🍓 Vegan & Gluten free Strawberry Cupcakes đźŤ“

Makes 18 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS 

1 tin of Chickpeas

2 cups of Gluten Free self-raising flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

A box of strawberries

2 tbsp Maple syrup

2 tbsp baking soda

1 tbsp baking powder

2 tsp of apple cider vinegar

2 large tbsp of vegan butter

Ingredients for the Strawberry icing

2 cups of powdered sugar (I just used icing sugar)

1 tsp of pink colouring

1 tbsp of strawberry flavour

2 tbsp of vegan butter


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Drain and blend the chickpeas until there aren’t any lumps left and empty into a bowl.
  2. Add all the ingredients into the bowl except the strawberry and stir.
  3. Now chuck the strawberries into a blender and blend. (Remember to leave some strawberries for topping of your cupcakes). Pour it into your bowl.
  4. If your cupcake mixture is not turning out so smooth just add it to the blender for a bit (this is exactly what I done). My blender is quite rubbish so it didn’t blend the chickpeas properly so that is exactly what i done.
  5. Evenly pour your mixture into cupcake holders and place in the oven for 35-40 minutes. I put my oven on its lowest heat to make sure they cook properly from the inside. But bare in mind, chickpeas will make your cupcakes quite moist.

Now for the icing – Best part of any cake 

  1. Mix the icing sugar, vegan butter, pink colouring and strawberry flavouring all into a bowl and just keeeeeeep stirring. God it is so tiring without an electric mixer. I kind of need the arm workout so I embraced it. Mix until fluffy.
  2. If your icing is not thick enough just add more powdered sugar to it. Leave it out or place in the fridge, whilst your cupcakes cook.
  3. Once your cupcakes are ready, leave them to cool down. You don’t want to add your icing when they are still warm… it will melt. 
  4. Decorate as you wish and enjoy 🙂

 

Don’t really know where I’m going with this…Turning Vegan I suppose?

Okay so I was sitting at the dinner table one day looking down at my plate full of chicken. I then looked up at my beautiful budgie (Lily or Lilo, she has two different names because for a whole year I thought she was a girl, only to find out she is really a boy. So now it’s just weird to think she is a boy and that I have to give her a boy name. But okay we will talk about that later). The thought came to my mind that ‘if that was my bird on my plate would I still eat him?” HELL NO. I love animals and always have done from ever since I can remember. ‘So why am I eating them? Why am I not doing what I know is morally right?’

That’s it. I made the decision to stop eating meat then and there. My family thought this was one of my ‘why is the world like this’ moments as I often come out with these random views and lectures about the world from completely OVER THINKING life. Proud to say I proved everyone wrong.

Turning completely vegan was much harder, well, harder in the sense that I knew I couldn’t cut everything out straight away without knowing what else I could eat (still learning btw). I knew that if I did this for real it will be forever so it had to be done properly. I did not force myself to stop eating and drinking certain things, it all happened quite naturally especially after seeing videos on Instagram about the dairy industry. Oh god!

Note to anyone wanting to become vegan: Do not do it if you think it will result in eating chips, pasta, rice and noodles with the occasional salads and fruits. It won’t work.

If you feel you have to force yourself to the point where it makes you unhappy. STOP! Yes it is good to be aware of what you eat but being happy is so much more important. This is coming from an animal lover so believe me.

Any way long story cut short (or was this not short at all? I don’t know) becoming vegan was the best thing I’ve ever chosen to do. It’s not just morally satisfying, it’s also SO HEALTHY! I feel a lot better within myself. No matter how many people tell me otherwise. I have blood tests to prove it.

P.s I don’t know how this even makes sense but it seems not even blood tests are enough to prove to people that there is nothing wrong with me.

Keep an open mind xxx