Monday, February 10, 2014

WTF Should we eat? Gluten free, dairy free mug cakes!

Over the weekend I got a craving for cake. I didn't want to make an entire cake. That would be horrible for my waistline. So I figured I'd default to my yummy chocolate mug cake. That was until I realized I was out of cocoa powder. Oh no! What's a girl to do? Experiment, that's what! I figured that I should look into ways to make it as healthy as possible, for cake anyway. My 5 yr old niece has been having major digestive issues and lost way too much weight, so her mom and I have been trying to find ways to get her to gain weight again, all while being gluten, dairy and soy free. So I found a mug cake recipe here: Vanilla Mug cake from FreeRangeCookies.com, and messed with it just a little. Every version I made was awesome, so I thought I'd share all the recipes I came up with. I even named them!

The process of cooking them is the same for all. Add coconut oil and milk to a coffee mug. Microwave for 30-40 seconds to warm it up enough to melt the coconut oil. (It might not look melted, but swirling it around will finish the melting process.) Add the baking powder and stir thoroughly to remove all baking powder clumps. Add flour, (protein powder if using) and sugar. Mix it up really well until you have no more clumps. Microwave it for 1 minutes 30 seconds. Let cool for a minute, then dig in! I really suggest to let it cool slightly, as the cake will cook a little more after it's out of the microwave.

Also, even though I have several different recipes, these are really easy to substitute to your liking. Examples:

- Exchange some flour for protein powder.
- Use a different flour than all purpose gluten free flour, such as quinoa or oat flour. You could even go with a nut flour to make it grain free.
- Use any type of milk you have in the fridge.
- Sub coconut oil for butter
- Honey powder or other dry sugar instead of turbinado. I haven't tried using a liquid sweetener like honey or agave, but it's definitely on my list to try.


Kinda Cocoa

- 4 tbsp all purpose gluten free flour
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp chocolate almond milk
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp turbinado sugar


Chocolate Envy - my current favorite. Yes, it doesn't have much chocolate at all, but the hemp powder boosts the taste of the chocolate.

- 3 tbsp AP GF flour
- 1 tbsp high-protein hemp powder
- 3 tbsp chocolate almond milk
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp turbinado sugar


Green Chocolate

- 2.5 tbsp AP GF flour
- 1.5 tbsp high-protein hemp powder
- 3 tbsp chocolate almond milk
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp honey powder
- 1/2 tbsp turbinado sugar


Here are some other ideas I've come up with, but haven't tried yet.

Coco Coconut

- 4 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp coconut milk (probably best to use full fat, but coconut water might work here as well)
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar


Lacto Flow! (for women breastfeeding and want to produce more)

- 4 tbsp oat flour
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp oat milk
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp turbinado sugar


So are you going to try this? If so, let me know how you made it your own!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

February's Goals



So I'm a little late with this because Feb is almost half over... But two weeks of goals is better than none!

Let's recap Jan's goals first.
  • Read 5 books (already read 1 - I love being a fast reader!) - definitely done!
  • Use all the produce that comes in the house - no waste! - Almost a total success! I've been letting lettuce go bad, so I need to get more salads in my menu!
  • Fill my mp3 player with good music and head to the gym! - Nope. 
  • No fast food! Ok, this one isn't as simple, but I'm ready to try it! - Success!!! I think I went out for fast food once. And it was chicken nuggets from Chick-Fil-A. They were too yummy to feel bad about it.

I don't think I have ever had that many green results! I'm quite happy with myself.

February's goals:
  • WORK OUT! I've been slacking for two weeks and that has to change.
  • Eat more salad!
  • Visit the gym at least once!
  • Prep a week's worth of food over the weekend.
  • WATER WATER WATER!
  • Beat Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light with Hubs, if I can drag him away from Dead Island.
  • Figure out something fun and cheap for Valentine's Day. Guess I need to get started!
  • Reorganize the baking and spice cabinets in the kitchen.
  • Finally go see Dad and have Christmas.

I believe in myself, and I can get this done!

What are your goals for the month? Join the monthly link-up and let us know!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Life and Exercise Recap Day 19-24 #GiveIt100

I almost want to start over at day 1. I didn't really do any exercise at all. Yesterday, day 24, Hubs and I spent most of the day cleaning and organizing the house because the annual inspections for our complex are today and tomorrow. It's the one time of year that I know the house will get cleaned, because of the potential for management to enter our home. I felt really good about getting it done. We went to the thrift store with Mom last Friday to buy a bunch of containers to put my bulk items in, like oatmeal, quinoa and sugar. Somehow we managed to get just the right size on a few of them - my large oatmeal container is filled to the very top, but it held the whole bag. I'm really happy to have fewer bags all over the place. I think it will help me stay organized and a little cleaner. I've got other containers from Homemade Gourmet pantry staples that I'm going to use for the smaller bags of flours, since HMG doesn't exist anymore. They fit great into one of the shelves, but I'm going to have to reorganize the cabinets for better access and storage. That's a project for another day. If I had started on all this Saturday, I'd probably have more organized by now. But Hubs and I, and even the dog, just felt like crap Saturday. We spent the day on the couch, with Spike asleep in my lap. He doesn't normally do that. And he looked so sad. Sunday we were back to functioning.

Hubs worked on the dining room. It was pretty full of boxes so we only had a small walk space to get in the house. He went through all the boxes, getting rid of trash, unpacking things to put in the bookcases, and consolidating other boxes. He cleared out half of the dining room. Spike doesn't know what to do with all the extra space.

I've still got a ways to go in the organization department, but we're getting better.

Anyways, back to the recap. I didn't do any exercise. But I'm going to start over again tonight. It's the first work day of the month, so I can work a little less than necessary, giving myself a chance to get back on track at home.

My local PCOS group is finally making shirts! I made 9 designs as options, and it looks like we finally decided on this one >>>
I love it, and can't wait to wear it. I just need my paycheck to get here so I can order mine!

Well, I think that's enough of a recap for now.