Healthy single- serving double chocolate chunk cookie

Chocolate cookies are just about everybody’s favorite cookie, also mine. I created a single- serving recipe that incorporates a healthy twist to the classic treat. This oatmeal- based cookie has a lovely fluffy, chewy and gooey center and a lightly crispy exterior and combines bittersweet chocolate chunks with crunchy cacoa nibs.

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Homemade peanutbutter

I seriously don’t believe why I always bought expensive jars of organic peanutbutter, while it is ridiculously easy to make your own, homemade peanutbutter. Once you have tried it, you will never go back to shop- bought again, I promise! Peanutbutter has many health benefits when it is eaten in moderation: it is an excellent source of protein, fiber, mono- unsaturated fatty acids, folate and vitamin E.

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Apple pie overnight oats

Apple pie for breakfast, what a comforting yet refreshing way to start your day! These apple pie overnight oats have all the flavour of a traditional apple pie: slightly tender, yet crispy apple chunks, an intense cinnamon aroma, and sweet and juicy raisins, but combine them with the health benefits of oatmeal, a match made in heaven if you ask me. This is such a simple, but delicious recipe, which can be perfect on a busy morning, or can easily be enjoyed as a healthy snack or even as dessert.

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Sweet potato brownies, simply the best

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I often get inspiration for recipes on Instagram and recently I saw a lot of people baking sweet potato brownies, which immediately caught my attention, because who doesn’t love brownies? These are of course not the typical brownies loaded with refined sugar, flour and butter, but a healthy and still very yummy option. I decided to give my own twist to already used recipes, so here you go.

I must admit, at first glance, sweet potatoes in your brownie sound pretty weird, but they are great  way to add a lovely moist, fudgy and nutritious texture to your brownies. Sweet potatoes are such a nutritional powerhouse because they are packed with calcium, potassium, vitamins A and C, and they are a rich source of anti-oxidants. Sweetpotatobrownie. blog (1) Continue reading

Valentine’s chocolate covered strawberries

It has been a while since my last post, but I am back and with a new site! I wanted to launch a self- hosted WordPress blog with a personal domain name instead of a hosted blog which ends with ‘wordpress.com’.  As you guys noticed, I also changed my blog name. I thought that my previous name was too long and not catchy enough, so after lots of brainstorming I created ‘venividifoodie’, and I actually quite like it:) In the menu under ‘foodie’ you can read more about my name choice.

But let’s return to food matters, the topic I love to talk and write about. On my instagram you could already see my chocolate covered strawberries, the perfect healthy treat for Valentine’s day or any other special occasion. Strawberries and chocolate are such a glorious combination and a match made in heaven. Surprise your sweetheart or just yourself with this simple, but yet very elegant dessert.

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Starbucks walnut banana bread makeover

I spent last summer in sunny Florida with my family and of course, we went a couple of times to Starbucks. I noticed that their banana walnut bread was highly popular, but despite its name, it’s unfortunately not a very healthy treat. I decided to adapt the original recipe into a healthy, but still very delicious option without all the butter, refined sugar and wheat flour that is jammed into a single Starbucks serving. This banana bread turned out to be such a lovely, dense and moist bread, redolent with banana flavor and will win over even the non- banana lovers.

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Apple- cinnamon mug cake

Craving something sweet, but running out of time to bake something tasty and warm? This cake will only take you 5 minutes, and it’s healthy, very simple and delicious as well! It is called a mug cake, and as the name suggests, it is a cake in a mug. Your only tools are a big mug and a microwave. I started making them a couple of weeks ago, and I am in love. The texture of the cake is spongy, soft and moist and anyone can make them! This one features apple and cinnamon, a match made in heaven.Mug cake blog 2 Continue reading

Bright green smoothie

January is a time of fresh starts, new beginnings and making changes. This yummy, cleansing green smoothie is a perfect way to ring in the new year. I have been drinking green smoothies for over a year now, and I can highly recommend them to everyone! These drinks are made from fruit, leafy greens, for example spinach, and  liquids. Before you wrinkle your nose at the notion of drinking spinach, let me make clear something: the fruits will mask the taste of the greens! Believe me and give it a try!Greensmoothie 1
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New Year’s Eve almond- coconut cookies (vegan and gluten-free)

The Christmas season may be wrapping up, but the celebration hasn’t officially ended yet: New Year’s Eve is a time for sparkly dresses, champagne toasts and midnight kisses. But if you are hosting a nice party, you should also make sure to serve some delicious and festive cookies for all the party animals, so here you go. I created these lovely Happy new year, lemony flavored cookies (vegan and gluten-free), based on almond flour and shredded coconut, which are perfect for ringing in 2014!New Year's Eve cookies (1) blog
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Christmas tree spinach pancakes

Pancakes are not particularly known for their health benefits. Think of butter, refined sugar, artificially flavored syrups and white flour. But you can replace all those ingredients to make a healthy and still very tasteful alternative.

This pancakes features one of my favorite greens: spinach. At first thought, spinach in your pancake doesn’t really sound very appealing, but in fact, the other ingredients in the pancakes mask the flavor of the spinach, so you don’t really taste it, but still enjoy all its health benefits. Spinach is such a nutritional powerhouse because it is loaded with vitamins and minerals (especially calcium) and extremely rich in antioxidants.

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