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We’ve all got a list of favourite foods that don’t score too high on the nutrient value scale, but let’s be honest they sure are fun and delicious to eat. Mine would look something like:

  • Ice cream
  • Chocolate
  • Baked goods

…you know your usual stuff.

Unfortunately we’ve all succumbed to the mind set that these foods are strictly off limits, and what does that result in? Well for most of us we get stuck in a cycle of deprivation followed by bingeing, which nearly always leads to eating more than if we would have treated ourselves to that one cupcake in the first place. [Um, been there!]

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Now you may have vowed to ban cupcakes from your life, but when we break down and have a few, we start feeling guilty and think, ‘well I blew it, so I might as well eat the whole box now’. Sounds like a productive solution right?

Everyone reading this will have been there at some point in their life, or maybe you’re one of those people who has been a restrictive eater for so long that you’re afraid to eat anything. Truthfully, eating small amounts of your favourite treats in moderation [I will slog this mentality hard] can be part of an overall healthy diet.

Sometimes being healthy means forgoing that 3rd piece of cake, having a side salad instead of chips and eating reduced fat dairy. But sometimes being healthy also means having a goddamn cupcake!

So really the bottom line is learning to allow treats into your overall healthy lifestyle. This is something that may take time but be patient! As your confidence boosts, you will find treat food will no longer feel like completely off limits and seductive. You will be in charge of your choices (something I actually will talk about in more detail soon) and will no longer have to deny yourself of favourite food which = guilt free eating at last!!

Now I don’t know about you but as I’ve said before if I want a treat it’s not going to be something pathetic like a soft drink (unless you’re into that kind of stuff). If I want that much sugar, it’s going to be something awesome. Something like a cupcake (double points for an ice-cream cupcake). And you know who makes some of the most gorgeous cupcakes?

The Little Cupcake Company!

Someone from the company contacted me preaching about how important it is to enjoy life’s finer moments (cupcakes included) whilst maintaining your healthy lifestyle (preaching to the choir sister!), and I instantly fell in love. THEN I visited the website and saw some of their amazing cupcake photos..and things got serious.

Um does this not fit in perfectly with my blog design or what?

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I’m actually so disappointed that they aren’t Australian based. But that means for all of those whom live in the UK please buy some, eat and enjoy them… and then document the whole experience so I can live vicariously through you yeh?

I might even have to put a visit to their store into my travel agenda for June/July. A perfect way to start of a European holiday, am I right?

And if that isn’t enough here what The Little Cupcake Company’s got to say,

We’ve got the perfect, bite size treat for you. Tantalise your taste buds with The Little Cupcake Company’s gorgeous treats. Their selection of scrumptious handmade cakes are made with only the finest ingredients so they really do taste as good as they look. These cupcakes are beautifully packaged so are ideal as a tasty treat or a gift.  With delivery throughout the UK you can order yours online today and have them delivered straight to your door, so what are you waiting for? Call them today on: 0845 296 9188 or contact them here. Life this way can be sweet indeed.

I think the hardest decision will be which one to try? Or better yet, solve that problem and stock up… to…ugh..eh..share with the family..yes…

For more about The Little Cupcake Company visit their website or like them on Facebook.

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It’s been a fantastic weekend! Check out what I’ve been up to:

Well we had finished dinner (warm chicken salad- no dressing for me) and an animal ran around the restaurant (we were outside) and under my foot. At first I was in shock then realising what I saw I screamed and jumped up on my chair..in front of the whole restaurant. I actually thought it was a giant rat but turns out it was a possum. Made for lots of laughs and interesting conversation after though. A fantastic girls night out!

  • And told you about the awesome, affordable and effective Vitamins I’ve been taking lately.

My Sunday started early with a Grit Strength, Body Attack and CXWORX class. Then after a quick throw together breakfast (curried egg on 1/2 a wholemeal muffin with the remaining half topped with almond butter & banana slices) it was off to grocery shop.


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I did the shopping on my own today since the boy is fighting a head cold at the moment. And while I waited I caught up on some free magazine reading in the line. I’ve re-entered Magazines into my life after I’d removed them because they were causing more harm then good.

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Whilst grocery shopping I remembered I needed peanut butter, and then I also remembered I had an amazing Vitamix at home so I picked up a packet of raw peanuts (red paper shell still on) to whip up some homemade peanut butter.

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It was then well past lunchtime and I had eyes for one thing only…again. A curried egg sandwich. I am addicted!

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The kitchen business didn’t stop there since I had to make some progress on my 2013 Baking List– can you guess what I chose first?

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Blondies!

I had two ripe bananas ready at home so I wanted to make a banana blondie recipe. I found one that was perfect but also wanted to make some substitutions over my own.

I was dead set on incorporating Natvia into the recipe and since it calls for brown sugar I decided to get creative by making my own brown sugar substitute. And this is where I used a new to me ingredient- molasses.

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I noticed that the molasses is quite a dominant flavour in the recipe so if you’d like to gradually add it until desired taste is reached instead of putting the whole recommended amount in, that’s fine.

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Fudgey Blondies

Inspired & adapted from Honey, What’s Cooking?

Makes 16 servings.

Ingredients

  • 4 tbs of light butter (I used Devondale Light 50% less fat- full fat will also work), melted.
  • 2/3 cup of Natvia Baking Pack
  • 1 tbs of Molasses
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped/crushed.

Method

  1. Preheat an oven to 180 degrees celsius. Line a square baking tray.
  2. Melt butter in the microwave.
  3. Whilst butter is melting combine Natvia and Molasses (to taste) until it’s all combined and resembles brown sugar.
  4. Beat together the butter and brown sugar substitute until well combined.
  5. Add vanilla extract and egg. Continue to blend until smooth and well combined.
  6. Add mashed bananas and blend until combined. Bumps are inevitable and add to the texture of the end product.
  7. Add salt and flours and stir with a spoon until just combined. Refrain from over-mixing.
  8. Add crushed/chopped desired nuts to dish, after dusting them lightly with flour (to avoid them sinking).
  9. Pour the mixture into the lined pan and place in oven for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Take from oven and allow to cool. Serve into 16 pieces.

I roughly calculated the nutritional information for you and I got approximately (huge emphasis on the ‘approximate’) 90 calories per square.

The end result? Very impressed. Plus I didn’t get that sugar rush that I usually get when having sweet goods- (it usually starts with a headache, nausea, overdose feeling and then moves to an ‘omg need more sugar’ kind-of-thing). I’ve had my uncle already duck in and swipe 2 pieces also!

The texture is more fudgey and moist than a typical cake-y brownie. Having never had a blondie before I’m not sure what the texture should be like. But I’m happy with this one!

I can definitely taste the molasses flavour but it’s quite nice. I said to the boyfriend that it could have slightly less but he disagreed. So it’s up to you.

Well I’m off to cross that recipe of my Baking List! Have a great weekend 🙂

What is the typical texture of a blondie? What’s a new-to-you ingredients that you’ve used lately?

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