Third trimester and chocolate cravings
I have been quite lucky to not have some very strange cravings during the whole of my pregnancy (although I do love the smell of places like cellars). However during the third trimester and now in the final weeks I just can’t get enough of chocolate or anything with sugar, but chocolate cravings have to be the main one.
After giving birth to my daughter 2 and a half years ago I decided to start eating very healthy and cutting out anything refined or processed. I completely stopped eating anything with refined sugar. I have to say I felt amazing, my daughter was still only sleeping for 5 hours each night and yet once I changed to this lifestyle, I couldn’t believe how much more energy I had but yet still slept just for around 5 hours a night. Then, when we decided to have our second baby I kind of started slacking with eating healthily as well as exercise, mainly because my hips hurt so much just after walking. Of course when I started eating more of unhealthy foods, I started craving them more and more, and now, I can’t seem to get enough of chocolate or sugary foods.
Many would say enjoy it while you have an excuse to enjoy eating whatever you like and I am not going to lie I have being enjoying it most of the time. But it does have its drawbacks, my body now feels so fed of me feeding it junk food and in turn I feel even more rubbish and even more tired, on top of being tired from my body growing a little human being.
So recently I’ve started looking for inspirations of healthy sweet treats that I can satisfy my cravings with and not fill my body with so much refined sugar.
Here is a recipe of some wonderful and delicious “Chocolate Orange Date Cupcakes” that I can’t get enough off by Natasha Corrett from Honestly Healthy. I would totally recommend trying them for anyone, pregnant or not.
My little girl absolutely loves them too, which is amazing in itself. She can be a very fussy eater.
150g Almond flour
50g Gluten free flour (I use doves)
2 Oranges & zest
50g Raw Cacao Powder
1 tsp Baking powder
1.5 tsp Bicarbonate of powder
¼ tsp Salt
125ml Hot water (1/2 cup)
150ml Olive oil
100g Syrup (honey, maple, rice or agave)
4 tbsp Tahini
1 Orange juice (use the juice from the 2 in the list above)
3 tbsp Date syrup
4 tbsp Raw cacao powder
¼ tsp Vanilla essence
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees on a fan oven and line a muffin tray with large muffin cases.
(or a 9inch cake tin)
Mix together in a bowl the almond flour, gluten free flour, zest of two oranges, raw cacao powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of powder and salt. Make sure there are no lumps if there are put the mixed dry mixture through a sieve and push through with a back of a spoon.
In a pan add the dates, hot water and juice of one orange and bring to a simmer for 2-3 minutes. This is just so the dates soften.
Put the date mixture into a blender and blend until chunky paste.
In a separate bowl beat the egg with the olive oil and syrup.
Mix the date paste into the egg mixture.
Combine the dry and wet mixtures together.
Put into the muffin cases / tray and fill to about ½ cm from the top. Put into the oven for 20 minutes.
When ready take out of the oven and leave to cool for at least 30 minutes.
Make the icing by combining the tahini, juice of one orange, date syrup, raw cacao powder and vanilla essence. Make sure you sieve the raw cacao so there are no lumps.
Spread over the top of the cupcakes and garnish with a little orange zest or chopped nuts.
Here is the link to the original post by Natasha
I am in love with this recipe!