Sweet Spring Treats with Simple Mills
I recently discovered Simple Mills products at a Chicagonista Live! show (LOVE these ladies- they are THE social talk show of Chicago), and I am so thrilled that I did! Katlin, the founder and CEO of Simple Mills, started this company in response to all the sugar-filled, unhealthy, processed foods available. Simple Mills uses ingredients found in nature, not in a laboratory. You can pronounce and identify every ingredient- no monosaturatedpoly yada yada here. Since their baking mixes are made with Almond Flour they are naturally Gluten-Free, and they use coconut nectar to sweeten instead of refined sugar.
They have a variety of mixes, from sweet to savory:
Chocolate Chip Cookie
Pancake & Waffle
Chocolate Cake & Muffin
Let's get down to baking business!
I purchased some mini flower pots at a garden center years ago, and I keep re-using them to make spring desserts for brunch and showers. I used the Simple Mills Chocolate Muffin mix to make mini cupcakes and simply popped them into the pots for the base! I thought of using edible flowers (nasturtium) but I only use ones that I have grown to ensure no pesticides have been used. I tried my hand at making strawberry roses and pineapple daffodils- I may not be a pastry chef, but I had a blast trying!
Flower Pot Cupcakes
- 1 box Simple Mills Chocolate Cake & Muffin Mix
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c water
- 1 Tablespoon oil (coconut oil works well)
Meanwhile, prepare chocolate frosting.
Chocolate Frosting (adapted from Food Network)
- 3 cups confectioners sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
I won't even attempt to explain how to make a strawberry rose- this is a great video that explains it all! It isn't that hard once you give it a shot- you basically make petal cuts around the base and a swirl cut around the top.
As for the pineapple daffodils, chop off the end of a pineapple and slice very thin rounds from the body. Trim the outside from the round and place on a lined baking sheet; cooking scissors work well for this. Bake for 3+ hours at 200 degrees until golden and dry; flip halfway through.
For the final step, place the mini muffins into the flower pots. Frost tops with chocolate frosting and add a fruit flower to each!
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