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!

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Vegan Haul from Flensburg

Travelling, Veganism

One of my favorite things about traveling is finding new vegan stuff in local grocery stores. Denmark has a very limited selection, so it’s a real treat going somewhere else and discovering something new. Although I trick to stick to non-processed foods, my appetite for new vegan speciality products is insatiable! 

Germany is great for new finds. I really discovered this living in Berlin and am now aware the entire country has lots of options for vegans. Flensburg, Germany is about an hour away from my house and I often make the pilgrimage there to stock up on my favorites.

I love the cheeses from “SimplyV”. Their sliced cheese has a wonderful consistency and taste. In addition, their Parmesan cheese is indistinguishable from the real thing and tastes great on pasta. 

The “Fantastic Foods” white crisp chocolate is a creamy, fully-flavored treat that I usually end up eating in one sitting. It has that creamy white chocolate taste without that watery aftertaste found in many vegan chocolates.  

The supermarket chain REWE makes their own house brand vegan products and I love their bolognese sauce! When I first tried it I was sure I had picked up the wrong jar by mistake; the chunks of soy where very meat-like. I like having a few of these around as they make for an easy dinner. 

REWE also has a vegan Nutella, which I love. Pretty much a no-brainer if you love chocolate, hazelnut spreads as much as I do. 

Interestingly, I found some great pre-packaged tortellini in the drugstore chain DM. It was a bit weird finding such a gem in a drugstore but hey, I’m not complaining! They also sell lots of vegan beauty products if you’re into that. 

No trip to Germany is complete without schnitzel. “VegaFit” makes very tasty and nicely-textured schnitzel and fish fingers. I don’t really remember what meat and fish taste like but they would probably pale in comparison to these. 

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Roasted Vegan Butternut Squash with Filling

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I’ve really been on a butternut squash kick recently. I like going simple by cutting one in half and roasting it in the oven with a little salt, pepper, and olive oil. 

For a delightful little touch I recently tried topping one with mushrooms, snack peppers, and spinach. After adding some chili mayo on top I was in heaven! 

This lazy meal is delicious, simple, and filling! 

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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.

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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! 

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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!  

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Vegan Guide to Aalborg, DK

Guides, Veganism
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!

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The Best Vegan Dressing Ever – Of Course it’s Tahini

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Tahini dressing is a real lifesaver when switching to a plant based diet. It’s simple to make, doesn’t require a blender, and is oil free!

I like to use it on salads, falafel sandwiches, or just as a dip.

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My Favorite Vegan Soup // Potato – Carrot Soup

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Vegan potato carrot soup
Potato soup with bread and vegetables

I could eat this soup for days on end. This is one of my go-to recipes that I serve whenever I cook for friends and/or family. I discovered it when visiting a non-vegan friend, as it was the only plant-based recipe she knew. I stole the recipe after learning how cheap, healthy, and easy to make it is!

onions, potatoes, carrots ready for the owen

Serve with sautéed mushrooms, oven baked chickpeas, a baguette, or sauté all of your leftover vegetables in soy sauce!  

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