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Apple Compote

Not only for Christmas…

I fancied something different for afternoon tea today, instead of a cake. Not that this treat is difficult to make. Not at all!

You need this for two servings:

2 medium sized apples – preferable those crisp, juicy, a bit tart apples.
Peel them and cut into about half an inch big pieces. (1 to 2 cm) Make some smaller and some a little bigger. Put the pieces in a pan and add water till just above the apple level.

A handfull of dried plums Рwithout stones!
Cut them in small pieces and blend with the apple.

Add a big tablespoon of honey, about a teaspoon of grained cinnamon, a pinch of grained clove (optional), a dash of fresh lemon juice and some zest of orange and lemon.

Cook¬†until the apple pieces are almost done. Taste it to a balance between the sweetness, the tartness and the spices.¬†Then take the pan off¬†the heat and add while stiring, a tablespoon of potato starch blended in half a cup of water (about 1 dl). Very quickly the fruit-mix will thicken and you don’t have to pour all of the starch mix in the pan, if you think it’s thick enough without.

I served myself this wintery treat luke warm with some roasted pumpkin seeds and ice cold coconut cream.

P.S! DON’T use wheat flour in this to thicken it!
Maize starch might do, but with the potato starch you get a clear jello-ish look of¬†the compote. I don’t know what it would¬†look like if you use tapioca as thickener. We usually don’t use that in Sweden.

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(First posted dec 23, 2014)


Chocolate Chia Pudding

I have always loved chocolate! And when I got the idea to add cocoa-powder to the chiapudding – I did so! And it became sooooooooo delicious!

To one serving (well…) you’ll need:
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • about 1,5 deciliter liquid – I always use the creamy coconut milk so I had half of that and half water. Later you’ll need a bit more coconut milk.
  • a dash of vanilla
  • some ginger (optional)

Blend this together and let soak for at least 45 minutes. Stir at least once while soaking so there will be no lumps. ¬†After soaking, add – and this might be difficult –

  • one¬†heaped tablespoon of cocoa powder – or more if you’re really keen on chocolate
  • coconut milk/cream – and that’s the tricky part. NOT. TOO. MUCH.

The cocoa powder soaks up the coconut cream, but since you want this pudding to be rather firm, not rinny, add just a little at a time. Probably you just have to add something like a tablespoon. But if the pudding anyway becomes too rinny, you can always add some more cocoa powder. … hehe… me chocolate lover…

You can, if you want, spice the pudding with f.ex. ginger, cinnamon, chili, lemon zest, orange zest… or anything else of your liking.
Perhaps not all spices at the same time though…

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When serving the pudding, put it in a glas, bowl or cup of some sort. Then add:

  • Mango cubes
  • Strawberries
  • Drizzle hemp seeds on the top and
  • Some extra coconut cream

And ofcourse, you can add any berries and/or fruit.

Only the imagination is the limit!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare

… and I can¬†share this treat with a friend…


Banana Mango Icecream

A most delicious treat. For dessert och just for comfort and joy, anytime.
  • A¬†banana – sliced and frozen
  • A handful of diced mango – also frozen
  • A dash of coconut cream
  • A hint of vanilla

Mix together until creamy – if you don’t have a really powerful mixer, you need to let the banana and the mango be slightly soft.

Add some goji berries och cranberries to the icecream and serve with walnuts and coconut chips.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Jubilant

Oh yes! A treat like this can do it!


Chocolate waffles

A filling, satisfying, delicious breakfast. A treat for a cloudy day or a happy occasion
I bought myself a waffle iron at the spring-market at church this Saturday, and since then I have been experimenting.

The first I did, was to use at as a toaster. Had some bread lying around that could need a bit of crispiness.
Then it was waffles.

These ones I had yesterday for breakfast. Chocolate-waffles.

  • The flour: about one third each of chickpea-, coconut- and rice-. ¬†Maybe a little more rice flour. For my 2 waffles – roughly 1 decilitre altogether.
  • About half a tablespoon of psyllium seeds and chia seeds – each.
  • About 1/4 teaspoon of sugar and some lemon juice – to help the 1/4 teaspoon of¬†baking powder.
  • And some oil. Not too much – not too little! It mustn’t be greasy, and it mustn’t be dry. I guess… about 1 – 2¬†tablespoons.
  • And then of course cocoa powder and a hint of salt. And the more you like cocoa the more you add. I had 2 BIG tablespoons in my waffles.
  • Water! Or any other liquid of your choice. Almond milk is another suggestion.

Coconut flour takes quite a lot of liquid, and so does psyllium seeds. I used about 1,5 decilitre of water. The batter should be thick byt yet somewhat runny.
This gave me 2 waffles. A bit small… but quite enough.

And to this I had chia seeds soaked in coconut milk and some vanilla and a dash of lemon juice; some strawberries; a couple of cubes of mango; and a small banana. Couldn’t resist some extra coconut milk on top of it all.

And today I had the same – but with cinnamon instead of cocoa.
It was so delicious I could almost die!!!! And I was comfortably full for several hours!

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A little something in between

I wanted – something!
So I made myself a little snack!

  • 1 rather big carrot
  • 1 small apple
  • Some fresh lemon or lime juice
  • Finely grinded fresh ginger
  • A dash of oil. Organic rapeseed oil has a fine nutty taste, or why not try sesame oil?

Grind the apple and the carrot roughly, blend everything together and add some coconut or almond flakes. Enjoy!

Delicious!

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Smoothie in red

Some time ago I started to go through my pictures. The folder “food” contained a lot of¬†courses, cakes and “goodies”. I realized I cooked and baked a lot more before I moved into the apartment where I live now. I guess it’s a very good thing in many ways, that I’m soon going to move out. Not only because of the cooking and baking. Or rather – the lack of…

This delicious smoothie is thick, rich and creamy. I remember banana, strawberries and blueberries. Probably also blackberries or cherries. Certainly some cashew nuts. And I also always use to add some fresh lemon juice in my fruit and berry smoothies.

Mixed and served with whipped rich cream! Or preferably – and nowadays – coconut cream. I don’t eat any dairies any longer. Isn’t good for my health.

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The last Ice cream of summer

Ice cream made of strawberries and a banana. Mix while frozen of course. And make it quick!¬†Otherwise it won’t be this creamy delicious saturday afternoon treat.¬†(But a¬†smoothie is also nice)

Hidden inside: goji berries which becomes crunchy, walnuts and some freshly squeezed lemon juice. I wish I had had some dried cranberries left in the cupboard to hide inside as well. Gives a lovely gooey chewey and a bit tarty pinch to the sweetness of the strawberries.

On top – sea buckthorn berries and some extra walnuts.

Enjoy!

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Quick-made Apple pie

Also I want something sweet sometimes, even though my sweets never are sugary. Never!

I used this and got 2 servings
  • a pan for¬†the oven
  • 5 apples, medium sized
  • 1 – 1,5 dl oats – the kind you make porridge of (about half a Cup)
  • 0,5 dl rice flour (half as much as oats)
  • cinnamon
  • cardamom
  • vanilla
  • about 1 tablespoon liquid honey (optional – not needed at all really, since the apples were quite sweet)
  • butter
  • sun flower seeds

So! Lay the peeled and sliced apples in the pan
Cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla all over them
Oats and rice flour…
and the sunflower seeds…
Sprinkle¬†the honey on top of it….
And then, on the top-top, thin slices of butter covering as thoroughly as possible

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I used a relatively large pan so the layer became quite thin, so I had to see to it wasn’t too much butter (is there actually such a thing as too much butter?) If you use a smaller pan, you have to make the layer of butter a bit thicker.¬†I estimate that ackording to this amount of apples et cetera, about 50 grams of butter is just fine

Put the pan it in the oven at a fairly high temperature and let it stay there until the butter have melted down in the apples and everything has gotten a nice golden brown color.
In my oven I needed 250 C and about 10 – 12 minutes, but the thicker the layer: the lower temperature and the longer the time
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(Put the pan…. (just sounds so funny when saying this…)


Chia pudding with strawberries

Almost like a fruit yoghurt Рthough better! Way better! (No diaries in it Рand no gluten.)

Better both in taste and nutritional values, and with no added chemical substances or any unnecessary sugar.

Chia seeds doesn’t taste anything at all in themselves, therefore you can do almost anything with them. When baking bread, in smoothies, as puddings – only your¬†imagination can stop you from how to eat them.

They are high in Omega 3, fibres, protein, calcium, vitamins and much more, in fact they contain 5 times more calcium than milk, 8 times more Omega 3 than salmon, and 7 times more vitamin C than oranges .
AND they help keeping you satisfied for a long time.

I like to have chia seeds as my breakfast or in a afternoon smoothie. Either as here – a larger serving with some berries or fruit – or a smaller serving together with my morning-smoothie. Somedays I have difficulties how to chose between the opportunities.

Today with strawberries and coconut chips

1 serving

  • 1 – 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 – 2 dl liquid of some sort. Almond milk is perfect, I mostly have half-half water and creamy coconut milk. Any kind of milk or liquid¬†will¬†do – juice! Even plain water.
  • Some vanilla (optional)

Stir a couple of times and then put the bowl in the fridge.

I mostly prepare this before I go to bed in the evening, so I just have to take the bowl out of the fridge the next morning when I’m due for breakfast.¬†But it doesn’t take that long to soak! I have never clocked exactly how long, but I estimate that half an hour is near the truth.

And in the morning I just add the chosen ingredients and enjoy my breakfast. A couple of days ago I had small cut pieces of plums and the last walnuts.
I sometimes season it with cinnamon or ginger or cardamon, add some lemon juice or sprinkle some honey on the top.

So far I haven’t tried any kind chocolate/cocoa, but that’s a very interesting idea…

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Here are some facts!

Chia Seeds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories

1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:

  • Fiber:¬†11 grams.
  • Protein:¬†4 grams.
  • Fat:¬†9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
  • Calcium:¬†18% of the RDA.
  • Manganese:¬†30% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium:¬†30% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus:¬†27% of the RDA.
  • They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
And more….
  • Chia Seeds Are Loaded With Antioxidants
  • Almost All The Carbs in Them Are Fiber
  • Chia Seeds Are High in Quality Protein
  • Chia Seeds Are High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Chia Seeds May Improve Certain Blood Markers, Which Should Lower The Risk of Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes
  • They Are High in Many Important Bone Nutrients,¬†such¬†as¬†calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein.
  • Chia Seeds Can Cause Major Improvements in Type 2 Diabetics
  • Chia Seeds Are Easy to Incorporate Into Your Diet
Chia seeds are among the few trendy ‚Äúsuperfoods‚ÄĚ that are actually worthy of that term.

These facts from: AuthorotyNutrition – read more….

Read also about it in Huffington Post

I also found a site with recipes called White Chia Seeds¬†and this picture comes from that site. Looks delicious, doesn’t it!?

In this image taken on March 5, 2012, chia seeds take on a tapioca-like consistency when soaked in a liquid such as almond milk and result in a thick pudding deliciously spiked with a bit of cinnamon as shown here in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

In this image taken on March 5, 2012, chia seeds take on a tapioca-like consistency when soaked in a liquid such as almond milk and result in a thick pudding deliciously spiked with a bit of cinnamon as shown here in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

 


Smoothie for the afternoon tea

Best served cold!

I don’t think a smoothie should consist of¬†mostly some sweet fruit juice and pieces of sweetest imaginable fruits and berries. That isn’t healthy! That isn’t nutritious! That doesn’t make you satisfied for at least a couple of hours! On the contrary! The huge amount of sugar makes you hungry again even faster!

IMG_1391It isn’t necessary¬†to add¬†milk, yoghurt or ice-cream either – unless you want to, and doesn’t get ill from dairies.

And it isn’t necessary to add extra protein, hamp protein f.ex. – but you can if you want – adding nuts and seeds both gives you good protein and healthy fat.¬†You can use any kind of fruits and berries you like and have available, so this is just my way¬†of inspiring you!

In this smoothie I have:
  • Strawberries
  • Mango
  • A banana – (a must)
  • Some pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and almonds
  • Sea buckthorn berries
  • Lemonjuice
  • Coconut milk
  • Water
  • And It tastes really nice with some cinnamon or grained ginger in it as well
How to do it!

IMG_1390Puree the fruits and berries in some kind of food processor until smooth.

Add lemon juice, coconut milk and then fill up with cold water ’til you get a creamy beverage.

Or skip the water and eat it with a spoon! Like porridge!¬†I usually¬†do this for breakfast, and also add¬†chia seeds¬†which have been soaking in coconut milk + water and some¬†vanilla for about half an hour* (or more). I don’t stir the gooey chia seeds into the smoothie, just put it on the top. It’s a delicious contrast between the sweet-tarty smoothie and the soft creamy seeds

Well! I don’t skip all the water when I have this for breakfast, I add some since the water helps keeping me satisfied longer. It also prolongs and lowers the effect the sugar has on the blood sugar, and therefore also the insulin respons. I think I without telling a lie,¬†can say the water¬†lowers the rate of GI**.

Sour, tarty ingredients lowers the GI. Weather you use lemon, apple cider vinegar or other sources. Use it either in what you cook, or drink lemon water. UUPS!!! Not sugary lemonade! Just plain water with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar added.

*I tablespoon chia seeds to 1/2 dl coconutmilk and 1/2 dl water. I always buy the creamy, more fatty coconut milk, therefore the water. I have also tried almond milk which is equally delicious! But I make the milk myself. Almond milk from the store,  are mostly only water. Colored water. Read the labels!!!!! Not much almonds in there!

** GI = Glycemic Index Рthe rate of how fast different kind of food raises the blood sugar. White bread is set to 100, faster food = a higher digit, the more slowly the blodsugar rises, the lower digit.

 


Strawberry Dream

This is something I experimented with last summer. How to enjoy a non-diary¬†ice cream / sorbet. Yes it’s possible! No milk, no cream, nothing at all coming from a cow!!!! O_o

And so easy to make!

A strawberry dream… Sweet, tasty and very refreshing…

Strawberry-dream-2This is how it’s done!
  • 1 banana, frozen in slices
  • 1 big handfull of strawberries, frozen but not as rocks
  • Goji berries
  • Cranberries
  • Walnuts

Mix the strawberries and the banana together. Make it quick and firm and you’ll get a smooth gooey clot.

Add hastily the goji berries and the cranberries, stir.
Add walnuts all over. Eat at once and enjoy! (It melts pretty fast.)

The goji berries become crisp in the ice cream, and the cranberries become chevy, taste sweet and a bit tart almost like lemon fudge. Mjummy!

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Walnuts are always walnuts

Oh my gosh! I want another one!