Nov 23, 2016

Healthy banana & chocolate muffins (v+gf)

I'm finally back with another recipe - yes, I am alive but university can really eat your time away! These sweet little muffins are filled with great flavor and nutrients, plus they are totally free of sugar, wheat, milk products and eggs so everyone can enjoy the famous banana-choc combination. 

Makes about 9 medium-size muffins:
*adapted from Zoe Nathan's "Huckleberry"

- 70g gluten-free blend (I'm using this one)
- 2 tbsp walnuts, roasted and ground
- 3 tbsp almond flour
- 1,5 tbsp flax seed meal
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp canola oil
- 50ml honey
- 3 tbsp non-dairy milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- 3 medium-sized, ripe bananas, mashed
- 60g dark chocolate, chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.

2. In  a large bowl, mix gluten-free flour, nuts, flax seed, baking powde, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. 

3. Fill the prepared muffin cups with batter and bake for about 20-25 minutes, until golden-brown on top and set on the inside. Cool slightly before serving.


Nov 2, 2016

Apple, halva & hazelnut buns

Makes about 8-10 buns:


- 350g all-purpose flour
- 180ml warm milk
- 14g fresh yeast
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
- 60g butter, melted
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp sugar


- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 40g natural halva
- 2 medium-sized apples
- tsp of cinnamon


- 60g butter
- 120g hazelnuts, chopped
- 3 tbsp brown sugar

1. Mix the yeast with warm milk until completely dissolved. In a large bowl combine the flour, eggs, butter, salt, sugar and milk mixture. Knead the dough for couple minutes, form into a ball, cover and let sit for about an hour in warm place.

2. Peel and chop the apples. Mix with cinnamon and set aside.

3. Prepare the topping. In a small saucepan melt the butter and simmer for about 3 minutes until slightly browned and aromatic. When cooled, stir in the hazelnuts and brown sugar. Set aside.

4. Divide the dough into 8-10 balls. Place them on a lined baking tray and flatten with your hands to make a hollow in the middle.

5. Fill the centre with applesauce (about a tbsp each), pieces of halva and chopped apples. Cover and leave to rise. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 190 C/ 374F.

6. When your oven is ready, sprinkle each bun with prepared hazelnut topping and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until golden-brown. Serve while still warm with a glass of milk or coffee.