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VEGAN ZUCCHINI BREAD

I have posted this baby on two occasions on Instagram and always get requests for the recipe as my kids demolish mine and it appears others do not on the version they are making..



One piece of important advice... DO NOT skip out draining the juice from the zucchini.. DO NOT..

INGREDIENTS :

6 tablespoons Ground Flaxseed
1/4 (160ml) cup warm water

1 Sweet Apple
1/4 (160ml) cup warm water
1/4 cup (160 ml) melted Coconut Oil
1 1/3 cups (266 g) Cane Sugar
4 Normal Size Zucchini

3 cups (384 g) Whole Wheat Four
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Salt



DIRECTIONS :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and lightly spray a bread tin

Make the flaxseed egg by mixing the Ground Flaxseed with the 1/4 cup of warm water and set aside
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Create Applesauce by blitzing your apple with 1/4 cup of warm water in a high powered blender.
Add that flaxseed egg, the coconut oil and sugar until combined.
Grate your Zucchini and squeeze out the excess water then add to your mix.
Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt (preferably sifted) over the wet
and combine them all REALLY well.

Pour it all combined into your bread tin and bake for around 50 minutes.

Tip your loaf out and let it rest on a rack, only slice once cooled and if you want to turn it into a desert it is AMAZING with a simple Vanilla Soy Ice Cream.


Do you have a favourite loaf? 

lemonade lusts : salihah moore



When you come across an artist and bookmark her website for a personal purchase then walk into a shop a fortnight later and they same artist is stocked there, I would call that a sign. Well I ignored it and then had her crop up at a friends house and AGAIN on another website.

Lets just say I am pretty sure I need to own some Salihah Moore. Salihah is an artist and designer of hand beaded jewellery and wall hangings. 




Originally from California, Salihah developed a deep love affair with the ocean, sand, flora and fauna of the Pacific coast. Working with the seed beads reminds her of sifting through sand grains as a child and being in awe of the hues and variations.

All her weavings are hand sewn at her home studio in Boulder, Colorado with a needle and thread using Czech and Japanese glass seed beads. 


You can find her whole collection HERE...

2 Podiums in 3 weeks.. what did I do?!


Taking up trail running was not a new thing for me as The Northern Beaches of Sydney certainly have their fair share but the elevations here around Marin Headlands where I live are a tad different..

In training for a 50k race you have to get out there and do some intermediate distances in the time leading up to the big date. I did a 30k and a 21k around a month apart and got 1st and 2nd place in my age group.

I will not claim for a second that I would ever have expected it, but now that I have it has caused me to reflect and see what I did right and differently over my past races.

I truly think it has been a combination of things..

RUNNING : Of course, gradually growing the miles/ km's on my feet per week is the first part (once I have finished my 50k I will share my schedule in case it is of use to anyone)..

REFORMER PILATES : Having a strong core and building my leg strength was HUGE for maintaining strength when I hit the hills on those trails

YOGA : I have never bothered to be diligent with stretching whilst training so doing a full hour Yoga Class twice a week was amazing and protected me from injury I am sure

HIKING : On trail runs you can never run the same pace as you do on road races, the hills are super steep and you just have to walk some of them but walking them with strength and holding a decent pace means you really loose very little time but you 100% save your heart rate and core temperature from rising past a point you find it hard to get it back down from

MEDITATION : I will admit I have not been doing this the whole time but the wording is the simplest explanation I have for taking the time to focus on mental clarity a few times a week. On the tough parts of the race my inner monologue was strong and powerful as I had a huge bank of previous positive thoughts I had used as my daily practice.

DIET : I do have to give credit to going plant based for a certain part as quite simply I have never recovered so easily from such a decent load of training activity.
Are you training for anything at the moment? What do you find gives you the most results? 

Your next habit..


I told you last month about the first of our habits that has become our lifestyle.

Did you try it? It is never to late to start but you may want to read this one and decided between the two if it is all new..

As promised I am going to post a new idea each month. One that is easy to accomplish but transformative in its results.

So what is this month?

We call them lovenotes and if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen them in my Instastories.

Everyday, whoever wakes first needs to write a little note to the family with thoughts for the day, challenges, inspiration or just praise for something you love about them, your life or the family as a whole.

It's a lovenote.. no need to over think it just share from your heart and spread positivity.

You can do that can't you? Go on.. grab a cute notepad and pen and get started.. 



Vegan Peanut Butter & Chocolate Caramel Popcorn Cake


When you take your family plant based there are certainly challenges ahead.. suddenly they NEED to like a lot more vegetables than they used too, eating out is not as easy as those good old kids menus rarely have a non dairy vegetarian option.

My kids have been awesome. They are 100% plant based at home and when out with us. When they have sleepovers or playdates the rules are up to them. We made it known we would be disappointed if they went the non vegan route if it was easily available and so far they have easily managed to order pizzas, have a vegan burrito or take the pasta option with no meat.

BUT when it is their turn to eat treats fo' REAL, you need to be generous. I bake loads of yummy but healthy vegan goodies at home but for a birthday cake I was ready to rock the mother load for her. we searched Pinterest for ideas of flavours as she picked not 2 but 3 different cakes and asked me to combine them AND 2 were not vegan!

Anywho, her wish was my command and create I did..



INGREDIENTS :

2 cups (480 ml) Almond Milk
2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1 1/4 cups (307 g) Pureed Apple (Applesauce)
2/3 cup (160 ml) melted Coconut Oil
2 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 cups + 2 Tbsp (320 g) Whole Wheat Four
1 1/3 cups (266 g) Cane Sugar
1 cup (96 g) Cocoa Powder
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt

1 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Vegan Butter
⅛ cup Maple Syrup

1 cup Cane Sugar
1½ tsp Vanilla Extract
¾ tsp Salt
½ cup Coconut Cream (chilled overnight)
½ tsp Baking Soda
4 cups Popcorn (popped/made)


DIRECTIONS :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and lightly spray 2 x 8-inch round cake pans 
Dust with cocoa powder, shake out the excess and set aside.
Mix the almond milk and vinegar in a large mixing bowl, and leave for a few minutes to activate. Add the oil, vanilla extract, and apple puree and beat until a bit frothy.
Add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt (preferably sifted) over the wet ingredients while mixing to combine. Beat until no large lumps remain.
Divide batter evenly between your 2 cake pans (should be around 1/2 on each)
Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer into the middle comes out clean. 
Let cool completely before frosting.

While cooling, prepare frosting..

Use a handheld or counter-top mixer to whip peanut butter, butter, and sweetener until smooth.
Place in fridge until ready to use. 

and then the caramel..

Make your caramel by placing the sugar, salt and vanilla in a pot over high heat.
Stir until the mixture gets lumpy and a yummy brown.
Add the coconut cream and keep stirring.
Stir for quite a while until all the lumps dissolve and the caramel is all smooth and silky.
Turn off the stove.
Add baking soda and stir until it's mixed throughout.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Once the cake is cooled, add a thick layer between the top and bottom layers then frost generously around the sides and top

Pile your popcorn on top of the cake and around the bottom if you want.
Re-warm your caramel in the microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring between each one.
Drizzle that caramel all over the popcorn and around the edges.
Go get a knife and get ready to devour it.

What do you think? Too much? What is the best B Day Cake you have ever had?