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The yummiest seed crackers ever

These gluten free crackers are extremely delicious and slightly addictive, you might not ever have to buy crackers again!

The yummiest seed crackers ever

When I'm creating recipes I can tell pretty fast if a recipe will become a staple item or not... This is definitely one of them. Before even posting this I've made several batches, wrapping them up and giving them away as gifts to friends and family. This is just like granola, hummus or peanut butter, you should have a big batch ready made in you pantry at all time!

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Ingredients

  • 1,5 cup flax seeds
  • 1,5 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 3,5 cups boiling hot water
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cup corn flour
  • 1 tsp salt + some to sprinkle before baking

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 200°C. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl, pour the boiling hot water last and mix to combine. Leave for 15 minutes for flax seeds to soften and bind everything together.
  2. Spread the mixture onto a parchment paper lined tray using a large spatula. Use another parchment paper on top to spread out the mixture thin. No higher than 5 mm. Score the mixture by pressing a sharp knife down to create lines. This will make it easier to break into evenly sized crackers after cooking.
  3. Sprinkle with some flaky sea salt. Bake for 25-30 minutes. (watch the crackers carefully the last 5 minutes, they can burn quickly. Especially if you have an uneven oven.)
  4. Remove to a rack to cool then store in an airtight container.
The yummiest seed crackers ever
The yummiest seed crackers ever

When it comes to health and diet, one simple piece of advice is more relevant to ALL people than anything else: Eat more fiber! People are so concerned about proteins when in fact, fiber is something that most people are deficient in while protein is the exact opposite. 

Fiber is a carbohydrate found in plant foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Unlike other carbs, it isn’t digested by your body so it passes quickly through your system without causing your blood sugar to rise.

These crackers are great for balanced blood sugar levels and contain both sources of protein, zinc and good fats.

The yummiest seed crackers ever

I'm very sure that once you try this recipe you will appreciate it as much as I do! The great thing about these crackers is that you can get a fair share of flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds without even thinking about it!

Vegan GF cinnamon buns

Maybe not the prettiest cinnamon buns in the world but oh so delicious! The best thing about them is that they're free from egg, dairy, gluten & sugar!

Vegan cinnamon buns

INGREDIENTS

Gluten free cardamom dough

(makes 16-20 small cinnamon buns) Time: 1,5h.

  • 14g of Active dried yeast or 50g of compressed fresh yeast
  • 2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp psyllium husks or psyllium powder
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1,5 cups coconut flour
  • 0,5 cup buckwheat flour
  • 2 tbsp cardamom
  • 3-4 tbsp coconut oil
  • any plant based milk for brushing the buns

Cinnamon date-paste

  • 1,5 cup dates (approximately 20-25 dates)
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp coconut butter
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the water. Mix in psyllium husk and let it set for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix in the flours and knead the dough thoroughly. Add the oil at the very end and work the dough with your hands. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour.
  3. Divide the dough into 2 pieces and roll out the dough flat, approximately 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Blend the ingredients for the cinnamon filling in a high speed blender or food processor until very smooth.
  5. Spread the cinnamon date paste evenly on the dough and roll the dough to a log. Cut 2 inches thick buns and put them on an oven tray.
  6. Brush the buns with plant-based milk and sprinkle with puffed quinoa (optional).
  7. Bake the buns at 200°C or 390°F for approximately 10-15 minutes. Depending on the size of the buns.
  8. Let the buns cool before serving. They might seem mushy or doughy at first but they need 10-20 minutes too cool before serving.
Vegan GF cinnamon buns
Vegan GF cinnamon buns

I made the original recipe for these buns around this time last year. This updated version has only a few small changes, more cinnamon, more cardamom and more cinnamon date-paste to make them even juicier and yummier! Hope you like! <3

Vegan Chocolate & Dulce de Leche Fudge

You have to try this vegan chocolate & dulce de leche fudge! Good fats from coconut & cacao. Swirled together with a sweet tahini fudge!

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There's a new vegan product in Sweden! Condensed coconut milk! Hurray! This is probably not new to those of you living in the US but here in Stockholm this is pretty awesome news! In this post I'm going to show you how you can make sweetened condensed coconut milk at home. I'm also going to talk you through the differences between condensed milk and caramelized milk.

If you try condensed coconut milk just as it is, then I would say that it is quite far from the "traditional" condensed milk or dulce de leche which means sweet milk in Spanish. But different isn't bad, it still has a nice round caramel flavor and delicious caramel sauce like consistency!

Traditional dulce de leche is prepared by boiling cow's milk and sugar on low heat for a long time.

Now to the difference between condensed milk and caramelized milk.

There's one product that is white/cream colored and is called condensed milk, leche condensado, in Spanish. Then there's another product with a caramel brown color with a thicker texture, this is caramelized milk, which in Spanish is called dulce de leche. The only difference between these two products is that the light one is boiled shorter time than the dark one. So, in step one you get condensed milk (the water has evaporated) when you cook it further, you'll get caramelized milk.

Now that that's straighten out, let me show you how easily you can make these two products at home! All vegan of course! All you need is coconut milk and some maple syrup.

Vegan Chocolate & Dulce de Leche Fudge
Vegan Chocolate & Dulce de Leche Fudge

Why maple syrup?

Maple syrup is the liquid sweetener that fits this recipe best. It has a natural caramel-like taste. If you use for example agave syrup instead it would get overly sweet. There is more liquid in maple syrup than in ex. agave or honey, which means that you need to cook it a little longer, but once it's done you get a very deep delicious taste.


Condensed & Caramelized Milk

Time: 70-120 minutes, yields about: 1.5 dl condensed milk & 1 dl caramelized milk

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can of coconut milk (plain canned coconut milk with or without gums)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (alternatively coconut syrup or coconut sugar)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Stir the ingredients together in a saucepan.
  2. Let the liquid boil slowly on medium heat (not at 6 but rather 3 to 4 if you have a stove running from 1-6) and as soon as you notice it starts to boil, lower the heat to low heat (on my stove it will be 1an-2an).
  3. Simmer for low heat for about 60-70 minutes to get condensed milk. Be sure to stir every now and then (every 5 minutes).
  4. If you want to make caramelized milk (dulce de leche) then let the liquid boil for another 30-50 minutes and you can also raise the temperature a little.

Tip * If you want to try to make both products you can double the recipe and then pour over 1/3 of the liquid into a glass jar after 50 minutes and allow the rest to cook further.

Store the condensed milk in airtight glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. The caramelized milk lasts for several weeks.

Vegan Chocolate & Dulce de Leche Fudge

INGREDIENTS

Chocolate & Dulce de Leche Fudge

  • 1/2 cup condensed coconut milk
  • 2/3 cups cacao butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter (creamed coconut)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • salt

Tahini swirl

  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp coconut butter
  • 3 tbsp cacao butter
  • 2 tsp agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Time: 25 minutes. Yields: 16 generous fudge bites

DIRECTIONS   

  1. Use two saucepans, add all the ingredients to the two different blends in each saucepan.
  2. Melt all the ingredients in the saucepans on low heat until it's liquid.
  3. Pour the chocolate mixture into a mold with baking paper.
  4. Pour the tahini mixture in uneven spots over the chocolate layer and take a toothpick or chopstick to make swirls.
  5. Put the fudge mixture it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes or until the fudge solidifies.
  6. You're all done! Cut smaller pieces with a sharp knife and enjoy! Store it in the freezer for longer shelf life. It will last in the fridge for about 1 week. :)
Vegan Chocolate & Dulce de Leche Fudge
Vegan Chocolate & Dulce de Leche Fudge

This fudge is so crazy yummy that it's hard to stop eating! It completely melts in your mouth and tastes like the perfect combination between sweet and salty! Plenty of chocolate and caramel flavor!

Apple pie smoothie

Sweden’s most underrated season is upon us! The apple harvest is about to begin. Swedish apples are famous for being some of the best in the world!

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Hey guys! Today I'm sharing a real fruitylicious smoothie that might be considered more of a healthy dessert than your regular day to day smoothie! You guys know by now that I eating sugar and fruit less often nowadays... I very rarely find myself craving it anymore (thanks to a 60 day long cleanse I did a few months back, completely free from all kinds of sugar) What I do enjoy though is to still be creative and also have a small treat once in a while. The treat does not have to be sweet or sugary, it's more a matter of variety and to eat or drink something that's out of the ordinary for me...

Creativity and to try new things is extremely important for me and also a way for me too not get bored and to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

This weekend I prepared a delicious dessert, Vegan dulce de leche and chocolate fudges! Yes, that's right! Dulce de leche made from coconut milk! How amazing is that?! Anyway's more about that in another post. Of course I'll be sharing that recipe with you too... :)

Apple pie smoothie

INGREDIENTS

Apple cinnamon swirl

  • 1 apple
  • 2 dates
  • 1 heaping tbsp almond butter or penut butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 pinch of ground ginger (optional)
  • pinch of salt

Apple smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients for the apple smoothie.
  2. Use a food possessor to mix together the ingredients for the apple cinnamon swirl.
  3. Using a spoon layer some apple-cinnamon swirl on the bottom of your glasses then pour the apple smoothie on top. Top with garnishes if you want and enjoy!
Apple pie smoothie

Apple pie with vanilla sauce has always been one of my favorite desserts. My mother and grandma always used to make it whenever the whole family got together or whenever we had guests. The combination of the slightly sweet and acidic apples with the warming spices of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg takes me right back to my childhood. :) It's interesting how important tastes and flavors are to our memories.

Apple pie smoothie

This is a fairly healthy option to a quick treat that you can make yourself or your kids! It's very simple to make and it has all the yummy flavors of a freshly baked apple pie!

What we choose to nourish our bodies with plays a huge role in how we feel. I have found that I feel so much better in avoiding fruit and sugar every day. For me it's never about banning foods or putting unrealistic standards on myself. It's just about becoming more conscious and in tune with what makes me feel more energetic and peaceful both mentally and physically..


Love, N

Vegan GF Italian meat balls

These vegan "meatballs" are deliciously packed with plenty of savory umami flavor even though they're completely free from meat, egg, diary and gluten!

Crazy good meatballs, which I call "Mate Balls", are as easy to make as the traditional ones! They're made on a base of chickpeas and sunflower seeds. They're completely nut-free, which is a good thing if you have small kids or nut-allergies in the family!

Vegan GF Italian meat balls

These mate balls are flavored "Italian style" but you're probably not the only one thinking of IKEA as soon as you hear the word meatballs. You can certainly serve these Swedish style with mash, lingonberry jam and vegan cream sauce. Just like you would have them at IKEA! Just skip the basil and dried oregano and there you'll have Swedish style mate balls! :)

Vegan GF Italian meat balls

A food processor and a stove is the only equipment needed for this recipe. No fuss, just blend all ingredients in a food processor and then fry the balls with a small amount of unflavored coconut oil.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup gluten free panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp chiaflour + 6 tbsp aquafaba (the water in the canned chickpeas. Slowly cooking dried beans in water for a few hours until the water turns to aquafaba will give you similar results)
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • salt och peppar to taste
  • 1/2 tsp oregano dried
  • 1 handful fresh basil
  • coconut oil (free from scent & taste) for frying

DIRECTIONS

  1. Process the sunflower seeds in a food processor. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the chia egg by combining the chia flour and aquafaba (or just plain water) in a small bowl.
  3. Process the onion, garlic and chickpeas in a food processor.
  4. Toss all the processed ingredients in a big bowl and add all the other ingredients. Use your hands to combine everything thoroughly.
  5. Roll the mixture into approximately 15 balls.
  6. To cook the meatballs, heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pot. Cook, turning the meatballs to make sure they brown all over, 7-10 minutes per batch. Keep them warm while you coil the pasta and tomato sauce.
  7. Serve AND ENJOY!
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The recipe makes about 15 mate balls. Something that works great is to make a bigger batch and freeze the balls before cooking them. Then you'll just have to fry them when you need a quick dinner in a couple of minutes! Yum!

Purple goodness smoothie + My new low sugar life

Pulsing greens with frozen bananas is a great way to get those chlorophyll nutrients. But if you’re trying to cut down on sugar, that means also saying good bye to super sweet banana based smoothies!

Purple godness smoothie

Hi guys! today I'm sharing with you a low fructose smoothie. Or maybe better described as a non banana based (but still very creamy) smoothie! I don't expect a "newbie" to drink this smoothie and love it! Haha, let's be honest... But if you're an unconventional, cutting edge smoothie drinker that's only looking for a power house of fuel instead of a solid meal, then this one is for you!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup zucchini
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 3/4 cup frozen organic blueberries
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 3 tbsp full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
  • 1-2 date (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until really smooth. This smoothie is definitely thick enough to eat like a smoothie bowl if you want!
  2. Pour smoothie into a glass or a bowl
  3. Top with cacao nibs and coconut chips and enjoy!
Purple godness smoothie

How I started

As some of you might know. I've been changing my diet lately. The change isn't huge. Well, in the beginning it was, but now it's almost back to normal, except I'm trying to eat less sugary foods since I've noticed that it really wasn't making me feel good.

It all started when I decided to make a parasite cleanse in the beginning of April. It was a 30 day cleanse with herb supplements and no coffee, no fatty foods, no sugar (not even from fruit) and no white carbs. It was pretty hard in the beginning but felt right on so many levels!

My body had been screaming for something like this... Last year I developed symptoms like: fatigue, depression, anxiety, chin/neck acne and even panic attacks. I took naps every day and literally couldn't stay awake even when I tried to. My period became irregular for the first time in my life.

The symptoms


I went through many months feeling drained, exhausted from doing absolutely nothing and had no motivation what so ever to work out or go out and socialize. I made several changes this spring (went to a Kinesiologist among other things) and I firmly believe that all the things I did played a part in the improved state that I am in today. Having that said, I can tell you for sure that cutting out sugar, fruit and simple carbs has made a huge difference!

First of all, I'm very, very rarely craving sugar, sweets or desserts anymore! Second of all, I have lots of energy! I easily work out 2-3 times a week at the gym and do yoga 2-3 times a week on top of that.

Finally, I am almost never bloated anymore! This used to be a big problem for me... It's not that my body can't handle sugar or carbs, it's just that my body can't handle sugar or carbs every darn day! For example, I used to drink a smoothie based on bananas every single day. I also ate acai bowls regularly (with bananas, of course). As you can imagine this adds up to quite a few bananananas... Nothing wrong with that fine yellow fruit! It's just that now I've understood that maybe limiting my fruit/simple carbs intake to maybe once or twice a week works much better for my body.

Hormones and eating according to my cycle

I also started reading this book called WomanCode by Alisa Vitti, I decided to read this book after seeing a nutritionist that told me that I should look up PCOS. My symptoms were pretty obviously related to some kind of hormonal imbalance.

So I started reading the book and it taught me so much about hormones, the menstrual cycle, gut flora, and eating food that works better with our female rhythmAlisa has developed a way to live in harmony with our endocrine system. She talks about the best exercises and foods to eat according to our cycle. She talks about how to incorporate rituals into your daily life that will help lower stress on your endocrine system. She also talks about how to harness our female energy and lower our masculine energy. I highly recommend every woman to read this book!

Purple godness smoothie

So basically the solution for me has been to eat more foods that stabilizes my blood sugar, that means more (natural, unheated) fat and less fruit & carbs. Other than that, working out regularly has been really important for me as well as other activities and rituals that lowers stress in the body.

If you have experienced some or all of the symptomes that I've talked about, I really recommend the WomanCode!

And guys! Don't worry, I will still post delicious recipes of raw cakes and desserts! I have not excluded fruits entirely out of my diet, I've just cut down on it! And I'm expanding my horizons when it comes to smoothie and all that kind of good stuff that I eat every day... Like not having fruit smoothies or not having lots of sweeteners in my granola for example.