3 litre / 0.8 gallon water⠀ 1,5 litres / 0.4 gallons rhubarb stalks, cut to pieces⠀ 5 dl / 2 cups wild rose petals⠀ 1 vanilla pod⠀ 2 dl / ¾ cup local organic honey ⠀ 5 dl / 2 cups cane sugar⠀ ¼ tsp dry yeast⠀
Place the water, rhubarb pieces and rose petals into a big saucepan. Cut the vanilla pod lengthwise and add to the mixture. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes on medium heat. Strain out the liquid, pour back into the saucepan and stir in the sugar & honey until dissolved. Let cool until body temperature.
Measure about half a cup of the liquid into a small bowl/cup and stir in the dry yeast. Mix until fully dissolved. Pour back into the saucepan and stir well. Let the mixture stand at room temperature for 18-24 hours.
Remove the foam from the surface. Take sterilized glass bottles and pour 1 tbsp sugar in each. Pour in the mead. Put the bottles in the fridge and let them stand there for 2-4 days. Don’t seal the bottles too tightly and let the carbonic acid out every once in a while so that the bottles don’t explode. Enjoy cold with floral ice cubes.
12 cookies (recipe below)⠀ whipped coconut cream (recipe below)⠀ 12 big strawberries⠀ raw chocolate or dark chocolate
p e a n u t b u t t e r c o o k i e s:⠀
⠀ 1 cup almond flour⠀ ¼ cup xylitol (or erythritol or coconut sugar)⠀ 1 tsp baking soda⠀ ½ tsp vanilla powder⠀ ½ cup peanut butter⠀ 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted⠀ pinch sea salt⠀
c o c o n u t w h i p p e d c r e a m:
2 cans (á 400 g) full fat coconut milk or coconut cream, kept in the fridge 2-4 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract⠀
Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius / 350 Fahrenheit degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients and mix well. Divide the dough into 12 small balls. Flatten the balls with your fingers on a baking tray covered with baking paper to get round cookies. Bake for 10 minutes, until golden. Take out of the oven. Let cool completely. The cookies are really soft at this point. They will harden in 30 mins or so. ⠀
Whipped coconut cream:
Scoop out the white thick paste from the coconut milk cans into a bowl. Add syrup & vanilla. Whip with a stand mixer. If the mixture becomes too runny, place it in the fridge for a while.⠀
Place the whipped coconut cream in a piping bag. Place one strawberry on top of each cookie. Frost the cookies with the whipped coconut cream so that it totally covers the strawberry. Place the cookies into the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour so that the frosting hardens. Dip the whipped cream top in melted chocolate. Pop back into the fridge to harden. Top with flowers.
3 ripe frozen & sliced bananas 1 can full-fat coconut milk (kept in a fridge) ½ tsp vanilla powder
Place all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. You may have to scoop down the sides. Pour the ice cream mixture into a freezer-safe tin and freeze for about 30 mins. Prepare the cookies.
1 cup almond flour 1 cup oat flour 4 tbsp raw cocoa powder 3 tbsp flax meal ½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp vanilla powder 8 tbsp water 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted 4 tbsp maple syrup or coconut syrup
Preheat the oven to 175 C / 350 F degrees. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add water and melted coconut oil and syrup. Mix. The dough should be easily moldable. Add water or flour if needed. You should be able to make a big ball out of the dough with your hands. Place a dough ball between two pieces of parchment paper. Roll out to ½ inch thickness. Cut the dough into cookies with a knife or use a cookie mold. Place the cookies gently on a baking tray covered with a baking sheet. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely. The cookies will get crispier as they cool.
½ cup coconut oil, melted 3 tbsp raw cocoa powder 2 tbsp coconut syrup
Mix the melted coconut oil, cocoa powder and coconut syrup in a small bowl.
Scoop about two spoonfuls of the ice cream and place it on the backside of one cookie. Place another cookie on top of the ice cream and press down gently. Drip some chocolate frosting on top of the sandwiches and top with shredded coconut. Freeze for 30-60 minutes.
Ice cream: 1 cup cashews, soaked 5 hours or overnight, then rinsed ½ cup full-fat coconut milk ½ cup coconut yoghurt, natural & unsweetened 1 tsp lemon juice 1 dropperful liquid stevia 1 tsp xylitol 1 tsp vanilla extract
Jam: 2/3 cup raspberries 3 tbsp chia seeds
Filling: peanut butter
Frosting: raw chocolate or dark chocolate
Place all the ice cream ingredients into a blender and blend until super smooth. Add a bit more liquid, if needed, but keep as thick as possible. Taste and add sweetness, if desired.
Pour the ice cream mixture into ice cream molds and freeze for 2 hours until solid. In the meantime prepare the chia jam.
Mash the raspberries and stir in the chia seeds. Add some stevia, if you like. Leave to thicken for 2 hours.
Take the ice cream pops from the freezer and remove the molds. Spread about 1-2 tbsp peanut butter on top of each popsicle. The spread on the chia jam. Put in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Melt the chocolate and dip the ice creams in it. Top for example with peanut butter swirls or coconut flakes. Put back into the freezer for 30 mins, until solid. If you store the popsicles in the freezer longer, let them thaw for 15-20 minutes before serving.
2 (14-ounce) cans of full-fat coconut milk (refrigerated overnight) 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 tbsp coconut syrup or raw organic honey
3 ripe bananas fresh berries
Open the coconut milk cans and scoop the white thick paste into a bowl. Add the vanilla and syrup and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. If the mixture becomes too runny, place it in the fridge or freezer until firm.
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add oat milk. Mix. Leave to thicken for about 10 min. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper and grease it with coconut oil. Pour the dough onto the tray. Spread evenly so that the pancake is about half-inch thick. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Take from the oven and let cool. Prepare the coconut whipped cream.
Cut the pancake into 6 equal-sized pieces. Pile the pieces into a cake and add coconut whipped cream and banana slices in between pieces. Frost with coconut whipped cream. Top with berries. Serve and enjoy!
1 cup oat milk 1 ripe banana 2 tbsp juice from lemon 4 dandelion flowers (optional) 5 tbsp chia seeds 2 passion fruits
Blend the oat milk, banana, lemon juice & dandelion flowers in a blender until combined. Pour into a jar/container and stir in the chia seeds. Leave to thicken for 10 mins and stir well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve with passion fruit and for example with oat yoghurt & granola.
1/2 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup almond flakes 5 fresh dates, pitted 1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups cashew nuts (soaked for 1 hour and rinsed) 1/2 cup fresh strawberries 1 ripe banana 1 cup oat milk (or almond milk) 5 tbsp organic local raw or coconut syrup juices of a half lemon 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
Cake tin: 18 cm / 7 inches
Cover the bottom of the cake tin with a piece of parchment paper. Place the rolled oats and almond flakes into a blender. Add also the dates and vanilla. Puree until moldable dough. Press the crust on the bottom of the cake tin. Prepare the filling.
Place the cashews into the blender and blend until fine crust. Add the strawberries, sliced banana, oat milk, honey, lemon juice, vanilla extract and coconut oil. Blend until a thick paste. Taste and add some sweetness or vanilla, if needed. Pour the filling into the cake tin. Place the tin into the freezer and leave for 4 hours or until the cake is solid. Take out of the freezer and let thaw a moment. Top with strawberries. Serve and enjoy!
Well hello, babes! Finally it’s happening, updated Vanelja.com has opened its doors and welcomes you to take a tour. Though it took quite some time to get this open, it has been heart-warming to notice how many of you regularly uses the recipes on my site, as I have got tons of messages from people asking when all the material will be returning. So sorry you’ve had to wait for them, but happy to know you’ve missed my treats!
And now when the new site is open I’m also beyond excited to launch my brand new grocery: Blueberry Dream Cake by Vanelja. It is a treat that I absolutely ah-dore and I’m just so super duper happy to start offering my all time favorite raw cake to people. I get asked almost weekly if I do catering or if I take orders for my dream cakes, and now I can finally say YES!
And this one is truly a raw cake of my dreams. If I should pick only one sweet treat to consume for the rest of my life, it would be my Blueberry Dream Cake, most def, no doubt about it. It has such a mouth-watering taste with the pecan based crust with a hint of cardamom and the rich blueberry filling. The texture is creamy and fluffy yet the cake is very fresh because of the white layer with some hints of lemon in it. I honestly start salivating even now when describing it to you, haha. And what’s lovely about this Blueberry Dream Cake is that there is no coconut flavor that pushes through, which I feel is a problem in many raw cakes.
I’ve made my Blueberry Dream Cake in collab with Green Street, a big-hearted Helsinki-based provider for raw cakes and other healthy food. The cake will be out very soon, at 15th of May to be exact, and you’ll be able to buy it from certain retailers, supermarkets and cafés in Helsinki and Stockholm. Gonna list down all the retailers here on my site soon! And if you want to have a whole cake, preordering is open NOW and the first deliveries start 15th of May. If you have some parties coming up this spring and summer, like graduation parties, family get-togethers, brunches for friends etc. you can preorder the cake HERE. It is a great thing to serve for a big bunch of people as it is vegan, gluten free and naturally sweetened, so it fits to most diets and most occasions. I prefer it as a weekend brekkie, as it is perfect for cozy slow mornings.
The decoration of these photos are not included in the cake, but it has a beautiful pattern on the surface (which you can see here) so it can be served as it is, or you can finish it for example with some blueberries or edible flowers.
At the moment the availability of my Blueberry Dream Cake is limited only to Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, but hopefully we’ll get the cake to wider reach too. Again, gonna be updating the retailers here on my site. And if you have a café and you’d think my Blueberry Dream Cake could match your selection, throw me a message!
But in the meantime, let me know how you like my cake and my new site! There are still some new features on their way + one surprise gift for you coming before the summer, so stay tuned – especially on Vanelja’s Instagram, as that is the place where I holler most often about my moves.
1 ½ frozen banana ½ cup steamed, peeled and frozen zucchini, cut to pieces ½ cup cashew nuts, soaked for 1 hour and rinsed 2 brazil nuts 2 heaping tbsp full fat coconut milk, the white paste 1 tbsp coconut oil ½ tsp vanilla powder 1 tbsp collagen powder (skip, if vegan) 1 tbsp tocotrienols 1 cup unsweetened oat yogurt (or unsweetened coconut yogurt or almond yogurt) +tbsp matcha powder
Combine all ingredients in a blender, except the matcha. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. Add some yogurt or plant-based milk if the mixture is too thick. Pour half of the mixture into a bowl. Mix the matcha with the remaining mixture. Fill a serving bowl with the green and white mixture, garnish the smoothie bowl with coconut flakes, edible flowers, apple coins and sesame seeds.
It is time, to get your nice cream balls rolling again, baby!
You probably remember the N’Ice Cream book by me and my co-author Tuulia Talvio that was launched exactly a year ago, first in Finland and in the US and then later in the year in 6 countries, like in France, German and Chroatia. The book has found it’s home in the arms of so many healthy ice cream lovers around the world that it is hard to even realize. So thank you! There is no better feeling than when your passion inspires people, makes an impact and is even a part of a cultural change (the ever so lovely ice cream culture), like now for example when we’ve been witnessing many big brands bringing out their vegan ice creams with better sweeteners after the last summer in Finland.
We have not been talking about an ice cream revolution for no reason! * raised fist emoji *
Note, that this Deluxe Edition is only available in Finnish and as an ebook and you can download it here. We’ll try to find a way to get these bonus recipes out also in English in some form asap!
But so that you international readers won’t have to return with empty hands, here’s one faaabulous nice cream flavor for you to exploit: Deluxe Chocolate Nice Cream with Peanut Butter Swirls and Raw Chocolate Cake Chunks! I came up with it by accident when I decided to blend together chocolate mousse (from my Chocolate Pizza Post) and frozen banana. So freakingly delicious. Then I also stirred in some raw chocolate cake chunks and peanut butter swirls and I honestly almost started to cry when tasting it. That’s what pure pleasures can do to you.
When scooping balls from this nice cream a song by Barry White, Can’t get enough of your love, babe, started playing in my mind:
“I’ve heard people say that Too much of anything is not good for you, baby Oh no But I don’t know about that There’s many times that we’ve loved We’ve shared love and made love It doesn’t seem to me like it’s enough There’s just not enough of it There’s just not enough Oh oh, babe
My darling I, can’t get enough of your love babe…”
That kind of sums up the whole essence of this nice cream. You just can’t get enough of it – And you don’t even have to. As good stuff makes good to you.
Place steamed sweet potato sliced, cashews, dates, almond milk, cocoa powder, vanilla ja coconut oil into a blender and blend until tick mousse. Add frozen and sliced bananas. Blend until soft serve. If your blender is small you can do this in two or three batches. Pour the soft serve in a big freezer safe container. Mix in the raw cake crumble and pour over some peanut butter. Freeze for about 30 minutes or until the mixture gets a bit harder. Serve and enjoy!
Raw Chocolate Cake Chunks:
½ cup gluten-free rolled oats
½ cup almonds
3 fresh dates, pitted
4 tbsp raw cocoa powder
a pinch of sea salt Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until crumble. Taste and add sweetener if needed. The dough should be quite dry but easily moldable. Roll into small chunks with your hand and sprinkle the nice cream batter with the chunks.
It’s always so fun to watch how people have different ways of reacting to the first rays of spring sun here in the North. After a long and dark winter people get so cute with their excitement. Some switch immediately into their light jackets and start to trip along with their small spring shoes even though the ground is still completely frozen. (Ok, that was totally a granny thing to say, but I’m a person who just hates to freeze and keeps her pantyhoes on until June. So yeah, I’m a granny.) And some optimistic people, like my dear partner, switches the summer tires on. And then go travel with the tram or taxi when the snow suddenly decides to return. (Like it tends to happen and like it also happened last weekend.)
And then there are people like me, whose first thought is: Ice Cream! It really is some chemical reaction that happens in my brain: Sunrays --> Must make nice cream.
During the last week I have managed to make nice cream from many different kinds of ingredients, for example from purple yam aka Ube. The color was so amazing so it just yearned to be blended into a nice cream. Check it out from my Instagram!
The same thing happened a few days ago when I received a box of smoothies and breakfast bars from Semper. Naturally they started a new life as a nice cream. Well, some of them. Most of the bars ended up in the “quick snack stash” in our car and the smoothies in our refrigerators “panic shelf”, which is our family’s life saver. We are just so bad in routines, meal planning and all that wise adult stuff and the mealtimes manage to surprise us almost every time. Plus we usually move with super short notices so everything that is healthy and easy to grab along is totally needed in our household.
One of our favorite snacks are nice creams that can always be found in our freezer. Either we make nice cream from frozen bananas with frozen berries or fruits or almond butter or then we enjoy smoothie popsicles. It’s fun to have the familiar breakfast/snack, as in yogurt with berries and granola, in a form of an ice cream. The kiddo loves it and I don’t have to feel guilty for giving her ice cream or two as a evening snack. Win/Win.
Oh, and all the nice cream lovers in Finland – or people who understand Finnish – the Finnish version of the N’Ice Cream book by me and Tuulia Talvio is coming out as an ebook in a month with some new bonus recipes. So stay tuned, if you wish to download a huge package of nice cream recipes into your phone or computer. In the meantime you can start your Summer of N’Ice Cream with these popsicles!
1 probiotic capsule OR 1 package vegan yogurt starter OR 3 tbsp unflavored vegan yogurt with active bacterial culture
1 – 3 tsp agar agar (if you want your yogurt to be thicker)
Blend the soaked and strained almonds, water, and sweetener in a blender until smooth. Strain the mixture with cheesecloth on top of a bowl, so that you get a nice white almond milk. You can use the leftover almond pulp for example in crackers or bread rolls. If you want your yogurt to be thicker, add agar agar and boil the almond milk in a pot carefully for about 5 – 7 minutes. Take the pot from the stove and let it cool down (to a body temperature). Pour in the probiotics and mix. Pour the yogurt into a sealable clean (boiled or washed in a dish machine) and dry glass jar. Close the jar with a lid or cover with a cheesecloth and a rubber band. Turn the oven light on, but do not heat the oven. The oven light should keep the oven warm enough for the yogurt. Place the yogurt in the oven with the light on and leave the yogurt to set for about 8 – 12 hours. The longer you let the yogurt ferment, the stronger and sourer the flavor will be. Store the yogurt in an airtight container/jar in the refrigerator.
Blend the rolled oats and dates or raisins in a blender into a crumble or puree with a stick mixer.
Pour some almond yogurt into a bowl and add a few tablespoons of berry mixture. Stir gently few times so that you get nice swirls. Slice in some fresh berries if you like. Pour the mixture into a ice pop molds but leave a small space for the oat crumble. Fill the molds with the oat crumble or crumbled oat bars, add sticks and put into a freezer.
1 can full-fat coconut milk (kept in a fridge overnight)
½ tsp vanilla powder
Slice bananas into smaller pieces and put into the blender. Open a coconut milk can and scoop the white thick paste (about 2/3 cup) into the blender with bananas. Add vanilla. Mix until smooth. If your blender is not very powerful prepare the ice cream in two baches. Pour the ice cream mixture in a large freezer-safe tin and freeze for about 15-30 minutes. In the meantime prepare the cookies.
1 cup almond flour
1 cup oat flour
4 tbsp raw cocoa powder
3 tbsp flax meal
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp vanilla powder
8 tbsp water
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
4 tbsp maple syrup or coconut syrup
Preheat the oven to 175 C / 350 F degrees. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add water and melted coconut oil and syrup. Mix. The dough should be now easily moldable. Add a bit more water or flour if needed. You should be able to make a big ball out of the dough with your hands.
Place a dough ball between two pieces of parchment paper. Roll out to ½ inch thickness. Cut the dough into rectangles with a knife or use a cookie mold. Place the cookies gently on a baking tray covered with a baking sheet. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely. The cookies can be a bit soft when you take them from the oven because they will get crispier as they cool.
½ cup coconut oil, melted
3 tbsp raw cocoa powder
2 tbsp coconut syrup
Mix the melted coconut oil, cocoa powder and coconut syrup in a small bowl.
Scoop about two spoonfuls of the ice cream and place it on the back side of one cookie. Place another cookie on top of the ice cream and press down gently. Repeat with the remaining cookies. Drip some chocolate frosting on top on the sandwiches and sprinkle some shredded coconut on. Freeze for 30-60 minutes. Enjoy!
Chop the nuts in a blender. Add the dates and cardamom with nuts and blend into crumbly dough. Press on the bottom of the cake tin.
Mix all ingredients in a blender until you have a smooth creamy mixture. If needed, add more coconut milk to get smoother texture but still keeping it as thick as possible. Taste and add seasoning or sweetness if desired. Pour the dough into the cake tin over the crust and put the tin into a freezer for 2 hours or until solid.
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Drizzle on top of the raw chocolate cake.
Decorate with nuts, cacao nibs and coconut flakes. Try also fresh berries and n’ice cream! Serve and enjoy!
Preheat the oven to 425 F/225 C degrees. Cut 2 apples into pieces and place into a blender. Puree until smooth. Add rolled oats and coconut oil. Blend well. Cover the bottom of a cake pan with a parchment paper and grease the sides. Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Cut one apple into very thin slices and cover the surface on the pie with apple slices. Top with plenty of cinnamon. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until the color is nicely golden and the sides and the surface look done and dry. Take it out from the oven and let it cool. Serve and enjoy! Store covered in a room temperature.
1 can full fat coconut milk (refrigerated overnight)
2 probiotic capsules
1 tbsp organic honey or maple syrup
½ tsp vanilla powder
Rinse the peaches and remove stones. Spoon out the white thick paste from the coconut milk can and put it to a blender. Add peaches and puree. Open the probiotic capsules and pour the powder into the blender. Add also the honey and vanilla powder. Mix. Add some of the transparent liquid left in the coconut milk can if you want your yogurt to be more runny. Now you can enjoy your yogurt as it is or leave it to ferment: Wash a glass jar with boiling water and dry it carefully. Pour the yogurt mixture into the jar and seal with a mesh fabric or a cheese cloth and a rubber band. Put the jar of yogurt in the oven, but do not turn the oven on, just close the oven door and turn on the oven light. Let the yogurt sit there overnight or for about 7 hours.
Enjoy with cinnamon granola, peanut butter and peach slices!
Gluten-free & Vegan
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup raw almonds
½ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup shredded coconut
5 tbsp flax meal
5 tbsp water
3 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1 tbsp organic honey or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp sea salt
Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper and preheat the oven to 300 F degrees. Put cashews, almonds and pumpkin seeds to a blender and blend until slightly chopped. Pour the mixture into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes stirring after 10 minutes. When the mixture is golden brown, remove the granola from the oven and let it cool. Store in sealable glass jar.