Green Buddha Bowl with cauliflower/quinoa balls and miso dip

Green Buddha Bowl with cauliflower/quinoa balls and miso dip

Evening lovelies, I hope you are having an amazing day? I am so happy that I am almost flying today, there are so many amazing things happening in my life right now and I just feel so thankful and lucky! I cannot wait to be able to share some of the news with you guys, haha I know I am being a total tease right now, but I will share everything as soon as possible and I promise it will be worth the wait ;)

Until then I have something almost as amazing to share with you – the recipe for this beyond delicious green Buddha Bowl with quinoa/cauliflower balls and miso dip! I am so obsessed with miso dip at the moment and it goes perfectly with these yummy cauliflower/quinoa balls, a new favorite combo of mine ❤︎

Green Buddha Bowl with cauliflower/quinoa balls and miso dip

Salad ingredients:
Spinach
Avocado
Edamame beans
Cucumber
Spiralized zucchini (I use this spiralizer)
Miso dip – get the recipe right here!

Green Buddha Bowl with cauliflower/quinoa balls and miso dip

Cauliflower/quinoa balls – 14 balls:
1 deciliter quinoa (I used black quinoa)
1/2 cauliflower head + stem, cut into smaller pieces
1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 scallions, finely chopped
1/3 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons almond flour
3 tablespoons buckwheat flour
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (get it right here or here, affiliate links)
Salt + Pepper

Sesame seeds or almond flour to coat them in.

Green Buddha Bowl with cauliflower/quinoa balls and miso dip

Cauliflower/quinoa balls – directions:
Start by preheating your oven to 180 c / 360 f. Then cook the quinoa according to the package instructions, when the quinoa is done set it aside and let it rest with the lid on for about 10 minutes. Boil the cauliflower (at the same time as the quinoa) in another pot until soft. Add the boiled cauliflower, the crushed garlic and the chopped scallions to a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is mashed. Pour the cauliflower mash into a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and stir until everything is well mixed. If you have the time for it I recommend letting the mixture sit in the fridge for 20-30 minutes, this will make it firmer and easier to handle. Roll the cauliflower mix into 14 balls and coat them in either sesame seeds or almond flour. Place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake them in a preheated oven at 180 c / 360 f for about  30-35 minutes. Serve them with a big green salat and miso dip, so delicious!

Green Buddha Bowl with cauliflower/quinoa balls and miso dip

Banana bread with mixed seeds and berries

Banana bread with mixed seeds and berries

I had a lot of leftover super ripe bananas this weekend, so I just knew I had to bake another batch of my favorite banana bread muffins + I wanted to experiment with a new banana bread recipe as well. I actually ended up just using my favorite banana bread recipe and then I added mixed seeds and berries as well for some extra flavor and texture, so delicious! I love to serve this as a healthified dessert, but it works great for breakfast as well, just add less honey and leave out the coconut sugar + only add half the coconut oil for an even healthier version.

Make sure you check out my other banana bread recipes right here!

Banana bread with mixed seeds and berries

Ingredients:
3 large bananas, ripe with brown dots
2 eggs
1 deciliter (equals 0.4 cup) akacia honey
1/2 deciliter (equals 4 1/2 tablespoon) coconut oil
4 tablespoons skyr

 or greek yoghurt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
1/3 teaspoon seasalt
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
3 1/2 deciliter (equals 1.5 cup) buckwheat flour
1/2 deciliter (equals 0.6 cup) mixed seeds*
2 deciliter (equals 0.8 cup) mixed berries**

*I used a mix of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds.
**I used a mix of black and red currants, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.

Banana bread with mixed seeds and berries

Directions:
Start by mashing the bananas with a fork. Add them to a bowl with the rest of the wet ingredients and mix everything together. Add the dry ingredients while stirring and make sure everything is well mixed together. Pour the batter into a bread tin, add a bit of seeds and berries for decoration if you’d like and bake it in a preheated oven at 175 c // 350 f for about 50 minutes until it is lightly golden and properly baked throughout (when a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean). And you are done! Easy peasy right? enjoy!

Banana bread with mixed seeds and berries

Skinny peanut butter dip

Skinny peanut butter dip

In light of my recent blogpost regarding my peanut butter obsession I thought it would only be fair to share one of my favorite super easy recipes that ensures I get my peanut butter fix, but without completely overindulging in half a jar of peanut butter. Haha and yeah that might have happened before ;)

I love making this delicious peanut butter dip as both an easy snack or as a healthy treat, it takes absolutely no time to make and it is thankfully far from as calorie dense as pure peanut butter. I usually make this amount for two people and serve it with two small sliced apples + a mix of cacao nibs and chopped nuts for a little extra crunch and flavor, so yum!

Skinny peanut butter dip Skinny peanut butter dip

Ingredients:
6 tablespoons skyr or greek yoghurt
1-2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
1/2 – 1 tablespoon acacia honey or pure maple sirup

Skinny peanut butter dip Skinny peanut butter dip

Directions:
Simply mix everything well together and the dip is ready to be served, enjoy! I served mine with sliced apple and a mix of chopped cacao nibs and nuts, so delicious!

Skinny peanut butter dip

Matcha love // My 7 favorite matcha recipes

Matcha love // My 7 favorite matcha recipes

Hello lovelies! It is time for another recipe roundup and this time it is all about MATCHA! It is no secret that I am a big fan of this antioxidant bursting green powder and that I love to have a cup of matcha tea or a matcha latte every single day. While I usually just use matcha to make a quick cup of matcha tea, then I really love to experiment with matcha in the kitchen as well and come up with new and exciting ways to use it. I have collected 7 of my absolute favorite ways to use matcha below and there should be a little something for everyone, there are dessert recipes, a savory lunch recipe, snack recipes, vegan recipes, raw recipes and the list goes on – you name it, I got it ;)

I hope you are all having an amazing (matcha-filled) weekend ❤︎

Energizing green matcha smoothie bowl
1.) Energizing green matcha smoothie bowl – find the recipe right here!

Savoury waffles with spinach and matcha
2.) Savoury waffles with spinach and matcha – find the recipe right here!

Vanilla matcha lattes (no special equipment needed)
3.) Vanilla matcha lattes (no special equipment needed) – find the recipe right here!

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4.) Matcha chia pudding – find the recipe right here!

Raw matcha cheese cake with mint and lemon // New & updated recipe
5.) Raw matcha cheesecake with mint and lemon – find the recipe right here!

Matcha energy shake-2
6.) Matcha energy shake – find the recipe right here!

Matcha energizing bliss balls
7.) Matcha energizing bliss balls – find the recipe right here!

No-bake brownies with peanut butter and pecans

No-bake brownie bites with peanut butter and pecansNo-bake brownie bites with peanut butter and pecans

When I first started this blog I absolutely hated peanut butter, I did not understand peoples obsession with it at all and I honestly found it downright repulsing. Haha yeah a lot has definitely changed since then! It all started with me finally trying proper peanut butter, you know the kind where there is only added peanuts and a bit of salt. The other peanut butters I had tried were full of nasties and probably only had very little actual peanuts in them, I remember them being so sticky that it almost glued my mouth together and it tasted so awful. When I finally tried proper peanut butter I started to see why some people might like it, but I was still not convinced, I started to add small amounts to my recipes, but I still didn’t love it. I think it is safe to say that that has changed ;)

I went from adding small amount to adding kinda embarrassing amounts and eating it a little too often, it is definitely one of those things that you should try to eat in moderation – not that I have ever been very good at that! So I have pretty much found myself become completely obsessed with peanut butter lately, I mean it just makes everything taste better! I love adding it to my smoothies, to desserts, to slices of apple and fresh berries, to skyr/greek yoghurt and I could go on and on! My latest peanut butter creation/obsession are these no-bake brownie slices and oh mama, they are DELICIOUS!! Haha I am eating a slice as I type this and I know I probably will have to get one more later when I watch another episode of Grey’s Anatomy season 12, (thank you Netflix for finally adding it!), hah I have completely binge-watched it for the past few days, I am slightly embarrassed to say that I am almost done with the entire season..oopsie ;)

Not a fan of peanut butter? Find my other brownie recipes right here!

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Ingredients:
1 cup / 270 grams pitted dates
1/2 cup / 55 grams pecans
1 cup / 90 grams rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
5-6 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons pure maple sirup
3-4 tablespoons peanut butter
30 grams (a handfuld) chopped dark (70% cacao) chocolate – optional
A pinch of sea salt

I topped mine with chopped dark (70% cacao) chocolate, chopped pecans and a drizzle of peanut butter.

No-bake brownie bites with peanut butter and pecans No-bake brownie bites with peanut butter and pecans No-bake brownie bites with peanut butter and pecans

Directions:
Start by adding the oats and pecans to a food processor and give it a quick pulse, then add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse until you have a sticky coherent dough. Add the dough to a container lined with baking paper (I used a bread pan) and make sure sure distribute it evenly and press the dough down nice and tight. Put it in the fridge or freezer to set. I put it in the freezer for about half an hour. Cut it into slices of your desired size and add your toppings of choice – I topped mine with chopped dark (70% cacao) chocolate, chopped pecans and a drizzle of peanut butter. Store in the fridge until serving, enjoy!

No-bake brownie bites with peanut butter and pecans
No-bake brownie bites with peanut butter and pecans

Colorful and healthy brunch platters

Colorful and healthy brunch platters Colorful and healthy brunch platters

If you are looking for a way to really spoil yourself (or someone you love) without breaking the bank, then I can really recommend giving these delicious brunch platters a try! Haha it might just be that I am a little too fond of food (if thats possible?!), but waking up to these colorful and yummy platters would sure make my day! I filled the platters with banana pancakes, toast with mashed avo, lots of fruit and parfaits with strawberry/rhubarb compote + homemade granola, so yum! You can always customize them and add your personal favorites, I usually change the fruit and the layers in the parfait depending on who my brunch guests are, but the pancakes and avo toast are always a big hit! ❤︎

You can find the recipes over on the Danish fashion magazine Costume’s website, where I share two brand new recipes every month:

Find the recipe right here!

The article is in Danish, but you can easily use an online translator (e.g. just copy-paste the recipe into Google Translate) and if you have any problems, then just let me know and I will help you :)

Colorful and healthy brunch platters Colorful and healthy brunch platters

Stop food waste // My best tips and tricks + a new app

Stop food waste // My best tips and tricks + a new appSponsored. This post is made in collaboration with Netto/Fødevarebanken and their new app ‘MadSkalSpises’ designed to fight food waste.

Hi lovelies. I have a bit of a different post for you today, but it is a subject that is very important to me and that I hope is important to you too. Food waste is a huge problem for our planet, approximately 1/3 of the all the food that is produced goes to waste, that is more than 1.3 billion tons of food!! Food that takes up enormous resources to not only produce, but also to discard afterwards. It is taking a toll on our already struggling planet and it just absurd that we waste such huge amounts of food, when there are almost a billion people starving on this earth.

We all need to do better, we need to take better care of this place that we call home and while some say it is already too late, then I believe it is very important to do as much as we can to prevent further harm to our planet. I am far from perfect myself when it comes to food waste, being a food blogger and foodwriter/stylist makes it almost impossible sometimes, but I am constantly learning and finding new ways to reduce food waste. I know that I am never going to be perfect and the zero waste movement is definitely a little too extreme for me, but we can make a big impact if we all just start making small changes and adjustments to help reduce food waste.

I love when the big corporations takes responsibility and join the fight against food waste and Netto/Fødevarebanken have done just that. They have created this amazing app where you can find products in supermarkets near you that are discounted because they have bought too large amounts and have excess products or because the products are about to expire. The cool thing is that the app works for all supermarkets, not just Netto, and it is both the store employees and the customers that can add things to the app. This means that if you see products that are marked down in your local grocery store, then you can take a photo and share the details, so others can see it in the app and not only help reduce food waste, but also save money while doing it. That’s what I call a win win situation! :D

You can download the app right here!

I will post an update when I have used the app for a couple of weeks, but I am already really excited about it and the opportunities it presents. I honestly didn’t expect that there would many products listed in my area already, but people definitely seem to love this new initiative and as you can see below I have found a long list of offers, so I am excited to give it a try!

You can find some of my favorite tips and tricks to help reduce food waste below ❤︎

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Freeze leftovers and things you are not able to eat before it expires
Okay most of you probably already do this, but I thought I would mention it anyway. One thing that really helps me avoid food waste is freezing food. I live alone so for example when I buy a big loaf of bread I often freeze half of it right away. I also freezer dinner leftovers, raw treats, excess fruit and berries and if I make too much smoothie (hah that doesn’t happen very often, you know I love big smoothies!) I pour the excess smoothie into my popsicle moulds for a refreshing and healthy treat.

Another thing you can do is freeze things in ice cube trays. I use them to freeze leftover herbs, just chop them and add them to the tray with a little olive oil, then they are ready to be added when you cook. You can also freeze lemon and lime juice in the ice cube trays, it is perfect if you drink lemon water in the morning. I love freezing leftover tomato sauce and such in the ice cube trays as well, it makes it so easy to just add a couple of cubes when I cook and then I have a delicious homemade sauce.

Food prepping
I have found that food prepping really helps me avoid too much food waste. When you plan your meals and prep them beforehand, then you buy exactly what you need and avoid all those random items. It also helps that you already have meals available when the hunger sets in, I have often bought the ingredients to make a lovely dinner, but then I get too hangry and up buying something to-go on the way home leaving all the things I had bought to make dinner untouched in the fridge. When you have already meal prepped then you know you have dinner waiting for you at home and you are less likely to impulse buy random things in a state of hangry panic – hah this happens more often that I’d like to admit ;)

I am still quite awful at properly planning and prepping my meals though, I am not a very organized person and I actually quite like to be free of too many set plans and such in my everyday life, so I usually stick to prepping salads (that can be used both as a meal of their own or as a side = leaving me with some options) and healthy snacks that I can bring on the go. This also saves me a lot of money, snacks on the go can be quite pricey and are often not very healthy.

Don’t throw away imperfect produce
Unless the produce have actually gone bad, then theres is no need to throw away imperfect produce just because it is overripe, bruised or misshaped. Some of the strawberries you have bought might be a little squished, but they are still perfect to use in crumbles, pies and compote. Overripe apples or bananas are perfect for baking, you can make apple sauce, crumbles and pies with the apples and banana bread, muffins and smoothies with the bananas. Greens and veggies that are getting soggy are perfect for juicing or you can add them to stews and stir frys.

Empty the fridge salads, stir frys, smoothie bowls etc.
A good way to avoid food waste is to make “empty the fridge” meals once or twice a week. My fridge is often filled lots of random leftover ingredients and produce from meals that I have made throughout the week and so I like to make what I call “empty the fridge meals”, where I include as much as possible of all of the random leftovers before they go bad. Salads, stir frys and smoothie bowls are perfect for this as you can pretty much add everything to these kinds of meals and it will still taste good – haha yeah okay not everything, but you get the point ;)

It is also a good way to try out new flavor combinations that you wouldn’t otherwise have thought of. I never used to add fruit to my salads, but a couple of years ago I had to empty out my fridge and I had a lot of fruit left that I decided to add to my otherwise savory salad and it turned out so delicious!

Buy smaller quantities – even if it is more expensive
I know this is definitely one of the less popular tips, but I personally prefer to buy smaller quantities of produce etc. even though it is more expensive than buying larger quantities if I know it will be unrealistic for me to be able to use the larger ones before they expire. I know you might still save money if you have to throw out for example 30% of the larger batches, but I personally prefer to spend a little more and then only buy amounts that I know I will actually be able to use.

That’s all I can think of for now, but I would love for you guys to share your favorite tips and tricks in the comment section, it is so important to reduce food waste and it would be great if we could help and inspire each other.

Toast party

Toast party

These yummy and colorful pieces of toast got so much attention when I posted a photo over on my snapchat (mokai_giraf) earlier this week that I thought I better share the details with you guys – haha I have never seen so many screenshots before!!

The bread is (toasted) wholegrain rye toast and the toppings are: peanut butter and sliced strawberries // a drizzle of acacia honey, sliced banana, cinnamon and chopped dark (70% cacao) chocolate // greek yoghurt, sliced peach, passion fruit and a drizzle of acacia honey // hardboiled eggs and sea salt + pepper // greek yoghurt, blueberries and mint leaves // mashed avo, pumpkin seeds and seasalt + pepper  ❤︎

Healthified vanilla popsicles with strawberry and rhubarb

Healthified vanilla popsicles with strawberry and rhubarb

Okay so the lovely summer weather might have temporarily left us, but I am still crazy about homemade healthified popsicles, they are just so delicious and easy to make + it is so much fun to experiment with new flavors! I love to enjoy them both as a snack, healthy treat or even for breakfast when I am in a hurry. This time I have made popsicles inspired by my parfaits with strawberry/rhubarb compote (find the recipe right here!) and homemade granola and I think they turned out so well! You can find the recipe below ❤︎

Some of you have been requesting more options for vegan popsicles, so I am working on a couple of recipes that I will share with you lovelies asap. Until then you can give my vegan fruity rainbow popsicles a try, find the recipe right here :)

Healthified vanilla popsicles with strawberry and rhubarb

Ingredients – 4 popsicles:
2 1/2 deciliter skyr or greek yoghurt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
1 tablespoon akacia honey or pure maple sirup
A couple drops of liquid stevia – optional
1 1/2 deciliter strawberry/rhubarb compot
1 deciliter granola, storebought or homemade
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

Healthified vanilla popsicles with strawberry and rhubarb

Directions:
Start by mixing the skyr/greek yoghurt with the vanilla powder, acacia honey and stevia. Pour the vanilla mix and strawberry/rhubarb into the popsicle moulds, I mixed the two for a marbled effect, but you can add them however you’d like. Make sure to leave a little room for the granola. Mix the granola with the coconut oil and add it to the moulds. Put in the popsicles sticks and let them set in the freezer for at least 5 hours before serving, enjoy!

Make sure to check out my other healthified popsicle recipes as well ❤︎

Healthified vanilla popsicles with strawberry and rhubarb

Treat yo self! Breakfast for champions

Treat yo self! Breakfast for champions. Smoothie bowl, fruit platter and healthified muffin

I think it is very important to remember to “Treat yo self!” as Tom and Donna would say (any Parks & Recreation fans out there?) and while they do it in a quite extravagant way, then there are much more simple and inexpensive ways to treat yourself once in a while. Haha I do like the way they do it though, if I hadn’t just bought a new apartment I would totally do the same! Buut I need to be all sensible and shit with my money right now (so boring) and so I am treating myself in more affordable manners and let me tell you, it definitely ain’t bad!

One of my favorite splurges are fresh flowers and especially peonies! I am quite good at finding bargains at my local flower shop and grocery stores, so I usually never pay full price for flowers, but it still feel like such an everyday luxury to be able brighten up my home with beautiful fresh flowers. Another (obvious) favorite everyday luxury of mine is treating myself with fresh fruit! Seeing (and eating) all these colors just makes me so happy ❤︎

Recipes
This smoothie bowl recipes is beyond simple, but so delicious! Just blend banana, frozen raspberries and oat milk, pour it into a bowl and add your toppings of choice. I topped it with homemade granola (find the recipe right here!), blueberries, strawberries and peach. I served the smoothie bowl with a big fruit platter on the side and one of my healthified banana muffins with peanut butter and raspberry (so yum!), you can find the muffin recipe right here! Enjoy ❤︎

Treat yo self! Breakfast for champions. Smoothie bowl, fruit platter and healthified muffin

Healthified banana muffins with peanut butter and raspberries

Healthified banana muffins with peanut butter and raspberries

Are you lovelies ready for some delicious healthified baked goods? Haha I know you are! And what better day to give these babies a try than on a cosy Sunday afternoon, then you will have a little something on hand tomorrow to cure those Monday blues ;)

These yummy banana muffins with peanut butter and raspberries are my newest dessert addiction and if you think they look a little familiar, then it is because they are based on my recipe for healthified banana bread muffins! I love experimenting with new flavor combos for my old recipes and this one is just too good! The muffins are so delicious, super moist (ugh, hate that word!) and healthier than regular muffins, meaning that they are a healthified version made without butter, refined sugar and white flour, but I promise that you won’t even be able to taste the difference! They are so good! :D

Healthified banana muffins with peanut butter and raspberries
Healthified banana muffins with peanut butter and raspberries

Ingredients – 10 muffins:
3 bananas (ripe with brown dots)
2 eggs
1/2 – 1 deciliter (equals 0.2 / 0.4 cup) akacia honey*
1/2 deciliter (equals 4 1/2 tablespoon) coconut oil
4 tablespoons skyr

 or greek yoghurt
3-4 tablespoons peanut butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
1/3 teaspoon seasalt
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
3 1/2 deciliter (equals 1.5 cup) buckwheat flour
4 handfuls of raspberries, cut in half (forgot to weigh them, sorry!)

*depends on how sweet you want them, adjust amounts to your liking

Healthified banana muffins with peanut butter and raspberries
Healthified banana muffins with peanut butter and raspberries Healthified banana muffins with peanut butter and raspberries

Directions:

  1. Start by mashing the bananas with a fork. Add them to a bowl with the rest of the wet ingredients and mix everything together. Add the dry ingredients while stirring and make sure everything is well mixed together – I prefer to add the raspberries last.
  2. Pour the muffin batter into a muffin pan or muffin baking cups and bake them in a preheated oven at 175 c // 350 f for 25-30 minutes until they’re lightly golden and properly baked throughout. And you are done! Easy peasy right? enjoy!

Healthified banana muffins with peanut butter and raspberries Healthified banana muffins with peanut butter and raspberries

Vanilla matcha lattes (no special equipment needed)

Vanilla matcha lattes (no special equipment needed)

Vanilla matcha lattes are one of my absolute favorite things to drink – they are so incredibly delicious, energizing and good for you! I have been obsessed with matcha since last year when I first discovered it and I drink a cup of matcha tea almost everyday (simply mix matcha and how water) + I love to come up with new exciting ways to use matcha, but this one will always be one of my favorites! I first tried matcha lattes when I lived in LA last year and I have been hooked ever since, but it is only just recently that I started making them myself. I didn’t really have any of the equipment (milk steamer, milk frother etc.) and it just seemed like a lot of work for making myself a single latte, but then one day I decided to give it a go without all that jazz and it turned out amazing and delicious anyway! Some of you lovelies have been asking me how I make it after I posted a photo on snapchat (username: mokai_giraf), so I thought I would share my super easy guide on how to make it with you guys – I hope you like it!

I am also working on a Superfood Sunday post featuring matcha and its nutritional- + health benefits that I will share with you soon, it always takes a lot of time to put those kinds of posts together, but I love making them and sharing the knowledge :)

Find more matcha recipes right here

Vanilla matcha lattes (no special equipment needed)

Ingredients – 2 lattes:
2 cups milk (I used oat milk)
1/2 cup water
2/3 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
1-2 teaspoons pure maple sirup (or your preferred sweetener)
2 teaspoons matcha – I use this brand (gift)

Vanilla matcha lattes (no special equipment needed)

Directions:
Simply add the milk, water, vanilla powder and maple sirup to a small saucepan and heat it up while stirring – it shouldn’t reach a higher temperature than 80 degrees c // 160 f. When the mixture is warm add the matcha (I prefer to add it though a small metal sieve to avoid clumps) and whisk vigorously until everything is well mixed + nice and foamy. Pour the lattes into two cups and serve right away, enjoy!

Vanilla matcha lattes (no special equipment needed)