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Banana Hazelnut Snack Cake

Banana recipe #… I know, another banana recipe. And guess what, I still have a bunch of recipes I want to share with you. So stay tuned if you like banana bread and similar recipes. This recipe is really different from all the other recipes. Why? Because it’s made with ground hazelnuts.

Gluten & sugar free

As I’ve used ground hazelnuts instead of flour, it’s gluten free and fairly low-carb. Fairly low-carb as it doesn’t have any flour, but probably still too carby for those on a strict low-carb diet, due to the banana. But low-carb or not, this cake is definitely worth a try. It tastes amazing and is super light and fluffy (due to beaten egg whites added to the batter). And, I did not use any added sugar or sweetener. The bananas and the ground hazelnuts are sweet enough together. read more

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Lemon Blueberry Crumb Cake

Lemon Blueberry Crumb Cake

The sun has forsaken us a bit this summer. Just like the last couple of years, July and August have been rather cold and wet, with just a few days of real summer. Guess this is what summers will be like in our little part of the world. Well, we’ll have to bring the sun in ourselves. And what better way than bringing the sun on your plate with this Lemon Blueberry Crumb Cake?

I made this cake last week to bring to a little family gathering. It was a sure hit with everyone, kids and adults alike. It’s fresh and sweet and the perfect cake for an afternoon tea, a brunch or as a dessert. read more

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Rainbow Cupcakes

Rainbow Cupcakes

Rainbow is this week’s Crea-Cross 2017 challenge. For those of you, who don’t know yet what this Crea-Cross 2017 entails, check out Kreanimo, an inspiring personal blog with loads of creative ideas, for more information.

Although I’ve contributed just last week, I’m not a very regular contributor to the challenge. To some, I might even be a bit of a strange addition to all those creative bloggers. But hey, cooking is all about creativity as well. But I have to admit that it can be quite hard to come up with a recipe that expresses clearly the given challenge. But not so this week’s prompt: rainbow. I’m proud to be a co-host yet again, and I’m not alone this week. Anne from Simple Thoughts is co-hosting this week’s challenge as well. Go check out her blog with loads of DIY idea’s, beauty tips, recipes and so much more. Please feel free to share your own idea’s, work etc related to this week’s prompt, using the blue button at the end of this post. read more

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Chai Spiced Banana Bread

Chai Banana Bread

Chai Spiced Banana Bread. I know that many will associate chai with hot drinks, like a Chai Latte. Chai. Comforting, warming spices. Not something you might expect in the middle of summer. But believe me, this is good. Those who follow me for a little while now, know that I use a lot of banana’s in baking. It started out as a necessity to use up overripe banana’s, but it has started to become a regular item in my baking and cooking adventures. Bread, cookies, bars, drinks, desserts, even waffles. Banana’s are quite versatile and due to their natural sweetness (the riper, the sweeter), you’ll need less sugar or sweetener in your recipe. read more

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Lemon Crazy Cake

Lemon Crazy Cake

This Lemon Crazy cake is egg and dairy free and super easy to make.

Origins

Most of you probably know crazy cake, also called wacky cake or depression cake. It is not very known in Europe, at least not by that name. If you search for it’s origins, the first documented recipes date back to the 1940’s. A time where certain foods were hard to come buy or were utterly expensive, like butter, eggs and milk. Hence the name depression cake. You had to make use of what was available and leave out what you could not get or afford. read more

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Coconut Pineapple Cake

Coconut Pineapple Cake

Moist and fluffy coconut pineapple cake… put a little sunshine on your plate!

Sometimes, you just need something summery. Although it’s almost the end of April, summer seems a long way away. Spring has briefly popped up it’s head, with a few days of fairly high temperatures for the season, giving us all a feeling of summer. But… temperatures have dropped again and it’s cold and windy. It feels more like fall or even winter (with even freezing temps during the night).

Sunshine on your plate

So more than ever, I yearn for the sun. And if the weather can’t provide it, I will have to improvise. What better way to do that than with some baking. Baking makes me happy anyway, no matter what the weather is like. Now what makes me feel like summer? Definitely flavors like coconut and pineapple. Combined in a cake, it’s just like a piece of heaven. And whether it’s the middle of summer or the middle of winter, this cake will definitely put some sunshine on your plate: coconut pineapple cake. read more

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Apple Banana Muffins & the Crea-Cross Challenge

Apple Banana Muffins

It’s been a while since I last participated in the Crea-Cross Challenge. Every week, Ilse posts a prompt on her creative blog Kreanimo and everyone is invited to interpret that week’s prompt in their own way. If you want to learn more about the challenge, get awesome creative ideas and meet other creative souls, hop on over to Ilse’s blog! There you can read the rules and find all prompts for the rest of the year.

For a food blogger, this challenge can be quite, well… challenging. It can be really hard to imagine a dish or drink with some prompts, but I’m sure that every theme can be expressed in food, one way or the other. This week’s prompt is ‘The Road’. read more

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Banana Carrot Spelt Muffins

Banana Carrot Spelt Muffins

National and World Food Days

Do you keep track of all the national and world food days? I don’t. Well, I didn’t. I have now made a list of all the national and world food holidays and hopefully, I will remember to look at it in time. Most of them are celebrated mainly in the US, but are getting more known all over the world. Foodies are more and more taking these food days to promote their dishes and recipes. So how can I not do this and stay behind?

It is of course utter nonsense, if you ask me, really. I mean, Moldy Cheese Day (October 9th), Jump for Jelly Beans Day (July 31st), Chocolate Covered Insects Day (October 14th)??? Some of them are really weird. Or am I the only one with raised eye brows now? Others, I do understand completely (LOL): National Chocolate Cake Day, World Nutella Day (yeah!!), International No Diet Day (just once a year?), National Wine Day… bring it on! read more

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Oatmeal Banana Muesli Bars with Cranberries and Raisins

Β These are prefect as an after school snack or breakfast on the go…

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Every week, I buy banana’s. Now the only one in our household who actually eats banana’s (the banana and nothing but the banana) is our youngest son. I do like banana’s, but to eat them as is, they should be just ripe enough to eat. They should still be mostly green. If they are all yellow, I don’t like them anymore. And somehow, they seem to magically turn from green to yellow with loads of brown spots overnight. Ugh. read more

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The Ultimate Brownie Recipe

Fudgy, chocolatey, utterly delicious… this is the ultimate brownie recipe!

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When it comes to brownies, I don’t kid around. This is serious business. There are many good brownie recipes out there. Almost all claim to be the best brownie recipe there is. Now you can’t argue about taste. What you like best, is very personal. There are actually several brownie recipes I use over and over again. Which one I use, depends on the result I want to achieve. Small batch brownies, brownies for a crowd, do I want to frost them or not, incorporate cookies, peanut butter, cream cheese, fruit… Or use alternative ingredients to fit a certain diet? Gluten free, low-carb, dairy free… All good and delicious in their own way.
But… if I want a brownie, pure and simple, nothing else, the real stuff… There is only ONE recipe for me. Perfected to perfection. Chocolate heaven… read more

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