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!

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26. Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚ Blogtober day 26 brings you an unexpectedly scrumptious snack. Salty and spicy and super crunchy, these little gems are still healthier than a packet of crisps or roasted peanuts. I’m never looking back ๐Ÿ˜Ž

What you will need:
– 1 tin of chickpeas in water
– 1 tsp smoked paprika
– 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
– 1/2 tsp cumin
– 1/2 tsp garlic powder
– salt and pepper to season

Preheat your oven to 200c fan/220c convection oven

Step 1
Drain the chickpeas and pat dry with kitchen roll. When they are completely dry, add them to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and stir well with your hands or a wooden spoon.

Step 2
Pour the contents of the bowl onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Roast for 35-40 minutes until chickpeas are hard all the way through (taste a couple to be sure).

These are great to serve over a few drinks with friends or you could take some in your lunch box (I wouldn’t recommend eating these at your desk though as then crunch is audible!) ๐Ÿ™‰

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 nibbles are healthy ones.
* Rewired isnโ€™t going to count the calories in this snack for you as there are not enough to be worried about.
* The ingredients in this recipe have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Chickpeas are fantastic for iron metabolism and red blood cell production. They also help with heart, muscle and immune function.
Cayenne pepper is thermogenic. It is a natural painkiller and reduces inflammation. It is also a blood glucose stabiliser.
Garlic is well known for itโ€™s health benefits. It protects against cancer by blocking the conversion of nitrates and nitrites into cancer as well as inhibiting the action of aflatoxins (the substance found in peanuts which cause cancer). It can lower cholesterol and also prevents blood clots โ€“ a safer way than taking an Aspirin a day.

Happy creating!

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