Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Caramel apple oatmeal butterfly

This baby is DELICIOUS, as in the-best-tasting-oatmeal-you've-ever-had good. It's fairly easy to make, healthy (minus a bit of sugar, but not much), boosts 2 servings of fruit and over 20 grams of protein and a serving of calcium, what?! 

For one serving, the ingredients are:
- 50 grams of oats (or more depending on how much you like)
- 4 tbsps of wheat germ
- 200 ml of milk (use less if you prefer it less creamy and dryer)
- 2 medium apples
- 1 big tbsp almond butter
- 1 big tbsp sugar (I used fairtrade raw sugar)
- 1 tsp popcorn kernels
- 2-3 tsps maple syrup
- 2 tsps oil
- cinnamon
- pans, pots and non stick paper

So let's get started. The first step is to simply pop your plain popcorn (no salty or sweet stuff). To do this just put the kernels and a tsp of oil in a pot, cover them and bring the heat up until they pop. Then put them in a bowl and reserve for later. 
Now you can attack the apples and oatmeal. Start by chopping up one of your apples into small half to full inch squares. Take the other apple and cut in in half. Take one of the halves and use a melon ball spoon (or anything similar) and cut out one small ball. Then chop up the rest of that half of apple like you did the other one. Reserve the remaining half without cutting it. 
Put one tsp oil in a pan and start gently frying the apple squares. While you are doing that, bring your milk, oats and wheat germs to a simmer in a pot and let your oatmeal cook. Add a tsp or two of maple syrup to the apples once they are cooked and turn off the heat. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon in the oatmeal and add in your caramelized apples. Mix everything well. 

In that same pan that you were preparing the apples, put a big tbsp of sugar in it and bring the heat up to create caramel. By using the same pan it will be lightly infused with apple and maple syrup which makes for a divine caramel. Once your sugar has browned and turned into caramel, turn off the heat and quickly dip your little mini apple in the caramel and put them on a non stick paper to cool. Finally mix in your popcorn with what's left of the caramel in the pan and then put it on the non stick paper. 
For the almond drizzle, combine 1 tbsp almond butter and 1-2 tsps maple syrup together in a small espresso cup. 

Aaand you can finally start assembling everything. Put the oatmeal in a bowl. Top it with all the popcorn in the middle, then put the mini caramel apple to form the head of the butterfly. Cut the remaining half of apple in slices and arrange them like wings. Finish it off with a generous drizzle of maple almond butter and cinnamon.

And now you can enjoy it! Let me know if you made it differently, or had any changes that you found necessary. ^.^

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Travelling to Indonesia

So, as you can guess by the title of this post, I'm currently leaving to travel to Indonesia where I will be spending a few weeks on probably the most amazing vacation ever! I've never traveled so far! I will upload a bunch of new content when I get back. But until the end of August I won't be posting much unfortunately. I have planned an upload in 2 weeks which will upload while I'm gone. ^^

When I return I will have lots of amazing things to share! I might try and vlog a bit as well but I'm not sure yet. Anyways I hope you are all having a great summer! :D

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

layered oatmeal

This beautiful baby has three layers of oatmeal topped with chocolate banana pudding, mango sorbet, fresh strawberries, a honeydew melon slice and a maple almond drizzle. Pure perfection.

The easiest way to make this is to prep a regular batch of oatmeal, make sure it's not too thin. I personally use a combination of 3/4 rolled oats and 1/4 wheat germ with enough milk to cover it nicely and then put everything in the microwave for a minute or two. I'll add more water to it if it's too dry, but in this recipe it's better if it's a little drier since you are adding syrup and fruit to it.  

The split it into three equal parts. In one of them mix a little bit of strawberry syrup with fresh strawberries and add it to the oatmeal to make a nice pink and give it flavor. For the melon layer it's the same thing, except that honeydew melon syrup is very hard to find... You can replace it with a few drops of green food coloring and sweetener along with melon puree. For the chocolate layer you can either pour melted dark chocolate right on the oatmeal and mix it, or you can use a bit of cocoa powder and maple syrup instead. 

Now for the toppings: for the banana pudding you just want to blend half a banana with a few tbsp of soy yogurt and cocoa powder together which should be perfect. You could also sub the banana for some avocado and add some sweetener to it. For the almond drizzle just combine almond butter with any liquid sweetener (again I love maple syrup). 

Finally just assemble everything in layers, add the toppings, watch everything ooze down the side of your bowl/glass and then dig in! 

P.S. update: I am leaving on vacation for almost the whole month of August and won't be able to post any recipes for a while. I am also working on a lot of stuff right now and am trying to figure out what to do with my blog and youtube. Follow me on instagram for regular little posts. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Lausanne Food truck festival

The 28th of may, the biggest food truck festival of Switzerland was held in Lausanne and I actually happened (on purpose) to be waling by around lunchtime. I snaped a few pictures and obviously tried a few things and it was really amazing. There were so many people and everyone was talking and hanging out even with strangers. The food was quite good, with tons of different types of cuisine like italian, american, middleeastern, asian, french...etc. I was able to find a good selection of vegetarian offers at most of the food trucks and there were even a few vegan options as well. If you are in Switzerland I highly recommend you come next year. The Lausanneatable organisation has tons of different events and festivals planned for this summer in Lausanne and if you are in Switzerland, even just visiting the country, you should definetely check out their program here: The site is also in english.

Anyways, enjoy your summer! I am working full time and then going on vacation for most of August so I'm not sure when I'll be posting next, especially since I want to start vlogging again.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

easy banana split

It's summer and let's face it, everyone loves ice cream, especially on a really hot day. If you're like me and don't own an ice cream maker yet still want something that's homemade (or in my case didn't feel like going out shopping to buy any -.- ) then this quick and healthy recipe is for you. It only calls for 2 or 3 ingredients and is super easy. All you need is:

- bananas
- yogurt (greek, soy, whatever you're into but plain or vanilla flavored)
- sweetener depending on how much banana you use and if your yogurt is sweetened or not.

For one serving I used one medium over ripe banana with 200 grams plain calcium soy yogurt and a tsp of sugar. You can use more banana and less yogurt for a stronger banana flavor. Start by mashing up your banana with a fork or a food processor, then add in the yogurt and sugar and combine everything very well. Once it's nice and mixed up, pour it in a container and put it in the freezer. Once in the freezer, since you don't want it to turn into a gian ice cube, you need to take it out and mix it with a fork, everything 30 to 45 minutes until it has frozen. This can take anywhere from about 3 to 6 hours I would say. Once it's ready just take it out of the freezer and decorate it with chocolate sauce and bananas, and just anything else you want like fruit or whipped cream and then enjoy it!!

The easy and quick chocolate sauce I made in the picture is again just 2 ingredients;
- 2-3 tsps cocoa powder for 2 tbsps maple syrup. Just mix both in a small bowl and drizzle on top of your ice cream.

I hope you get to try the recipe out,let me know how it turns out for you and if you made any adjustements or have any good combinations for it! ^.^

p.s. I'm super busy with loads of exams for another 2 weeks and then I will be working full time starting the end of june for a good month so I'm sorry about my posting shedule which is really terrible these days and I'm so sorry! I'll try and start doing more after the semester is over and I'll start making videos too again.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

1 minute cocoa almonds

These make for a great snack, need only 3 ingredients and take about 30 seconds to throw together, no cooking involved. They are great to give away to people as well. All you need is:

- 2 oz/60 grams raw almonds
-  1/2 tsp maple syrup
- 1 generous tsp cocoa power (preferably sweetened, but unsweetened works fine if you like a stronger taste)

You can also add in any other spices that you enjoy, such as cinnamon. 

All you need to do is mix the almonds and maple syrup in a bowl (using your hands is what works best) until all the almonds are covered. Then put you almonds and cocoa powder in a zip lock bag and shake the closed bag very well until all the almonds are covered. If you find there isn't enough cocoa powder, you can add another half a tsp. Finally just pour them in whatever container you will serving them from and enjoy! 

Let me know how these turn out for you and what variations you make :D

Thursday, May 14, 2015

2 ingredient powder free protein shake

Lately I've been trying to incorporate more protein in my diet and I've found that drinking shakes as a snack is a nice and quick way to boost nutrients and protein. Here is one of my recipes that I use occasionally when I feel like I need an extra protein boost. 

With only 2 ingrdients, this is probably the easiest protein shake ever. It doesn't call for any powder or any complicated stuff, just plain soy yogurt and juice. I personally use multivitamin fairtrade juice mixed with plain soy yogurt from the coop. 

I sometimes add extra sugar (the yogurts aren't sweetened) to give it more taste but that really depends on what soy yogurt you're using and how much fruit juice you add in.

These particular yogurts boost 4,6gr protein per 100gr, so by using two of them I get 9,2 grams of protein, some fat (5,4grams) and roughly 90 calories (46 kcal/100gr). Then I just add 100-200ml of juice to it to give it flavor and thin it out. I just shake everything in a bottle (you don't even need a blender for this!) take the top off and drink it. If you want to have more protein just toss in a third yogurt for a total of 13,8gr.

Since I'm trying to gain weight, I generally drink this along with some other snacks, but you can also enjoy this as a treat on it's own. Let me know how it turns out for you and if you have any variations that you like! ^^