Chickpea Cookie Dough Bars

Most people will agree that cookies are delicious, cookie dough is even better and that cookie dough bars may just be the portable pinnacle of a seriously satisfying treat, steeped in childhood sentimentality and a true party for the tastebuds. Combining the indulgence of cookie dough bars with nutritious ingredients like chickpeas, oats and dates is the ultimate win in my opinion – the pursuit of which is how these bean-based babies were born.

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Summery Quinoa Salad with Cashew Dressing

Here in Switzerland the weather is getting warmer and it’s starting to feel more and more like summer is around the corner. My boyfriend and I have increasingly been having our lunch and even dinner on the balcony, which is making us enjoy our apartment on another level. One of my go-to dishes for an easy yet varied lunch is a bountiful quinoa salad.

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Mini Vegan Breakfast Donuts

I was tidying up the kitchen cupboards when I came across a mini donut tray that I desperately wanted and then only ended up using twice in the almost year since I got it (familiar story for anyone?). But that’s ok, because we’re here to right the wrongs and show the donut tray the appreciation it deserves, because there’s something about donuts that just makes you so intrinsically happy.

This recipe combines all the fun of cute and colourful donuts with the respectability of a wholesome, nutritious breakfast. The oaty base is the donut-version of baked porridge, sweetened largely by applesauce and fragrant from the vanilla. The silky cashew butter-based icing is where the party’s at, due to the punchy colours and flavours. I’ve started with three (berry, matcha and saffron-turmeric), but might expand the range by a chocolatey-/peanutty version. The icing is also pretty wholesome, with only a splash of maple syrup as added sweetener and no artificial colouring or flavouring. A true feel-good breakfast bake that takes ca. 30 min to prepare and bake.

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Wild garlic pesto

After all that cake it’s time for a savoury recipe, using one of my favourite seasonal spring ingredients: wild garlic, known by many other names including bear leek (similar to the German Bärlauch). With its broad dark green leaves that pack a powerful flavour punch it is destined for making epic pesto! I love the strong taste and the almost fiery kick. Together with the fragrant pine nuts, rich olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and some nutritional yeast it beats any ‘regular’ or store-bought pesto for me.

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Spongy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Icing

As much as I love the carrot cake recipe from my previous post, I feel like we need to balance it out with another chocolate recipe… This cake is also sweetened mostly with dates and has some wholemeal flour hidden in there, making this a more nutritious but just as delicious an option when compared to conventional cake recipes.

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Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake

I have a new obsession and it involves neither chocolate nor peanut butter – a revelation! This is a recipe I did not expect to ever create… I am the person who will always go for something chocolatey if given the option. Lemon, fruit and especially carrot cake never made my heart beat faster. Well, until now, that is…

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Healthy Vegan Snickers

Posting a new recipe has been on my to-do list for a while, but it ended up happening in the most spontaneous way possible: After lunch today my boyfriend said he’d love a snickers. Neither of us have had one in ages, but we always have chocolate, nuts and nut butter around, so I knew I could whip something up. While he initially sounded sceptical – how would it be possible to recreate something so highly processed? – he was eating his words after his first bite into these easy bars that are pure chocolatey peanutty bliss.

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Banana nut muffins

You’ve only really moved into a new place once you’ve baked muffins… anyone agree? 😀 It’s been over a month since I’ve moved flats and while I’ve done a lot of cooking, made a memorable lasagna and baked scones, there’s nothing quite like the smell of muffins baking that evokes an uncomparably cozy feeling of utter homeliness.

The inspiration – and by that I mean the urgent trigger – for these muffins were the overripe bananas that I’d subliminally assumed my boyfriend would eat and could suddenly ignore no longer. I had to act.

The result: these incredibly easy, nourishing and versatile muffins that kept me going in the afternoons and provided an easy breakfast option – plain or sometimes with a dollop of peanut butter.

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Dark & Peanut White Chocolate Granola Cups

Another sweet treat recipe today as, let’s face it, they’re the most fun to make (and eat). While chocolate nut butter cups have, rightly, been all the rage, I wanted to switch things up a bit by combining the silky smoothness of chocolate with the hearty crunch and hint of saltiness from the granola.

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Fluffy Vegan Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce

My second pandemic post.. Anyone else initially thought they would get a whole lot more done during self-isolation than they have so far? 😀 I pictured myself trying out more recipes, posting more, doing at-home workouts every day … but I quickly realized that what I felt like doing most when not working (from home) was just going with the flow, unwinding, reading (I’m loving reading more again!), journaling, talking to friends and family, and going for mindful walks. And while I’ve been cooking as much as ever, I’ve also been relying a lot on meal prep so as not to require too much time for preparing food during the work week.

Part of me is definitely appreciating the slow, intentional, mindful pace of this unusual time, when there’s a lot less to coordinate, plan and decide. And I consciously resisted any self-imposed pressure to reach targets in my free-time that I didn’t feel like working towards. For me it feels as if, outside of work, I’m focusing on just being and becoming even more in tune with myself and what makes me feel good.

But now, let’s get to what really matters: These fluffy pancakes, which are my favourite homemade pancakes so far! Taste-wise they’re similar to the cakey-ier ones I usually make, but they fluff up nicely while cooking and remind me a lot more of the pancakes I had as a child. This change in texture is due to: less banana, more baking powder and the addition of baking soda.

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