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Coconut and almond pudding

This is a perfect dessert to impress someone after a full course meal. I say that because apparently it looks like a heavy, greasy, sweet way to end a meal but it is not. The fruits with the chocolate give a fresh, sweet touch to the dish and the coconut and almond pudding give the right jelly consistency. I was inspired by  Sketch free vegan eating with their recipe of sweet cinnamon panna cotta. I did not follow their recipe 100% because I found that the amount of coconut would give a undesired greasy texture. Instead, I used almond milk and dashed coconut with a hint of cinnamon and some sugar. This is a really easy recipe and as you can see from the photo, it can impress your guests.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of dashed coconut of coconut flour
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tbsp agar flakes
  • Strawberries and cranberries
  • Chocolate to melt

 

Procedure:

In a sauce pan, mix the almond milk, the coconut, the cinnamon, the sugar and the agar flakes. Bring it to boil until it has dissolved (around 15-20min, it depends on the size of the flakes). Then place the liquid in a recipient to cold down and become jelly. For decoration, melt the chocolate and pour it on top of the fruits and the pudding as in the photo.

Perhaps people find that the dessert is not sweet enough. The amount of sugar described above just gives the dessert a small hint of sweetness. If you desire a sweeter one, just double the amount of sugar.

Baklust

One of the things that I like the most during relaxed days is to go to Baklust and get a nice lovely Vegan cake. This is one of the few places that I have around where they have regular vegan cakes and pastries. The place is really cozy to go with some friends and have a nice chat, also just to go alone and read or just do nothing and contemplate the canal that runs in front of it (look at the pictures on the website). I love the tables, each of them of unique form, color and with all kinds of chairs … Usually the waiters are young people that speak Dutch and English with no problem. The menu consists of soups of the day, quiches of different kinds or empanada, several salads and main dishes. All the dishes can be chosen with fresh self baked bread. More or less half of the menu is vegan and on request they can veganise dishes if possible. As well they usually have several fresh smoothies and juices. I forgot to mention just as an small note that the products are biological/organic.

Just to show you a bit, the other Sunday I just popped in and I asked for the delicious vegan chocolate cake with cranberry and strawberry filling and some mascarpone-like cream on the top. It was delicious with a nice coffee and the waiter intentionally made sure that my cookie was also vegan, lovely no!

Double chocolate cookies – GF

I made two different version of the cookies from  Manifest Vegan.

This resembles those Spanish sweets: polvoró.

Chocolate chips cookies

Today was a baking day and I just fell as doing cookies. That was the first time I did any kind of cookies and to my surprise they were really good. I liked them because they were not so sweet, not so fatty, … my own cookies to my taste. Actually it was really easy to do and not elaborated. (By the way, for those with an Catalan background, these cookies are as the Maria Cristina galetes amb la neula baix).

Ingredients:

- 1 cup of flour

- 1/2 cup of sugar

- 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (I used carob chocolate with no added sugar)

- 1/4 cup of oil

- 1/8 cup of water

- 2 teaspoon of baking soda

Procedure: (see how easy it is)

Mix all the dry ingredients (chocolate, flour, sugar, baking power) in a bowl, later in another mix the oil and the water. Finally mix all wet and dry ingredients in a bowl.

This is already the cookie dough and now place them in small portions in a no-sticky surface either using a baking paper or a silicon mat. Then bake it for 15 min at 180ºC.

Sunday morning muffins

I had my aunt and my cousin visiting and I baked nice chocolate muffins with some dried banana on top. It was a great way to start the Sunday that later we spent in Amsterdam walking around and getting wet.

Black and white cupcakes

We are going to a barbecue, so a good opportunity to bring some nice vegan food. I thought that some vegan cupcakes would work perfectly.

In the photo you can see the delicious vanilla cupcake with white buttercream frosting and the deadly chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting.

Chocolate cupcakes with coconut fudge frosting

This is a cupcake recipe from the book: “Vegan cupcakes take over the world” that I just got recently. If any one is interested in the full detailed recipe, please contact me.

Spicy chocolate


This recipe was shown to me by a friend that loves chili peppers. It is really easy to do and you can make a wide variety of shapes and use different nuts for the inside of the bonbon (I bet that with pistachios will be gorgeous).

Ingredients:
- 250g pure or culinary chocolate
- 2 teaspoons grained chili pepper or chili powder
- 20 cashew nuts

Procedure:
With the bain-marie technique melt the chocolate until it becomes a smooth paste. When it has become an homogeneous paste, sprinkle the chili pepper and leave it on the fire around 5 min, and the chocolate will get a nice chili taste. Later, carefully spread the chocolate either on top of a cashew nut or on plain cellulose paper. Before to eat it, leave them around 30 min in a cold place. A graphic with the steps to follow can be seen below.

Uhmmmmmm! yummy yummy