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)
500g apple sauce
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
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!
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 2 Eggs 300ml Milk 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