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This recipe for Paleo Lemon Cupcakes is a sweet and tangy gluten-free dessert, made with fresh lemon juice and sweetened with honey. Top with your favorite Paleo-friendly icing or leave the icing off for a simple and deliciously bright sweet treat.

When I think about three hobbies I enjoy that feel like an escape to me, the three pastimes that immediately jump into my mind include reading, working out (or doing something active outside) and baking. They all feel like something I do for myself to recharge – my “me time” – and if every day included more of each, I’d be a happy camper!

Reading is perfect at night when I want to unwind and get lost in another world before bed. Working out is wonderful in the morning and kick starts my day with a boost of energy and endorphins. And then there’s baking… To me, baking feels almost indulgent. A perfect Sunday afternoon activity that allows me to simply focus on creating something delicious for my family. A nostalgic activity that reminds me of tying on an apron and baking cookies with my mom when I was a little girl and eating way too much oatmeal raisin cookie dough.

I love putting on some music and basically destroying our kitchen with dirty dishes, a dusting of flour and a trail of crumbs. (Note: I did not say cleaning up after baking is one of my favorite pastimes.)

This past Sunday, I made my third attempt at Paleo lemon cupcakes and thank goodness these cupcakes finally turned out well! I love experimenting in the kitchen but Paleo and gluten-free baking is a bit of a beast for me. If I’m not following a cookbook or online recipe exactly, it will often take me several attempts to come up with a creation that we would deem a true success in our house. Thankfully Ryan and I are the least picky eaters in the world, so we’ve still managed to eat our way through way-too-dense muffins, pancakes that basically taste like ground up almonds and cake that crumbled into pieces on the first slice.

But these cupcakes passed the taste test from people outside of the Stomachs-of-Steel Fagan family.

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