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Super Food Brownies

This post is sponsored. All opinions are my own.

Denne post er sponsoreret. Alle holdning er mine egne. 

Chia & Cacao Chocolate Chip Brownies

I’ve never been a fan of baking mixes. I’ve always thought it was way funnier to bake yourself – and I’ve always hated thinking about all the crappy stuff that’s in most baking mixes. That is until I received a package from Creative Nature Superfoods the other week. This amazing little company has just launched two new products: A superfood Chia and Cacao Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix and a Chia and Mulberry Muffin mix. Both allergen free (free from gluten, soy, dairy etc.), refined sugar free and packed with goodies such as chia seeds, cocoa nibs and mulberries.

Jeg har aldrig været en fan af bageblandinger. For mig har det altid været sjovere at bage hele kagen fra bunden – og så kan jeg bestemt ikke lide alle de dårlige ingredienser, der tit er i færdigblandinger som konserveringsmidler, E-numre og ultra hvidt sukker. Men det ændrede en lille pakke, jeg fik ind af døren på for en uges tid siden. Det lille firma Creative Nature Superfood sendte mig nemlig en af deres nye bageblandinger. De har lige lancheret to: En Chia og Kakao Chocolate Chip Brownie (som jeg var så heldig at få fingrene i) og en Multebær Muffin Mix. Begge allergen-frie, fire for raffineret sukker og spækket med superfoods som chia frø, kakao nips og multebær.

Chia & Cacao Chocolate Chip Brownies

So the bad-stuff-problem was solved and I decided to give it a try. I have to admit it was very convenient to bake with a mix. It’s okay to be a little lazy sometimes, right? With both my baking-mix-issues gone there was only one thing left: Was the brownie as good as a homemade one?

Oh. My. God. YES!

I mean, look at that gooey, dark piece of chocolate heaven up there. Admittedly, when I looked at the batter I wasn’t convinced. The batter is quite light and this girl likes her brownies to be darker than black. But when the brownies had cooled down they were insanely dark and SO delicious. I loved it – and my friends with whom I shared it loved it too.

Så mit ”grimme-ingredienser-problem” var løst og jeg besluttede mig for at prøve det. Indrømmet – hold op, hvor er det nemt med sådan et bage mix. Nogen gange er det ok at være lidt doven. Med begge mine færdigblanding-issues væl, var der kun en ting tilbage – om brownies’ne så virkelig var god.

Og oh my god, JA!

Bare tag et kig på de bløde, mørke browniestykker. Da jeg så dejen var jeg ellers ikke overbevist. Den var meget lys, og jeg vil kun spise brownies, der er mørkere end sort. Men da kagen var kølet ned var den pludselig helt mørk og smagte himmelsk.

Chia & Cacao Chocolate Chip Brownies

MY TIPS

– There are two recipes on the package – one vegan and one non-vegan. I went for the non-vegan, but thought there was a little too much butter. So I swabbed half for coconut oil and it worked just fine.

– I recommend not baking the brownies more than 20 minutes if you like them soft and gooey. Mine were a little dry in the edges (which meant I only ate the middle leaving the crust, which I later put in a chocolate ice cream – hehe).

ET PAR TIPS

– Der er to opskrifter på pakken – en vegansk og en ikke-vegansk. Jeg ville lave den ikke-veganske, men endte med at blande de to, da jeg alligevel syntes der var liiiiidt meget smør. Så jeg byttede halvdelen ud med kokosolie, og det fungerede bare fint.

– Hvis du – som mig – bedst kan lide at browniesn’e er meget bløde (helst slet ikke bagt), så bag dem ikke mere end 20 min. Min kant blev lidt tøt (så jeg spiste midten, lod skorpen blive – og puttede den senere i chokolade is, hehe)

Chia & Cacao Chocolate Chip Brownies // Creative Nature Superfood Review

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 150 c/300 f/ Gas Mark 2
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and beat together until smooth (start of slowly so the flour doesn’t go everywhere!).
  3. Line a brownie/baking tin with grease-proof paper and carefully spoon the mix into it.
  4. Bake between 20-25 mins then remover and put in the fridge to enjoy later.
http://sproutedfig.com/chia-cacao-chocolate-chip-brownies-creative-nature-superfood-review/

March 17, 2016

Soft, vegan spelt chocolate buns

Veganske chokoladeboller

Soft, vegan spelt chocolate buns

The most popular bakery in Copenhagen and the cities around it is Lagkagehuset (“Layer Cake House”). And that is no mystery. They make and sell the most amazing rustic sour dough loaves, the most gorgeous cakes, delicious tarts, their very own and sooo delicious croissants and cinnamon buns and the best ever chocolate buns. My dad always bring some home from the bakery in the airport when he comes home from work in Stockholm and Oslo and no matter how hard I try I just can’t keep my hands off them.

Lad os lige snakke om Lagkagehuset et øjeblik. Jeg synes det er så sjovt, hvordan et bageri på få år er blevet stort set alle københavneres yndlingsbageri. Eller næsten i hvert fald. Det er lidt blevet Københavns ikon-bageri. Og det forstår jeg faktisk godt. Rustikke surdejsbrød, smukke kager, lækre, rustikke tærter, rustikke croissanter. Rustik med rustik på. Ret nordisk – og ekstremt lækkert.

Min far køber altid deres chokoladeboller med hjem fra lufthavnen, når han har været på arbejde i Stockholm eller Oslo, og dem kan jeg simpelthen ikke holde fingrene fra. Så gode!

Soft, vegan spelt chocolate buns Soft, vegan spelt chocolate bunsSoft, vegan spelt chocolate buns

Btw – have you ever tried being a tourist in your own city? I had a day off a week ago, so I packed my camera and took my bike into the city and spend a day exploring and shopping on my own (and biked past multiple Lagkagehuset bakeries). It’s so wonderful – you get to see your own city in another way. The pictures in this post are from that trip.

For resten – har du nogensinde leget turist i din egen by? Det er virkelig fantastisk. I fredags havde jeg fri, og besluttede mig for at tage cyklen med i toget og kameraet over armen og cyklede rundt i smukke København, der er skøn og farverig selv på en gråvejrsdag (og cyklede forbi utallige Lagkagehuse). Derfor billederne i denne post.

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Back to the buns… I had to make some healthier ones. Vegan, made with spelt, no butter and no refined sugar. Since I haven’t had the time for making the dish I talked about in a previous post again, decided to share this recipe. Perfect Easter treat!

Tilbage til chokobollerne. Endnu en ting, jeg bare måtte lave sundere. De blev veganske, frie for smør og raffineret sukker og lavet med 100% speltmel. Og siden jeg ikke har haft tid til at lave den ret, jeg snakkede om i sidste post, besluttede jeg mig for at dele denne i stedet. God påske snack.

Chocolate Buns

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 90 minutes

Vegan spelt chocolate buns

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 50 g. fresh yeast OR 1 package dry yeast
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. agave (or honey)
  • ½ tsp. ground cardamom
  • 100 g. dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 4 ½ cup spelt flour

Instructions

  1. In a small pot gently heat the almond milk until it is as warm as your little finger.
  2. Transfer to a mixing bowl and mix in yeast, applesauce, salt agave and cardamom.
  3. Chop the chocolate and add it to the batter.
  4. Knead in the flour until the dough is soft and smooth. Then knead in the coconut oil.
  5. Let rise for 30-60 minutes.
  6. Make 10 buns and place them on a baking sheet with baking paper. Let rise for 30 minutes. Heat the oven to 200°C / 390° F and bake the buns for 12-15 minutes (until they are golden at the bottom). Let cool and enjoy right away (or freeze them in plastic bags for a yummy treat).
http://sproutedfig.com/chocolate-buns/

 

Soft, vegan spelt chocolate buns

February 3, 2016

Veganske fastelavnsboller uden raffineret sukker og mel. 

Vegan, refined sugar free Danish Shrovetide Buns. Healthy sweet buns with custard.

Vegan, refined sugar free Danish Shrovetide Buns. Healthy sweet buns with custard.

This coming Sunday is Shrovetide – a weird holiday which we celebrate here in Denmark. Originally, many years back, it marked the day of the beginning of the 40 days long fast until Easter, but today it’s just a holiday for children. The second most important tradition, this holiday, is the game “knock the cat off the barrow”. A game where a painted wooden barrow full of candy, confetti and a paper cat hangs in a rope and you take turns beating it with a bat to knock it down. Rather like a piñata. Weird.

Det er allerede fastelavn den her weekend og for en gang skyld glæder jeg mig – jeg skal nemlig fejre fastelavn i år, ja jeg skal så. På fritidshjemmet til den skole, jeg arbejder på. Jeg har slet ikke fejret fastelavn siden jeg selv i fritidshjem, så det bliver så hyggeligt.

Vegan, refined sugar free Danish Shrovetide Buns. Healthy sweet buns with custard. Vegan, refined sugar free Danish Shrovetide Buns. Healthy sweet buns with custard.

The most important tradition however is Shrovetide buns. Soft buns filled with custard. I love them so much. The homemade ones that is. Especially my grandmothers. But I thought it was time for some healthier, vegan ones. And here they are – whole wheat, vegan, low fat and low in sugar (and completely free from refined), but still heavenly soft and sweet.

Perfect for this coming Shrovetide Sunday.

Det vigtigste ved fastelavn er fastelavnsboller. Punktum. Jeg har altid elsket de bløde boller med cremefyld inden i. Ikke noget med flødeskum eller bagerens dårlige øje her, nej tak. Nej, gode hjemmelavede, knapt så søde fastelavnsboller – allerhelst mormors – er og bliver de bedste. I år havde jeg dog lyst til at prøve med en lidt sundere variant, gene veganske. Det blev til de her skønne boller lavet med speltmel, helt uden smør og mælk og med et minimum af sukker (og helt uden det raffinerede). Det lyder som noget værre helse-halløj, men jeg lover, de er så lækre – bløde og søde og med gemt vaniljecreme indeni.

Perfekt til fastelavn på søndag.

Vegan Shrovetide Buns

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 20 buns

Vegan, refined sugar free Danish Shrovetide Buns. Healthy sweet buns with custard.

Ingredients

    Buns
  • 1 tbsp. psyllium husks
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup lukewarm water (or almond milk for a richer taste)
  • 25 g. fresh yeast OR
  • 2 tbsp. agave or maple syrup (or honey, if you eat that)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ cup spelt flour
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, softened
  • 1 ½ cup white flour (you can sub spelt)
  • Custard
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. starch (corn or potato)
  • ½ tsp. vanilla powder or extract
  • 2 tbsp. agae syrup
  • Glace
  • 1 tbsp. coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 3-4 tsp. boiling water

Instructions

  1. Start by making the dough: place the psyllium husks in the ¼ cup cold water and leave it for 5 minutes. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Mix in salt, agave/maple/honey and the psyllium husks and knead in the first 1 ½ cup of the dough. Now knead in the soft coconut oil before adding the rest of the flour. Leave to rise for half an hour.
  2. While the dough rises make the custard: Mix everything in a small saucepan and stir until the starch is completely dissolved in the milk. Heat up while stirring constantly. When it boils whish vigorously and boil for 5 minutes, until it thickens. Pour out on a plate and cool down in the fridge or in the freezer.
  3. Roll the dough out into a big square on a floured surface. cut 20 (4X5) squares out of it and place a dollop of custard on each square. Now fold the buns by picking up the corners of the square and pinch them together. Pinch the sides together too. Place the bun with the corners down on a baking sheet with baking paper.
  4. Leave the buns to rise for another half hour, while the oven heats to 200°C / 390°F. Bake for 15-20 minutes (until golden brown and brown on the bottom) in the middle of the oven. Leave to cool slightly before adding on glace.
  5. Make the glace by mixing everything together very well. Add a bit of water at a time to make sure it doesn’t get too wet. Spread out on the buns and enjoy!

Notes

The buns freeze very well.

http://sproutedfig.com/vegan-shrovetide-buns/

Vegan, refined sugar free Danish Shrovetide Buns. Healthy sweet buns with custard.

January 8, 2016

100% spelt waflfles made with sour dough and vanilla. Dairy free.

100% spelt vafler med surdej og vanilje. Mælke-fri. 

100% spelt waflfles made with sour dough and vanilla. Dairy free.

Happy 2016! Better late than never right? I hope you all had a magical Christmas and an amazing new year.

I don’t know what happened during the holidays… I usually spend all the time in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes and ingredients. But the cooking part of my brain has been oddly foggy the last couple of months and hasn’t been able to turn on the “creativity button”. So sad! Anyway, I am back in the kitchen and enjoying every moment of it – and hopefully my otherwise always busy cooking brain will start again soon.

Godt nytår! Bedre sent end aldrig, ikke? Jeg håber alle har haft en magisk jul og et eventyrligt nytår.

Jeg ved slet ikke, hvad der skete hen over julen. Det er der, jeg typisk har massere af tid til at fjolle rundt i køkkenet og med mit kamera. Men madlavningsdelen af min hjerne har været utrolig toget på det sidste, og jeg har let ikke kunnet tænde for ”krea-knappen”. Sørgeligt! Anyway, jeg er itlbage i køkkenet og jeg nyder det. Så håber jeg bare kreativiteten snart vågner igen.

100% spelt waflfles made with sour dough and vanilla. Dairy free.

I think it’s important to sometimes sit down and look at the good things that happened rather than the things you didn’t manage or resolutions you didn’t complete. So I took five minutes to reflect over all the great experiences the last year has given me. Thank you for 2015!

In January I went skiing in Austria

In February I graduated from the Academy for Talented Youth

In March I attended the finally of NBO (National Biology Olympiad)

In April we made show after show of this year’s musical

In May I went to Tuscany with my brother and mother

In June I graduated high school and had the time of my life

In July I went to Sicily with my lovely family

In August I went to Israel to participate in the WSCI – most amazing experience ever

In September I started my new job as a substitute teacher. And I love it.

In October the family-squad, 14 people, went adventuring on Mallorca

In November I became a part of the amazing site Three Silver Spoons (SO HOUNOURED!)

And in December I was a dance-instructor for the first time in my life and had the honour of watching my amazing 11 and12 year old dancers on-stage

 

(Reminder: This is a blog – it’s supposed to be happy with sunshine and rainbows all over, right? So although I did have an amazing year with lots of amazing experiences, I want to remind you that I am just a human and have just as many ups and downs and boring days as everyone else ;) Just keep that in mind)

Fordi jeg tror, det er vigtigt at kigge på de gode ting, der er hendt og ikke fokusere på de ting, du ikke nåede eller de fortsæt, du ikke fik opfyldt, tog jeg mig lige et par minutter for at reflektere over alt det, jeg har oplevet i det forgangne år. Tak for 2015!

I januar stod jeg på ski i Østrig

I februar dimitterede jeg fra Akademiet for Talentfulde Unge efter 2 utrolige år

I marts deltog jeg i finalen i det nationale OL i biologi sammen med 14 andre utroligt intelligente og dobbelt så søde, skønne bio-nørder

I april kulminerede måneders træning med fantastiske musical forestillinger

I maj fløj mig mor, bror og jeg til Toscana og nød 5 dage i det charmerende Norditalien

I juni blev jeg student! Med alt hvad det indebærer – ej, hvor jeg savner det

I juli gik turen mod Sicilien med min dejlige familie

I august tog jeg til Israel (say what?!) til sciencekonferencen WSCI – helt vildt!

I september startede jeg på mit job som vikar – og blev helt vild med det

I oktober indtog den skøre klan (læs: fjollede mors del af familien på 14) Mallorca

I november blev jeg en del af siden Three Silver Spoons. Og jeg er stadig ubeskriveligt stolt.

I december var jeg for første gang danseinstruktør og havde æren af at se mine dygtige dansere på 11-12 år på scenen.

 

(Reminder: Det her er en blog. Det skal være ”springvand og frugt”, som vi siger til musical, ikke? Så selvom jeg har haft en skønt år, vil jeg bare minde om, at jeg er en helt almindelig pige med et helt almindeligt liv – inkluderende ups and downs og grå dage. Bare en reminder (; )

100% spelt waflfles made with sour dough and vanilla. Dairy free.

2015 top posts:

 

Vegan Danish Strawberry Tart

Low Carb Pancakes

Layered Healthy Chocolate Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream

Raw Brownies (the 1st recipe of 2o15)

Tahini Fudge aka. Faux Halva

 

No wonder the strawberry tart is number one – it’s great. I loved all those recipes myself, but just to challenge myself I wanted to choose my top 5 too. Here they are:

Jordbærtærten forstår jeg 100p! Den er så skøn. Men bare lige for sjovs skyld skal mine egne favoritter også med.

 

Layered Healthy Chocolate Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream

Vegan Danish Strawberry Tart

Cheesy Vegan Butternut Squash Alfredo

Pumpkin Crumb Bars

Healthy Rum Balls (eating’ em’ right now)

Raw Vegan Hot Fudge Sauce

 

Hehe, yeah, 6… #sorrynotsorry (joke)

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100% spelt waflfles made with sour dough and vanilla. Dairy free.

And now the first recipe of 2016!

Og nu årets første opskrift!

 

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Sour Dough Spelt Waffles

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 3-4 waffles

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (60mL) sour dough starter (for instance this one)
  • 1 cup (240mL) almond milk (or other plant milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. melted coconut oil (+ more for the iron)
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup (240mL) spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract or powder

Instructions

  1. Heat up your waffle iron.
  2. Mix together all the wet ingredients very well. Add in all the dry ingredients.
  3. Add extra coconut oil to the waffle iron and pour out 1/2 cup of batter on it. Bake until golden brown and repeat with another 1/2 cup (this recipe should make approx. 4 waffles - or 3 and one small).
  4. Serve topped with your favourite fruit and dairy free yoghurt.

Notes

100% spelt waflfles made with sour dough and vanilla. Dairy free.

http://sproutedfig.com/sour-dough-spelt-waffles/

 

 

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December 22, 2015

Denne post vil kun blive skrevet på engelsk, da det er en del af et amerikansk link up. Jeg er tilbage på dansk igen snart. 

Healthy cinnamon apricot sweets || Sprouted Fig

One of the things I love most about the blogging world is all of the amazing communities and groups for bloggers created by bloggers. Ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to announce that this month I got to join the Recipe ReDux – a group of health orientated food bloggers who each month get a challenge to complete. I’ve been in love with Recipe ReDux ever since I read about it on The Yooper Girls more than a year ago and finally there was a spot for me. Oh, how I feel privileged and I am so happy to finally be a part of this amazing project. Let’s get to it.

 

This month’s assignment:

“We’re repeating last December’s theme due to popular demand: It’s the end of the year and we’re taking a moment to reflect – The Recipe ReDux has been around for 54 months! To celebrate, we’re playing a little party game this month: Grab your nearest cookbook and ReDux the recipe on page 54 or 154.”

Healthy cinnamon apricot sweets || Sprouted Fig Healthy cinnamon apricot sweets || Sprouted Fig

I loved this challenge. Quite a while ago I bought the lovely cookbook “Smarta Sötsaker” (Clever Sweets) by Ulrika Hoffer but I’ve only managed to make one thing from it. So this was a great opportunity to try another of the many amazing recipes on healthy sweet treats – all gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. Page no. 54 was these lovely cinnamon and apricot treats. I added in some ginger too – perfect as a healthy Christmas treat.

All of the recipes have a little introduction to them where Ulrika writes about some of the health benefits. For this recipe she writes:

“Apricots and pumpkin seeds are great sources of iron… Figs contains calcium…”

What a great addition to your Christmas table. Merry soon Christmas!

Healthy cinnamon apricot sweets || Sprouted Fig

Cinnamon Treats – The Recipe ReDux

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 12 pieces

Recipe adapted from "Smarta Sötsakar" by Ulrika Hoffer

Ingredients

  • 5 big dried figs
  • 100mL (1/4 cup + 3 tbsp) pumpkin seeds
  • 4 big dried apricots
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. dried ginger
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Place the pumpkin seeds in a food processor and blend until it resembles flour. Add in the cinnamon and ginger and pulse for a couple of seconds. Blend in the apricots and figs and make it all stick together by adding in the coconut oil.
  2. Press out into a big square or into a tupperware and refridgerate for 1 hour. Cut out into bites and serve.
http://sproutedfig.com/cinnamon-treats-the-recipe-redux/

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October 31, 2015

Amazing sugar free and grain free, vegan chocolate chip cookies baked with cashew butter.

Skønne sukkerfrie, korn frie og veganske chocolate chip cookes bagt med cashewnøddesmør.

Amazing sugar free and grain free, vegan chocolate chip cookies baked with cashew butter | Sprouted Fig

I have a problem.

A cookie problem.

I already have 5 cookies recipes on the blog, including my extremely popular avocado double chocolate cookies and gluten free ginger bread cookies AND a recipe on healthy cookie dough (because the only thing that beast the actual cookie is the dough) and here I am, posting a cookie recipe. Not the worst problem to have, come to think of it. So let’s call it a healthy obsession. Yes that sounds better! Especially since we are talking healthy cookies. In this case grain free, butter free, sugar free, vegan chocolate chip cookies with cranberries, that taste just like an old fashioned sugar and butter packed chocolate chip cookie. Definitely my favourite cookie recipe so far – together with my popular avocado cookies, which I happen to love myself as much as your lovely readers.

Jeg har et problem.

Et cookie problem.

Jeg mener, jeg har allerede 5 opskrifter på bloggen (inkluderende mine utroligt populære avokado og chocolade cookies) OG en cookie dough opskrift (fordi det eneste, der slår cookies, er cookie dough) – og her er jeg så: I gang med at poste endnu en cookie opskrift. Ikke det værste problem at have – så jeg vil kalde det en sund afhængighed. Se dét lyder straks bedre. For det er ikke helt et problem når vi snakker super sunde, korn frie, smør frie, veganske, sukkerfrie chocolate chip cookies der smager fuldstændig som the (lækre) sukkerpakkede cookies, man køber hos bageren. Helt sikkert en ny yndlingsopskrift (sammen med avocado cookierne – de er bare gode).

Amazing sugar free and grain free, vegan chocolate chip cookies baked with cashew butter | Sprouted Fig Amazing sugar free and grain free, vegan chocolate chip cookies baked with cashew butter | Sprouted Fig

SUKRIN

I have always been very sceptical about sugar substitutes. I don’t like the idea of eating chemically produced sweeteners and usually go for natural whole foods sweeteners such as honey and coconut sugar, which have a lot of sugar but still contain a lot of nutrients and are unprocessed.

But lately Sukrin has been trending a lot amongst Scandinavian food bloggers It consists mainly of the carbohydrate erythritol (C4H12O4 for the bio nerds like me…) which can’t be metabolised and which occurs naturally in a lot of fruits (such as pears and grapes) and fermented foods (like wine). So it’s extracted rather than chemically produced.

In the big sugar and sugar substitute discussion some people may argue that Sukrin is not a natural sweetener. And I still have my doubts about it. But what really convinced me to try it anyway was a post my one of my favourite fellow Danish food bloggers A Tasty Love Story. Josephine Malene (hehe, same name…) used it in one of her recipes, and because she is extremely talented, knows a lot about food AND has a bachelor in Nutrition and Health and is studying Human Nutrition as a master, I thought it was safe to try. And I love it – it tastes and acts just like sugar but without the blood sugar spark. Yes please!

I used Sukrin gold, which is like brown sugar – but if you still don’t like the idea just sub coconut sugar.

SUKRIN

Jeg har aldrig været fan af kunstige sødemidler. Jeg kan ikke lide ideen om kemisk fremstillede stoffer og foretrækker normalt whole food sukker som kokossukker og honning (der godt nok har sukker, men til gengæld har de stadig al deres væring også). Men for tiden er Sukrin det nye sort blandt danske bloggere. Det består hovedsageligt af kulhydratet erythritol (C4H12O4 for bio nørder som mig), der ikke kan optages af kroppen, og som forekommer naturligt i frugt (som pærer og druer) og gærede drikke (som vin). Det er derfor udvundet og ikke kemisk fremstillet.

I den store sukker og sødestofsdiskussion er der sikkert folk, der holder på, det ikke er spor naturligt. Og jeg havde også mine tvivl indtil jeg læste et indlæg fra en af mine yndlingsbloggere Josephine Malene (der også er dansker). Hun brugte det i de her barer, og idet hun ikke bare er super dygtig klog men oven i købet har en bachelor i sundhed og ernæring OG læser kandidat i human ernæring, tænkte jeg, at det der Sukrin ikke kunne være helt skidt. Så jeg prøvede det – og det er virkelig godt. Det smager helt som sukker bare uden den ubehagelige blogsukkerstigning efterfølgende.

Jeg brugte Sukrin Gold her – men brug bare kokossukker, hvis du stadig er i tvivl. 

Amazing sugar free and grain free, vegan chocolate chip cookies baked with cashew butter | Sprouted Fig Amazing sugar free and grain free, vegan chocolate chip cookies baked with cashew butter | Sprouted Fig

Also (sorry, I know this is a long post already) I went to the most amazing lecture with none other than Sarah B from My New Roots this Wednesday. It was such an amazing night – I learned so many new things about nutrition and it was rather “cosy” there. We were only 30 attendants so it was more like a conversation than an actual lecture. Amazing, just amazing. I feel so lucky I got to attend a lecture with one of the best in the field – and to meet one of my biggest “idols” and the person from whom I got the inspiration to start my own blog.

Enjoy the cookies!

For resten (undskyld, jeg ved den her post allerede er lang), var jeg så helt ufattelig heldig at være med til et super spændende foredrag med Sarah B fra My New Roots om ernæring og mads rolle i immunforsvaret i onsdags. Foredraget overgik mine i firvejen meget høje forventninger med mange meter. Helt fantstisk spændende. Og jeg føler min så heldig at få lov til at lære om ernæring fra en af de bedste på området og måde mit største forbillede og den person, der inpirerede mig til at starte min egen blog. Wow.

Nyd cookierne! (Haha, ja det er et ord…)

Soft Baked Cashew Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 12 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • ¼ cup (65 g.) cashew butter
  • ¼ cup (50 g.) soft coconut oil
  • ¼ cup (40 g.) Sukrin gold (or other erythritol sweetener or coconut sugar)
  • 2 tbsp. milk of choice (I used almond)
  • ½ cup (90 g.) buckwheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. potato starch
  • ½ tsp coarse salt
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Add ins: 40 c. chocolate chips (or as many as your heart desires), 2 tbsp. cranberries, cacao nibs, raisins... You name it

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C / 390° F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix chia and water and let it sit for 15 minutes. It should turn into a gel. If you don’t want chia seeds in your cookies, grind them in your coffee maker before adding water. This will also make the cookies look more like “real” cookies.
  3. In a bigger bowl beat together the cashew butter, coconut oil and Sukrin gold. Add in the milk. Stir in the dry ingredients.
  4. Place 12 dollops of dough on a baking sheet with parchment paper and press them flat (they’ll spread a little, but not much). Bake for approx 12 minutes. They should be golden brown in the edges, but not crispy.
  5. Cool down slightly before eating. Store in an airtight container. The cookies freeze well.
http://sproutedfig.com/soft-baked-cashew-butter-cookies/

September 20, 2015

Healthy brownies! Super delicious, vegan, paleo, grain free blender fudge brownies sweetened with dates. What more could you ask for?

Sunde brownies! Super lækre, veganske, korn frie, gluten frie brownies lavet i en blender og sødet med dadler. Hvad mere kan man ønske sig?

Healthy brownies! Super delicious, vegan, paleo, grain free, date sweetened blender fudge brownies

I know I’ve posted quite a lot of vegan stuff lately. Just as a disclaimer: I am not vegan (; I just feel so good when making something vegan. Lately I’ve been reading a lot about animal welfare and I really like the idea of veganism. Because gosh, most of the animals out there have horrible, horrible lives. I do however not plan on going completely vegan. But I definitely like to cut down on animal products – especially if the outcome is just as delicious and healthy as these lovely brownies.

Jeg har vikrlieg fået lavet en masse veganske retter på det sidste – bare lige for at få det på den sikre side: jeg er ikke veganer. Men jeg får det enormt godt med mig selv, når jeg laver noget vegansk. Det sidste stykke tid har jeg læst en masse om dyrevelfærd, og jeg snakkede med nogen veganere på Israel turen, og ej, hvor har dyrene bare ikke sjovt liv. Jeg bliver nok ikke veganer lige foreløbig, men skærer ned på animalske produkter – og det er så skønt, når det så endda smager godt og er super sundt, som disse brownies.

Healthy brownies! Super delicious, vegan, paleo, grain free, date sweetened blender fudge brownies Healthy brownies! Super delicious, vegan, paleo, grain free, date sweetened blender fudge brownies

There isn’t much to say about the brownies other than they are aaaaaaamazing. So instead I thought I’d finally write a little about what I am doing now. You know having graduated high school, but not going to uni right away…

So if you just came for the brownies, please feel free to scroll to the bottom (;

I’ll try and do this short

 

The weird Danes

So no, I am not being unambitious and lazy taking a gap year. It is a very common thing to do in Denmark. I think maybe one in ten people go right to university – the rest take a year or two (or three) off. But what do we young Danes do for an entire year? Don’t worry – we don’t just sleep and watch Netflix (lol, I never watch Netflix, but whatever) (okay, maybe some do – but that’s like a veeeery small part).

Most people start out by getting their first “proper” full time job and experience the labour market. And there are so many different weird things to do – salesman, piccolo, archivist, sports coach, retail manager, runners, flower delivery boy etc. etc. And you learn so much from your first job – I speak from experience already.

And then comes the “real” fun – and there are so many things to chose from

Taking a language course in another country, moving to another country for a short amount of time, going packpacking the most amazing places, doing charity work in third world countries… And mine: going to a folk high school

 

What about me?

Right now I work as a substitute teacher at my own elementary- and middle school – and I love it! I love teaching and I love working with children. The other substitute teachers and teachers are amazing and so are the children. I’ve only been working for one month and a half and I already feel like I’ve learned so much. Admittedly, I am insanely tired when I get home – but it’s the good kind of tired (:

Not having any homework means I’ve got some more spare time – so I’ve started playing the piano again. And I plan on starting doing pilates. Oh, and I help two girls with math – yay!

 

The near future and folk high schools

Originally I planned on going to what we call a folk high school from January to June next year. But I love my job so much I’ve started to think of doing it later on.

But I am definitely going to a folk high school at some point. So what is this weird thing? Well, at folk high school is a very Danish thing. You don’t have it anywhere else and they are very hard to explain, because they are such a deep part of our culture, but I’ll try :)

– It is basically a kind of boarding school where you go for half a year.

– They are all situated in the countryside, because the purpose of the schools is to be there and not anywhere else.

– You take sports- and/or creative subjects (daaaaaaancing for half a year – woohoo!) and also some general subjects where you learn about the world (mandatory).

– You get to live together with around 60 other people your age, which 1) teaches you to live together with a lot of other people, and 2) hopefully give you some new friends

Anyway, the time a folk high school is said to be the time of your life (if you like to live together with other people, that is) and I can’t wait. I’ve been dreaming of going for the past 4 years.

Maybe I’ll take some time travelling too… We’ll see.

 

The future

Well, I’ve got no idea. Or actually I’ve got too many ideas. But I will definitely go to uni – most likely University of Copenhagen. But if I’ll study landscape architecture, biology, neuroscience or something completely different I still don’t know. But it’s another thing I will have to figure out during my gap yeat.

Der er ikke så meget at sige om de her brownies, andet end de er fantastiske. Så i stedet vil jeg lige give en kort update på hvad jeg går og laver – i mit sabbatår. 

Lige nu er jeg lærevikar på min gamle hovedskole, og det er jeg ubeskriveligt glad for. Det er virkelig sjovt og lærerrigt og alle – både lærere, vikarer og elever – er så søde. Planen er at jeg skal på højskole på et tidspunkt – men hvornår ved jeg ikke helt endnu, for jeg er blevet lidt forelsket i mit skønne job. Men på højskole, det skal jeg! Jeg har villet på højskole lige siden 9. (hvor jeg ikke fik lov at tage på efterskole), så NU er tiden. Og jep, der skal danses!

Healthy brownies! Super delicious, vegan, paleo, grain free, date sweetened blender fudge brownies Healthy brownies! Super delicious, vegan, paleo, grain free, date sweetened blender fudge brownies

Aaaand, back to the brownies – enjoy!

Oh, and I topped them off with my raw vegan hot fudge sauce (which I am addicted to, no shame)

Vegan date sweetened fudge brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soft dates (eventually soaked 1 hour)
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (or other taste neutral oil)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. buckwheat flour (or other gluten free flour)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 360°F
  2. Place chia seeds and water in a small bowl or glass and let sit for 10-15 minutes to turn into a gel.
  3. Now place dates, chia-water-mixture, melted coconut oil and apple sauce in a blender and been until completely smooth. Add in the cocoa powder, flour and baking powder and blend to combine.
  4. Pour into a baking safe dish and bake for approx. 20 minutes - the cake should be fudge but not under-baked.
  5. Let cool before serving. TIP! The cake is even better left over night in the fridge. Yumm...
http://sproutedfig.com/vegan-date-sweetened-fudge-brownies-the-future/

August 30, 2015

Halva recipe – tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free.

Halva opskrift – tahin karameller der smager ligesom flødekarameller. Sunde og uden raffineret sukker.  

Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free.

I am the kind of person who brings back food as souvenirs from vacations (as all of you who follow me on Instagram knows). There is just something special about buying authentic, local foods right from the manufacturer in some small shop or booth and bringing it home in your own suitcase all by yourself. No big containers and mass import. It makes me oddly happy.

In Israel I was lucky enough to get to visit a small, family-owned, 200-year-old halva and tahini factory. It was so nice to see such an old factory with all the old machines and hear about the old methods for roasting sesame seeds.

Aaaaand I had to buy a big jar of tahini and a huge chunk of halva.

Jeg er en af de der skøre mennesker, der tager mad hjem som souvenirs fra ferier. Der er bare et eller andet over at købe noget lækkert, lokalt mad direkte fra producenten og selv tage det med hjem i kufferten – helt uden om masseproduktion og store containerskibe.

I Israel var jeg så heldig at få lov at besøge en 200 år gammel tahin og halva fabrik, hvor de producerede tahin, som de gjorde for 200 år siden – på det helt samme maskiner!

Og ja, selvfølgelig skulle der en båtte tahin og et stort stykke halva med hjem, det skulle der da.

Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free.Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free. Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free.

So, what is halva? The quick answer is “my new favourite sweet”.

Halva is a kind of tahini fudge which they serve everywhere in Israel. I fell in love at the first bite. It tastes like tahini and have the loveliest consistency on earth. And it’s not even that bad for you. Can you imagine?

Halva is made from nothing but tahini and honey. That’s it. Full of healthy fats from the sesame butter and made completely without refined sugar. Uhm, yes please!! Okay so halva might not exactly be good for you considered the big amount of honey. But then again – you only need a bite or two. And it is certainly better than usual fudge and caramels.

Så, hvad er halva? Mit nye yndlingsslik.

Halva er en form for tahin karameller, som de serverer alle steder i Israel. Det smager som tahin og honning og har den lækreste konsistens. Og så er det endda ikke så usundt, som man skulle tro. Halva er nemlig lavet af tahin og honning. That’s it. Stopfyldt med sundt fedt fra sesam smøret og helt uden rafineret sukker. Jatak! Okay, der er indrømmet ret meget sukker i pga. honinnegn, men så igen – det er bedre end så meget andet.

Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free. Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free. Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free. Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free.

Coming home I had to make my own halva. (Un)fortunately it didn’t turn out exactly like the one I had in Israel. But I decided to share the recipe anyway, because guess what? It tastes exactly like good old cream caramels (with a hint of sesame, but who’s complaining here?) – you know, those made with butter, heavy cream and sugar. It must be magic! Really.

So here it is. Enjoy a piece of sticky, sweet caramel – all natural!

Da jeg kom hjem blev jeg simpelthen nødt til at prøve at lave halva selv. (U)heldigvis blev det ikke præcis som det, jeg fik i Israel. Men opskriften skulle alligevel på bloggen, for der skete noget magisk… Resultatet smager nemlig fuldstændig som gode gammeldags flødekarameller (med et hint af tahin, men jeg klager ikke) – du ved, de gode gamle klistrede lysebrune (lækre) karameller lavet med smør, fløde og sukker. Hvis det ikke er magi, ved jeg ikke hvad det er.

Så værsgo’ og nyd et lækkert stykke klistret karamel – helt naturligt!

Tahini Fudge aka. Faux Halva

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 20 pieces

Ingredients

  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup tahini
  • Eventually ad-ins: pistachios, almonds, cranberries…

Instructions

  1. In a small pot heat up the honey ‘till it reach the “soft-ball” state (118°C / 235°F). Meanwhile heat the tahini slightly in another bowl. Once the honey is hot, add in the warmed tahini and stir very well.
  2. Eventually add in nuts or dried fruits.
  3. Pour into a small dish covered with baking paper and refrigerate for 1 at least 1 hour before cutting into smaller squares.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
http://sproutedfig.com/tahini-fudge-aka-faux-halva/

February 12, 2015

Vegan, whole wheat and refined sugar free butter cookies

Veganske fuldkornscookies uden raffineret sukker

Vegan, whole wheat and refined sugar free butter cookies

 Yay! Yet another oxymoron (remember my egg-free scrambled eggs?). I don’t know why but I really like oxymora. One of my favourite scenes of all time (movie or book) is one in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, where the protagonist Oskar and his father have an “oxymoron war”. They just fire oxymora at each other until one of them can’t come up with any more. It’s seriously entertaining.

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Yay! Endnu en oxymoron (sidst var det æggekage uden æg). Jeg kan ikke helt forklare hvorfor, men jeg er helt vild med oxymoroner. En af mine favoritscener (både film og bog) er den i Ekstremt højt og utroligt tæt på af Jonathan Safran Foer, hvor fortælleren, Oskar, og han far har en oxymoron-krig. De skyder bare oxymoroner efter hinanden indtil en af dem er løber tør. Det er virkelig underholdende.

Vegan, whole wheat and refined sugar free butter cookies

I have this strange love for a lot linguistic phenomena. Oxymora, puns, anagrams, idioms… They make me so happy. And they are the main reason I hate not having English as my mother tongue. Because despite the fact that I understand most of them, I can’t make them up myself. My brain doesn’t work the way it does in Danish.

Did you follow the anagram-fight, which broke out when J. K. Rowling shared her very weird tweet last autumn? I was so frustrated – I understood everything people said, I just couldn’t really participate myself.

And when it comes to puns… I recently read the amazing book The Beginning of Everything by Robin Schneider. The protagonist and main character is a genius at puns and I really really loved that about him. But then it hit me: I can’t do it. Gosh, That is so frustrating!

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Jeg har den her uforklarlige forkærlighed for mange sproglige fænomener. Oxymoroner, ordspil, anagrammer, idiomer… De gør mig virkelig glad. Og de er hovedgrunden til at jeg hader ikke at have engelsk som modersmål. For nok forstår jeg langt de fleste, men jeg kan simpelthen ikke lave dem selv på engelsk.

Fulgte du med i den anagram-kamp, der brød ud i efteråret, da J. K. Rowling delte en højest mærkværdig tweet? Jeg var så frustreret, for nok kunne jeg følge med, men jeg kunne ikke deltage.

Og når det kommer til ordspil… Jeg læste for nylig The Beginning of Everything af Robyn Schneider. Fortælleren er virkelig god til ordspil, og det elskede jeg virkelig ved ham, men så slog det mig: du kan ikke selv lave dem. Øv!

Vegan, whole wheat and refined sugar free butter cookies

Vegan, whole wheat and refined sugar free butter cookies

Anyway, I can make oxymora (they are the easiest ones after all), so let’s get back to The Oxymoron of this post: Butter Free Danish Butter Cookies. A reader asked me for a recipe on vegan butter cookies not too long ago and I really liked the idea. So I created these yesterday, and I am very fond of the result – I hope you like them.

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Jeg kan dog lave oxymoroner (som indrømmet er de letteste af dem), så lad os vende tilbage til Oxymoronet i denne post: Smørbagte småkager uden smør. En læser foreslog mig at lave veganske danske smørsmåkager for ikke så længe siden, og jeg syntes ideen var super. Så jeg lavede disse i går – håber de smager.

Butter Free Danish Butter Cookies, vegan

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 1 baking sheet full

Vegan, whole wheat and refined sugar free butter cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup (80mL). coconut oil, softened
  • ¼ cup (60mL) agave nectar
  • 3 tbsp. coconut milk
  • ½ vanilla pod (or 1 tsp. vanilla extract)
  • 1 cup (240mL) whole meal flour*
  • ½ tsp. baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/ 390°F
  2. Beat together coconut oil and agave nectar in a medium bowl using an electric mixer (or a stand mixer). Add on the coconut milk.
  3. Scrape out the vanilla beans from the pod and add them to the batter (or just add one tsp. vanilla extract).
  4. In a small bowl whisk together flour and baking soda. Stir it into the batter.
  5. Pour the batter into a piping bag and pipe out small stars (or just roll out small circles).
  6. Bake in on the middle rack for approx. 8 minutes (or until golden brown).
  7. Cool down and store in an airtight container.

Notes

*The wholewheat flour gives the cookies a slightly nutty taste. Sub with all pupose flour if you don't want this.

http://sproutedfig.com/butter-free-danish-butter-cookies-vegan/

August 24, 2014

Creamy and rich chocolate ice cream. Vegan, paleo, dairy free, refined sugar free and made with only 5 ingredients.

Vegan, creamy & very rich Chocolate Ice Cream. Dairy free, paleo and refined sugar free.

Can I tell you a secret? I used to not like chocolate ice cream. I know – crazy! I mean if I should choose one food to live from for the rest of my life, it’d be chocolate. And ice cream is without doubt my favourite dessert (yep, better than cake, cookies, candy…). But when those two come together – BAM – some dark magic happened and I didn’t like it. Until I tried the chocolate ice cream from the best ice cream brand in the world – Paradis (Paradice cream). Unfortunately this brand is Danish, but if you ever come to Denmark make sure (I repeat make sure) you try it. All of their ice creams are freshly made and they actually taste of whatever flavour it has. And this was when I figured that the reason I didn’t like usual chocolate ice cream was that it didn’t taste like chocolate… It tasted like cream , additives, sugar and a slightly of chocolate milk. But the one from Paradis didn’t. And so I had a mission – to create such ice cream myself.

Vegan, creamy & very rich Chocolate Ice Cream. Dairy free, paleo and refined sugar free. Vegan, creamy & very rich Chocolate Ice Cream. Dairy free, paleo and refined sugar free.
Vegan, creamy & very rich Chocolate Ice Cream. Dairy free, paleo and refined sugar free.

Can I tell you another secret? I am very clumsy. I used to be everything but clumsy, but high school has done something to me. The other day I crashed on my bike on my way to school (which never happens since I’ve been biking my entire life (we do so in Denmark)), and when I went to the school secretary to get some plaster for the huge graze on my hip bone it suddenly hit me that this was at least the fifth time in two years I had to go there to get plaster for myself. And I am definitely not one of those who whine when I get hurt. I mean, one of the wounds I made in the school time kept bleeding for four days and my doctor later on told me that it should have been sown together…

Unfortunately I am almost as clumsy in a kitchen (…I write with my left index finger wrapped in plaster, whoops).

Anyway… what I learned from this making this lovely ice cream is:

Never wear your favourite white shirt when cooking with avocados

I’m serious! This is an important rule.

“What happened” I ask myself. Well, Josefine, you are simply clumsy. I used to hate this thing about myself, but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about learning to accept your flaws. So now I actually think being clumsy a part of me. I’d rather be known as the girl who always go to the secretary to get plaster than the careful one who never does anything.

(Just, don’t cook wearing your favourite white tee (; )

Vegan, creamy & very rich Chocolate Ice Cream. Dairy free, paleo and refined sugar free.

Vegan, creamy & very rich Chocolate Ice Cream. Dairy free, paleo and refined sugar free.

Vegan, creamy & very rich Chocolate Ice Cream. Dairy free, paleo and refined sugar free. Vegan, creamy & very rich Chocolate Ice Cream. Dairy free, paleo and refined sugar free.

Vegan, creamy & very rich Chocolate Ice Cream. Dairy free, paleo and refined sugar free.

 This super rich and creamy chocolate ice cream is made with avocados, coconut milk and palm sugar and is therefore both vegan, paleo, dairy free and refined sugar free. It is very delicious and you won’t be able to tell it contains avocado. I wouldn’t however serve it for people who are against turning desserts healthy, since you might be able to tell that it isn’t usual ice cream. 

Enjoy and have a lovely week everyone!

Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 2 scoops

A super rich and creamy dark chocolate ice cream. Vegan, dairy free, refined sugar free, all natural and healthy.

Ingredients

  • 1 big ripe avocado
  • 1 can (12oz / 350mL) light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup (120mL) coconut or palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120mL/ 55g.) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 50 g. (1,8 ounce) dark chocolate (I used 92% cocoa sweetened with coconut sugar)

Instructions

  1. In a food processor blend the avocado, coconut milk and coconut/ palm sugar until completely smooth. Then blend in the cocoa powder.
  2. Chop the dark chocolate till the pieces are a bout the size of a pea.
  3. Transfer the avocado mixture to a bowl and mix in the chocolate.
  4. Turn in your ice cream maker until nice and creamy. Eventually freeze for an additional hour.
  5. Serve with chopped chocolate and nuts.
http://sproutedfig.com/healthy-vegan-dark-chocolate-ice-cream/