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Mostly healthy & tasty colourful cooking with Sophie's twist!

No-oil granola! Vegan & Gluten-free!

Yummm!

Yummm!

This morning, I made this easy to make no-oil granola! You can change the nuts & use whatever nuts you have in the house, but keep the amounts. You will love it too! I like to serve the granola, still warm, with a good vegan soy yoghurt or with warm home-made cashew milk! ;) This would make an ideal food gift too! :)

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Recipe: For 8 big portions

Ingredients:

60 gr hazelnuts ( 1/2 cup )

60 gr cashews  (1/2 cup )

40 gr pecans  ( less than 1/2 cup )

100 ml maple syrup, grade C ( 1/3 cup + a bit more than 1 tablespoon )

280 gr oats, I used Gluten-free medium-sized oats ( 3 cups + 1/2 cup )

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 150° C (  300 F ) for 10 minutes. Place cashews & pecans on a chopping board. With a big knife, cut cashews & pecans into 2. Place them into a fitted bowl & ad hazelnuts & oats. Pour maple syrup over it & mix well with a wooden spoon. Take a roasting tin & butter it with vegan butter. Place butter paper in it, push it down & into the sides. Pour your granola to be in it, in 1 even layer. Place into the lower shelf of your oven & bake for about 15 minutes. There is no need to turn the granola over every 5 minutes. When ready, the granola has been roasted & is brown in color & your kitchen will smell amazing! Enjoy, while still a bit hot & leave the rest to cool down & place into a fitted pot & stash away for tomorrow morning or the day after,…:)

2. I loved it with cold straight from the fridge, home-made cashew milk, of course!

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Vegan & Gluten-free spiced avocado chickpea spread!

Yummm!

Yummm!

A few days ago, I invented this lovely spiced avocado chickpea spread! I added some chopped red onions & spiced it up a bit too! How? Just read on,…:)

yummm!

yummm!

Recipe: For a lot of spread

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado, cut inti 2 , big stone removed & the flesh scooped out with a large spoon

1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice (15 ml )

1 tablespoon of a fruity extra virgin olive oil (15 ml )

1 red onion, peeled & finely cut up

2 teaspoons spicy smoked paprika ( pimenton picanté )

1 cup of canned chickpeas, rinsed & well-drained

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

20 to 25 grins of smoked sea salt

10 grins finely milled black pepper

Method:

1. Add every ingredient to your food processor except the red onions! Mix or blitz until 3/4 smooth! I still like to have  bait of consistency in my spreads, so it is up to you! ;) Taste! It has to taste smooth with a bit of spice & smokiness! :) If not, adjust the spicing & seas owing to your liking! 

2. To serve! Smear your spread on a lovely slice of fresh spelt bread & top with cherry tomato halves but not too much otherwise the tomatoes overpower the spread ingredients! Keep the rest of the yummy spread in a bowl with fitted lid in the fridge. It will keep for 2 days! Enjoy! xxx

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Do you want to grab an orange chia seed pudding?

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Today, I made these lovely wonderful healthy ginger orange chia seed puddings! I made my favorite ginger tea & steeped the chia seeds in it for a while, to absorb the lovely ginger flavors. Then, I added some extra ground ginger to the chia seeds for an extra touch of ginger-flavour! I added some freely squeezed orange juice for the orange flavor. I added a bit of sweetness & placed them in the fridge to stiff up for a while. I topped my puddings with fresh orange parts dipped into vegan dark chocolate! Yum yum yumm!

You can eat this as a filling breakfast or as a yummy dessert! :) If it is a breakfast, make larger portions than these ones! :)

These are HEALTHY PUDDINGS, 

                         VERY EASY TO MAKE,

VERY FILLING

                          YUMMYLISCIOUS TOO! :) 

 They are VEGAN

                           GLUTEN-FREE!

Recipe: For 6 smaller puddings

Ingredients:

* For the puddings:

1/2 cup chia seeds ( 82 gr )

300 ml freshly brewed ginger tea ( 1 cup + 1/3 cup ), ginger tea steeped for about 7 minutes into a 300 ml mug!

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice ( 80 ml )

to add some sweetness: 1 teaspoon maple syrup, grade C

* For the chocolate dipped oranges:

1 fresh orange, peeled, white bits & pits removed, cut into segments without skin

1/2 cup of vegan chocolate of your choice/ I used dark vegan chocolate

Method:

1. First, make your chia puddings. Brew your favorite ginger tea & steep in into 300 ml just boiled water. I let my tea steep for about 7 minutes. You must taste the ginger well. Take a medium bowl & ad chia seeds. Pour your ginger tea over the chia seeds & stir well through. Let it sit for 15 minutes, stirring often. Taste. You must taste the ginger. I added 1 teaspoon ground ginger for an added ginger kick! Then, I added the orange juice. Stir well through. I taste it again & added a bit of sweetness: 1 teaspoon of maple syrup, grade C. Stir well. It tasted just right! Ladle into fancy smaller dessert cups,& place into the fridge to stiffen up a bit more ( At least 4 hours ).

2. Now, in the meantime, make your chocolate dipped orange segments. In a bowl au-bain-marie melt your chocolate on medium heat. Stir it well through, no lumps, please! Dip your orange segments into the hot melted chocolate, try to dip them all the way into the chocolate. This is not easy at all! Place them on a Silpat & let them rest into the fridge to cool down & to let the chocolate harden. When cold enough to touch, use them & take them out of the fridge to be on room temperature. When you want to eat your desserts, take them 10 minutes before eating, out of the fridge. Place them on a fancy place mat & top each pudding with 1 to 2 chocolate dipped orange segments! Enjoy! This is lovely with a tea on the side! xxx

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Vegan Gluten-Free sunshine smoothy!

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The sun was shining this morning, this made me very happy so I made this:

Delicious

Vegan

Gluten-Free

Yellow

Breakfast

Smoothy! :)

Recipe: For 3 cups = 750 ml

Ingredients:

1 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk ( 280 ml )

2 ripe juicy oranges, peeled & white bits removed, each cut up into 4 & juice too!

1 very ripe banana, peeled & cut into 2

1 tablespoon maca powder

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2 teaspoons broken flaxseed

Method:

1. Place every ingredient in this order into your Vitamix & place the tamper in the fitted lid. Blend on high-speed  & use your tamper to push the ingredients into the running blades until fully joined. This will take about 15 to 30 seconds. Pour into lovely smoothy glasses & drink straight away, enjoying your delicious sunshine smoothy! ;)

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Vegan buttermilk fresh fig cake!

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This morning, I picked 72 fresh ripe figs from my own fig tree. They are all huge & very ripe. I cleaned them & made this wonderful cardamom, mace & cinnamon scented fresh fig spelt bread aka cake. I made this lovely cake not too sweet. I like to eat a big slice, just like that! It is That good! :) My husband gave it a 10/10! 

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Recipe: For 1 medium fresh fig cake

Ingredients:

* Dry ingredients:

1 cup white spelt flour ( 102 gr )

1 cup whole-wheat spelt flour ( 122 gr )

1/2 cup flaked almonds (45 gr )

1/2 cup coconut sugar ( 85 gr )

1/2 teaspoon ground mace

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground green cardamom

pinch of ground sea salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

to fold in at the last end: 1 cup freshly chopped figs, stems removed

* Wet ingredients:

2 flax eggs  instead of 2 real eggs!!!! ( 1 flax egg = 1 tablespoon ground broken flaxseed combined with 3 tablespoons of water, leave to form a sort of gel-like consistency ) x 2!

3/4 cup vegan buttermilk ( I make vegan buttermilk, place 1 tablespoon of vinegar like lemon juice, white or apple cider vinegar into 1 empty cup. Fill with a vegan plant-based milk & let it rest for about 5 to 10 minutes & you end up with vegan buttermilk, used in this recipe: 3/4 cup! ) (180 ml )

2 tablespoons canola oil ( 30 ml )

1/2 teaspoon sherry vanilla extract or normal vanilla extract/ I use home-made!

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 180°C ( 350 F ) for 10 minutes. I always use a fan-oven.

2.  Take a medium bowl & add white spelt flour, whole-wheat spelt flour, flaked almonds, coconut sugar, mace, cardamom, cinnamon, sea salt & baking powder. Mix well with a spoon. In another bowl, add vegan buttermilk, canola oil & sherry vanilla extract. Whisk together. Now, pour wet ingredients to the bowl with dry ingredients & mix with a spoon. See they everything is well-mixed but do not mix too long. Finally, fold in the chopped fresh figs. See that the figs are well mixed in. Scoop the batter into a fitted silicon bread-baking tin. See that the figs are equally divided all over & in the bread!!!

Place into the hot oven on the lower shelf & bake for a bout 40-42 minutes until the bread is risen, browned all over the top & cooked through. After 42 minutes, I checked with a small testing pin into 2 places & everything was well-baked. Take out of the oven & place on a wire rack & leave for 10 minutes into the silicon tin. This will give a lovely shine to the bread. After these 10 minutes, carefully flip the bread out off the tin, it comes out very easy! Place on a wire rack to cool down completely! Enjoy, a big slice, just like that or smear it with good local honey or with vegan butter! ;) Yum Yum, I assure you! :) MMM,…;)

This vegan buttermilk spelt fresh fig bread would make an ideal food gift! ;)

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Vegan Gluten-free almond pear chocolate chip oatmeal!

This morning, I made this warm delectable Seasonal oatmeal. I also used gluten-free oats to make my warm brekky gluten-free! I created this:

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MMM! :)

Recipe: For 3 persons

Ingredients:

150 gr gluten-free medium-sized oats  ( 1 cup + 1/2 cup )

500 ml unsweetened vanilla almond milk ( 2 cups )

21 gr almond flakes ( 1/4 cup )

hemp seeds: 1 tablespoon

chia seeds: 1 tablespoon

vegan gluten-free mini dark chocolate chips: 2 tablespoons

1 ripe pear, cored, peeled or Unpeeled, but peel well washed & pad dry on kitchen paper & cut up into bite-sized chunks

To serve: A few drizzle of warm maple syrup, I prefer grade C!

Method:

1. Place all your ingredients in this order into a medium-sized cooking pot. Bring to the boil & reduce the heat. Stir often. The chocolate chumks will melt & every ingredient goes so well together. Cook according to your packet instructions. My oats took me 15 minutes to cook. Then, place fitted lid on & let the oatmeal well for another 10-15 minutes. Put your warm oatmeal on a lovely plate & drizzle with your warm maple syrup, all over your oatmeal, but not too much! ;)  The warm drizzles of maple syrup take this warm oatmeal to a whole another level! ;) Ooh yes! Enjoy, my lovely one’s!

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Vegan coconut chocolate chip oat cookies!

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Recipe: For about 12 larger cookies

Ingredients:

125 ml solid coconut oil ( 1/2 cup solid )

100 gr coconut sugar ( 3/4 cup )

150 gr medium-sized oats ( 1 cup + 1/2 cup )

120 gr oat flour/ I used home-made ( 1 cup + 1/4 cup )

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of sea salt

300 ml unsweetened coconut-rice beverage ( 1 cup + bit less than 1/4 cup )

80 gr smaller vegan dark chocolate chips ( 1/2 cup )

30 gr unsweetened coconut flakes  (1/3 cup )

Method:

1. Place your solid coconut oil in a fitted cooking pot & let it completely melt on lower heat. Stir often. Turn heat off & set aside. In a medium bowl, pour coconut oil & add coconut sugar. Mix well with a  spoon. Now, add oats, oat flour, pinch of sea salt & baking soda. Mix well through. Now, add coconut-rice milk, chocolate chips & coconut flakes. Mix well.  Taste! You must taste the coconut & chocolate chips. The dough tastes a bit sweet but not too sweet either, just right! ;) Place cling film over the top & place to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. This way, the dough will stiff up in the fridge.

2. After the resting time, take your bowl out of the fridge & remove cling film. Preheat your oven to 180°C ( 350 F ) for 10 minutes. I always use a fan-oven. With your hands , take bigger pieces of your dough, a bit less than the inner palm of your hand & roll balls. Flatten them with your hands & place on a Silpat & do the same with remaining dough. Space them apart & my Silpat could hold 9 bigger cookies. Place in the lower end of your oven & bake for about 18 minutes. The cookies must be cooked through & brownen on the tops. Take them out of the oven & leave them for about 5 minutes on the Silpat. This will give a lovely shine on the bottom of the cookies. Than, move them to wire racks to get crisp & to cool down completely! ;) Enjoy, just like that, as a nice breakfast, snack or as a lovely dessert with a good café latte or an enjoyable tea! :) When cold, pack them nicely to give as a lovely food gift! ;)

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Vegan Gluten-free 4-ingredient puddings with a secret ingredient!

This evening, I made these beauties! :) ooh yes!

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They are:

CREAMY 

                  DELICIOUS

EASY TO MAKE

                 HEALTHY

VEGAN

                GLUTEN-FREE

VERY YUMMY

What is the secret ingredient, I hear you say??? Well,… A-V-O-C-A-D-O!!!  Ooh yes, you don’t taste it & it makes these tasty easy puddings very creamy & thick! :) 

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Recipe: For 3 desserts! 

Ingredients:

2 ripe avocados, peeled & big stone removed, green-yellow flesh scooped out with a big spoon, it is very easy this way

1/2 cup maple syrup, grade C

1/2 cup + 1/4 cup fresh stronger coffee

1/4 cup raw cacao powder

Method:

1. Place every ingredient in this order into your Vitamix & place the tamper in the fitted lid too. Blend on full-power & on high-speed until fully blended. This will take only 15 to 30 seconds. See that everything is well mixed in. Taste. You must taste the coffee & then the chocolate. Otherwise adjust it to the way you like it! ;) Pour into lovely dessert cups or smaller coffee cups, mine were vintage & place a bit in the fridge to cool down a bit. Put them onto the fitting saucers & serve with a smaller spoon & a loved one! :) One dessert really fills you up, but in a good way! ;) xxx

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Vegan gluten-free easy banana peanut butter smoothy!

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This morning, I made these Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothies! Yes, yes! :) I never combined these 2 before but I read all over the blogosphere that it is the perfect combo! So, I added a few things extra to make them a completely filling drinkable breakfast! Yum yum, I say!

Recipe: For 5 cups = 1250 ml

Ingredients:

500 ml unsweetened soy milk

2 medium ripe bananas, peeled & each cut up into 2

6 tablespoons natural unsweetened organic crunchy peanut butter

2 tablespoons chia seeds

2 teaspoons maca powder

Method:

1.  Place all the ingredients in this order into your beloved Vitamix & blend on-high-speed until fully mixed, using the tamper to push the ingredients into the running blades. Pour into 2 larger smoothy glasses & enjoy with a thick straw! Yum Yum! ;)

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Vegan spelt pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!

This afternoon, I made these delicious easy to make vegan whole grain spelt pumpkin chocolate chips muffins !!! Yeah! That is right! That is a mouthful, hey? I made them not so sweet so you can eat them as a lovely portable breakfast, a healthy snack or a nice dessert! Check them out! ;)

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These are also great to give as a nice lovely Food gift, for a loved one! ;) I used my silicon flower-shaped baking mats again! My muffin holes are a big bigger than normal-size muffin tins!

Recipe: For 15 bigger flower-shaped muffins

Ingredients:

* Dry ingredients:

3 cups whole grain spelt flour, I use organic British whole grain spelt flour from Sharpham’s Park

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ras-el-hanout

1 teaspoon ground mace

1/2 cup coconut sugar

to fold in at the last moment: 1 cup vegan dark chocolate chips

* Wet ingredients:

2 cups pumpkin purée ( home-made or from a can )

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk

1 teaspoon sherry vanilla extract

2 tablespoons maple syrup, grade C

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 180° C ( 350 F ) for 10 minutes. I always use a fan oven. Adjust your oven to the right temperature.

2. Take a larger bowl & add all dry ingredients in it, except the chocolate chips! Mingle everything together with a spoon. Set aside. Take another smaller bowl & add all the wet ingredients in it. Mix with a smaller whisk everything together until fully joined. Now, add wet ingredients to the bowl with dry ingredients. Mix gently everything together. At the last moment, fold in your chocolate chips. Do this in 2 batches.

3. Take 2 oven racks. Place a Silpat on every rack, for stability & fill your flower-shaped muffin mats with 3/4 go the batter. See that you have chocolate chips into every flower. When all the batter is used up, carefully shake your mats a bit so that the unwanted air can go away. So, you won’t have any air bubbles into your muffins! Place into the lower center of your oven & bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the tops are browned & the muffins are cooked through. test with a smaller wooden pin into the center of a few muffins. If done, take them out of the oven & leave them in the silicon mats, for at least 10 minutes. This will give them their lovely shine & flower pattern. After 10 minutes, carefully flip the muffins over & place them on a wire rack to cool down a bit or pop one in your mouth,…carefully not to burn yourself! :) If you savor one, the inside will be like the muffin in the 1st picture! These are very healthy muffins, whole grain spelt is so good for you, not so sweet but just right! I will tell that you want another one,…for sure,…Go on, indulge yourself,…You so deserve it! ;) xxx

You can find this recipe also here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Vegan-spelt-pumpkin-chocolate-chip-muffins/

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RAW Minted kale smoothy! Vegan + Gluten-free!

This afternoon, I made this delicious easy to make, very filling, healthy, power RAW power green minted kale smoothy! Check it all out! ;) I am on a kale-kick lately, did you notice?

Yummm!

Yummm!

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Recipe: For 1 really hungry person or 2 big smoothies!

Ingredients:

1 stalk of kale cleaned, big stalk removed, cut up roughly

1 frozen banana

1 big pink grapefruit, peel, white bits & pits removed, cut up

250 ml water

30 smaller green mint leaves, cleaned & torn

2 teaspoons chia seeds

Method:

1. Place every ingredient in this order in your Vitamix & blend on high-speed until fully joined, using the tamper to push the ingredients into the running blades. This will take about 10 seconds .

2. Pour into 2 lovely smoothy glasses & enjoy with a thick straw! :) Yum!

You can also find my recipe here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Raw-minted-kale-smoothy/

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Getting figgy with it! :)

Because Summer is really over & the days are getting colder, I needed something warm for my breakfast! So, I made this lovely warm gluten-free vegan figgy oatmeal! Today, I had another 5 ripe figs from my own fig tree. So, I used them in this delicious no-guilt warm breakfast! ;)

Getting Figgy With It! :)

Getting Figgy With It! :)

Recipe: For 2 persons, with a lot of hunger

Ingredients:

11 tablespoons of Gluten-free oats/ Use normal oats if not GF! /

5 ripe fresh figs, cleaned, stems cut off, each fig lengthways cut into 4

3 tablespoons of unsweetened white almond flour = This is white almonds processed in a food processor until it resembles a fine white powder aka flour

1 teaspoon + 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

500 ml vanilla almond milk

1 tablespoon of coconut sugar, if you need to

Method:

1. Take a cooking pot & add your ingredients in it. Cook on medium-high heat until cooked through. Stir often but carefully do not try to break up the cut up figs. My Gluten-Free oats took me 10 minutes to cook. Taste. I added 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar to the mix. Stir. Taste again. It will be very delicious! Yummm,…!  :)

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Vegan spelt pancakes with cardamom scented fresh sticky caramelized figs!

This morning, I made these tasty to make spelt vegan pancakes & served them with a hot home-made fresh figs caramel! This is a lovely healthy breakfast too! I had the pleasure of having fresh figs from my own tree today & wanted to make something special with them! Check it all out! :) MMM,…

Yumm!

Yumm!

Recipe: For 13 smaller pancakes

Ingredients:

* For the spelt pancakes:

75 gr white spelt flour

75 gr wholemeal spelt flour

20 gr baking powder

1/4 teaspoon sea salt, ground finely in pestle & mortar

2 teaspoons coconut sugar

400 ml unsweetened soy milk

* For the cardamom scented sticky caramel figs:

6 fresh ripe figs cleaned, stalk removed, each fig cut up into 4 to 6 wedges/ I used fresh figs from my own tree!

1/4 teaspoon ground green cardamom

1 tablespoon of water

2 tablespoons coconut sugar

1 teaspoon sherry vanilla extract

To fry: canola oil

Method:

1. Sieve your white spelt flour & your wholemeal flour above a larger bowl. This is to bring some air to your flours. Now, add baking powder, sea salt & coconut sugar. Mix well with a spoon. Finally, add soy milk & by using a whisk, whisk it gradually all together, do not overmix! See that you don’t have any lumps left. Let the  batter sit on your kitchen counter for about 10-15 minutes.The batter will thicken!

2. Preheat a non-stick smaller pan on medium-heat. Pour a swirl of canola oil in it & swirl it around the hot pan. Now, with a smaller soup paddle, pour the batter into a smaller circle into the hot pan. Let it fry for a few minutes or until the surface has many smaller air bubbles & you see with a fork that the base of the pancake is golden brown in color & carefully flip your pancake over. Let it fry for about 1-2 minutes or until it is golden brown & the batter has been cooked. Place your pancake on a smaller plate & keep them warm with a larger upside-down plate. Do the same with the remaining batter. Every time, I poured a swirl of canola oil to the hot pan, added a smaller paddle of batter & then the same thing. When your pancakes are ready, keep them warm. I place cling film over the top of pancakes & over the base of the plate.

3. Take medium cooking pot & add sliced fresh figs. Add 1 tablespoon of water, 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of ground green cardamom  & sherry vanilla extract. Stir well. Let it simmer on medium heat for about 10-15 minutes or until your figs are broken down a bit & you will end up with a sort of sticky caramel. Plate up instantly & enjoy a lovely pancake & top it with your fresh sticky caramelized figs!!! They are a huge success!!!!! My husband found that these are the best pancakes ever! ;) MMM,…

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Gluten-free Vegan Buckwheat Oat Apple Muffins! A tasty breakfast!

Yesterday, I bought gluten-free buckwheat flour & gluten-free brown rice flour. I wanted to make tasty muffins with them so I made these beauties!

A thing of beauty! :) Gluten-free & Vegan!

A thing of beauty! :)
Gluten-free & Vegan!

This morning, I made these delicious easy to make gluten-free vegan buckwheat oat brown rice apple muffins! One muffin really fills you up with deliciousness & goodness for your body! They aren’t that sweet either. I also made them vegan! ;) Yeah! :)  They are great as a lovely breakfast on the go, or when you sit down with a good vegan café latte. I enjoy them with some vegan butter! :) These also make an excellent food gift, just see for yourself! :)

An excellent Food Gift! :)

An excellent Food Gift! :)

Recipe: For 15 larger flower-shaped muffins

Ingredients:

* The dry ingredients:

2 cup of buckwheat flour

1 cup of brown rice flour

1 cup of gluten-free rolled oats

1 large juicy apple, peeled, cored & cut up into smaller chunks

1 tablespoon + 1/2 tablespoon gluten-free baking powder

1/2 teaspoon finely grinned Maldon sea salt, in a pestle & mortar

2/3 cup  coconut sugar

3 tablespoons grinned flaxseed/ I ground broken flaxseed in my dry container of my Vitamix on full-speed until it resembles a flour. Measure 3 tablespoons.

* The wet ingredients:

2/3 cup water

1/2 cup canola oil

1 cup + 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk

Method:

1. Preheat your fan oven to 200°C ( 400 F ) for about 10 minutes. If you don’t use a fan oven, change it.

2. Take a larger bowl & place a sieve over it. Sieve your 2 flours. Remove sieve. Add baking powder, sugar, sea salt, GF oats & coconut sugar. With a spoon mix it gently, to keep the air in. Finally, add the chopped apple pieces through it.

3. In a smaller bowl, add 3 tablespoons flaxseed powder. Add water. Whisk away & let it sit on your kitchen counter for about 5-10 minutes or until it forms kind of a gel. The mass will become thicker. This is instead of eggs, works as a binder.  Now, add canola oil & unsweetened soy milk & whisk until fully joined. Now, add wet ingredients to the bowl with dry ingredients & mix it just gently through, just until it is all gently mixed in because you don’t want the air to be gone! ;) I use silicon flower mats so I don’t have to grease them. With the help of a larger spoon, spoon your muffin mix for 3/4 into the flower muffin mat. I have larger flower muffin shapes then the normal muffins so you will end up with huger flower-shaped muffins! 

I could fill 15 flower-shaped muffins. I place them on a Silpat on an oven rack for stability. Place them in the lower side of your oven & bake for about 20 minutes until a test pin comes out clean. Leave the muffins in their silicon casings for about 10 minutes. This way, your muffins will get a lovely shine on them & they are easily to remove. After these 10 minutes, carefully flip them over & out of the mats & place on a cooling rack to cool down or savor them still a bit warm with some vegan butter & a vegan café latte! They are very delicious! :) MMM,…

Excellent with vegan butter! :)

Excellent with vegan butter! :)

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Gluten-free, sugar-free banana almond butter cake with dark chocolate chips!

Do you want a big bite?

Do you want a big bite?

This is the best gluten-free and sugar-free cake I have ever made. I didn’t use any flour. I also used coconut blossom sugar. It is a more rich, a bit moist and delicious cake with now and then hints of melted dark chocolate chips. Just check it out for yourself! To make it more special, festive and beautiful, I made it in a flower silicon mould.When the cake was ready, I said: Mama, made it,…hearing and singing the song of Jay-Z!! He rocks, you know!

Recently, I made my flower shaped cake again to bring to a party, a dessert party! Everyone loved it & instantly asked for the recipe! ;) Yes, it is that delicious! :) MMM!

The cake was all devoured after 2 days!

Beautiful, hey?

Beautiful, hey?

Recipe: For 1 flower cake

Ingredients:

2 large and ripe bananas, peeled and completely mashed with a fork

2 organic free range eggs, beaten loose

1/2 cup of coconut blossom sugar

1 cup salted whole almond butter, the oils well mixed with the almond butter

1/2 teaspoon of gluten-free vanilla extract, I use home-made

1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon of baking soda

2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips,  at least 72% cacao. I used Callebaut, because he is Belgian!

Method:

 1. Preheat your oven for 10 minutes on 180°C ( 350 F ). I use a fan oven. Adjust the oven temperature if necessary.
2. Take your Kenwood bowl and place the K-paddle. Add the mashed bananas, beaten eggs, coconut sugar, almond butter, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix on medium speed for a few minutes until it all comes together. Scrape the sides of your bowl with a plastic scraper. Remix for a minute or until all well mixed.
3. Now, add baking soda, apple cider vinegar and dark chocolate chips. Mix on medium speed for a minute or so or until it all comes together. Again, scrape the sides of the bowl with a plastic scraper. Mix until it all is beautifully combined.
4. Place your silicon flower baking tin on a silpat and then on an oven rack for stability. Fill the silicon flower for 3/4 with the batter and try to divide the chocolate chips all over the cake batter. So, that later on you will have chocolate chips all divide over the cake. Place in the bottom of your oven and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes on 180°C ( 350 F ).  You will have to watch the cake because the edges can go darker, if necessary lower the temperature but I didn’t have to! I tested my cake after 35 minutes with a test pin. You will have to test the pin right in the middle of your cake. If the pin comes out clean, your cake is ready. I put my cake back into the oven for 5 minutes extra and did the pin test again. After 40 minutes of baking, my cake was well risen, ready and golden brown.
5. Carefully with hand gloves on, remove the oven rack with the cake from the oven. Leave to rest in the silicon tin for about 15 minutes so that it is easier to remove afterwords. This will also give a lovely shine to the flower cake. After 15 minutes, carefully turn the cake over with the help of your 2 hands, out of the flower tin. Now, you will see the lovely flower pattern. Place on a wire rack to cool down completely. When cold, savour with a good cup of green tea with ginger or a great cup of black coffee.
 
 6. When completely cold, store in an aluminium foil lined round cake tin. You will see, this cake will not last long,…!!!!!
 
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Vegan Gluten-Free refreshing apricot coconut smoothies! :)

Apricot cococnut Deliciousness!

Apricot coconut Deliciousness!

Good morning, my lovely people! :) This morning, I made the two of us these delectable Vegan & Gluten-free apricot-coconut-breakfast-smoothies! They are filled with seasonal apricots & a tasty coconut drink! I added chia seeds to full your stomach & unsweetened almond flakes for a bit of extra nut power! :) You won’t taste the almond flakes! ;)

Check it out!

The smoothy before adding the chia seeds! :)

The smoothy before adding the chia seeds! :)

Recipe: For 1200 ml = nearly 5 cups!

Ingredients:

600 ml cold, straight from the fridge coconut-rice drink, I used from Alpro

10 fresh juicy ripe apricots, stone removed

1 tablespoon chia seeds

50 gr unsweetened almond flakes

Method:

1.Take your Vitamix & add ingredients in this order in it. Place fitted lid on & the tamper too! Blend on full power & on high until it all comes beautifully together by pushing your ingredients into the running blades.  Taste! You must taste the coconut & then the apricots! Pour into lovely smoothy glasses & enjoy straight away with a loved one! :) MMM,…:)

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Vegan Gluten-free Raw Cherry Cashew Yoghurt! :)

Yesterday afternoon, I invented this glorious cherry cashew yoghurt!! ooh yes! I sweetened it a bit with pitted dates & a bit of raw maple syrup! Check it all out!

RAW, VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE CHERRY CASHEW YOGHURT!

RAW, VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE CHERRY CASHEW YOGHURT!

Yum,…Yum,…I hear you thinking! I made it pretty simple,….Let’s check it out again!

Before going into the fridge to stiff up a bit! :)

Before going into the fridge to stiff up a bit! :)

I used a combo of soaked cashews & not-soaked cashews, pitted dates, fresh pitted cherries, 1 teaspoon pure raw maple syrup & clean water. That is it! :) Simple yet so delicious! This cherry cashew yoghurt is a bit sweet but not too sweet!! You could drink it straight away, like a pouring yoghurt or eat it instantly, but I put a fitted lid on & placed it in the fridge, for at least 5 hours, to stiff up a bit,…Yum yum yummy! :)

Recipe: For about 5 cups = 1250 ml cherry cashew yoghurt

Ingredients:

1 cup soaked cashews, rinsed & well-drained, soak water discarded

1/2 cup of not-soaked raw cashews

2 cups of clean water ( or less to make a thicker yoghurt )

1 + 1/2 cup of pitted cherries

7 pitted normal dates, not Medjool! If you have Medjool dates, you need a lot less dates, they are sweeter & larger!!!!

1 teaspoon raw maple syrup

Method:

1. Take your Vitamix & add water, soaked & not-soaked cashews, pitted dates & pitted cherries. Place fitted lid in with the tamper. Blend on high & on full-speed until it is fully joined by using the tamper to push ingredients into the running blades. My yoghurt was ready after 15 to 30 seconds of blending. Taste! You must taste the sweeter cherries & the cashew yoghurt. Pour into a big container with fitted lid. Place into the fridge for at least 5 hours to stiff up a bit. This is a more pourable yoghurt, not too thick! Maybe next time, I will make a more stiffer cashew yoghurt by using less water! ;)

It must look something like this:

Yummm!

Yummm!

Enjoy! :)

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Vegan Gluten-Free Breakfast Smoothies!

Today, I made these glorious winning filling breakfast smoothies! One really fills you up! That is what I aim to do in my breakfasts! ;)

Can you guess the ingredients???

Can you guess what is in it?

Can you guess what is in it?

Did you guess it yet? Yes? NO? Scroll downwards then!

 

There are,…………………………….Cherries,………….Almond Butter,……Silken tofu,………and a bit of Coconut Sugar in them! Yes, yes! :)

Simple,…..very filling,…easy to make,….not to mention,…very delicious too,…..Cherries are in their peak season now! So, go on, make one!!!!

Recipe: For less then 4 cups = less than 1000 ml!

Ingredients:

2 cups drained silken tofu

2 cups chopped pitted cherries

2 tablespoons coconut sugar, if you need to

2 tablespoons good whole almond butter

Method:

1. Take your Vitamix & add silken tofu, chopped cherries, 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar & 2 tablespoons of almond butter in it. Place fitted lid on & tamper in it. Turn on full-power & high-speed until it is fully blended. Use your tamper to push ingredients into the running blades. Taste. You must taste the cherries & then almond butter. I added 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar extra & blended on high again. It was just perfect. :) Enjoy!

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Vegan Gluten-free cherry oat pancakes with cacao nibs!

A lovely tasty stack!

A lovely tasty stack!

In the last post, I mentioned that I received some lovely cherries from my parents! I used some of the cherries in these lovely Carob Cashew Cherry smoothies but I wanted to use the rest of them in something different. So, I made these glorious Vegan Gluten-Free Cherry Pancakes with Cacao Nibs for some extra energy!! I need my energy in the morning!!! I have never made cherry pancakes let alone vegan cherry pancakes! Great for a tasty breakfast or brunch!! :)

Frying until golden!

Frying until golden!

Recipe: For 14 smaller to medium thicker pancakes

Ingredients:

* The dry ingredients:

1 cup Gluten-free medium-sized oat flakes

1 cup of home-made Gluten-Free oat flour ( Gf oat flakes ground into a flour in your Vitamix dry container, measured 1 cup! )

1/4 cup raw cacao nibs

1/3 cup coconut sugar

2 tablespoons ground flax-seed ( Broken flaxseed ground into a flour in your Vitamix dry container, 2 tablespoons measured! )

2 teaspoons Gluten-Free baking powder

* The wet ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened soy milk

1 cup unsweetened soy yoghurt

1 teaspoon sherry vanilla extract

1/4 cup canola oil

a bit more than 1 cup fresh pitted cherries, cut up

Method:

1. In a larger bowl, add GF oat flakes, GF oat flour, cacao nibs, coconut sugar, baking powder & ground flaxseed. Mix well.

2. In another bowl, add soy milk, soy yoghurt, sherry vanilla extract & canola oil. Whisk well. Fold in the chopped pitted cherries.

4. Pour dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients & stir together with a longer wooden spoon just until combined. It will be a thicker batter. Taste! The batter will not be too sweet, just right. I prefer to add sweeter toppings on my pancakes!!

5. Heat a smaller non-stick pan on medium-high heat. Pour enough canola oil in it & swirl around. Place a smaller dollop of the batter in the middle of the pan & spread it with the back of a spoon into a pancake shape in your pan. See that the batter is evenly spread out. Fry for about 2 to 4 minutes on one side or until you see, the sides getting brown & cooked & then, with the help of a fork & pancake spatula, carefully flip the pancake over & fry on this side for a few minutes more or until cooked through. Place on a clean plate & place a larger plate upside down on it & repeat the process until all the pancake batter is used up. Adjust or lower your heat, if you need to! You do not want the pancakes to burn!!! It took me a while, with a smaller pan! Everytime, you want to fry a pancake, add a few swirls of canola oil. Heat up & add the pancake batter in small portions. This way, it is easier to flip the pancake over! Keep warm & enjoy while still warm with one of your favorite toppings! I added a few drizzles of maple syrup on mine! Enjoy! :)

Delectable drizzled with some good maple syrup!

Delectable drizzled with some good maple syrup!

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Avocado-strawberry-melon breakfast smoothies! :)

Yummy vegan smoothies!

Yummy vegan smoothies!

I made these stunning, tasty & filling vegan smoothies after my cardio & strenght-training work-out! It was also my breakfast!  :) Vegan deliciousness!  :) Yes!

yum yumm!

 

Recipe:For 2 persons, each 2 drinks= 4 cups= 1000 ml!

Ingredients:

1 cup of sliced strawberries

1 cup of unsweetened oat milk

1/2 cup of ice cubes

3 Medjool pitted dates

1 cup +1/2 cup of honeydew melon, peeled, cut into smaller chunks  (& then put into the 1 + 1/2 cup )

1 avocado, peeled, big stone removed & avocado flesh spooned out with a large spoon

juice of 1/2 lime

2/4 teaspoon of ground speculaas spices ( You can also make your own speculaas spices, see below!!! )  3 teaspoons black chia seeds * For the home-made speculaas spices:

4 tablespoons of ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon of ground cloves

1 tablespoon of ground ginger

1 tablespoon of ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon of ground green cardamom

Mix all spices together in a fitting bowl. Whisk everything well togheter & use 2/4 teaspoon for this tasty recipe. Store the rest in a jam pot with fitting lid & label it. Store in a dry cupboard. Use the rest in Speculaas cookies, in pancake batter, in cookies, in waffles, etc!

Method:

1. Take your Vitamix & place every ingredient in this order in it. Blend on full power for about 1 to 2 minutes using the tamper in your fitting lid. Push the ingredients into the blades, up & down. Taste! It will be a thicker smoothy, best drunk or eaten with a spoon. It will be a bit sweet, just right, like I love my smoothies! 2. Eat 2 straight away or place the other 2 smoothies in the fridge. Eat the last 2 smoothies within the following hours.  :) Enjoy!

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