Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Good Coconut

Lets talk fats! Your body needs fats to survive. Its just that simple. Just like it needs protein and carbohydrates. Im not talking about the fat that comes with your french fries though… Sorry… Im talking about the “Good Fats”. ( Although, I too on a day with hangover, feel like french fries is the fat my body craves!.. Hey, its ok to live a little:-)..)

You have probably heard something about coconut oil. You have might even used it. But just to make you understand it a little better, here’s whats up.

When its used in moderation and in its virgin, unprocessed form, the health benefits of coconut oil are many. Virgin coconut oil is beneficial to skin care, helps the body maintain proper cholesterol levels, contributes to good hair care, assists in weight loss, boosts the immune system, speeds along digestion, lower blood pressure and increases the efficiency of the metabolism. So all in all, its pretty amazing!

The downfall about virgin coconut oil is that it tastes like… well…. coconut!:-) I mean, I love coconut, but sometimes the flavor can be a bit distracting in cakes for example. Thats why I only use it in some recipes, and choose canola or grape seed oil for others.  Continue reading

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Gluten Free Vegan Corn Cake

Fresh corn on the cob, is in my opinion, one of the summers most delicious things. Its sweet… Its juicy… Its just perfect! And, Its so versatile too. You can eat it straight off the cob, put it in salads, cook it, grill it, or…. bake it!:-)

Here you go, Vegan Corn Cake With Caramel Sauce and its even gluten free!  Continue reading

Vegan Almond Apple Cake

One thing I can never have too much off, is almonds… Not only are they the perfect snack and good for you, but when you grind them up and put them in cake…then!…Oh boy… Im in heaven! Im an almond paste addict.

I created this upside-down cake to fulfill my needs…. And yours too:-) Continue reading

Jamming

It always inspires me when I go to the farmers market. Especially around this time a year, where its packed with all kinds of fresh fruits and veggies! I love living in the city, but Im a country girl at heart…:-) 

I live in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, and every saturday theres a farmers market at Maccarren Park. I found these beautiful plums, and just had to go granny on them…:-)

So here you go, plums 2 ways. Jam and chutney:-)  Continue reading

Iced Summer Banana Coffee

I never really drink regular coffee, except for when I visit my grandmother back in denmark. She makes the best coffee! Hands down. She makes it on the stove, in an old fashioned, blue, drip coffeemaker. It is delicious and scolding hot. Now, its not like all danish people make their coffee that way…. Just so you know:-) She just really likes it that way and have been doing it forever.

When I buy a coffee, I usually get a latte or cappuccino. Im starting to think I might get it more for the milk than the actual coffee…:-) I really love iced coffees too, so I’ve started making my own. And for some reason I seam to never run out of bananas, so heres another refreshing banana recipe, in the summer heat. Coffee meets banana meets ice…

  • 1 espresso (if you are lucky enough to own an espresso maker, otherwise make 1/4 cup really strong coffee!)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup rice milk or soy milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1-2 tsp agave

Simply put everything in a blender, and give it a swirl for about 15 sec. Drink up:-)

My dear friend and amazing yoga teacher, Naomi Edwards.

Vegan Banana Bran Muffins

Its 102 degrees outside!!! Im not leaving the apartment!!… Instead Im gonna do something to my bananas that are turning brown in the heat… Thats when they are the sweetest and best for baking:-)I love muffins in the morning. Its just really hard to find a healthy one, to join the coffee when you are on the run… Most muffins out there, are basically just cake and not the best start for you in the morning… I came up with this tasty, healthy recipe for vegan banana bran muffins a long time ago. I bake them all the time and keep them in the freezer so I always have them on hand:-) Just take them out of the freezer in the evening, and your breakfast is ready for when you wake up. If you wanna make them really tasty, heat them up in the oven or toaster…. Sooooo gooood….:-) They are super easy! Continue reading

Mmmm sweet….

“What is that?”… You might ask… “Is it brown sugar? Is it sugar in the raw? Is it rocks? Is it amber? Is it….”…ok ok! I’ll tell you:-)

A while back, I was on a hunt in Wholefoods. In isle 5. The baking isle… I had for a while wanted to find something sweet. Something to replace my sugar in the raw. Something granulated, and not in liquid form like agave. I love agave, but sometimes its just not the best sweetener in my recipes… Sometimes liquid sweetener is not really working, cuz its just too wet. Also, its hard to “sprinkle” on top of something… It can get kinda sticky…

When I wanted granulated sugar, I used sugar in the raw. But heres the deal… I like sugar in the raw, but its not that much better for you than regular old fashioned white sugar. Sorry, but its not…The microscopic amounts of vitamins and minerals that sugar in the raw has over regular white, are so small that its almost not there…  I, like a lot of other people, get fooled by the tasty, healthy looking brown color it has.

That said, I still choose that over regular white at the coffee shop. Cuz for some reason, it makes me feel just a bit better:-)

For baking though, I knew I could do a lot better! Or at least, I hoped so. Thats when I discovered coconut palm sugar from Sweet Tree!  Continue reading