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    Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes with Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting

    Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes with Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting

    Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes with Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting
    Recipe by nm_meiyee

    My favourite recipe for homemade vanilla cupcakes, whipped chocolate ganache frosting, The results are PERFECT every time! You have to try this!
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    Recipe makes 8 cupcakes
    cupcakes
    1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
    2 tbsp cornstarch
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    3/4 cup powdered sugar
    1 cup plant milk, room temperature
    1/3 cup coconut oil
    1 tbsp white vinegar
    1 tsp vanilla bean extract
    1/4 tsp salt
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    Chocolate Ganache
    250g dark chocolate melted
    3/4 cup coconut cream (from canned coconut milk)
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    Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting
    100g non-dairy butter, softened
    150g chocolate ganache
    1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
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    Instructions
    Chocolate Ganache
    Stir the melted chocolate and coconut cream, folding them together. Keep stirring until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. (Ganache should be thick and spoonable)

    Cupcakes
    Preheat the oven to 338 Fahrenheit. Prepare muffins pan with liners, set aside.
    In a large bowl, sift dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Add in milk, vanilla, coconut oil, white vinegar. And until well combined. Divide batter evenly between 8 cupcake lines in a muffin pan. Bake for 20 mins until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
    Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting
    Combine butter and chocolate ganache in the stand mixer bowl with the paddle attachment. Whip on medium to high speed for about 3 mins. Stop mixer and add the sifted powdered sugar. Mix on low speed until incorporated , scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and then mix on high speed for 3 mins until smooth.


     

    Healthy Baked Churros

    Healthy Baked Churros

    Healthy Baked Churros

    Recipe by @nm_meiyee
    1 cup EarthNurti Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
    1 cup water
    2 tbsp coconut sugar
    3 tbsp coconut oil for frying
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp salt
    Cinnamon coating
    ¼ cup sugar
    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    INSTRUCTIONS
    Preheat oven to 200C.
    In a medium saucepan, add water, sugar, cinnamon, salt and coconut oil. Place over medium-high heat. Heat until mixture starts to simmer. Remove pan from heat, whisk in the flour. Whisk until there are no flour lumps and a dough ball has formed, using a wooden spoon.
    Transfer your dough to a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle. Pipe dough into long churro. Leave about 2 inches of space between the churros. Brush churros with coconut oil.
    Bake for around 30 minutes or until golden brown. (If you find that yours are still soft, continue to bake) Then turn off the oven and leave churros in there for 10 minutes to dry a little.
    Combine sugar, cinnamon and salt. Take the churros straight from the oven and toss them in the cinnamon sugar mixture until well covered. It is best to do this when the churros are warm and fresh from the oven. Serve warm with chocolate and enjoy!

    Gluten Free Vegan Oreo Cookies made with EarthNutri Organic Gluten Free All Purpose Flour.

    Gluten Free Vegan Oreo Cookies made with EarthNutri Organic Gluten Free All Purpose Flour.

    Gluten Free Vegan Oreo Cookies made with our Organic Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. So delicious! Recipe: @nm_meiyee

    Ingredients
    1 cup EarthNutri's gluten-free flour
    1/2 cup cacao powder
    1/4 cup raw cane suugar
    1/4 cup 1 tbsp coconut oil
    1 tsp vanilla extract

    Vegan vanilla cream filling
    1/4 cup vegetable shortening
    1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    pinch of salt
    1-2 tsp coconut milk if needed

    8 Life Hack TED Talks for Meaningful Living

    8 Life Hack TED Talks for Meaningful Living

    8 Life Hack TED Talks for Meaningful Living
    by Niña Alexandra Palmares


    My goal for 2019 is to have a better understanding of myself. When you are your own best friend, life gets easier trust me. You know what you want, you have a better grip of your values, and you know how to avoid things that are not meant to be in your life: like procrastination, low self-esteem, self-doubts, and toxic people.

    TED (technology, entertainment, and design) Talks are a great source of inspiration and enlightenment. It encourages you not only to work on yourselves. The talks also explore interesting topics like minimalism, mental health, physical beauty, meditation, bikes, sexuality, and many others. I have provided you a list of TED Talks that moved me. These will help you manage yourself and your surroundings better. I have also included notes and questions that you can take away from the talk so that the ideas stick with you.

    A little courage and guidance from successful life hackers may be all you need for a significant shift in your life.

    When you feel stuck in the pursuit of your dreams
    "The Power of Believing You Can Improve" by Carol Dweck

    Carol Dweck discusses the "Power of Yet". She tackles the importance of delaying gratification. Do you catch yourself saying "I can't do it." or "I can't do it... yet.". If things aren't working out for you right now, remember that great things take, cliche as this sounds, a lot of time, patience and, drive.



    Notes and Questions:
    The difference between the growth mindset and the fixed mindset.
    Are you always seeking constant validation?
    What it means to be more process-oriented instead of focusing on results
    What happens to your brain when you push yourself out of your comfort zone.

    When you feel like your abilities are not enough
    “The Skill of Self-confidence by Dr. Ivan Joseph

    Soccer Coach and Athletic Director Dr. Ivan Joseph reveals the number 1 skill he is looking for when recruiting for athletes: Self-Confidence. He believes that having the "Can Do" attitude will not only drive you to success in athletics but also in life. In this talk, Self-Confidence considered as a "skill". Find out why.



    Notes and Questions:
    The importance of repetition and persistence.
    How to handle rejection.
    What is your self-affirmation?
    What is the difference between ego and self-confidence?
    Build up other people's confidence by catching and praising them while they're good.
    Confidence is also built through positive self-perception.

    When you feel like Procrastinating
    “How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over” by Mel Robbins

    Mel Robbins is the author of the book The 5 Second Rule. She says that if an idea comes into mind, you must act upon it within 5 seconds because if you put it off, it leads to procrastination or worse, you will never be able to do it at all. She is a life coach that helps people get what they want.

    Notes and Questions:
    Getting what you want is SIMPLE. But not easy.
    Do the science of drafting.
    Why the word "Fine" is dangerous.
    How not to use the snooze button.
    Why motivation is a myth.
    Why our feelings are standing in the way

    When you are stressed
    “How to Make Stress Your Friend” by Kelly McGonigal

    Health psychologist and lecturer Kelly McGonigal sheds light to the common episode that we all go through, stress. In this video, she will show you a different way to look at stress and how looking at it positively can help your heart.



    Notes and Questions:
    How you think about stress matters.
    Stress helps your body rise to the challenge.
    Does stress really make you social?
    How is a stress hormone enhanced?
    How is resilience related to stress?

    When you are discouraged to try something new
    Smash Fear, Learn Anything by Tim Ferriss

    In this TED Talk, Tim Ferriss, a podcaster, author, and entrepreneur encourages everybody to deconstruct things and navigate themselves out of fear so they can achieve the things they want in life. It's amazing how he is able to learn things that interest him so quickly. He reveals tips in this video.

    Notes and Questions:
    Learning from scratch should excite you.
    Effectiveness versus Efficiency
    When to lead and when to follow.
    What is Tim's perception of fear?
    Be a beginner.
    "What's the worst that could happen?"
    When life throws you lemons
    The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong by Amy Morin

    Amy Morin has been through a fair amount of struggles before she became a best-selling author and psychotherapist. And that is putting it lightly. She went through painful experiences that pushed her mental and emotional limits. In this discussion, she tells us what it takes for us to be mentally tough when times are rough.

    Notes and Questions:
    The comparison is a trap.
    Three kinds of destructive and unhealthy beliefs.
    There are things that make us lose our power that we are not aware of.
    Success is not a cosmic reward.
    The long-term benefit of dropping bad mental habits.
    Beat one bad habit at a time.
    What is one simple bad mental habit that you are willing to give up?

    When you think exercise is just all about getting fit
    “The Brain-changing Benefits of Exercise” by Wendy Suzuki

    Exercise is by default, correlated to diet and fitness to achieve a healthier body. But what we oftentimes don't know are the benefits that cardio does to our brains as well. Dr. Wendy Suzuki is a Neuroscientist whose research is mostly devoted to brain plasticity. In this video, she explains the effects of aerobic exercise to one's learning capacity, memory, moods, and overall cognitive abilities of the human brain.

    Notes and Questions:
    Exercise can do transformative things to your brain.
    Is the effect in the brain immediately after you sweat out?
    Can exercise really change your brain's anatomy?
    Neuroscience findings of long-term exercise.
    The brain is like a muscle. The more you workout, the stronger your brain gets too.
    How many times a week do you need to exercise to get all the brain benefits?

    When you want to embrace who you are
    “The Art of Being Yourself” by Caroline McHugh

    Caroline McHugh is an advocate for authenticity and originality. She helps people have the courage to love and be themselves and not in a narcissistic way. In this TED Talk video, she challenges us to be true to ourselves and to learn how to embrace our own uniqueness. There are three things that are highlighted in this talk: What everybody thinks of you, what you want everybody to think of you, what you think of yourself.

    Watch Caroline's breakdown of what it takes to live as yourself.

    Notes and Questions:
    What do you see in a "True Mirror"?
    The thing that people have in common is that they don't have anything in common.
    Life expectancy versus What you expect in life versus What life expects from you.
    What is an "interiority" complex?
    Are you being led by other people's opinion?
    6. We all live with an ego but the challenge is how to tame it.

    These TED Talks have inspired many, including myself. I hope it inspired you too.

    Nina Alexandra Palmares is a Cross-country Mountain bike racer for the Rhinohead Philippines team. Off the saddle, she loves to cook 'real' food and perpetually geeks about music, cult movies, bikes, and Game of Thrones . She graduated with a degree in Information Techcnology. You can follow her journey on Instagram with the handle @winkypalmares and check out her currated bike ride playlist on Spotify.

    Almond Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Chia Jam

    Almond Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Chia Jam

    Happy Valentine's Day!!! Almond Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Chia Jam can be made with EarthNutri's Organic Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. Recipe: from @nm_meiyee.
    Recipe:
    3 cups gluten-free flour
    1/2 cup almond meal
    1/4 cup pure maple syrup
    220g vegan butter or coconut oil cold & cut into small cube
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    pinch of salt
    Raspberry chia jam
    2 cups fresh raspberries
    3 tbsp white chia seeds @suncorefoods
    2 tbsp lemon juice or water
    Instructions
     
    Raspberry chia jam
    Put the raspberries and lemon juice into a saucepan over a medium heat. Mash the raspberries as they begin to heat up. When the raspberries have broken down to a saucy consistency. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool a little before adding the chia seeds. Transfer the jam to a jar and allow it to cool completely. Once the jam has reached room temperature transfer it to the fridge for an hour to set.
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    Preheat oven to 175c. In a food processor combine the flour, almond meal, salt. Then slowly the vegan butter/coconut oil, pulse until you get a coarse meal. Then slowly add the maple syrup, pulse until a dough ball forms. Flatten dough on disk. Roll out one of the dough. Cut out the dough using a cookie cutter. Use a smaller heart cutter to cut a window out of half of cookies. Bake in a preheated oven for approximately 12-14 minutes. Let cookies cool completely. Take the regular shaped cookies and place jam in the middle of each cookie. Cover with the dusted cut out cookies on top and enjoy!