A Danish Summer Dessert – Vegan “Koldskål”

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Kolskål (literally meaning “cold bowl”) is a traditional Danish dessert made out of milk, sugar, and lemon and topped with “kammerjunker”, a sweet, crumbly cookie. My grandmother has always served it as a dessert so I have a bit of sentimental attachment to it.

Most “kammerjunker” are actually vegan and fairly easy to find in Danish supermarkets like Netto and Føtex, but if that fails just find some vegan vanilla cookies or granola to crumble on top. You can find my amazing granola recipe here

I would love to hear non-Danish opinions on one of our national desserts. Let me know if you like it or not!

Stay vegan and stay tuned

It Has Been a While

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Over the summer I haven’t been posting much here. I wish it was due to being busy tanning under palm trees and relaxing on the beach but in reality I have been extremely busy working. I’m juggling three jobs at the moment and it’s very hard both physically and mentally. 

Because I have been so busy working all my energy has been focused on keeping up my spirits. July went by without a single day off and as it seems right now, the work flow isn’t going to let up. But it’s something I chose for myself as I’m moving at the end of this year and I want a good start with a bunch of money saved up.

Although it feels very lonely, it helps knowing that this is just temporary. Even though I know I’m a happier person with lots of social interaction with my friends it has been impossible for me to find the energy to make any arrangements.  

My vegan journey has felt challenging and I’ve been faced with a lack of inspiration. My brain has been occupied by work so much that I haven’t given creating new recipes much thought and food has just been fuel to me. My meals have consisted of more or less the same things like fries, ketchup, and Starbucks coffee. Not exactly the food you want to power you through the day! 

Although I’ve taken a short break, it means everything to me that I am still getting clicks and new and old visitors everyday! The fact that people keep coming back inspires me to create more vegan recipes! What I’m trying to say is- I’M BACK!!! I am going to aim to post new recipes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Stay vegan and stay tuned!

5 Ways Veganism Improved my Life

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I could ramble endlessly about how much veganism means to me and why I think it will change your would and well, that’s what I do on this blog! Here is a personal top five list to feed your clickbait addiction! 

#1 Veganism forced me to discover new fruits and vegetables. I have a newfound love for pomelo, mango, butternut squash, eggplant, green kale, oranges, and rhubarbs! I also discovered the joys of dried fruit (especially coconut) 

#2 Veganism has brought me closer to myself. I really identify with everything being a vegan stands for and it brings me a great deal of peace knowing that’s what I am. We all struggle with finding our inner-truths and how to live them and I have found mine.  

#3 Becoming healthier is almost unavoidable when switching to a plant-based lifestyle. I actually crave vegetables now! 

#4 My choice to become a vegan has caused a domino effect and caused others to change their lives. My family is now almost completely vegan and many of my friends are much more open to different foods. I know my blog will continue to influence others and make a tangible difference. 

#5 I have lost weight and am now able to do much more physical activity. I now do yoga and have run several half-marathons- something I couln’t have imagined a few years ago. 

BIG HUGS 

Easy Vegan Chia Pudding

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I have only recently discovered the healthy, delicious joys of chia pudding. I love its unique consistency and am thrilled whenever someone serves it as a desert. It’s also easy to mash up the night before and have as a breakfast. Here is my go to recipe. 

Viola! That’s my super easy homemade chia pudding recipe.

BIG HUGS

Vegan Homemade Cinnamon Chai Latte

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Chai tea is something I drink every morning. The exotic melange of spices hooked me from my first sip and it’s just something I can’t live without. Of course i also dig the warm creamy Chai latte but the average chai powder (found in coffee shops) is oversaturated with sugar, so I came up with my own healthy version.

You can use tea bags but I prefer to sieve my loose-leaf chai in a pot (zero-waist FTW!)

Try to enjoy this before it gets warm and springy! 

BIG HUGS

Vegan Mexican-style Appetizer

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My mother recently hosted a friend for the weekend and, as she always does when we have guests, made a smorgasbord of her delicious cooking. I was tasked with making an appetizer plate of Mexican tapas to be served before the main course. I came up with this simple recipe using vegan minced meat, an avocado, taco bowls, store bought salsa, and a packet of taco seasoning. 

I started by heating the taco bowls in the oven at 170c (340f). As they warmed, I fried the faux minced meat in a pan and added the taco seasoning. After filling the bowls with the meat, I simply topped each one with a few avocado slices and salsa.

These turned out to be extremely popular at our table and they disappeared quickly. I’m not a huge fan of meat substitutes but in small quantities they can really hit the spot. They’re also a great way to hook non-vegans and give them a peak behind the curtain of a cruelty-free lifestyle that doesn’t sacrifice taste. 

This 10 minute recipe is a must for those having company over. Who said impressing people requires slaving away in the kitchen for hours?

Vegan Plant Based Cookie Dough

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I’m not kidding when I say that this is the best vegan snack I’ve ever had. Instead of going with overpriced cranked up sugar cookies you can blend together your own cheap and easy Friday night treat. It tastes divine and is the perfect finishing touch to a stay-in date night under the covers. A smooth and soft consistency with peanut butter and dark chocolate flavors will please your taste buds.

For a more authentic cookie dough aesthetic you can use chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate. This recipe tastes much better when cold so make sure you cool it down before you dig in (without letting it cool you might sense a slight chickpea aroma)

This recipe should be enough for all of you to be forever grateful to me! I am your vegan cookie dough lord and savior!  

BIG HUGS

Vegan Guide to Aalborg, DK

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My two friends at the streets of Aalborg

At the beginning of this month my boyfriend and I paid an old friend a visit in Aalborg, a small Danish city located in the north of Jutland. I had been looking forward to the trip for a while after reading about it being an emerging destination for Danish vegans (veganism isn’t that common in Denmark, so you really have to do your research!).

The city itself is filled with medieval Nordic architecture, warm Jutlanders, and a quirky student/bohemian vibe. Such conditions make it fertile ground for new vegan restaurants to emerge.

The first spot we hit was “Ubat Veggie”, a newly opened upscale gourmet vegetarian restaurant. We both had the vegan risotto, which had a very pleasant umami flavor. However, the portion size was a bit small and my boyfriend started looking for falafel shops on my phone (he is a hungry man). We waited some time before getting our food so our waitress ended up giving us free plant milk coffees (yay) and when I was about to pay she compensated our meal. I consider that to demonstrate thoughtfulness and effort, and because of the tastiness of the food and having many different vegan options, I think I’ll give it another shot when I’m back in town. 

Address: Vesterå 5, 9000 Aalborg

Vegan brunch at Cafe Luna
Scrambled tofu with rice paper bacon

We ended up having a marvellous brunch at Café Luna which is a cozy café with a bar kind of vibe. I got their specialty vegan brunch with tofu scrambled, rice paper bacon, bread with butter and vegan topping, soy yogurt with granola, fresh fruit, vegan cheese, hummus and a vegan pancake with maple syrup! My eyes were opened to tofu scramble for the first time! They can get really busy so make sure you make a reservation on weekends.

Address: Boulevarden 38, 9000 Aalborg

vegan healthy candy store

I also found a little boutique candy shop in the city center called “ Det Sunde Slik (The Healthy Candy)”. They have an endless array of dried fruits and encourage customers to sample anything they fancy. I spent some time marveling my way through the aisles until the sweet young woman behind the counter gave me some much needed guidance and assistance. My favorites were pomelo, strawberry, mango, ginger, watermelon, and shitake mushrooms (trust me). You can also order your dried fruit online here

Address: Bredegade 10, 9000 Aalborg

Give Aalborg a shot; you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

BIG HUGS

Weight Loss Wednesday // Week One

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The first week of my weight loss journey went well, albeit with a few minor slip ups (I went to the movies with my sister on Sunday and JUST HAD to have some of her popcorn and vegan candy). I started the week by trying to eat 6 small meals a day, but I couldn’t get my body to adjust to it and it felt unnatural. So instead, I opted to only eat when hungry or lacking energy.

I have made my meals healthier by focusing more and more on including vegetables into my home cooking (you might notice a theme here). One of my go to snacks has been carrot sticks dipped in hummus- a tasty, filling midday snack!

My biggest slip-up came over the weekend when my boyfriend and I were house-sitting for a neighbour. Something in our new environment sparked a glutinous whim within us and we bought a giant bag of curly fries from the grocery store to share (should have made my homemade oil-free fries instead!). Nonetheless, I felt I kept the wheels on the bus as I didn’t eat any other blatantly unhealthy foods, instead snacking on fruit and rice cakes.

I consider my first week a success! By focusing on my healthy choices and not dwelling on the slip-ups, I’m able to keep my momentum going. My goal this week is to not slip-up as much and make progress, however small. A healthy lifestyle and subsequent weight-loss is a marathon, not a sprint!

BIG HUGS