Morocco – some highlights – more to come…

I just spent one of the best weeks of my life traveling across Morocco with 10 other students in a rickety old bus, taking photos and capturing moments.

Two weeks ago at 2:00 am I was struggling to do my last minute packing, and I was stressing out because I didn’t know what to expect with from trip. I was traveling somewhere 8 hours away, with a small group of people, with no device except my camera. Something that was very out of my comfort zone.

But I shouldn’t have worried because it ended up being one of the best trips ever, and I enjoyed every moment of it. I traveled from Rabat, to Chefchaoeun, to Fes, and to Casablanca, and they were all beautiful.

This trip centered around photography, and I learned how to use my camera to its full potential, and I got some pretty cool photos! I spent a week capturing moments on my camera and immersing myself in the culture, and I’m excited to share my full experience with you guys!

I’m going to be writing about each city, my trip as a whole, and my photography tips in separate posts, but for now, enjoy these highlights of my trip to Morocco. I honestly had such an amazing time, and I think that can be seen through these photos. Consider this a teaser of what’s to come…

Enjoy!

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The most delicious healthy snack recipe – the ‘cake’ pop

A few weeks ago I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed and all these photos of freshly baked muffins, granola bars, and the most mouth-watering salads I’ve ever seen kept popping up. And maybe looking at photos of food when you’re very hungry (as I always am) isn’t the best idea… but I thought it got me inspired to start cooking and baking again!

I wouldn’t call myself a ‘pro cook’ I can make my regular favorites pretty well, but when it comes to following recipes I usually get too impatient to follow the recipe exactly, or I’ll get bored halfway through and kind of wing the rest of it (can anyone else relate?) and end up with something that sort of resembles what I was going for.

I was inspired to create this recipe by something I saw on ‘The Wooden Skillet Blog’ which I stumbled across on my Pinterest feed, and I tried to create a recipe sort of similar to this one, and a few others I’ve seen before. So while I did create this ‘cake’ pop recipe myself, a lot of the inspiration did come from other baking blogs (so I give them credit as well).

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I remember feasting on cake pops when I was younger, they were those things that were just so fun and festive to eat, and for some reason, the cake always tasted 100 times better when it was on a stick, am I right? So I wanted to create a healthy version of cake pops that were very simple and quick to make, and trust me if I can make it through the whole of this recipe, it must be easy to follow!

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Ingredients:

6 pitted dates

1/3 cup of raw cashew nuts

1/3 cup of raw almonds

1/2 of flax meal and chia seed mix

3 tbsp of honey

1/2 cup of peanut butter

1/2 cup of dark chocolate

Salt

 

Method:

  1. Take your almonds, dates, and cashew nuts and blend them in a food processor until they are a coarse, chopped mixture.

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2. Take your nut and date mixture and add in the peanut butter, flax meal, and honey.

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3. Use your hands to evenly combine the ingredients, until the mixture starts sticking together.

4. Line a tray with greaseproof paper. Take your mixture and mold it into small sphere shapes, and stick a popsicle stick through the middle.

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5. Place the ‘cake’ pops in the fridge for approximately 20 mins.

6. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave and coat each of the ‘cake’ pops with the melted chocolate.

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7. Place back in the fridge for 1 hour.

8. Sprinkle some sea salt on top for extra flavor.

9. Enjoy!

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This recipe made me around 10 of the pops, and they were all devoured within a few days! This has to be one of the simplest and tastiest things I’ve ever made, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. It’s a nice alternative to cakes and other pastries and it’s a tad healthier and much easier to make at home. I can not explain how good they taste, especially with the sea salt on top! Let me know if you try them, and tag me in your photos if you try them (@Little.Miss.Expat)

I hope you enjoyed this recipe!

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