Sunday, July 31, 2016

Why Everyone Is Going Braless (and whether you should too)

reading time: 5 min




Today is a taboo topic that has nothing to do with food for once: nipples!

I don't know if you've made the same observation but I noticed that there are many ladies in the vegan community lately who promote to FREE THE NIPPLES (Mantras and Mangos, Raw Alignment, Henya Mania,  Claire Michelle, Stella Rae, to name just a few). Even BuzzFeed made a video on Women Going Braless For A Week - so what's all the fuzz about? 

Here's an overview of the reasons WHY to go braless, HOW to go braless and IF it's right for you!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

reading time: 1 min



Quick 3-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, cherries
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat 

*humming Cheri Cheri Lady
(am I the only one who used to think they said "cherry cherry" instead of "cheri cheri" as a child?!)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Peanut Butter Jelly Cookies (vegan)

reading time: 1 min




Hey friends!

As of Sunday I'm back from the music festival, and I'm down with a cold - in July!! -.- I felt it coming on after two days of being exposed to a harsh contrast of hot days and cold nights, breathing dust and smoky air, and by the time of Saturday night it had hit me hard. I was congested, sniffling, sneezing, and just feeling pretty yucky. I came home Sunday night instead of Monday noon, in an attempt to cure my cold at home, and I'm feeling a little bit better now.

What's more important though is what I packed for the festival in order to survive as a vegan ;)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Banana Split Breakfast (vegan)

reading time: ca. 1 min




Preparation time: 5 mins
Main ingredients: banana, yoghurt, fruit, granola
difficulty level: easy
serves: 2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, paleo, low-fat

Following my raw vegan Banana Split Ice Cream, my Fro-Yo Banana Split and my slightly decadent Banana Split Oatmeal, I come to you with this incredibly healthy breakfast edition of banana split today! 

Healthy ingredients, like yoghurt, fresh fruits, oats and nuts that make up this banana split may already be part of your breakfast routine, but when you dress them up in a fun banana split bowl somehow, they just seem so special :)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Apricot Maple Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

reading time: 1 min



Quick 3-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, apricots, maple
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, raw food, paleo, low-fat

To be honest, I've never been a massive fan of apricots. They taste rather bland compared to sweet peaches, and sometimes the texture of their velvety skin and flesh is just... weird. Apricots are a little thicker and heavier tasting than a peach, and sometimes slightly tart like a plum.

But in ice cream form their taste can be perfectly paired with the sweetness of maple syrup and the crunchiness of homemade granola :) 
 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

BBQ Black Bean Burger (vegan & gluten-free)

reading time: 2 min




I can't believe how July has flown by! It's already almost the end of the month and the BBQ dinners are in full force. I always love those relaxed barbecue nights, especially when they involve jacket potatoes, grilled corn, guacamole, hummus, potato salad and loads of tofu sausages... yumm!  

To complete your barbecue, here's a recipe for an easy BBQ Black Bean Burger to pair with your delicious grilled goodness :)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Banana Split with a Twist (vegan)

reading time: 1 min




Preparation time: 20 mins (+ 45 mins freezing time)
Main ingredients: banana, yoghurt, fruit, chocolate
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo, low-fat

After my first attempt to make a vegan Banana Split, here's my second attempt! But this time - with a twist...

Friday, July 15, 2016

Strawberry Peach Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

reading time: 1 min




Quick 3-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, strawberry, peach
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

What's better than juicy ripe peaches on a hot summer's day? Oh, right. Ice cream!
 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

White Bean Coriander Burgers (vegan & gluten-free)

reading time: 2 min




After all this sweetness last month, it's about time for a savory counterbalance.

I love patties that are based on legumes as you can buy them canned so there's no any extra preparation time. In other words, I'm lazy. But considering that my boyfriend and I whip up something freshly cooked, baked or otherwise prepared every single day, I think it's perfectly legitimate to be lazy from time to time.

Other than burgers, my lazy day recipes include pasta, potato wedges, rice bowls and simple bread slices with spread. Highly recommended, quick, easy and still healthy!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Banana Split Oatmeal (vegan)

reading time: 2 min




A while ago I came across a recipe post for banana split cupcakes (not vegan), and it made me thinking: why not turn several dishes into a "banana split"?! And the first thing that came to mind - besides vegan banana split cupcakes - was OATMEAL.

So I ran to my computer and googled "banana split porridge/oatmeal", and surprisingly there were no recipes of the sort that I was looking for! So of course, I had to make one myself :)

This Banana Split Oatmeal is dairy-free, decadent and delicious! This can be eaten either as a healthy dessert for 2, or as a slightly richer breakfast for 1. Goes without saying, I had mine as breakfast for one, hehe.
 

Friday, July 08, 2016

Cinnamon Ice Cream + apple compote (vegan)

reading time: 1 min



Quick 2-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, cinnamon
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

Cinnamon ice cream is one of my boyfriend's favourite ice cream flavours, and since it's our monthly "anniversary" (yes, we still celebrate that on a small scale!), what's more fitting than homemade cinnamon ice cream! Spiced up with a bit of Maca powder for its said aphrodisiac properties ;)

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Lemon "Buttermilk" Poppy Pancakes (vegan, gf)

reading time: 2 min




Sometimes i love to indulge in a rich chocolate overdose *, but right now i'm in the mood for something light. Fresh. Fluffy. Airy. So i thought i'd whip up these lemon and poppy pancakes that seem such a British thing to make :)  

Make sure to use real lemons as opposed to bottled lemon juice! Contrasting the tartness of the lemons with the sweetness of sugar and vanilla, this pancake recipe is a perfect balance and slightly less filling. Superb for a summery Sunday.

So fresh, so clean, so healthy!

* If you do fancy that at the moment, I just updated my recipe for No bake Chili Chocolate Brownies that are super chocolaty, fudgy and not too spicy!

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Maisy ❤ June 2016

reading time: 4 min

I hate my master's thesis, I absolutely hate it. The problem is, the reason why I initially started the masters program was not because I really wanted to, nor was it because I had to, but purely because I thought that I would eventually be able to earn more money if I had a master's degree. Which is not the best motivation for doing a master, I guess. 

And now here I am. Struggling to get on with my master's thesis (which is somewhat of an experiment and has never been done at my university in that form before, yay). The thing is, when I came up with this project last winter, I was so inspired and excited to do it! And now that I'm actually working on it, I'm just so frustrated due to the lack of progress I'm making. But I won't give up now, having spent almost 4 months on it already... sorry for the less motivational thoughts at the beginning of this post, but life isn't only bunnies and butterflies, I'm afraid. It's also failure, doubt, and frustration.

But at least I got to finish the Wildwood trilogy! And watch loads of movies!
 
Read: Wildwood Imperium (Colin Meloy / Carson Ellis)




Friday, July 01, 2016

Strawberry Basil Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

reading time: 1 min




Quick 3-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, strawberry, basil
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

2016 Ice Cream Galore [Summer Special]

reading time: 1 min




Hello beautiful,
do you remember my 2014 Ice Cream Galore and my 2015 Ice Cream Galore? Well, all good things come in threes, so I'm doing one last Ice Cream Galore this summer!

As there are already 59 (yes, 59) ice cream recipes in my recipe index, there won't be 21 new ice creams like the past two years, but only one ice cream recipe each Friday over the course of the two summer months July and August. So: 10 raw, vegan, dairy-free, plant-based (or rather: banana-based) nicecream recipes!