A healthier Christmas treat
En sundere jule-snack.
Happy 1st of December! At the expense of sounding super cliché – I can’t believe it is already December. My head is buzzing with so many things – school, musical practice, dance lessons, a ton of Christmas gatherings, smaller problems and not least the big project you make in senior year in Danish high school, SRP. I’ll get the thesis statement on Friday and then I’ll have two weeks to finish it. So sadly I don’t think I will be in the best Christmas mood until the 19th – so sad since I’m one of the biggest lovers of Christmas.
Glædelig første december! Med fare for at lyde super kliche – jeg kan slet ikke forstå at det allerede er december. Mit hoved er fyldt med alt muligt lige fra skol til musical til dans til alle mulige mindre problemer og hundredvis af juleaftaler – og ikke mindst SRP, der starter på fredag. Så det er slet ikke gået op for mig at det snart er jul. Med den SRP hængende over hovedet er jeg bange for at det ikke rigtig bliver jul for mig før d. 19. når den er afleveret. Super ærgerrigt da det er den bedste tid på året.
My friends use to tease me with the fact that I “don’t like nuts, which resembles brains”. Yep that is (sadly) a quote by me. But it is actually true. I would love to like walnuts and pecans, but I just don’t. But then I made this lovely autumn salad and then I figured that pecans and maple is the best combo ever. I love the mix of the bitter nuts and the sweet maple.
Min veninder plejer at lave grin med at jeg ikke kan lide ”nødder, der ligner hjerner”. Det er (desværre) et direkte citat af mig selv, men det passer faktisk. Jeg vil så gerne kunne lide valnødder og pekannødder, men de er desværre ikke minde yndlings. Men da jeg lavede den her skønne efterårssalat fandt jeg ud af at pekannødder og ahornsirup er den geniale kombi. Virkelig. Jeg elsker kombinationen af de bitre nødder og den søde ahornsmag. SÅ lækkert!
Despite the SRP I am determined to get the Christmas feeling back. So I’ve been lightning candles, baking cookies with my friends and I plan on putting up Christmas decorations real soon and eat a lot of delicious and healthy Christmas treats – like these wonderful cinnamon maple candied pecans.
Jeg er fast besluttet på at komme i super julestemning trods SRP’en. Så jeg tænder lys, pynter op, hører julemusik og spiser lækker sund juleguf. Som de her skønne kanel-ahorn.
A healthy Christmas treat
If you’ve been following my blog for some time you’ll know I like dough and batter and under baked stuff. Actually I’d rather eat the dough than the cookies. And I like the batter better than the cake. And when it comes to baking buns or loaves I always end up eating at least one bun worth of dough. Yes, it’s that bad.
With that being said it is no wonder I went so happy when I found a recipe on healthy cookie dough on Pinterest a long time ago. Dough for breakfast?! Yes please! But I really didn’t like the recipe. It didn’t taste like cookies dough at all. I’ve tried a couple of other recipes on healthy cookie dough since, but neither of them were good. It was impossible to find one which actually tasted like cookie dough.
You know what all the recipes had in common? Chickpeas. As much as I love chickpeas I have to say that they do no good for cookie dough. I don’t know if I do anything wrong, but I could always taste the chickpeas and the dough got a king of “sharp” taste I didn’t like.
So I decided to develop a recipe on healthy cookie dough which actually tasted like cookie dough. This is the result.
I’ve tested them one some of my best friends and they really liked them (; One of them said she thought they had a slight taste of marzipan, and she’s actually right. But mostly they taste like cookie dough – the hint of marzipan isn’t very strong.
BTW – I’m going to Barcelona tomorrow! On a study trip with my high school – everyone in DK goes on a study trip in the second year of high school (read about the school system here – it’s way different from others). I have been in Barcelona before, but I seriously love that city and can’t wait to go back. It is gonna be so nice. I’ll be posting pics on Instagram :)
This recipe uses brown sugar. I know this isn’t exactly healthy. I would actually have used coconut sugar, but we didn’t have any left. Feel free to sub coconut sugar or palm sugar for brown sugar.
I have been playing around with the thought of making a raw dessert for quite a while. My Pinterest feed is drowning in incredibly delicious-looking raw desserts and they all look and sound so good. An abundance of cashews, dates, coconut, fruit, almonds, walnuts, dried figs, cocoa and all kinds of berries. All some of my very favourite foods. Wo why not make some tarts?
I had never tried coconut whipped cream before I made these. WHAT? WHY? …I really don’t understand why. That stuff is great! So delicious and it has just the perfect texture. If you’ve never tried it go put a can of coconut milk in your refrigerator right now! Seriously.
I made these super delicious tarts last Sunday – a wonderful sunny and warm spring day… which I sadly spend doing tons of homework. Gosh, how I’m tired of school and homework at the moment. I was warned this might happen. It does to almost everyone when they’re half way through second year (Ok, so the Danish school system is very different from others. It is totally optional if you want to go to high school or not (though the majority of people do go to high school). You are very independent and the idea is that you are there because you want to – not because someone told you to. Second year does not mean sophomore year. The Danish high school is like something in between high school and college. You start after 9th or 10th grade and it only takes three years to get through. But gosh, those are 3 tough years). Sigh…
I’m sorry. I’m very grateful I live in a country where you have an easy access to education. And I love learning. I just have to make something I really like doing in between all that work. Like cooking! Oh yes, cooking and photographing is definitely the key.
And so is eating delicious and healthy raw tarts. Back to the wonderful small desserts. Enjoy!
These small tarts are great as a sweet treat in the afternoon or as a little dessert.
The coconut whipped cream isn’t very sweet, but accompanied by the sweet date based crust these tarts are just the perfect mix between sweet and nutty. Enjoy!
Welcome to the new layout. I know I’ve changed the layout of my blog a couple of times, but now I’m done. I’m very happy with this one.
I finally pulled myself together and bought a theme. I never really liked any of the free ones. I’ve bought the theme Mint Leaf from a lovely etsy shop called Dont Tell Anyone. If you ever consider buting a theme yourself you have to check out that shop. All of the themes are gorgeous and the service is excellent!
I just came home from a very nice weekend trip to my grandmother. It is always nice visiting her. We usually cook a lot and go for a lot of walks.
My grandmother has just written down the story of her childhood. She grew up on a big farm on Funen and she remembers the second world war clearly. A very interesting read. Anyway, she asked me if I could help her adding photos to the story. And so I did. It was so much fun to look though all those old photos. I love old black and white photos like these. Check out the ones above. Pictures of my grandmother as a very little girl (she’s 78 years old by now).
One of the days my grandmother found an old box full of slides from the 60’s. There were tone of pictures of my very own mother as a baby and very little girl. And some of my granddad, whom I’ve sadly never known, since he died at a very young age. The little box in which you placed the slides in order to look at them pretty much resembled the microscopes we use in biotechnology. We recently found out that we could take a photo through the lens my our phones and in that way get a great picture of whatever was in the microscope, so I thought “Why not try that with the slides”. And it totally worked! So now I have some very nice old photos on my computer.
It was so nice to look trough them. Old pictures are the true treasuries in life.
Enough talking about old photos and photo techniques. Let’s talk brownies.
My recipe on healthy avocado chocolate cookies is by far the most popular post on this blog. Many people have requested a recipe on a healthy brownie as well. I really love the cookies so I was so up for the challenge. So here it is: The healthiest brownie you’ll ever get.
These brownies are very dense (we like under baked brownies right?) but slightly more cloud-like than the usual brownie.
Happy new year once again.
I’m really thrilled about the new year. I feel this is the year of change. There are so many small things i want to change. To better. 2014 is going to be great. I don’t know if you can call these actual resolutions, but here is what is going to happen in 2014:
But above them all I think this might be the most important:
I know the holidays are over but that doesn’t mean you can’t have sweets any more does it? Of course it doesn’t. Especially when we are talking about super healthy and wholesome truffles. With no funny ingredients.
I’ve become pretty obsessed with nut butters. Unfortunately the only kind you can buy here in Denmark is peanut, and I don’t like that very much. But when I ran out of the almond butter, which I bought in the US I decided to try and make my own nut butter. This time with Brazil nuts. Great decision! It is way easier to get the oil out of Brazil nuts than almonds and hazelnuts.
I escuse for the bad white balance in the pictures. I don’t know what went wrong.
With less than a week until December starts I’m already planning on what to make and bake for the holidays. I know the holidays starts this week for most of you since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but unfortunately we don’t celebrate it here in Denmark. I wish we did, though.
Anyways… I plan to make a lot of healthier treats this December. Well I have to make the mandatory vanilla wreaths, which is a kind of Danish butter cookies, as usual, thought they aren’t exactly healthy. But Christmas isn’t meant to be healthy and I think it is a time of the year where you really should treat yourself.
Seriously; apple chips are underestimated. Nobody gives them the attention, they deserve. Yeah, I’m serious here. They are so good!
I love the taste and texture but what I also love is that they are completely healthy and natural. Nothing but apples. Wonderful!
They are very easy to make and it is a great recipe for late fall, since the apples (sadly) aren’t as delicious and crisp as they were at the beginning of the fall.
Oh! BTW – I’ve gotten photoshop! I’m SO exited. That program is amazing. You probably can’t really see that I’ve edited these photos in photoshop instead of iPhoto as I usually do, since I’m not very good at it yet. I hope one day to be very good at it (:
Have a great week everyone!
Today it suddenly occurred to me how close December is. 19 days to be exact. Wow, how time flies.
I’m one of those persons who love, love, love Christmas. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. Everything about Christmas is just perfect. Well, except that the food isn’t exactly healthy. But we can fix that! I’m working in a couple of recipes on healthy christmas foods. Yum!
I think the best “candy” you can ever have is dried fruits and nuts (and dark chocolate). I don’t like the thought of all the artificial ingredients in store bought candy. Ugh. Therefor I almost always make my own treats for “Friday-candy” or other occasions where you get sweets.
This time I’ve made a new kind of treats. I know they look like these healthy oatmeal bites, but they are nothing like them. I was just “stupid” and rolled the oatmeal-ones in cocoa. They didn’t need that. These truffles, however, definitely need the cocoa. Well, they taste good without the cocoa, but is really adds a nice touch. And cocoa is an antioxidant! (source)
So instead of the usual christmas sweets grape truffles or two (or five, if you are like me). They are so good! I promise.
Apples! Apples everywhere.
Yep – today was the day of the annually apple picking. A day I always look really much forward to.
Not far from where we live is a big apple orchard with around 15 different types of apples and endless rows of apple trees all packed with red ripe apples. And these apples are the best! I love freshly picked autumn apples SO much.
I’ve always been picking apples with my mom (and last year with my grand mom as well), and this year we went with one of my very god friends Nicole and her mother. So cozy!
I can’t wait to make something with these beauties. I’m thinking apple crumble, apple bread, apple toddy, juices and baked apples. Oh it’s gonna be so good.
Sorry for the rush through this post. I’m sitting in my bed after quite a long day and I’m exhausted. I just really wanted to share this little recipe on healthy chocolate energy balls, which are amazing.
In Denmark we have an amazingly delicious treat which we call “oatmeal balls”. Sounds healthy right! It is not. They basically consists of oatmeal, cocoa, sugar and butter (a lot of butter). But they are SO good. So I’ve been wanting to make a healthy version for a long time.
And here it is: Enjoy!
Lately i’ve been completely obsessed with paleo food and recipes. I’ve always been kind of a “nature girl”. I love spending time outside, running walking, and I love the thought of organic foods and eco-friendly things. Oooh, and I love Greenpeace and I really really really wanna participate in Earth Hour the 23th of March. Aaaaaand I often think about taking an education in something like geography and geo-informatics. You know something about the environment. Yeah, I know it sounds quite nerdy, but really – I love the thought of saving the environment :-)
Well, back to the topic – food: I think the fact, that I really like everything natural, also makes me like natural foods. I love the thought of getting back to basis. You know – eating like cavemen did. Eating the things us humans used to. This is why I like the idea about a paleo diet.
That said, I’m not going completely paleo. At least not while I live at home. But from time to time I think it’s great to eat paleo. And it actually makes you feel you have more energy :-)
Well, and as a bonus, it’s incredibly delicious!
Just look at these lovely raw, paleo, vegan cocoa energy bars.
Yummy yum! They are so good.
I got the idea from these raw brownie bites. I really like those, and then I thought: Why not making them into bars instead of bites? That means more deliciousness for me. Win!
I really have to excuse it has been such a long time since I have blogged last. I’ve been so busy. It’s spring (surprise) and spring means time for ballet performances. Wuhuu. It’s the best time of the year (though it can be a bit stressful with school and everything).
We are going to Barcelona in just 10 days :) I can’t wait!
Well – here’s the recipe :-)
Paleo Cocoa Energy Bars
I’ve been thinking a lot about changing the layout of my blog. You know – make a change, try something new. I really like small doodles and drawings and actually I also enjoy drawing. Not that I’m very good at it, but I like it.
Furthermore I’d like to make my blog more personal and the layout slightly more sophisticated. Not that I don’t like by now, I just think I need some changes. Lately I want to change a lot of things. I’ve just changed my field of study at the high school. Well, it wasn’t that a big change. I’m just going to have the subject biotechnology as well now, and I didn’t have to change class (in Denmark you attend a permanent class according to your field of study). Looking forward to attending that class.
And I want to change my room (I’ve got lots of new ideas), change my entire closet (well, doesn’t every girl?), get time for drawing, get more spontaneous, start dancing another thing than just ballet, get better at photography, play the piano, get even better at running, etc etc etc. And I just changed almost my entire iTunes library (except for Tina Dickow, she can stay)
But I’ll start with my blog :-)
I’m working on it!
But right now I’d just like to share a great recipe on a incredibly delicious Danish treat – Rum Balls!
(Don’t wory, you don’t have to put real rum in them)
In Denmark you can buy rum balls at almost every bakery. They usually sell some very big ones – like the size of you fist. Yeah!
And they are very inexpensive. And why? Because the main ingredient is leftover cake – yes, leftover cake.
But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. They are amazing!
Some days ago I made this lovely zucchini brownie. There was some left and I thought; Why not make it into rum balls?
And so I did.
The result was great.