Super easy rum & hazelnut truffles

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Super chocolaty rum truffles with a hint of fruit for Christmas

These rum truffles are amazing for the time right before Christmas and are super easy to make. What I love about them is that they are super chocolaty, but also have an amazing fruitiness from the apricot jam. It’s great, because it gives the truffles you way more complexity. Just try it out – you’ll love it! πŸ™‚Β  Continue reading

Oh-so-good brainfood muffins with carrot, lemon-lime drizzle & pumpkin seeds

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Oh-so-healthy & delicious fall-flavoredΒ carrot muffins

Soooooo I tried did a little experiment with this recipe. My intention was to create muffins without any butter or sugar and to replace these two by healthier, more nourishing ingredients. And for the dough, this wasn’t a problem at all, because I just used avocado instead of butter and dates instead of sugar. I’m really impressed with the result: super moist, carrot cake spiced muffins with a little twang from the lemon-lime drizzle. Continue reading

Fruity apricot & raspberry dumplings in roasted hazelnut coating

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Fruit, more fruit, soft dough and a nutty finish: a Bohemian-Austrian classic newly interpreted

Austrian’s love their cooked pastries and since a friend of mine brought me fresh apricots from his grandmother’s garden I thought I should give apricot dumplings a go. πŸ™‚ Now, I’m not too much into doing everything the way it has always been done, so I added a little twist (it’s fantastic, trust me!).

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It’s always summer yoghurt tart with mango, nectarines & banana

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Incredibly fresh, light and delicious summer dessert

I am currently staying at the Hibiscus Coast in South Africa and had the pleasure of cooking a meal for my kind of adopted family here. The main course was duck, so I was looking for a very light, yet delicious dessert and after finding amazingly ripe mangoes, nectarines and bananas in the kitchen I thought of this light and fresh yoghurt tart.

It is super easy to make and the yoghurt and lemon combo gives in an incredible freshness with is complemented perfectly by the fruits’ sweetness. The secret is the lime zest, though, which will give your tart just this little something. Needless to say, it’s quite healthy for a dessert due to yoghurt and fruits πŸ™‚

So let’s do it, I promise you’re going to love it! πŸ™‚

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Christmas magic milk chocolate truffles with roast hazelnuts & cinnamon

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A Christmas explosion in your mouth

You are a total chocolate addict and are looking for new chocolate ideas or you are still looking for Christmas presents, nothing comes to your mind and you think just buying a box of chocolates is too impersonal? I have a (very delicious) solution for you! πŸ™‚

Close your eyes and imagine a lightly toasted, crunchy hazelnut, covered my creamy milk chocolate and rolled in cinnamon and cocoa – it’s a Christmas explosion in your mouth!

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Warming dark chocolate & orange banana loaf

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Warming winter deliciousness

Christmas is almost around the corner so I figured it’s time to get out these winter flavors. Do you know the feeling when you’re baking something, your whole apartment smalls of it and you just wander around absorbing the amazing smell and feeling genuinely happy and excited about eating your treat? I’ve been doing that a lot while baking this loaf πŸ™‚

This dark chocolate & orange banana loaf is simply great. It has an intense dark chocolate aroma which is complemented by warming orange and crunchy walnut bits. It’s basically like eating a dark-chocolate&orange truffle. πŸ™‚ Continue reading

A hint of gingerbread buns with almonds & raisins

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Delicious winter treat for a day cuddling on the couch

Hmmmmm these buns are just super awesome! They are so warming and delicious, perfect for a day when it’s cold and grey outside and you just want to cuddle up on your couch with a blanket and a cup of tea. The great thing? They are also healthy πŸ™‚

I used spelt and rye flour, so these treats are very wholesome. Also, cinnamon, apple and honey in combination with the sweetness of the raisins and the distinct rye flavor remind me a lot of ginger bread – perfect for the season! Crunchy almonds complement the whole ginger bread idea perfectly. Additionally, they are high in protein, provide healthy omega 3 fatty acids, and, just like raisins, are high in minerals and bring a lovely sweetness. Cinnamon gets your metabolism going and last but not least apple provides vitamins and fiber. Not to forget that cinnamon-apple-raisin combos are simply to die for πŸ™‚

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Fantastic very berry no bake cheesecake

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Refreshing summer cheesecake for days when it’s too hot to use your oven

My friend Hanna invited meΒ to her lake house last weekend for some swimming and BBQing.Β When I asked her what to bring her reply was just one word: “cheesecake”. Now the instructions were clear,Β but when it’s hot outside nobody wants to turn on the oven to bake a cake. The solution: go with this awesome and easy no bake cheesecake.

What is great is that the curd cheese is super light and refreshing, add some lime and it gets even better. The cookie base adds just the right amount of sweetness and then you have all these fresh berries (aka lots of vitamins, let’s not forget about the health benefits, guys πŸ˜‰ )Β on top – it’s awesome, really!

As of ingredients, you can use any kind of berries in your preferred composition, I just picked raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries, because I wanted to have a different colors and I really like these ones. However, red and black currants, gooseberries or cherries are fine, too.

It shouldn’t take longer to prepare the cake than around 20 minutes (+cooling time), so let’s get started, shall we? πŸ™‚

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Zesty summer banana bread with lemon, chia seeds & almonds

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Fresh lemon banana bread for hot summer days

I really love banana bread, but when it’s above 30Β°C outside the usual scrumptuous chocolaty cinnamony banana bread is not that appealing to me (perfect for cold fallΒ / winter days though, if you ask me). Therefore, I created this light, lemony banana bread for hot days which has more of a refreshing touch to it to make itΒ work for summer. Also, I cut down a bit on butter and added some chia seeds (alsoΒ for a nice crunch), so you can enjoy this with a good conscious. Last but not least, the almonds on top are just devine, totally worth baking around 5 banana breads to end up with this one πŸ˜‰

Just some general things: a) mix the dry and the wet ingredients at the latest moment and as quickly as possible, stir as little as possible and get the banana bread into the oven as soon as you can, and b) make sure theΒ butter isΒ at room temperature / soft, it’s really noΒ fun to try to beat the butter creamy when it’s too cold (I speak from experience… πŸ˜‰ )

If you are a lemon and poppy seed combo lover and are not too concerned with super foods, just replace the chia seeds with poppy seeds and you basically have a nice lemon-poppy seed loaf πŸ™‚ Let’s get started with this one, hope you like it!

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Brilliant monkey breakfast toastie with caramelized bananas & pears

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Great healthy breakfast for a good start of your day

This is a super easy, delicious and nutritious breakfast dish that only takes a few minutes to prepare and will leave you wanting more! Banana and pear will turn soft and sweet, there is a hint of freshness from the lemon zest, creamy peanut butter and a nice crunch from the toasted bread. Kids will love this, too, and because you can just put a whole batch of them in the oven at the same time it’s great for a family brunch or similar.

I actually came up with this dish because I really don’t like to throw away food and this is a perfect way to use up bread that has already dried out a bit, as heating the peanut butter will add quite a bit of moisture to the bread. If using fresh bread this whole moisture thing is a bit tricky, so make sure that your slice of bread is not too thin. Also, since the consistency of bananas is a bit softer than the one of pears it’s better to make the pear slices a bit thinner, the banana slices a bit thicker.

Regarding the amount of ingredients: depending on how big the slice of bread is the amounts will vary, but you should be fine with the amounts stated (I added a bit of leeway…).

Alright, this will only take 10 minutes to prepare, so let’s get started!

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