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Summer’s first nice cream (with raspberry and licorice!)

During last weeks we have finally got some spring vibes and sunny days as well – but it still snowed couple of weeks ago, can you imagine? I know, me neither, but unfortunately we had to experience it a while ago, ha.

Luckily that is over now (hopefully) and we can start enjoying spring for real. At least I started enjoying it with nice creams, that I deeply love but as I’m cold sensitive, I rarely eat nice creams before it gets a but warmer (and here in Finland it seems it can take a while…), so when spring comes the first nice cream feels quite special.

As I’m quite impatient I usually make fast nice creams, with blender, without ice cream maker (that I don’t even actually even own). I always keep frozen bananas in my freezer, and as a berry lover, I have tons of self picked berries still from last summer as well. Our whole family loves these kind of ice creams, and to be honest, my daughter has never even tasted anything else, and there’s no need for it either!

Nice creams came to Finland couple of years ago, when my friend (and namesake) Tuulia and Virpi published their super popular Nice Cream book. After this book the blenders around the world has been mixing nice creams after nice creams, since their book was published in six countries all together. I know – wow.  If you don’t know the book yet, you should totally check it out!

But now, let’s continue to this easy, fast and super soft nice cream recipe! There are only a few ingredients, and it’s super delicious – it’s a promise!

Wishing you lovely nice cream moments and spring vibes ♥

Charming Raspberry and Licorice Nice Cream

2 big, frozen (ripe) bananas
2-3 Tbsp coconut cream or plant based yogurt
Handful of two of frozen raspberries
0,5 – 2 Tbsp strong raw licorice powder (licorice powder is stronger than licorice root powder)

1. Put bananas and coconut cream / plant based yogurt into a blender. Mix until smooth and fluffy.
2. Divide the nice cream base into two, and take half of it to bowl. Mix raspberries with other helf in the blender. Mix until smooth, pink and sweet.
3. Mix the licorice powder with the other half – put as much as you want!
4. Serve right away, decorate with frozen / fresh berries and enjoy!

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)

Sunny Sweet Potato Mango Porridge (GF, V)

Sweet potato-mango porridge (GF, V) Sweet potato-mango porridge (GF, V)

Winter is still going strong here in the North, and we just had a few really, really grey weeks. A couple of days ago I was at a playground with my daughter, and I saw a glimpse of the sun behind a cloud. I got excited (ha) and started to point it to her. She was staring at the cloud and then back at me, clearly trying to figure out what was happening, and yep, let’s face it, maybe it wasn’t so easy to understand what I meant. Anyway, the glimpse of sun made me realise how badly I do miss the spring and summer time. Oh pretty please, spring, come already!

But as we still have some time before spring really hits these latitudes, I felt I had to come up with something sunny. And here it is! Lovely (and gluten-free of course) mango- sweet potato porridge, topped with oh-so-delicious cardamom granola and berries.

Sweet potato-mango porridge (GF, V)

The weekend was actually really pretty here as well (had a lovely walk on ice), and it’s still sunny (but cold, brrr) as we speak. I just prepared more of this porridge, and I have to tell you: when enjoying this yellow and delicious porridge and the sun is shining outside it’s really easy to believe that spring is really just around the corner!

The mango sweet potato porridge is of course gluten-free, dairy-free and suitable for vegans as well. It’s nutritious, filling and very easy to prepare, too!

I hope you’ll love it!

Tuulia xx

Sweet potato-mango porridge (GF, V) Gluten-free and vegan Mango-Sweet Potato Porridge 

for two

Porridge:
2 dl buckwheat flakes
1 dl plant based milk + 1 dl water OR 2 dl water
1 Tbsp ghee / virgin coconut oil
about 300 g mango (fresh or frozen)
about 200 g piece of sweet potato
hint of salt

1. Peel the sweet potato and dice it. Boil until soft.
2. Add buckwheat flakes and liquids into a kettle, and season with salt and cardamom. Let boil with low heat until cooked.
3. Peel mango and dice it too. Add the mango and cooked sweet potato to the porridge, and mix with a hand blender, until smooth and nice. If you use frozen mango, the porridge will of course be cold. If you don’t like that, no worries – just put the kettle back on the stove and heat the porridge.
4. Serve the porridge with granola and berries.

granola:
2 dl buckwheat / gluten free oat flakes
1 dl sunflower seeds
1 dl pumpkin seeds
4 Tbsp ghee / virgin coconut oil
1,5 tsp cardamom
2 Tbsp lucuma powder
4 medium sized dried figs
(2 Tbsp maple syrup, if desired)

There will be a lot of granola left, and it’s perfect with other porridges, oatgurts and so on. Store it in a glass jar.

1. Heat the oven to 175 degrees.
2. Mix all the ingredients together and spread onto an oven tray.
3. Heat for about 15 minutes, until the granola is golden brown and lovely.

Lovely Licorice-Date Fudge with Lucuma

 

Hello again, friends! I’m hoping your week has been lovely. Mine sure is, after making these licorce-date fudges with lucuma – oh my these are lovely. In January I was feasting with other kind of feel-good candies made from mulberries (I hope you didn’t miss the recipe, if so, check it out – it’s delicious!), and I was as happy now when I came up with this recipe.

These licorice-date fudges are soft, lovely, super sweet, and really fudge-like. You know those old fashioned fudge squares? Well these are really close to them!

This feel-good treat has only a few ingredients, and no refined sugar. The sweetness comes from dates and licorice, and thanks to lucuma, this fudge also has some caramel-like flavor – as fudge should!

And you know, there was most of the ingredients, as well! In addition to these, the licorice-date fudges has some virgin coconut oil, that binds the dough together. These fudges are dense and doesn’t become too soft even if left on a table for even a longer time – keeping in fridge, though.

Traditional fudge has a lot of cream, butter, glucose syrup, regular and brown sugar. That’s a lot of sugar.. But of course this feel-good fudge also has sugar, but from dates and lucuma. When you sweeten treats like this, you also get the health benefits of the fruit – a real win-win.

Dates have some vitamin C, A and B, fiber (about 7%), potassium, calsium and some magnesium, too! Quite amazing set of nutrients, if you compare these with traditional fudge, don’t you think?

I hope you’ll love them, too!
Tuulia

Licorice-Date Fudge with Lucuma

20 pieces of soft medjool-dates (pitted)
about 1,2 dl lucuma
about 2-3 Tbsp strong, raw licorice powder
hint of salt
0,75 dl coconut oil (melted)

1. Place dates into a powerful blender and blend until you have sooth paste.

2. Add melted coconut oil,lucuma, licorice and salt into the blender as well. Mix, until smooth. If the dough seems to be too oily, add some lucuma.

3. Press the dough into a small pan (I used a freeze box myself) and pop into freezer for couple of hours.

4. Heat the base of the freeze box, so the lucuma will loose beuatifully. Cut into pieces, and enjoy!

If you have high blood pressure or you’re pregnant, skip the licorice and add a bit more of lucuma.

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