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No-Rise Cinnamon Rolls for ONE (Whole Wheat & Vegan)

I’m not exactly the most violent person… most of the time, but sometimes, something inside me wants to grab a sledge-hammer to break an idiot’s head open to see what the hell is wrong with that one person. 

You think your life is jinxed?

You think your life is jinxed?

Let me tell you what a jinxed life is.

I was born with both my arms broken. The right arm never recovered. And all the specialists I’ve seen (and believe me, I’ve seen many) say that nothing can cure it. I’m incapable of many physical activities and got laughed at for it too many times to count. I love seeing people dance but I can’t without looking hilariously clumsy. If my stupid arm works, I’ll probably be dancing instead of baking (maybe this is a good thing after all?)

My rights arm is much much fatter and shorter than my left.

My right shoulder slants down lower than my left.

I have a horrible, horrible memory.

My examination results are crappy.

I was bullied for 3 very long, psychologically-torturing periods of my life, excluding the time when my atrocious, horrendous, crap thing of a teacher told my entire class not to be my friend and isolated me. Quite obviously, I’ve never exactly been fond of teachers.

I was sick for 2 1/2 torturing years. (sorry, I ran out of good vocabulary)

I am short (5 feet) and fat (busybody).

My family has less than average income. (I make room for things I want by saving 90% of my pocket money)

Well, no one’s life is perfect.

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Stop frowning. And learn the following.

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How do you make the best of your so-called ‘jinxed’ life?

  • find a hobby and stop thinking (absurdly) that your life is miserable because it isn’t… baking, reading, cycling, whatever
  • don’t be embarrassed by every single thing– remember, only you can make yourself feel embarrassed, and let others know you are embarrassed and thus get embarrassment poured onto yourself, when you needn’t have gone through it at all. 
  •  remove yourself from people who make you feel lousy, lousy, lousy. I failed to realise this earlier in my life and the psychological impact was so horrible I can’t find words to describe it. 
  • keep people who are trying to help you but not pretending to or simply doing it to make themselves feel better
  • be careful when making friends. 
  • be with people who like you because you are you… while trying to help you correct your insecurities.
  • forge good relationships with your family and friends. Because you know what? A united family and good friends and the love you can experience from these bonds will help you realise that your life is really worth living.
  • be grateful for what you have. Make a list. Cheesy, but it works. 
  • eat cinnamon rolls
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* Note: NOT directed towards any one; just a general opinion. All opinions above are of my own, learnt through personal experience, and are in no way associated with WordPress. (Haha, I just had to add this in. Its fun)
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Single Serving Cinnamon rolls!
ALL FOR the special YOU!
Yes. All! Don’t let me repeat that or I may change my mind.
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A meal of cinnamon rolls for… 524 calories! Pretty good, huh?
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No-Rise Cinnamon Rolls for ONE

No. of servings: 1

Adapted from Bakingdom

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Ingredients

For Dough

  • 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 7g/ 3/5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/10 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (vegan: 1/4 tsp lemon juice and enough soy milk to make 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp non- fat yogurt (vegan: oil/ vegan yogurt)
  • 1 tsp reduced fat margarine
  • 1 tsp oil

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For Filling

  • 2 tsp reduced fat margarine
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup mini- marshmallows, chopped (vegan: vegan marshmallows)
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

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For Icing (optional)

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp reduced fat margarine

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Icing alternative

  • 1 1/2 tsp reduced fat margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2  tsp buttermilk, or whole milk (vegan: coconut milk)
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar

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Here’s a Step-by-step tutorial. Almost…
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Prepare your ingredients; all must be at room temperature.
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Preheat your oven to 425°F/220°C.
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Filling preparation: In a food processor, add marshmallows and icing sugar. Process till marshmallows are minced. Mix this mixture with cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.
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Dough Preparation: Combine all the dry ingredients. Mix them together, add the wet ingredients and mix to form a rough dough. Do not knead. It’ll be sticky. Resist  the urge to add flour. Yikes. It is sticky.
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Shape dough into a rod and roll it into a long rectangle. Spread the margarine for filling onto the dough. Leave a 1 inch space at one of the short edges. You may want to use a pizza cutter to get rid of uneven edges like I did.
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Sprinkle the filling as evenly as you can and roll it up from the margarine-covered short edge. Press the clean edge against the adjacent part of the roll to seal.
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It’ll be gigantic.
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Slice into 4 pieces using a knife. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
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For icing: While baking, mix ingredients for icing together and place into a clean plastic bag. When done, rub 1 tsp of margarine over the top of all the cinnamon rolls.
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Cut a very small hole in the bag containing the icing and pipe onto cinnamon rolls.
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Eat up!
Celebrate life and the God who gave it to you.
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PS: I’m looking for Guest Bloggers! You can write on any topic related to health-and-wellness or anything about food or recipes of course! No other limitations. Contact me at qiting93@hotmail.com please! 😀 😀
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Single Serving Cookie Dough Bowl (Quick, Vegan, Gluten-free and definitely healthy)

Did Christmas come early this year?

Burned out by 4 successive days of crazy crazy exams, I decided to move my butt. Onto the bicycle’s seat. And headed out to my favourite supermart to grab some pantry staples. And then there was. I stepped into the mart to the music of “Jingle Bell Rock”– an amazing song by the way. Oh and chocolates. Chocolates everywhere. Wrapped in shiny gorgeous packaging (have I told you that I’m sort of obsessed with shiny things??) More importantly– they were on sale.

Really, Christmas time is most definitely the time “to be jolly”. Its my most favourite time of the year! Those Christmas songs blasting out of every shop, red stockings and reindeer images plastered onto walls, snowflakes oh so delicately landing on your shoulders (this I imagined. I’ve only ever seen fake snow in my life, at Snow City). Oh, and the freshly baked Christmas-Tree-shaped and log-shaped buns snowed with powdered sugar lining the shelves of good old bakeries. Its the only time of the year bakeries put on their real thinking caps and come up with some more creative ideas. I mean, Bak Kwa (Barbecued pork pieces) buns for Chinese New Year? Really? Again? Oh come on! Still, I’m very disappointed that Breadtalk has been pushing out practically the same Christmas specials every year. Thumbs down. (My feet’s too). Is this how you show how superbly creative Singaporeans are? I guess it does make a point. With our education system pushing out a textbook-obsessed, factory-line of students, wiring them with what-to-dos rather than what-not-to-dos, creativity was left behind. For all except those who dare to reverse the psychological wiring.

Err… what was I talking about just before I restarted on that unpatriotic harsh critique of my country? Oh yes, Christmas. Christmas in Singapore is so much different from Christmas in Taiwan.

I spent my Christmas last year in Taiwan. My most favourite place ever. My Chinese isn’t too good but no one ever seems to notice. People are just kinder, nicer, less critical, more caring… traits most Singaporeans lack. Makes me feel sort of ashamed of my country. I mean, how many times have I seen people spitting AND littering on the streets? Countless. How many times have I seen primary school and secondary students smoking? This actually only 3 times (not my point).  How many times have I seen people ignoring others who need help? Countless. Among them is you, that heartless freak who dare let your grandmother carry your luggage for you when you’re a man, and physically fit! Do you know no shame??????

There I go again.

I need to stop doing this.

Anyway, do you know that there are carollers in Taiwan? Waaayy cool! There’re no carollers in SG. I asked my mum whether I could go carolling. She said no, you’ll probably screw up cuz you can’t read Chinese well enough to read song lyrics. There was a church in Wandan, where we were living. It was such a close-knitted church. Everyone knew each other. Everyone was so excited to praise and worship God. Their enthusiasm was touching and infectious. Lovely people. And I thought, that’s what Christmas should be like! The touch of love. A warm, fuzzy feeling arising from deep down. Thanksgiving. The spread of joy. And of course– Belgium chocolate, candy canes and most definitely– caramelised-maple-syrup-cashew-nuts (what a mouthful!).

Let’s get this straight. If you love cashew nuts, you’re my friend–period.

I should stop crapping my ass off and telling you everything I feel. I shall therefore conclude my tedious description about how I feel about Christmas (and how my mum told me right from the beginning that Santa’s just a giant man dumbly carrying a large sack, sitting on and therefore torturing his reindeer(s) with all the weight– and a product of human imagination– because nothing is free. Thanks mum, guess I had to find out this way, why did I have to?).

We all know we are definitely more looking forward to… wait for it… quick, vegan, gluten free, low fat, low sugar (sugar free option available too)… Single Serving Cookie Dough Bowl.

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Let’s face it. You’ll probably like it more than you like me.

It can be served warm or cold. I’m cold to people I’m not close to but warm to people I am close to. (…Why am I telling you this??? I’m very possibly just showing another sign of stage 2 craziness. Yet again. Just ignore me.)

Warm means right out of the blender. Its warm because the blender produces heat.

Cold means right out of the freezer. You put the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes and take it out.

Easy peasy.

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It tastes a little like my Cookie Dough Spread recipe. That tastes great too! But the ingredients are different. And this one is single serving. And you can have it as a meal by itself. You can whiz in some spinach for a ‘complete’ meal but I can’t vouch for the results. (But I can vouch for the fact that it would have a really weird colour. Really weird.)

Here’s the recipe.

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Cookie Dough Bowl

No. of servings: 1

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Ingredients

  • 1 Can Garbanzo beans/ 1 pinch salt+ 150g boiled Garbanzo beans (I used S&W‘s. It has 330 calories per can)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup/agave syrup/honey/ malitol syrup/ any other syrup actually
  • 3 tbsps low fat/defatted peanut flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp skim/non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 tsp liquid stevia (or more or less depending on you preference of sugar level) I used NuNaturals from iHerb (use QIT142 for $5 off your first order at iHerb!) OR 1/4 cup brown/black/coconut sugar / sucanat

Directions

Dump everything into a blender until smooth and awesome. Spoon out into a bowl. Or eat straight from blender– might be a new trend.

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Get into it already!

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I’ve talked (written?) so much about how I feel about Christmas! What do you feel about Christmas?

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PS: I really apologise for the bad photographs! I’m using my bro’s computer which has a great flaw, that is, no photoshop 😦

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Submitted to Diet, Dessert, and Dogs’ Wellness Weekends!!! Thanks for organising, Ricki!!!! :D

Single Serving 100% Peanut Cookies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

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100% Peanut Cookies

No. of servings: 1 = 4 smaller cookies or 1 gigantic cookie

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Ingredients

35g raw deskinned peanuts
2 tsp pure maple syrup/ agave syrup
1 tsp soy creamer/low fat condensed milk (OR add 1 more tsp of pure maple syrup/ agave syrup and an optional 2 tsp soy milk powder/skim milk powder)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
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Optional ingredients:

Chocolate chip cookies : 1 tbsp chocolate chips and 1 tsp vanilla extract

Oatmeal Raisin cookies: 1 tbsp oats/ oat flour , 1 tbsp raisins (presoaked in water to plump them up) and 1 tsp vanilla/rum extract

Funfetti cookies: 1-2 tsp sprinkes

Carrot cake cookies: 2 tsp grated carrots and 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Double chocolate cookies: 1 tsp cocoa powder, 1 tbsp chocolate chips and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Directions

  1. Use a food processor or a grinder (but this takes much more time) to grind the peanuts till they are in between the powdery and peanut butter stage such that when you press the ‘powder’, it becomes a paste.
  2. Remove the peanuts, add in remaining ingredients and knead into a dough.
  3. Form 4 small balls. Place onto baking tray and use the back of a fork to flatten the balls.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius/ 350F
  5. Let cool for 5 minutes before consuming!
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On a side note, have you been bullied before? Please share if you don’t mind! 

My brother has never! 

Single Serving Fluffy 100% Wholewheat Mocha-Choco-Muffin Pancakes (Fat-free and vegan)

HELLO fellow human beings!

Today was BAD. I failed my (short) experiment with gluten free chocolate cupcakes. But, hey, its okay not to get it right the first time, isn’t it? It was terrible taste-wise. Too much baking soda, too little sugar. BUT texture-wise, it was AWESOME. It had the exact texture of full-fat muffins, with crumbs and also really moist! Too bad I had to throw away the whole batch…  😦

I’ll get the ‘Original MoFFb Gluten-free Chocolate Muffins’ down on pat for sure… watch out for it soon!

For now, have some pancakes… 😀

By the way, these can be made gluten free! Replace the wholewheat flour with all purpose gluten-free flour and it should turn out well 🙂

Single Serving Fluffy 100% Wholewheat Mocha-Choco-Muffin Pancakes (Fat-free and vegan)

Ingredients:

A

  • 1/4 cup minus 1 teaspoon whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/16 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (Brown sugar recommended!)

B

  • 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened soymilk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 tablespoon applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar

My non-stick pan wasn’t non-stick anymore. Pancakes got stuck and I had to scrape them off (gently). That exexplains the UGLY holes 😦

But not to worry! I just bought myself a new non- stick pizza-pan especially for flipping pancakes! YAY!

Method:

Mix ingredients A together.

Mix ingredients B separately

Pour mixture from B slowly into A while mixing gently.

DO NOT OVERMIX.

It should be very lumpy (not too lumpy that its not mixed properly of course)

Let batter rest for 5-10 minutes.

When a bit of water sizzles in the pan it is ready to pour in the batter.

Continue cooking slowly for another five minutes or until the center is thoroughly done.  You can put a knife in the centre to test it. When it is done put it on a plate and keep it warm in the oven until the other pancakes are finished.

(Method partially retrieved from: http://www.veganoccasions.com/pages/easy-whole-wheat-pancakes.html )

STACK UP YOUR PANCAKES and tuck in 😀

By the way, this is sweet enough to go without any syrup! I usually have them plain 😀

Qn of the day/post: Do you prefer pancakes or waffles?

I prefer pancakes!!!! 😀