Guilt-free desserts

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There is something so sweet about it. Something that warms up your soul and satisfies every cell of your body. Yes, I am talking about chocolate. Recently, I have become obsessed with the taste of chocolate and the feeling of satisfaction it leaves you with. Of course, next to snacking on the unhealthier version from time to time (normal chocolate, or worse, M&Ms), I try reaching for the rather guilt-free and healthy version whenever possible. On Saturday I had a friend over for dinner (salad) and made him this tasty guilt-free chocolate mousse for dessert. He wouldn’t believe me when I told him it was mainly avocado and bananas he was eating right then and there. I’ve shared the recipe before, so I will link it again here for you. The salad was absolutely amazing as well – I paired it with some avocado, egg, chicken, and mango; which really gave it that last fresh kick it needed. Especially now that summer is coming (slowly but surely I hope!) I love mixing in fresh fruit and especially berries into my meals. It’s just so satisfying and refreshing. Tomorrow I will have another friend over for dinner before we head out for some drinks and then come back in (a sleep-over; yay!). I will most likely make that chocolate mousse again because 1) I love it and 2) she is the biggest chocolate lover I have ever met in my life (typical Swiss hehe). So it will be interesting to see whether she enjoys the healthy version or whether she needs the real chocolate one to satisfy her cravings. I am still unsure what to make for dinner as such – and am thinking of going for a salad again – but do you have any ideas? I’ve become quite boring with my food choices lately. :)

Chocolate Cravings Satisfied

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You know this. Everyone probably knows this. I have such a sweet tooth – especially for chocolate. Not being able to eat regular chocolate all too much (lactose), I have to find other ways to satisfy my craving. Preferably somewhat healthy. I don’t always eat super healthy, hell, I drink every weekend and love my glass of wine. But given the chance and with some time, I always try to work out a somewhat healthy version of my cheat meals. So you might know this recipe already – I posted it here before. It is just so easy, so quick to make and so, so satisfying. Friends and family can’t get over the fact that it’s actually a healthy chocolate mousse. It’s unreal. So here it is again – satisfying my cravings on those cold winter days. Speaking off, it’s freezing at the moment. How did winter get here so fast? I am actually sitting here with a hot chocolate – preparing for the day at the office and getting everything ready. There is still so much to do before the weekend officially starts. Oh, and there’s plenty of stuff I need to work on coming up on the weekend. But I am more than looking forward to seeing my loved ones, sleeping in and spending some cozy, lazy hours in bed! What are your plans for the weekend? xo

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Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

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Happy Sunday! What more to love than waking up to already prepared and ready-to-eat breakfast? I am the biggest breakfast lover ever, brunch too. Especially when it needs to go fast during the week and you need to jump to work. I actually took this (1 portion only) to the office, as I love eating breakfast at around 9 or 10am – not right after waking up at 7am. Although this is not the healthiest overnight recipe ever I would guess (but hail to the love for peanut butter), it is absolutely tasty and super easy in the making. The portions are actually so filling that I usually took a break and continued eating later – unless your super hungry.

What you need for two portions

1 ripe banana
¼ cup peanut butter (try getting one with less sugar, unless you want it sweet)
1 cup of gluten-free oats (or normal, if you don’t need it)
1 cup lactose-free milk / or almond milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ tablespoon vanilla sugar / or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1 tablespoon agave syrup 
2 glasses or cups that can be covered 

For my toppings I chose

blueberries
rasberries
and some chocolate chips,
though you can also add some slices bananas or anything else that makes you happy

What to do

1) place the banana, peanut butter, oats and milk into a mixer and mix well
2) add the vanilla, cinnamon, and chia seeds – now mix again
3) lastly, add the agave syrup, mix it again – and add more if you need it sweeter
4) fill the porride into two glasses – possibly ones that you can cover-up and are air-tight if you want to keep it in the fridge for longer
5) place the nights into the frigde and let the magic happen over night (or at least 3-4 hours)!

Now you can

1) take it with you to the office/school
2) surprise someone the next morning with home-made overnights
3) or indulge into it by yourself. 

Lastly, it doesn’t have to be a breakfast – of course – you can also eat it as an afternoon snack or after sports; though I cannot promise that you might not add on some more calories to your diet :)

With that, I wish you a lovely Sunday evening and a delicious breakfast in the morning! xo

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Happy Valentine’s

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Happy Valentine’s my loves! Today is the day we celebrate love: the day to celebrate our partners, our families, our friends and ourselves. Really, in my opinion, it’s about giving love to the ones we are closest to, the ones that mean just that much more to us – or, for some, it’s a day like any other. In reality of course it is, but why not use this perfect excuse to make it a little extra special – be it for yourself with a nice manicure, a spa day or a movie-night in.

I know this is only a super short post but I wanted to use this second in time to wish you all a lovely Sunday and Valentines! xo

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Chocolate over Chocolate

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Chocolate over chocolate over chocolate – can you believe it? I never used to be a huge chocolate fan, mostly because my stomach didn’t take it all too well. Then I discovered lactose free chocolate and almond milk: my whole world has changed. I absolutely love chocolate now – I still don’t indulge in it daily, though love treating myself from time to time. Speaking of treating, I decided to treat my family last week when my mother and sister came over to visit my dad and I.

If you love chocolate, be warned, you will love this cake. It’s insanely good (yes, padding myself on the shoulder right here), yet it is also extremely heavy. Like, real heavy. As much as I love chocolate, and so does my family, a small piece is more than enough of this little calorie filler. Yep, so much for being healthy – this recipe is far from it. However, it’s important to indulge from time to time and just enjoy the moment.

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Here is what you need for the cake

2 cups & ⅓ cup glutenfree flour
1 ⅓ cups brown sugar (or more if needed; though I found it sweet enough)
2 teaspoons glutenfree baking powder
2 cups almond milk
1 ⅓ cup applesauce (unsweetened)
⅔ cups coconut oil (make sure it is soft)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (or 4-5 drops of pure vanilla)
1 cup raw cocoa powder
a hint of salt

How to make the dough

1) Pre-heat the oven to around 180°C (about 350°F)
2) Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl until you have a lovely chocolate dough (do try – it’s delicious!)
3) line your baking dish with coconut oil if you are not using a silicon form
4) place about one half of the dough into the form and put it into the oven
5) depending on the size of the form (I used a small one with a diameter of about 18 cm) the cake will take up to 50min in the oven
Larger forms (speaking of 26cm and the similar) will take about half the time, so make sure to stick a toothpick into the middle after 20 minutes to get a feeling for the cake. It will be done, once no more dough sticks to the toothpick.
6) Once the cake is finished, put it on a tray to let it cool off
7) repeat steps 3-6 with the other half of the dough
8) once both cakes are cooled off, make sure to cut off the top, to achieve a straight cake-top (to easily stack them later)

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What you need for the frosting

2 ½ -3 cups powdered sugar (told you its a calorie filler!)
⅔ cups raw cacao powder (unsweetened again)
1 cup lactose free butter (pre-softened)
¼ cup lactose free chocolate
¼ cup almond milk
2 drops vanilla extract

How to make the frosting

1) melt the chocolate and let it cool off for a few minutes (it can be warm, though should not be hot)
2) add all ingredients into a large bowl and mix them thoroughly until you have the perfect frosting texture. I would start with 2 ½ instead of 3 cups powdered sugar
3) should your frosting be too stiff, add a little more almond milk
4) should your frosting be too soft, add more powdered sugar until you have the perfect frosting

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Building the cake

1) Place the first cake piece onto your dessert plate (or wherever you want to display your cake later)
2) add about 2-3cm of frosting on top of it, making sure it is more or less well spread
3) now add the second cake on top of the first one with frosting – see how it builds up? :)
4) use the rest of the frosting to fully wrap the cake
5) if you have left-over frosting, you can always add a bit more to the top, to sculpt the cake a little more

Voila – the cake is ready! You can either serve it immediately or place it into the fridge for a couple of hours. If you leave it in the cake, the frosting will stiffen quite a bit, which is why I personally prefer it outside for the frosting to have the fresh, yet soft texture.

We didn’t manage to even eat half of the cake, as I had said, it’s a real chocolate bomb. Instead, my boss was lucky enough to receive almost a half of the cake for himself and his family. So unless you are really, really hungry and can eat super much chocolate, I advise baking for family, friends or loved ones. I’m sure they will love you for it!

Good luck with the recipe, enjoy the cake and have a wonderful Thursday! xo

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