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?
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.
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.
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!
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)
A big bowl of delicious no-carb spaghetti with a creamy roasted cauliflower sauce with sage and roasted hazelnuts.
Vegan, no-carb, paleo, glutenfree and crammed with vegetables.
Welcome to the new layout! This has been such a lovely slow and rainy Sunday. I’ve pretty much spend my day drawing small doodles as the fork, rolling pin and apple, googling around for tips on how to change fonts (that’s insanely hard for the record), making grafics, image mapping, font searching etc. etc. Well except for the time I spend running a half marathon with my dad (I actually made a new PR when it comes to distance, since we accidentally ran a little too far – 22,2km instead of 21.1, haha). I’m pretty pleased with the outcome actually. And a little proud – it’s the first time I’ve ever done serious CSS-coding.
Okay seriously what’s happening? Worpress just delieted half of my post again (yep I also wrote this in Spaghetti Squash volumne 2). And I even wrote and saved the last part first. WTF!
Now I’m at it – how does the headlines look to you. I littteraly spend hours trying to figure out how to change fonts and I was so happy when I fonally succeeded and all of the headlines suddenlt had this cool type-writer-like font. But then I checked the layout on my iPad and all of the cool headlines were suddently written with this awful curse kind of font. I really hope this only goes for iPads. The layout is super cool on my computer.
Total change of subject… As my Instagram account might reveal, I’ve been making a lot of warm and cozy comfort food during the last week. Big bowls of zoatmeal, beet oatmeal (! – what’s that even called btw… boatmeal, beetmeal, beoatmeal…), mashed cauliflower puree, cinnamon wreaths… I’m so ready for fall. Last Tuesday I posted a picture of this lovely dish: spaghetti squas aith roasted cauliflower, sage and hazelnut sauce. I bought the zuchinni at the local market last Sunday. It was an elderly lady who had the booth, and she sold all these lovely kinds of zucchinis and pumpkins. Wonderful! Local produce just tastes better than usual.
Have a lovely week everyone!
Creamy and rich chocolate ice cream. Vegan, paleo, dairy free, refined sugar free and made with only 5 ingredients.
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.
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 (; )
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!
A super rich and creamy dark chocolate ice cream. Vegan, dairy free, refined sugar free, all natural and healthy.
Summer vacation!!! I’ve been looking forward to this for such a long time. It’s wonderful – the weather is nice, I’m done with exams and a lot of my friends are graduating the Danish high school this week (I’ll do that next year), which means a lot of very happy people and graduation parties with wonderful friends (and delicious food (; ).
And look. The strawberries in the garden have begun to ripen. So delicious!
Oh, and the Roskilde Festival starts on Sunday – I’m so exited. I went last year, (please don’t mind those amazingly bad photos in that post) and I’m sure it’s gonna be way better this year, since I’m going to live with four of my great friends. And Bastille will be playing – I can’t wait to hear them and all of the other musicians.
And talking about musicians and concerts… I’m going to a small Lewis Watson concert tonight with my lovely friends Karen and Signe. Oh, vacation is nice!
Dear Dearna over at To Her Core is currently writing a series of posts called “How to include more vegetables in your diet“. I’ve really enjoyed reading those posts (and I was dry honoured to even find some of my recipes featured there – thank you so much!). So many great ideas on how to get more vegetables.
Inspired by that series I decided to make a green salad for lunch today. I had a big bowl of quinoa porridge for breakfast and a ton of strawberries from the garden for a snack, so I wasn’t that hungry. But if you want a more filling salad just add in fish, chicken or tofu.
The dressing is very nice and fresh. A great summer salad. Enjoy!
BTW – I updated the post “Grain Free Crackers” with new (better!!!) photos :D
For a more filling salad add in tuna sashimi, salmon sashimi (for pesco vegetarian), tofu (for vegetarian) or cooked chicken (for non-vegetarian).
It seems like an eternity since I last blogged. And God, I’ve missed it.
I’m back home from an amazing trip to Singapore, where I participated in the Singapore International Mathematical Challenge. It was such a big experience! And it was nice meeting people of my age from all over the world (each continent except South America was represented). The challenge was, well.. challenging. Quite hard but it was nice to participate!
Coming home from Singapore I suddenly had so many things to catch up on. So many people to see and a physics exam to prepare for. God how I spend SO much time reading for that exam. But in the end it paid off – I ended up with the highest grade. I’m so relieved.
I’m glad I’m back at blogging. I’m sorry for not having time for commenting on all of you lovely blogs lately! I really miss that.
I baked this cake for some friends the other day. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen a picture of it. Luckily the girls liked it (well, the entire cake was eaten, so I guess they actually did like it – they didn’t just say they liked it (; ). I’m very fond of it. I actually think it turned out quite well. I hope you’ll like it!
Btw… See those tiny flags?! Yes, I was deeply inspired by my blogging- and photography idol Ditte Ingemann who round the blog The Food Club. Seriously, she’s amazing! She often uses those small flags – and I love them! So cute, aren’t they (;
Have an amazing weekend everyone!
People often find it weird that I like baking healthy cakes. Not that they don’t like it slightly healthier, but I find that people tend to not like completely healthy cakes. Therefore it is kind of my mission to find recipes on healthy cakes which other people don’t think taste weird. I mean – I don’t mind if you can taste the cake it healthy.
Well, that’s what most people think. And then there’s one of my best friends Charlotte. I’m lucky to have her. She’s amazing AND she likes baking healthy cakes as well. Whoopee! I love that.
So, last week she wrote me because she wanted to hear my opinion on a recipe she had come up with on marble cake. She wanted to know if I thought it sounded ok. I immediately wanted to bake that cake. It sounded SO good. So I decided to bake it today. And oh my gosh… it is so good. Even my brother liked it. And if you’ve been following me for a while you might know he definitely doesn’t like healthy cakes.
I’m so happy to have this recipe! And slightly sad it wasn’t me who came up with the recipe. Lotte – you are a genius!
I thought it was quite funny she asked me about a marble cake. Because what Charlotte doesn’t know is that I kind of associate marble cake with her. It is a very sweet story; last year on my birthday (when I turned 17) no one from my family was home/ had time for celebrating me. But Charlotte’s family was so kind – they invited me over to them. Charlotte’s mother made the most delicious food – and Charlotte had baked a wonderful marble cake for me. Completed with flags and everything. That was the first time I ever had marble cake. And it was so delicious!
Look I found a picture of it:
Good news! I’ve got my camera back (it has been cleansed and therefore I haven’t got it for the last 10 days). Whoopee! I’ve missed it SO much. I had never thought about how much that camera means to me. I had to live without it for some time before I realized how much I actually use it. I’m glad I’ve got it back. Can’t wait to get out and shoot a ton of pictures.
Since I made these crispbread/ crackers some weeks ago I’ve wanted to try making them without flour.
Everywhere I brought the crackers, they were a huge success. People really liked them, and I often got the question “Are they made totally out of seeds?”. Challenge accepted! I love experimenting in the kitchen so why not try making the crackers without flour?
I even took it a step further and omitted the oatmeal as well. So by now they are both
Remember this bread made entirely out of nuts and seeds?
These crackers are a mix of that recipe and the old recipe on crispbread.
Monday I participated in a very interesting and nice event at one of the campus at University of Copenhagen. It was called “New Nordic Everyday Food” and the day was basically about learning about healthy food and how to cook it with local nordic ingredients. As you might have guessed I think the day was amazing. I mean – spending a Monday cooking healthy food together with nice people and then hearing about a big project on nordic food they are doing on the University… I can’t imagine a better day.
So how did I get to participate in this event? Well, I’m only in high school, but some months ago I was accepted on The Academy for Talented Young People, which is a academy for academically intelligent people in high school, who need more challenges than the high school offers. It’s quite difficult to get accepted so I’m very happy I did. It sounds quite nerdy I know, but really it isn’t that nerdy. All the events are very interesting and you get to experience different universities (University of Copenhagen & Technical University of Denmark) and companies. Great!
The food we made last Monday was SO delicious. And incredibly healthy. I have to share the recipes once! The principles of New Nordic Everyday Food are:
The winter just won’t go away here in Denmark. We just got snow again. And not just a little – everything’s covered in white. And we’re half way through March. And they talk about global warming?!
Usually I love snow, but after 4 months of winter, I think it’s totally okay if it would please go away. I run and bike a lot and by now, I’m very tired of biking to school getting snow in the eyes and then later having to run and stamp through half a meter of snow for miles.
Well I just think I’m looking forward for summer :-) But seriously, look at this picture of our garden:
But now for something way nicer :-)
Today I finished school already at 10am. Whoopee… This almost never happens, but today was one of those days. So I went home, made some homework and for lunch I decided I wanted something hot and nice. It is winter after all. So I made ratatouille :-)
I love ratatouille. Both the flavor and the texture. I love that all the vegetables turn very soft and almost melt together. Yummy yum!
This ratatouille is inspired my the Mediterranean. I really like Mediterranean foods. Especially feta and olives – so I added those two lovely ingredients to the dish :-)
Oh, and as I mentioned in my previous post. I’m currently completely obsessed with paleo foods. A good thing this recipe is paleo as well (except for the feta – but it’s only for sprinkling, so you can easily omit this).
Mediterreanean Ratatouille, can be paleo and vegan
Serves one (a complete lunch meal)
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