Hugs and Vegan Chocolate Almond Cupcakes

Happy Wednesday! What I would like to talk to you about today is HUGS! We all love them and they just make you feel so warm and wonderful inside! When we were in Tofino last week, we found a book called Hug Therapy. It was really cute. According to the book: We need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs a day for maintenance and 12 hugs a day for growth. We decided to hug each other a whole lot on that trip so we could try and get our 12!

I’m not sure if it was a coincidence, but we were driving through Tofino and there was a whole group of people with signs saying “FREE HUGS” waving us over. We instantly turned the truck around and ran out to give them all hugs. It was awesome! That is something people should do more often! Some people forget how great it is to get a hug. You don’t even have to say anything; it’s the action of giving a hug to someone that tells them they are special and you love them. I know even a hug from a complete stranger can bring a smile to my face.

A few of us from school are going to go around with signs offering free hugs. I’m so excited! It’ll definitely be fun and I’ll make sure to take a lot of pictures. For every smile we bring to someone’s face it will be completely worth it.

Have you hugged anyone today? 

Some awesome hugging stuff I came across that COMPLETELY rocks!

They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything. -Bil Keane

“The best gift you can give is a hug: one size fits all and no one ever minds if you return it.”

A hug is like a boomerang- you get it back right away. -Bil Keane (Family Circus)

Everybody needs a hug. It changes your metabolism. -Leo Buscaglia

You can’t wrap love in a box, but you can wrap a person in a hug. -Author Unknown

A hug is a handshake from the heart. -Author Unknown

Hugs grease the wheels of the world. -Author Unknown

Oh, I love hugging. I wish I was an octopus, so I could hug 10 people at a time! -Drew Barrymore

A hug is two hearts wrapped in arms -Author Unknown

 

Hugs

There’s something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart;
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part.

A hug’s a way to share the joy
And sad times we go through,
Or just a way for friends to say
They like you ’cause you’re you.

Hugs are meant for anyone
For whom we really care,
From your grandma to your neighbour,
Or a cuddly teddy bear.

A hug is an amazing thing –
It’s just the perfect way
To show the love we’re feeling
But can’t find the words to say.

It’s funny how a little hug
Makes everyone feel good;
In every place and language,
It’s always understood.

And hugs don’t need new equipment,
Special batteries or parts –
Just open up your arms
And open up your hearts. 

– Jill Wolf 

Hugging is good medicine. It transfers energy, and gives the person hugged an emotional boost. You need four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, and twelve for growth. A hug makes you feel good. The skin is the largest organ we have and it needs a great deal of care. A hug can cover a lot of skin and gives the message that you care. It is also a form of communication. It can say things you don’t have words for. The nicest thing about a hug is that you usually can’t give one without getting one. 

“Hugging is healthy: it helps the body’s immunity system, it keeps you healthier, it cures depression, it reduces stress, it induces sleep, it’s invigorating, it’s rejuvenating, it has no unpleasant side effects, and is nothing less than a miracle drug.

Hugging is all natural: it is organic, naturally sweet, it has no pesticides, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, and is 100% wholesome.

Hugging is practically perfect: there are no movable parts, no batteries to replace, no periodic check-ups, has low energy consumption, high energy yield, is inflation-proof, non-fattening, has no monthly payments, no insurance requirements, is theft-proof, non-taxable, non-polluting, and is, of course, fully refundable.”

Sharon Lindsey 

Now that we know how important hugs are we can get to another thing that makes us feel warm and happy inside – chocolate cupcakes. I wanted to make a vegan chocolate layer cake, but I decided that cupcakes are cuter and easier to give to people! I found this recipe on Oh She Glows (she just has so many great recipes on there) and they turned out fantastic. The only changes I made to her recipe were that I used coconut oil instead of extra virgin olive oil and gluten-free all-purpose flour mix instead of regular unbleached all-purpose flour. So these cupcakes are vegan, gluten-free and delicious! Have a wonderful day and I’m sending out a hug to all of you! 

Chocolate Cupcakes with Almond ‘Buttercream’ Icing and Raspberry Glaze – From Oh She Glows

Cupcake Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted coconut oil (or other oil)
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
½ tsp. pure almond extract
1.5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 tsp. baking soda

¾ tsp. sea salt 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line cupcake tin with liners. With an electric mixer, beat together the following ingredients in a large bowl: milk, oil, sugar, apple cider vinegar, vanilla and almond extract. Beat on medium speed for a minute or two. 
  2. Sift in the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt). Mix well, until the clumps are gone. 
  3. Spoon the batter into prepared cupcake pan, about two thirds full for each. Bake for about 22 minutes at 350F, or until the cupcake slowly springs back when pressed with a finger. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Almond ‘Buttercream’ Icing Ingredients:

½ cup Earth Balance (vegan butter)
3 cups organic icing sugar
½ tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. pure almond extract

1.5-2 tbsp. almond milk (depending on desired consistency) 

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat ½ cup of Earth Balance (or equivalent) with an electric mixer. Add in the milk, extract and salt and mix.
  2. Gradually add in the sifted icing sugar, starting with one cup and mixing slowly until fully combined. I used my kitchen aid mixer, but handheld mixer is fine (just more work).
  3. Take ¼ of the frosting into a separate bowl and mix with about 8-10 mashed raspberries and now you have your glaze.
  4. When the cupcakes are cooled, frost them and then drizzle with raspberry glaze.
  5. Enjoy!

A couple songs to bring a smile to your face :).

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2 responses to “Hugs and Vegan Chocolate Almond Cupcakes

  1. Those cupcakes look beautiful! 🙂
    Sending you a cross country hug from TO!!

  2. What a cute blog Elisa! Now I want to go hug everybody. I’ve only gotten about 3 hugs today…and all from the same person…not enough…LOL! Like you mentioned, hugs are very health promoting, and they also balance our energy fields by balancing the chakras 🙂

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