WIAW: A Baking Success

by Meg on September 26, 2012

Yesterday's post was definitely a hard one to publish, but I am glad I did because, not only did it help me, but I think it also helped some of my readers based on some the comments I received. 

I really wasn't going to write a post today, but I have a recipe to share and some things to say, so here it goes! 

Recipe first, of course! Perfect timing, too, because it's WIAW!

This weekend I did a little experimenting in the kitchen. 

And, to my surprise, my experiment actually turned into a success! :)

I don't bake much, I am definitely much more of a cook, but one of my best blog friends, Heather, inspired me to attempt to create a recipe idea I've had stuck in my mind for quite some time now. 

This recipe idea was to develop some time of loaf using chickpeas. 

For some reason, I've always been so itrigued by the idea of baking with chickpeas. Not chickpea flour, but actual chickpeas. I imagined that the chickpeas would add so much moisture and creaminess to a loaf, so I really wanted to give it a try!

I didn't want to follow a recipe, though. I wanted to develop my own entirely from scratch, so here is what I came up with:

Chickpea Carrot Cake Loaf

10 oz. canned chickpeas (just shy of 2 cups)
1/2 cup egg whites
1 scoop (30 grams) vanilla whey protein powder
1/4 cup (30 grams) milled flaxseed
1 TBSP coconut oil
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup grated carrot, packed 
cinnamon
ginger
15 drops liquid orange stevia (optional)

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together with the exception of the carrot. 

With an electric mixer, mix all ingredients together until a "smoothish" batter forms (you want all the chickpeas to be pureed.) 

Fold in the carrot until evenly dispersed throughout the batter. 

Pour batter into a greased loaf tray and bake for 40 minutes (or until fully cooked) at 375 degrees F

When fully cooked, remove from loaf pan and allow to cool.

But, what normal person actually allows baking to "cool?" ;)

This chickpea carrot cake is delicious when piping hot from the oven, cold from the refridgrator, or room temperature! :)

It's dense, moist, and absolutely delicious topped with a bit of cream cheese, but I also like it plain, too. I'd say this is my perfect snack! I'm so happy I got creative in the kitchen! Much worth my efforts ;)

Please let me know if you try this recipe! I'm pretty proud of it :)

Now that I've shared my recipe, I wanted to share some thoughts with you before leaving for class today…

Yesterday, was a rough day. I received some not-so-nice comments about myself from other bloggers which really took me for a spin. 

I contemplated never blogging again, but that made me cry even more. So, I took a breath and thought about the situation logically before making any decisions I would regret. 

I realize that when I blog, I put myself out there for the entire world to see. And you know what? Not everyone in this world is full of sunshine and rainbows. There are always going to be people in our lives that say negative things and betray us. It's unfortunate, yes, but it is also very true. 

In the time that I spent yesterday questioning whether or not I should continue blogging, I talked to several people. People who really care about me – my Dad, Mom, Christina, Abby, and Meg. Each person reminded me of my love for blogging (although it didn't take much of a reminder) and provided me with comfort. 

Next, I opened my email inbox and looked at all of the emails waiting for a reply. I have so many readers who right me on a daily basis giving me compliments on my blog and I could never throw that away because it makes my day hearing that I've inspired someone. 

I know what my heart wants. 

My heart wants me to continue to blog; no matter what nasty things are being said about me. I blog for myself and not everyone is going to like me, but what's a girl to do? 

Keep blogging, I guess! 

So, I have decided to keep blogging, but I do need to make some changes. I need to take a step back. I really need to focus on school right now and over the past week I've realized that blogging sometimes over powers my efforts in school. I am inspired by these two ladies who are currently working very hard to become Registered Dietitians, like myself, and definitely know how to balance their school work with their blogging time. 

I think I have an idol to rid in my life (to hear more about idols please view Heather's post). I felt as though I had to blog every day, but I know I don't. So, in attempt to start working harder in school and finding my passion for dietetics once again, I am going to try very hard to rid my life of this idol by take a step back from blogging. 

In no way am I saying goodbye to A Dash of Meg. I love what I've created way too much to ever say goodbye, but I love my life and value my future, too, and I know what needs to be done in order for me to acheive my goals. 

Like I said, I'm taking a step back from blogging, but I will be back for High Five Friday. High Five Friday is a program that I've put so much work into and that I will always feel very strongly about, so High Five Friday will still occur each and every week. It brings me so much joy and I think it is very important that we all give ourselves recognition for our successes each week. So, please send me an email with the subject "High Five Friday" to adashofmeg@gmail.com and tell me why you are giving yourself a high five this week. You can include a picture and your blog URL (if you have one) within the email, as well.

Thank you for reading! See ya Friday! :)

Love,
Meg
xoxo

What was the last thing you baked?

Have you baked with chickpeas before? 

Did you email me about High Five Friday yet? ;) 

P.s. you should email Heather about j'adore la vie which takes place tomorrow! :)

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

GOtheXtraMile September 26, 2012 at 6:53 AM

“You can be the juciest, ripest peach in the world, and there will still be somebody that hates peaches.”
I thought that quote was appropriate, it is so true. You need to do what makes YOU happy regardless of what other people think. If your heart says to keep blogging, I say keep blogging because it is what you want. There’s no hurt in taking a break, either. I’m glad you have decided to stay :) Don’t get so down, you have a lot of people backing you up. Remember that, love! <3

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eatandgetmoving September 26, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Yum this looks really good Meg! My latest succes have been some awesome protein squares (featured @ my WIAW post). I have baked with chickpeas before and I love it! I think it’s a great way to reduce fat and sneak in some extra protein, fiber and nutrients :)

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julie September 26, 2012 at 7:00 AM

i haven’t used beans in a recipe in SO long! weird that i actually forgot about them haha – i haven’t had time over the weekend to bake much but hopefully i can find some time this weekend. i love surprise veggies in recipes – and thanks for reminding me that i want to make a batch of roasted chickpeas hahah xoxo

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Nadege September 26, 2012 at 7:08 AM

there’s always gonna be heaters … and that’s really sad, I mean come on, if you don’t like something / someone just go away , there’s no need to be nasty ! so sad to know that you cried :( (hope that will make you stronger girl ;))
being involved in a blog is quite a huge work ! and that takes a looot of time … there’s no need to explain why you have to step black (althought I’m glad you’re staying !!! ^^)
I’ve never met you “in real life” , but I can tell fore sure your a “belle personne” ;)

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Meg September 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM

you’re amazing, girl. I’ll respond to your message this afternoon <3

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Jessica@SweatIsMySanity September 26, 2012 at 7:22 AM

I’ve only baked with chickpeas once but love that recipe…from Jessica Seinfelds first book. The chocolate chip cookie one. The last thing I baked was??? I can’t even remember. I’ve been trying to lay off baking because I’m trying to lose 6 pounds by Halloween. I guess if I just make them healthy recipes I don’t have to be afraid. :) I’m pinning this one, thanks for the recipe. Stop by my blog and get my Cheesy Quinoa Fritatta recipe…it’s delish and healthy.

sweatismysanity.com

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Meg September 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM

thanks, girl! I will definitely try your fritatta! :)

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athletarian September 26, 2012 at 7:57 AM

I love carrot cake and I freaking love you even more. Ya see, you can’t go anywhere! Who else is going to come up with these amazing recipes?? I’m happy you thought everything through and expressed your feelings on your blog. You are beautiful and strong and don’t let anyone else tell you different. I hope you have a great day! Message me if you need anything.

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Meg September 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM

HEHE! I freaking love you too, my dear. YOU are the best. Thank you for all you do for me

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Heather September 26, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Such a great quote!! LOVE IT!

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Heather September 26, 2012 at 8:24 AM

sweet girl –

a) i love your recipe. So unique and interesting! I want to try this one out soon.

b) i owe you an email. I have some ideas for us to discuss in response to the email you sent me (HLB) a week or so ago. Forgive me – I am VERY behind on emails but hope to tackle them this week/weekend if all goes as planned.

c) we’ve ALL been there – or at least, most of the bloggers I talk to every day have. We consider quitting, we contemplate if it’s worth it, we hem and we haw – and ultimately, we can’t turn our back on our passion for the GOODNESS in the community. Girlfriend, I see your blog voice shining through and growing more and more over the past month, and I know that good things are coming your way in line with A Dash of Meg. Take your time, step back, find your groove [spoiler alert: your blogging groove will grow and change and develop as you do as a human, of course] and know that you are a GOOD PERSON with GOOD INTENTIONS, and hold your head up high, dear.

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Meg September 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM

a) PLEASE let me know if you try this recipe, love! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! I’m very proud of it ;)

b) Not to worry about the email :) I am WAY behind on responding, too ;) BUT I would love to hear from you as I LOVE YOU HEATHER <3

c) thank you for the encouraging words :) blogging is definitely worth it, my love! I have received SO MUCH support over the past few days that I could NEVER leave A Dash of Meg behind <3 It’s my passion.

Love you, Heather! I WANT TO GIVE YOU THE BIGGEST HUG EVERRR

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Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness September 26, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Don’t let mean people get you down! I love your blog and would be so sad if you stopped blogging! Blogging is for you to enjoy! It is your outlet! My favorite saying is “no one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. I’m learning more and more how true it really is! Stay strong lady! Love the recipe by the way!

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Meg September 27, 2012 at 12:09 PM

It truly IS my outlet! Love you, girl <3 Thank you so much

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fortheloveofkale September 26, 2012 at 8:44 AM

MY GIRL! Yes! I’m so, so, so happy that you are doing what is best for you. I love you so much. You’re amazing. <3

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fitnessgall September 26, 2012 at 8:47 AM

This is the second post about carrotcake i’ve seen today – must get on it! Yum!

When someone critisizes me i always take a good look at myself and think, do they have a point? If they do i try to work on it – if they don’t.. that says more about them then me!
You will never be able to please everybody, and you really don’t have to.
As long as you are happy with who you are and so are your friends and family – it’s all good!

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Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian September 26, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Bravo Meg! You’re so brave for posting your blog yesterday. I agree 100%. You are making the steps to become healthier by gaining and doing it correctly with the help of a trainer. Clearly he knows what he’s doing! Best of luck to you in your training, and keep blogging. Don’t let the negative thoughts of others bring you down!

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Meg September 27, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Thank you Sarah! This comment means so much to me <3

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots September 26, 2012 at 9:14 AM

That looks amazing and I would have never guessed chick peas were in it, I will definitely have to give this recipe a try! People can be so cruel but I think it is because they are envious. You look awesome and you are doing the proper things to take care of your body. If people have a problem with the things that you write then they should find another blog to read!

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Alex @ therunwithin September 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

this recipe looks freaking amazing, if I could bake I bet it would turn out great. haha. i am sorry you recieved those comments, I think no matter what bloggers will always get that. keep your head high, you have such a great mindset and supports behind you. Keep being you!

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peaceloveandoats September 26, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Awww Meg I’m so sorry! I’ve actually never really gotten mean comments and I know I’d be a balling mess if I did! It takes a tough skin to put yourself out there, just remember there are SO many more of us who love and appreciate you than those who just want to tear you down.

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betterwithsprinklesblog September 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Definitely appreciate your honesty Meg! It’s very easy to get caught up in the blogworld (umm, I’m writing this while in a workshop on applying for grants. Oops) and I’m happy you’re doing what you need to do. You’re a sweetheart, pay no attention to the mean people. :-)

And love the idea of using chickpeas in baking! So clever!

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Wendy September 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Hi Meg- your recipe looks amazing- cannot wait to try it! Clearly whoever made those remarks does not recognize all the great progress you are making. Hit the delete button and move on! I have your back girlie and I’m sure quite a few others do as well. Keep doing what your doing- you inspire me each day to be a better person. Plus your blogs make me REALLY think about topics I need to focus or get better at myself. Love ya chickie!!! Happy Wednesday!

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Meg September 27, 2012 at 9:17 PM

PLEASE make this Wendy! I am in love with it!

And thank you for your kind words :) I admire you so much, so that means the world to me

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Heather @ Better With Veggies September 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I love this idea – chickpeas in carrot cake?! I might have to work at veganizing this one so I can partake.

I’m so sorry that you had to deal with negative people – it can be so hurtful and it sticks with you, you can’t unhear (or unread) something. You are a beautiful person and anyone who feels the need to tear down others is weak. Stay strong and know that I’m here to listen if you want to vent! :)

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Meg September 27, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Oh goodness! I wonder if you could do flax eggs!? This recipe is seriously amazing (not to brag or anything) so I hope you give it a try!

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kim September 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Meg! Just like in life-you need to get rid of the toxic people around you, in the blog world as well I would say-cut them out! I love your blog-the info is creative and engaging as well as helpful. As for the people who don’t appreciate it? IGNORE! I think being in a public writing domain there is a responsibility to show all sides of a topic but there is a difference between a healthy discussion, and well-just rudeness. Hang in there!

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Meg September 27, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Thank you Kim <3

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devan September 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

i need to make this!! om nom nom!!

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Lori and Michelle (@purelytwins) September 26, 2012 at 5:32 PM

brilliant with the carrot cake recipe!! yay for recipe success, we love it when that happens!
and sorry that you got negative comments, as you are beautiful and we love you!!! send those nasty people our way and we will take care of them ;)
you are an inspiration for us to keep working for our fitness goals!! HUGS Lori and Michelle

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Meg September 27, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Your comment means THE WORLD to me, girls <3 I love you both!

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Megan September 26, 2012 at 6:21 PM

The joys of putting yourself out there on the world wide web, hey? :-( I love the quote the first commenter left here – it’s SO true. Stay strong and true to yourself my love.

I think taking a step back is a good thing; I can’t imagine the time it would take to post every day! Your readers will still be here :-)

Love you Megsy

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jody September 26, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Your cake looks delicious and I love the ingredients. I am going to make it ASAP.

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables September 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

That bread looks awesome!! You are an amazing blogger and friend! There will always be people who will disagree with you, or say mean things. Chin up love! Do right by your body, and know that your family and friends love you. :) xoxo

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abznoats September 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM

You are one of the most amazing people I have ever known, Meg. Keep your head up high and follow your heart! Love you so much and I will always be here for you! :)

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Molly (@simplyeating) September 27, 2012 at 12:18 AM

You must have read my mind. I was just planning on creating a chickpea cake (Pinned it on pinterest) since I have never baked with chickpeas either. I think I might have to try this bread first. After all it’s carrot flavoured, almost like carrot cake. If I don’t have orange stevia so would you recommend just using normal stevia (a packet or two)?
Chin up Sunshine! There are so many of us who love your blog. I might also create a variation with bananas since we have some pretty ripe bananas sitting around!

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Meg September 27, 2012 at 9:20 PM

To be honest, I am NOT sure how much sweetness the stevia actually added. I’m making another loaf this weekend (because it’s THAT AMAZING) and I’ll make it WITHOUT stevia, so I’ll keep you updated ;)

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squigglefloey September 27, 2012 at 7:13 AM

My mom and I made carrot oatmeal cookies over the wknd and I thought I’d hate carrots in sweets, but boy was I wrong! haha.
Good luck in school dear, I’d love to go back myself for something science related.

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Meg September 27, 2012 at 9:21 PM

thanks for the good luck wishes :) That’s so sweet of you

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish September 27, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Oh sis, I’m sending you a big hug right now!! I’m so glad you poured out your heart here; I know Tuesday was a rough day, and I wanted nothing more than to be there for you! Let me know when you’re ready to chat. <3 I love you so much.

Blogging is both beautiful and ugly; the people we meet through this community are truly some of the most inspiring, thoughtful and caring I've ever known. But there are always a few rotten apples out there, and unfortunately they will always be there. We can't control that. But we CAN control how we react to them! You're choosing to continue to do what you love, despite the hurt that these people are trying to inflict. That's a testament to your strength and character. You're a rockstar, Meg, and you encourage and inspire so many readers with every post you write! Whether you post every day, once a week or once a month, your passion, empathy and enthusiasm will always shine.

Love you!! xoxo

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Meg September 27, 2012 at 9:22 PM

WOW. You get the award for the BEST comment ever. I have the best sister in the world! Thank you, my love, thank you <3

We will chat this weekend? I’m always wondering if you have FaceTime???? Would love to see that beautiful face of yours <3 MUAH!

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Life's a Bowl September 28, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Your carrot cake loaf sounds wonderful! I have heard a lot of great things about baking with chickpeas… I really wanna try it! Last weekend I suprised myself [because I definitely am *not* a baker] and made a loaf of banana bread! Surprisingly it turned out… really good, as in it was devoured by my husband and I sooner than it should have been :P Keep up your hard work girl- you’ve worked too hard to let a few sour people bring you down!!!

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Caitlin October 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Hey Meg – I just got a comment on my blog that has really thrown me for a loop today. Heather sent me the link to this post and I’m so glad she did. It really inspires me to concentrate on my love of blogging. The whole putting-yourself-out-there thing is just a small downside among a ton of positives.
I’d love to talk to you sometime about how you deal with these comments. I’m having a rough go of it and you inspire me. I know you can help!

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Meg October 4, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Aw love! I AM HERE FOR YOU! Ok, I have class from 4:30 – 7:30 but can Skype NOW or after class OR text me! <3 I am totally here for you AS ALWAYS

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cottercrunch October 8, 2012 at 7:46 AM

oh friend, sometimes less is more. We adore you and when those comments come in, it’s like someone just punched you in the gut. But you are stronger, wiser, and more beautiful than that. Blog because YOU want to share life and inspiration. That is all. xxoo

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