Easy Clean Apple Cinnamon Mini Cakes

I'm trying to put together a website with all my favourite/self-made recipes. I'm not sure if I'll ever get to a point where I want to make it public (because of school and life in general). Anyway, this recipe is too good not to share! A few weeks ago my best friend and me met to catch up. We went to Starbucks and both ordered our drinks and a yummy piece of carrot cake. I've never had it before in my life and I was immediately in heaven! I'm having exams soon which means I have to study a lot and I can't afford to spend too much time cooking and baking, but yet I was craving this carrot cake so much. Unfortunately we didn't have carrots at home, so I invented a similar recipe for these mini cakes. They do remind me very much of the carrot cake, but there are no carrots in them. The cakes are soft and tender on the inside, whilst the outside is crispy. Best part is that they are "guilt-free" and very filling.

Easy Clean Apple Cinnamon Mini Cakes
Easy Clean Apple Cinnamon Mini Cakes
Easy Clean Apple Cinnamon Mini Cakes

YOU'LL NEED (for 6 cakes): Print this recipe

•  1 cup oats
•  1 teaspoon baking powder
•  1 tablespoon raw honey
•  2 teaspoons cinnamon
•  2 eggs
•  1 apple

FOR FROSTING:

•  1 teaspoon lemon juice or water
•  1 tablespoon icing sugar/powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all the ingredients together (except for the frosting and the apple). I stirred it well with a tablespoon because I like a bit of texture in my cakes, but if you'd like it to be a smooth batter you can always use a blender or a mixer. Chop the apple into very small pieces; add them to the mixture and whisk softly. Keep 1/4 of the apple aside (for decorating later on).

BAKING:


Sprinkle some leftover apple on top of the batter once it has been divided over the cupcake/muffins holders or the muffin pan. Every oven is different but I baked my cakes at 200°C/380°F for about 20-25 minutes (hot air). To make sure they don't burn, set an alarm for 15 minutes and look if they're already brown and golden. If they are, they're ready! Remember that it's always better to underbake them when you're using oats. The longer in the oven, the drier the cakes will be (and in my opinion less tasty, which would be such a waste). 

FINISHING TOUCH:


This is optional — it's also not entirely "clean". Mix the powdered sugar and lemon juice together (you can also simply use water). It's a process of trial and error: see if the frosting is runny enough, but it shouldn't be too runny. I let it drizzle on the cakes using a teaspoon.

Amount per serving: 99cal | Total Fat 2.5g | Cholesterol 54.6mg | Total Carbs 16.7g (Fiber 2.3g + Sugars 6.4g) | Protein 3.6g.
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Healthy Lifestyle Choices — Progress


Disclaimer: This is not a post about "losing weight". It's all about how you feel in your own skin, and I didn't feel right. I am no dietitian in any way and I don't want to seem a "smarty" telling you what you should eat and what not. I wasn't happy with my lifestyle, so I changed it and here's my experience. That's all :)

In puberty I ate a lot, like any teenager I suppose. I grew a little bit bigger when aging, but I didn't really care though. I'm an emotional eater: sad - food - stressed - food - happy - food... In 2013 I started running — trust me, I hated the first few times — in an attempt to get fitter. My environment wasn't exactly helping. "Hey, wanna go and get fries?!" and then I'd answer: "Okay!". There was one time where I ate three pizzas a week. Brace yourself for some awkward mirror selfies. It might not seem like a lot of difference to you, but I definitely feel differently, and that's what matters.

Greyscale: July 2013 | Colour: September 2014
So by the end of January 2014, I thought: I can do this, let's change my way of life! I took small steps and running became more of a passion than something on my to-do list. Finding your healthy way of life is definitely a journey. It takes a lot of time and patience, something that's hard for me.

I run and go to gym classes when I feel like it, I don't have a routine or anything. It's okay to eat something high in sugar or fat! That's one of the most important things I learnt in the past few months. It's also not possible to eat strictly clean at all times, for example when you're meeting up with friends, a family party, New Year's Eve... So I stopped worrying about that. Best thing is that I feel a lot more active and I have a ton of energy! I also gained a lot of muscle. Once you're used to it, being aware of what you eat is so much easier than I thought. Changing my eating habits was the best decision I ever made.
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WATCHED: Black Sails

Black Sails

Sorry for the lack of updates guys! I'm currently studying for my exams and afterwards I'll start my internship as a social worker right away! Anyway, I wanted to write about this series "Black Sails" for some time now. When I was in New York City, I remember seeing advertisements of BS on the yellow cabs. Back home, a few weeks later, my boyfriend suggested we should watch it. 

I'm all for pirates haha! From the first episode I was hooked. Each episode is about 56 minutes long, which makes it even more perfect for me because I hate short episodes! There is some nudity / violence in there though. I'd say about the same amount as Game of Thrones, although Black Sails didn't make me sick to the stomach! It adds no value to the series but I guess things like that sell easily (especially because this is a new, unknown tv-show). I've watched the first season completely so now I'll have to wait till the end of January. I really like the cast aswell. Overall I think it's a very entertaining show and I'm going to miss it the next couple of months!

Here's trailer for season 2! I'm so excited!!! 


What do you think of Black Sails? What's your favourite tv-show? :) 
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