Mylk – the tastiest plant based mylk that tastes just like cow’s milk!

 

I have always been a huge fan of Rebel Kitchen and would always carry one of their small bottles filled with organic coconut chocolate milk around when I lived in London. So when I found out about their large cartons filled with organic plant based milk I of course had to try it! And I am so happy I did – because this milk is really something special. 

How does it taste?

As soon as I picked up the carton it already made me smile as you really feel like you are picking up a cows milk carton you’ve just bought at your local supermarket. Now for my fellow vegans, it almost feels weird as I haven’t experienced picking up a proper milk carton in a while! I poured it in a glass and the pure white mylk looked just as delicious as it tasted. Drinking it cold really makes you taste every single ingredient. The creaminess hits your lips first, then a sweet flavour kicks in, which is then being taken over by a little saltiness. It really is delicious and an amazing cows milk alternative if you are new to a vegan diet. 

What is it made of?

Just like cows milk you can choose between whole, semi skimmed and skimmed mylk. They are all made out of a combination of spring water, coconut cream, himalayan salt, brown rice, cashew, and nutritional yeast. However, what makes the difference between the whole, semi skimmed and skimmed mylks are the amount of coconut cream added. Thats why the whole mylk is extremely creamy as it has the most coconut cream, making it perfect to cook with and to create kick-ass creamy desserts with! Whilst the skimmed mylk is made with the least coconut cream. Being a total coffee freak I find that the skimmed mylk is the best to make a cappuccino with as it tastes amazing and leaves a great foam layer on top!

I honestly fell in love with this healthy plant based mylk and I am positive you will too! Enjoy a great foamy cappuccino, creamy pudding or hot chocolate made with the perfect mylk! Click here to get your own mylk!

 

 

 

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The Creamiest, Raw, Organic & Vegan Chocolate Bars – Ombar Chocolate

 

As soon as you take a bite and you hear the iconic sound of chocolate breaking into two pieces you can already start to taste the first hint of pure dark cacao.

Being an absolute chocaholic I have tried many, but many different vegan chocolates. But when I tried this small bar I had no idea that it could have so much in store. Ombar’s chocolate bars are made of 100% plant based as well as natural ingredients. I find that lots of vegan chocolate is either too sweet, has an oily after taste or it might taste way too healthy and bitter for some people or children. Whilst I noticed straight away that Ombar’s chocolate has a very honest, dark and pure chocolatey flavour. Not too sugary, not too bitter, natural and no nasties – just real raw chocolate bars that taste amazing! 

The pure cacao flavours are rich and the texture is firm and crunchy. I’m writing this as I sit next to the fire and I just broke another square of chocolate, I can honestly say that this is the best plant-based chocolate I have tasted so far. And as I am enjoying it, so will the little ones. I love how this chocolate is raw, plant-based, Fair Trade, natural and organic but it still tastes great and honestly the little ones will love it too!

I do a lot of baking and I’m sure that everyone is tempted to get their apron on a little more often whilst the days are getting colder and darker. Apart from enjoying a square with my coffee I also find that this chocolate is great to cook with. Put a few squares on your hot porridge as it melts into the oats, shave some chocolate on top of your hot coco with whipped cream or melt it and mix into cakes and brownies.

I highly recommend you to try all the different chocolate bars from Ombar and let yourself indulge in some chocolate delight! Whats a better way to enjoy the cold winter days with a hot coco and a piece of chocolate in your hand whilst cuddling up in your big jumper. Sounds like pure perfection to me!

 

Click here to buy your own Ombar Chocolate Bars

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Vegan Fluffy Banana Pancakes

 

The weekend calls for pancakes!

Whats a better way to wake up on Sunday morning to the smell of freshly made banana pancakes! These are the fluffiest and tastiest banana pancakes I have ever made, whilst still being healthy! You can whip them up in only 10 min and decorate them with whatever you like. I love them simple with slices of fresh banana, crushed pecans for a little crunch and a drizzle of maple syrup – yum!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 large banana
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup
  • 150 grams wheat flour
  • 170 ml almond milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil + extra for frying
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

Toppings:

  • Maple syrup
  • Pecans
  • Sliced banana

 

Method

  1. In a large bowl mix together the flour, cinnamon, vanilla powder, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a separate small bowl mash the banana and coconut oil together.
  3. Pour the smooth banana mixture into the large bowl and mix with the dry ingredients.
  4. Then add the agave syrup and almond milk and mix well until a smooth and thick mixture forms.
  5. Heat up a nonstick pan with a little coconut oil and pour in some of your pancake batter to form your first pancake! Fry them on each side until golden brown and make sure they had enough time to cook all the way through.
  6. Once they are ready serve your pancakes with some crushed pecans and sliced bananas and finish off by drizzling over some maple syrup!

 

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Vegan Burger in Como – Mystic Burger

 

When walking around in Como you’ll get lost in its fairytale labyrinth. On every corner there is a coffee bar and around lunch time the smell of Pasta Pomodoro fills the streets. However, when following your nose a little longer you’ll be pulled into another authentic side street in which you’ll find a cafe named Mystic Burger. This cafe doesn’t only look cute they also serve the most tasty vegan burger in the whole of Como.

 

What to have

You come here for a real burger experience and don’t you worry the Vegan Burger will give you the full package! Your first bite into this burger is a true mouthful. Whether you are vegan or not, when craving a burger you are looking for the whole experience. You want to use your hands, take a bite of a burger that should obviously be too big to fit in your mouth while the sauce slowly drips from the back onto your hands. You want to get down and dirty and believe me, this burger will tick all those boxes!

The Vegan Burger (€11,- with sides €14,-) consists of a vegetable patty, layered with a tomato & baked black olive salad, topped with a vegan fruit cheese and served in a homemade wholewheat bun. It’s a burger which is rich with lots of different flavours and textures. As you take a bite the vegan cheese will drip down your hands and the fresh flavour of the salad will kick in. Each bite is the combination of crunchy and fluffy textures. This includes the bread, it’s fluffy with a slight crunchy layer on the outside – super delicious!

The side dishes consist of fries and a freshly made salad. The fries look hand cut and are crispy from the outside while fluffy from the inside. Also to add a little healthy twist they serve it with a side salad of spelt, mixed veggies and beans. Its something I have never had as a side to a burger before, but I honestly love it. Its a little health kick that tastes amazing and even when ordering a kick-ass burger you also fuel your body with veggies – win win!

 

 

Where to go

 

Mystic Burger is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00-1:00 and closed on Monday. 

Their address is Via Diaz, 78/80 and it’s located in a cute street in the centre of Como.

You can sit inside but also outside on the terrace which is located opposite the cafe. Its a lovely spot in the middle of beautiful buildings, plus you can do some people watching whilst waiting for your ultimate burger to arrive!

 

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Healthy Vegan Banana Bread

 

I am head over heals about banana bread! I think its the yummiest breakfast or snack which is also super healthy and gives you tons of energy! Win win!

This banana bread is extremely easy to prepare and you’ll love how comforting the flavours are. The texture of the bread is spongy and slightly firm on the outside with a slight crunch from the caramelised topping of walnuts. I love to spread some peanut butter on top for some extra deliciousness!

Ingredients

  • 4 over ripe bananas
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown flower
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup + 1 tablespoon for topping
  • Coconut oil to grease the loaf tin

 

Method

 

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 150c.
  2. Place the almonds and pecans in a food processor and blend for about 20 seconds until it forms a flour.
  3. Then place the flour mixture into a large bowl and add the vanilla powder, chia seeds, cinnamon, brown flower and last the maple syrup.
  4. In another bowl mash the bananas until they are smooth. Then add the banana mixture to the large bowl and mix everything together well until it forms a sticky mixture.
  5. Grease in your loaf tin with coconut oil and simply pour in the banana bread mixture.
  6. As a topping break the walnuts into a few smaller pieces (in half or in 4) then place them in a small bowl. Add about a tablespoon of maple syrup and mix until all the walnuts are covered with syrup.
  7. Simply place the syrup covered walnuts on top of the banana bread.
  8. Place it in the oven for about 1 hour.
  9. You know your banana bread is ready when its slightly golden and when sticking a knife in it comes out clean!

 

 

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Apple & Blackberry Crumble

 

Since I made it for the first time I completely became obsessed with this recipe! It’s perfect for those wintery days to have a cheeky dessert that’s comforting as well as super healthy. However, it’s a total winner in the summer too as you can serve it with a bit of creamy vegan vanilla ice-cream on the side – yum!

 

Ingredients

Crumble layer 

  • 180 grams oats
  • 200 grams almonds
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 80 ml maple syrup

 

Bottom fruit layer

  • 7 red apples
  • 200 grams blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Method

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c.
  2. First start by making the crumble layer. Place the almonds in a food processor and blend until it forms a flour.
  3. Then mix the almond flour with the oats in a bowl.
  4. Place a sauce pan on low heat and add the coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla powder and maple syrup. Mix for a minute until the coconut oil is fully melted and all the ingredients are well mixed together.
  5. When ready pour this mixture into the bowl with the almond flour and oats and mix well until all the dry ingredients are coated with the coconut maple mix.
  6. Leave this bowl aside, get ready to make the fruit layer.
  7. Peel all the apples and cut out the core. Then cut the apples into small cubes of about 1-2 cm.
  8. When you are done place all the apple cubes into a large saucepan together with the blackberries, maple syrup, vanilla powder and cinnamon. Before turning on the heat pour in a layer of 1 cm of boiling water, just enough to cover the bottom.
  9. Turn the heat on medium, cover it with the lid and let it simmer for about 15 min until all the fruit is nice and soft.
  10. Once your fruit is ready place them at the bottom of your baking dish, make sure not to transfer a lot of the liquid as you don’t want your crumble to become soggy.  Then add the crumble on top and spread it out nice and evenly.
  11. Place it in the oven for 20-25 min until the top is beautifully golden.

 

Now get stuck in while it’s still warm – it’s the best!

 

 

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