I hope you all had a lovely Christmas filled with family, friends & food. I created a matcha green tea cake for boxing day. Matcha powder is the highest quality powdered green tea available and therefore quite expensive. It is used for drinking as tea or as an ingredient in recipes. It has been drunk in Japan as part of the tea ceremony for almost 1000 years, and is used by Buddhist monks to keep them alert, awake and focused during long days of meditation. Nowadays matcha green tea powder is mainly consumend by Japanese students in exam periods, and it is gaining popularity in other countries as well.
It has been quite a while since my last post: I was studying for law exams, I started a new job and I went on holiday, but I am back with a great recipe:)
This recipe features raw cacao powder. Raw cacao or raw chocolate is made from cold-pressed, unroasted cacao beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cacao and other beneficial molecules which break down in the process of prolonged heat exposure. The studies that boast of chocolate’s amazing health benefits are not referring to your average store-bought chocolate bars. In fact, the chocolate they are reffering to, is raw cacao.
Reese’s Peanutbutter cups, the milk chocolate cups filled with creamy peanutbutter, are one of America’s most beloved candy’s. But unlike what the name suggests, it does not only consist of those two ingredients.
Let’s have a look at the ingredients:
MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR; COCOA BUTTER; CHOCOLATE; NONFAT MILK; MILK FAT; LACTOSE; SOY LECITHIN; PGPR, EMULSIFIER; PEANUTS; SUGAR; DEXTROSE; SALT; TBHQ (PRESERVATIVE)
I don’t even know what PGPR Emulsifier is, and neither have I ever heard of TBHQ preservative. I decided to create a clean, but still very tastful version of this traditional treat, and the good thing is, it is ridiculouly easy to make!
Baked oatmeal with ripe bananas, juicy blueberries, cinnamon and crunchy walnuts, need I say more? The possibilities with oatmeal are endless, and I think every household should store oats in their cupboard. Not only are they a good source of fiber, which can help to regulate blood sugar levels, they also contain a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. At the moment I am completely in love with baked oatmeal, because it allows the fruit to really ‘melt’ into the oats. If you never had this version of oatmeal before, you are truly missing out. It is so easy to whip up, it can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days and warmed up to eat whenever you want and can be served as breakfast, snack or even dessert.
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.
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.
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. Continue reading
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.
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.
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. Continue reading