I Hurt. Quick, Apply Cake!

Yesterday morning was a planned long run.  12 miles + HILLS!  The 1st 7 miles were very hilly, then we polished off the hill run with an additional 5 mile, flat run around Town Lake.  I did NOT fuel right for this run*.  My stomach GROWLED.  The hills were TOUGH.  My legs HURT.  Wah, wah, wah.  I need some cake.

I have been eyeing this recipe for Apple Quinoa Cake. Baking it seemed like the perfect after-run activity.  That, and sitting on the couch.  But I tried to avoid the couch for as long as possible cause my legs got stiff from just sitting in the car on the drive home from Town Lake (about 10 mins).  Seriously people, I was in trouble.  Now where is that cake?  Oh yeah, I had to make it first.

Apple Quinoa Cake out of the oven

Ta Da!  Now this is a cake that can heal pains.  It’s not too sweet and I used palm sugar** instead of regular sugar.  The recipe actually called for palm sugar but if you want to make it and don’t want to go to the store to search for palm sugar then just use brown sugar (palm sugar is closest in taste/texture to brown sugar.)

This bite is ready for my mouth.

A little bit closer now.

I’m going to go ahead and call this cake healthy, err healthier.  If you’re going to eat cake, eat this one.  I found the recipe on FoodBuzz.com and if you want to make it, and you do, you can find the recipe by clicking here.  The cake is made with cooked quinoa, grated apple, raisins and sunflower seeds, along with spices and such.  There is an thin oat topping but I you could omit that part if you want (although I loved that part.)  If you like your cake to be super sweet, this one is probably not for you.  But I know several family/friends who would enjoy this cake (Mom, David, …)

Enjoy with a cup of hot green tea!  That’s how I downed mine.  Bon Appetit! (Said with Julia Child voice.)

* Why didn’t I fuel right for my long run?  My usual pre-run fuel consists of half a banana with a thin moderate thick schmear of almond butter.  Since I knew this would be a harder-than-typical run, I decided to add some carbs to my pre-run b’fast.  I put the almond butter and banana, along with a sprinkle of cinnamon, on top a piece of toasted Ezekiel bread.  The only thing I can think went wrong was too much fiber.  And it didn’t last so that my stomach was growling and rumbling during the last two miles.  I did bring a few dates to snack on during the run, but by the time I thought to eat one my stomach was already hurting.  It was probably too late.  Sneaker’s liked the dates, though. :)   If anyone has an idea why this “fuel” didn’t work for me, please let me know.

Too much fiber?

** Palm sugar.  I have been using coconut palm sugar in place of regular sugar because it’s less processed than white or brown sugar.  It reportedly also has more macronutrients and a lower glycemic index level than white sugar, or even agave syrup, but I’m not sure about those claims.  I need to do a bit more research on it.