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Fresh Raw Chocolate-Figs

From time to time I try to remind myself of keeping things simple. Especially when it comes to recipes, it’s so easy to go a bit far with everything, even though I’m the biggest fan of simple treats. “Keep it simple, stupid” is maybe one of the greatest advices ever given, and with these lovely, fresh raw chocolate figs I really did follow this advice!

These pretty, pretty treats are perfect for easy dessert, for brunch or just for sweet snacking, when in need something a bit more special. Just melt the chocolate slowly in bain-marie, and dip the fresg figs into it, and that’s almost it! Just lovely.

Figs are one of the sweetest fruits on earth, and quite often we’ve been used to eat them dried. Nowadays, luckily, even our neighbour shop sells fresh ones as well, and I’m quite happy about it (and eating fresh figs frequently!). Fresh figs are sweet as candies, but are rich on fiber and calsium, too. And when eating them with raw chocolate, you get all the health benefits of it too: raw chocolate figs are a real feel-good treat!

I hope you have fresh figs available as well, and if you do, I recommend trying this easy and quick recipe: it’s delish!

Tuulia xx

Fresh Raw Chocolate-Figs 

Fresh figs
(Raw) chocolate
Here: unsweetened raw chocolate mass, maply syrup, salt (as much as you want: to taste)

For decoration: dried pomegranate seeds, shredded coconut

1. Place the chosem chocolate into bain-marie, and let melt
2. Wash, dry and chop the figs
3. Spice the choc if needed
4. Dip the fig pieces into the choc, place on top of parchemnt paper, and put into fridge for a while
5. When the choc has set up, you’re all ready! Enjoy!

Gluten free and Vegan Summer Waffles with Nice Cream

The summer hasn’t been on it’s best here in Finland, but luckily we still have fresh and lovely summer ingredients at hand. These gluten free and vegan summer waffles are stuffed with strawberry, blueberry and licorice nice cream, and are just heavenly – summer on a plate!

These waffles, together with the Pastel Color Pies that I made couple of weeks ago, are simply lovely summer treats, bursting with color, flavor, taste, vitamins and all the good stuff – without gluten or dairy – totally plant based!

For a longer time I have been dreaming of the pancakes Veera, from The Queen of Delicious – blog, makes. They always look heavenly! A while ago she posted a recipe of four ingredient pancakes, and when I started to plan the recipe for these nice cream waffles, I wanted to try if the pancake batter would work in waffles as well. They turned out lovely!

I did a small change to the recipe, ’cause I wanted the waffles look at their best. I added a bit of xanthan into the batter, just to be on the safe side. I’m sure you could do the waffles without xanthan as well, but it helps them to keep their viscosity. The batter itself is super easy: without xanthan it has four ingrendients, and the taste is good and just perfect for the summery fillings!

You can fill the gluten free waffles with your favorite nice cream flavors: I chose strawberry, blueberry and licorice (hah, of course!). Just bake the waffles first, roll them and let then cool down, and when they’re cool, prepare the nice cream. The nice cream will be like soft ice cream, and as its best when served right away, so I recommend you to make the nice cream only just before enjoying these lovely threats! They’re like summer on a plate!

Tuulia ♥

Gluten free and Vegan Summer Waffles with Nice Cream

about six waffles

3 dl oatgurt (oat jogurt)
3 dl oat milk (or any plant based milk)
3 dl rolled oats
1,5 tsp baking powder
0,5 tsp xanthan gum

virgin coconut oil or ghee (not vegan)

Nice cream:

six frozen, diced bananas
n. 10 Tbsp oatgurt of coconut cream
handfull of fresh strawberries
handfull of blueberries
0,5 – 2 Tbsp strong, raw licorice powder

1. Put all the waffle ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth. Let the batter be for around 20 minutes before making the waffles.

2. Heat up the waffle iron, and spread some oil on the irons. Bake the waffles, and let them cool down. When they’re all cooled down, roll them up as “cones”. Turn then upside down on a plate and let be there until the nice cream is ready.

3. Prepare the nice creams. First make the base: add bananas and oatgurt/coconut cream to the blender, and divide into three parts. Add strawberries into first batch, mix and spoon into a bowl. Out into the freezer until the other nice creams are ready. Then prepare the blueberry nice cream, then licorice.

4. When they’re all ready, fill the cooled down waffles with the nice creams. Serve right away, and enjoy the summer vibes on a plate!

Cherry Nice Cream with Creamy Chia-Coconut Pudding

Cherry Nice Cream with Chia-coconut Pudding (dairy free, gluten free, vegan)

Soon it’s already July, and time for summer holiday! Even thought I’m self employed and fairly busy (luckily!) I’m quite big fan of taking it easy once in a while – for example on holidays. I’ve been planning taking four weeks off, for travelling and spending time at our summer cottage in the middle of nowhere – can’t almost wait. So, as you can for sure guess, my favorite part of summers are the holidays and time spent with the family and friends. But after that comes of course all the fresh and tasty summer food and ingredients! 🙂

Around summer it’s so easy to find fresh berries sold around every corner here, and I could eat cherries every day (if only I could find organic ones as well…). As lovely cherries are eaten just like they are, I do love them on baking and making as well. This time fresh cherries ended up being part of lovely dairy free nice cream, served with chia-coconut pudding. Yumm..

Cherry Nice Cream with Chia-coconut Pudding (dairy free, gluten free, vegan)

If you just look at the ingredients, this lovely nice cream / pudding could actually be a breakfast as well – only nice and feel good – ingredients here. So if you have more time on your hands on mornings, this recipe could be a very, very nice brekkie as well. (But not here, as our mornings are everything else than peaceful: after making the breakfast for my little girl I quite often end up having and apple and a carrot or a really quick smoothie myself before rushing her to day care.. No nice cream puddings over here, haha!)

Luckily I do have more time after work (I mean like 15 minutes that this recipe demands, hah, if you only have frozen bananas at hand), so at our place nice cream and puddings are usually served as desserts, and eaten quite regularly – this time with lovely cherries!

Tuulia <3

Cherry Nice Cream with Chia-coconut Pudding (dairy free, gluten free, vegan)

Cherry Nice Cream with Chia-coconut Pudding (dairy free, gluten free, vegan)

for two

pudding:
4 Tbsp chia seeds
1 dl creamy coconut milk
1 dl oat / coconut yogurt

Nice cream:
2 frozen bananas
handfull or two of fresh cherries

couple of fresh cherries for decoration

1. Prepare the pudding: mix all the ingredients and set aside for 15 minutes of so.

2. When the pudding is ready, spoon it to jars or bowls. Then prepare the nice cream: pit the dates, and add them to blender with frozen bananas. Mix until you have lovely, sweet and pink nice cream.

3. Spoon the nice cream on top of the pudding, decorate and serve instantly.

Cherry Nice Cream with Chia-coconut Pudding (dairy free, gluten free, vegan)

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

Lately I’ve been craving the combination of smoothies and creamy chia puddings. Smoothies are a great way to get a lot of well absorbing nutrients fast, but without nuts and seeds (or some kind of protein powder) they don’t actually keep my hunger away for too long. If you haven’t tried combining chia puddings and smoothies, I urge you: do it now! It’s a perfect way to make s smoothie more filling and more like a proper meal.

Green smoothies are my favorites as well: it’s so easy to hide all kind of veggies into them, and when mixed with mango or bananas, you get a really nice combination of sweet and veggies. This one has strong mint leaves and baby spinach, and a secret ingredient (even thought I revealed it already in the subject, haha!): fresh cauliflower.

Cauliflower has been predicted to be next trend food among us health foodies, and oh boy am I ready for that! I’ve always loved cauliflower, uncooked, cooked, baked, fried, mixed in salads, porridges, desserts – you name it.  Oh yep, and now in smoothies too!

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

Cauliflower really deserves to be among healthy foods: it has a lot of vitamin C, fiber, vitamin K and some B-vitamins. It’s good for your heart, and as garlic, cauliflower also has strong antioxidant called allicin. Only if you have problems with thyroid, you should be aware of eating to much of raw cauliflower (and other goitrogens such as broccoli, kale, etc.) every day. When cooked, it’s totally save for everyone.

Cauliflower (thanks to allicin) has strong flavor. Into first batch I added two handfulls of cauliflower, and I was able to taste it from the smoothie – too much. More or less one handfull is great for this recipe. When adding veggies into smoothies, it’s great to add something sweet there too, like mango, bananas, coconut milk.. Like this you (or your kids, for that matter!) wont even taste the veggies!

But why on earth would someone add cauliflower into their smoothie, one might wonder. Well, according new research, eating veggies and fruits up to 800 g a day has health benefits – before everyone thought 500 g a day would be enough, and all that exceeds this amount is nice, but not beneficial in any way. Now we know more, and this motivates to eat even more veggies, every day – also in your smoothies! I know it might sound exotic, but once you tried it you will wonder why you didn’t do it before!

Cheers – for your health!
Tuulia ♥

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

for two

pudding:
4 Tbsp chia seeds
3 dl creamy coconut yogurt

smoothie:
handfull of uncooked cauliflower
handfull of fresh mint
two handfulls of fresh baby spinach
n. 100 g frozen mango (ii use fresh, add couple of ice cubes)
1 ripe banana
juice of half a lemon

For decoration: berries, fresh mint, raw chocolate, bananas – what ever you come up with!

1. Prepare the pudding: mix seeds into the coocnut milk and let be for about 15 minutes.

2. Wash the ingredients, and add into a blender. Mix until smooth and check the flavor – add more bananas or mango if you want the smoothie be sweeter.

3. When pudding is ready, spoon it into bowls, and pour the smoothie on top. Cheers!

 

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

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