Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cashew Cream Cheese Icing // vegan, gf, refined sf

Sometimes all I want to do is indulge in something naughty

Ya feel me?

In my 17 years of life I have never made a better, more indulgent healthy treat. It’s like you’re deceiving your sweet tooth, it’s so good.

Fun fact about me: my favorite cake is carrot cake

What I love about this specific recipe is that the cake stays extremely moist, yet still fluffy and the icing seriously mimics real cream cheese frosting like nobody’s business. Plus, for all of you who are already prejudging it’s difficulty, I’m here to tell you that these are really easy to make and don’t require a lot of time or skill (woohoo!).

For the cupcakes…

    • 1 1/4 cups blanched almond flour
    • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 2 large eggs, room temperature
    • 1/3 cup refined melted coconut oil
    • 1/3 cup honey
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a muffin tin with 8 muffin liners.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (almond flour through nutmeg). Set this aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, oil, honey, and vanilla.
  • Add the dry mix to the wet mix just until combined and then gently fold in the grated carrots.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the liners and bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Let the muffins cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Do not frost until completely cool.

For the faux cream cheese icing…

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked in hot water 1 hour or cool water 6-8 hours
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk or cream
  • 3-4 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup  coconut oil (preferably the consistency of softened butter)
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Soak cashews in very hot water for 1 hour or in cool water for 6-8 hours. Drain thoroughly and add to a blender. To the blender, also add remaining ingredients.
  • Blend until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed. It’s important to get the frosting as creamy and smooth as possible, so blend on high with a high-speed blender until the texture is silky and smooth.
  • Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more maple syrup for sweetness, vanilla for vanilla flavor, or more lemon zest for tang.
  • Transfer frosting to a medium mixing bowl (with room to blend / whisk) and cover. Place in the freezer and chill for 45 minutes. Then remove from freezer and whisk. Freeze for another 45 minutes – 1 hour and whisk again. Then leave in the freezer until semi-firm to the touch (cheesecake texture // ~ 2-4 hours) and use a hand mixer (or whisk) to blend until creamy and smooth. Depending on how firm your frosting is, this may take a little work at the beginning as it softens. If too thick, microwave in 15-second increments until blendable (or leave out at room temperature to soften).
  • Your frosting is ready to use.

It’s that simple.

I encourage everyone to try out this recipe, which is now one of my favorites. And anybody who does make these decadent cupcakes, please send me pictures via instagram @moodymadeline.

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The Best Healthy Chocolate Cookies // GF, DF + Refined SF

Do you ever come to a cross roads where you want to stick to your healthy eating lifestyle but you also really want to eat a bomb chocolate cookie? Me too.

Well… you’re in luck today because I’m sharing the most amazing cookie recipe that fits all of my weird health requirements and still tastes like junk food. Let’s be honest, when I first discovered these cookies I made them way too often and they disappeared way too quickly. Now I try to limit how often I make them, but they will always be one of my favorite chocolatey treats. Also, they are some of the simplest cookies to make ever.

Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies:

makes approximately: 20

Ingredients

2/3 cup cocoa (or cacao) powder

1 cup organic coconut sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

generous pinch of himalayan pink salt

1 cup natural unsweetened almond (or peanut) butter

1/2 cup aquafaba (canned chickpea juice)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients, making sure there’s no lumps. In a medium bowl combine remaining wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and thoroughly incorporate until a thick batter/slightly runny dough is formed. Line two cookie sheets with silpats or parchment paper, and make small balls out of the dough (about 2 tbsps each). Make sure to spread apart nicely because they tend to flatten out and expand. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges are slightly crisp. Cookies should be slightly crisped on edges and soft and gooey in the center. Let cool on a baking rack and keep for up to four days.

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xoxo, Madeline

Simple Paleo Lemon Blueberry Muffins

 

Let me tell you, these muffins did not last long in my house.

Just yesterday I went blueberry picking with my mom and best friend, and when I came home I couldn’t resist not making something with the berries . So that is what I did with my Friday afternoon. I made these very simple, healthy and yummy blueberry muffins. They are such a great snack.

I am starting to incorporate more eggs back into my diet, and I feel like this is a great way to make the slow transition. These muffins are full of protein, good fats and fiber. I love to stick them into my toaster oven to get nice and warmed throughout and then put some butter on them. So good.

4 eggs

½ cup full fat coconut milk

6 tbsp raw honey

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

Zest of 1 small/med lemon

3 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

⅔ cup coconut flour

¼ cup tapioca flour

1 tsp baking soda

⅛ tsp salt

¾ cup fresh blueberries

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line  muffin tins with cupcake liners and then spray non-stick oil into liners (I failed to do this and mine stuck pretty bad to the liners).

In a large bowl combine all wet ingredients using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer.

In a medium sized bowl combine all dry ingredients. Then slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients just until incorporated (don’t over mix).

Finally, hand mix in the blueberries until thoroughly dispersed. Scoop batter into muffin tins and fill about 3/4 of the way, leaving room for them to rise. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely to store, or enjoy warm with butter. Yum.

Thank you for reading, if you try these out I’d love to hear how you liked them. xoxo

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Beachin’ it 🌴 // Best Oahu Beaches

Lanikai Beach

One of my favorite beaches, located in Kailua, is Lanikai beach which is beautiful and perfect for all types of beach-goers. The weather isn’t always the greatest, but the scenery and rolling waves always make for a fun time. Famous for the two small island peeking out of the ocean, with its white sand and barely crowded shores, I would highly recommend visiting this beach. 

Sandy Beach

My #1 favorite spot. Where all the locals go and where the waves can be scary big. You will have a true Hawaiian experience when you visit this body surfing beach. Personally, I love watching the brave surfers and body surfers here, and although I don’t do either at this beach I have the most fun swimming in the big surf. If you aren’t a strong swimmer I’d suggest just sun bathing on the beach, but it’s still worth it to check this one out. 

Cockroach Cove

Located right next to Sandy Beach, Cockroach cove is a fun little destination spot. After walking down the rocky path you’ll find yourself in a pretty cove where you can swim in the small waves, explore the rocks on either side (where we jumped off) or even venture into a cave that goes under the road above. It’s a mellow beach, but can easily get crowded because of how small it is. 

Haleiwa Angel Wings

I know this one isn’t a beach, but I felt like I had to include it! If you have an Instagram I’m sure you’ve seen these pretty wings. Located on the North Shore, they’ve become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

Kaimana Beach

You can find this one in walking distance to Waikiki beach. However, Kaimana is much less crowded, the water is cleaner and you won’t be suffocated by tourists. I think this beach was once known as a gay beach, but over the years has lost that reputation. You can surf out to the left of the channel, snorkel over the reef or simply relax in the shallow, calm water. This beach is close to town, but still beautiful and doesn’t feel too much like you’re in a big city. 

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4 Amazing Hikes on Oahu 

I recently visited the breathtaking island of Oahu with my sister and three of our close friends. I always joke that when we go on vacation it’s not the relaxing type… it’s the go go go type. I think there’s just too much beauty to miss out on when you’re only on the islands for 10 days, so our vacation consisted of a lot of hiking, swimming and eating. And today I’m sharing 4 of my favorite hikes with you. 
The Ehukai Pillbox Hike

This one is seriously one of my favorite tropical hikes ever. It’s short and sweet, with some intense inclined portions. I love getting to experience several different sceneries within this one hike. First you weave through a rainforest-like atmosphere, then you go through a dirt path that is interwoven with tree roots and slippery from mud, next you walk through a serene path that is lined with delicate hanging trees that are light in color… and finally you make it to an opening where you see the ocean and the first abandoned military pillbox. You can even go inside of it where there is graffiti and a view of the shoreline. Make your way down the trail a bit further and you’ll run into the second pillbox where a peace sign is painted with the word “peace”- making for a great photo op. This is located on the Northshore, overlooking the famous Pipeline beach. 

Pali Puka

I will warn you that this had a “Do not enter” warning sign at the start of the trailhead. So honestly I’m not sure if it’s illegal or just frowned upon. My sister and I bravely began this hike on a windy, overcast morning. Luckily we didn’t know what to expect… because sometimes it’s better not knowing and just going for, it if you know what I mean. 

I am pretty scared of heights, so this one was one of the most challenging hikes for me. But nonetheless, the views were definitely worth it. It is a short, but steep hike. You begin by gradually climbing a muddy path where there are ropes to help you out on the sides. Then you make it out of the trees and find yourself on the side of a very steep mountain ridge, which you slowly walk along (and hope you don’t die) for a while. Finally you will find yourself right above the famous hole in the mountain face where you’ll have to climb down to. I am probably making this hike seem scarier than it is, but that’s just because I’m afraid of heights and had a few mini panic attacks. But I made it and I’m happy that it pushed me out of my comfort zone. Couldn’t have done it without my sister, who is fearless when it comes to heights! 

Koko Head Crater @ Sunrise

Koko head is a well known hike located in Hawaii Kai. It consists of 1,048 steps to the top of a large mountain. It was my fourth time doing it, but my first time attempting it at sunrise. My sister and I started around 4:30 when we needed flash lights to see where we were going. Luckily it was much cooler than hiking it during the day, but that didn’t stop us from dripping sweat and labored breathing (lol). Even if you think you’re in good shape, Koko head will kick your butt on the way up. But man is it worth it when you make it to the top… especially at sunrise, the feeling and the views were unreal. I love the feeling of being up before the sun, the anticipation before it rises and the stillness you experience on the top of a mountain when the skies are painted with pinks, blues and purples. 

The Makapu’u Tide Pools

You will find this hidden gem on the way to the Makapu’u Lighthouse hike. I don’t know if it’s actually considered a hike, because it is basically just climbing down the side of a rocky mountain. Nevertheless, once you make it down the make shift path you’ll find yourself in awe of the clear, emerald water and serene closeness to the powerful crashing waves. There are multiple large tide pools that you can swim and snorkel in- so bring some goggles. I would recommend going at high tide (which was 11 am while we were there) because the tide pools will have more water in them. Be careful of large sets that crash on the rocks, you don’t want to be swept into the ocean at that location. 

I hope my hiking suggestions were helpful for anyone traveling to Oahu. If you want me to write about places to eat or beaches to go to, please leave me a comment below and I’d be happy to make another post! 

Thanks for reading, xoxo 💛 

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Champagne and Zebrawood // Jord Watches


Watches Made From Wood


I have been in a season of innovation… and what better way to welcome new things than to get a new, classy watch?

I have never been the type to wear the time on my wrist, but after receiving this beautifully crafted zebrawood and champagne watch I can’t help but sport it with every outfit I wear. It adds the perfect sense of sophistication, but is still subtle enough so that it’s not too flashy.

I chose the zebrawood and champagne style because of it’s sleek and timeless look, and I love the way the dark wood contrasts with the light watch face.

I have only good things to say about the craftsmanship of the watch. On the Jord Watches website, I was able to use there measurement ruler to perfectly size my wrist, which is a great tool since you are purchasing it online and not in stores. They offer a multitude of watch options; whether you want color variation, customization or advanced designs.

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I like how there are no numbers on the actual clock face, save for a couple roman numerals. It makes for a bit of a challenge in time telling, but makes the watch look much sleeker and less cluttered. img_9200img_9201Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

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Come Along on my Adventure

Hi Lovelies!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve made a post soley dedicated to you, my readers, and I felt like I was due for a new introduction… So if you haven’t been following me for too long, here are a few things about me.

My name is Madeline, but I go by Maddie for short. As a child I never liked the name Madeline because I thought it was too “sophisticated” and grown up for me, but as I’ve gotten older I don’t mind it as much, and have no preference as to which name I like to be called. I am the daughter of two sweet parents, Jon and Michelle, and I have a sister who is three years older than me named Olivia. But I’ve always called her “Sis”. As youngsters, we were constantly together, and as we grew up, we also grew closer. I’m not sure if it’s a normality for all siblings, but I can definitely say that I have spent more time with my sister than any other person in my life, and we almost know each other a little too well. ha.

I am sixteen years old, and a senior in high school. Yes, I am very young for my grade.

I have attended the same (very small) private school in my home town for the entirety of my life. I have also lived in the same home my whole life in a valley in the beautiful state of Oregon (which has now been taken over by pot growers).

When I was around ten years old I began a baking blog where I posted about the many sweet treats I made. After less than a year my posts became less and less frequent, boredom set in and I abandoned my once loved writing space. (One thing you’ll learn about me is that I’m not the greatest at being consistent and sticking with things for prolonged amounts of time).

Fast forward to October of 2014 when I created this quirky diary of my awkward life, Moody Madeline. I won’t go tooting my own horn saying how great and consistent I’ve been at posting on here, because trust me, I’ve taken some long breaks, but I will say that I’m proud of how long I’ve continued to use this blog to express my creative side and the progress I’ve made. If you asked me three years ago what I wanted my profession to be when I “grow up”, I would have never thought to answer “blogging”, but now I know it’s an option.

I also eat a diet that consists of veganism + meat, as I like to put it, so I don’t eat dairy or eggs. Gltuen free and refined sugar free (but no fake sweeteners!). Yes, I eat this way by choice, but mostly for the sake of my acne-prone skin, and also because, after a year of eating this way, I’ve realized that it makes me happiest and makes my body even happier. Occasionally, I will share recipes that follow my diet, but still taste yummy with you all.

A few things I love….

Filming short videos, montages and outings.

Editing short videos, montages and outings.

Cooking and baking yummy healthy food.

Going out to breakfast with good company.

Watching creative youtube videos- my favorite is CamandNina.

Swimming/surfing in the ocean.

Spending time in Hawaii.

Instagraming.

Giggling with friends and family.

Writing.

Listening to the radio while driving on long windy backroads.

Soaking up warm sunshine.

Now that my boring introduction is out of the way, I want to get to know you!

I have a few platforms where we can connect on, but of course my blog is the easiest way. I always love hearing your questions, comments and feedback on my posts, and the best way to leave me a note is in the comments.

One of my resolutions for 2017 is to get to know my readers on a more personal level- What’s your name? Like’s and dislike’s? Where do you live? (In a non-creeperish was of course). Do you eat a special way? What are your favorite clothing or beauty brands? What do you want me to post more of? Can I pray for you?

I would be thrilled if I could connect with even just five of my beautiful readers, so let’s see what we can do this year!

Want to follow me on Instagram? I’d love to follow you back and see what you’re up to!

xoxo

Summer Travels: Panama

In the month of June, my sister and I boarded our long-awaited flight to Panama.

The country in Central America, not the city in Florida.

‘Why Panama?’ You may be wondering… Well, my best friend (Anya, for those of you who don’t know already) lives there with her family. So basically, we chose Panama because we had a free place to stay. And because who wouldn’t want to at least see what Panama has to offer when such an amazing opportunity arises?

I will say that it was nothing like I imagined it would be. Leading up to the trip, I thought I would be stepping foot into a place that was either like Hawaii, or like Mexico. But I was very wrong, and it reminded me of neither destination. Panama has a culture all it’s own.

City life, the Panama Canal, swampy rivers, rainforest, humidity, thunderstorms, exotic creatures and Spanish that was spoken much too fast for me and my high school level to comprehend. That’s what I experienced in Panama.

Of course, I loved every second of it because I was able to spend it with my best friend and my sister (who is also my best friend).

It is truly a time that I will never forget. I was able to visit a small island on the Pacific Ocean with clear, blue water and cute, narrow streets that were lined with authentic food. I took a boat ride through the biggest canal in the world (the Panama Canal), all the while, stopping to feed wild monkeys that were swinging from the trees. I jumped into a swampy part of the river, only to be told after I got out that a crocodile was sighted nearly thirty yards away the previous day. I got to jump off of small waterfalls. I met new people. I got to experience the life of the Embera tribe (a native group of people who speak their own language and live ruraly). Then I was caught in a full-blown thunder storm on our boat ride home, where, for the first time, every inch of me got wet (from rain), without having to take a shower.

I would not have changed even one thing about my trip. And I can’t express how grateful I am for the memories and adventures.

I filmed and made a short video of each aspect, just so everyone could see the true beauty of traveling somewhere new. You can watch it here

Where do you want to travel? And why haven’t you done it yet?

As always, thank you for reading. Love all. Love Madeline. xx

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If you’re planning to visit Panama… I recommend going to

-Toboga island

-Captain Carl’s tour

-The Embera village tour

-The Panama Canal

-Casco Viejo

-The Causeway

 

 

God is so good. 

Throught my roadtrip I feel blessed to have been drawn closer to God. 

He makes it difficult to overlook his power and mercy when you are surrounded, daily, by his handcrafted mountains, lakes, greenery and wildlife. & the fact that I have been able to experience a whopping 20 Us states in just three weeks is something I will be forever grateful for. 

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord; The Lord, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” – Isaiah 12:2



On my trip, I have been reading the Word more than ever; helping to grow my faith and expand my knowledge. If you don’t know this about me yet, I have a tendency to worry about insignificant things throughout the day, and burden myself for no reason. & recently I have been saying a lot of prayers and doing my best to put my trust into The Lord. 

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.” 

– Matthew 6:33-34



During the silence and intimacy I was given for my faith, I feel as though I am called to establish (and even lead) an amateur youth bible study in my small town, inviting anyone and everyone to join in the glory and Word of God. I wish to touch people of all walks of life while on my spiritual journey as well. 

“You will be hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.” – Matthew 13:14-15



I thank God for the precious time I was blessed with on the long road home. He is truly greater than any power or creator that will ever be. 

I wish to use my blog as an outlet to touch more people than I would be able to in my day to day life. Therefore, if you have any questions about my faith or the bible I would love to personally answer them for you. Or if you ever need an uplifting or inspirational conversation. 

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Love all. Love Madeline. 

the long road home. 

Where do I start? 

Should I first begin to explain my parents (incredibly insane) decision to drive all the way across the country? Or that they insisted on driving our huge green truck (that runs on vegetable oil) loaded with 3,500 pounds of oil so that we’d have enough to make it the 7,500 miles there and back?

I’ll admit, at first I was quite skeptical of the three week long road trip. Call me crazy, but between 10 hour days crammed into a not-so-big truck with my family of four, and the hankering I felt to have a normal summer hanging out with friends, I was less than trilled to reluctantly agree to the adventure. 

And that is exactly what it has been; an adventure. 

During the first week we made it through Oregon, Idaho (where we saw Shoshone Falls)

Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Conneticut, and, our final destination, Massachusetts.

I’ll just say riding in a car for a week solid is not my idea of… fun.    

When we arrived in Massachusetts we were all just very happy our big truck made it! It was a relatively relaxing vacation, filled with spending time with family, shopping and even a weekend getaway to Newport, RI (another state visited, check!) 



On the drive home (which I am currently in the middle of) we have made it through Massachusetts, New York (and visited Niagara Falls)

Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota (where we saw Mount Rushmore), And Wyoming. 

Later today we should be in, or around, Yellowstone National Park where we are planning to spend a full day and two nights. 

Along the way, I have learned a good number of things. For example, never expect too much from low costing hotel rooms; you may find blood on the floor, damp sheets, questionable complimentary breakfasts, a tv that turns it’s self off or that your room is in the basement…. I’ve also found that finding good, mom and pop restaurants on the road is not as easy as Guy Fieri makes it seem; be cautious of mediocre diner food, a plethora of fast food (where, if you order chicken, you should be sure to watch out for something that looks more like a sponge than meat), wilted salads and nothing but big chain restaurants. Also, driving for hours on end makes me want to do nothing but sleep, ironically. 

I now know all the lyrics to twenty one pilot’s vessel and blurry face album songs (because I’m the type of person who listens to the same songs for 3 weeks long). It pains me to admit that I am now a coffee drinker, whereas, a few months ago I wanted nothing to do with the substance. Also, so far I have read six books during my car time, including Blue Like Jazz, The Summer I turned Pretty trilogy, Wonder, The good, the bad and the grace of God. All lovely books by the way, which I would completely recommend. 

But the largest thing I have learned during these past 2 and 1/2 weeks is that I love Oregon the most. Although many states are beautiful, something will always draw me to Oregon, my home- overflowing with adventure and really, the nicest people I know. 

However, all of this said, I have (and still am) really enjoying our adventure and I wouldn’t trade these past weeks for anything in the world. I got to spend quality time with my family, grow closer to God and see many wonderful things, which is something to be grateful for is you ask me. //

Something that is more than prominent throughout the whole United States is simple… God is love, beauty and grace. His work is everywhere, and I am blessed beyond words to have been able to see so much of it this summer. 

What have you guys been doing this summer? And where have you been to? 

Love all. Love Madeline💜💜

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