I crave nature. Is that an odd thing to yearn for? Instead of sugar, I want nature. Give me trees, mountains, an open sky view, fresh water, flourishing plants, the scent of blooming flowers blended with the dirt kicked up from my feet…all this and I’m a happy kid. Well, assuming I’m fed and I have a place to poop (hey, I’m working on the whole “squat and go thing”, be patient).
Matt and I recently embarked on a fantastic new adventure in Orange County, hiking within Crystal Cove State Park, yet starting from a new entrance point. That’s what she said. Or he said. Anyway, we parked up at Ridge Park Entrance (free parking and a nice clean restroom), slapped our sunscreen on, grabbed our lemon water (a reusable bottle with filtered water and fresh lemon juice – a solid hydrator), and jaunted along the lively rolling hills.
While I can’t offer any pictures of our hiking adventures – only after – I can offer you my Recovery Yum Yum Cakes, which I made for our special adventurous outings. We’ve been trekking sans phones…such a freeing experience, friends. I highly recommend it. Seriously, your Instagram account will survive. Back to your delicious and nutritious cakes, I hope these can be of useful service to your explorations!
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to find a new outdoor adventure for yourself. Will it be parking at the Ridge Park and hiking the Crystal Cove State Park? Will it be to wander the numerous trails of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve in Murrieta? Or beyond? Please share your outdoor adventures, wherever they may be in this world, in the comments section below!
Your second mission (yes, there’s more), if you choose to accept it, is to make something amazingly healthy, fortifying and satiating for your adventures. I made these Recovery Yum Yum Cakes just before we left for our hike, with enough time to pop them in the freezer to cool. You’ve got this, just 6 ingredients and very little prep time. As you might notice from the ingredients, there is NO sugar, except for the natural sugar found in goji berries, which also happen to be a superfood packed with protein and antioxidants. I find these wee cakes to have a slightly buttery and salty flavor, which is quite satisfying after a solid trek. They’re not meant to be a “sweet treat”. If this is what you’re looking for, you can add a wee bit of maple syrup to the concoction.
- 1/2 cup Goji Berries
- 1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
- 1/2 cup Ground Flaxseed (flaxmeal)
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup Coconut flakes (unsweetened)
- 1/8 tsp Sea Salt
Creation Station: Mix ingredients together (make sure coconut oil is melted prior to mixing). Place concoction into cupcake holders. Place in freezer to cool for at least 10 minutes or until it solidifies. Pack these puppies up in a reusable container to bring in a cooler for your adventures. We like to add a cooler pack (that we store in the freezer) to keep the contents of our cooler cold and ready for our post-hike delights.
Makes approximately 6 cupcakes (please note: these cupcakes are not filled up to the brim. If you want completely full cupcakes, you will be able to make 4-5).