Snow has just began to settle in, but I’m already one step in spring! I love smoothies not just because they remind me of warmer months, but I feel they help me a lot when I catch a cold. I’ve been experimenting a lot with citruses and combinations with grapefruit or oranges are among my favorites at the moment. Here you have a recipe of one of the tastiest and most refreshing fruit smoothies that has been on my breakfast list a lot since new year! You’ll need:
1 banana ♥ 1 grapefruit ♥ 1 medium chopped carrot ♥ 1 tsp ginger ♥ water
Put everything into a blender and add water. I usually add one to two cups, depending on how thick I want the smoothie to be. Turn on the blender and let it blend until there are no large pieces of carrot floating around. Pour into a cup and enjoy!
I’m a huge cookie lover, especially when I can do them by myself in a healthy way. As usual, I’m all about simple and quick recipes with very little dishes to wash afterwards. This recipe yields about thirty cookies you’ll hardly keep just for yourself as soon as somebody finds them in your kitchen!
For Peanut & Oat Cookies you’ll need:
1 1/1 cup rolled oats ♥ 3/4 cup ground oats ♥ 3/4 cup semi-ground peanuts ♥ 1 teaspoon cinnamon
5 tbsp honey/maple syrup ♥ 4 tbsp melted butter/coconut butter ♥ 1 tsp baking powder
Frist put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them together. Then add honey and butter – you could also put in a tablespoon of peanut butter, I would definitely do it myself if I had any at the time! When everything is thoroughly mixed, you can start making cookies. Take two spoons and use them to transfer the mixture to your baking pan lined with parchment paper. Try to make the cookies round and press them down while keeping a safe distance between them. Bear in mind that baking powder will make them rise and spread a little. Put into oven for 10–15 minutes on 175 °C.
When they are golden-brown, you can take them out. They will be very crumbly and soft at the beginning, but will become more and more firm as they cool down. You can very simply make a vegan version – use maple syrup and coconut oil instead of honey and butter. Store them in cookie containers for up to a week, but believe me when I say you’ll finish them much, much quicker! Bon appétit :)
As you can see, I’ve got myself a bunch of cute containers for storing my Peanut & Oat Cookies! I bought them at Smile concept store in Ljubljana and also used the voucher we received at the Beautiful Bloggers Meetup. I immediately fell in love with this apple print, isn’t it adorable? There are three different container sizes that come together in one package and you can also choose from other containers from the same line!
I never thought that I, a huge potato chips lover, would be able to say there is a perfect and also a healthy substitute to the chips you get in every store. These are so addictive and believe me when I say you won’t even notice these aren’t made of potato and fried in oil over and over again. The preparation is insanely simple, you’ll see! For two trays you’ll need:
♥ around 10 kale leaves (washed) ♥ fleur de sel
Preheat the oven to 160°C on the ventilation setting, otherwise set it to 170°C. Then cover two trays with parchment paper. Take kale leaves and tear them into pieces, then place them on the paper. Sprinkle regular salt or fleur de sel on top for a more luxurious flavor. Put in the oven for 7-10 minutes and bake until the edges get a little brown. Take them out and enjoy, bon appétit!
In addition, kale chips is prepared much quickly than zucchini chips. However, kale is very hard to find in Slovenian stores, but I managed to grow it this year in the garden. I’ve been using it in smoothies all the time, I’ve truly developed a green thumb this year, yay! Nevertheless, please do give kale chips a try, you’ll see it has an incredible taste!!
As you can see from the title, we’ll be discussing smoothies again, yay! I’ve posted quite a few recipes over the last few years, but none of them was so good that I would eat the exact same type every single day for weeks. Let’s see how to make it and what it has to offer:
2 ripe bananas ♥ a bunch of greens (eg. spinach, rocket) ♥ a big cup of blueberries
2 tbsp peanut butter ♥ 2 tbsp cacao ♥ 1 cup water ♥ 1 tsp chia seeds
Smoothies are such an easy dish to do: just put everything in a blender and let it do its job for a few minutes. Then pour in glasses and sprinkle with chia seeds, voilà!
I just want to mention that try to get a peanut butter without any additional oils or sugar – some store-bought peanut butters are full of hydrogenated oils and who knows what else. I get mine at DM as it is only made of peanuts!
This smoothie is a health bomb in a glass! Bananas are full of potassium and will give you lots of energy, blueberries and cacao are packed with antioxidants and chia seeds will provide you with a bunch of beneficial nutrients. I usually add a teaspoon of maca powder as well, I think it gives me so much energy that I don’t need my typical cup of coffee in the morning at all!
You can also take a look at two of my other smoothies – although they are completely different in color, I promise you they are just as amazing: 1) a pink one and 2) a good old green smoothie! Enjoy!
I’m not one of those who go overboard with holidays that celebrate something we should cherish every single day, such as love. For us, Valentine’s day is just another opportunity to spend some precious time together and do something that we both like. Big foodies as we are, we love cooking together and have fun in the kitchen. I won’t deceive you, his help is more similar to standing beside me and taking small orders, but he’s trying very hard and I love that ♥ (he also cooked the fish entirely by himself and please, do admit that it looks tasty!).
We decided to make something healthy, something we wouldn’t do every single day, so we went for rockfish and sweet potato wedges with vegetable noodles on the side. For dessert, I recreated Nigela Lawson’s molten chocolate babycakes, which is just the best and the easiest dessert ever! I also love that you can make it in advance and put it in the oven when it suits you best. I used the 75 % dark chocolate and just a hint of honey, the chocolate itself is so rich that any additional sugar would just make it overpowering. I also added hot sour cherries and whipped cream, it was just dreamy!
There is literally nothing better than tasty comfort food. I’ve had a severe cold for the whole week and it doesn’t seem to be over soon. I’m trying to help my body with all sorts of natural remedies, such as honey, lots of Vitamin C, even onion and honey etc. If I’m honest, nothing helped so far, so I gave up and decided to make something comforting, in terms of food of course. I was dreaming of pasta with good old cream sauce, but then I changed my mind and went for a healthy alternative I’ve been thinking about for so long. Blueberry chia pudding, that is. For one generous serving, you’ll need:
1 cup blueberries (mine was frozen) ♥ 2 pitted dates ♥ 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp chia seeds
3/4 cup + a few tbsp rice/almond milk ♥ 1/4 tsp vanilla ♥ cashew nuts (optional)
Start blending blueberries, 1 date and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and some rice milk, if necessary. I added some chia seeds to thicken the blueberry sauce as blueberries are quite watery. Pour into a glass and put in the fridge. Then blend 3/4 cup of rice milk with another date until smooth. Stir in 1/4 cup of chia seeds and vanilla and wait for a few minutes to thicken, stirring occasionally. Pour on top of blueberry sauce and put in the fridge for a few hours. Garnish with cashew nuts and serve. Bon appétit!
If you’re having a cold like me, let it warm up a bit before you dig in and eat the whole yummy goodness. This slightly ombré dessert is not just tasty and satisfying, it is also incredibly healthy. Blueberries are very low in calories, contain a high amount of antioxidants and have many other benefits (the ability to improve much needed memory is among them!), whereas chia seeds, besides having low calories and lots of antioxidants too, are a great source of protein, fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids. Or, in other words, this blueberry chia pudding is one of the healthiest dessert or even meal options you can make by yourself!
PS – The pudding did not have any supernatural effects on my health in case you were wondering! ;)
I am actually writing this post with a huge delay as I am currently on my vacation in Greece! :) Nevertheless, I have to share the recipe for these bounty bars with you. You can find countless recipes on the Internet, but this is how I like to do them. Honestly, the best dessert I have ever made, and I don’t say that easily. It is low in sugar, consists of lots of healthy goodness and tastes amazing. All in all, this cannot be even compared to the store-bought Bounty! And the ingredients are far healthier… Oh, and the taste! Plus, it is done in a heartbeat. You’ll need:
4 cups shredded coconut ♥ 3 tbsp raw honey ♥ 3 tbsp coconut oil ♥ 200 g coconut milk ♥ 1/2 tsp dry vanilla
And for the chocolate:
tbsp coconut oil ♥ 6 tbsp cacao powder ♥ 2 tbsp raw honey ♥ 5 drops stevia
Put shredded coconut in a big bowl and add honey and vanilla. In the meantime, melt coconut oil and coconut milk and pour the mixture over the ingredients in the bowl. Thoroughly mix with a fork or hands. Cover a small baking pan with plastic foil, transfer the mixture onto the foil and press it firmly down so that the bars won’t crumble too much. Then place them in the freezer for 20 minutes.
You can make the chocolate yourself or use a regular dark chocolate. Either way, melt the coconut oil, cacao powder, raw honey and stevia (or just pieces of dark chocolate) in a bowl over a pot of simmering water. Remove the bounty loaf from the tin and cut it into small bars. Dip the bars in the melted chocolate and place them on a plastic foil. When all the bars are done, put them in the freezer for another few minutes.
I just have to add that homemade chocolate melts very quickly, so I do not recommend using this one if you’re planning a summer party outside! ;)