Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
I have always been secretly jealous of the women who ‘indulge’ in regular manicures, pedicures and facials. I would even considering waxing a luxury (don’t worry, I do own a razor!). They always appear to be a little bit better than me; with my stubby finger nails and oily t-zone. They are well groomed and regularly serviced and I was envious… until today. Today it dawned on me that one woman’s facial is another’s Myotherapy appointment. Their pedicure is my assessment by the podiatrist. Their deep cleansing steam bath is my Chiropractic adjustment. We all have a ‘team’ of people who service our body, minds and souls and allow us to function each day. My idea of functioning is being able to walk after exercise; for someone else it’s new acrylic nails. Neither is more worthy than the other; and each is very important to the individual.
This all occurred to me 20 minutes ago when I came home from a gruelling session with my Myotherapist. It was my fault though. I competed in a 100km relay race on the weekend and ran 25km in a really good time. I felt (feel!) broken (if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you would have seen how wrecked I really was) and part of putting myself back together was seeking help from professionals. I ‘indulge’ in these treatments as without them I wouldn’t be able to compete in the events that I do.
How I feel about my torture (sorry, therapeutic!) sessions is how other people feel about their facials, their counselling sessions or their mediation. We all have things that help to put us back together, keep us sane and allow us to strive for more. We shouldn’t feel guilty about this or feel that others are judging our choices. How we choose to wreck and heal our bodies are our own choices, and whilst I would love a facial I need my adjustment more!
I also need cake from time to time, and when said cake is made from vegetables I always feel better about eating them.
I gave in to my Halloween themed Pumpkin urges. I tried to be creative but my spooky phobia got the better of me, so I resorted to Pumpkins. Whilst you may be initially disappointed in my lack of terrifying desserts you’ll be amazed once you taste these Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. They are a simpler twist on my other Pumpkin Cupcakes but with a secret ingredient… Pumpkin Meal. Pumpkin Meal is made from pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas) and when used in these Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with pumpkin and pumpkin spice mix they make a super pumpkiny treat.
Pumpkin seed meal can be purchased at specialty stores but it’s really simple to make your own. Just put the pumpkin seeds in a blender and process until a smooth meal forms (just like when making Almond meal). If you can’t find any pumpkin seeds a nut meal (e.g. almond meal) can be substituted. The individual spices can also be replaced by 2 1/4 teaspoons Pumpkin Spice Mix.
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Cup mashed/puréed Pumpkin (to cook Pumpkin; place whole and unpeeled in a moderate oven for 60 minutes or until soft in the middle. When cooled; cut in half length ways and scoop out the cooked pumpkin)
- 1/2 Cup minus 1 Tablespoon Coconut Flour
- 1/3 Cup Pumpkin Seed Meal (this can be purchased or make your own from pumpkin seeds)
- 4 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/2 Cup Milk (of choice)
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 2/3 teaspoon Ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
- Dash Allspice
- Dash Cloves
- Pre heat the oven to 175C/350F.
- Place the egg whites into a bowl of a kitchen stand mixed with a whisk attachment.
- Whisk the egg whites on medium/high until soft peaks form.
- Slowly add the maple syrup and vanilla extract.
- Add the egg yolks and whisk on medium until combined.
- Add the pumpkin and milk.
- In a separate bowl sift the dry ingredients.
- With the mixer on medium/low add the dry mixture. Whisk until everything is just combined do not over mix).
- Place 8 cupcake liners in a tray and lightly grease.
- Evenly pour the mixture into the liners and smooth the top of the cupcakes.
- Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Remove from the oven.
- After 5 minutes remove from cakes from the tray and allow to cool.
- Frost with Whipped Coconut Cream when completely cool.