SCROLL DOWN FOR DANISH VERSION // RUL NED FOR DANSK
We’ve got snow! As in, a lot of it. Not just that thin pretty layer of white stuff. No, BUCKETS. I couldn’t be happier. Yes, it’s hard to get out of the house, and yes, a lot of trees have fallen and yes, I had to cancel a lunch date with an amazing friend (very sad actually) – but it’s so pretty. Everything looks like a winter wonderland and it’s beautifully quiet outside.
All that snow makes me think of Christmas. I can almost taste the Christmas spirit already. Oh how I can’t wait for December.
There’s still one week until the first Sunday in advent (a Danish thing – we count the last 4 Sundays up to Christmas eve) and 9 days ‘till December, but I am already dreaming of all the delicious stuff I am going to make this December. Here are all the treats I plan on making. Bring on December!
Us Danes have a big tradition for Christmas cookies. We have whole bunch of traditional Christmas cookies. Every grandma makes her own “brown cakes” and every family one special cookie that everyone loves. Here are four
HEALTHY BROWN CAKES – Danish ginger cookies – crsispy thin small cookies with heaps of spices and a crunch of almond
VANILLA WREATHS – Cute, sweet cookies shaped like wreath with vanilla and almonds
GINGER COOKIES – Super delicious gluten free ginger cut-out cookies
GINGERBREAD MEN – Sara B’s extremely delicious ginger bread men made with blackstrap molasses
Small sweet bites
For when you get tired of cookies (lol, as if). Christmassy nuts and perfect chocolate treats.
CINNAMON MAPLE CANDIEDPECANS – Über delicious bites of yumminess
CHOCOLATE DIPPED CLEMENTINES WITH SEA SALT – Best. Idea. Ever. So healthy and simple.
PECAN PIE CHOCOLATE CUPS – To words: pecan pie and chocolate (okay, that was three, but whatever). What a combination!
HEALTHY RUM BALLS – Because nothing beats rum balls – and they are perfect on a Christmas snack platter.
NATURAL PROTEIN RAW BARS WITH ORANGE (link coming soon) – to make your Christmas treats very good for you
LUSSEKATTER – Gluten free saffron buns with raisins to celebrate the Swedish (adopted by the Danes) tradition Lucia.
FIG, HAZELNUT, APRICOT FRUIT LOAF – This just sounds so good and Christmassy. Yumm.
RAW VEGAN EGGNOG – Again an amazing recipe by Sara B
SPICED VEGAN HOT CHOCOLATE – Next level hot chocolate: Chilli Chai
Hvor er det fantatsisk at vågne op til det danske vinter paradis dækket i sne. Ikke bare det der lille tynde lag pudder men bjerge og atter bjerge af smuk hvid sne. Ja, vi kan ingen steder komme i dag og ja, jeg måtte aflyse en frokostaftale med en veninde (virkelig øv faktsik) og ja, nogen træer er vælted – men det er så smukt! Og så dejligt stille.
Al den sne får mig bare til at glæde mig endnu mere til jul. Jeg er allerede helt vildt i julehumør. Og selvom der stadig er en uge til første advent og 9 dage til den første december er jeg allerede i fuld gang med juleplanlægningen. Her er alle de lækre ting, jeg skal lave i løbet af december – og så endda sunde. Kom så skønneste måned på året!
Julemsåkager får jeg aldrig for mange af. Det er min yndlingskager og der er uendelige muligheder
VANILJEKRANSE – De sundere af slagsen.
BRUNKAGER – Sunde brunkager. Jatak. Min favorit af dem alle.
INGEFÆR STIK-UD KAGER – Glutenfrie og enormt lækre
GINGER BREAD MÆND – En skøn opskrift på en klassiker af Sara B – lavet med melasse
Småt og godt
Til når man alligvel bliver småtæt af julekagerne
KANEL OG AHORN KANDISEREDE PEKANNØDDER – Ren og skær guf
CLEMENTINER MED CHOKOLADE OG HAVSSALT – Helt genial ide – jeg glæder mig allerede
HJEMMELAVET RÅ CHOKOLADE – Har været på min to-do liste i 100 år. Nu må det være tid
PECAN PIE CHOKOLADER – To ord: pakantærte og chokolade. Hvilken kombination!
RÅ PROTEINBARER MED APPELSIN – Så bliver julesnacken ekstra sund
LUSSEKATTER – I år skal Lucia simpelthen fejres
NØDDE- OG FRUGTBRØD – Ser bare så skønt og julet ud
Bonus: Lidt drikke
RAW VEGAN ÆGGENSNAPS – Jeg har aldrig smagt æggesnaps, men det lyder undelrigt godt – så hvorfor ikke prøve en vegansk en af slagsen
KRYDRET VARM CHOCOLADE – Next level varm kakao – med chaikrydderier og chili
Glædelig snart December
Healthy, gluten free, low carb, low sugar spiced Christmas cookies. Can be made vegan.
Sunde, gluten frie, low carb, lækre brunkager med et minimum af sukker. Kan laves veganske.
Two weeks to December. Two weeks! I can’t wait. I remember when I was little my mom used to make a strip of paper with numbers on as a countdown to December. Everyday I cut off a number all the way to the 1st where I could finally start opening my advent calendar. A count down to a count down.
This year I look almost as much forward to December as I did as a child. Because last Christmas was pretty much ruined by all Danish high school students’ biggest fear – a huge written project monster called SRP.
Der er kun to uger til december! TO UGER! Jeg kan slet ikke få mine hænder ned af bare glæde. Da jeg var mindre, lavede min mor altid en lang papirslip med numre på til mig. Hver dag op til december klippede jeg et nummer af – helt til den første, hvorfra jeg så kunne starte på julekalenderen. En nedtælling til en nedtælling, haha.
I år glæder jeg mig næsten lige så meget, som jeg gjorde som et barn. Sidste jul blev nemlig ødelagt af gymnasieelevernes største frygt – SRP. Men i år er den væk, så nu skal der julehygges.
Gluten free and refined sugar free ginger bread cookies for some last-minute Christmas baking
Lækre glutenfrie ingefær brunkager uden raffineret sukker
SO, the Christmas has finally begun. The tree has been decorated, the Christmas presents distributed (I’ve even opened some already), I’ve totally lost the feeling of what weekday it is, there is just one door in the advent calendar left (we celebrate Christmas on the 24th), the presents have been put under the tree, I’ve started making the dessert and yesterday my lovely grandmother arrived. Wonderful! Now we just need some snow…
SÅ er julen for alvor skudt i gang. Juletræet er kommet op, julegaverne er blevet udvekslet (jeg har endda åbnet nogle enkelte (; ), jeg har mistet følelsen af hvilken ugedag det er, der er en låge tilbage på kalenderen, vi har lagt gaverne under træet, jeg har påbegyndt risalamanden og igår kom min mormor hele den lange vej fra Jylland. Hvor er det bare skønt. Nu mangler vi bare sneen.
I know you usually post Christmas recipes long before Christmas, but unfortunately I haven’t had the time due to the project I’ve been making. But then I thought: A lot of people doesn’t bake until the day before Christmas. Just yesterday I met with some friends to say Merry Christmas and give them their presents (which is why I have already opened some). One of them had just been at a family meeting where they had been making Christmas sweets and the other called 5 minutes before to say she just needed another 10 minutes since she had to put some cookies in the oven. And then there is me who got up early today and started baking cookies.
Jeg ved godt at man normalt poster opskrifter på julekager i god tid før jul, men jeg har simpelthen ikke haft tid til det pga. SRP. Men så var det jeg tænkte: Der er mange, der først bager dagen før jul, er der ikke? Så sent som igår mødtes jeg med nogle af mine veninder for at udveksle gaver og ønske hinanden god jul. Den ene kom direkte fra familie-hygge-konfekt-lavning og den anden ringede fem minutter inden vi skulle mødes for at meddele at hun altså lige skulle have tid til at putte en bageplade i ovnen. Og så er der mig, der stod op i morges og gik i gang med disse skønne kager.
I like experimenting with healthy cookies. Last year I posted this recipe on healthy vanilla wreaths (a Danish Christmas cookie), which were a little healthier than the usual kind. So this year I thought I’d make some which were completely healthy. Well in short I ended up with some pretty hard cookies which almost destroyed the machine you use in order to make them – whoops (: So this year these cookies are on the menu. They taste wonderful!
Jeg elsker at eksperimentere med sundere julekager. Sidste år postede jeg disse lækre vaniljekranse, der var en anelse sundere end de sædvanlige. Så i år tænkte jeg, at nu var tiden moden for nogle 100% sunde vaniljekranse. Well kort fortalt endte det med nogle hårde kager, der halvt ødelagde maskinen – upse dasse (: Så i stedet blev det til disse ingefær kager, der er fri for raffineret sukker og glutenfrie. De smager skønt!
Gluten free and refined sugar free ginger bread cookies for some last-minute Christmas baking
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
Fresh superfood Christmas Salad with red cabbage, pomegranate, apples, oranges, cranberries and nuts.
Frisk superfood jule salat med rødkål, granatæble, æbler, appelsiner, tranebær og massere af nødder.
First of all Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends out there!
I hope you’ll all have a lovely day. I can’t help but being a little jealous. Thanksgiving sounds like a wonderful thing but not until this year did I realise what a big thing it actually is. My Instagram and Snapchat is packed with lovely pictures of people heading home from college or relaxing in a Christmas-decorated living room. I could definitely use a day with my family (and delicious food – I wouldn’t mid that either (;
Normalt ville jeg skrive det samme på engelsk og dansk, men jeg synes ikke det giver meget mening lige her. I dag er det nemlig amerikanernes helt store helligdag: Thanksgiving. Jeg kan ikke lade være med at være en lille smule jaloux. Thanksgiving lyder som en rigtig hyggelig ting, men det er ikke før i år at jeg har fundet ud af, hvor stor en ting det egentlig er. Specielt min søde exchange søster har fortalt mig om det, og min Instagram og Snapchat er fyldt med billeder af folk fra den exchange, jeg lavede med en skole i USA sidste år og søde mennesker fra blog-verdenen, der er på vej hjem fra college eller sidder i en hyggelig og varm stue. En dag med familien (og lækker mad (; ) lyder helt fint for mig.
I hope you’ll all forgive me for jumping on to Christmas already. With no Thanksgiving Christmas is definitely the thing I look forward to mostly right now.
In Denmark there is no fresh salad on a traditional Christmas table. I think it is a relic from the old days where you didn’t get fresh produce during winter. Anyway, I can’t live without my salad. And to be honest I don’t really love the Danish Christmas food. I hate to admit it. But potatoes (people who read my blog on regular basis knows I don’t like those), duck, gravy and warm pickled red cabbage just aren’t my kind of food. So I’ve developed this insanely delicious fresh salad with red cabbage, fruit and a ton of nuts and dried fruits.
My absolute favourite Christmas and winter salad. I just realised I’ve actually mentioned it before.
Er det for tidligt at starte på julen? Nej vel…
Har du nogensinde tænkt over at der faktisk ikke er nogle friske grøntsager på et traditionelt dansk julebord? Jeg tror det er et form for levn fra gamle dage, da man ikke kunne få frisk frugt og grønt om vinteren. Jeg kan simpelthen ikke leve uden frisk salat. Og jeg hader at skulle indrømme det, men jeg er faktisk ikke den store fan af julemad. Kartofler (hvis du læser min blog ofte ved du, jeg ikke bryder mig om dem), and, flæskesteg, brun sovs og varm rødkålssalat er bare ikke mit yndlingsmad. Så gennem årene har jeg udviklet denne super lækre salat med frisk rødkål, frugt og uendeligt mange nødder og tørrede bær. Lidt råkostagtigt, men super lækkert. Kald det retro.
Min yndlings vinter- og julesalat. Jeg fandt lige ud af jeg faktisk har snakket om den her salat før.
…But I do loooooove the Danish Christmas dessert – Risalamande (check out my healthy version of it right here). And all the snacks and clementines!
Hey! This salad’s got pomegranate – oh how I love those small gems. I just had to point that out. Sorry.
…Men jeg eeeeeeeeelsker risalamande (prøv min opskrift på sund risalamande her). Og alle snacks’ne og klementiner
Hey! Der er granatæble i den her salat. Jeg elsker de små røde brillanter. Ja, jeg blev lige nødt til at pointe det ud…
Fresh superfood Christmas Salad with red cabbage, pomegranate, apples, oranges, cranberries and nuts.
Feel free to add in all the nuts and dried fruits your heart desires. It'll only make it better (;
December is undoubtedly the most busy month of the year. Am I right or am right?
Luckily all the plans for December are always great. I look forward to every single event and enjoy everything. Wonderful December. This weekend I went on a tour with the musical-team. We went up north for practicing the entire weekend. That was so much fun. Sunday I went to see the Nutcracker with my mom and the last two days I’ve been doing a Christmas show with the musical team. Wonderful days.
I love December. There is just one downside about the month: It seems to be dark constantly. Living in the North is not fun in the wintertime. I bike to school in darkness and when I come home it is almost dark again. At least too dark for taking photos. I just managed to photograph these lovely cookies on a day where my two first lessons had been cancelled. Yay!
A typical Danish Christmas cookies is one called Vanilla Wreaths. I’ve mentioned them before. They are definitely one of my favorites. But not very healthy. They basically consist of butter, sugar and flour (oh, and a tiny bit of almonds). So I was determined to make them healthier.
These aren’t completely healthy. Actually they are “half-healthy”. I subbed half of the butter for almond butter. Half of the flour for almond flour and wholewheat flour and half of the sugar for honey. I didn’t dare making them completely healthy since they were for my entire family, and my mother and brother can tell immediately if cookies and cakes are healthy.
But not these ones! They both said they were amazing. Even after I told them, the cookies were half way healthy they still claimed they were fantastic. Win!
Ladys and gentlemen. I’m happy to introduce you to one of my favorite Christmas cookies: The vanilla wreaths.
I hope you’ve all had a great start of this lovely month. I certainly have – though it has been so busy. Today I’ve been at the University of Copenhagen the entire day. These days there are a big conference called An Open World – Science, Technology and Society in the Light of Niels Bohr’s Thoughts in the occasion for celebrating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the atomic model by the Danish scientist Niels Bohr (whoa, that was a looong sentence). The title pretty much sums up the subject. My good friend Karen and I had exclusively gotten a ticket through The Academy for Talented Youth (which I’ve told about here).
It was a great experience. And I felt so grown up by walking around all those professors with my very own name badge. I had to put a picture of in on Instagram ;)
The first of December was spend the perfect way:
Our family is in a big group of friends who all meet once in a while (parents as well as children). Each year in December we meet at one of the families in the northern part of Zealand, where we eat Apple-skivers (a typical Danish christmas treat), drink glögg (another Danish christmas treat) and craft. It is SO cozy!
I love that day of the year. Best way to spend an afternoon!
This year I made these lovely manilla tags. They are so easy to make and look just lovely. I can’t wait to put them on my presents this year. I have to start thinking a little more about presents by the way.
So, how to do? Simply take some plain manilla tags. Glue some pretty christmas pictures on them (in Denmark “glansbilleder” (which are small shiny drawings) are very popular and easy to get your hands on – every little girl collects them and you can buy them everywhere – but I don’t know the name for them in english. My dictionary says it is called “scraps”, but I’m not sure that is the right word. Anyways – every pretty picture or sticker could do it). Finish with some twine.
Tadaa! Easy and pretty.
You could possibly sprinkle a bit of glitter on them. It is christmas after all.
Have a great December!
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!
Phew, finally friday. Am I the only one who feels like this week has lasted forever? Well, good thing friday is here.
As you probably know by now I’m so read for Christmas. I really can’t wait. You are so lucky all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving. You get to start the holiday season way earlier than we do. I wish we had something like thanksgiving here in Denmark.
But well, I decided to kick off the holiday season the other day by making the dessert which everybody (literally) in Denmark eat on Christmas eve; Riz a L’amande. One of the bests desserts in the world.
It is basically just the kind of rice porridge which everyone in Denmark eats for dinner during the winter with vanilla, almonds and whipped cream. And then we serve it with cherry sauce. SO good. My mouth waters just by thinking of it.
But as we all know whipped cream isn’t exactly healthy. So I tried adding greek yoghurt instead. Best. Decision. Ever. The riz a l’amande turned out just as wonderful as always. And it even was to healthy that I had it for breakfast.
Really riz a l’amande is to damn good you’d like to eat it all the time. No joke.
Riz a l’amande isn’t just a dessert. It is a kind of game as well. A game which everyone in Denmark has played since they were very small and associates with cozy Christmas evenings. In the desserts there are a lot of blanched almonds, roughly chopped. But when the dessert is served on Christmas eve there is one (sometimes two) whole almonds in the bowl of riz a l’amande. Whoever gets the whole almond wins the present, which has been laid in the centre of the table.
Nobody is allowed to begin eating their dessert before everyone has a bowl full in front of them, and when people begins to eat the mood turns into something very special. Imagine the entire family sitting almost completely silent around the table with an excited and playful grin on their faces, as everybody concentrates on feeling the food in order not to chew the whole almond. ‘Cause if you chew it, you don’t get the present.
Gaaah – I can’t wait for Christmas eve now!
Though there is only a whole almond in the dessert on Christmas eve you can still have a bowl full (or five) before Christmas ;)
The dessert is very filling!
I’ve been wanting to make this post for the last three days, and finally I’m able to.
Do you know those weeks where you have something you have to do every single minute? Or plans for every hour? Well, this is one of those weeks. I usually make time for blogging, since it is one of my top favorite things to do, so not being able to blog means I really haven’t had the time.
Take this day for instance. All of my morning-lessons were cancelled, so I didn’t have to go to school until 12. So I decided to do all my homework in the morning, so I’d have free time in the after noon. But no… In biotechnology we are going to make a big presentation about cancer (very interesting actually). There are 5 groups who will work on different things and to make sure everything comes together perfectly me and two others have been picked out to be some kind of helpers or heads. I’m very happy I was picked out. It just means we have to know everything.
So I went home and read 35 very difficult (even my teacher said they were difficult) pages. That took some time. (But it really was interesting. I’m a geek, I know ;) )
After that I went to the school again to watch the musical made by students. I should have loved to participate, but unfortunately they practiced on Thursdays, where I babysit. Such a shame! But instead I got to watch a really good musical.
Did I ever tell you that I’m actually participating in another big musical in my town? It is the best thing ever!
Too much of not talking about christmas cookies. Sorry guys.
A vert traditional Dansih christmas “cookie” is pepper nuts. And they have absolutely nothing to do with nuts. Well, they are the same size (I guess that is the reason for adding “nuts” to the name). Tiny spiced cookies. An all-time favorite.
I made these a little healthier by making them completely wholewheat (I mainly used oat flour) and by omitting refined sugar. There are sweetened with maple syrup instead. But don’t worry – you won’t be able to tell at all. I’ve made different people taste them, and they all liked them.