Sometimes you need something sweet, sometimes something more zesty. I was almost already preparing deep chocolatey porridge with dates, nut butters and coconut, when I realised what I really wanted: some lime juice and kiwi-fruits, please! This recipe is from our new porridge cookbook Puuron uusi aika (only in Finnish so far), and one of my favorite porridge recipes for moments something more refreshing is needed!
I modified the recipe a bit, because I had some home made caramel white chocolate at hand. Sooo, the bigger bowl is mine, the smaller is for my little girl. Yep, not fair – I totally agree, haha! But, she hasn’t even tried chocolate so far, so I served her portion without extra goodies, and luckily she was more that satisfied with simpler version as well: all good here! 😉
By the way, if you understand, or you are Finnish, you should click yourself into the Finnish blog post, because there’s a giveaway – FINALLY! (The book was released in May, and I’ve been meaning to do the giveaway ever since…) If you can / want to participate, I wish you the best of luck!
But let’s get back to the recipe, shall we? It’s simple, delicious and super easy, and takes only about 15 minutes or so. It’s also warm and filling: perfect for Autumnal weather, if you ask me! There are only a few ingredients in the original recipe: polenta, naturally sweet plant based milk (like rice or coconut), kiwi fruits, lime and lovely lemon balm (that is one of my favorite herbs, simply love it!). If you happen to have some chocolate, dried fruits or something similar at hand, you can surely use them, but it’s not necessary – the porridge is lovely without them as well!
Happy porridge moments, Tuulia
Lovely polenta porridge with kiwi, lime and lemon balm
Porridge: 3,5 dl rice milk or other naturally sweet plant based milk 1,25 dl polenta hint of salt
On top: 2 kiwi fruits 1-2 Tbsp lime juice about a handfull of fresh lemon balm
1. Prepare the porridge: mix the polenta with the plant milk, and let boil on low heat for about 6-10 minutes, mix occasionally. 2. While the porridge is boiling prepare the toppings: peel and dice the kiwis, mix with lime juice. Fine some lemon balm and mix it with kiwi and lime juice. 3. When the porridge is ready serve it with the zesty toppings – so good!
In the last blog posting we were enjoying porridge all day, so maybe now it’s time to move directly into dessert-section!
These licorice-date bliss balls are incredibly easy, almost too easy one could say! While making these I found myself wondering how it is even possibly to make something this divine using only few ingredients? These licorice-date bliss balls make you forget candy even ever existed, haha!
I got the inspiration from I Finnish blog called Viimeistä murua myöten, where Saara was making even more simple version of these babies. When I saw the recipe I knew that it was a must try, but in the end I added some crushed seeds into the bliss ball dough. I love everything crunchy, and made this recipe for Urtekram, using their organic sun flower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Lovely!
I love the fact that seeds bring some nutritional value to the treats as well, but also makes you to chew them – this helps the digestion, too!
These licorice-date bliss balls are soft and a bit chewy, gluten free of course and vegan as well. I coated them with same strong licorice powder they have inside as well, and used also some beetroot juice powder. The beetroot juice powder has a pretty colour and a lovely taste, but doesn’t do so well with the humidity of a fridge – that is why I recomment skipping this powder, if you’re planning to keep the treats in the fridge longer: the licorice powder is better for that!
The treats don’t have any solid fats to keep them hard, so they might get a bit soft – don’t store these in room temperature, or at least pop the into the freezer for a moment before serving. This way they are lovely, nice and a bit chewy.
I hope you’ll love the recipe – I’m totally in love myself! Tuulia ♥
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!
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!
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!
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.
When I first started my blog, few years ago, I was totally crazy about raw cakes. They were something quite new here in Finland and I spend countless hours developing, testing, tasting and planning new cakes – no wonder I got a bit bored with them after all! Lately I’ve been making raw cakes only if someone has asked me to make one, for a party or something similar.
The basic base for raw cakes is usually made from cashews, as you most probably now, and in co-operation with Earth Control I had the chance to develop a recipe for their cashew-cranberry mix. When I saw the bag I noticed the old raw cake lover inside me waking up: could it be possible to mix the dried cranberries to the base of a cake, I wondered? And you know what: it for sure was! The dried cranberries add some natural sweetness to the cake, and a bit on nice color as well (for the color I used also beetroot juice powder).
Instead of normal cake tin I decided to use small jars: aren’t they pretty? You can of course do the cake into a tin as well, but then double the ingredients: now the recipe is for two-three portions (jars).
Raw cake in a jar is a nice detail for a table setting, a brunch or for a party buffet, and I saved some of the base dough for the decoration of the jars. The preparation is very easy, and no worries if you don’t have beetroot juice powder – you can leave it out as well. The colour will of course be different, but the cake jars will taste lovely even without it.
The cake jars are filled with good energy from cashews, and natural sweetness from dates, coconut and orange. If you decide to use beetroot juice powder as well, you will add a great amount of health effects – the cake jars are real feel-good treats!
Lovely Raw Cake Jar (GF, D, V)
serves two – three
base: about 0,5 dl gluten free oat flakes about 1,25 dl diced dried dates 2 Tbsp shredded coconut (1-2 Tbsp water, depending on the moist of the dried dates)
cake: 2 dl Earth Control Cashew-cranberry mix (soaked over night or min 4 h) 0,5 dl virgin coconut oil (melted) 1 medium (organic) orange 1-2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup 1 tsp beetroot juice powder (for the pink color, you can leave it out as well)
1. Make the base: put all the ingredients into a blender and mix. Depending on how moist the dates are, you might need a bit of water: the dough should be quite easy to press on the bottom of the jars, but not too tight (it should be easy to eat them with from the jar). Put into a freezer for a moment.
2. Press the dough lightly in the jars, but save some of the base for decoration.
3. Prepare the dough: rinse the soaked nut-cranberry mix and add into a powerful blender with rest of the ingredients. Mix until smooth and lovely: if you have organic orange and prefer stronger orange-flavor, you can add some zest as well.
4. Pour it to the jars, and put the jars into a fridge for at least couple of hours, or over night. When the raw cake jars are ready, decorate with the bottom crust, and enjoy!