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Vegan spelt crunchy double chocolate cookies!

Yesterday, I made these divine wonderful cut-out cookies! They are very simple to make! They are crunchy cookies & I added chopped vegan white chocolate & chopped vegan milk chocolate to it all! So they are like Heaven!

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Recipe: For 30 small to medium-sized cookies

Ingredients:

150 gr softened salted vegan butter (1 cup + 1/8 cup)

225 gr wholemeal spelt flour (2 cups)

60 gr coconut sugar (1/3 cup+less than 1/8 cup)

1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk

40 gr vegan white chocolate pieces (1/4 cup)

40 gr vegan milk chocolate pieces (1/4 cup)

Method:

1. Take your Kenwood & place your bowl & K-paddle in. Add softened butter & coconut sugar. Cream until fully mixed & creamy on medium-speed. Check often! It will be beige-brown in color. Add spelt flour. Mix until fully mixed in. Sometimes, stop the machine & scrape the sides & mix again & again. Add almond milk & mix in.

2. I took my food processor & added the vegan white chocolate pieces & the vegan milk chocolate pieces & pulsed until they were to my liking. I ended up with smaller bits of chocolate & a bit of chocolate powder. This is what I wanted! Add this chocolate mix to your dough. Mix on medium to high-speed until joined.

3. Take your dough out of the bowl & mix with your hands together. Make a ball-shape & place in cling film in the fridge for about 35 minutes. Do the cleaning up or pour yourself a glass of wine,…go on, you deserve it! ;)

4. Preheat your oven to 180° C ( 350 F ) for 10 minutes. Take your dough out of the fridge & out of the cling film & cut your dough into 2 equal sides. One, you are going to work with & the other, place it back into the fridge, in the cling film, for later on. Flour your kitchen counter with some of the whole-wheat spelt flour. Flour a rolling-pin too, to prevent sticking to the dough! Place this dough on your kitchen counter & flatten it out with your hand palms & with your rolling-pin! Roll the dough into 4 directions until you end up with a dough, equal in thickness, about 0.5 cm thick. You can make the cookies thicker, if you like, but I like mine this way! :) When you have the right thickness, place your cookie cutters into the dough & push them really into it. With help of your hands, push the dough, right into the sides & all over the base of your cookie cutter.

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With help of a knife, cut outside the cookie cutter, the remaining dough. I like to push many cookie cutters besides each other & when you have cut them out, carefully remove them with your hands, shake off excess of flour & place them, spaced apart on a Silpat or cookie sheet, directly on an oven rack! Bake in the middle of your oven for about 12 minutes. Your cookies will have darkened, browned & your house will smell amazing! Take them out of the oven & leave them for 15 minutes on the Silpat to cool down a bit & to firm up further! After 15 minutes, carefully remove them from the cookie sheet & place them on a wire rack, spaced apart, to cool down completely! Re-use all of the dough. Do the same with the remaining cookie dough. You will love them too! They are a bit sweet but not too much but just right! They are perfect on their own, lovely with a good vegan café latte or a mug of tea! They also make a Fantastic Food Gift! Enjoy! :) xxx

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Pecan Chocolate Cake Slices!

Yummm!

Yummy!

Every year round Christmas, I make these delicious easy to make Pecan Chocolate Cake Slices! They are always a success wherever I bring them! :) So, now you can enjoy them too!  They are a Great Tasty Food Gift! 

Recipe: For 50 biscotti

Ingredients:

150 gr coconut sugar

150 gr self-rising flour

90 gr raw cacao powder

85 gr lightly salted softened butter

75 gr pecan halves

50 gr molasses

2 eggs, beaten

zest of 1/2 orange

Method:

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

2. Roast your pecan nuts in a dry pan on low-heat until your pecans turn brown on all sides & your house will smell amazing! Lower the heat if you need to! Watch them closely! Turn heat off & remove the pan. Place your pecans on a chopping board & cut up.

3. Take a large bowl & add sugar, molasses & orange zest. Mix & add beaten eggs. Whisk it all together until foamy!

4. Now, add softened butter & mix well. Take a sieve & place it above the bowl. Sift cacao powder & self-rising flour! Mix gently! Finally, fold in the chopped pecans.

5. Make the dough. Take your kitchen counter & scatter some flour over it. Place your sticky dough on here, flour your hands & rolling-pin too! Divide your dough into long rolls. Flatten them a bit with your hand palms. Place the longer rolls on 2 clean Silpats or on baking sheets on 2 oven racks & bake for about 20 minutes in the hot oven. Now, take them out & let them cool down for about 10 minutes on the Silpats or on the baking sheets. Place the rolls on a chopping board & cut into 0.5 cm to 1 cm thick slices. Carefully remove to a wire rack to cool down completely! Enjoy with a god café latte or some nice tea! xxx

Crunchy on the outside & soft on the inside!

Crunchy on the outside & soft on the inside!

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Vegan maple scones with pecan & cranberries served with maple’s butter! :)

Today, I made these Festive Vegan Maple scones with pecans & cranberries! The scones itself are Vegan!! The maple’s butter is not! Maple butter is pure maple syrup with some added unsalted butter that is boiled, cooled & whipped into this tasty Canadian spread! Very rich but surely delicious! It is very sweet so it is good that my scones are not! ;) So use it for a long time in small portions!

Vegan Deliciousness!

Vegan Deliciousness!

I just looovvveeee these tasty scones! I used white spelt flour in them & vegan margarine! They are also topped with a maple glaze! You will love them too, even as a nice breakfast in these lovely cold days before Christmas,…or they are great eaten as a nice brunch on Christmas day,…;)

Canadian Maple Butter!

Canadian Maple Butter!

Recipe: For 21 round scones

Ingredients:

440 gr white spelt flour  (3 +1/2 cups )

4 teaspoons of baking powder

88 gr pecans, cut up finely (1/2 cup + 1/8 cup)

50 gr of apple sweetened dried cranberries (1/3 cup )

160 gr vegan margarine, I used 100% Planta (1/2 cup + a bit less than 1/4 cup)

250 ml unsweetened soy milk  (1 cup)

125 ml pure maple syrup, I used grade C, (1/2 cup) divided into 6 tablespoons + 2+ 1/2 tablespoons

* To serve: Canadian Maple Butter

Method:

1. Take 1 or 2 oven racks out of your oven & preheat it to 200° C ( 400 F ) for 10 minutes.

2. Place a sieve over a larger bowl. Sieve your spelt flour & baking powder. Mix lightly with a spoon. Fold pecan pieces & cranberries gently into the flour-baking powder mix. Now, add baking margarine & with help of your hands mix it together until it resembles breadcrumbs. Now, you have a crumbly dough. Add soy milk & 6 tablespoons of your maple syrup. Mix with a spoon. The dough will stick & is a bit wet.

3. Place the dough with floured hands on a well-floured Silpat. Use white spelt flour for this! Knead the dough for 5 to 6 times until you end up with a real elastic dough! You can use a bit more spelt flour to prevent sticking! Divide the dough into 2. With your hands, flatten the dough. You don’t need a rolling-pin, it is not necessary! My dough was about 1 to 2 cm thick. I used my round 5cm diameter cutter to make equal sized round scones!

4. Take an oven rack & place another unused Silpat or baking sheet on it. Place your scones, well spaced apart, on it. Prick the top of each scone, a few times, lightly with a fork. With the rest of your maple syrup, glaze aka brush the top & sides of each scone. Bake into the lower part of the oven for about 12-15 minutes until they are golden & browned. Take them out of the oven & repeat with the rest of the scone dough. When ready, test with a small pin, inside of the scone. If it comes out clean, they are ready! Now, carefully take them out of the oven & place on a wire rack to cool down completely! When completely cooled, place them in a lovely cake tin & enjoy, sliced open horizontally with some good Maple Butter or with something else!

Enjoy, my sweeties!

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Vegan Christmas stollen, my way!

Hey folks,

I just love the few weeks before Christmas, don’t you? It is my favorite time of the year,…ho,..ho,..ho,..!! How about you? T’s the season to be jolly,…falalalalaaaa,..la,..la,..la,..laaa! :) I put on some great old Christmas songs of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole of Ella Fitzgerald,…In Belgium, we didn’t grew up with these cool old-fashioned great Christmas songs! :(

Every year, my husband Peter & I get a real cool Christmas tree & we decorate it with gold & red balls of glory! Last year, we got this new wooden crafted Christmas Stable,…Just look at it: pretty cool, hey?

My new ecological wooden carved out Christmas Stall!

My new ecological wooden carved out Christmas Stall!

This fantastic home-made Vegan Christmas stollen was all invented by me, myself & I aka 2 years ago, but because it is so delicious & amazing, you all must make it this Festive Christmas Season! Even, if you are not a vegan, you will love it! It is a more healthy recipe with a bit of a twist! ;) A little bit naughty but nice,… Like you all know me!

An excellent food gift!

An excellent food gift!

Normally, a Christmas stollen has dried glacé cherries, nuts, candied peel & dried fruit like sultanas in them. I don’t like a lot of these ingredients so I had to make & invent one, my way. Every Christmas, I have to make this for my hubby Peter & family members,…It is not a request, it is a necessity!  I know that you all will love it too!  :)

Normally, a Stollen is a fruit cake, more like a bread, containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts and spices. Stollen is a traditional German cake, usually eaten during the Christmas season. It is made with yeast, water and flour, and usually with zest added to the dough. Candied orange peel and candied citrus peel, raisins & almonds, and different spices such as cardamom & cinnamon are added. Other ingredients, such as milk, sugar, butter, salt, rum, eggs, vanilla, other dried fruits, nuts and marzipan can also be added to the Stollen dough. Except for the fruit added, the dough is quite low in sugar. :) The finished cake or bread is mostly sprinkled with icing sugar. The traditional weight of a Stollen is around 2 kg, but smaller sizes are now available. I didn’t add icing sugar on top! I did it this way:

Vegan Deliciousness!

Vegan Deliciousness!

Recipe: For 1 very large Vegan Christmas Stollen

Ingredients:

65 gr organic light spelt flour

435 gr organic white bread flour

1 flax egg (= 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water, whisk well together, leave to be for 10 minutes, to form a sort of gel-like consistency, to thicken a bit instead of 1 egg! )

100 gr vegan dried unsweetened cranberries

50 gr unsweetened coconut flakes

50 gr roughly chopped walnuts

100 gr dried soft apricots, finely diced

50 gr dried mixed tropical fruit, ( I used a mix of papaya, mango & banana )

50 gr dried dark sultanas

150 gr dark cane sugar

100 gr vegan butter, room temperature, cut into smaller knobs

225 gr warm soy milk, not hot!!

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt flakes, crushed + 1/8 teaspoon extra

1 teaspoon of ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon of ground mace ( foelie in Dutch )

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

3 teaspoons of dried yeast

2 teaspoons of home-made pumpkin pie spice

200 gr of a good Vegan & Gluten-free almond marzipan

Method:

1. Take your Kenwood & attach the dough hook. Place the 2 flours into the Kenwood bowl & mix. Add dried yeast, flax egg, vegan butter, brown cane sugar, warm soy milk & sea salt into the bowl. Knead until you have a soft dough, for a few minutes on medium to higher speed. You can also do this by hand. Stretching & kneading the dough well until you have an elastic dough but still soft. I took the dough, with floured hands, out of the bowl & scattered some flour onto my Silpat. I kneaded the dough for a few moments extra with my hands. It was perfect. I put it back into my bowl. While the dough hook was o & working, I added the dried cranberries, the soft apricot pieces, the coconut flakes, the dark sultanas & the tropical mix too. I also added the chopped walnuts to the dough mix. Mix well until all is beautifully incorporated. Stop the machine from time to time, to add the dough that is on the sides of your bowl & mix again. Add cinnamon, ginger, mace & home-made pumpkin pie spice. Mix well into the bowl. Flour your Silpat or your kitchen counter & flour your hands a bit. Take the dough out of the bowl & knead a bit with your hands until ready. This took only 1 minute. See that the dried fruits are all well mixed into the dough. Place the dough back into the bowl & place cling film over the top of the bowl & place in a warm place or above your central heating. That’s what I did. Leave it there to rise for the 1st time. I needed 90 minutes. If you have a very warm place, you will only need 60 minutes or so. The dough must be risen 2 its size! Check often!!

2.  Put the dough back onto your floured kitchen counter or floured Silpat & knock the dough back & flatten it out. See picture:

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3. Shape your 2 rolls of marzipan, into a longer finer sausage shape & place them neatly in the middle of the dough, horizontally too. See picture:

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4. Now, fold your dough around the marzipan pieces. Tuck, the ends of each dough side well over the marzipan pieces, like this:

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5. Shape the dough like a bread. Place it on a special Silpat, especially for baking breads. Place it onto a baking tray. Place cling film over the top, loosely & place near a warm fire, to let it rise for the 2nd time.

You want it to rise for 45 minutes or a bit more. When the dough is nearly well risen, preheat your oven to 180°C (350 F ) for 10 minutes. Place the dough onto your baking tray, in the middle of your hot oven & bake for about 30 to 35 minutes. My Christmas Stollen was ready after 35 minutes. My Stollen baked for 20 minutes on 180°C ( 350 F ) & then 15 minutes on 175°C. Test with a little pin into the center of your Stollen, to see if it has baked properly. It was! Otherwise, put it back into the hot oven. Transfer carefully to a wire rack or 2, to cool off completely. Just before serving, dust with icing sugar or not! Your choice!  :) Enjoy it too, my lovely ones! xxx

An Excellent Food Gift! :)

An Excellent Food Gift! :)

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Vegan spelt pecan pie!

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This morning, I made my first invented pecan pie! I saw many unhealthy recipes on the internet & on other blogs so I tried to make it much healthier & I think I succeeded! The only not so healthy ingredient in here is vegan butter! ;) This is a pure sweeter indulgent of a fine dessert, something new in flavors for Peter & me! I didn’t make it too sweet. I don’t like my tarts to be too sweet. Instead of corn syrup I used maple syrup, grade C!

The next time, I will make it into a tartlet tin with loose bottom, much easier in getting the pie aka tart out of the pan!

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Recipe: For 1 medium pecan pie!

Ingredients:

* For the pie base:

1 cup + 1/3 cup organic wholemeal spelt flour ( 120 gr + 37 gr = 157 gr )

2 tablespoons coconut sugar

1 cup vegan butter ( 130 gr ) , you will melt it & use 1/2 of it.

* For the pecan pie topping:

1/2 cup coconut sugar ( 82 gr )

1/2 cup whole pecans ( 65 gr )

1/2 cup maple syrup, grade C! ( 250 ml )

1/4 cup not so sweet apple sauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract / I used home-made sherry vanilla extract ( 5 ml )

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt, grinned finely

1 tablespoon solid coconut oil ( 15 ml )

1/2 of the melted vegan butter

Method:

1. Make your pie base & preheat your oven to 180° C ( 350 F ) for 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, add whole-wheat spelt flour & coconut sugar. Mix with a spoon. Melt your vegan butter on low-heat. Pour 1/2 of the melted vegan butter to the flour-coconut sugar mix. Mix with a wooden spoon until it resembles crumbles that stick together. With a wooden spoon or with your hands, mingle it together. Use a pie pan & smear it in with vegan butter, also on the sides! Push your base into the pie plate. Push it until it forms an equal thick base. Push with your fingers into right into the corners. You mustn’t see any spaces open. Bake into the lower shelf of the oven for about 12-15 minutes. Take out of the oven & set aside. Close the oven door.

2. Make your pecan pie topping. On a chopping board, chop your pecans finely & add to a bowl. Also add sherry vanilla extract, the other part of the melted vegan butter, maple syrup, coconut sugar, apple sauce, pink salt & finally, the solid coconut oil. Mix well with a wooden spoon & taste! It tastes heavenly & the salt in here takes it all to a whole other level of flavor! ;) MMM,…Pour this batter over the base top & spread it evenly all over the pie base. This means also the cut up pecans. Bake in the lower end of the oven for about 22-25 minutes until the edges are browned & nearly set & there is a lovely caramel over the pecans! 

3. Carefully, take out of the oven & place on a wire rack to cool down completely. When cold, with the help of a knife, go around the edges of your pie pan & loosen the base sides with a knife. Cut your pecan pie into serving sizes, not too big because it is a rich dessert! Enjoy with a;loved one! My husband Peter gave it a 10/10!!! A new family favorite! Do store cool but not in the fridge! :)

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My favorite vegan chocolate!

Hey all, this is my favorite vegan ” milk chocolate” with whole nuts! I first met this tasty chocolate 2 years ago, when traveling in Berlin, the vegan city! ;) I bought this lovely vegan chocolate aka ” milk” chocolate in the vegan supermarket called Veganz! I love all of their chocolate products! I know that you would like them too! But they are hard to find here in Belgium! I bought it @ Shavt! This is a tiny all vegan shop in the city center of Leuven. Shavt stands for Simply Healthy And Vegan Things! I was there yesterday. In a future post, I will review this tiny cool vegan shop.

On one side it will look like this:

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On the other side like this:

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It looks something like this in its package:

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It looks great & so appetizing, hey?

I tasted many vegan chocolates before & I always loved the normal milk chocolate in my life. But being lactose-intolerant, I can’t eat & digest many normal milk chocolates anymore & that is why, I turned to vegan ” milk” chocolates. I tried many varieties with rice milk but loved only a few of them & then, one day, I tasted the chocolates of Vantastic Foods. See here the range in Veganz supermarket in Berlin! Click on the picture below that goes directly to my post: all things vegan in Berlin! 

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This vegan chocolate has so much flavor, with whole skinned hazelnuts in it. The flavor of the chocolate is really lovely & not too sweet with a hint of salt at the end! Super duper! :) Ooh yes!

Now, you like to know, what are the ingredients?

Well, here they are: Sugar, cacao butter, cacao mass, maltodextrin, hazelnuts ( 15% ), Soy protein, salt, vanilla aroma. Emulgator: soy lecithin.

Their chocolate is made without gen tecnetics. This chocolate bar is also vegan, lactose-free & gluten-free! :) It costed me: 3.49€. That is still a lot of money , but the vegan aka “milk” chocolate is sooooo delicious! :)

What is your favorite vegan chocolate???

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Ricotta dessert topped with Licor 43 marinated kaki’s!

Yum!

Yum!

Kaki is the Dutch word for Persimmon fruit. What are persimmon fruits? 

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Recipe: For 2 persons

Ingredients:

200 gr fresh low-fat sheep’s ricotta

15 gr icing sugar

2 ripe, but not overripe kaki’s ( Persimmon fruit ), cleaned, washed, pad dry on kitchen paper, cut into bite-sized chunks, like picture above! ( The hard white bits on the interior removed!! )

2 to 3 tablespoons of Liqueur 43 in Spanish: Licor 43 ( Quarenta y tres ) (30-45 ml ) This is a bright yellow, sweet Spanish Liqueur with 43 flavors in it.

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Method:

1. About 3 hours before you want to serve your tasty desserts, marinade your kaki chunks into 2 to 3 tablespoons of Licor 43, in a fitted bowl. Mix gently with a spoon, do not damage the kaki chunks. Place a lid on & place into the fridge to marinade. After 1 hour, spoon the marinating kaki chunks over in the liqueur!

2.  In another bowl, add sheep’s ricotta. Mix in the icing sugar with a fork, to loosen up the fresh ricotta. Mix well. Spoon your ricotta into 2 serving dessert bowl or glasses & place cling-film over he top & place into the fridge until 10 minutes before serving, to get a bit colder.

3. 10 minutes before serving, take the ricotta goals & marinated kaki’s out of the fridge. Remove cling-films & fitted lid. Divide the marinated kaki’s over the 2 ricotta desserts. Pour the rest of the licor 43 all over your 2 desserts & enjoy with a loved one! :) MMM! :)

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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 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 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

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Vegan spelt gingered fig crumble!

Today, I made this glorious winning vegan spelt gingered fig crumble! Again, I had a lot of figs from my own fig tree!

This time, my husband Peter & I wanted to savour them in a lovely home-made spelt crumble! This is how we did it & we served it with a hot vegan vanilla pouring custard! ;)

MMM!

MMM!

Recipe: For 4 portions

Ingredients:

* For the crumble topping:

100 gr white spelt flour

100 gr cold, straight from the fridge, vegan butter

40 gr coconut sugar

60 gr almond flakes

* For the ginger fig filling:

400 gr cleaned, stem cut of, fresh figs, each one cut up into 6 wedges ( weighted when cut up )

2 teaspoons ginger powder

50 gr coconut sugar

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 200°C ( 350 F ) for 10 minutes. I always use a fan oven.

2. Take a large bowl & ad fig wedges. Scatter your ginger powder & your coconut sugar all over the figs. Mix well with a spoon so that the figs are covered with ginger & coconut sugar. Set aside.

3. Now, make the crumble topping. Take a medium bowl ad spelt flour, cold vegan butter, coconut sugar & almond flakes. With clean hands, mingle everything together until your hands form smaller crumbs. This will only take a few minutes. Stop now or the warmth of your hands will melt the butter too much! :)

4. Now, divide your filling between 2 cool oven dishes or put it all into 1 larger oven dish. You will see now that the coconut sugar has melted into the figs,..it will be yum yum,..later! :) Now, divide your crumble topping all over the figs, so that they are completely covered! Bake in the lower section of your oven for 20 minutes. Check them often , to see if you must lower your heat. Mines were done after 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Turn oven off & carefully with oven gloves remove them from the oven. Let them cool for about 5 minutes before savoring them! My hubby & I split a large oven between us. We served it with hot vegan pouring custard! Enjoy it twice! ;) MMM,…You will love it too! x

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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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Vegan Gluten-free Coconut Cinnamon Banana ice-pops! Just 3 ingredients! :)

Healthy coconut water, banana & cinnamon ice-pops!

Healthy coconut water, banana & cinnamon ice-pop! :) Yum!

Yesterday afternoon, I made these tasty refreshing healthy coconut-cinnamon-banana-ice-pops! These are just beautiful, tasty & energizing too with the banana & coconut water! This recipe made 6 normal ice pops! :) Just 3 ingredients! :)

Just made, ready to pop into the freezer!

Just made, ready to pop into the freezer!

Recipe: For 6 normal ice-pops

Ingredients:

2 cups coconut water

1 very large super ripe banana, peeled & broken into 2 or 2 smaller ones!

2 teaspoons chia seeds, for extra nutrition!

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

some coconut sugar to sweetened a bit extra/ I didn’t use this!

Method:

1. Take your Vitamix & add every ingredient, except the extra coconut sugar. Place the tamper ingot he fitted lid & blend on high-speed for about 10 to 15 seconds or until everything is fully joined. taste! You must taste the coconut, banana & cinnamon. :) If you want, add 2 teaspoons of coconut sugar. I didn’t do this because my banana was super ripe & very sweet! ;)

2. Pour into ice-pops & put the lid on your 6 ice-pops. Place them into their holder, straight-up & place into the freezer for at least 8 hours or overnight. Take one 10 minutes out of the freezer & wait or place the outside, the mold under hot running water & enjoy instantly with no-guilt! :) xxx I assure you, that you want another one! ;) xxx

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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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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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Review: Bonvita’s Bon Ice! Dark chocolate covered Rice Ice-cream pops!

Today, I tried out a new product! Bonvita is the brand. I tried their Bon Ice: Dark chocolate covered Rice Ice-Cream pops! :) I like the sound of that!

Yummm!

Yummm!

This is a Dutch firm. These Bon ice pops are Dairy-free, Lactose-free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Organic & Fair Trade too! :) That is a whole lot to live up too!

Each one is 100 gr/120 ml. One costed me: 1.70 € in my local Bio-Planet.

Rice Ice-Cream covered in Dark chocolate! Vegan, Gluten-Free! :)

Rice Ice-Cream covered in Dark chocolate!
Vegan, Gluten-Free! :)

The ingredients, read on the back of the package are: 

rice milk :51%, Pure Vegan Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate 29% ( cacao mass, raw cane sugar, cacao butter, vanilla ), raw cane sugar, Vanilla Bourbon, coconut oil, rice syrup, thickening agent : soy-lecithine & to thicken even more: locust bean gum & guar gum.

My opinion?

I liked it! It has a real vanilla flavour but rice ice-cream is a bit thin & less creamy but the general flavour is great though. :) Thumbs up: Yes, yes! But one big downside is that the ice-cream really melts fast!!!

The dark chocolate coating is excellent! The dark chocolate has a minimum of 71% cacao in it!

All gone! :)

All gone! :)

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Do you want a CCC Smoothy? Vegan, Raw & Gluten-free!

Yum yum yummm!

Yum yum yum!

I received some tasty cherries from my parents! So, I had to create these CCC smoothies! CCC stands for Cashew Cherry Carob smoothies! ;)

They are refreshing & delicious too! They are also Vegan & Gluten-free! :)

Recipe: For 750 ml liquid = 3 dessert cups

Ingredients:

500 ml of home-made unstrained cashew milk

15 big, fat juicy pitted cherries

1 tablespoon of raw carob powder

1 tablespoon of coconut sugar / You can omit this, if you use date sweetened cashew milk. But I added it !

Method:

1. Take your Vitamix & add ingredients in this order into your Vitamix & place tamper into the fitted lid. Blend for about 15 to 30 seconds or until well mixed. Taste! It has to taste fab! You must taste the cherries & carob too! Enjoy, my lovely ones! ;)

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