Chocolate Cake Batter Smoothie.

Cake in a glass!
Cake in a glass!

My cousin Ant came to visit me again on the weekend. We got out for a little 30K ride before work on Saturday morning before Ant headed back out for another lazy 70K! What the?!

Sunday morning we jumped up and headed off again – I really wanted to get up to the Sea Cliff Bridge.

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Wow. What an awesome ride. The morning was absolutely perfect.

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On the way back into town, a bunch of 4 guys over took us as we approached a hill. Ant and I both looked at each other and Ant goes “Want to see if we can stick with them?!” He had read my mind.

So off we went and with a little push from Ant we tagged on the back of the bunch. I mentioned to Ant that I thought they would probably head back into North Beach and stop for a coffee.

When we arrived back at North Beach we thanked the guys for the tow back into town – and then ended up sticking around for 2 coffees and and an hour and a half later thought it was time to head home!

What an amazing morning! In the last 2 or so months, I have already met so many wonderful people through running, riding and swimming. I’m blown away by how much people are willing to help you out. It’s awesome!

I also got out for my first real ocean swim yesterday morning, and again, I met a lovely bunch of people willing to help me out!

The morning was perfect so still and clear.

What a view!
What a view!

I tagged along with my friend Andrew who’s a keen swimmer and had the best morning. The night before I seriously woke up every hour stressing about the swim in the morning. The guys I went swimming with were lovely and kept an eye on me the whole way so there was really nothing to be scared about in the end.

Although I’m still not completely convinced that a scary looking hand from an ocean zombie isn’t about to pull me under…

Please don't eat me ocean zombies!
Please don’t eat me ocean zombies!

I guess I have surprised myself too, when I first started swimming I could barely make 50m without getting a head spin at the end because I hadn’t been breathing properly! Although I was scared shitless yesterday before jumping off the rocks I was determined to still give it a go.

I guess that’s the best thing about deciding to train for some tri’s this season – it’s forcing me to do things I have previously been scared of. Even road riding used to scare the crap out of me!

Looking back to a time when I was paralysed by anxiety on a daily basis and driving, going to work or even talking to people was insanely scary to me and then realising how far I’ve come is pretty great… now I kind of have the view if it scares me it is probably something worth trying. I never want to be too scared to attempt anything again – at least once! I like the feeling of being scared or uncomfortable now and using it to challenge myself!

Enough of the rambling  time to hook you up with this recipe.

This  seriously tastes like cake batter but better because it won’t make your tummy sore from eating buttloads of flour!! I also remember Ant and I used to mix together muffin mixes just to eat it raw I don’t think we managed to bake a whole mix, ever!

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The bits and pieces

1 1/2 frozen bananas

1 C rice milk

1/8 C oats

1 Tbsp tahini

1 Tbsp hemp seeds

1 Tbsp cocoa

1 Tbsp shredded coconut

1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Ice

In a blender pop all the ingredients and blend!! Toooooooooooooo easy! Top with more coconut and walnuts!

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Enjoy!

Apple, Walnut and Tahini Granola.

Yep, did get granola all through my bed!
Yep, did get granola all through my bed!

I got lost in my blog the other day. Re-reading old posts and reflecting… and also avoiding uni!

Reading old posts highlighted the fact I think I have been in a bit of a writing funk of late. So I apologise if my posts have been a bit repetitive! After blogging about my travels and FORCING myself to finish the last few entries, I have come to realise just how much I enjoy blogging about food… but don’t have any dreams of becoming a travel writer. Unless of course someone’s willing to fund these adventures – then I wouldn’t say no!

As most of you know, I’ve gone back to uni which means living and budgeting like a student again. Oh the joys! It’s really not that bad. It does however, grind my gears when you spend a bit extra to buy organic produce and it’s shit. I guess it’s my own fault though… I did buy a bag of organic apples from Woolworths, so I was asking for trouble. Seriously every single bag of organic apples I have purchased there has been floury.

Australia’s Fresh Food People my arse!

Ugh! You know as soon as your teeth break the skin of an apple, whether a bomb is about to land in your mouth. BAM! Floury hell. Floury apples are up there on the list of things Brickie thinks suck… that and statistics…

I have had this bag of apples sitting in the fridge for a while… so I decided to roast them up to see if I could at least put them to use in this granola!
Baked apples!

I also think it’s time to let go of porridge for another year – when you’re sitting on your balcony sweating over your breakfast it’s probably time to call it off until next season!

Again, as with most of my recipes, feel free to substitute ingredients if some of them aren’t really your thing! Cranberries would be awesome as would a selection of seeds and nuts.

I did eat half of this mix as I was constructing it – you could also leave it untoasted if you prefer – I’m not sure how well it would go storage wise as the mix is a bit wet.

Baked!

The bits and pieces

2 green apples, finely sliced

1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 1/2 Tbsp pure organic maple syrup + 1/4 C for oat mix

2 Tbsp ground cinnamon + 1 Tbsp for oat mix

2 C rolled oats

1/4 tahini, hulled

1/4 C pumpkin seeds

1/2 C shredded coconut

1 C walnuts, roughly chopped (I actually ended up using 1/2C almonds + 1/2C walnuts)

1/2 C dates, roughly chopped

Pre-heat oven to 150ºC and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

In a small bowl, mix together coconut oil, cinnamon and 1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup. Coat apples in this mixture and pop in the oven for about 30 minutes. Turn the oven down to about 120ºC, you essentially want to dry the apples. Flip at about the half way mark.

Remove from oven and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add remaining ingredients except dates. Mix well to ensure everything is evenly coated – pop mixture into the oven (turning back up to 150ºC) and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden – Stirring the mixture every so often.

Remove from oven and let cool before stirring through apples and dates.

Allow to completely cool before storing in an airtight container.

Noms!

Enjoy!

Perfect Vegan Pancakes.

Pancakes!

I’ve aced vegan pancakes!

If you scroll through my recipe feed my pancake obsession will quickly become evident.

It started with my PB+J pancakes and quickly got out of hand… Since attempting to follow a mainly plant based diet I’ve been playing around with a few favourites seeing if I can “veganize” them. I’ve had some success and also some mega failures…

I’ve finally managed to perfect FLUFFY vegan pancakes – ditching the eggs in pancakes was a little scary but I’ve subbed in some quinoa flour, a little more bi-carb and baking powder and the results are awesome!

Speaking of awesome… two of my cousins, Mark and Ant came to visit on the weekend. What a weekend it was!

They arrived on Friday night with their road bikes stashed in the back of their car… We quickly got stuck into some beers on the balcony, laughed until my cheeks and abs were sore and woke up with a hazy head! Well worth it.

Loaded up with booze and our bikes, we road tripped down to Huskisson on Saturday afternoon for the Husky Running Festival on Sunday.

We were all so wrecked from the night before, we ended up having dinner at the pub before 6pm and didn’t even touch any of the alcohol!

Ant insisted on watching the election while I moaned about how much of a punish it was to be spending my Saturday night like this. To be honest though, I don’t think I was capable of much more than lounging and whinging that night!

Ant spooning his baby.
Ant spooning his baby.

Sunday morning Mark, Ant and I jumped on our bikes and went for a little 17K spin around Husky to get my legs ticking over for the run.

Obligatory family photo!
Obligatory family photo!

We got Lise to take a family photo for our mums!

It was seriously so great hanging with the boys. I haven’t laughed that hard in such a long time and it’s nice to spend time with family and appreciate just how similar we all are!!

Lisey and I made our way down to the start line just before 10. After 2 false starts caused by the starters we were off and racing!

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I led from the start which is definitely a first and cruised on home in the very slow time of 22:59. First girl  and 19th overall. I felt pretty good the whole way and definitely didn’t push myself  hard so I guess I’ll be happy with that!

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I wanted to do the 2K afterwards with Ant and Mark but neither of them wanted a bar of it. So we stopped in at the pub for a cider instead.

When the boys left I was definitely sad! It was the same feeling as when you’re a kid and someone leaves and you feel so empty! We are going to organise some more rides soon… Ant’s thrown out the idea of family cycling jerseys haha! Look out!!

Lisey finished her first 5K in an awesome time too! I don’t know how sold she is on the whole fun run thing, but I’m wearing her down slowly!

Anyways – it’s time for snacks.

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I sliced up half a banana and popped it into the frypan and then poured pancake batter over the banana. SO GOOD. It brings out the natural sugars too.

Mmmmmm studded with banana!
Mmmmmm studded with banana!

I didn’t add any sweetener to my strawberries either, I like the tartness of them but if that’s not what you’re into just add a little maple or rice malt syrup.

You can top with nut butter too if you want. I’ve given up peanut butter for now… when you’re eating an 800g tub in 3 days it’s really time to start reassessing your peanut butter habit… I wish I was exaggerating but I’m totally not!!

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The bits and pieces

1/4 C wholemeal spelt flour

1/2 C unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bi-carb soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp apple cider (or white) vinegar

1 tbsp rice malt syrup

1-2 tbsp quinoa flour

1 tsp organic vanilla extract

1 banana, sliced

Strawberry Sauce

1 cup strawberries

1 tbsp water

1 tbsp maple or rice malt syrup (optional)

1 tbsp cinnamon

 

In a small bowl, add almond milk and vinegar. Let sit while you get other ingredients together.

In a separate bowl, add both flours, cinnamon, baking powder and bi-carb and mix well.

Add wet ingredients to dry mix and stir well – careful not to over mix! Nobody likes rubbery pancakes!

In a large fry pan heat a small amount of oil over high heat and add banana slices. Fry for 30 seconds before dolloping pancake mix over the top.

Turn heat down to medium and cook for 6-8 minutes before flipping.

While these are cooking, add strawberries, water, cinnamon and sweetener in a small saucepan over medium-high heat stirring well until strawberries start to “melt”.

Remove pancakes, top with strawberry sauce and remaining banana.

Enjoy!