One of my very good friends, and number one fan (hey, his words, not mine!) sent me an email last week with the following subject line:
“Hey, Ms Healthy Foodie… check this out (let’s see you make that!)”
The body text consisted of basically nothing but a copy of a recent tweet from Foodista:
Curious, I immediately checked it out…
– Hmmmm, nice, I thought. Very interesting. GREAT looking cake, looks extremely yummy, but…
My answer went like this:
WOW, nice! But I’d have to give it a hell of a healthification treatment, as well degrainization galore…
Was that an official challenge, Sir?
To which he responded:
Do it the Healthy Foodie way and yes that’s a challenge!
THAT was all I needed. From that point on, I was a girl on a mission.
For some reason, I was super excited at the idea of undertaking this challenge. I felt just like a kid who’d just learnt that he’d get to spend the day at the amusement park.
Of course, you know I’m no stranger to “healthifying” things. But “degrainizing” a cake? That was a first for me.
Just to make the challenge a tad harder, I decided to also take the Low Fat and No Sugar Added route. Hey, it is Lent after all. And this cake HAD to be Lent friendly!
If I succeeded, and that, I thought, was A BIG IF, the resulting cake would actually be a Vegan, Grain Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat, No Sugar Added, Apple Ring Cake
Phew! Now that’s what I call a mouhtful!
So the very following Saturday, I got busy
recreating reinventing this cake, basically rewriting the recipe as I went along.
“Scratch this, omit that, add this, replace that…”
To say that I was extremely dubious that the cake would actually turn out would be an understatement.
Well, lo and behold, after 45 minutes in the oven, it appeared as though the batter had miraculously turned into a viable cake.
AH! I was so overfilled with joy that, as soon as I managed to take the cake out of the pan, (hmpft… THAT proved to be quite the challenge… my pan was NOT springform! Need I say more? ) I took a picture with my cell phone and emailed it to my friend.
Now, I’m way too humble to copy what his exact response was. Let’s just leave it at: he was impressed!
And to be honest, so was I!
This cake totally makes me forget that I am observing Lent. Totally makes me forget that I am to be without eating grains or sugar for another 5 weeks.
Totally makes me forget that it’s good for me.
It’s just plain good. Period!
I’ve enjoyed it every day of the week as my morning snack and I have to admit that I felt like I was cheating Lent. Big time.
Oh, and fyi, it’s just to die for with a little bit of peanut or almond butter on it…