Celebrating 100 Posts… with Cake

This is officially my 100th blog post!

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 2 years since I started this blog back in February of 2012. What started as a creative project to “beef up” my resume has turned into something I’ve now managed to sustain for a couple of years – all thanks to the support of you, the readers!

I know I don’t post as often as I used to when I first started this blog, but I’ve kept it up because, well, I think it’s fun, but also because of the support and encouragement I’ve received along the way from friends, family, and random strangers on the Internet.

Those of you who know me know that I’m a bit of an Instagram addict. I’m one of those lame people that like to constantly post pictures of food (#sorry #notsorry). It means a lot when people comment on my food pictures saying how tasty it looks, or even asking if I can share the recipe. I LOVE food and I LOVE to cook. I’m no expert, but knowing that certain meals I create inspire other people makes me happy :) So thank you for sticking with me on this wellness journey, regardless of whether you’ve read one post or kept up with them all!

To commemorate this milestone, it’s only appropriate to celebrate with cake. Apple cinnamon cake.

Okay, perhaps this recipe doesn’t fit your traditional definition of “cake”, but it’s as healthy as cake comes and in my opinion is pretty darn close to the real thing! If you remember my last post, I was lucky enough to get a juicer for Christmas. I’ve been using it a lot lately and have been searching for new ways to put the leftover pulp to good use.

I stumbled across a recipe for a whole wheat zucchini loaf, and after a few modifications ended up with a delicious, hearty, fibre-packed loaf of apple cinnamon goodness. I keep making homemade apple juice just so I have pulp handy to make this recipe – it’s THAT good.

Juicing!  Juicing!

Plus it can also be easily adapted to be vegan and/or gluten-free.

So without further ado… let’s eat cake!

Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Loaf

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups apple pulp (equals about 5 large apples + 1 lemon, juiced)
1/2 cup organic coconut oil
1/2 cup date sugar (about 20 pitted dates put through a food processor. I was hoping they would be pulverized into a sugar-like substance, but they ended up more like a sticky paste, which was fine.)
2 eggs (to make this recipe vegan, try using 2 flax eggs. 1 flax egg = 1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water)
1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour (to make this recipe gluten-free, try substituting with gluten-free options like almond flour, coconut flour, etc.)
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3-4 tbsp apple juice (if necessary*)

Directions:
1. Combine the apple pulp, oil, date paste, and eggs in a large bowl. The date paste was so sticky it was hard to combine everything using a spatula, so eventually I gave up and just used my hands to mix everything together.
2. In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients (flour, chia seeds, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon). Add to the apple pulp mixture and combine. If the mixture seems too dry, add the apple juice*.
3. Bake in a loaf pan greased with coconut oil at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Loaf

This loaf slices up nicely without crumbling apart, even when it’s fresh out of the oven. I like to top a slice with peanut or almond butter and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds :) That’s pretty much the same thing as cake, right?

Be Well xo

Cinnamon Quinoa “Oatmeal”

I know, I know.. I should be studying. But I made an extra delicious power breakfast this morning that I felt needed to be shared! Expect a lot of recipes over the next little while. This particular dish was inspired by 101 Cookbooks’ recipe for Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa. I had “pinned” a photo of it on Pinterest and thought it resembled an alternative to oatmeal. So, after a few modifications of my own, I made this into tasty breakfast!

 

 

Cinnamon Quinoa “Oatmeal”

Ingredients:

1/2 cup organic quinoa (Costco sells it in bulk!)

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup low fat milk (soy milk works too)

1 cup organic berries (I had a frozen bag of organic mixed fruit – cherries, blackberries, and blueberries – so I just used that! Really you could use whatever fruit you want. Mango would be delicious!)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 small handful flax seeds (ground flax seeds would be better as it is more easily digested and the nutrients are better absorbed, but this is what I happened to have)

A splash of vanilla extract

Pecans, for garnishing

Directions:

1. Combine the quinoa, water, and milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. If you’re using frozen berries, allow them to thaw while the quinoa cooks.  ***NOTE: Keep a watchful eye while the quinoa is boiling, I found the milk made it boil over the sides of the pot really easily.

2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, cinnamon, flax seeds, vanilla, and berries. Because I used frozen berries, their juices turned the quinoa a pink-ish colour. Woops! Still delicious, though. Sprinkle some pecans (or walnuts, almonds, etc.) on top. There you have it – a healthy protein/fibre-packed breakfast! I enjoyed my “oatmeal” with a sliced orange, hard boiled egg, glass of organic soy milk, and a fresh cup of coffee. Mmmm… Now, time to get to work!!!!

– Be Well xo