02 Oct Healthy(ish) bake sale for Mind
Bake sales can be a fun and easy way to fundraise for charity, but not always the best for our health journeys!
The 10th October 2019 is World Mental Health Day. So, for this blog we have made use of Oxfordshire Mind’s free cake toppers and provided you with some healthy(ish), no-added-sugar bake sale ideas!
At Achieve, one of our core values is ‘Being Kind’ to ourselves and others, so we are delighted to be raising money for the mental health charity, Mind. Look out for our Instagram stories to see how we get on with the baking and selling of our healthy(ish) treats. We would also love to see pictures of your bakes too!
We will be selling our bakes in our office and raising money for Mind on the 10th October and we would love it if you could get involved too. To get your hands on some of the free cake toppers all you need to do is email Fundraising@oxfordshiremind.org.uk
For more information on the work that Mind do and how they may be able to help you, just head over to their website.
Side note: Of course, we’re not claiming that these recipes are entirely healthy but it’s all about making swaps to better choices and finding a balance that works for us! Allowing yourself things that you enjoy in smaller portions and on the odd occasion is all part of creating a sustainable approach to health.
No-added-sugar banana and blueberry wholegrain muffins
- 225g mashed banana
- 1 egg
- 125ml water
- 125ml vegetable oil
- 250g wholemeal flour
- 1tspn bicarbonate of soda
- 2 ¼tspn baking powder
- 150g fresh or frozen blueberries
- Preheat an oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease 18 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin cases.
- Mix together the egg, mashed bananas, water and oil in a large bowl. Mix in flour, bicarb and baking powder until mostly smooth. Gently fold the blueberries into the mixture.
- Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 15 minutes. Remove muffins from tins, and cool on a wire rack.
No-added-sugar chocolate muffins
- 250g wholemeal flour
- 2 tspn baking powder
- ½ tspn bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder (add another for extra chocolatey!)
- 2 eggs
- 110-175g dried dates
- 90ml vegetable oil
- 1 tspn vanilla essence
- 150 milk or water (plus more for the dates)
- Dark chocolate chips or walnuts (optional)
- Put dates in a small pan, along with 5 ounces/150 ml of water and boil gently.
- Preheat oven to 190 C
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt (if using) and cocoa. Add chocolate chips or walnuts if using. Set aside.
- In another bowl, beat eggs with a fork. Add milk, vanilla and oil.
- Remove dates from heat, and blend to form a smooth paste. (If you haven’t got a blender, you could mash them with a fork, but this will create texture.) Add dates to wet ingredients.
- Pour all of wet mixture into dry. Stir until just combined – the batter will look lumpy. The mixture should drop easily off the spoon. If it doesn’t, add a little more liquid.
- Spoon into tins. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes for standard size. If the tops spring back when pressed they are ready. Leave them to cool for around 5 minutes – this makes it easier to remove them from the tins.
No-added-sugar carrot and apple muffins
- 2tbsp (46) coconut oil
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 apple (grated)
- 1 packed cup (145g) grated carrot
- 1/3 cup (80g) apple puree
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1 ½ cups wholemeal flour
- ½ cup ground almonds
- 1 tspn cinnamon
- ½ tspn ground ginger
- 1 ½ tspn baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Pre heat oven to 190 C and prepare muffin tin with liners. (should make 16 muffins)
- Melt coconut oil and add to the mashed banana, stir to combine.
- Add the apple puree, apple, carrot, eggs, milk and combine.
- Mix the flour, ground almonds, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and salt together
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir.
- Fill each muffin case to the top with the mixture and sprinkle with the chopped walnuts (optional)
- Bake for approx. 35 mins (until golden brown and you can stick a knife in and it comes out clean.)
- Leave to cool for 10 mins.
Keep an eye out on our social media platforms to see how we get on with our office bake sale! Next week’s blog will be on World Mental Health day!
Happy baking! We would love to see your bake sale creations. Tag us in any posts or send any pictures to us directly via Facebook message!
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