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September 20, 2015
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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...
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24 responses to “Vegan date sweetened fudge brownies + the future”

  1. Silke says:

    These look so good! I’ll give them a try soon!

    I love that taking a gap year is common in Denmark. I took a gap year myself and it was the best decision of my life :) Enjoy your year off from uni – both your job and the folk high school sound very exciting!

  2. Those saucy drizzles got me like O_O these brownies look incredible. INCREDIBLE. THE END.

    All the best with your big decisions! So interesting to hear about how it all works in Denmark.

  3. Natalia says:

    Love your blog, Josefine!
    And your name is so feminine <3

  4. These look so-so-so good! Extremely good! Send me some please!!!!

    Nice to hear about you :)
    I didn’t have a gap year after high school but I kinda wish I did. My younger sister did so and I think it helped her a lot. Also to appreciate uni and other things…
    Your job and the folk school sound both awesome! Good luck with your big decisions, so exciting :)

  5. Anna says:

    Årh, de brownies ser lækre ud!

    Er også selv igang med at planægge et højskoleophold – hvilken/hvilke har du kig på? Syntes det er vildt svært, der er jo SÅ mange at vælge imellem… :-)

    • Ih tak søde Anna :)
      Ej hvor spændende! Jeg glæder mig allerede helt enormt. Jeg tænker mest på Ollerup eller Nørgaards, men jeg er slet ikke sikker endnu – der er jo så mange gode at vælge i mellem. Hvad med dig? Og hvad skal du lave der?

      • Anna says:

        Har også været SÅ længe om at beslutte mig, men har faktisk lige tilmeldt mig Testrup! Har også kigget en del på Nørgaards, og så overvejede jeg også Hadsten i lang tid :-)

        • Anna says:

          Hov, glemte jo helt at svare på resten af dit spørgsmål! Men jeg er tilmeldt filosofi-linjen, og så er jeg ret hooked på valgfagene Friluftsliv, Verdensmad, Litteratur, Dans og Krop og bevægelse – en del flere end man rent praktisk kan vælge, haha… Var det dans du havde planer om på dit ophold? :-)

        • Ej, hvor sjovt – jeg kiggede meget længe på Testrup – på deres skuespillerlinje. Det skulle være et fantastisk sted! Kan specielt godt lide, hvordan man bor og deres intro :) Håber du får et helt fantastisk halvår! Kan slet ikke vente med at høre om det.
          Og det lyder så spændende med filosofi. Og verdensmad, haha!
          Jep jeg vil helst danse. Jeg tænkte længe på skuespil, men jeg har danset hele mit liv og er lidt afhængig af at have en fast sport ;)

  6. Firstly, these brownies look amazing! And secondly, I love how the Danes do their gap years, such a great idea to help encourage young people to properly work out who they are and where they want to go with their lives. I can’t wait to hear more about your gap year and especially your time at the folk high school.

  7. Jana says:

    I’m just back from my gap year in Morocco. Going there was definitely one of my best decisions ever. I hope your experience will be as positive as mine. Good luck! :)

  8. […] culture. It’s quite hard to explain, as there is nothing like it anywhere else. I’ve tried to explain on my own blog, but basically it is a boarding school where you go for half a year and take creative subjects or […]

  9. […] culture. It’s quite hard to explain, as there is nothing like it anywhere else. I’ve tried to explain on my own blog, but basically it is a boarding school where you go for half a year and take creative subjects or […]

  10. I’ve finally done some catching up on your blog…I just find so much joy in reading the Sprouted Fig! (IN LOVE WITH THE NAME.) Seriously wishing that I grew up in Denmark.. you guys know how to do education right! Can I go to a folk high school?? Also, if you’re planning on doing some traveling.. please come visit. I’d be honored to have you :)

    these brownies are so beautiful as well! And your videos are amazing. You’ve inspirired me – I think I’m going to attempt a video today!

  11. laura says:

    Yum!!! these brownies look amazing…
    I was wondering how many brownies makes this recipe?

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