All posts tagged: healthy eating

small raw coconut-chocolate treats

I love raw deserts and especially the little raw balls, which we call “voimapallot” in Finnish; Voima means power or strength. Easy to make and just sweet enough, these small treats make a delicious desert or a snack on-the-go. I needed to make desert for a dinner party tonight. I had “nothing” in my cupboard, very little time and I need to go to the dinner straight after an evening yoga class. So, these little treats saved the day, they’re waiting for the evening in the fridge (expect those two that I absolutely needed to eat immediately, just to make sure they are ok 😉 ) This recipe makes 20 125 g pitted dates 0,75 dl coconut oil 2 tbs espresso coffee 1,5 dl gluten-free oats 3 tbs raw cacao powder 1 tbs chia seeds pinch of salt pinch of vanilla coconut flakes (or more cacao powder) to decorate Soak the dates for 30min-1h if necessary (you can buy dates that are soft enough to use as-is, but you might need to soak them in water, then squeeze …

supergreen summer smoothie

I decided to start the day by throwing a variety of greens and fruits into the blender to create a super-duper creamy green smoothie. It worked out so well that I needed to share the recipe. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the ingredients, you can experiment with nettle, celery, Chinese cabbage, frozen spinach… If you like your smoothies sweet, try adding some pineapple, apple or honey. Here we go (for two): a generous handful of sliced cucumber 1-2 leaves of kale handful of baby spinach juice of half grapefruit 1 kiwi (don’t use the skin) 1-2 crispy salad leaves half an avocado piece of ginger, chopped a few fresh spruce sprouts (if available) 1,5 dl oat milk (or almond/rise/soy) Throw everything into a blender, work it until smooth, pour into glasses & sprinkle with coconut flakes.

courgette pasta

Pasta is comfort food at it’s best, right? Too bad it often leaves us with an over-full belly and a guilty conscience. Yesterday I finally got myself a vegetable spiralizer (Spirelli from Gefu) and Oh it certainly was 20 EUR well spent! As we were turning this crispy, creamy pasta around our forks, it was hard to believe we were eating mostly raw veggies. So I needed to share this discovery with you immediately. Summer night comfort pasta, here it comes: pasta: 2 courgettes (cleaned and 1 cm from one end cut off) creamy sauce: 1 soft avocado 2 tbsp cashew nut butter a generous squeeze of lemon 2 sprigs of fresh mint 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil salt & pepper toppings: 4-6 stalks of asparagus, washed, trimmed and cut into 2-3 cm pieces. 1 small onion, peeled & chopped 3 big cloves of garlic, chopped or crushed butter to cook 6 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped Spiral the courgettes into noodles. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can use a peeling knife to make thin slices …

sunny side salad

As the weather is warming up, my warm soup lunches are turning into colorful salad picnics outside. This simple salad works on it’s own or as a side dish. It’s crunchy, it’s sweet and it’s summery! Here is what you’ll need: 3 medium sized carrots 2 ribs of celery a handful of radishes 2 tbsp of sesame seeds a generous handful of seeds (sun flower & pumpkin) a handful of raisins juice of half a lemon and juice of half an orange extra virgin olive oil to taste (1-2 tbsp) Wash, peel and grate the carrots into a bowl. Wash and chop the celery into slices, wash & slice the radishes. Throw in the rest of the ingredients and give it a good mix. This recipe is enough for 2 people, or 4 if used as as side salad.

sweet liquorice toffee

As a Finn I love liquorice, especially salt liquorice. There were times we could’ve spoken about an addiction, but luckily living abroad with no regular access to my favorite drug, I have gradually gotten rid of this habit and liquorice has become an occational treat. On my recent trip up north I got some liquorice root powder with an experiment in mind; Would it be possible to produce my own, healthier liquorice treats? After some thought and experiments, I can now share my first liquorice sweets recipe with you other liquorice lovers! Sweet Liquorice Toffee 1 dl organic honey 0,5 dl blackstrap molasses 3 heaping table spoons of liquorice root powder 1 teaspoon ground star anis 1 dl natural peanut butter (or use almond/cashew butter for a more neutral taste) 0,5 dl almond milk (or oat milk) 1 tbsp psyllium husk half a tsp ground vanilla pinch of salt (fleur de sel) Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over low heat for 5-10 minutes stirring constantly. You will notice the paste becoming more elastic …

nutty breakfast bars

I always avoided commercial breakfast bars as they usually have a lot of hidden sugars and other unnecessary ingredients in them, even the ones with the word “healthy” or a picture of a slim female figure on them. Again, homemade is better. These easy-to-make breakfast bars make an energy-boosting breakfast, but they work equally well as an afternoon snack. Did I mention that they taste gorgeous? Well they do! Nutty Breakfast Bars 4 dl rolled oats 2 dl nuts & seeds (I used walnuts, cashew nuts, pecan nuts & sunflower seeds) 200 g pitted dates 0,5 dl honey 0,5 dl natural peanut butter vanilla & cinnamon to taste Soak the dates for 30 minutes and while waiting, heat the oven to 175c and toast the oats in the oven on a parchment covered baking tray for about 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle some vanilla powder & cinnamon on the oats once they are out of the oven. Turn off the oven, mix the honey & peanut butter in an oven proof bowl and let them melt in the remaining …

Green Soup – Broccoli & Co.

No better day to Go Green than today. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, here’s a simple green soup for a healthier liquid fuel to get you through the celebrations. Main ingredients are broccoli, fennel and celery and it’s ready in 15 minutes. Broccoli, Fennel and Celery Soup 2 medium broccoli heads, washed & cut into florets 2 small fennel bulbs, washed & cut into pieces 1 stalk of celery, washed & cut into pieces 1 yellow onion, peeled & chopped 1-2 cloves of garlic, peeled & chopped 1 vegetable stock cube black pepper salt to taste 1 tbsp organic butter water In a large saucepan melt the butter and throw in the onion. Simmer over medium heat for a minute or two, then add the garlic and stir for another minute. Add the broccoli, fennel and celery into the saucepan, cover with water and mix in the vegetable stock. Turn the heat up and bring to boil. Let the soup boil for about 10-15 minutes, occasionally stirring, until the vegetables start to soften. Mix in a blender …

raw berry cheesecake

It’s only since I got into raw dessert-making that I fell in love with “baking”. Before I rarely bothered to bake fluffy muffins or death-by-chocolate brownies, but now I’m more and more into sweet things. The great thing is that these recipes are easy to make, actually good for you and don’t give that sugar-high followed by regret like those brownies and cakes so often do. So, here is my first cake recipe, which is sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and if you substitute the honey with agave syrup or another sweetener, it’s 100% vegan too. I hope you enjoy it. Base 1 dl almond powder (or peeled almonds) 2 dl pecan nuts 1 dl coconut flakes (unsweetened) 16 dates (soaked for at least 4 hours) pinch of salt Using a food processor, mix all the ingredients into a thick paste (I used my Jazzmax juicer which has a function for turning nuts & dates into a paste). Press the mix firmly and evenly into a springform cake pan and put it into the freezer. Next, make …