My resolution for this year is magically turning into one of those lucky bloggers who can write fabulous posts about all those magically adventures they go into and the exciting stuff they get to do everyday. Hiking around magical forest, sunbathing in gorgeous beaches, going to the most dazzling farmer markets to get the best produce… Doesn’t it all sound better than studying (with emphasis on the dying, please and thank you), napping and doing (more like avoiding) laundry.
Because you know that your life is boring when the most thrilling thing you’ve done lately is sleep for 15 hours (bless me, I needed a time to relax after way too many all-nighters!) and have a veggie sandwich the size of your head. Not that I’m complaining about spending time under my blankets or, let alone, epic veggie sandwiches but I’m thinking it’s time for adventures and legendary trips!
Back when I was a younger and filled with teenage angst and lust for every band member on Earth (that lust is still there, I just happen to like TV actors more now), I promised myself I’d be going to every concert imaginable the moment I had some money of my own and didn’t need my parent consent (why they seemed to think not going to every McFly concert out there was an acceptable option, I don’t know).
And that’s what I did.
I’m pretty sure I have tickets for every gig happening in Spain this year.
And I definitely couldn’t be happier.
Concerts, music festivals and trips around Spain, all on the list. I’ve been thinking about going back to the UK as well and wander around Europe if I get the money to do so. Now, all that I need is the strength not to be a lazy gurl and actually upload the pictures of my trips because I still haven’t writen a word about London, Oxford or Salamanque.
But I’ll get there I hope! Let’s say goodbye to posts about my never-ending laundry basket and excruciating microbiology study session. Now, if we could also wave the sessions themselves goodbye, that would be great.
The next thing on my 2016 resolution list was to eat more cake. Like, there’s no point in choosing a resolution which won’t make you happy so I’m coming for ya cake!!!!!!!!
Also on the list: getting to like beets because I’m nuts for that gorgeous colour but they still taste like dirty socks death and desesperation to me. Does anybody have any tip please????
But let’s talk cake now. It is said that beauty comes in any form and that couldn’t be any more true. Rounds, loaves, muffins, squares… I don’t care, I’ll eat them all!
I decided to go for a loaf this time because 1) There are no round pans at my parents’ place 2) Loafs are great, loafs are boss GO LOAFS!!!
This cake/loaf/bread whatever you want to name it, was born from my need of using some leftover almond pulp I had on hand. Throw it in a bowl with some more healthy ingredients and BOOM BOOM you’ve got yourself a tasty nutritious treat.
So full of nourishment that you could have be for lunch and dinner and call it a day. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t tried.
Now, let me introduce you to my new obsession: toasted coconut.
So smoky, so salty, so sweet, so crispy, SO perfect.
It’s like crack (addictive, not a life-ruiner ahem) and you’ll soon be wanting to put it on top of every thing you eat. Salad? Made 101% better with its addition. Porridge? Yes please. Smoothie bowls? You betcha. This cake? ALL. THE. YES.
Go do it, get yourself all those ingredients, throw them in a bowl and work some magic. BOOM BOOM I bet you won’t resist eating the whole loaf by yourself.
It’s moist (yep that word), dense (but not brick-dense you get me) and wonderfully aromatic. I mean, coconut + almond + vanilla + chocolate? Is there any chance that doesn’t result in a champion combo? I don’t think so!
And don’t get me started on those chocolate pockets. So melty, so fudgy, so mindblowingly delicious. Yes, chocolate chips are great, but have you even tried them chunks!?!?!?!?
I mean, they’re basically twice as big as the chips which means they’re twice as melty and twice as fun! Plus I get to use quality dark chocolate this way. It’s a win win situation from every point of view I’m telling you!
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand it’s the perfect chance to use up that leftover pulp you have on hand.
See? You can’t really lose. ‘Cause when you play the game of loafs, you either win or you win. You can’t ever go wrong with this combo, can you?
Now, make the most of that lonely tupperware of almond pulp you have in the fridge and get yourself to the heaven of all things tasty. This toasted coconut almond chocolate chunk loaf will be your ticket!
- 220 grams spelt flour
- 240 grams almond milk
- 270 grams almond pulp
- 45 grams coconut oil
- 180 grams coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
- 120 grams dark chocolate, chopped
- 50 grams coconut flakes
- 30 grams almonds
- Whisk together flour, salt and baking powder.
- Add in milk, melted oil, vanilla, sugar and almond pulp until batter is smooth and sticky (you might need to add more flour: see notes)
- Chop the almonds and chocolate and add them to the batter.
- Pour batter in a loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
- Top with the coconut flakes and a bit of extra sugar if desired.
- Bake at 180ºC (375F) for 40-45 minutes or until cake is golden and cooked through.
- The pulp will turn out different depending on which method you use and depending on how wet it is, you might need to add more flour or less. The batter should be somewhat thick so, if yours is too liquid, you might need to add 20-30 grams more of flour.