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Creamy Hot Chocolate with Hazelnut

A lot has happened since New Year’s Eve. We had a very successful to Real Life Gourmet Dinner in Bern. Thanks again to all who came! In addition, I have just finished a training as a baby massage instructor, we are about to move to a new city, and preparations for the big brunch next Sunday are also happening right now. But somehow we are still at the beginning of the year. There is so much more to come. Isn’t this awesome? I have a very good feeling for this year. I believe that several wonderful things will happen..

My biggest learning of the last year, however, is that everything is going to be fine anyway, if I have a positive attitude and take things calmly. Prospi has already told you about my final thesis for the university, which I wrote following the 80/20 principle. Our wedding in September was another great example of this learning. I deliberately put myself in a positive vibe and decided to enjoy the special day without sticking to the idea that everything will be perfect. Even if the marquee would collapse and heavy rain would start at the same time, I could accept this situation and continue to celebrate. In the end, nothing collapsed, and the weather was fantastic. But this attitude has allowed me to take everything as it came, and to enjoy an absolutely magical and unforgettable wedding day full of love and positive energy. Of course, not everything came as planned. It was imperfectly perfect. And that’s how life is.

Are you also looking forward to finding out what 2018 is going to offer?

You can create a very joyful moment for yourself if you take 5 minutes to make the vegan, wholesome and extremely delicious hot chocolate I’m showing you today. I usually make this kind of hot beverages with our blender. But as I know that not all of you have a powerful blender at home, I’ve created a version that can be made with a normal hand blender.

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Cookbook Review “Porridge” & Chocolate Banana Zoats

A few years ago, I suffered from digestive issues. As a consequence, I changed a few things in my diet. From TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) I learned that having a warm breakfast might help me. From that moment, my first meal of the day has been oatmeal. I’m convinced that this was one of the changes that healed me the most. This is how I became an oatmeal lover. What I put into my oatmeal changes according to what I feel like eating. However, I make my beloved apricot and almond porridge most of the times.

When I first heard of the cookbook that is all about oatmeals with more than 50 recipes, I was very interested. Today, I’ll share my review on this book with you. Furthermore, I’ll present you a special, healthy and yummy recipe that I didn’t know before reading the book. It’s a very easy sweet oatmeal made of zucchini, banana and raw cacao.

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Caramel Cream with Vanilla Apples (no refined sugar)

Are you looking for a super quick and yet impressive dessert for a spontaneous summer barbecue evening with friends? Then we have the solution for you. This caramel cream consists of only three ingredients and is actually very easy to prepare. Instead of refined sugar, caramelized dates provide a wonderful flavor. The cream tastes particularly delicious in combination with the vanilla apples. It’s a light sweet pleasure for hot days. This dessert contains healthy fats and other precious nutrients. It is also an excellent snack or breakfast. When there are leftovers, I add them into my oatmeal.
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Cookbook Review “Gesund Backen ist Liebe” & Black Bean Brownies

It has been a while since I last wrote a cookbook review. I actually wanted to write one a month ago, but then I spontaneously decided to get personal and share some thoughts on how to deal with one’s shadows with you. I would like to thank you very much for all the dear comments! As promised, the review of our latest cookbook comes now. This book was only released in December 2016. It is full of irresistible baking recipes, from which I have tried the black bean brownies. Although I already had positive expectations, I was surprised by the result. Wet, sweet, chocolatey. You can find the simple recipe below.

Here is my review of Veronika Pachala’s “Gesund Backen ist Liebe.
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3 Chocolate Bars: Inca/Goji/Raspberry, Cocoa/Maca, Coconut/Lemon

Hi everybody

I hope you’re all well and enjoy – in accord with our last article – the time of your life. We still have a lot of ideas for Journey to Real Life and make a big effort not to do everything at the same time, because it is just impossible. 😉 All the workshops we did this year with you have been a lot of fun. This is why we decided to make two more workshops in December. We are going to cook together a three-course holiday dinner. Register now, if you want to take part. We are already looking forward to it.

And now I’ll switch to the homemade chocolate bars because you really should try them! We have become big fans of them. Whenever I make them, they are eaten within a few days. For the three tastes, we use the raw bars of the brand Veganz. When I developed this recipe, I thought I’d choose one of the three flavours. But they all turned out so delicious in such different ways, that I decided to share them all with you. However, my favourite one is the chocolate bar with the refreshing flavours of coconut and lemon. But also the combination of berries and chocolate is fantastic. And the true chocolate lovers are going to adore the intense maca/cocoa chocolate bars. Of course, you can also use any other kinds of raw bars for this recipe. The biscuit and the chocolate coating are homemade. In this article, I’m going to show you how easy this can be made.

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Cookbook Review “Asiatisch Kochen” & Sesame Ginger Cookies

Do you already know where you travel this summer? I’m making a trip to Japan. In general, I always find it very enriching to get to know new places and cultures. I’ve never been to Asia yet and I’m absolutely looking forward to it! This sense of anticipation made me read a bit about Japanese cuisine. I’m currently excited by buying Japanese ingredients in our local health food stores and transforming them into simple meals (such as this, this and this).

There is a book called “Asiatisch Kochen” (“Asian Cooking”) that offers a great introduction to the Japanese cuisine. However, the recipe of this book that I’m going to share with you is not Japanese, but Korean. The latest Japanese food I bought was black sesame seeds. When I saw those stylish and tasty-looking sesame ginger cookies in the book, I knew I had to make them. You’ll find the recipe, if you scroll down. The cookies were at least as delicious as expected. Maybe I’ll also need to go to Korea once so to explore more flavors of this interesting country… 😉

Here is my review of Jody Vassalo and Emily Ezekiel’s “Asiatisch Kochen”.

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Apricot Almond Oatmeal

If you had to pick 5 foods that you could eat on a deserted island from now on, which ones would you choose? I find this question quite difficult to answer. But that oats would be one of my foods is absolutely clear. For years I have been eating oatmeal every day for breakfast and I still love it. When I go on trips or spend one night away, there is always a pack of oats in my backpack. Always. My oatmeal gives me warmth and energy for the day. Meanwhile, I have also infected Prospi… He also eats oatmeal daily. However, his plate looks a little different, because our tastes are not perfectly identical. I’m not a big fan of raisins, Brazil nuts and hazelnuts. Instead, I’m thrilled by the flavor combination of apricot and almond.

Today I show you the recipe of my delicious and nutritious current favorite breakfast. The almond butter ensures a creamy consistency and the molasses provides some sweetness, in addition to the soaked dried fruits.

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Almond Cookies

Hi everybody

Have you already noticed that there hasn’t been any cookie recipe on this blog until now? 😮 Actually, we love cookies. Especially if they contain almonds. And tasty spices such as Ceylon cinnamon, vanilla and cardamom. And some red lentils for the perfect consistency. And some chopped sweet dates hidden under a heavenly chocolate almond butter coating.

We like these almond cookies because they are an awesome nutritious and sweet snack when we are on the road. But we also enjoy them as a dessert together with a good cup of hot tea.

By the way, they also taste delicious without the chocolate topping. In this way, they are prepared very quickly. You decide, if you prefer them with or without. The size can also vary. For those, who don’t have the patience to form lots of small cookies or just prefer biting into a huge cookie, there is the possibility to make them bigger.

If you scroll down, you’ll find a video, in which I show you how to bake these almond cookies. Have fun with this recipe! 🙂
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Cookbook Review: “Eat Better Not Less” & Sweet Potato Peanut Cream

Today I’ll share with you a review of a cookbook written by a Swiss author. It is very topical, as the book was published in October 2015. Its title «Eat Better Not Less» already tells a lot about the content. Nevertheless, I’m glad to answer you the usual six questions of the cookbook reviews here on Journey to Real Life.

When I look at cookbooks, I’m mostly interested in the special recipes. Luckily, I found a lot of them in “Eat Better Not Less“. There were two recipes who made it in the final selection for the one I’m sharing with you: A date hummus and a sweet potato peanut cream. I decided to pick the sweet potato peanut cream because I had all the ingredients at home. Another reason for this choice was the fact that sweet potatoes are one of my and peanut butter is one of Prospi’s favorite foods. And what shall I say…? The cream just turned out as awesome as expected. To combine sweet potatoes and peanut in a naturally sweetened dessert is just a genius idea!! You’ll find the recipe at the end of this article.

Here is my review of Nadia Damaso’s cookbook “Eat Better Not Less.

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Cookbook Review: “Oh She Glows” & Wintery Chia-Power-Pudding

When Prospi and I were looking at the “Oh She Glows” cookbook trying to decide which recipe we want to share with you, after each page turning at least one of us said “Wow, this looks yummy!”. The book is full of recipes we absolutely want to try. I’m afraid my life is too short to try all the delicious culinary (plant-based) combinations, the world has to offer.

Finally, we decided for the “Chia-Power-Pudding-Snack”. I’ve heard and read a lot about chia-pudding, but never made it. As berries are not in season, I decided to make a wintery option instead of serving the chia-pudding with fresh fruit and granola as suggested in the book. This turned out totally delicious! You’ll find the recipe, if you scroll down. First, I’m going to answer you the most important questions regarding the cookbook.

Here is my review of Angela Liddon’s cookbook “Oh She Glows.

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