Carrot cake with a cashew frosting

If you have followed our blog for a while you will know we love to indulge in healthy sweet treats. We always stress how important we think it is to enjoy a balanced life making sure you eat everything in moderation.

We love baking but sometimes we also like to experiment and bake using healthier ingredients so we can enjoy these delicious sweet treats more regularly. This time we decided to experiment and make our very own refined sugar free carrot cake with a cashew nut frosting.

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It tasted utterly delicious and we will definitely be making it again soon! Our families loved it and couldn’t even tell that is was a healthy version that sure is a sign of a good cake because healthier alternatives can lets be honest sometimes taste rather bland to some peoples taste buds.

Please note- we used a relatively small cake tin for this recipe if you want to make a larger cake then double the recipe.

Ingredients
200g Oat flour (we just blend oats we have in the cupboard)
1tsp baking powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
3tsp ground cinnamon
1.5tsp ground ginger
50g raisins
25g chopped walnuts
1tbsp Coconut sugar
1 large carrott
125ml almond milk or a milk of your choice

Cashew Frosting Ingredients
75g Cashews
1tbsp Pure Maple syrup
2tbsp almond milk
1tsp coconut oil

Method
Soak the Cashew nuts in water up to two hours before you need them.
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Line a cake tin with grease proof paper (we used a relatively small cake tin for this recipe.
Blend the oats and place them in a large mixing bowl
grate the carrot and place to one side
Add the baking sofa, bicarbonate or soda, coconut sugar, cinnamon and ground ginger in the bowl and stir until combined
add the raisins, walnuts and grated carrot and stir
Gradually pour in the almond milk and mix until all the ingredients are combined
Pour the mixture into the lined cake tin
Place in the oven and cook for 30 minutes
Whilst the cake it cooking you can make the cashew frosting, first you will need to place the cashew nuts in the blender and blend until the cashews have broken into small pieces.
Pour in the the maple syrup, coconut oil and Almond milk and blend until well mixed.
Spread the cashew frosting evenly on the cake.
Sprinkle the carrot on top and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee 🙂

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Refined sugar free Apple loaf cake

We love apple cake and decided we wanted to create a refined sugar free apple load because as proven previously in our banana loaf recipe you don’t have to use refined sugar in a cake for it to taste delicious.

We had a few goes experimenting with the recipe but we are finally happy with it and easy to share it with you! Let us know if you decide to make it and we would love to see your creations as always 🙂

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Ingredients
2 Braeburn apple
200g oat flour (we just blend oats that we already have in the cupboard)
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
100ml milk of your choice we used almond milk
3tbsp coconut sugar (optional)
2tsp Cinnamon

Method
Pre heat your oven to 180oc
Line your loaf tin and grease with some melted coconut oil
Blend the oats until they are fine and resemble flour
Chop 1 1/2 apples into medium sized chunks- with the remainder of the apple you will need to cut it into slices that can be placed ontop of the cake (as seen in the photo above)
Mix your oat flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, 2tbsp coconut sugar and diced apples together until combined.
Pour in the milk and stir until mixed well.
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin
Place the sliced apple on top of the mixutre
sprinkle with 1tbsp coconut sugar
Bake the apple loaf for 30 minutes until cooked throughout
When cooked let cool and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee!

Refined sugar free banana bread

We really wanted to bake some banana bread one Sunday afternoon when we were browsing the fruit and vegetable isles in the supermarket. Most supermarkets bag up banana that are about to go out of date and sell them for about 20p bargain!

Banana bread is great because you can eat it at any time of the day! Well you can with this banana bread because it is sugar free and still tastes so delicious! The bananas are sweet enough and become even sweeter once cooked so you wont even notice the lack of sugar.

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Ingredients
3 ripe bananas
200G oat flour (we just blend oats that we already have in the cupboard)
30g chopped walnuts
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
100ml milk of your choice
1tbsp coconut sugar (optional)
5g Oats

Method
Pre heat your oven to 180oc
Line your loaf tin and grease with some melted coconut oil
Blend the oats until they are fine and resemble flour
Mush 2 of the bananas in a mixing bowl
Slice the remaning banana
In a separate bowl mix your oat flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and walnuts
Once combined add the mashed banana and half of the slices banana and stir
Pour in the milk and stir
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin
Place the remaining sliced on top of the mixutre
Sprinkle the handful (5g) oats and coconut sugar on top
Bake the banana loaf for 30 minutes until cooked throughout
When cooked let cool and enjoy

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Biscoff Cupcakes

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Biscoff biscuits are so tasty and we love them! We love spending our evening pondering over Pinterest and we came across many recipes for both Biscoff cupcake and also large Biscoff cakes too. We decided to make cupcakes this time round, but watch this space because we are sure we will making the a large one soon! Many of the recipes put the Biscoff spread in the cake mixture as well as the icing. However we decided to only put in the icing and we are glad we did as you cannot beat a light and fluffy vanilla sponge.

Cupcake Ingredients
12 cupcake cases (we used gold ones)
110g butter (softened)
110g caster sugar
2 eggs
110g self-raising flour
drop of vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder

Icing
80g butter
250g icing sugar
30ml milk
80g smooth Biscoff spread

Method
Put 12 cupcake cases in your cupcake tin
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy
Add the eggs and mix
Sieve the flour and baking powder into the mixture and mix slowly.
Spoon the mixture into the cases (don’t over fill and you want room to decorate)
Place in the oven for 12 minutes
Whilst the cupcakes are cooling whizz together in a mixer all the ingredients for the icing. The longer you whizz, the lighter and fluffier the icing. If its too stiff then add a little more milk.
Put the icing into a piping bag and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.
In a food processor whizz 5 Biscoff biscuits until crumbs and then sprinkle on top of the icing.

Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls

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Who doesn’t love cookie dough? Sometimes when we make cookies we make extra just so we can eat the mixture but shh don’t tell anyone. We decided we wanted to make slightly healthier cookie dough balls and thought chick peas would be the perfect ingredient.

These delicious cookie dough balls taste delicious hot out the oven, they are all gooey with melted chocolate oozing out its hard to stop after eating just one. They also taste just as good once cooled. We would suggest serving them with some homemade ‘nice cream’ or even treat yourself to some proper ice cream after all these cookie dough balls are healthy!

Ingredients
2 Cans of chickpeas
200g Peanut butter
5tbsp Honey or maple syrup
1tsp Baking powder
2 tsp Vanilla essence
150g 85% Dark chocolate

Method
Pre heat the oven 180oc and line a baking tray with grease proof paper
Drain and rinse the chick peas
Dry the chickpeas well
Blend all ingredients minus the dark chocolate in a food processor (we would suggest taste testing before adding the chocolate to ensue the mixture is sweet enough if not add some more honey/maple syrup)
Break the chocolate into small chunks and stir into the mixture
Take small handfuls of mixture and roll into a ball
Place on the lined baking tray
Cook in the oven for 11 minutes

Healthy & Unhealthy Flapjacks-Deliciously Alchemy 

We absolutely love living an active healthy lifestyle, but we also love to bake goodies for ourselves and our families. Nothing beats getting in the kitchen and baking delicious sweet treats! We bake when we are happy, sad, stressed or just even bored, we find baking very relaxing and therapeutic.

Deliciously Alchemy sells award winning gluten free products such as baking mixes, bread mixes, porridge oats (our favourite) and a selection of granola’s. Follow them on Instagram where they are currently running a share your #DAmorningmagic campaign. Share your breakfast creations with them for a chance to win!

We believe that living a balanced life is the key to succeeding and we don’t think you should restrict yourself from eating sweet treats occasionally. this weekend we decided to bake some healthy and unhealthy flapjacks using Deliciously Alchemy oats. These oats are gluten free but you could also use ordinary oats for the recipes below.

We LOVE flapjacks and the unhealthy version below are the gooiest sweetest most delicious squares of goodness you will ever try! Also you have to take a spoon and try the mixture before you cook them you wont regret it! The healthy flapjacks make the perfect on the go breakfast or they can be enjoyed as an afternoon snack.

Raw Cacao & Banana Flapjacks 

Recipe 
250g Deliciously Alchemy gluten free oats
300g Banana mashed
50ml Maple syrup
5 Tbps Raw Cacao Powder
350ml Almond Milk (or a milk of your choice)

Method
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Line a baking tray with grease proof paper
mash the banana in a bowl
Add the oats and raw cacao power to the mashed banana and mix together
Pour in the milk and maple syrup and mix until combined
Bake for 20 minutes

Gooey chocolate flapjacks

Recipe
300g Deliciously Alchemy gluten free oats
125g dark brown sugar
125g Butter
200g Milk or dark chocolate
6 tbsp golden syrup

Method
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Line a baking tray with grease proof paper
Melt the butter and sugar over a low heat
Gradually add the oats and stir as you go
Once the mixture is combined add the golden syrup
Stir in the chocolate
Pour the mixture into the lined baking tray
Bake for 15-20 minutes

BLOGMAS Day 21- White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies

White chocolate and cranberry cookies are delicious; we have recently been baking lots of cakes but wanted to try something else that still had a Christmas twist. This recipe was originally Tanya Burr’s recipe but we have tweaked it a bit to make these white chocolate and cranberry cookies.

These cookies went down a treat when we took them into work for our colleagues to enjoy!

We would suggest eating these cookies warm even once they have cooled down, whack them in the microwave for 20 seconds and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.

As always let us know what you think, tweet us a photo or tag us in your Instagram’s. You can find us at @threebrits. Happy baking!

Ingredients
200g butter
300g caster sugar
1 large egg
300g self- raining flour
A little dash of milk
2 large bars of white chocolate (we used milky bar)
100g dried cranberries

Method
Pre heat your oven to 180oc
Cream together the butter and sugar until it is light and fluff
Add your egg to the mixture
Stir in the flour
Add a dash of milk
Break up your chocolate and cranberries and add it to the mixture
Line two trays with baking paper
Place 6 small balls of mixture on each of your trays but make sure you separate them as the mixture will spread when cooked.
Place the cookies in the oven for 12 minutes (they will look slightly raw when you take them out but they will continue to cook on the try whilst cooling)

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