Happy New Year!

I love the change from one year to the next.The opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed- to offer gratitude, to let go of what didn't go as planned and to let the lessons that were learned settle. The opportunity to embrace the new year to come- to set intentions, create visions, to plan adventures and to be open to new inspirations and dreams.

So, good bye 2012 and welcome 2013.

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To send this New Year off in style, my partner and I chose an island theme for our vegan potluck.  Why islands?  We don't really know.  But as far as potlucks go, it will mean an interesting mesh of foods.  Japanese, Caribbean, Indonesian, Sri Lankan, Hawaiin, who knows what will end up on our table!

My contribution is Vegan Lime Coconut Cupcakes!

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I adapted the recipe for the cupcakes from the cookbook, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. For the cupcakes: Coconut Lime Cupcakes:
1/3 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp lightly packed, finely grated lime zest
1 1/4 cup rice flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsweetened coconut

Preheat oven to 350 and slowly melt coconut oil.  I just set my jar in a bowl of hot water.  Grate lime zest, make sure to choose organic as citrus fruits are heavily sprayed with pesticides.  Then mix melted coconut oil with sugar, coconut milk, almond milk and lime zest.  In another bowl, mix dry ingredients and then gently fold the wet and dry together.  The batter will seem quite runny, but don't worry.  Spoon into lined muffin tins, will make 12 medium sized cupcakes.  Fill to 3/4 full, they will rise up well in the oven.  Bake for 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the top springs back when you push gently with your finger.

I experimented with my own icing as I didn't want to use a processed vegan "shortening". I mixed coconut oil, mashed avocado, coconut milk (put in the fridge for a few hours and only use the thick cream at the top, without shaking the can), lime juice and lime rind until I liked the consistency and spread it on top.  Then I topped it off with lime zest for a pretty touch.

So, Happy New Year, my best wishes for your happiness, health and joy in the coming year.