Those of us on a healthy/weight loss journey still battle cravings. We still gloat over candies, pastries and fizzy drinks. We literally salivate walking through candy, chocolate and pastry aisles in shops, also sniffing in the savoury or sweet smell of freshly baked pies from the other end of the shop. I used to be a sweet tooth but with time, the longing for sweets, candies and others seem to have reduced tremendously. However, there are days all I want to have is a cake, a pie, a candy bar or a cup of ice cream. I battle with the craving and the guilt that follows junking because in my case, I hardly stop at one serving. I could go on and on nibbling on them till I have eaten more than my day’s calorie intake. So while trying to stay disciplined, eat healthy and stay trimmed, I have been learning how to bake. Yes, I am LERNING to bake as many healthy things as possible. The first time I learned how to bake was during my National Youth Service Corp but I never took it serious. Now, I must just learn how to bake a healthy cake or pie. This I do by goggling “how to bake a healthy apple or banana or carrot cake” (Google is a brilliant search engine cum friend; you find a wide range of recipes). If just having a written recipe doesn’t work, I go on YouTube to watch videos by chefs/bakers. Indeed, Practice makes perfect!
Over the weekend, I tried my hands on rustic apple cake. I had to watch a lady on YouTube as she baked hers. It turned out well though mine had too many holes on the top. However, it was not rubbery. It was very fluffy and yummy. My family loved it.
3 apples (I used the sour Granny Smith apples, cored and peeled)
1 tablespoon lemon juice (if you use whole fruits, you can add some flesh from the lemon)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar – I used a cup which to me was too much and turned out sweeter than I wanted. You can also use honey.
1 1/2 cups flour (whole wheat, all purpose, bran etc)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
5 tbsp melted butter (melt in microwave for a few seconds)
1 cup milk(preferably low fat milk)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla flavour (i used coconut and banana flavour
Extras: I added about a cup of low GI oat (ground in my food processor)
1) Peel the apples, chop into cubes and put aside in a bowl. Then pour some lemon juice over it to keep it from turning brown. I didn’t have any lemon at home, so I poured my milk over it and covered the bowl. It didn’t turn brown
2) In a bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, milk, melted butter. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon
3) Turn the liquid ingredients into the dry mixture of flour etc. Mix together with a spatula or food processor.
4) Fold in your apples
5) Pour the batter into your pan. Before now, preheat your oven to 350F or 180c.
6) Bake for one hour. Check with a toothpick that cake is done.
7) Allow to cool off. I didn’t let mine cool off well so I had cake still sticking to my bowl 😉
Sorry, I didn’t count calories but I would advise you take calorie counting seriously. It helps you track the amount of calories consumed daily (Go to http://www.myfitnesspal.com or calorie counter). I just had a few slices and left some for another day.
Try this out. As a fitness lady said; “if you baked it, you know what is in it”. It saves you the trouble of buying or eating calorie laden/processed cakes and pastries. You can whip this together in very little time and be sure to have a nourishing snack in your pantry or fridge. It takes 17 minutes to bake in a microwave and 1 hour in an oven. It’s a good snack to include in your children’s lunch box.