Category: Spoon

attempting to eat clean & coax a sensorially challenged child to try things.

Apple & Cinnamon Cake: vegan, gluten free & delicious

This cake has to be one of my all-time favourites. Apart from the sugar (which can be left out if you’re a sugar-free person), it is as close to a healthy cake as possible.

When we moved in to our house two years ago, we found a very decrepit old apple tree. It has become so bent that it needs a prop to keep it upright.

I managed to prune it a little, so that the branches don’t cross too much – somehow it has undone last year’s rather wimpy pruning and so I need to do that again quite soon. However, I was delighted with the crop of apples we had this year, after a summer with a little more sun than 2012.

the recipe


6 medium apples (peeled, chopped, cored)
1 1/2 cup sugar (adjust to taste)
3 cups of flour (I use Dove gluten free)
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup light oil (corn, sunflower, etc)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Cinnamon to taste
Pinch of salt
1 cup raisins, chopped nuts

1. Preheat oven to 180/350
2. Place chopped apples in pot with sugar, simmer til sugar begins to melt, do not boil though! Remove from heat.
3. While apple & sugar cooking, mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
4. Add the oil, vanilla extract, to the sugar and apples and blend well.
5. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing well. The mixture will be lumpy and thick but don’t panic.
6. Spread evenly into a cake tin (I use a springform one), lined with baking parchment and lightly oiled. Those oil sprays are very handy.
7. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Keep in the tin until it is cooled.
8. If desired, sprinkle with icing sugar.

Now, I mess with this recipe a lot. I use gluten free flour, I only use half a cup of sugar and sometimes top it up with a few chopped dates. As I’m allergic to nuts, I can’t add walnuts but raisins would more than make up for removing all the sugar, I think.

Go forth and bake! Just don’t blame me when you can’t stop eating it.

Cup. Mug. Cake. Bake.

I’ve been eating clean for months now: coffee is a totally different food group but no sugar, flour or baked goods have passed my lips since April. I’ve not missed it, to be honest: the freedom from cravings has been awesome.

Until this last week. Four months later and the hormones/pmt kicked in. Something sweet *had* to happen.

I found some great looking recipes – pumpkin pie, chocolate cake & blueberry scones (all sugar, flour & milk free) were tried but none worked. Not for me. I’m seriously sensitive to all kinds of sweetener like xylitol, erythritol etc and can’t find unadulterated stevia.

Finally, I came across this: chocolate cake in a mug – even though I’d not had banana for a while, I wanted to try.


I completely failed to take a photo because I’ve eaten it all. Slowly. It’s not sweet to most people but it certainly hit that spot. It’s also not so amazing I will have to make it every day.

Accountability #1. A different blog

I thought i would share this on my main ‘home’ blog, in case it is something that you’re interested in. It’s personal in a way that only overweight women (who are unhappy with their weight) are likely to really understand. If you’d like to keep me company as I fight the food fight & build my muscles up, there’s a wee link in the text.

Accountability #1
Today is the first day of this blog’s actual life because I have one month to go and I love a deadline.

My knee hurts. My left foot is killing me. I’m almost 41 and although I’ve been eating clean for months now *once I stopped listening to Slimpod and stopped feeling like I had to eat constantly – NB not the normal slimpod experience!* I’ve not dropped much body fat. There’s a few reasons for that and most of them are sweet potato shaped. Hey, compared to the TONS of crap I was eating in the last twenty years January that’s nothing. What happened?

I did a sugar fast. A detox. I followed the very approximate modified version of the 21 day sugar detox and I thought I was going to die or at least fall over. Even though I was still eating a ton of tofu *now I’m not!! I’m eating fish ma! real honest to goodness animal… oh right.*

I’ve honestly only in the last week felt like i had the energy to think about exercising, although that might’ve been staying up late at night sewing too… (I made a version of this!)

Chloe Party Dress: sooo cute.

So. ONE THING AT A TIME is my new motto. I would go insane only actually doing one thing at all so I’m limiting myself to one thing of each kind of thing, do you see?

Alignment 1: Stand with my feet straight and hips level (I swing my right one forward). To do this every 20 minutes. Aided by…

Therapy 1: Study the Psoas course by the awesome Katy Bowman at Aligned and Well.

Sewing 1: Completing the smocked dresses I began months ago for Wee Bear. Before Autumn as both are definitely ‘summer’…

Parenting 1: Consistent bedtime with no screens after 6.30pm *creeping backwards*

Eating 1: Increase my intake of leafy green veg. I’m hoping to start the ‘Thrive Forward Programme’ for vegans once I’m a bit stronger…

Exercise 1: MuTu my ass daily. Oh yeah baby, you know it.

Bedtime: be in bed at 11pm every. Single. Day.

And I think that’s enough, right? To start with? I’ve got a whole TON of stuff I want to do (the new Colette dress, a few other frocks, a lot of doll outfits, more painting, get my rollerskates, etc) but I need to start small. One bite at a time. Given that I’m eating cleaner than i have in my whole life, I’m on the path now.