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Chickpea Blondies with Lucuma

Chickpea Blondies with Lucuma

Hello friends, I hope your week has started smoothly! <3

Easter time with all the chocolate is of course delicious, but sometimes even a bit too much: at least I’ve noticed that I’m craving a little lighter and not so chocolatey treats, thanks to Easter feasting. Everyone knows brownies for sure, but what about blondies, are you familiar with them?

At least here in Finland brownies are more known, but blondies are just as lovely, if you ask me. If I has to choose which one is nicer, I might even choose blondies over brownies! I know, big words, but it might just be so. Blondies are a bit lighter but never too light. These chickpea blondies are sticky and lovely but not too sweet. It’s actually very easy to eat more than one of these and still feel like having one – you have been warned, ha!

Chickpea Blondies with Lucuma

But this time when you’re eating too many blondies the case is actually not so bad, because at the same time you’re actually eating chickpeas, sweet potato and dates, which all have health benefits and are nutritious. Not bad, or what you think?

These gluten free chick pea blondies are served with lovely coconut cream and of my favorite sauces: lucuma caramel sauce. It has two ingredients (+salt) and is so good – like caramel sauce, but instead of sugar and cream, it’s made of lucuma fruit and coconut oil. And it’s divine!

So let’s continue to the recipe itself – the lovey chickpea blondies are waiting!
tuulia xx

Chickpea Blondies with LucumaChickpea Blondies with LucumaChickpea Blondies (gluten free, dairy free, vegan) 

makes abut six peaces

wet:
about 300 g packet of ready to eat chick peas
about 200 g sweet potato
20 pieces fresh medjool dates
0,75 dl ghee or coconut oil (if vegan)
0,75 dl plant based mikl

dry:
about 0,5 tl vanilla powder
about  0,5 tl salt
about 0,5 tl cardamom
0,5 dl durraflour (or other gluten free flour)
0,5 dl lucuma powder
1 tlbaking powder
0,5 tl salt

Lucuma sauce (caramel sauce):
n. 0,5 dl virgin coconut oil (melted)
n. 0,6 – 0,75 dl lucuma powder
hint of salt

coconut cream for serving

1. Heat the oven to 200 degrees.

2. Make the pureed sweet potato: peel and boil the sweet potato pieces. When ready and soft, rinse with cold water and add into a blender (a powerful hand blender will do just fine as as well). Rinse the chickpeas well too, and add to blender as well, along with melted oil and plant based milk. Pit the dates and add them to the blender too. Mix until smooth.

3. Mix the dry ingredients and the add the wet ones to them mix smooth.

4. Put a parchment sheet paper into a oven pan, spoon up the dough into it and bake for about 45 minutes or so.

5. Let the treat cool down well (important and the hardest part!). While it’s cooling down you can prepare the lucuma caramel sauce: just melt the oil and add lucumapowder and salt, mix it and it’s ready!

6. Serve the gluten free chickpea blondies with whipped coconut cream and lucuma sauce. Please notice, that coconut oil gets hard in under 25 degrees, so if you put it into the freezer, it’ll get hard. Store it in a bowl that is easy to reheat or eat it all at once! 🙂

Chickpea Blondies with Lucuma

Princess Chocolate (a.k.a raw white chocolate with mulberries)

My blog is up and running again, after a few days of problems, wohoo! I tried to come and share this lovely recipe with you guys already on Sunday, only to find out that I couldn’t. I had to hold my horses – what a great practice it was for the impatient me!

But now, finally, may I introduce Princess chocolate! Princess chocolate is vegan and raw white chocolate, accompanied by sweet mulberries and lovely beetroot juice powder – lovely and such a pretty combination! We live next to a flower wholesaler (yep, lucky me!) and I had bought some (ok, a lot of) white and light pink flowers to cheer things up, and princess chocolate was just a perfect match with them – don’t you think?

Princess Chocolate (a.k.a raw white chocolate with mulberries)

When I was younger, I used to love white chocolate. I didn’t start to appreciate chocolate (I mean the regular, made on cocoa) until later, and even later I discovered raw chocolate. White chocolate was my favorite, as it was supersweet and milky, thanks to all the sugar and milk powder it contains.

This princess chocolate originates from white chocolate, but at the same time is totally different: the sweetness is milder, it’s more nutritious and has no milk powder so is totally vegan as well – a lot nicer combination as compared to the traditional white chocolate, right? The chocolate wouldn’t be princess chocolate if it wasn’t pretty and luxurious too: the beetroot juice powder brings a bit of sparkle on top! ✨

Gentle and sweet princess chocolate moments,
tuulia

Princess Chocolate (a.k.a raw white chocolate with mulberries)

Princess chocolate a.k.a white chocolate with mulberries and beetroot juice powder 

about 150 g (3 dl) grated cocoa butter
6 Tbsp sunflower seeds
4 Tbsp mulberries
2 Tbsp rice flour (or other white flour)
about 5 Tbsp maple syrup
about 0,5 tsp vanilla powder
hint of salt

on top: beetroot juice powder + mulberries

1. Place the mulberries and seeds into a powerful blender with the vanilla and salt. Mix until smooth and flour-like. Add the rice flour.

2. Melt the cocoa butter on mild heat.

3. Put the flour mixture into a bowl, and add the melted cocoa butter and maple syrup. Check the taste – at this point the liquid should be quite sweet.

4. Put a parchment sheet into a small tray. Sprinkle mulberries and beetroot juice powder on top, and put into a freezer for a moment.

5. When the white chocolate is ready, finish it up with mulberries, beetroot juice powder, and cut into pieces. Enjoy! ✨

Princess Chocolate (a.k.a raw white chocolate with mulberries)

The Best of the Month

Hello, friends, and welcome to the first post of a new “The Best of the Month” blog post series. In this series, I will update you on the most inspiring, interesting and nicest things that I bump into: eco-friendly products and services, natural cosmetic, nontoxic solutions, lovely products: whatever I actually feel like sharing with you guys. I regularly get opportunities to see and try out new products, or read something important or interesting, and I’ve found myself thinking how great it would be to share these things with you too! To dedicate a posting for each of the things would be too time consuming, and maybe not even very interesting, so please find the solution below -The Best of the Month. I hope you’ll find it pleasing and interesting, too!

Pela Case

Pelacase - myrkytön ekokuori puhelimeen

I ordered my phone case from Etsy a few months back, after I got a new phone. I actually ordered the case without thinking any further: I saw a really pretty plastic case and just added  it into my cart. The case was really, really nice, and it came directly from a girl who was making and painting them. After using it for a while I suddenly realised that I had no idea whether the case was actually safe: if it contained PBA, phtalates or other toxic chemicals. I contacted the seller, and after receiving an answer saying the she didn’t know anything concerning these matters, I got rid of the case. I have to admit that I wasn’t very proud of myself: I’m super strict when it comes to using plastic products in the kitchen or in clothing, but with phone case I forgot to check the facts.

I started googling, and soon I found a solution for me: Pela Case. This phone case is eco-friendly, and free from PBA, lead and cadmium anf phtalates. It’s made from plant-based materials, and like this wasn’t enough, it’s also 100% compostable. Amazing!

Oh yes, and it’s pretty too, feels nice and soft and protects your phone. A real phone case of the future – like they all should be! The company also donates at least 1% of the profits to environmental non-profit groups. This all makes me one happy Pelacase user!

In case this piqued your interest, go and grab a discount code here. You get 20% off your purchase, and I get a $3 credit per order. But I don’t get the credit for my personal use, because Pela Case forwards all their credits to charity – really nice. So if you’re looking for a sustainable phone case, this one might be the one for you too!

Life Body & Soul 

I got to try out new products Life novelties, in particular from their Body and Soul – product family. Life is a health food and products retail store chain (where I actually used to work myself a few years ago), with stores in Finland, Sweden and Norway.

And they have lovely products! Just look at them: so pretty.

The product family’s package design is more than nice, the products are good quality, and designed for a Scandinavian (needy) skin. The products have a COSMOS-certificate meaning that 95-100% of the ingredients are from natural origin. Some of the products have preservatives, but even those are natural  – and naturally the products are free from hormone disturbing chemicals or ingredients that could harm the environment.

This is all very important, but if the products don’t work, who cares, right? Well, luckily the products do work, and the almond rose scent that I got to try out is really, really nice. The soap looks cool in the bathroom, and the hand cream is handy in the bag, and guess what? The deodorant really seems to work. This is something not to be taken for granted when it comes to natural cosmetics, ha!

A warm recommendation: spoil your skin!

Arctic Warriors

For a long time now I’ve been admiring the brand image and the products by Finnish Arctic Warriors. What a great concept! I got to test their Kerkkä, a spruce sprout powder, and oh my, what a product! The taste and the scents are both lovely, and they take you back to the forest in no time. Spruce sprouts have antioxidants, vitamin A and C, and the powder very easy to use: use sprinkle it on top of smoothie bowls, porridges, etc!

I also tried two other products of theirs, and they’re pretty amazing as well! These are only available in Finnish so far, but Like Kerkkä, they’re made of potent arctic herbs as well, and they give you strenght and resistance – something we really need living here up North!

So there you go, a few examples of nicest products I’ve bumped into lately! In the Finnish version I also give some suggestions how to do charity on the local level – in Helsinki, where I live, we have a great opporturnity to help poor families through a Facebook page, which connects people in need for help, to those who would like to help.

I spent one Saturday a couple of weeks ago shopping (healthy!) groceries and hygiene products for a couple of unfortunate families, and got so much out of being able to help others. If you have anything similar where you live, please don’t hesitate to help – giving to others is one of the biggest joys, and when it’s direct help, you know exactly where your money goes.

Take care,
tuulia xx

Roasted Mango with Licorice

Roasted Mango with Licorice Roasted Mango with Licorice
Thank you internet, thank you tasty and delicious ripe mangos!

A while ago I bumped into an easy dessert recipe that I instantly knew I had to try out. It was called “mango brulee” and had only a few ingredients: one main ingredient being of course mango.

I’ve noticed that quite regularly I get a crush on an ingredient, and the crushes are a bit like summer romances: usually quite short (until I get a new crush, ha) but deep: at the moment I’m having a serious mango-crush, and I’ve been using them literally every day for a while. Before mangoes there was many, and I mean many, other ingredient/food-crushes: a few years ago I was totally in love with raw cakes. I made them weekly, and tried new recipes and flavor combinations one after another. Then along came coconut, in many, many forms: whipped coconut cream, coconut yoghurt, coconut smoothies, shredded coconut.. You name it! Then for I while I was all about oat. It was a longer romance, and it’s still going quite strong: i love oatgurt, oat puddings, porridges, to mention a few.

At the moment I have a serious crush on raw licorice powder, too! I could add it to everything, and quite often I do. Like for example on top of these roasted mangoes.

They turned out really, really nice. I hope you’ll love them too!
tuulia xx

Roasted Mango with Licorice

Roasted Licorice Mangoes 

for two

2 ripe mangoes
raw licorice powder (about 1/2 tsp for each)

1. Turn on the broiler and heat the oven to 250 degrees (celsius).
2. Cut through the mango on both sides of the pit as evenly as possible (place the mango lengthwise towards you).
3. Add the licorice powder.
4. Line a baking sheet with foil. Roast the mangoes for about 15 minutes, until the color is beautiful and the mangoes are soft and nice.
5. Enjoy as they are or for example with whipped coconut cream. Divine!

Roasted Mango with Licorice

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