• Small Loaf of Spiced Carrot Cake with Cranberries and Walnuts

    Guys, it’s my first time baking carrot cake – can you believe it? It turned out amazing, I love using moist vegetables in cakes. Up until now, I always grabbed the opportunity to indulge in my mom’s amazing carrot cake, or lazily order carrot cake whenever I’m at a cafe. In the latter case I always look like one of those “my body is a temple” people, since I don’t like frosting (it’s non-organic dairy + sugar = boo!) and scrape it off with my fork to the side of my plate. So, there’s no frosting in this recipe. There is a bit of sugar – I did not succeed…

  • Mushroom & Green Pea Risotto with Bacon

    Vegetables meet bacon. Bacon meet vegetables. Let’s also add Parmezan. These are ingredients that you can always find in the supermarket. They make a delightful, rich dish. Print Recipe Mushroom & Green Pea Risotto with Bacon Prep Time 30 minutes Servings Ingredients 300 g risotto rice900 ml vegetable broth2 pieces white onion150 g frozen green peas100 g Parmezan cheese grated100 g bacon diced3 tbsp cooking oil or ghee Prep Time 30 minutes Servings Ingredients 300 g risotto rice900 ml vegetable broth2 pieces white onion150 g frozen green peas100 g Parmezan cheese grated100 g bacon diced3 tbsp cooking oil or ghee Instructions HEAT UP THE OIL OR GHEE in a pan…

  • Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

    FIRST OF ALL, I feel like my picture does not give these tasty pancakes enough credit – they are tastier than they look! THE BANANA OATMEAL PANCAKE RECIPE is my first ‘non-traditional’ pancake recipe (I found it here and altered it a little bit), making these pancakes gluten free and dairy free. No sugar is added in the recipe, meaning that all the sugars in the pancakes are natural sugars. For baking the pancakes, I used coconut oil. The ‘healthy’ Banana Oatmeal pancakes were Practically unrecognisable from ‘regular’ pancakes that we’ve all grown to love Great in texture Extremely easy to make Delicious! Banana Oatmeal Pancakes Makes 10 medium-sized pancakes.…

  • Fruity Crumble with Bastogne Cookies

    CRUMBLE TIME! This was the first time I baked with my father. We chose a crumble because it is simple to make and comforting to eat. This post is 100% affiliate free, I just really love the taste of Bastogne cookies (you can buy them in The Netherlands). A fruit-laden crumble is a great healthier dessert. This one is loaded with berries, topped off with apple and rough oats (a good source of B vitamins and fiber), and does not contain dairy. To make the crumble gluten-free, simply use gluten-free cookies. If you’re considering serving it with ice cream: check out Jaime’s 45 second ice cream. Print Recipe Fruity Crumble…

  • chocolate fudge brownies with beetroot and ginger

    Beetroot & Ginger Chocolate Fudge Brownies

    ONE DAY AFTER YOGA, a friend treated us to chocolate beetroot brownies with a hint of ginger. They were delicious! Here’s the recipe. Print Recipe Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Beetroot & Ginger Course Dessert Prep Time 1 hour Servings pieces Ingredients 500 g beetroot cook your own & peel it, or buy pre-cooked and warm it up200 g dark chocolate minimum 70% cocoa content100 g unsalted butter use melted coconut oil for a dairy-free brownie100 g wholegrain or spelt flour50 ml maple syrup25 g cocoa powder3 cm ginger2 eggs Course Dessert Prep Time 1 hour Servings pieces Ingredients 500 g beetroot cook your own & peel it, or buy pre-cooked…

  • Festive Gluhwein (Mulled Wine)

    GLUHWEIN IS RED WINE COOKED WITH SPICES, ORANGES and some sugar. It could be considered a winter version of home made sangria. It is very easy to make, so I think everyone should be trying to make their own this winter instead of buying pre-packed from the supermarket – because it tastes better, contains less sugar and no artificial flavors. Print Recipe Festive Gluhwein (Mulled Wine) Course Drinks Servings Ingredients 1 liter red wine of your choice, nothing too expensive1 orange one half peeled and diced, the other half unpeeled and cut in slices2 tbsp Gluhwein spices to be found seasonally at better supermarkets2 tbsp brown sugar Course Drinks Servings…

  • Foods to Eat to Maintain a Healthy Weight + Prevent Obesity

    The holiday season might be a strange time to write about limiting calorie intake but, you don’t want to wake in January 20 pounds heavier than you were last year. Obesity is the dangerous future for all of us unless we take active steps in maintaining a healthy weight. I like to start every year fresh with some good New Year’s Resolutions. What about you? For those of you who are into detox during the holidays, I found a cool and tasty way to do that here.   BMI & OBESITY The World Health Organisation definition of obesity is based on a person’s Body Mass Index, which is the weight…

  • How to Look Your Best this Christmas & NYE naturally!

    I LOVE WINTER TIME AND ALL THE HOLIDAYS IT BRINGS. What I don’t love are the magazines targeting the female population, trying to convince us that we can only look like a million bucks this holiday/Christmas/New Year if we spend a million bucks on glittery make-up (which we won’t wear on any other occasion), clothes (which we’re supposed to fit into after eating Christmas dinner), hair products (that are so hot right now) etcetera etcetera. Boo! This is not true. NOT TO SAY THAT I DON’T LOVE GLITTER, because I do. But to claim that beauty comes from the outside is wrong on so many levels. Sure, it won’t hurt…

  • The healthier pizza: ‘Flammkuchen’

    Pizza, make room. German Flammkuchen coming through. Well, German-French, from the region of Alsace. Flammkuchen is a dish that resembles a pizza, tastes amazing but packs way fewer calories, and much less dairy. It is dough topped with sour cream or yoghurt, onion and bacon, and sometimes a variety of other toppings, such as corn, spinach or peppers. Still, even in its simplest form it tastes equally good. The name comes from the way it’s made: in a fireplace. Flammkuchen literally means ‘flame cake’. Luckily, it can also be made in an oven! Here’s how to make your own: Flammkuchen Recipe Ingredients for 2. Prep time: 30 minutes. Pastry: store bought puff pastry, or make your own…

  • Pimp My Croissant

    Oh la la, mais oui, ‘ze French croissant. Unfortunately, quite pricey at all the fancy good-quality French bakeries, and quite unhealthy and calorie-loaded at all the cheap supermarkets. How to make a healthier yet affordable alternative? Purchase fresh pastry dough and then build your own croissants at home. It will only take about 30 minutes of your time. It will be a healthier breakfast that tastes just as good (if not even better) than store bought croissants (with all sorts of unorganic and artificial additives). I used fresh pastry dough, in this case by “Tante Fanny”, which I purchased in the cooling section of the Hoogvliet supermarket (in The Netherlands).…