In a Banana Bread life is sweet. My TOP 3 Recipes.

 

So it has been 1 month since i last blogged. I am sorry for the missing in action, action. Its a failure of time management on my part honestly, however here i am now my friends. I come bearing banana bread recipes.

Banana Bread is really a magical thing so many good memories and things have happened in my life which can all be traced back to banana bread. I have met and had awesome conversations with people all because of banana bread seriously its magic if its mixed up and done right.

Banana bread for me needs to be simple, fast and easy to prepare. I think everybody can make banana bread and share it with people, its not difficult at all trust me! it is also a great thing as it does not require fancy ingredients and is free from sugar and from gluten ( well the banana bread i make is). I have tried several recipes and i have come up with three recipes that never ever fail so here they are.

 

Recipe 1.

Gluten Free Date Sweet Banana Bread

This recipe is one of the first banana breads i made. I must admit that the original recipe was not vegan however once i became vegan i realised that i needed to vegan this recipe up. I have one of the best memories with this recipe, i had my first kiss with my boyfriend because we couldn’t go out as I had just placed the banana bread in the oven when he asked me to meet me. So i told him to come over instead and the rest is history.

Recipe adapted from Laura in the Kitchen

Ingredients:
2-1/4 cups Oat Flour
4 Ripe Bananas, mashed
1 cup Dates, pitted and chopped
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
3 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

Method:

Preheat oven to 176 degrees celsius.

In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients.

Toss in the chopped up dates.

In another bowl mix up all the wet ingredients.

Now pour the wet ingredients into the flour mix and stir well.

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and pour in the mixture.

**If you want you can chop up a banana in to slices and place them on top of your bread. This is purely for optical reasons as it will look nice**

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes

let it cool for a while before serving did someone say Peanut butter!

Recipe 2:  Taline Gabriels Banana Bread

Sadly i do not have the rights to share this recipe since it is not my own recipe. However i would recommend all of you to check out Taline Gabriel’s Hippielaneapp. This is an amazing app ( FYI this is not a paid promotion or some rubbish like that), I only promote things that i personally also use and have bought with my few student budget pennies. I would recommend this app to anyone who wants to try making their own vegan, raw, gluten free and refined sugar free treats. She has some real awesome and simple recipes. On her website there are a few free recipes that one can test out before deciding to download her app. Her banana bread recipe is gluten free and i made it because a housemate of mine is glutenfree and i wanted to bake something healthy that all my housemates could enjoy and then i tried her recipe and everybody loved it. We have all made this banana bread several times again in the house and it always tasted awesome.

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Image is from the hippielaneapp. not my image.

Recipe 3: Super Simple Banana Bread

This is a recipe that i came up with when i was broke( which is usually towards the end of the month, student problems!) but i still wanted to make banana bread i had just written my last exam and wanted to spread the love and joy. I had four ripe bananas and lotsa oats so i went ahead and came up with this super easy recipe which was inspired by a banana bread that a friend had made and brought over a week prior. His banana bread was awesome ( sadly i do not have the recipe…YET).

Ingredients:

3 Cups of Oats flour ( place oats in a food processor and voila)

3 mashed bananas, chop up the fourth one and keep aside

1/2 cup of rice syrup

1 cup of plantbased milk

1 tsp of cinnamon

2 tsp of baking powder

1 cup of chopped up walnuts and pecans

Method:

Preheat oven to 160 degree celsius.

add all you dry ingredients in a bowl and mix.

mix all your wet ingredients in a separate bowl first and then add to the flour mix. Fold in half a cup of the nut mix.

line a loaf pan with baking paper and pour in the mixture. place the chopped banana pieces neatly on top and sprinkle the remaining nuts on top.

put in the oven and bake for 1 hour or until the fork comes out clean 🙂

Nomnom!!!

Pancake Saturday with plum and pear sauce ( Autumn Edition)

 

So after a long week of doing all kinds of things that have been filling the first five days of the week. It feels nice to have a Saturday morning that is relaxing. On Saturdays i like to treat myself to a nice breakfast. Under the week i usually just eat porridge or a quick smoothie and rush out of the house. However Saturday is a whole other story for me, its much more relaxed and slow.

However sometimes i must admit that i feel awfully guilty, because in that time i could have done something for university or done some more exploring of my new environment. It feels like ever since i started university i have this constant feeling that i could be doing something for university because there is always something to do for university…

But I am learning to also appreciate the time that i spend for me.

So here is a simple vegan refined sugar free pancake recipe to treat yourself with on Saturday or on any day actually always take care of yourself!

 

Ingredients:

makes 4 fluffy pancakes

1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds

1 tablespoon of chiaseeds

6 tablespoons of water

1 1/2 cups of whole wheat spelt flour

1 1/2 cups of water

2 teaspoons of baking powder

pinch of salt

2 tablespoons of rice syrup or raw cane molasses ( add more if you like it sweeter)

1 tablespoon of cinnamon ( add more or less depending on how cinamony you like it)

coconut oil

Method:

Mix the flax seeds and chiaseeds in a mixing bowl with the 6 tbsp of water. Set aside and let it gel up for 5 minutes. Add in the syrup, salt, baking powder and cinnamon and mix. Now add in the flour and water and mix well make sure there are no lumps because nobody likes lumpy pancakes!

The batter should be smooth but not too runny and not to dry it should drip off a wooden spoon but not run. I don’t know if i am making sense here.. but if you find it too runny add more flour and if it is not dripping or running at all add more water.

heat a pan on medium high heat and add as much coconut oil as you prefer if you have a non stick pan you don’t need any oil if that is what you prefer. I used 1 teaspoon of coconut for this whole recipe. Take a soup serving spoon and pure on pan( 1 spoonful equals one pancake) flip over once bubbles form on surface. Once both sides are golden brown then its done, now go on and make the rest of the batter 🙂

Since it is Autumn here, organic and locally grown plums and pears are available in abundance so that is exactly what i used for my toppings.

Extra topping recipe:

Pear sauce

ingredients:

2 small very ripe pears

handful of raisins

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tablespoons of water

Method

chop up the pears add cinnamon and put in a pot pour in the water bring to boil and then turn heat very low simmer for 10 mins. Serve warm on top of pancakes.

Plum Sauce:

5 overripe plums

2 Tablespoons of water

vanilla bean (optional)

Method:

remove the seed from each plum and chop up roughly place in pot add water and vanilla simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes. It should be mashed up well if this is not the case let it simmer a bit longer. Serve and enjoy!IMG_2838

Generation of eating smoothies out of a bowl : The Basic Bowl

Smoothie bowls are just the best thing ever. Besides smoothies and a spoon are a match made in heaven, i love to eat my smoothie like a soup. I am a huge fan of smoothie bowls and i usually always have a bowl for breakfast -especially in summer- topped with all kinds of goodies; raw nuts, cocoa nibs, chia seeds, muesli, goji. maca powder, hemp seeds. flax seeds etc etc the list of toppings is really endless. It is a really good way to get a lot of nutrients in, i sometimes also sneak in some greens like spinach into my bowl. Today i want to share with you a recipe that i usually use as a base for my smoothie bowls, this should act as a rough guide, because in the end it is really up to you, what you make of it. Make it awesome!

The Basic Smoothie Bowl.

Serves one human.

Ingredients

2 frozen nanas

handful of frozen berries

1 1/2 cup of oat milk ( i like to use the natural oatly type) but feel free to use water or coconut water

1 tablespoon of oats or millet flakes

a handful of fresh spinach

(Toppings used here: Chia, Goji, shaved dried coconut pieces)

Method:

put everything in a blender -apart from your toppings- and blend that baby up. When all is creamy and smooth pour into one of you favorite bowls sprinkle your toppings on top and enjoy.

 

Pizza me

 

So today is the day that i will share my pizza recipe and talk a bit about this blog and myself.

I am Esther i am 22 years old and i am a vegan. I have not always been vegan i was a vegetarian for close to 2 years and became a vegan due to ethical reasons. I actually just informed myself and realized that i don’t want to be a part of the madness. Simple as that. There exists enough media and research on veganism so if you want to get informed, you will get informed. Its all a matter of consciously making a decision, i think everything else is just excuses. I feel that it is possible to live a vegan lifestyle in the world that we live in now, and it is possible to eat plant based whole foods.

I made this Blog to document my plant-based adventures, to share recipes, places and people that i like and find inspiring. I am not here to tell you what to eat, how many calories, or how many crunches you should be doing or how you should look.  I am not an expert i am just sharing things that i find make me feel good and that i hope will make you feel good too.

I am not sure about a lot of things and i am aware of that, yet through eating consciously and bringing awareness to what is happening around me and my surroundings, my environment and the planet, I am getting closer to figuring things out. I think most of the time we are not aware of what is happening or of what exactly we are doing. I am trying to be mindful of my actions and its consequences. This has helped me so far overcome a lot of things and appreciate a lot of the people and moments that make up my life. I want to bring awareness to the fact that if we all actively think about the things that we eat then i think that we will be able to make clearer choices in other aspects of our lives too. Food is what makes us human i mean we have to eat to survive and i think that we shouldn’t be compromising food. The fact is that when you eat more plant based foods your body gets nutrients that help to positively influence your mood, energy and the body as whole. This  is vital as all these things influence all other aspects of your life. This blog is not about following a strict diet to lose weight or whatever, it is about going back to the basics and cooking and making your own food with the most natural ingredients in order to nourish yourself so that you can actively live your life and influence those around you positively to do the same thing for themselves and the planet as a whole.

So for those of you who are here for Pizza here it is. You see how bad can a plant-based diet? you can eat pizza and still feel great afterwards. I have used this recipe multiple times and i have always gotten positive feedback. The last time i made it was two days ago for my new housemate and he liked it. This recipe is not Gluten free but it is Cruelty Free 😀

Ingredients:

makes four medium sized pizzas depending how thick you make the crust

Pizza dough

1 Sachet of dry active vegan yeast ( about 9 grams)

4 cups of organic wholewheat spelt flour ( or 2 cups of spelt flour and 2 cups of wholewheat or 4 cups of whole wheat flour)

pinch of salt

5 Tablespoons of lukewarm water

2 and 1/2 cup of lukewarm water

some olive oil

2 table spoons of polenta flour or maize meal

Pizza Sauce

1 diced onion

1 crushed garlic glove

1 tablespoon of olive oil

pinch of dried chili peppers ( more if you like it spicy)

pinch of cinnamon

2 Tablespoons of white wine or red wine

1 can of crushed tomatoes or 1/2 liter of pureed tomatoes

1/2 cup of water

salt to taste

rubbed dried Italian mix herbs( oregano, parsley, sage if you like)

Topping

round sliced Eggplant

round sliced zucchini

some chopped mushrooms

red bell pepper

onion

fresh pepperoni

baby spinach

sliced tomato

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USE WHATEVER TOPPINGS YOU WANT, MAKE THE PIZZA TO YOUR LIKING THE ABOVE IS JUST SOME INSPO AND A COMBO THAT I PERSONALLY LOVE.

Method:

#1.Place the yeast in a bowl and add in the salt. Mix with 5 tablespoons of water set aside and let it bubble or activate for 10 minutes.

#2.Add in the flour and mix. Now add 2 1/2 cups of water and mix. The dough should be soft not too sticky, but also not too dry and hard it should stick a bit but still be moldable, it should be elastic if this is not the case add more water or flour. Think elastic! now it is time for a 12 min HIIT arm workout time to Knead that baby into a ball and i mean you have to give it all you have, punch ,throw and pinch just do it! The dough should be elastic and soft and your arms should be sore 😀 Unless you are a pro then all this was just a warm up.

#3.Oil the bowl and wipe the dough ball with with the oil, cover the bowl with a kitchen cloth but let the dough breath so leave a small opening, keep it in a warm dark space to grow for about 1 hour to 1hr 30 mins.

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#4. Prepare the pizza sauce. Take a cooking pot, a deep pan works too, put the heat on medium high and add in a tablespoon of olive oil (or whatever you prefer). When the oil is warm add in the diced onions,and toss around to avoid them getting burn.Once the onions have turned glassy add in the garlic and the chili flakes and cinnamon. Stir all together and splash in the wine and lower the heat and mix everything and let the wine visibly reduce a bit. Pour in the crushed tomato and water, reduce heat to very low and let it simmer for 45 minutes stir occasionally. Add the salt and rubbed herbs in the end and stir.

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The Pizza dough should have doubled in size. Preheat oven to 275 degrees, if you don’t have a pizza stone turn your oven baking tray upside down and let it act as a stone. ( i hope this makes sense) If not prepare how you normally would prepare store bought pizza.

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#5. Divide the dough into four equal parts and roll each part into a ball. Dust a flat surface with maize flour (polenta flour) and roll out your pizza base and crust to your liking if you like it thick than make the crust thicker if thin is your preference than roll the crust thinner.

#6. Once you have rolled out your pizza base. Spread some pizza sauce on it and dress it up with your loving toppings. Place the pizza on the upside down oven tray or on a pizza stone shove it in the oven and let it bake for 8 minutes, if your oven is good and well preheated this is all the time it needs. Last but not least be careful not to burn yourself when you take the Pizza out as the oven is hot 😀

Voila let there be Pizzzaaaaa 😀

P.S if anything was not clear please don’t hesitate to ask me:)

Blacker the berry sweeter the muffin.


This recipe was a roaring success with my brother, who is might i add a very picky person. He is not as supportive of my vegan lifestyle but then again there are not many people around me who are. It gets tough, but instead of arguing or trying to convince my  friends and family i just keep on cooking and preparing delicious meals and i almost always hear hmmmm it tastes real good, i didn’t know vegan could taste good. It tastes good because it is cruelty free and prepared with love and life in mind.

 

this recipe is based on the recipe by cakeinvasion

 for 12 delicious muffins

Ingredients:

230 gram whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 Tablespoon Vanilla ( not essence but actual vanilla)

zest from half a lemon

zest from half an orange

pinch of salt

6 Tablespoons of brown rice syrup( or agave or whatever you have but the sweeter the syrup the less you will need to use)

5 Tablespoons of coconut oil ( or whatever oil you use)

150ml freshly squeezed orange juice

1 Tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice

130g Blueberries ( i used frozen ones, but fresh works well too. If you like a lot of blueberries in muffins use 150g)

2 Tablespoons of whole wheat flour.

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 175 degree Celsius.

In a mixing can add in- if you have a lot of time sift in- the 230 grams of flour with the baking powder in a mixing bowl.

Add in the vanilla, salt and zests. Mix in all the ingredients with a wooden spoon.

Now add the oil, brown rice syrup, orange juice and lemon juice. Mix all everything well, stop mixing when the mixture is smooth and lump free.

In a separate bowl gently mix the blueberries with 2 tablespoons of flour and make sure the blueberries are covered with flour. This is done so that the blueberries don’t get all squashed up.

Place the blueberries into the mixture and fold them in gently.

Line  muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Portion out one and a half a heaped tablespoon of the muffin mix in each liner.

Place in oven and bake for 20 to 25 mins.

Set aside to cool, it is essential to let them cool as this allows the to firm up!

Enjoy these with tasty date paste or with a jam or spread of your choice as these wont be that sweet,- depending on what sweetener you use- I used brown rice syrup and they were perfectly fine for me but for those who like it sweeter there is an array of spreads to use! or devour these sprinkled on top of nicecream or with a cool smoothie the possibilities are endless really!

 

Tip: you can lick out the raw mix as it is vegan! Oh yea 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

Misir Wot aka Ethiopian lentils

Lentils are an essential in many cultures as they are versatile and packed with protein. Misir in Amharic stands for lentils and wot means stew or curry. I was introduced to Ethiopian food by my boyfriend, we went out for Ethiopian food here in Berlin and I fell in love with the flavors, spices and food traditions like eating from a huge platter together. Ethiopian food is usually served on a huge platter (traditionally on a straw platter) an injera is laid out -the traditional Ethiopian sourdough bread made out of teff (originally gluten-free but many restaurants nowadays mix it with wheat…)- and different wot’s are placed on top of the Injera.

 

Since i am all about experimenting and cooking things myself, i had to make my own wot. Its healthier to cook things yourself as you know exactly what goes into what you are making. Restaurants in my opinion are going overboard with some ingredients such as oil, i am not saying that eating out is bad- i mean i live in Berlin a culinary metropolis-  but maybe you should let those meals out inspire you to whip up the food yourself just to your liking and with less salt and oil and all that not so good stuff.

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Vegan Take away from Betje Ethiopia in Berlin. Vegans when odering Ethiopian food dont forget to say no butter and no ghee !

This recipe does though call for original Ethiopian good stuff, that is the whimsical red hot spice mix Berbere. The Spice mix is a blend of fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, chili peppers and korarima ( which is a plant that grows wild in Ethiopia and is known as Ethiopian Cardamon). This mix can be found in all Ethiopian and spice stores, sometimes even sold in Italian grocery stores in the spice section. In Berlin it is easy to get your hands on it, even the organic brand  Sonnentor has a Berbere mix thus you can get it in the spice section from organic stores here as well, and if all else fails just order it online. Its essential for this recipe and its what gives the lentils its red hot color and rich spicy taste.

Ingredients:

1 red onion diced ( white onion works too)

2 cups of dried red lentils (washed)

1 Tbs of tomato paste

2 tbs of berbere spice ( more if you like it spicy)

1 tsp tumeric powder (also known as curcuma)

a pinch of cumin powder

1 crushed garlic clove

1 medium sized knob crushed ginger

4 cups of water

2/3  can of crushed tomatoes

Salt to taste

1 Tablespoon of olive oil

Method:

-Put a tablespoon of olive oil in cooking pot and place it on a medium high heat stove top.

-Once the oil is hot but not smoking hot place the onions in and let them saute, when the onions are glassy add the garlic and ginger turn the heat a bit lower you don’t want the garlic and ginger to burn.

-Add in the berbere, turmeric and cumin and mix it well.

-Place in the lentils and stir everything together.

-Toss in the tomato paste and stir in well together.

-Add the crushed tomatoes followed by 3 1/2 cups of water.

-Lower the heat and let it simmer, stir occasionally and add in the rest of the water, when there is a visible reduction of water. Let it simmer for 30 mins, stir in salt to your taste and then serve.

– Serve with rice, bread and all the other carbs you can think of. However if you can get your hands on injera, then ignore everything else and devour it with injera!

Tip: This can also be enjoyed cold and stores up-to 3 days in the fridge so its also a great recipe for meal preps. Perfect recipe for creating a tasty nourishing wholesome happy bowl.

Pulp is not fiction, here have some pulp ball sauce with pasta.

Lets talk about the wonders of pulp, this is no fiction its just pure good realness. If you are a nut milk maker, you know that there is always some residue left in the nut milk bag. Unlike negative thoughts, do not let go of this residue and throw it in the trash. Instead use it to make cereal, crackers or my favorite “pueat balls” These are awesome when eaten mixed in a red sauce or when topped with pesto or anything saucy. I haven’t tried this recipe with other nut pulps,  as i usually only make almond milk, but feel free to try it and tell me how it turned out.

What you will need:

2 tbsp of flax seeds

4 tbsp of water

1 1/4 cup of almond milk pulp

4 chopped up dried tomatoes

4 chopped up olives

4 chopped up Champignons

salt to taste

1 tsp dried Italian spices mix

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 yellow onion

Method:

Preheat oven at 175 degree Celsius.

While the oven is heating up make your flax egg. Place the flax seeds in a small bowl and add water. Set aside.

Take a pan and saute the chopped up onion with 1 tbsp of onion. Set aside to cool.

In a big bowl add in the pulp, chopped up dried tomatoes, chopped up olives and champignons. Mix well add in salt and rub in the dried herbs. Pour in the sauteed onions and add in the remaining oil. Mix well and fold in the gel like ‘flax egg’. Mix well but don’t over do it, it should have a wet but not too wet and not too dry consistency which is still moldable.

Take some of the mixture and roll into a golf ball size ball. Place this on baking paper or on a baking dish. Do this with the rest of the mixture.

Put the balls in the oven and let them bake for 30 mins, or until they are firm and dry. If your oven is very very strong tune down the heat to 125 degree Celsius.

and Voila they are done if you are adding these to a red pasta sauce then pour the sauce on top of the balls and serve.

till then have a good one.