Cinnamon Swirl Muffins

A few days ago, Vegan Richa’s picture of her cinnamon swirl cake showed up on my Facebook wall, and it looked amazing! Of course, I had to try it out. I made a gluten-free batter and divided it to make muffins for a great breakfast-to-go option, and here we are!

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I won’t copy out her recipe here, but please visit her amazing blog to check it out. You’ll find my modifications bellow to make it gluten-free. The resulting muffins a super soft and flavourful. They are the perfect partners if you are looking for a break, a pause from the world. Curl up with your favourite book, a cup of tea and one of these muffins to be transported into cinnamon dream-land.

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Here’s what I changed:

  • 1 cup of non-dairy milk: I used 1 1/3 cups of oat milk instead of soy or almond. I added the 1/3 cup once everything was mixed together because I thought the batter was a bit too thick for muffins. It turned out perfect for 12 muffins.
  • 2 cups of flour: I used 1 cup of millet flour and 1 cup of sorghum flour
  • I included the 1 tbs of corn starch.
  • For the muffins, I placed 2 tbs of batter before sprinkling on some of the cinnamon sugar. I topped each muffin with another 2 tbs of batter and some more cinnamon sugar.
  • I baked these for 25 minutes.

I hope you’ll give these muffins a try as they are really yummy and so simple to make! I love that you find the surprise cinnamon sugar layer in the middle. They are not too sweet but just sweet enough. I think they might be new favourites, so try them out and let me know what you think!

 

 

2 Ingredient-Mango Sorbet

With the sun out and temperatures starting to rise, I have been craving a nice sorbet. If I was completely honest, I would mention that I love ice cream all year long (we even had a sorbet Yule log for Christmas), but really, the 28C we reached today is the perfect excuse to pull out the ice cream maker I got for my birthday. My very own ice cream maker! This is really exciting, and I have a feeling this machine will be working full time this summer!

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For my first try, I wanted to try out my absolute favourite that I always take when we go out for ice cream: mango sorbet! I love the rich flavour, thick texture and overwhelming sweetness of this frozen desert. When I eat it, I just feel like eating spoonfuls of summer.

After searching the internet for the perfect sorbet recipe proportions, I came to understand that it was really crucial to have the right amount of sugar: too little and you end up with ice, too much and you end up with soup. As this was my first try, I went with the 4:1 ratio, and it worked out very well! No simple syrup required means sorbet is ready in just a few steps!

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Here is what you need:

  • 3 ripe mangoes for 4 cups of mango flesh
  • 1 cup sugar

Here is what you do:

  1. Wash and peel your mangoes and chop them up.
  2. Put in your food processor and process until you get a nice smooth mango purée. Add the sugar while mixing and let the machine work until all the sugar is disolved in the fruit purée.
  3. Add to your ice cream maker (please follow your machine’s instructions), and let churn for 30 minutes. Place in a plastic air-tight container in the freezer until fully set and enjoy!

This is seriously so easy to make and incredibly delicious! So much flavour, so little efforts! If you want an extra smooth texture or if your mangoes are particularly fiber-rich, you can strain the mango purée before churning it.

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Let me know what ice cream recipe you would like me to try out, or what is your favourite ice cream or sorbet recipe!

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

A few weeks ago, my amazing sister-in-law suggested that we tried to make our own version of nutella. She really loves animals and has a special spot for primates: nutella and the palm oil it contains was a no-go for her. In case you are suddenly wondering if nutella uses primates in its ingredients, the answer is no. I’m referring to the fact that palm oil production is responsible for a big part of habitat destruction for, not only primates, but many species of animals (and plants too).  Adding to this, it also contains milk which makes it also non-vegan in a more direct way.

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So we embarked on a journey across the internet, and found some interesting, weird, simple, or very complicated recipes for a vegan hazelnut spread. We had trouble agreeing on one recipe, so we decided to call on our inner hazelnut-geniuses and mash everything together to create our own.

The result was fabulous, but the process a little bit nerve-racking as we almost had it, destroyed it, fidgeted around and finally fixed it. Here is a retake on this wonderful experimenting.

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Here is what you’ll need:

  • 200g hazelnuts
  • 200g sugar
  • 100g powdered sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 40 g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • dash of vanilla extract

Here is what you do:

  1. Turn your oven to 350F. On a cookie sheet, spread the hazelnuts and let them roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn them: you want them to be a nice golden colour.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan set on medium heat, add a third of the sugar and let it melt. We are making dry caramel here: exciting! Once the first third has melted, had the second third and melt. Add the final third and let everything melt into a wonderful golden color. DO NOT STIR THIS! You can roll around the caramel in the sauce pan, but stirring it while cooking will make this die, so don’t.
  3. Spread the caramel on parchment paper and let cool completely. Pour warm water in your sauce pan immediately and let sit to make your cleaning process easier.
  4. Take the hazelnuts out of the oven and let them cool a little. Then, put them in a mesh strainer and rub them until the skins are separated. This is a good time to put some music on and dance over your sink: it is a longish process.
  5. Once your hazelnut are skin-free, place them in your food processor and process until you have a fine powder. Add the cocoa powder and the powdered sugar. Mix until combined and add the vanilla extract. Mix.
  6. Break your cooled caramel into pieces and add it to your processor. Mix for a few minutes until the mixture has a dough-like consistency and balls start to form in your food processor.
  7. Add the milk and mix until you have a thick, delicious hazelnut paste.

This recipe might look scary because of the dry caramel, but taking the time to do this really adds a nice flavour to the spread. However, because caramel is a little bit more bitter than sugar, I find it is a good idea to add powdered sugar, but you can of course adjust this to your liking. DO NOT USE MAPLE SYRUP! This is one of the ways we killed our first batch: adding maple syrup made our dough separate from the oils contained in the hazelnuts and made for a very scary looking mixture.

The solution to this: milk! You’ll want to add a little bit of liquid, and instead of using oil, almond milk gives this a more spreadable consistency. The more you add the easier it will be to spread, so you can play around with this too.

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Keep this amazing chocolaty spread in the fridge, and enjoy, by the spoonful in the middle of the night… or maybe not (but I know you will!). Let me know if you try it out!