Banana Cupcakes (Dairy & refined sugar free)

Hello everyone!

A more cheerful post to end your Sunday with after my last two have been incredibly heavy and depressing. I’ve had to radically overhaul my diet recently so I’ve had to get creative in the kitchen if I want to eat anything remotely tasty. I had lots of overripe bananas to use up so I thought what better way to use them than to make some banana cupcakes. They’re basically mini banana breads- with no dairy or refined sugar in them they’re little cases of goodness (bar the icing but theres barely any of it and its made primarily with honey) that I guess you could maybe even eat for breakfast with some berries and natural yoghurt (Soya for me with lactose intolerance) or just with a cup of tea in the afternoon. Anyway, here is the recipe!

Ingredients for the cupcakes:

100g Buckwheat Flour

100g Wholewheat Flour

2 egg whites

4 mashed ripe bananas

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1tsp baking powder

2tsp Cinnamon (to taste, I’d have a bucketful if I could)

4 tbsp apple sauce (shop bought or homemade. For this I usually peel and dice a medium sized cooking apple and place in a small pan with just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan with a bit of honey. Then allow the apple to cook until soft, then mash the apple to make apple sauce!)

Ingredients for the icing:

25g Icing Sugar

2tsp clear honey

1tbsp cold water

Optional: Nuts or dried fruit for decoration

Lets get baking!

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (160 degrees for fan ovens) and line a baking tray with around 12 muffin/cupcake cases
  2. If you’re going to make the apple sauce, then do it at this point. This way it can cool in time to add to your mixture.
  3. Place both flours, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon in a bowl and mix
  4. In a separate bowl mash up the bananas, don’t worry about them being completely smooth
  5. Add the bananas, egg whites and apple sauce to the dry mixture and mix well
  6. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases and place in the oven for around 20-25 minutes
  7. When the cupcakes spring back to the touch or a knife comes out clean then they’re ready to come out! The flours are both naturally darker than traditional white flour so don’t be too concerned if they look a bit dark.
  8. Once the cupcakes have cooled mix your icing ingredients together and drizzle over the top!
  9. Try not to eat them all in one sitting like my family did….(no chance to get a photo)

They’re super easy and really tasty so let me know what you think!

Time to breathe

Good Afternoon everyone,

I hope you’re all having a lovely relaxing Sunday, doing Sunday-esque things (e.g. sleeping, eating or relaxing). Following my previous post I thought it would be important to have a bit of a catch up. Much to my own dismay and despair in the last few weeks I have taken a gap year from my studies. Yes, that means I’ve paused my 3rd year until next September so that firstly I can get better and feel more like myself and secondly as my blog post title suggests I have time to breathe. This time to breathe is something all of us are guilty of forgetting to do, especially in this generation we’re always so busy checking our phones, getting jobs, getting work experience, seeing friends, updating social media about said friends and work experience.

I want to emphasise how important this time to pause and reflect is for me especially. Some people might think that I’ve just taken the easy option out of the stress of 3rd year of uni, but I haven’t left permanently I’m going back next year no question. But I’ve been constantly switched on with work, family, uni, exercise and stress for a good few years and its taken its toll on my health because I haven’t stopped once, and quite frankly I’m exhausted. I’m not looking for a pity party because I know its my own fault really, but I’ve decided to make this decision for this time off, for me, because it is the best thing for me and everyone around me as well…I hope.

I’m going to keep a part time job and work on my dissertation when I feel strong enough to do so. It’s not the end of my studies, and I’m far from giving up and hiding in a hole. But as I write this post, I’ve just taken some healthy banana bread cupcakes out of the oven (own recipe, woohoo!), I’ve got a cup of lemon green tea and cosy socks on and I’m planning what I’m going to do for the next few months and I know I’ve made the right decision for me.

Whether it be a gap year travelling abroad, time to recuperate at home or a break to get some work experience- it is okay to stop and take some time for yourself. Don’t let anyone pressure you otherwise because you’ll end up like me, ill and unhappy before you have no choice but to stop! I’d have loved to finish my degree in three years, but clearly that just isn’t how things have planned out- time to move forward and make the best of what is happening, now I have the time to breathe.

The Final Act is Always The Hardest

Hey everyone,

Back to University again so back to the blog I suppose! Now I’d like to say this is going to be a happy post but I wanted to talk about something that might be considered fairly taboo in the mad excitement of University, freshers week and everything anyone will ever tell you about it. It can be a very lonely place even with a society for every zany habit under the sun. Don’t get me wrong I have amazing housemates, a lovely house for my last year and great friends on my course but still I have to say I feel very alone. I know its not something everyone experiences, and its a difficult feeling to articulate but I’ve just started my final year of Uni, the work load is already beyond belief and expectation is just horrendously high from lecturers to my well wishing grandparents. Yet I’m sat here thinking, am I the only one who isn’t happy here? I don’t enjoy the work anymore, I don’t feel like I have the time to go out and enjoy myself with all the work and right now I just want it all to be finished so I can say that I’ve got my degree. Thats not really how it should be…is it? I want to enjoy my final year, cherish every last bit of freedom and student loan that I have left. But right now, I’m not in that place at all.I admit that I haven’t been overly well in the past few months and its made matters worse, so I’m questioning do I stay and last it out, possibly at the expense of my health and happiness or stop, give myself time to recover and recuperate and begin my final year how I should in September but let everyone else around me down?

I know I’m not the only student who feels like this but it is never talked about and I definitely think that needs to change. University is and can be a very lonely place but it doesn’t have to be if you ask for help. I never ever thought I’d be in this position, but here I am…

Hello strangers

Hi everyone,

Firstly, I think I should make a grovelling apology for my absence and lack of posts. University exams and revision have taken over my life, and this post is actually a form of procrastination before my last exam tomorrow so it’ll be quick. So I am very very very sorry for being so slack!

I’d like to say that I have been away on exciting adventures and enjoying the lovely sunshine that we’ve had recently. But sadly I have been sat inside, glued to my highlighters and assorted cue cards trying to remember historians and why they dislike one another for completely irrelevant reasons. But as of tomorrow all of that will change as I will be finishing my second year exams! I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone and how much has actually changed since I embarked upon my second year.

So what have I learned? I think I’ve grown up a lot this academic year, I’ve learned to prioritise work and people who really matter in life. I had a very steep learning curve which I shan’t go into detail about but I think I’ve come out a better person because of it. All I will say is that you should keep the friends around that make you feel happy and not bad about yourself and that you can never change someone who doesn’t see an issue in their actions.

What am I looking forward to in summer? Holidays and freedom!!! There is nothing like having absolutely nothing to do all day when you’ve just finished exams. So that is exactly what I shall do…I will be doing absolutely nothing (at least nothing educational for a while).

My plan though is to bring you along with me as I write my dissertation. Keep you up to date on how it is going, research and archive visits and progress reports. Maybe one or two breakdowns but fingers crossed it’ll be an enjoyable experience.

I promise I won’t go away for months at a time again!

Have a lovely Wednesday

xx

No place like home

Hello everyone,

So the term has finished and I’ve returned back home for the Easter holidays. Honestly, there really is no place like home. Seeing friends from high school, family days at the beach and of course those precious home cooked meals really make me realise what I miss while I’m away. But I need to remember this holiday is mainly revolved around revision (sadly) but it’ll all be worth it in the long run for results and a lovely celebratory summer!

Thought it’d be a nice idea to give you a few favourites and recommendations to get you through Easter at home! (This almost escalated into a full scale beauty post but I’m trying my absolute hardest to stay away from being one of those stereotypical Zoella-mimicing blogs)

Nike+ Training Club App- honestly, ladies especially, this app is incredible. I don’t want to invest in a gym membership when I’m only home for a few weeks but this app is free and is full of amazing workouts from Paula Radcliffe to Ellie Goulding, with some great cool down yoga sessions for days off. You can select the work outs as you go or it will create a programme for you. No excuses, this will shake off those Easter chocolate pounds and keep you in shape.  DOWNLOAD IT!!!

Pinterest- Why not give your mind a break from the revision and create some boards to inspire you. I’ve been loving this recently because it means I can inspire myself to spruce up my bedroom so it’ll be a nice place to study or even giving myself inspiration for my revision notes and future holidays! Theres something for everyone on there and it’s the most relaxing thing ever.

Polariod- This is want item not a favourite but with all the lovely weather and time I’ve spent with family and friends so far this holiday, I really want to capture it all on polaroids. I know they’re quite expensive but I have a feeling a company will change your normal photos into polaroids but it’s not as fun as shaking to develop!

Spotify- Couldn’t live without this for revision, chilling and exercising. I’ve only recently invested in Premium and couldn’t go without it now! I’ve been loving Josef Salvat, his version of Rihanna’s Diamonds is amazing, give it a go, you won’t regret it, such a chilled take on a pop song!- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_koFbsnw_PM

If anyone has any recommendations for the Easter holidays please let me know, I’ve got 5 weeks at home and could do with some help!

Happy Easter

xx

Sundays and new adventures

Hello everyone,

Sorry I’ve been a bit lacking in posts this week, I’ve had a couple of essays to write so they’ve come first I’m afraid! I’m thinking of spending my Sunday in bed with The Office (I love the US Office, If you haven’t seen it yet, go go go!) but first I’ll probably get up and go for a run or gym session and then have a lovely bowl of porridge (simple things in life keep me happy) before returning back to my nest. How do you all like to spend your Sunday- do you do something fun or relax?

Exciting news as well, with the essays finished I only have about a week and a half left of term until Easter. I’M SO EXCITED TO GET BACK!!!

Now on to the new adventures- I haven’t told anyone about this yet other than you guys so keep it on the down low, it’s a bit out of the blue but I thought why not?! I’ve decided to apply for an summer school opportunity in India, how amazing is that! The Study India scheme is open for students from all disciplines to study in Mumbai and Dehli for two weeks, they pay for your food, accommodation, tuition and travel once you’re there. All you have to do is pay for your flight, visa and vaccines (which should cost no more than around £500ish). I think it would be an amazing opportunity to experience a culture beyond the bounds of tourism and really get into the classroom! I find out if I’ve been accepted by the end of May/ Early June so fingers crossed! I’ll link the website below so you can have a look and maybe I’ve inspired you to take a leap on this lovely Sunday morning!

https://studyindia.co.uk 

Have a great Sunday, whatever you’re planning to do and a productive week!

Just a little note…

Hello everyone,

For those of you who have been following me for a little while now you’ll know that I have mainly been blogging on University based subjects and advice ect. But I’ve come to enjoy my time blogging so much that I’ve decided to broaden my horizons and just blog on problems, issues, advice and life in general that I experience or want to share, I promise I won’t pollute your readers with make-up reviews and hauls! Since it’s Spring, a time of new life and new starts so I think it’s a well timed move.

But in the time of essays for me, ugh I hate this part of the term, I thought I’d share this quote I found which is so appropriate!

“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.”- Hilary Mantel 

Enjoy your week.

xx