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Vegan German Cheesecake (Käsekuchen)

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One of the most elusive culinary achievements in my vegan kitchen has been a baked cheesecake. I’d only ever tried a frozen cheesecake, which is super easy to make (using cashews) but very pricey and a different thing entirely. Now that I’m in Germany however, I figured I’d try my hand at veganising a local speciality: käsekuchen. It has a …

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Vanilla Ice Cream

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I’ve been making this ice cream for years, ever since I bought my little Krups ice cream maker. The recipe works like a charm, as long as you follow the directions: freeze the bowl properly (the colder the better), make sure the custard thickens nicely, and cool it enough before making the ice cream. A traditional ice cream is made …

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Vegan Crêpes

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I had a bunch of fun in the kitchen trying out different ways to make crêpes (i.e. thin, delicate pancakes, in the French style). Flapjacks (the thicker version, what Americans call pancakes) are super easy to veganise and they’ve been my go-to for years, but somehow I was always intimidated at the thought of trying vegan crêpes, since I’d always …

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Quinoa Banana Muffins

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I tried out a variation on vegan banana bread that is gluten-free and sugar-free, using quinoa flour as a one-to-one substitute for wheat flour. And it’s wonderful! I used the quinoa flour from Woolworths, but you can also just buy quinoa and process it into a flour using a food processor or Nutribullet. This flour is a fantastic option for …

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Simple Banana Bread

In Baking, Breakfast, Recipes, Snacks by Muriel2 Comments

There are many ways to make banana bread, but here’s a super simple one. Feel free to use this as a base, and add some fancy stuff like chopped walnuts, choc chips, or a long slice of banana on top to please the eye. If you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me …

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Overnight Chia Pudding

In Breakfast, Dessert, Recipes, Sweet by Muriel1 Comment

I don’t know who first came up with the idea of “chia pudding”—my guess is that it stems from some ancient food tradition in Central America (since chia seeds originate in Mexico). Either way, I’m grateful! Chia seeds have a beautiful way of soaking up the liquid they’re mixed into and getting a jelly-like texture, making for a perfect little …

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Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

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I love a fudgy brownie. It’s brownie, not chocolate cake. I even like it slightly undercooked to up the fudge-factor. The great thing about a vegan recipe is that there’s zero risk of food poisoning from uncooked eggs! This recipe is flour-free (and therefore gluten-free), with black beans as the star ingredient—but you’d never know it. They are chocolatey with …

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Homemade Gluten-Free Flour Blend

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No more overpriced store-bought gluten-free flour blends for me! This blend is super easy to make at home if you can get hold of the ingredients. I got mine from Atlas Trading Co. in Cape Town, but do a little online research to see where you can get the ingredients in your area. I used a bit of quinoa and …

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Oat Choc Chip Cranberry Cookies

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If there was ever an excuse to make oat milk, this is it. These cookies are pretty amazing: I’ve had four or five since I made them yesterday. #noselfcontrol You can vary this recipe a bit, as you wish: try a bit less sugar; swap out part of the vegan butter for oil (but not too much as it won’t …