by Buffy Ellen
I’m back. With cupcakes. To share. (Of course). Not just any old cupcakes either - these ones not only taste delicious, they’ll also keep those wintry colds and flus at bay. How so? The cute-as combo that is lemon and thyme (more on that below…)
Yes, here are at least five reasons you need these Lemon Thyme Cupcakes in your life this weekend…
Sweet and savoury never tasted this good. So polish up those muffin trays (thanks mum for my hand me down ones), and let’s get baking. Oh, I almost forgot the most exciting bit. We made a new video - a video! To show you exactly how it’s done. Would love for you to have a watch, make the recipe, and let me know what you think!
Lemon & thyme – immune boosting super heroes
Lemon and thyme – you might have heard these two star crossed lovers paired before. And why? Well let’s start off with lemon. Lemons, as you know, are a member of the citrus family, but as punchy as their orange-cousins in the vitamin C stakes. The juice of one lemon for example contains a mammoth 74% of your daily vitamin C requirement (the rest of which you can easily make up if you’re eating a plant-rich diet). They also have much lower sugar levels (2.5% vs oranges at 9%), and are perfect for both savoury and sweet applications. Vitamin C in itself is one of the most power antioxidants we can consume, and helps scavenge and offset free radical damage (oxidation caused by our food, environment, lifestyle and stress). This also helps us when we’ve got a cold – fighting against some of the oxidative damage that’s occurring during that time.
Thyme, meanwhile, has been shown to be beneficial for a number of respiratory conditions, including acute and chronic bronchitis, whooping cough, asthma, coughs, and the common cold. It acts as an expectorant (helps us clear excess mucous by reducing production and improving the viscosity), spasmolytic (relieves our cough), antioxidant (same as our lovely lemon – reverses free radical damage), and antibacterial/fungal/microbial (helps destroy bacteria, fungi and other unwanted micro-organisms). Many of these actions are thanks to a substance called ‘thymol’, contained in thyme’s essential oil. Adding fresh thyme to your salads and meals is a great way to include it in your diet. But for a super focused winter-warding boost, using an essential oil infusion like this Thyme Lemon Tonic I’ve used in these muffins, will give you extra protection.
We had been drinking this Thyme Lemon Tonic by Artemis for a few weeks already, mixing it in hot water as a quick and easy lemon hot toddy (with thyme, of course). But then I thought, maybe I could use it to make a delicious lemony cream cheese icing! And of course, cupcakes were needed to go under my icing, so… I’ve popped some of the tonic in the main muffins as well to give them an extra flavour boost. The tonic is all made from NZ-grown lemons and hand-picked thymus vulgaris (from Otago, no less!) too, so a double dose of goodness. Paired with one of Artemis’ naturopathic herbal teas (my favourite is the Rest and Relax), these cupcakes will provide you with a double dose of herbal goodness (immune boosting and relaxation). The perfect way to get you through that mid-afternoon slump, or soothe your nerves before bed.
That’s it from me! Time for you to get baking. Watch our new video above (I hope you like it?!) and let me know your thoughts in the comments below or over on Facebook or Instagram. On the video and on the cupcakes, of course! And if you do indeed take these to work with you next week for your buddies (or to Uni for your class mates?), let me know their feedback as well!
Share your recreations of these lovely Lemon Thyme Cupcakes on Instagram with the tags @begoodorganics, #begoodorganics, and @begoodorganics in the image, and I’ll pop by and say hi. You can also leave me a comment over on Facebook here [link to actual post], or below this post. I’d love to pick your Lemon Thyme Cupcake recreation and share it on my social next week!
Have a brilliant weekend, rug up, and til next week stay happy and well.
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Makes 9 cupcakes
Takes 35 minutes
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Dry1 c almonds1 c wholemeal spelt flour1/4 c coconut sugar1 1/2 tsp baking soda1 tsp guar gum (optional)
Wet1c coconut milk3 tbsp Thyme Lemon Tonic4 tbsp lemon juice1 tbsp vanilla extract1/3c coconut oil, melted
Lemon Thyme Icing1 c cashews (soaked 1-2 hours)4 tbsp lemon juice3 tbsp Thyme Lemon Tonic1 tsp vanilla extractPinch sea salt1/3 c + 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
Dehydrated lemon slices and fresh thyme, to top (optional)
c = 250ml cup, tbsp = 15ml tablespoon, tsp = 5ml teaspoon
PS - the lovely plates, linen and tableware I’ve used are from Citta Design.
Buffy is the founder of Be Good Organics, and loves creating delicious yet simple plant-based whole foods recipes.
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