Naturally Sweetened Super Crunchy Buckwheat and Cardamom Granola

Naturally Sweetened Super Crunchy Buckwheat and Cardamom Granola

¼ cup flax seeds

½ cup raw buckwheat groats (not Kasha)

1 cup rolled oats

1 tsp ground cardamom

1 cup quite tightly packed dates (17 small, fresh dates)

2 tbsp coconut oil

Preheat your oven to 150oC/300oF and line a medium-sized baking tray. 

You'll need a bigger bowl than this one ;)

Place all dry ingredients in a rather big bowl and stir well. Put the dates and coconut oil in a separate bowl and blend with a hand blender until the mixture is smooth. You might want to add 1-2 tbsp of water for the right consistency. Then pour the date paste over the grains and stir until everything’s well coated.

Spread the granola out on the baking tray and bake for about 30-35 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven to give it a quick stir every ten minutes or so, we don’t want the top or edges to burn! (Confession: Mine was slightly burnt but it actually gave it a pretty nice and toasty flavor. I did have to throw some away though so make sure to watch it while it's in the oven!)

Once the cooking time has elapsed, turn the oven off but leave the granola in there to dry out (unless it already feels crunchy enough). I like to make this at night and then take it out of the oven the morning after. Store in an airtight container and keep in the pantry.

Crunch away!


Baked Strawberry-Rhubarb Oatmeal

I would like to call this my baked oatmeal maiden voyage. That’s right, after having oats for breakfast practically every morning since the summer of 2011, I had not yet tried baking them, ever. I am a creature of habit and even more so when it comes to my breakfasts. They’ve slowly but surely evolved from being just plain oats cooked with water, an egg, a glass of juice and a sandwich, to more vegan-friendly, creamy, big bowls of dessert-flavoured porridge with lots of toppings and huge fruit platters on the side. Because vegan food is boring you know ;) But upon seeing all of my IG-friends (love you guys) with their beautiful baked breakies, I knew I had to give it a try. If you like myself, haven’t tried this yet, I highly recommend you do so immediately! Crispy and golden on the top, creamy and fluffy on the inside. Freshness and acidity from the fruit. What more can you ask for?

Baked Strawberry-Rhubarb Oatmeal

½ cup oats

½ cup unsweetened almond milk or plant-based milk of your choice

¼ tsp pure vanilla powder

2 tbsp date purée or liquid sweetener of your choice

¼ cup sliced rhubarb (1/2 inch slices)

¼ cup sliced strawberries

½ - 1 tbsp corn starch to toss the fruit in

½ tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt (optional)

How to:

1. Start by mixing your oats, almond milk, salt, date purée and vanilla powder in a small bowl. 
2. Let it sit on the countertop for about ten minutes or so to swell. 
3. Preheat your oven to 180oC/360oF and prepare the strawberries and rhubarb by tossing them lightly in the corn starch. 
4. Once ten minutes has passed, gently stir in the fruit and baking powder, pour the oats into a ramekin or a small pie shell and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. It should have a lovely golden colour on top when you take it out of the oven. 
5. Serve with fresh fruit and toppings of your choice. Nut butter is always a winner when it comes to oatmeal-toppings!

Love, Tilda

Love at First Bite - Basic Vegan Pancakes

We all love us a big stack of pancakes, don’t we? If your answer to that question is no, you’re obviously lying. I know you are. I used to be one of those (crazy) people claiming they don’t like pancakes. Here in Sweden, a pancake is usually a thin, flat disc that's quite dense in consistency. Growing up, I absolutely hated these. They were all too stodgy for my taste and nothing like the wonderfully fluffy American kind, which, I was yet to discover. So when each Sunday, my Instagram feed was flooded with beautiful stacks of golden pancakes, I felt nothing but perhaps a little envy of their gorgeous presentations. Then I decided to try it out for myself and everything changed. It was love at first bite. Pancakes are without question the ultimate comfort food and my previous attitude towards them could not have been more misguided.  

Although most people think of pancakes as an unhealthy treat, it’s actually very simple to make them both healthy and vegan. I’ll admit it took some tinkering around with this recipe before I was happy and confident enough to share it with you all but here it is, finally, my basic vegan pancake recipe!

Basic Fluffy Vegan Pancakes with a Caramel Sauce

Serves: 1

1/2 cup buckwheat flour (heaped) (70 g)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 ripe banana, mashed (80 g)

1 tsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar

1 chia egg (1 tbsp ground chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp water), could sub for flax egg

3 tbsp almond milk (you may have to add a couple more tbsp if the batter is too thick!)

1 tsp melted coconut oil


Coconut oil for frying 

1 tbsp maca or lucuma powder

1 pinch of vanilla powder

1. Start by preparing your chia egg: Grind one tbsp of whole chia seeds either by hand or in a coffee grinder, then mix the ground seeds with 3 tbsp of water. Stir well and let sit on the side for a few minutes to swell.
2. In a small bowl, mix all the dry ingredients with a fork until the baking powder is evenly divided. 
3. Mash/blitz the banana with the lemon juice (or vinegar) until smooth.
4. Pour in the chia egg, mashed banana, melted coconut oil and almond milk and stir until the batter is completely smooth. Let sit on the countertop for a few minutes (the batter should be THICK)
5. Fry in a spoonful of coconut oil (unless you have a non-stick frying pan) on medium heat for a couple of minutes on each side.

Caramel Sauce

2 tbsp peanut flour (or peanut butter if you don't have any peanut flour)

1 1/2 tbsp almond milk

1/2 tbsp date syrup

1/2 tsp maca powder

1. Mix all ingredients with a fork until you have a smooth, creamy sauce. You may have to adjust the amount of liquid if you use peanut butter instead of flour.

Put slices of banana in between the pancakes and top with the caramel sauce, quinoa pops and mulberries! Hope you like the recipe :)

Pancake-coma-love, Tilda

Healthy Peanut Satay Dipping Sauce

I love Asian cuisine. Japanese sushi, Indian daal, Chinese dumplings… the list goes on. Although I’ve often ordered home the healthier options, I can never quite get those amazing flavours to really sing in my own kitchen. Or at least until yesterday I couldn’t. That was when this Healthy Peanut Satay Sauce came to life. Lord, am I glad to have succeeded with this one! It still has that yummy taste of peanuts, mixed with the sweetness from the dates (!) and the hot bite from the Thai red curry paste.

Conventional Peanut Satay sauce isn’t too “unhealthy” except for the sugar but my very unconventional version is both sugar-free and (in my opinion) easier to make than the original.

Healthy Peanut Satay Dipping Sauce

Serves: 1

1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk*

1 tbsp peanut flour*

1 tsp tamari (Japanese soy sauce, not as salty as Chinese)

1 peeled and pitted fresh date, soaked for a few hours if it’s really hard to peel

1 tsp Thai red curry paste (a scant tsp if you want it to be less spicy)

How to:

1. In a small bowl or glass, mash the date with a fork and 1 tsp of the almond milk until it’s a smooth “paste” that’s easy to mix with the other ingredients. 
2. Pour in the rest of the ingredients and stir until they’re all evenly mixed in. Have a taste. And another. And another. And another  ;-)

I served it with steamed broccoli, brown rice and soy meat skewers and a few crushed peanuts on top for a little crunch!

*Note: If you want to use coconut milk and/or peanut butter instead, go ahead! I think it’s easier to make this way but we all have different preferences.

Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce

Avocados. Up until a few weeks ago, I had never in my life eaten a whole avocado. Sure, a few bits and pieces here and there when I couldn’t help it, but never voluntarily. Don’t ask what happened between then and now because today, I honestly can’t imagine a life without avocados. Pair it with some good carbs (yes, carbs are fantabulous), veggies and you have a fool-proof, healthy and most of all d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s meal.

Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce

Serves: 1

 ½ ripe avocado

 1 small handful each of fresh basil and baby spinach

 ¼ - ½ clove garlic

 1 – 2 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tbsp olive oil

 Salt and pepper to taste

How to:

1. Blend all ingredients with a hand blender until smooth and taste to see if it needs more of anything. If so, season until you're happy, blend again and voilà, you’re done!
Best eaten cold with pasta and vegetables of your choice!

Avoc love, Tilda

"Cheezy" Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

I’m so sorry I haven’t had the time to update the blog but I’ve been a busy bee these past few days. I decided to take a scuba diving course so that I can go diving when we travel and it has really kept me occupied. I’ve loved every single minute (okay, lie, the theory lessons weren’t that much fun) and I can’t wait to go diving for real!

So, to this recipe then. I’ve seen more vegan mac and cheese recipes than I can count and I’ve been dying to try it out for myself, my only problem has been that I haven't known where to find nutritional yeast. If you don’t know what nutritional yeast is, I suggest you google it but I can tell you briefly that it’s a vegan, de-activated kind of yeast that has a slightly nutty and somewhat cheesy flavour. Obviously a great choice when making vegan dishes with “cheese” in them. What’s even better is that more often than not, nutritional yeast is PACKED with B-vitamins, thus also the much coveted vitamin B12. Since vitamin B12 is hard to incorporate in a vegan diet without taking supplements, I see nutritional yeast as a great alternative to pills or shots.

Hope you like this recipe, feel free to play around with the quantities a bit!

"Cheezy" Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Yields: 2 servings 

1 clove garlic 

2 tsp coconut oil 

1 cup cubed butternut squash 

½ cup almond milk 

1 ½ tbsp. nutritional yeast 

½ tsp vegetable bouillon powder 

1 tsp Dijon mustard 

½ tbsp. brown rice flour (or thickening of your choice such as arrowroot powder)

How to:

1. Start off by steaming or boiling your squash until it’s soft all the way through, this will take approximately 20-30 minutes depending on how big your chunks are.
2. Meanwhile, sauté 1 finely sliced clove of garlic with coconut oil in a small saucepan on medium heat until the smallest pieces start to brown, then quickly add the almond milk, mustard, bouillon powder, nutritional yeast and lastly the brown rice flour (through a sieve to prevent clumping). 
3. Let simmer for about 10 minutes and make sure to stir continuously as you go.
4. As soon as the butternut squash is cooked, take it off the heat and blend, in either a food processor or using a hand blender (I prefer the hand blender). 
5. Blend the squash purée with the ‘cheeze’ sauce, taste and add a little more bouillon/nutritional yeast if you want. Serve with freshly cooked pasta and veggies on the side!

No-bake Vegan Chocolate Tart

This is one of my absolute favourite recipes; it’s super easy and quick to make and has the most wonderful, rich, chocolate-y taste, the perfect healthy alternative to satisfy those chocolate cravings!

No-bake Vegan Chocolate Tart


 ½ cup cashew nuts

1/3 cup pitted dates

1 pinch of salt 

¼ tsp pure vanilla extract/powder

Chocolate Filling

1 can full fat coconut milk, chilled overnight in the fridge  
4 squares good quality dark chocolate

¼ cup pitted and peeled dates (soaked overnight to make them easier to peel if you’re not using fresh

1 tbsp. cacao powder

How to:
1. Start by blending all of the ingredients for your crust in a food processor until thick dough forms. 
2. Press the dough out in a lined pie dish (a small one, mine’s about 6” wide) and put it in the freezer while you prepare your filling.
3. Open the can of coconut milk and spoon out the thick, creamy layer that has formed on top of the ‘water’ and put it in the food processor along with the dates and cacao powder. Save the leftover coconut water to add in smoothies- it’s packed with beautiful coconut flavour, trust me. You could also save a tablespoon or two of the coconut cream to decorate with.
4. Blend the chocolate filling ingredients until they’re evenly combined- it might look like it has split but we’ll fix this in a moment. 
5. Melt the dark chocolate and pour into the chocolate filling while it’s still hot and blend again until you have a smooth mixture of chocolaty goodness.
6. With a spatula, pour the filling into the pie crust; decorate with coconut cream if you'd like and put it back in the freezer for a few hours (provided you can contain your inner chocolate monster for that long) to set. Eat frozen or let sit on the counter top for a few minutes for a creamier consistency!

Please let me know if you give these a try :)

Chocolate kisses, Tilda