I want to surprise my sweetie with paleo cupcakes- preferably vanilla and i can use red food coloring (is food coloring paleo!??) and a frosting recipe, or any alternative ideas-? thanks!
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Food coloring is absolutely not paleo. Heck, gluten free cupcakes, no matter the ingredients, are effectively non-paleo, faileo treats. But you know what? Who cares?! If it really is a every-great-once-in-a-while treat (weekly for some, monthly or semi-yearly for others), then stick to the more wholesome ingredients and make a fun treat.
FWIW, specifically, all FD&C food colorings are artificial in nature. If you are sticking with red, keep an eye out for cochineal or carmine, which are made from beetles (not that processed beetles are any healthier than artificial goo, necessarily).
For recipes, stick with Elana's Pantry - heck, she even has a special valentine's day post: http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-valentines-day-recipes/ . I can vouch for all the recipes of her's that I've tried, and when it comes to faileo special treats, she's the best.
I made these for a birthday party: http://www.thisflourishinglife.com/2012/12/recipe-grain-free-refined-sugar-free_12.html Instead of "flax eggs," I used 3 large eggs. My sister described them as "grown-up cupcakes." They weren't overly sweet and the texture was amazing.