Twinkie Filling, a.k.a., Fluffy Frosting


Grain Free, Nut Free, Casein Free Twinkies with Creamy Filling
We had a great cooking class this weekend!  The focus was healthful treats made from coconut…Coconut milk, coconut flour and coconut oil took center stage.  All the goodies were free of refined sugars, nuts, casein, and grains, but definitely not short on flavor (or should I say fiber).   Our menu included a healthy version of Twinkies, which of course have a sweet creamy filling that kids love!   My filling had to be wholesome, but something kids would enjoy having as a treat.  I remembered I had a recipe for a frosting that is light and fluffy; and thought it would be perfect for filling Twinkies or cupcakes.   I used honey granules to sweeten the Twinkie filling for the class, but to lower the glycemic impact you could substitute palm sugar.  The recipe as shown is 1/2 of the original recipe, and yielded the perfect amount of fluffy filling for 8 Twinkies or 12 cupcakes.  To frost a cake or cupcakes make sure to double the measurements below.  You can also add other flavorings, or when doubling add ¼ cup of cocoa powder to make a fluffy chocolate frosting. 
Ingredients:
(Double ingredients to make frosting)
1/3 Cup of Milk (I used homemade coconut milk)
1 ½ Tablespoons of Tapioca Starch (rice or all-purpose flour for my friends who use grains)
3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (softened)
2 ½ Tablespoons of Palm Shortening (Spectrum or other high quality solid palm oil)
1/3 Cup Organic Sugar (honey granules or palm sugar)
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Directions:
Blend milk and tapioca starch (or flour) in a saucepan.
Cook over medium heat until thick (to make a roux/paste).
Remove from heat and cool completely.
Cream together the butter, spectrum and sugar with a hand mixer.
Add cooled flour/milk mixture and beat until fluffy and the sugars have dissolved.
Beat in the Vanilla Extract.
NOTE #1:  If the frosting isn’t getting fluffy, put it in the refrigerator for 5 to 10 minutes to chill it.  Remove from the refrigerator and continue to beat until fluffy.
NOTE #2:  If you are grain free and use the Tapioca Starch to make the roux it will be a bit unattractive.  When it has cooled you will need to use a rubber spatula to remove it from the saucepan. 
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