Chocolate Cake

So, as promised, here is the recipe for my Chocolate Cake plus two different kinds of toppings to choose from.

Chocolate Cake

  • 2 ½ cups oat flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 tablespoons oil or butter
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate vinegar (apple cider is fine too)
  • 1 ¾ cups raw sugar

Mix all dry ingredients except the raw sugar together.  In a separate bowl mix all of the wet ingredients and the raw sugar.  Heat the wet ingredients in the microwave for about a minute and mix together until raw sugar is dissolved.  Stir the wet ingredients in with the dry until smooth (you can use a hand mixer, if you prefer).  The batter won’t be very thick.  Pour batter into your oiled cake pan.  Bake at 350 F for about 40 minutes.  Let the cake cool before adding any topping to it.

 Option 1:  German Chocolate Icing

  • 2 tablespoons whipped honey
  • 2 teaspoons caramel agave nectar (or regular agave nectar will work)
  • 1 tablespoon butter  or your favorite substitute (do not melt it)
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Mix all ingredients together and chill for about 30 minutes before applying to cake.

Option 2:  Peanut Butter Glaze

  • ¼ cup raw sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk (or favorite substitute)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Ground peanuts for garnish (optional)

 Mix all ingredients except for the ground peanut garnish together and mix until creamy with a hand mixer.  Drizzle glaze over the cake and top with ground peanuts.

Enjoy!

~Elesha, a skinnyfat girl

La Cocina

I have an announcement. A fantastic and indescribably exciting announcement (are you sitting down?) – I have my own kitchen!!!

After a month of backbreaking, manual labor, my darling husband and I finally moved out of my mother’s attic and into a place of our very own. While I’ll miss being viciously attacked on a daily basis by my little brother’s weiner dog (sense the heavy sarcasm here, guys), the move has been entirely beneficial. We’re on two beautiful acres and have never had so much freedom and privacy. We have a big porch with a swing. We have an old-fashioned bathtub. We have bunnies.

But my kitchen takes the cake. While I enjoy the company of my mom and brothers, I practically live in the kitchen and it’s very hard to do my own thing in there with so many other people doing their own thing. I no longer have to get upset about other people’s messes, unwashed dishes, or food being left out. I no longer have to separate my food from everyone else’s or hide treats so my brother doesn’t eat them. I no longer have to compete with my mom for counter space, appliances, or burners on the stove.

But probably the most magnificent thing about having my very own kitchen is that I got to choose the color. We painted over the 30-year-old stained, dingy wallpaper with a hue called “wildflower honey”. The room is now bright as a lemon, well stocked with olive oil and mangoes, and, quite simply, the happiest place on earth. Disneyworld’s got nothin’ on my kitchen. It’s not fancy or modern, but it’s all mine. This is where the magic happens! I’ve already concocted lots of healthy, delicious food in there, with much more to come.

Sorry it's so terribly blurry, but I wanted to give y'all a good look at the before and after. The hubs and I worked hard!

Bad photo quality, but you get the idea...

Still have some decorating to do. My super-awesome-incredibly-talented-photographer-sister-in-law is gonna take some great shots of fruits and veggies for me (surprisingly, the hubs's idea! he saw it on a home decorating show, haha). I plan on framing them and arranging them in that bare spot above the table. I'll post updated pics when it's all beautiful and complete.

So what do you think? It’s too bold for my mom’s taste, but just perfect for me. I wanted the room I spend every waking moment in to make me feel merry and joyous, and it most definitely does! If any of you have any fun and creative kitchen decorating tips, I’d love to hear them…comment away! 🙂

~Becky, the yellowkitchened skinnyfat girl

Waffles, German Chocolate Cake, and Indian Food…

Since my transformation into a skinny girl, my love of food has increased exponentially.  No, you didn’t read wrong, I really do love food even more than ever!   My appreciation for a cup of hot chocolate, a slice of perfect avocado, a scoop of ice cream, has increased!  Before this life change, I was afraid of food, but addicted to it.  I would deprive myself from everything I wanted, be scared to go out with friends, and then, in one moment, I would lose control and go crazy.  I finally got a grip.  

One big part of my new routine is listening to my body, I mean really paying attention.  If I’m hungry, I eat.  If I’m not, I don’t.  If I’m eating and my body feels satisfied, I stop.  It’s so empowering.  Something that is really important to me now, is real food.  What I mean by real, is food that I understand all the ingredients in it.  Food that is minimally processed, organic, if possible, and mostly home-prepared.  If I really, really want something, I will have it, but if it’s something I shouldn’t eat much of, I won’t eat much of it.  The crazy thing is, the more you start eating whole, real, and pure foods the less appetizing the other foods seem.  I’ll tell you one thing, I HATE soda now.  I actually detest it.  I cannot stand how sweet it is, it makes me want to gag.  I don’t like milk chocolate anymore; dark chocolate is just so much richer and much more decadent to me now.  I like whole wheat better too.  It’s crazy how much better health is!  So, to demonstrate how delicious health can be, let me show you some of the delicacies I have whipped up this past week.

EXHIBIT A:   A 100% whole wheat waffle topped with flax seed peanut butter, fresh strawberries, fresh whipped cream, and agave nectar; a perfect hot chocolate espresso made with unsweetened dark baking chocolate (not powder), a small amount of raw sugar, espresso, and a tiny bit of organic half-and-half creamer; and to wash it down the drink is a splash of 100% cranberry pomegranate juice with sparkling mineral water. 

EXHIBIT B:  My first attempt at Indian cuisine:  Vegetable Tandoori Masala with zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, bell peppers, garbanzos, and gluten; brown rice made with Indian spices; and homemade 100% whole wheat naan.  Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

EXHIBIT C:  The best German Chocolate Cake I’ve ever had and it’s vegan!  I made it with oat flour (100% rolled oats blended into powder) and raw sugar.  There is not one tiny bit of white flour or powdered sugar anywhere!  I made the frosting with pure whipped honey, caramel agave nectar (awesome product!), soy milk, Smart Balance, and organic shredded coconut.  I still can’t believe how perfect and moist this cake was!  In my dear hubby’s words “It tastes just as unhealthy.”

This week I also took a stab at Greek food – homemade 100% whole wheat pita, homemade hummus, and a vegetable and gluten medley made with Greek yogurt and other yummy seasonings.  It was fantastic and was consumed by me and my hubby before I could snap any pictures.  Oh, well, there’s always next time.

~E, a skinnyfat girl

Summer. And eating.

Howdy, y’all. It’s a beautiful morning in Texas…from indoors, that is. Today’s forecast is sunny with a high of 93, and humidity levels so high that stepping outside feels like getting in a jacuzzi. Because getting in a jacuzzi in business casual attire is a bad idea, staying inside is my best option. Texas summers are a slow, sweaty death, and this one has only just begun. Yep, I’ll be inside for the next four months.

On the plus side, summer is the best, best, BEST season for produce! Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries (I’m crazy over berries of any variety), mangoes, cherries, pineapple, and NECTARINES. And there you have a clean, consolidated list of my favorite foods in the whole wide world, which all, strangely, happen to be fruits. OH – I forgot avocado…also a fruit. 🙂 What is your favorite season for produce?

Just for kicks and a fun way to end today’s post, I’ve compiled a visual list of a look into my belly over the last week. Photos are all taken on an amazing camera – my iPhone. Maybe someday I’ll have a schnazzy little Canon and take incredibly creative and artistic shots of perfectly presented meals worthy of a professional blogger. That’s the dream. Til then, I’ve got an iPhone.

Giant lunch at the office: whole wheat biscuit (Elesha's recipe), gluten, black beans, sweet potato, strawberry spinach salad, and pineapple.

Delicious Sunday brunch of gluten, mango, strawberries, pineapple, cereal, and coffee.

Raw tofu with olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh basil, and tomatoes. Tofu bruschetta, if you will...only it tasted nothing like bruschetta.

Simple supper: Pinto beans with veggie shreds (vegan cheese), chopped gluten, and a healthy helping of homemade guacamole.

Tofu sandwich on Ezekiel Bread...an easy option for work.

Tofu omelette with spinach, mushrooms, and onions from that book I mentioned, "Vegan Brunch". This little beauty took me about 45 minutes to create. This was attempt number three. Tasty!

Elesha is coming over tomorrow to see my new place. I’m excited to show her around, catch up, and she promised to come bearing treats, which is always something to look forward to! We may even collaborate in the kitchen unless we get too carried away being chatty and drinking coffee (the likely scenario).

Until next time, eat, run, and be healthy!

~ Becky, a skinnyfat girl

Nothing Fits Anymore!!!

No, I didn’t fall off the wagon.  My clothes are too big!  That’s right, folks, I have made major leaps toward my fitness goals.  Since it has been so long since I’ve blogged, let me give you a brief outline and update of my journey so far.

The Beginning:  When I posted the first blog entry, I weighed 138.8 pounds.  While I didn’t look horrible in clothes, I was not at my prime fitness.  On good weeks, I exercised 2 times a week.  My diet wasn’t horrible, but it was not the best either.  I would binge and overeat on occasion and I was constantly struggling with bloating and weight fluctuations. 

The Intermission:  I started running everyday and eating a lot healthier.  At first I didn’t see any results and got frustrated, but then I increased my water intake and lost a few pounds right away.  I finally got down to 132.  My weight goal was to get under 130 and stay consistently under that point.  Those last two pounds were stubborn.  I had begun running 2-4 miles, 5 times a week.  Even though I had not reached my weight goals, I was feeling so much better and had much more energy.

The Present:  For the last two weeks, I have weighed consistently between 126.2 and 126.8.  I have not been this skinny since I was a teenager!  I was told that I probably wouldn’t fit into my wedding dress after a year of marriage.  I guess, they were right, mine is too large!  I still have some toning to do, but I am feeling awesome!  The best part about this experience is that I’m no longer afraid of food.  Before I would eat food that was bad for me and hate myself for it!  I have finally found the right balance for my life, my health, and my body.  I don’t feel out of control or deprived, I feel in control and empowered!  Now, I need to stop here because I really could gush on and on about how great I feel, but I think you get my point. 

I will post some more useful blogs soon, but I had to share my excitement a little bit. 

Until next time,

~E, a skinny (not so) fat (anymore) girl.

“Leaves of three, Leave them be”

The following is one of the most embarassing things that has ever happened to me, maybe even more embarassing than the time I accidentally tucked the lower back hem of my skirt into the top of my underwear and walked around the university’s administration building with my butt showing.

Everything was going so well – really great, in fact. I was enjoying a fantastic Sunday morning run, complete with golden sunshine, chirping birds, and a refreshing spring breeze. My route was an old, country road sprinkled with farms, fields, and a canopy of green all around me. Then, out of nowhere, my bliss was interrupted by that terrible, demanding, call of nature. I was in the middle of nowhere, so I figured I’d just tough it out, finish my run, and “answer the call” when I got back home.

Nature didn’t like that idea. My plan was backfiring: I was already two miles from home and feeling sicker every second. Finally, when I was about to puke, I realized I wasn’t going to make it. I climbed over a fence on the side of the road and through some thick shrubbery and trees until I knew I was invisible to passersby, and, ya know, found relief. The field next to me was full of horses staring at me shamelessly, seemingly shocked and offended by my intrusion, so I humbly asked their forgiveness, climbed back over the fence, and enjoyed the rest of my Sunday run.

The horror of my detour became apparent two days later when I became very, very itchy in…uh…places. Apparently poison ivy was my toilet paper of choice. A few days later it had spread up my stomach and down my thighs, then managed to make its way down to my feet.


Because I grew up playing outside all day, I thought I was capable of identifying poison ivy. Evidently not. Runners: heads up! Go to the bathroom before you run, or carry a piece of toilet paper in your pocket, or, at the very least, know what poisonous leaves look like before you rub them on your bum, and avoid yourself weeks of suffering and misery.

Here’s a picture of the culprit, for future reference. Don’t be fooled by it’s innocent appearance!


That right there , my friends, is the devil in plant form. It’s over two weeks later and I’m still scratching. I hope you have all learned a valuable lesson from my idiocy.

~Becky, an itchy, skinnyfatgirl

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