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!

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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!

Springing to life.

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Finally, the daffodils are coming out and the evenings are becoming lighter which means we’re in Spring! It’s my favourite season and I love it because its the season of all things new! So if you’re feeling tired, grumpy and fed up with revision, have a look outside, even if its raining- at least the flowers are on their way!

xx