Sweet Matcha Smoothie

 

This green smoothie is the sweetest green smoothie you will ever taste! I love having it for breakfast as it’s absolutely delicious, refreshing and full of vitamins. The banana, dates and matcha in this smoothie will give you lots of energy which is perfect to start the day with! I also use spinach which is extremely low in calories and its full of vitamins and iron. Also adding a tablespoon of chia seeds will give you a boost of protein as a finishing touch! Healthy, sweet and yum! WIN WIN!

 

 

Ingredients

 

  • Splash almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 unpitted dates
  • 2 hand fuls frozen spinach
  • 1 teaspoon Matcha powder
  • Tablespoon chia seeds

 

Method

 

  1. Apart from the chia seeds place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add some extra almond milk if you think its a little too thick.
  2. Pour your smoothie into a glass and top it off with a tablespoon of chia seeds.

 

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The 5 Best Smoothie Bowls in Canggu, Bali

 

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day which also happens to be my favourite! It’s very important to make sure you give your body the fuel it needs to get started for the day! However, while looking after our body it’s very important that our minds are happy too. And what’s a better way to wake up to a delicious colourful smoothie bowl underneath the palm trees in beautiful Bali! Because after all a happy mind is a happy body!

One of the trendiest spots in Bali is called Canggu. Here you’ll find lots of cute cafes serving all kinds of superfoods and of course lots of smoothie bowls.

However, from the large variety of smoothie bowls these are the ultimate must tries! From nutty banana & avocado bowls to tropical greens!

 

 

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Cafe: Bali Bowls

Smoothie bowls: ‘Green Giant’ & ‘Banana-Cado’

This smoothie bowl is called ‘Green Giant’ which consists of spinach, kale, mango, banana, lime, turmeric, granola, coconut flakes and soya milk. This is the first green smoothie bowl where only the colour is green, the flavour tastes like tropical mango!

The ‘Banana-Cado’ smoothie bowl is a little more comforting as it has a more nutty and sweet flavour – which I love! The ingredients are banana, avocado, oats, peanut butter, dates, goji berry, chia seeds, granola and oat milk. Sweet and crunchy!

 

 

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Cafe: The Shady Shack

Smoothie bowl: ‘Greenpeace’

This greeny consists of kale, spinach, spirulina, banana, coconut water, coconut oil, goji, chia, bee pollen and muesli. It’s extremely delicious and very nutritious. It’s the best spot to enjoy a green smoothie bowl surrounded by green rice fields and palm trees! Making you feel greener than ever!

 

 

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Cafe: Kynd Community

Smoothie bowl: ‘Green and Grind’

This bowl consists of banana, mango, spinach, flax, maca, spirulina, coconut water and is topped with home-made granola and tropical fruit. It’s absolutely delicious, super refreshing and extremely healthy. Who knows even a secret message will be spelled out in your bowl!

 

 

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Cafe: Matcha Cafe

Smoothie bowl: ‘Matcha Earth’

This tropical bowl is made with matcha, kale, avocado, dates, moringa, aloe vera, banana, blended with fresh young coconut water and topped with seasonal island fruits, blueberries, coconut flakes, almonds and spirulina swirls. Definitely a bowl full of endless textures and flavours! The thing that makes this bowl so special is the amazing quality matcha! This bowl tastes like a tropical matcha dream!

 

 

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Cafe: Peloton Supershop

Smoothie bowl: ‘Green Bowl’

At Peloton Supershop they make large bowl that will definitely ease your breakfast cravings! The smoothie base is made out of banana, mango, coconut water, spirulina, moringa protein powder. Then it’s topped with tropical fruit, toasted coconut flakes and cinnamon, cashew & raisin granola. A bowl full of healthy goodness and pure happiness!

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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Vegan hazelnut chocolate cookie ice-cream sandwich

 

This is the ultimate treat that is so easy to make but oh so delicious! Especially in the summer it’s always fun to make a little bit of a naughty dessert and this one will always be one of my favourites! Grown ups will lick their lips and get stuck in just as much as the littles ones will do, no one will be able to resist!

 

Ingredients

Makes 6 cookies

  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 4 tablespoons flower
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 hands full of hazelnuts

 

Method

 

  1. First preheat your oven to 180c.
  2. Place the hazelnuts in a blender and pulse a few times until they are broken into small pieces – make sure you don’t blend them too much as you don’t want them to turn into powder.
  3. Combine the almond butter, agave syrup and coconut oil in a bowl and mix until it forms a smooth texture.
  4. Then add the flower, salt, vanilla powder and pieces of hazelnut and mix well until it forms a dough.
  5. Form 6 balls of the dough using your hands and place them evenly spread out on a sheet of baking paper.
  6. Then press them down to form the cookies.
  7. Place them in the oven for about 10-12 minutes.
  8. Once they are done let them cool down so they will become firm and you’ll be able to make a perfect ice-cream sandwich.
  9. In-between two cookies put a scoop of your favourite ice-cream. I like to make mine with home-made banana ice-cream. Press the top cookie down and you’ve got yourself the most delicious vegan ice-cream sandwich! Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Moroccan Cauliflower and Quinoa Power Bowl

 

I’m in love with this super yummy and healthy power bowl! It’s the perfect combination of healthy fats, carbs and full of vitamins. It’s perfect for lunch if you need an energy boost or for dinner after a busy day. It’s a comforting bowl full of goodness!

It won’t take you to long to whip this meal up and it’s perfect if you’re cooking for a few people – you’ll definitely impress your friends with this one!

Ingredients

 

Makes 2 bowls

  • 1 small or 1/2 big cauliflower
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 1 big sweet potato
  • Few sun-dried tomatoes
  • 100 grams quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons hummus
  • 1 tablespoon Ras el hanout powder
  • 2 tablespoons liquid coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper

 

For the dressing

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Method

 

  1. Preheat the oven on 220c.
  2. Wash your cauliflower and remove the florets from the stalk and place them in a bowl.
  3. Then add the coconut oil and sprinkle some salt, pepper and the Ras el hanout powder on top and mix well.
  4. Next place the cauliflower on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place it in the oven for about 15 min until they turn slightly brown. Make sure to check them every few minutes to make sure they don’t burn.
  5. Meanwhile cut the avocado into small pieces and cook the quinoa according to the package.
  6. Then cut the sweet potato into small cubes and boil for about 5-6 minutes until they are soft.
  7. To prepare the spinach place a little coconut oil in a pan and bake until soft.
  8. Once the cauliflower, sweet potato, spinach, quinoa and avocado are ready you can whip up your dressing by adding all ingredients into a bowl and mixing well.
  9. Now you are ready to prepare your bowl!
  10. Simply place the quinoa on the bottom as a base and place the cauliflower, sweet potato, avocado and spinach on top. Finish it off by topping it with a spoon of hummus, some sun-dried tomatoes and of course by drizzling over some of your dressing!

 

Bon a petit! 

 

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A trendy spot serving the most exciting dishes in the city: MOOD, Eindhoven

 

MOOD is a popular restaurant in the middle of Eindhoven’s city centre. It’s designed beautifully and even though it has it’s modern look the vibes are extremely cosy, classy and trendy. It has an amazing atmosphere and from the moment you sit down you feel like you are in for a treat. Even though the inside of this restaurant is amazing, I love to sit on their buzzy terrace especially in the summer. Imagine a warm summer evening with some friends, sitting outside with a glass of wine and the most exciting dinner spread out for you on the table. For me, this is one of the most lively and exciting spots in the city where the atmosphere isn’t only inviting, the food is also absolutely delicious!

 

What to have

 

The menu here is irresistible – this counts for both non-vegans and vegans. The food they serve is a combination of French and Asian cuisine. It’s extremely vibrant, colourful and a little experimental at some points.

I love to start with a little picking and the perfect dish to place in the middle of the table are Edamame (€4,50/£4). Its a great dish to share and they are super delicious and very healthy, win win!

After some picking the real feast begins. I am personally in love with the Vegetarian sushiroll (€13.50/£12). They make this sushi roll colourful and extremely exciting as it’s full of flavours and textures. It’s beautifully presented on a plate and every bite is an explosion of flavours. The roll is made with asperges, (tamago for vegetarians), cucumber and avocado. It’s slightly sweet and refreshing at the same time. This is my ultimate favourite dish that I recommend to anyone!

As a side dish or even as a main for lunch or dinner I love getting the Thai mango salad (€8,50/£7.50). It consists of sweet and spicy avocado, cucumber, quinoa, and mango. It has lots of colours and flavours and it’s extremely refreshing – which is amazing especially in the summer.

 

Some days you have to be lucky to get the king of desserts. Because sometimes they make THE most delicious chocolate brownie I have ever tasted. This brownie tastes like everything you have ever dreamed off. It’s gooey from the inside and the outside layer is slightly crispy. It’s presented like art on a plate surrounded by strawberry sauce and fresh strawberries. The combination of the rich chocolate and the fresh strawberries is so powerful and extremely delicious. Trust me, this brownie overrules any vegan and non-vegan brownies, it’s THAT good.

 

 

Where to go

 

MOOD is open from Monday to Saturday at 12:00 – 23:00 and on Sunday from 14:00 – 23:00. They are located on Keizersgracht 6 in Eindhoven.

On weekends I highly suggest you book a table as it get’s very busy.

I’m sure you’ll fall in love with this spot just as much as I did! Bon a petit!

 

 

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