Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Christmas Red Velvet Canvas Cake

   The 20s. No, not the 1920's, the December 20s! The slight shift in numericals that set a little fire under shoppers' feet and in the hearts of kids and Christmas fanatics. Christmas is 5 days away! I've always gotten super excited at this point, and I admit that, as an adult, my healthy eating starts to slip a little more. It's true that I relax my diet a little on December 1st because I eat well all year and Christmas is my favourite time, but I always stock up on more delicious Graze snacks and the like, ones with a more decadent flavour and sweetness than I usually go for so that I can indulge without the guilt - you know, between all the real mince pies that slip in - but now it slackens a little more. And I'm okay with that. But that does mean that I put in a little more effort when I am making something healthy.
   Unfortunately, today's canvas cake doesn't really fit the bill. The cake itself is red velvet, with 8.5g fibre, 23.5g protein and 4.5g of carbs, and made with cacao powder and beetroot powder, so while that's just fine, I admit the crushed candy canes, silver sprinkles, mini gingerbread men and mini mince pie kind of counteract that.
   But it's Christmas!!


   I used the basic canvas cake recipe with 1 tbsp of Aduna cacao and 1 tsp beetroot powder, topped with 50g Yeo Valley 0% fat yoghurt, some silver balls, crumbled candy cane, 2 McVities mini gingerbread men and a mini skinny mince pie. It's a bit much, but as I said: it's Christmas.

Christmas Red Velvet Mug Cake (without mince pie):
251 calories, 5g fat, 23g carbs, 8.5g fibre, 27g protein
Break-Down
Cake + 1/2 tsp beetroot powder (approx 1g) + 1 tbsp cacao powder (approx 10g): 165 calories, 3.8g fat, 4.5g carbs, 8.5g fibre, 23.5g protein
50g 0% plain yoghurt: 30 calories, 0g fat, 4g carbs, 3.5g protein
Toppings:
  - 2 McVities mini gingerbread men: 26 calories, 1g fat, 4g carbs
  - Silver sprinkles: 15 calories, 4.5g carbs
  - Sprinkling of broken candy cane: 15 calories, 6g carbs
  - [Optional] skinny mini mince pie: 110 cals, 3.5g fat, 17.25g carbs, 0.4g fibre, 1.6g protein




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