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Super Moist Wholegrain Carrot Cake + Why You Don’t Have to Ditch the Sugar!

Since being pregnant I am into Cake. Like really into it. But I’m also quite health conscious and I don’t see why my poor baby has to suffer processed white flours, refined sugars and trashy fats. But that’s fine because there is no need with cake like this, a cake that, to be quite frank is wholly acceptable to eat EVERYDAY – hell twice a day. What….I’m pregnant and finally past that nausea stage which means food is my friend again! There’s so much stuff out there suggesting we give up sugar, I agree, I really do but we don’t need to give it up 100% but rather the refined processed junk, yuk! I’m gonna tell you about sugar that is actually a health tonic- truly and sincerely. It’s all OK.

carrot cake vegan

So anyway, I made THIS fruit cake and it knocked my socks off (yeah I like old lady cakes mostly) but the thing is I ate most of it and that makes me feel bad cos it’s Russ’s favourite cake too. My excuse is pregnancy. No matter, I’m gonna make this badass snackage again and ice the hell out of it.

So this one’s for you Russ. Well just a slice or two maybe!

Sorry to go on but gosh I love small wonders like this….. a carrot cake that’s healthy as hell. Yeah yeah what does that even mean- it means this:

WHOLEGRAIN
NO REFINED SUGARS
ZERO TRASHY FATS
THERE’S VEGETABLES, OH AND FRUIT
HIGH FIBRE

vegan carrot cake

Now about the molasses…..hello…sugar with health benefits is good enough for me. This is the good stuff that’s left behind after we’ve taken the toxic stuff from sugar cane. It’s dark, rich, sweet, healthful- this IS the good, good, good stuff. With such a low glycemic load, it’s even fine for diabetics. Good for regularity if you know what I mean, owning 14% of our iron and 12% calcium needs in 1 heaping tablespoon and also linked to improved hair health. Blackstrap molasses are literally a health tonic. There you go, no need to give up sugar! Other lovely healthier alternatives to refined sugar are dates, xylitol and coconut sugar. Sugar is not evil 🙂 Just on the phone to Mcvities and Mr Kipling now to tell them, lol!

carrot cake vegan

And about the spelt flour
..I know it’s not strictly a GF flour but hey it’s pretty low in gluten and a breeze to bake with. You can literally sub white flour in EVERY recipe and it works brilliantly. It’s tasty too, like in a sweet nutty way. The truth is I wanted to add walnuts but I was out, I think I ate them on my porridge so I used coconut and I was loving it.

Fear not, it’s not one of those – ‘this tastes healthy’ cakes. It IS NOT at all.

Vegan Carrot Cake

Super moist wholegrain carrot cake

1 heaping cup coarsely grated carrot
3/4 cup raisins
1 1/4-1/2 cup water
1/2 cup molasses
30g vegan butter or coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups spelt flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp bi-carb soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Method:

1.  Preheat oven to 160ÂșC. Combine first seven ingredients in a saucepan. Stir over a low heat until smooth, simmering + the dried spices are dissolved.

2. Allow to cool. Stir in sifted flours, salt & baking powder + soda with coconut.

3.  Pour into well greased 7″ cake tin.

4.  Bake for 1 Œ hours. Remove. cool. Tuck in. Save some for others.

Way too Healthy Emergency Breakfast Cookies

breakfast cookies

You know how sometimes there’s a post claiming something really is the healthiest thing ever, like ever, ever? Like cookies that aren’t really that healthy, yeah it’s mostly not that true. Tragic. Of course I don’t do that here.

Way too healthy emergency breakfast cookiesSo I’m not gonna tell you about the health benefits of this cookie. I’m not even gonna tell you that these are gluten free, or that they’re dairy free also. And these cookies contain no saturated fats whatsoever. I won’t bother telling you that these way too healthy emergency breakfast cookies are good enough for breakfast and in fact probably a lot healthier than many breakfasts out there. In fact they’re definitely healthier than most breakfasts. Really.Way too healthy emergency breakfast cookies

Just take a look at the ingredients list (I know!). Not just a New Year ‘let’s be good’ cookie but a cookie to replace all rubbish and junk filled cookies out there.
Now we can grab a cookie(s) for breakfast, guilt free. It doesn’t need to be an emergency either.

A healthy breakfast cookie

These contain most of my favourite brekkie ingredients: nut butter, oats, brown rice, raisins, COCONUT, almonds. Gosh I love all these things so of course they’re gonna go in this cookie and make my day. Yay.Delicious, whole, plant based ingredients

For those days where you gotta leave in a rush, can’t stomach a full on breakfast or just want something delightful to snack on throughout the day! Oh, they dunk well too.Healthy breakfast cookies

Way too healthy emergency breakfast cookies

(makes 12-15)

wet:
1/2 cup apple puree/sauce
1/4 cup maple syrup/honey/agave
1/4 cup smooth nut butter of choice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

dry:
1 1/2 cups gluten free oats
1/2 cup puffed brown rice cereal
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup crushed almonds (any nut or seed would work well)
1/4 cup flame raisins (or dried fruit of choice)

method:

1. Heat oven to 180ÂșC + line a baking tray with parchment paper. Combine all the wet ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl add the dry ingredients + mix well.
2. Combine the wet + dry, combining thoroughly.
3. Using your hands or a spoon (i’m a hands on girl) form small lumps/balls + place on the baking tray. Flatten slightly.
4. Bake for 25 minutes + allow to cool fully before removing. These stay good for up to a week.

Spiced Oatmeal Stuffed Bramley Apples (Gluten Free + Vegan)

Ooooooh yeah, this is so autumn. English too, yep it’s definitely English.

bramley baked spiced applesI can’t begin to tell you how good these apples smelt when they were baking away. Oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and maple syrup – you just know it don’t you?Apples + the works

Apples. Love. Oats. Adore. Nutmeg. Get in my life. Cinnamon. Oh wow, my one true love. Ginger. Yes please. Maple syrup. Oh golly. These are a few of my favourite things.Stuffed apple pre baking Yeah, you just know how much I liked this hey?    I say forget about long winded complicated desserts, sometimes you just want some rustic, simple sweet treats with a few quality ingredients. Something like spiced oatmeal stuffed bramley apples. They’re in season so get ’em while you can and stuff ’em any way you like but I recommend the spiced oatmeal mixture, a bit like fruit cake freshly baked in an apple.

Baked + stuffed apples

This reminded me of Christmas in taste and in smell……it’s far too early I know but people are already chatting Christmas crackers.DSC_8715

Did you know that these baked apples take 5 minutes to throw together via a spiced oatmeal stuffing. Watch them in the oven cos these have a tendency to expand, oh ok explode!DSC_8711

Take them to the next level with coconut cream, ice cream, custard or just simply a drizzle of maple syrup. Always add walnuts cos it looks pretty and it’s nice to look at pretty things.Pretty fruit

Here’s to stuffing our fruit more. Say no to boring fruit.A baked + stuffed apple

Spiced oatmeal stuffed bramley apples

5 large bramley apples, cored
1/2 cup gluten free oats
2 teaspoons dairy free butter or coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon each of ginger + nutmeg
1/4 cup raisins or any dried fruit of choice

Preheat oven to 150ÂșC. Semi core each apple being sure not to pierce through to the other side. Use the corer to make a wide whole to fill with oatmeal.
Mix all the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl + stuff each apple compactly with the mixture. Bake in an oven proof dish for 30 minutes or until softened. Enjoy hot with your favourite ice cream.