maybe you should eat one (or three) before deciding to glaze them!)
Notes
  1. Keep cooled donuts in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days.
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Carrot Almond Muffins

Carrot Almond Muffins are the perfect bridge to Fall! They’re not overloaded with spices, so the naturally sweet carrot and almonds shine through. Gluten-free and dairy-free. These Carrot Almond Muffins are the perfect snack or breakfast! Oh, and I’d highly recommend doubling the crumble, because I think I skimped, and nobody likes a crumble skimper. 

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This morning I officially started a Fall workout challenge. I utilized our new staircase (that I honestly thought I’d rarely ever see since it only leads to the “man cave” and I have zero desire to go surround myself in our college paraphernalia all that often) and ran up and down it while interspersing various exercises I haven’t done in months. What a jolting way to start the morning! Oh, not to mention an apple cider vinegar concoction I tried to drink and only choked down half of…

I took some super embarrassing “before” photos where I appear to be 6 months pregnant, when I am in fact negative months preggo, so we all know those will never see the light of day. 

Annnddd…then the day started…and my husband got a flat tire.

That’s just how the cookie crumbles. 

Anyways! I had an awesome weekend. My mom came to visit and check out our new digs. We got full, glowing approval, and I fed her muffins. The end. 

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Carrot Almond Muffins (treatswithatwist.com)  

[Note: my muffins in these pictures look different than the results you'll get, because these were my first batch and I changed up the recipe after that. My second batch looked like more traditional round-top muffins, and yours will too! Either way, they're killer delish!]

  Carrot Almond Muffins (treatswithatwist.com)

Carrot Almond Muffins (treatswithatwist.com)

Carrot Almond Muffins
Carrot Almond Muffins are the perfect bridge to Fall! They're not overloaded with spices, so the naturally sweet carrot and almonds shine through. Gluten-free and dairy-free. These Carrot Almond Muffins are the perfect snack or breakfast! Oh, and I'd highly recommend doubling the crumble, because I think I skimped, and nobody likes a crumble skimper. (makes 12 muffins)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sorghum flour
  2. ½ c tapioca starch (or potato or corn starch)
  3. 1 tsp. xanthan gum
  4. 2 tsp. baking powder
  5. ¼ tsp. salt
  6. ½ cup brown sugar
  7. ½ cup coconut sugar
  8. ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  9. ¼ tsp. ginger
  10. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  11. ½ tsp. almond extract
  12. ½ cup butter, room temperature (I used Earth Balance coconut spread)
  13. 1 egg, beaten
  14. ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  15. 1 cup shredded carrots
  16. 1/3 cup chopped almonds
Crumble (I’d highly recommend doubling this)
  1. 3 Tbs. shredded carrot
  2. 3 Tbs. sorghum flour
  3. 2 Tbs. oats
  4. 2 Tbs. brown sugar
  5. 3 Tbs. sliced almonds (or chopped almonds)
  6. 2 Tbs. melted butter (or coconut spread)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray your muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  2. In your mixer, start beating the butter until it is smooth. Add the sugars and beat until well combined.
  3. Next, slow down your mixer and add all of your dry ingredients. Mix for 2 minutes, or until well combined. Then, add your applesauce, egg and extracts and beat for 30 seconds to a minute, until the batter is well combined.
  4. Scoop the batter into your muffin tin.
  5. Put together your crumble. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Spoon it over the top of your muffins, patting it down slightly into the muffin batter.
  6. Bake your muffins for 25-28 min, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let them cool. Eat, enjoy!
Notes
  1. Muffins can be kept on the counter in an air-tight container for 3 days, or in the fridge for a week. Try them with a schmear of peanut butter!
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Baked Coconut Donuts

Baked Coconut Donuts - the most flavorful, moist and coconutty gluten-free donuts ever! These baked goodies will make you a morning person! 

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I realize it’s been a while since we have gorged ourselves on donuts. At least, it has been for me. So, we should definitely remedy that. And because we’re best friends, we’re going to do this together! Ok! 

That’s what friends are for.

It’s practically August (what?!) and August brings my birthday! And my birthday means coconut cake. Always. 

Baked Coconut Donuts (treatswithatwist.com)

Baked Coconut Donuts (treatswithatwist.com)

Baked Coconut Donuts (treatswithatwist.com)

And these Baked Coconut Donuts taste so much like my grandma’s coconut cake, that at first taste, my mind started racing in elation: “OMG coconut cake!”, “OMG Steve has to try these”, “OMG I have to hide these so I can eat them ALL”, “Did I just eat 3 of those?!”, “Wait, I have to make a latte to dunk one in”, “Why does making a latte take SO DARN LONG?!” …

You get the idea.

Anyways! This is my way of getting overly excited about my birthday coming up. And making another excuse to shove donuts down my gob. Hey, they’re gluten free! 

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Baked Coconut Donuts
Baked Coconut Donuts - the most flavorful, moist and coconutty gluten-free donuts ever! These baked goodies will make you a morning person! (makes 10 baked donuts)
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup oat flour
  2. ½ cup brown rice flour
  3. 2 Tbs. coconut flour
  4. 1 Tbs. unsweetened coconut
  5. ¼ cup coconut sugar
  6. 1 tsp. baking powder
  7. ½ tsp. salt
  8. ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  9. 1 large egg + 2 large egg whites
  10. 2 Tbs. unsweetened applesauce
  11. 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  12. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  13. ½ tsp. coconut extract
For the glaze
  1. 3 cups powdered sugar
  2. 1/3 cup hot water
  3. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  4. 2 cups unsweetened coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spay your donut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Fold and stir until everything is *just* combined.
  5. Use a small scoop or spoon to carefully scoop batter into the donut pan, staying below the rim of each mold (I spaced batter around in the circles, wipe off the middle, then tap the pan on the counter to level out the batter).
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. The donuts should be baked but not overbaked (and a toothpick should come out with only a tiny hint of crumble on it). Let cool on a wire rack before removing from the pan.
  7. Let the donuts cool completely before glazing.
Make the glaze
  1. Combine the powdered sugar and hot water. Stir together until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.
  2. Dip the top of a donut into the glaze, then place the donut glaze-side down into a pile of coconut, packing the coconut onto the glaze. Repeat with all of your donuts.
  3. And, if you want yours to look densely covered, like I did, double dip! Dip into the glaze again and into the coconut again. You're welcome!
Notes
  1. Store the donuts in an air-tight container for 2 days on the counter or up to 5 days in the fridge.
Adapted from my Peanut Butter Chip Donuts
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