Monday, 3 September 2012

A guilt free indulgence!

A long time between blogs I know and I apologise! But rest assure I have been indulging in a little relaxation time this past week, enjoying seven days at a health retreat up north and boy oh boy do I feel better for it!

I wasn't quite sure what I was getting myself in to at first, up at 5.30am each morning practising Tai Chi, bush walking, followed by breakfast and full day of activities, healthy living seminars and exercise! Not a holiday for all I can tell you, except those who need it.....like me! But as a 'sweet' little business owner, I was in for a rude shock when day two arrived where I was doubled over with migraines when my detox really set in........we were strictly on a no caffeine, no alcohol, no preservatives, no fat, no meat and of course NO SUGAR diet!  For most the headaches subsided by the third day, but alas for me it was day five! Lucky I was there for seven days however to feel the full benefit. And let me tell you, I feel fantastic and highly recommend this type of holiday to anyone. 

Taking many ideas away from the week I've decided to reserve sugar for 'special occasions' and of course 'quality control testing' in our business only :) So back to reality today I thought I would whip up a batch of low fat and very low sugar muffins. Definitely one to try out, you would be surprised how sweet and good they are.......a really guilt free pleasure. And yes there are a few carbs in them but as I learnt, we do need carbs for our brains! So enjoy :)

Meko's Guilt Free Banana, Date and Apple Muffins
makes 12 

3 small apples, peeled and finely chopped
2 ripe bananas, chopped
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp walnuts, chopped
2 1/2 cups spelt flour
1 tsp bi carb soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups water

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients with the exception of the water until well combined. Add the water gradually and fold together. If the mixture is too wet add a little more flour. Lightly spray a 12 hole muffin pan with olive oil spray and spoon the mixture into each hole. Bake for 25-35 mins depending on your oven.



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