Sunday April 7th 2019 is World Health Day
With International Health Awareness Day approaching, I thought id share with you a healthy, sugar free, high fiber apple cake recipe and also share some tips with you on how to make baking recipes healthier.
I have also included a link to some fun kids work-sheets, games and activities based on health and fitness, that you may like to look at with your little ones to help raise awareness of the benefits of being healthy.
Guilt free Apple cake
This delicious apple cake is free from added refined sugars, high in fiber and low in fat, but the best thing is….you’d never know!
- X2 apples, peeled and sliced
- 2tsp mixed spice
- 8tsp powdered natural sweetener (for apples)
- 3 eggs
- 500g apple sauce
- 115g butter,soft
- 2tsp vanilla extract
- 80ml apple juice
- 360g wholemeal flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 50g powdered sweetener (for cake)
- Preheat the oven to 180C
- In a small bowl, mix together sliced apples, mixed spice and powdered sweetener
- In a 2nd bowl mix together the butter, apple sauce, apple juice, eggs and vanilla
- In a 3rd bowl add flour, baking powder and powdered sweetener.
- Mix together bowls 2 and 3 until well combined
- Pour half of the batter into a cake tin
- Top with a layer of half of the apples mix
- Pour remaining cake batter on top
- Finish off by arranging the remaining apple slices on top of the cake
- Bake for approx 1.15hr (or until skewer in centre of cake comes out clean)
- Remove from oven and allow to cool
Enjoy a guilt free slice of cake!
Ways to make Baking Healthier
We all love a sweet treat, but how can you make a sweet treat better for your health?
Here are some ways you can enjoy a treat without the guilt!
- Use wholemeal flour (higher in fiber which is vital for a healthy gut)
- Replace refined sugars with natural sugars (honey, maple syrup, agave syrup – these are all naturally very sweet and contain more nutrients that refined white sugar, which has no nutrients at all!)
- Add fruit / veg to recipes (carrot cake, courgette cake, beetroot cake, or even our apple cake recipe shared here – all these will increase the fiber and vitamin content of your bakes)
- Reduce portion sizes (still have your sweet treat, but cut down on your portion size. Have half today and save the other half for another day. That way you still get to satisfy your sweet tooth, but with half the amount of calories)
- Substitute Fats (saturated fats are very bad for our heart health, unsaturated are much better. Replace butters with natural oils where possible. In some recipes you can even use apple sauce in place of part of the butter quantity, such as in our Guilt free Apple Cake recipe.
Nourish Interactive is great resource full of fun worksheets, games and activities you could do with your little ones to help raise their awareness on being healthy.
View their free printables here
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy day xx
Did you know that the 4th of April is International Carrot Day?! No? Well it is, so to celebrate all things carroty I thought Id share with you a very yummy Carrot Cake Recipe.
For the Cake
- 450ml Vegetable oil
- 400g Plain Flour
- 2 tsp Bicarb of Soda
- 550g Caster sugar
- 5 eggs
- ½ tsp salt
- 2½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 525g Grated carrot
For the Icing
- 200g Cream Cheese
- 150g Icing Sugar
- 100g Butter
Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4.
Grease and line a 10in cake tin.
Mix all of the ingredients for the carrot cake together in a bowl until well combined.
Pour into the cake tin and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until cooked through
Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely
For the icing; beat the cream cheese, icing sugar and butter together in a bowl until light and fluffy.
Once the cake is cool, spread the icing over the top of the cake
- Decorate with carrot sugar decorations if desired
IDEA: Why not make a cute heart shaped carrot cake using one of our heart shaped springform baking tins
If you want to get even more into the spirit of International Carrot Day then check out these fun carrot facts here
Or try out this free downloadable carrot colouring page here
Get the kids to treat Mum this Mothers Day and make her a special Breakfast in Bed!
They can help with the mixing of ingredients, the presentation afterwards and of course the feeling of pride they will get upon giving!
Older ones could even have a go at cooking the pancakes too!
- 70g Plain flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 65ml Milk
- 1 small egg
- 1 tbsp butter or oil
- Place flour, baking powder and caster sugar into a large bowl.
- Add the milk, egg and oil
- Beat together (or whisk) until you have a smooth batter
- Place batter into a piping bag
- Place a frying pan on medium heat and add some butter (or oil)
- Wait until hot, then pipe a heart shape
- Once pancake starts to bubble on top, flip it over and cook for an extra 1 min
- Place on a side plate
- Continue cooking in batches until all batter is used up
- Drizzle Nutella or maple syrup over pancakes then dust with some icing sugar
- Serve accompanied with berries (if desired)
You now have one happy Mum on Mothers Day! xx
So, technically this Moon Dust isn’t “cooking” as this recipe is non-edible, however we had SO much fun making it that I had to share it with you!
My daughter has just spent over 1 hour happily playing with this stuff, I have to say, I quite like the feel of it too and it smells gorgeous!
What you will need:
- 4 Cups of Plain Flour
- 1/2 cup of Coconut oil
- any extras you want e.g. glitter, sequins, food colouring
- Add all the ingredients into a large bowl (you may want to put a cover down as this can get a little messy!)
- Mix together using your fingertips until the coconut and flour are combined. (The mix should stick together if you squash it with your hands – if its too sticky add more flour, if its too crumbly add more coconut)
- Now add all of your extras! We used loads of coloured glitters, star sequins and round pink sequins
- Mix it all together and pour into a flat box, then let the fun begin!
LOADS of glitter!
Just a few stars??!!
Feels and smells SOO good!
Ready to play 🙂
Its that time of year again – Pancake Day!
So i thought id share with you a traditional pancake recipe.
Personally I love american pancakes with maple syrup – yummmm
However in our house i am the only one with that preference, so today we went with the traditional style pancakes, with lemon and sugar!
Pancake with lemon and sugar
What you will need:
100g Plain Flour
1 tbsp Vegetable Oil (plus more for frying)
Lemon and Sugar to serve
Place all ingredients into a jug and whisk together well
Leave to sit for 5 minutes
Place 2 tsp veg oil into a medium sized frying pan and heat until sizzling
Pour in the mixture and swirl it around the saucepan to cover
Cook for approx 2 minutes (or until cooked underneath) then flip! (watch out floor!)
Cook for 1 minute more on the other side, then serve.
Repeat until all the mixture is used up
Ready to flip!
Learn to make your own chocolate bars with this easy recipe. Based on using the chocolate bar mould that is available to purchase in our online shop.
Making your own chocolate bars is a really fun activity for kids of any age, big or small.
You can use any type of chocolate – milk, white or dark, or maybe a combination of these for a swirled effect.
You can use any of your favourite additions to personalise the bars, honeycomb, fudge, smarties, jelly beans, sprinkles etc are all great toppings.
Make your own Chocolate Bars recipe:
- 150g Chocolate (milk, white, dark, or a combination)
- 25-50g Various toppings of your choice
- In a microwavable bowl, break the chocolate into small chunks and melt in blasts of 30 seconds, stirring between each blast, until melted.
- Pour the melted chocolate into the chocolate bar mould, tilting the mould to ensure all areas are covered.
- Sprinkle your toppings over the melted chocolate
- Leave to set for a minimum of 2 hours in a fridge (or longer if out on the side)
- Gently remove from the mould and enjoy!
We used melted white chocolate and various types of sprinkles plus marshmallows and chocolate chips
We started by adding some of our toppings to the base of our chocolate bar mould (so that these show up at the top of the bars once set)
Next we poured the melted white chocolate on top (and had a little taste test!)
Then we added more toppings on to the top of our bars
Then they are ready to leave to set (we put ours in the fridge for 2 hours)
Here they are after been left to set! They didn’t last long in our house!
These chocolate bars are a huge hit in our house.
My daughter often asks to make these as gifts for her friends, which are always greatly received!
A cute idea- place a chocolate bar inside a sealed cellophane bag, tie with a pretty ribbon and give as a unique home made gift for family and friends.
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