Carob Crepes

Since no longer working from home I tend to start my mornings with my usual matcha mylk and have my actual breakfast in the office. This means it’s something easy to transport like energy balls (these Cinnamon Raisin Energy Balls are a firm favorite). While I could happily eat dates in any shape or form all day every day, I do enjoy a proper “weekend breakfast”. Besides the satisfaction of actually eating something more special, the process of whipping up the batter and cooking in my pjs has its own sense of comfort to it.

The inspiration behind these crepes was, unsurprisingly, carob powder, which is a delicious alternative to cacao powder. It’s made from large bean-shaped pods that grow on trees (in Croatia I was able to pick and munch on them directly from the tree – doesn’t get much better!) and the powder itself has an almost caramel-like aroma.

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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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Healthy Vegan Pancakes

I’ve had a wonderful weekend filled with workouts and lots of good food with friends, enjoying the gorgeously golden autumnal weather here in Zurich. It’s a beautiful time of year and I’m feeling very mindful and satisfied with enjoying the little things, like the yellow and orange leaves on the ground, the smell of chestnuts in the air and lighting candles in my apartment while catching up with friends or cooking my Sunday meal prep.

One thing that is always part of a good weekend, if you ask me, is some soul-satisfying brunch food. And while my go-to is usually a smoothie bowl, I also have a never-ending love affair with  pancakes… They remind me of childhood and taste super indulgent, while actually being really nourishing (well, these ones at least 🙂 ). They’re also very quick to mix together and only take a few minutes to cook – perfect for when you’re hungry after a weekend workout or just in the mood for something comforting.

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Nourishing Breakfast Waffles

I’m back with another recipe, and this time we’re not firing up the grill but heating up the oven to prepare some delicious baked waffles. (Alternatively, feel free to try these with a traditional waffle-iron). I recently bought some silicone waffle molds and love how much easier it is to make waffles in the oven. You can make them all in one go and can pop the molds into the dishwasher to reduce clean- up 😉

I love these waffles for weekend breakfast, especially pre- or post-workout, as they’re not only tasty but also super nourishing and packed with good-for-you ingredients such as banana, dates, buckwheat flour and this nutty ground chia and flax seed mixture from Iswari Suisse {brand collaboration}.

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Protein Pancakes with Matcha White Chocolate Sauce

Today I’m sharing with you my go-to post-workout protein pancakes. They’re simple to whip up and wonderfully nourishing, whether you’ve had an intense workout or simply rolled out of bed! There is always a good excuse to have pancakes, any day of the week or time of day 🙂

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