Barcelona

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Barcelona greets us with pouring rain. The sun went to sleep a few hours ago but still the city shines with beauty. I stop a few times to catch this beauty with my camera. After parking our bags at the hostel, we search for a place to fill our growling tummies and end up having dinner at a restaurant called Woki Playa by the beach.
Not long after, we fall into our bunk beds exhausted from the flight.

With only little sleep caused by fellow traveller in our room, we make our way towards the city with excitement. We eat the best breakfast ever at Brunch&Cake (twice), we wander down beautiful alleyways, have good coffee and just enjoy life.

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Raw Caramel Slices

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These little squares are just too good not to share – I think they’re the best raw treat I’ve made yet. And as you might know by now I don’t use any refined sugar, dairy or eggs in my recipes – still they are so darn delicious. I kept them in my freezer and couldn’t help but have one or two nearly every day.

INGREDIENTS:

For the base:
1 1/2 cups almonds (roasted)
1 1/2 cups walnuts
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1 tsp vanilla
3 medjool dates
1 tbsp maple syrup
pinch of salt

For the caramel layer:
15 medjool dates (soaked in hot water for 10 min)
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup tahini
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt

For the chocolate layer:
1/4 cup rice malt syrup
1/3 cup raw cacao
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
1 tsp vanilla
or just melt 100g sugar free dark chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. To make the crust, place the almonds, walnuts, dates, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and salt in a food processor and process for 1–2 minutes. Press the mixture evenly into a lined baking tin.
  2. To make the date caramel, blitz dates, coconut oil, tahini, maple syrup, and salt until completely smooth. Spread over the prepared base and place into the fridge.
  3. Place the cacao, oil, vanilla and rice malt syrup in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir for 2–3 minutes or until smooth. Pour the cacao mixture over the caramel and leave in the freezer until set.
  4. Best eaten within 30 mins of removing from freezer.

Pitaya Blueberry Chia Pudding with Vanilla Coco Nice Cream

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Eating this chia parfait is like winning the antioxidant and high-fibre lottery. It contains blueberries which have the highest antioxidant capacity of all commonly consumed fruits and vegetables whereas the benefits of chia seeds are endless. Their benefits include supporting the heart and digestive system, building stronger bones and muscles, helping to keep your blood sugar stable and can also help with weight loss.
Did you know that Chia means ’strength‘ in the Mayan language? Aztecs and Mayans prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy! So eat up this pretty and delicious breakfast to do your body good.

INGREDIENTS  (makes two jars):

For the Chia Pudding:

  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 4 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 tsp pink pitaya powder (optional)

For the Nicecream:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk

INSTRUCTIONS

Put chia seeds and almond milk in a small bowl and give it a very quick stir, until everything is well combined. Let it sit for about 10 min.
Blend blueberries and mix with the chia pudding.
For the Nicecream put all the ingredients in your blender and mix until you get a smooth texture.
Now layer your chia pudding and nice cream with some homemade buckwheat granola et voilá – done!

Coco up your life

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It’s officially feeling like summer, so here’s a super easy mango coconut nice cream recipe to beat the heat (and it’s absolutely guilt free too)
Did you know that we could actually live off coconuts for weeks or even months without any deficiency signs? Coconuts are highly nutritious and packed with lots of goodness.

Recipe (makes two bowls):

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • coconut milk

Blend for 2-3 minutes, until its super thick and creamy. I topped mine with homemade buckwheat granola, blueberries, coconut flakes, cacao nibs and goji berries.

Spanish Adventures Part II

When I step foot out of the bus that took us from Málaga to Tarifa, I feel like the people here are radiating joy and contentment.
We leave our bags at the hostel, slip into our flip flops and stroll around town. Most of the shops are closed. Probably because everyone is gone surfing anyway. So instead of buying souvenirs and new clothes for these hot summer days ahead of us, we sip on ice cold smoothies, enjoy the sun and do as the locals – go to the beach and relax.

The smoothies turn into our daily routine in the afternoon and so does the beach (of course).
I take photos of everyone and everything, realising how much I’ve missed it.
So here there are, the moments I captured during my week in lovely Tarifa:

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Spanish Adventures Part I

A sunbeam reaches out to my face and I wrinkle my nose, annoyed to be woken up so early. I open my eyes, slowly but surely realizing I overslept my alarm. I rush out of bed, quickly brush my teeth and grab my suitcase. In my head, I’m running through my packing list, making sure that I didn’t miss anything though I’m definitely missing a few hours of sleep.

Luckily, I make it by seconds.

As I sit on the plane, I look out the window thinking about how much I needed to get away. How much I needed to leave everything behind me at least for a few days.
While my thoughts wander, I fall fast asleep dreaming about the sand between my toes and the salty taste you get after swimming in the ocean.

I didn’t know anything about Málaga before but I fall in love with it at the very first moment. My friend Josepha and I make our way to the hostel which is right in the heart of the city centre. Its rooftop is magical and it’s even better at night when the sky is bright with stars. The view reminds me of a painting.
We spend the day strolling along the water, eating tapas, shopping and having some drinks at our rooftop. Life is good. So good that I find myself smiling like a dork.

The next day we rent some bikes and while we wait at a traffic light, I close my eyes to take it all in – the warm sun on my skin, the fresh air breeze on my face and the smell of the ocean in my nose. I wish we could stay a little longer to explore every corner of Málaga but we already leave after two adventurous days.

In the early hours of the morning, we take the bus down south to Tarifa (…)

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