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.

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!