Hello! Happy Saturday!
This last week has been a week of different situations strung together all reminding me of one very big thing…humility; the acceptance that I am human. I need to keep this at the forefront of my mind at all times and not only remember it, but accept it and respect it! It allows me to be more gentle with myself and, most importantly, forgive myself when I need to. Life is not this perfect straight line that I walk. It weaves and sways back an forth like a pendulum. When situations occur that kick up fear, insecurity, doubt or resentment for me, I tend to fall into an emotional storm over the fact that I even let the feeling come up. I get down on myself and I get frustrated because my ego tells me that it is a lesson I should have already learned or that I should know better or that I should be capable of using my spiritual tools to deflect such lower energies and thoughts. Getting down on myself is the LAST thing I should be doing. It does not help my energy state, nor does it help anyone else’s. Feelings come in, feel like they just might take over the world and I lose myself for a moment. But then, I always come back up to the surface, take a breath, forgive myself by saying a simple prayer, and I reset. More recently, I have been learning how accept and move through these emotional storms by flooding myself with positive affirmations, lighting some incense and getting into a groovy meditation or doing something playful, like, moving around, dancing or singing. I was told once that movement is depression’s worst enemy and I believe that because the minute I start shaking my chakras around I can feel the emotional storm start to melt away. I also make sure I talk to someone about how I’m feeling, like a great girlfriend, because that allows me to also move the feelings out of my body. Either way, I always, always come out of the experiences with a deeper connection to myself, a light that shines brighter and an even greater message to share with the world!
Today, I have a completely yummy recipe for you. Did you expect anything different? 🙂 It is gluten free, vegan and perfect to have as an early morning delight or as a dessert.
Cinnamon Apple Bread with a Maple Cinnamon Macademia Nut Frosting
You will need:
For the Bread…
1 1/2 cup of gluten free flour of your choice
2 green apples, diced up into little cubes
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flaxseed + 6 tablespoons water)
1/2 cup sugar
Almond milk, add to your liking in batter consistency
2 tablespoons brown sugar, optional
1/2 cup gluten free oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup soaked & rinsed macademia nuts (soak at least for 20 mins)
1/4 cup, maybe a little more, maple syrup
1-2 teaspoons vanilla
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, prepare your flax egg by mixing together the water and egg and letting it gel up while you prepare the other ingredients. Dice up your apples and add to a bowl. Then add all of your dry ingredients and mix together. Then add your wet ingredients, including the flax egg. This part was a little tricky just getting the right batter consistency. I found that because I created this recipe that the batter was really thick. So, I added almond milk to help thin it out. Add almond milk until you reach the consistency that you are happy with. Spray a bread loaf pan, or in my case, 2 medium sized bread loaf pans so I could give one away, with non-stick spray. Pour your batter into the pans. I sprinkled some brown sugar over the top before I put the bread loaves in the oven. Place in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Check on it throughout because some ovens can be different than others. Mine came our golden brown and chunky with apple pieces sticking out, mmmm!
While your bread is baking, prepare the frosting. In a food processor, combine the nuts, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. Blend until the texture is frosting-like; not too thin but not too thick and spreadable.
When your bread is finished, let it cool before frosting. Frost your bread and maybe too off with some cinnamon sprinkles like I did. This bread is delicious warm, but I also had a Alice later on after it had cooled and it was still delicious! Mmmm, enjoy!
Have a happy weekend and don’t forget to treat yourself to some serious goofing around!
Light & Love,