I had it in my head that come my blogs second birthday I would try to create something special. I was thinking I still had a couple of weeks left but it turns out my blog turned two last month *Happy Birthday to Me!* How did I miss this? 2 years have flown by. I feel I have come a long way since my first blog post (and I cringe at that photo)! But I am currently struggling to find time to create and share with my dear readers. I read this post recently and it completely sums up my feelings about blogging. I love blogging and the opportunities it brings me, but I feel so much pressure to put all my time and energy into it if I want to make it ‘big’. Trying to juggle a full-time job and a blog is HARD, unless you want to sacrifice any leisure time you do have. I wanna hang with my friends, I wanna laze on the sofa at the weekend, I want to explore the land on these short winter days. I don’t always want to plan my day around daylight hours and how much time I have to get a photo in the perfect light. Posts will still be coming, so bear with me, some may have one image, some may have seven. I think keeping things different is the key to a long, happy life. So here’s to slow blogging, slow living and a long life.
I’m currently not having any type of sugar apart from whole fruits, not even my beloved maple syrup. Due to some health reasons and also to see if I could snap out of some very bad snacking habits *hello office cake table 3 times a day*. It’s going ok, the headache has gone and I am into my third week. I want to see if I can keep it up for as long as possible. When Costcutter asked me to come up with a baking recipe using their new Independent range, I thought it was a good opportunity to try some sugar free goods. This sweet potato and apple loaf is a hearty, dense loaf to keep you satisfied. I like to toast a slice and spread with almond butter.
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- 115g / 2 cups wholemeal spelt flour
- 150g / 1 cup grated sweet potato
- 60g / ½ cup grated apple
- 60ml / ¼ cup organic extra virgin olive oil
- 3 free range eggs
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- Pre-heat your oven to 180 C / Gas 4
- In a large mixing bowl, sift in your flour and all the dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Add the grated sweet potato and apple and mix through.
- In a mug, whisk the oil and egg together, then pour into the loaf mix.
- Stir everything to combine, be careful not to over mix the mixture.
- Pour into a greased, lined loaf tin.
- Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes until a knife or skewer comes out clean.
- Leave to cool on a wire rack.
Independent, the brand owned by Costcutter, offers a range of quality, affordable products across all categories including fresh vegetables, baking supplies and cupboard stables. I am always on the hunt for ways to keep our food bills down, and these products are great quality at low value. Independent is available from Costcutter, Mace, Kwiksave, SuperShop and SimplyFresh stores across the UK. You can find more about them here costcutter.co.uk and find them on Twitter and Facebook.
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Disclosure; this post was sponsored by Costcutter. All opinions are my own.