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

Raw Vegan Gluten-free blackberry caramel nougat bars!

Today, I invented these tasty beauties! :) They are very addictive, raw, vegan, gluten-free delicious amazing freezer bars! Ooh yes, check them out! ;)

These are the best raw bars I have ever invented let alone made! :) They are fantastic, amazing & just wonderful in the mouth! The combined flavors go magically together! ooh yeah! ;)

Recipe: For 18 bars

Ingredients:

* For the base layer:

1/2 cup + 1/4 cup brazil nuts

1/2 cup + 1/4 cup pitted Medjool dates

3 tablespoons solid coconut oil

4 + 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao

3 tablespoons maple syrup

* For the middle layer: the caramel-nougat Peanut butter layer:

1 cup pitted Medjool dates

1/2 cup solid coconut oil

3 tablespoons raw peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract/ I use home-made

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/4 cup chopped brazil nuts, measured when chopped

* For the top layer, the blackberry layer:

1 cup fresh blackberries, rinsed & pad dry / I have fresh blackberries from my own plant in the garden!

2 pitted Medjool dates

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Method:

1. Take your food processor & place S-blade in. Place ingredients for the base layer all in here. So that are your Brazil nuts, pitted dates, coconut oil, cacao powder & maple syrup. Place fitted lid on & pulse until it all comes together & forms a sticky crumble. Take a fitted squarish plate with sides up or oven dish & smear it in with vegan butter. Now, line your baking paper all in it so that you can easily remove the bars later on, to cut them! Push baking paper all into the base & sides up. Put your base mix into the fitted lined dish. With clean hands, push your base all equally into the dish. You will end up with a thicker layer of this yummy mix. Place into the freezer to set. This will take about 10-15 minutes. You can do this while you prepare the middle layer. Clean your food processor & put the S-blade back in again.

2. Now, you are ready to make the 2nd layer. Place all your ingredients for the 2nd layer in it. This is: your pitted dates, coconut oil, raw peanut butter, vanilla extract, maple syrup & chopped Brazil nuts. Process until nearly smooth. You still want small pieces in it, for an added crunch later on. See pictures above! Take your set bottom layer out of the freezer & smear this 2nd layer all over it, evenly divided. Place into the freezer to set. This took me about 15-20 minutes on -18°C! Wash your food processor & S-blade once again & now, finally, make the 3rd, last top layer.

3. Take your food processor & place the S-blade in. Add ingredients for this layer & that will be the fresh blackberries, maple syrup & 2 pitted Medjool dates. Blitz until completely smooth. take your dessert out of the freezer & smear your top layer equally all over the 2nd layer. See that you have everything covered! Place into the freezer for about 1 hour to set. take out of the freezer & wait for about 5 minutes. Take your bars to be out of the oven dish with the help of your hands & the lined paper. Place it on a chopping board & with a sharp knife, cut into equal sized bars. I got 18 bars out of it! ;) Eat 2 of them & place the rest back into the freezer, into fitted food containers with fitted lids. Keep into the freezer! Remove from the freezer, 10 minutes before devouring! They won’t last long, I assure you! :)

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Vegan Gluten-free banana ice-creams with Sophie’s twists!

Recently, I have experimented with home-made banana ice-creams! I used a lot of recipes from you-tube & the internet but made this one on my own! ;)

It is really amazing that you can make fabulous banana ice-cream out of 3 large frozen bananas! The flavors, here beautifully combined: rock my taste buds! ooh yes!

Recipe:For 11-12 scoops of banana ice-cream with toasted walnuts, maple syrup, cinnamon & white chocolate chips!

Ingredients:

3 frozen very ripe large bananas if they are not large use 4!  (I peeled my ripe bananas, broke each one into 2 & froze them together in a plastic bag. I freezed them overnight!)

1/2 cup chopped walnuts ( 56 gr), measured when chopped up

1/4 cup vegan white chocolate discs, cut up into smaller pieces, measured when they were discs, not cut up (33 gr) in recipe number 2, use the same amount of vegan dark mini chocolate chips! See picture later on! :)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon maple syrup ( if you use 4 bananas, add 1/2 tablespoon of maple syrup extra!)

Method:

1. First, take a medium non-stick pan & add chopped walnuts. On low heat, toast your nuts until browned on both sides & they must smell amazing! Set aside.

2. Now, place frozen bananas, maple syrup & cinnamon in your Vitamix. Place fitted lid & tamper in. Turn machine on & turn quickly from number 1 to number 10 & then on high-speed. Push your ingredients into the running blades. Stop from time to time. After about 10-20 seconds, your machine will make another louder noise. Now, your banana ice-cream is ready. It is like soft-serve. Scrape every last bit out of the Vitamix & place into a fitted bowl. Now, with help of a spoon, spoon your toasted walnuts & white chocolate pieces through your banana ice-cream. Stir it right through, evenly divided. Place fitted lid on & place into the freezer to turn into a real ice-cream, at least for 5-6 hours. My freezer is set on -18°C! Thaw your ice-cream, 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy! :)

Yum!

Yum!

2. Recipe: For 11-12 scoops of ice-cream: Banana ice-cream with maple syrup, toasted walnuts, cinnamon & vegan dark mini chocolate chips! Just the same as above but I use vegan dark chocolate chips instead of the white vegan chocolate discs! Same method as above! :) Enjoy them both! I preferred the one with the dark vegan chocolate chips! YUMMM! Keep obviously in the freezer. It is best made the same day that you want to eat it, otherwise the next day, your banana ice-cream has a more banana flavor & is less interesting & less yummy. So, I made my ice-cream in the early morning & served it after 6-7 hours in the freezer. 

Just coming out of the freezer!

Just coming out of the freezer!

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Raw carob red currant chocolates! Vegan & gluten-free too! :)

Today, I invented these tasty Vegan Gluten-Free carob red currant chocolates! Ooh yes! They melt in the mouth. They are a bit sweet with the carob powder & Medjool dates in them & now & then, you can taste a hint of sourness of the fresh red currants. The red currants come from my allotment! ;) They make an ideal food gift too! ;) MMM!

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A Yummy interior!

A Yummy interior!

Recipe: For 12 larger chocolates

Ingredients:

75 gr solid organic unrefined coconut oil, not melted yet

2 tablespoons raw carob powder

2 tablespoons water

70 gr finely chopped pitted Medjool dates

60 gr ripe, cleaned, red currants, no stalks & stems please!

Method:

1. Take your food processor & place fitted S-blade in. Add chopped dates, water & carob powder.

2. Now, in a medium bowl, scoop out the pot your coconut oil. Place it on a fitted cooking pot & pour some water in the cooking pot below. Place your coconut oil bowl over the top & let the water come just to the boil, but the water must not touch the bowl with coconut oil in it. This is called: au-bain-marie. When the water comes to the boil, lower your heat to a good simmer. The coconut oil will start to melt & with a spoon, spoon it around the bowl. Let it completely melt. Turn heat off & carefully pour your melted hot coconut oil into the rest of the mix. Now, place lid on & pulse until it is very well mixed in. Now, add your red currants. Place lid back on & pulse or mix it again & again. Now, taste. You must taste the sweetness of the dates & carob flavor too! You can also taste the yummy ripe a bit sour red currants from time to time. That is what you want! ;)

3. Take fancy silicon mini muffin mats & fill the holes completely with the chocolate-berry mix. I could fill 12 holes. Place into the freezer for at least 1 hour to set. Then, when you want to eat one, flip it over with your hands & you will see a nice flower pattern on top! Yes, yes! Enjoy, straight away or wait 5 minutes but no longer because the coconut oil in your chocolate will start to melt again at room temperature! Enjoy just like that, hop into your mouth or with a nice cold vegan café latte or with a lovely tea. They make an ideal food gift. Store them in the freezer! ;) MMM!

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1. Home-made Vegan Gluten-free Carob Chocolates!

2. Chocolate squares with cranberries & pecans!

3. Home-made white chocolate coconut bars! 

 

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Rhubarb & red currant spelt crumble! All home grown!

Yesterday, I cut some nice rhubarb stalks from the garden. I also had a lot of fresh red currants & wanted to create a lovely dessert with them both. What would I make? I knew instantly what to do with them. This is what I created:

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Do you also love what you see? Join me for some hot crumble fresh from the oven. I added some nice good COLD custard with it. Why? Because it was 35°C outside. You see what I mean?

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The yummy crumble filling is not too sweet either because you can & must taste a hint of fresh ripe red currants from time to time. They are not sour though. That is what you want. There is a  nice flavor of ginger with the rhubarb & red currants. You can also taste a hint of cinnamon in this lovely crumble. The cold custard with it is just perfect! :) I used Devon dairy-full custard here, but to make it completely vegan use a vegan coconut milk or soy milk custard.

MMM,….I can assure you! We have another big serving for us waiting until tonight! :) ooh yes!

Recipe: For 4 big portions 

Ingredients:

* For the crumble topping:

125 gr cold vegan margarine, straight from the fridge ( I always use 100% planta ), cut up into knobs

50 gr coconut sugar

125 gr white spelt flour, I used British Organic Sharpham White Spelt Flour, see this picture:

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* For the filling:

300 gr ripe juicy red currants, cleaned, pad dry & stalks removed

300 gr fresh rhubarb stalks, cleaned, sac stalk cut up into pieces, each 3 cm long

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

3 tablespoons water

40 gr coconut sugar

1 tablespoon maple syrup

* To serve: cold dairy full custard aka I used Devon custard or use a vegan cold custard to make this completely vegan! ;)

Method:

1. Prepare your rhubarb mix. Take a medium cooking pot & add rhubarb pieces, ginger, cinnamon, coconut sugar & 3 tablespoons of water. Stir. On low heat, stew the rhubarb mix until the rhubarb is nearly soft. This will take only max 5 minutes. Lower the heat if you need to. You don’t want the rhubarb to be completely soft! You still want a bite in that rhubarb! Now, add the red currants & stir it all through.

2. Preheat your oven to 200° C for 10 minutes. Make your crumble topping. Take a medium bowl & add white spelt flour, coconut sugar & knobs of margarine. With clean hands, mingle everything together until it resembles crumbles, bigger & smaller ones. Take a fitted oven dish & pour your mixed filling in to it. Top with your lovely crumble topping & divide it all evenly over the surface of the filling. Place into the hot oven for about 17 minutes, or until your crumble topping is golden brown & cooked. Take out of the oven & leave to rest it for a few minutes before indulging. Take your custard out of its package & whisk it through with a smaller whisk. Scoop a big part onto a lovely dessert plate & spoon your lovely cold custard besides it. Indulge with a loved one! ;) Yummmmmmmm! :)

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Gluten-free Lactose-free No-Bake strawberry tartlets!

I went to my allotment yesterday & had yet again fresh ripe strawberries. Because these strawberries are so sweet, I needed to put a few of them into a lovely dessert, of course! ;)

You see:

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Yesterday evening, I invented these lovely 2 Gluten-free Lactose-Free strawberry chocolate chip tartlets! Just look at these tasty beauties! :)

These are just made before putting them 1 night in the fridge! :)

These are just made before putting them 1 night in the fridge! :)

Now, I got your attention, right? I put them one night in the fridge & devoured one in the early afternoon! These are more healthy, light in the mouth because of the combo of lactose-free cream cheese & lactose-free low-fat quark. I didn’t use much sugar either because my home grown strawberries are perfectly ripe & very sweet too! The gluten-free lactose-free chocolate chip cookie base take these tartlets to a whole other level, even better! :)

Yumm! Light & perfect in the mouth!

Yumm! Light & perfect in the mouth!

Let’s see how I made these beauties! :)

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Recipe: For 2 medium tartlets, each, 12 cm in diameter

Ingredients:

* For the chocolate chip cookie base:

2 cups (165 gr) broken gluten-free lactose-free chocolate chip cookies

1/2 cup (72 gr) salted lactose-free gluten-free margarine, melted, measured before melting!!!!

* For the yummy filling:

1/2 cup (120 gr) lactose-free cream cheese

1/2 cup ( 136 gr) low-fat quark

1 tablespoon coconut sugar

1/2 cup ( 85 gr) finely cut up strawberries

* To top your filling:

2 ripe hulled strawberries, each cut up vertically into 4 equal parts, like picture above

Method:

1. First, make your cookie base. Take your beloved food processor & place S-blade in. Put broken chocolate chip cookies in it. Place fitted lid on & pulse until it looks like finer breadcrumbs. I pulsed it a few times! No, pour melted margarine to it, place lid back on & pulse until it all comes together. This will only take a few seconds.

2. Place this mix between your fingers, it has to bind the 2 ingredients together well. Place this cookie mix into 2 tartlets with removable bottoms. My tartlets were each 12 cm in diameter. Push the cookie base into the bottom of each tartlet, pushing it also upside the sides. When equally divided, use the extra excess of cookie base to fill in the gaps. With help of your thumb, push the bottom into a flat one. Do the same with the other tartlet. Now, with a rolling-pin, roll over the top of each tartlet, to remove excess of dough. Place the 2 cookie based tartlets into the fridge for a while. It will look something like this:

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3. Now, make your tasty filling. Take a medium bowl a dd cream cheese & quark. Whisk it all loose. Taste. I added 1/2 cup of mashed cut up strawberries & whisked them away into the mix. I added 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar & whisked it away! Now, you will see little specks of sugar. Taste again. It is just right in sweetness. This is also because my strawberries are home-grown & are very sweet. If your strawberries are not so sweet, add more coconut sugar. Take your cooled tartlets from the fridge & fill them with the strawberry-creamcheese-quark mix. You will end up with a bit of filling left. Eat it right now with a spoon! :) Go on, you deserve it! :) Top each tartlet with a cut up strawberry. Place into the fridge to cool down a bit, at least for 4 hours. I put mine 1 night into the fridge! You need this, I believe!  :)

4. When you want to devour these tasty beauties, take them 15 minutes before eating out of the fridge. Carefully remove the loose bottom & tartlet tins & place each tartlet onto a nice dessert plate & indulge yourself,…:) xxx Stay Tuned! If you liked this post & want more of them, join 1,282 email followers! Subscribe by email! It is free!

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1. No-Bake Strawberry cheesecake tartlets topped with a cashew caramel! 

 

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Spelt pancakes served with hot maple syrup strawberries! Ooh yes!

Yesterday at lunch, I invented these lovely spelt pancakes served with hot maple syrup strawberries for Peter & I. It was more like a brunch. We slept in & wanted something special for breakfast. So, I made these beauties! I had some strawberries lying around that I had to use up & invented this lovely strawberries in hot maple syrup to serve with these tasty pancakes! ;) Yum, Yum, I say! :)

Perfect for brunch!

Perfect for brunch!

Now, you want the tasty recipe, don’t you?

Yummm!

Yummm!

Recipe: For 10 medium-sized thicker pancakes

Ingredients:

* For the spelt pancakes:

2 organic eggs

360 ml unsweetened soy milk

140 gr organic white spelt flour

100 gr wholemeal spelt flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

50 gr coconut sugar or less,…because the topping itself is sweet.

baking margarine or butter to fry your pancakes in

* For the strawberries in hot maple syrup:

200 gr fresh strawberries, hulled & each cut up into 2 or 4

80 ml ( 1/3 cup) maple syrup

Method:

1. In a large bowl, add eggs. Beat them loose with a fork. Add soy milk & whisk together.

2. In another large bowl, add 2 spelt flours, baking powder & coconut sugar. Mix well with a spoon. Add this mix to the bowl with beaten eggs & milk. Mix well with a wooden spoon or with a whisk. The batter will be a bit thicker & darker in color. Place a medium-sized non-stick pan on medium-high heat. Add a knob of margarine & let it completely melt. Swirl it around the base of the pan. Let the pan heat up. Pour 1 small soup ladle of the batter into the center of the pan & let the batter swirl around. Let the batter bubble well for about 2-3 minutes until you carefully flip the pancake over, to fry this side of the pancake. I test with a fork, to loosen the sides of the pancake & so you can see if the other side is brown & fried enough. Everytime, you flip your pancake over, lower your heat. This side only needs 1-2 minutes of frying. I put a heat resisted plate on low heat & turned the heat off. I put my fried pancakes on top of each other & place an upside down plate over them to keep warm.  Do the same with the rest of the pancake batter & serve them warm. When your 4 last pancakes are frying, place your cut up strawberries in a fitted cooking pot & pour your maple syrup over it. Turn heat on medium-high heat until your strawberries are soaked up with maple syrup & are denser. Stir often!The maple syrup will be a bit more syrupy but not too much. If you want it to bind more, cook it longer on the heat. When done, wait for a few minutes not to burn yourself on the hot maple syrup. Serve a pancake & pour that lovely strawberry maple syrup over your pancake. See that you have a few strawberry pieces onto your lovely pancake. Peter & I each, devoured 3 pancakes! :) The others, we ate the next morning & reheated the pancakes in the microwave. Enjoy, my sweeties! :) xxx

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Strawberry rhubarb crumble served with hot Devon custard!

A few days ago, I invented this lovely strawberry rhubarb crumble! We harvested fresh rhubarb stalks from our own allotment! It was 638 gr in total! Ooh yes! I made it twice this week, each time, I used 318 gr  to use up my lovely rhubarb! :) The crumble itself is completely vegan but what I serve with it, is not! That is dairy-full so not vegan at all! You can make it completely vegan by serving a vegan hot custard! :)

Heaven!

Heaven!

You can taste the lovely speculaas cookies in the crumble top & ginger & cinnamon in the filling too! You still see pieces of cooked rhubarb in your filling, not fallen apart at all! That is what you want! :)

MMM!

MMM!

Recipe: For 7 portions

Ingredients:

* For the topping aka crumble:

100 gr cold vegan butter, straight from the fridge, cut up into smaller pieces

100 gr white spelt flour

75 gr coconut sugar

75 gr speculaas cookies ( biscoff), crumbled up into bigger & smaller pieces.

* For the yummy filling:

300 gr fresh ripe strawberries, each hulled & cut into 2 or 4

300 gr fresh rhubarb stalks, cleaned & each stalk cut up into longer pieces, each max 2 cm

1 teaspoon ginger powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 tablespoons water

75 gr coconut sugar

* To serve: Hot custard like Ambrosia Devon custard, heated up, until hot, stirring often. Or use a vegan hot custard! :)

My favorite English custard!

My favorite English custard!

Method:

1. Make your crumble topping first. Take a medium bowl & ad spelt flour & coconut sugar together. Mix well with a spoon. Now, add knobs of vegan butter & the crumbled speculaas cookies. With clean hands, mingle everything together until it looks like smaller & bigger bread crumbs! see picture! Set aside.

2. Preheat your oven to 200°C ( 400 F ) for about 10 minutes. Now, make the filling! In a medium cooking pot, add rhubarb pieces, ginger powder, cinnamon, coconut sugar & water. Mix well on low-heat until it all caramelizes & until your rhubarb is starting to soften a bit. This will be after 5 minutes or so. Turn heat off & set aside. In that same pot, add cut up strawberries & mingle together well. Try not to damage the strawberries. Place this mix into a fitted oven dish & crumble your topping on top, evenly divided. Place into the hot oven & bake for about 20 minutes. After 13 minutes, I turned the oven temp lower on 175° C ( 350 F) ! Because the coconut sugar & speculaas cookies will caramelize & the crumble topping will be darker in color than normal white sugar. So, check often! You don’t want it to burn! ;) !!!

3. After 17-20 minutes of baking, the filling will be bubbling & check with a fork to see if your rhubarb has been cooked through. My crumble was ready after 17 minutes of baking! Turn oven off & take crumble out of the oven to cool off for 5 minutes. Take lovely dessert plates & scoop a big piece of your lovely crumble with the juices on your dessert plate! Pour some of your hot custard besides it so that it ends up near & over your crumble like picture above! :) When you serve this rhubarb strawberry crumble, you surely need this hot custard alongside it! Peter, my parents & I can’t eat rhubarb crumble without it! ;) MMM!

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You might like other rhubarb crumble/crisp recipes:

1. Triple coconut rhubarb crumble

2. Vegan rhubarb, strawberry dried apricot crisp

3. Vegan rhubarb, pear chocolate chip crumbles

4. Sophie’s spiced rhubarb, pear coconut crumble

5. Gluten-free Dairy-free strawberry rhubarb coconut buckwheat crumble

6. Orange, gingered rhubarb crumble

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Strawberry cream cheese ice-pops! Vegan & Gluten-free!

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Yesterday evening, I invented these lovely creamy vegan gluten-free strawberry cream cheese ice-pops! I am pretty new to creating tasty ice-pops but inventing these beauties was so easy to do! I had the vegan gluten-free tofutti cream cheese in my fridge, wanted to use it & had also fresh strawberries to use up! So, just look at the yummy ingredients! :)

MMM!

MMM!

Recipe: For 5 ice-pops

Ingredients:

2 cups (270 gr) cleaned, hulled strawberries, each cut up into 2, measured when cut up

3/4 cup (150 gr) vegan gluten-free cream cheese, I used tofutti

1/8 cup (30 ml) maple syrup

1/8 cup (30 ml) unsweetened soy milk

Method:

1. Take your beloved Vitamix & place your ingredients in this order in it. Place tamper into the fitted lid & blend on full-speed & on high, by using your tamper to push the ingredients into the running blades. This will take about 10-15 seconds. Taste! You must taste the yummy ripe strawberries first & then the creamy tofutti cream cheese!

2. Pour into ice-pops until nearly all full & place the cap on. Place into fitted stand & place it all in the freezer until your ice-pop are firm. This will take at least 4 hours or so. Take one out of the freezer, about 10 minutes before indulging & keep them under a tap with running warm water for 30 seconds to 1 minute or so, on both sides :) Enjoy! You won’t be disappointed! My husband Peter gave them 10/10 yet again! ;) xxx

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Home-made Vegan white chocolate coconut bars!

Yesterday, I invented these delicious vegan  home-made white chocolate coconut milk bars! The topping is super delicious aka it is home-made vegan white chocolate & the cooked cookie base is really yummy too! Between these 2 layers you taste the lovely coconut milk with added vanilla seeds! Really delicious! :)

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The topping is not pure white because of the used vanilla seeds & used maple syrup in here! Nevertheless, they are really super! They are not too sweet either! You can really taste the coconut first, then the lovely home-made white chocolate topping & then the tasty cookie base! Ooh yes! One bar is really filling too! Grab one before you go to work or enjoy 1 or 2 with a good vegan café latte or with a lovely coconut tea, why not indulge yourself?  These are fun to make, reasonably healthy & super yummy too! :)

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Let’s see how I made them! ;)

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Flower-shaped mini almond butter banana cakes with dark chocolate chips!

Hey folks, welcome to the month March! The weather is getting better, the birds are singing & I feel fine,…How about you? Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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A few years ago, I invented this Gluten-free almond butter-banana- flower-shaped cake! It was the best gluten-free cake, I ever invented. You can find the original recipe: here! This is a glorious easy to make winning almond butter & banana combination. I also added dark chocolate chips. It is truly delicious! Whenever I serve this cake, everyone who tasted it, asked me for the recipe! Now, I made smaller bite-sized flower-shaped cake treats out of them! It is easy peasy! ;)

yum yum yum!

yum yum yum!

Read on How I made them! :)

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Raw Goji berry brownie tartlets!

Yesterday evening, I invented these tasty beauties! Check them all out! I soaked a lot of cashews in the early morning & used them well rinsed & drained at night! Make these tasty raw goji berry brownies tartlets now! No guilt! ;)

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Yum Yum Yummmm & Good for you too! :)

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Read on how I made this lovely recipe,…

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Raw chocolate goji berry banana smoothy! Raw, Vegan & Gluten-free!

Today, I made a lovely Raw, Vegan & Gluten-free breakfast smoothy with raw chocolate covered goji berries, a ripe banana & unsweetened home-made almond milk! It was the best raw smoothy, I have made in ages! It looks like a carrot smoothy but I promise you it tastes like something heavenly! First, you taste the raw chocolate then the goji berries, then a hint of banana & almond.

Yum!

Yum!

I made this by using my new favorite raw chocolate covered goji berries. They look something like this:

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The yummy inside!

The yummy inside!

Read on for more info on this raw chocolate & how I made this delicious smoothy:

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10 Tasty Valentine Treats!

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Because it is nearly Saint-Valentine, I will give you 10 tasty treats from my blog to choose from & to serve 1 or more of them to your beloved! Check them out! Just click onto the pictures to go directly to the yummy recipes! Enjoy! ;) xxx

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

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2. Vegan spelt pancakes with cardamom  scented fresh sticky caramelized figs!

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Vegan love scones! ;)

A Vegan Love Scone!

A Vegan Love Scone!

Now, I got you attention, right? These scones are one of the best, I ever invented! ;) I call them love scones because they have everything in here that I love,…Yum!

Now, what else did I stuff in them? Can you guess,…???

Fresh from the oven,..

Fresh from the oven,..

Yes, …You are right,…vegan chocolate,…almond flakes,…almond milk,…maple syrup & a maple glaze! Ha!

Don’t you want to come over for tea & have a scone or 2 together???

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Vegan spelt pancakes!

A few days ago, My husband made these delicious easy to make spelt pancakes! Just see for yourself, don’t you want 1, 2 or 3?

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These pancakes are very tasty & very easy to devour too! Enjoy! :)

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Raw Vegan Gluten-free lemony hemp protein smoothy!

This morning, I made this delicious Vegan & Gluten-free Lemony Hemp protein smoothy! I added a few other healthy things & drank 1 big smoothy as a nice drinkable healthy breakfast! You see?

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What is Hemp protein, I hear you say?

Raw 100% organic hemp protein powder is a raw powder from hemp seeds. After the raw hemp seeds are cold pressed & gently milled, the resulting fine green powder can be easily added into your daily breakfasts, smoothies etc.

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Hemp seeds are very healthy & an excellent source of minerals, fatty acids & proteins. It is also a healthy source of dietary fiber, chlorophyll, and minerals including magnesium, iron, zinc and potassium. This finely milled powder has a rich, nutty flavor that is ideal for smoothies, baked goods or any recipe that could use a protein and fiber boost.

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Vegan Pecan Pie Smoothy!!!

Hello folks,

Happy 2015 to you all! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas Season, many presents at Christmas & New Year’s Eve too! :) During these festivities, I ate,…a lot,…and you? Now, I need to slim down,… a bit,…how about you? So, you all know, that I only recently created a fabulous easy vegan spelt pecan pie,…and now, I wanted to recreate that pecan pie in a smoothy aka dessert aka breakfast! You even can name it a glorious dessert because it is spoonable,…or drinkable,…Check it all out for yourself, right?

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Spelt chocolate ricotta muffins with dark chocolate chips!

Go on,...Indulge yourself!

Go on,…Indulge yourself!

Yesterday, I made these festive Spelt chocolate ricotta muffins with dark chocolate chips! They are incredibly amazing & wonderfully delicious in the mouth! I used fresh sheep’s ricotta in them! :) Go on,…Indulge yourself,…You so deserve it because of all the Christmas gifts packaging & decoration! ;)

Yummm!

Yummm!

The muffins make an ideal breakfast & are not too sweet either! Just the way, I like them! They really fill you up! A lovely breakfast muffin!

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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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Don’t you want a few of them with your coffee?

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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! 

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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!

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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!

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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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Make this fantastic delicious vegan spelt pecan pie right now!

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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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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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Make this right now! :)

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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!

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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! :)

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Vegan coconut chocolate chip oat cookies!

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You want a big bite, don’t you?

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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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Come on, eat one, you will love it! :)

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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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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! ;)

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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!

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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! :)

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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! :)

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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!

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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! :)

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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!

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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! :)

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No-Bake strawberry cheesecake tartlets topped with cashew caramel!

Would you like a big bite?

Would you like a big bite?

Today, I made these stunning no-bake strawberry cheesecake tartlets! I topped them with a cashew caramel! I bet if you want one to try & then, I assure you, you want another one! :) But one really fills you up & is enough! :) You keep the other one for the next day, to indulge yourself!!! They are also Vegan, Gluten-Free & No-Bake too! :)

No-Bake, Vegan, Gluten-Free! :)

No-Bake, Vegan, Gluten-Free! :)

You can find this tasty recipes also here: http://www.instructables.com/id/No-Bake-vegan-strawberry-cheesecake-tartlets-toppe/

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Vegan gluten-free strawberry coconut vanilla smoothy!

Hey, my friends! It has been a while since I wrote or posted a new recipe. It has been way too hot over here to do a lot of cooking or baking! :(

I have spent all my quality time with my husband Peter. We went biking a lot & visited our beloved friends & family. Most mornings, we make easy healthy smoothies to begin our day. I made a lot of smoothies from my favorite blogs & here is a new one, from me, for you! :)

yum yum yum!

yum yum yum!

You can really taste the yummy strawberries & coconut in here! Yummy! :)

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Vegan banana almond butter icy smoothy!

Something between soft-serve & a smoothy!

Something between soft-serve & a smoothy!

This is something between a soft serve ice-cream & a smoothy! It doesn’t matter what it is called, it is very delicious! That is what matters! :)

” The proof of the pudding is in the eating! ”

The yummy ingredients!

The yummy ingredients!

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Refreshing vanilla strawberry buttermilk smoothies!

Do you want one?

Do you want one?

This afternoon, I made these refreshing delicious vanilla strawberry buttermilk smoothies because I had buttermilk & strawberries to use up in my fridge!

I made them for my cleaning lady & myself. They were just right! Easy to make, so refreshing & ooh so delicious too!  We both agreed on that! :)

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Mangoliscious Puddings! Vegan & Gluten-free!

Mangolicious cardamom puddings!

Mangolicious cardamom puddings!

Today, I made these tasty MANGOLISCIOUS desserts aka puddings! :) I loved the sound of that tasty title! I had several things left in my pantry so I made these delicious Vegan & Gluten-Free desserts. These are more like thicker puddings! But because these are a bit creamy, very healthy & a bit filling, you can easily savour these as a nice breakfast! So, these make a delicious dessert and even breakfast, how good is that, hey? ;)

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Vegan gingered rhubarb panna cottas! Gluten-free too!

A lovely flower patterned Vegan & GF ringered rhubarb panna cotta! :)

A lovely flower patterned Vegan & GF gingered rhubarb panna cotta! :)

Yesterday, I invented these tasty vegan gluten-free gingered rhubarb panna cottas! I used my flower patterned silicon baking mats to make them in! This way, when the panna cottas have set, they are easy to remove & you end up with a lovely flower pattern on the outside! Just look at this beauty! You must taste the ginger & then the rhubarb with a hint of coconut in the end. In the other same panna cottas, I didn’t taste the coconut. So maybe, next time, I will use unsweetened soy milk???? I used 5 ingredients in these beauties! :) 

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Rhubarb & almond muffins with cinnamon & nutmeg!

Lovely, hey? Tasty too!

Lovely, hey? Tasty too!

A few days ago, I made these lovely rhubarb muffins. These are a bit lighter & a bit more moist then I made before but they are so lovely & yummy,…These are also a great tasty food gift & will make a great dessert or a cool breakfast on-the-go,…:)

Again, my parents gave me fresh rhubarb from their garden. So, I couldn’t refuse,…

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Raw dreamy creamy strawberry smoothies!

Since a few days, the 1st ripe juicy strawberries are here in Belgium! Yep, it is strawberry season! ;) Yeahhh! And what better way, to use them for, in all of their glory,… Raw dreamy creamy strawberry smoothies,…yes! :) These breakfast or dessert smoothies are completely RAW, VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE !!! Just look at these beauties! :)

Raw Dreamy Creamy Strawberry deliciousness!

Raw Dreamy Creamy Strawberry deliciousness!

The 1st really good strawberries are from Hoogstraten. Just look at these wonderful jewels:

Yummy Strawberries!

Yummy Strawberries!

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Vegan vanilla almond cream!

Vegan delicious vanilla almond cream!

Vegan delicious vanilla almond cream! Raw apple sliced dipped in this! Yummy!

Today, I invented this tasty Vanilla Almond Cream! All vegan goodness! If you leave out the vanilla extract it is also raw! ;) This is made by soaking whole almonds in clean water for about 48 hours!

This is a bit more thick than normal cream. You can make it to your liking & you can choose how thick you want your almond cream to be. You can add whatever you fancy with it, like cinnamon, or vanilla, like I did or raw cacao nibs or more sweet, by added 1 or 2 more pitted dates. It is up to you! :)

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Raw chocolate chia mousses!

Today, I made these tasty easy to make Raw Vegan Gluten-free chocolate chia mousses, Ooh yes! I had raw cacao nibs in my pantry & wanted to use them in these tasty chocolate chia puddings! A while ago, I made these other vegan carob chia puddings with a special ingredient, you can read all about it: here!

MMM,..Raw Vegan Deliciousness! A real mousse!

MMM,..Raw Vegan Deliciousness! A real mousse!

MMM,…Go on, treat yourself,…It is healthy too! :)

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My mom’s wholesome cookies! :)

A wholesome food gift! :)
A wholesome food gift! :) Tasty, tasty, tasty too!

A few days ago, my mom & dad came to visit me. We all drank coffee together. She presented me with her home-made wholesome cookies. They were superb. They are softer cookies filled with great tasty ingredients like unsweetened dark chocolate, unsweetened dried cranberries & flax seeds. She even made them with wholemeal spelt flour! They also make a great breakfast & are filling! ;) Yummmm! They are a great food gift too, I agreed here! ;)

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My Dad’s wholemeal spelt apple tart!

MMM! Such deatail!

MMM!
Such detail!

This glorious tasty easy to make wholemeal spelt apple tart looks amazing & is pretty tasty too! My dad likes his flavours plain & simple but you could jazz it up a bit, by adding raisins, cinnamon or almond flakes or whatever you like,…it is up to you! :)

This is a more healthy dessert apple tart, using yeast. Check it all out:

Yum Yum Yumm!

Yum Yum Yumm!

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