30. Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

 

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚ Day 30 is here with a special treat for you all and you will NOT believe they are vegan! My husband thought I had bought a cake mix and asked me if I used eggs or butter – pfft as if?! I am so excited to announce my vegan baking success and share it with you. These only take 30 minutes to prepare and bake and taste the bomb ๐Ÿ’ฃ

What you will need:
– 100g self raising flour
– 100g light brown sugar
– 2 tbsp cocoa powder
– 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
– 130ml water
– 1 tsp orange extract
– Orange icing (you can make it or buy ready made if you don’t have time)
– candied orange to decorate

Preheat your oven to 180c fan/200c convection oven

Step 1
Sift all of the dry ingredients into a bowl. Melt the coconut oil and add The wet stuff to the dry ingredients. Fold together with a wooden spoon or in a mixer.

Step 2
Spoon your mixture into cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes before decorating.

Step 4
Roll out the icing and cut into circles before placing them on top of the cupcakes. Add some candied orange and they are ready ๐ŸŠ

Nutritional Spotlight-
I canโ€™t say that these are the healthiest foods you will ever eat, but what I can say is this; itโ€™s far healthier to eat a cake with ingredients like coconut oil (seriously healthy) and cocoa powder than with butter or eggs. Chances are, youโ€™re not going to clog your arteries quite so quickly with these cupcakes and you can relax knowing that you wonโ€™t be consuming any funky hormones/antibiotics/infections from animal products *ends rant here*

Happy creating!

Rewired ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ

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20. PB & Chocolate Chia Bites

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚ Blogtober day 20 is here and with it comes these bad boys. Packed full of protein, these are a great snack for an added boost of energy.

What you will need (makes 12):
– 1/2 cup of chia seeds
– 1/2 cup of oats
– 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
– 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
– 1/3 cup peanut butter

Directions
Add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Scoop up some mixture with your hands and roll into little balls. Easy peasy! Leave in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to solidify and keep their lovely spherical shape ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Nutritional spotlight-
* If youโ€™re like me and you like to know whatโ€™s in your food, you will be happy to know that these balls are healthy ones.
* Rewired isnโ€™t going to count the calories in them for you as there are not enough to be worried about.
* The ingredients in these bites have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
โ€“ Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and may also lower blood pressure as well as the risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease).
โ€“ Peanut butter is a wonderful way to introduce good fats and proteins into your diet. You will be helping your heart, your bodyโ€™s iron absorption, cell development and boosting your metabolism.
โ€“ Chia seeds are one of the greatest sources of energy around. Per 100g, they contain a whopping 486Kcals, 34.4g of fibre, 16.5g of protein and 30g of fat.

Happy creating!

Rewired ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ

11. Chocolate Brownie Cake

๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ Day 11 of Blogtober brings a little indulgence to your Tuesday. Sometimes you just want something warm and sweet to eat with your cup of tea or coffee.
Since turning vegan last year, I have struggled with sweet recipes. I haven’t been able to make even one cake taste nice, it’s a struggle! I have managed to make brownies in the past but minus the eggs and butter, there’s a hell of a lot of oil going on. However, with a bit of creativity, I came up with the best compromise; A vegan brownie cake! I learnt how to make a ‘chia egg’ and substituted butter for vegan spread and boom, no oil in sight โœŒ๐Ÿป๏ธ

What you will need (makes a small cake in a 7″ tin):
I know these are American measurements but I have a set of cups and oh my does it make everything so much easier! Google can calculate the weights or you can invest in a set – they are seriously handy!
– 1/2 cup vegan margarine/spread
– 3/4 cup golden caster sugar
– 2 chia eggs (1 egg = 1tbsp chia seeds to 3tbsp water)
– 1tsp vanilla essence
– a pinch of salt
– 1/2 cup cocoa powder
– 3/4 cup self raising flour (this won’t rise much as it is a brownie mix)
– 30g cocoa nibs/dark chocolate chips
– 20g vegan marshmallows (optional but very naughty ๐Ÿ˜‰)
– 1/4 cup almond milk
– 1tbsp maple syrup

Step 1
Preheat your oven to 170c fan/190c convection

Step 2
Bung all of the ingredients in a mixer and mix until smooth

Step 3
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Test with a cocktail stick and if it comes out clean, it’s ready!

It’s as easy as that!

Nutritional Spotlight-
I can’t say that this is the healthiest snack ever, but what I can say is this; it’s far healthier to eat a cake with ingredients like chia seeds (now they are seriously healthy) and coconut spread (or any other vegan margarine) than with butter or eggs. Chances are, you’re not going to clog your arteries quite so quickly with this cake and you can relax knowing that you won’t be consuming any funky hormones/antibiotics/infections from animal products *ends rant here*

Happy creating!

Rewired ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ

No-Bake Nut Butter Bliss Balls

Happy Sunday peeps!

Today I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen trying to find the yummiest way to pack in some energy for training. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been looking into making ‘bliss balls.’ They are a bit of a vegan fad at the moment but they do seem to make sense as an easy way to get your protein fix without feeling stodgy afterwards.

Afterย  a few failed attempts in the flavour department, I have found a gorgeous combination of high protein ingredients that taste great too – Good enough to share in fact!

What you’ll need (makes 12 small balls/8 medium)…

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– 15 minutes of your precious time
– 100g of porridge oats
– 2 tbsp of chia seeds
– 1 tbsp of agave nectar
– 40 grams of dark chocolate
– 3 tbsp of nut butter
– 25 grams of ground almonds

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Step one
Chop your dark chocolate into tiny pieces (if you don’t already have chocolate chips).

Step two
Put all of your ingredients, minus the ground almonds, in a bowl and mix together using a wooden spoon, or if you like to get messy, your hands.

Step three
Take a ping pong ball sized dollop of the mixture and manipulate it into shape with your fingers.

Step four
Cover the balls with a dusting of ground almonds

Step five
Leave in the fridge to set for at least 10 minutes and there you have itย  – it’s that easy!

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Nutritional Spotlight

*If you’re like me and like to know what’s in your food, you’ll be happy to know that these are healthy balls!

*Rewired encourages you to eat these as a part of a balanced diet and a regular exercise regimen.

*I can definitely tell you that the ingredients in these snacks have many benefits and I will list just a few:

Chia seeds are one of the greatest sources of energy around. Per 100g, they contain a whopping 486Kcals, 34.4g of fibre, 16.5g of protein and 30g of fat.

Nut butters are a wonderful way to introduce good fats and proteins into your diet. If you include nuts like almonds, cashews and hazelnuts, you will be helping your heart, your body’s iron absorption, cell development and boosting your metabolism.

Dark chocolateย contains antioxidants and may also lower blood pressure as well as the risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease).

Happy creating!

Rewired ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ

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