PUMPKIN BROWNIES WITH A SKYR COCONUT FROSTING

Pumpkin brownies with a coconut Skyr frosting

Of course I do like all of my recipes and maybe I said this before. But this one is a special one. I think it represents exactly what my mission is with pumpkin up your life and what kind of recipes I want to share with the world. Well, first of all it contains pumpkin. What makes it super delicious in first place :-). Secondly it is a brownie recipe that you can enjoy without any regrets. And thirdly, the best part. It’s extremely delicious. After shooting these brownies I almost ate every piece all myself during that week. Also a great nutritious breakfast. Continue reading “PUMPKIN BROWNIES WITH A SKYR COCONUT FROSTING”

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VEGAN PEAR CHOCOLATE LAYER CAKE WITH RED WINE PEAR COMPOTE

Vegan pear chocolate layer cake with a red wine pear compote & chocolate ganache

I must say that this recipe turned out pretty great, although it was a spontaneous creation that I came up with. I knew it was time to try a new layer cake. Way too long time no such thing. One that I created and totally suits my taste and eating habits. I wanted to have a recipe that it is a hundred percent me. All good ingredients and enjoying without regrets. Continue reading “VEGAN PEAR CHOCOLATE LAYER CAKE WITH RED WINE PEAR COMPOTE”

VEGAN CHESTNUT NUTELLA

VEGAN CHESTNUT NUTELLA

Vegan chestnut Nutella cream

You know these traditions that remain a lifetime? I think collecting chestnuts in the forest during Autumn season is one of those special every year traditions to me, very certainly. I love those memories that jump into my mind from time to time how I used to  enjoy those special days in the forest searching for the biggest and prettiest chestnuts that could be found. Continue reading “VEGAN CHESTNUT NUTELLA”

PUMPKIN PIE SPICED GALETTES

Delicious and no-regret pumpkin pie spiced galettes

(Almost vegan) Pumpkin galettes that taste like a traditional pumpkin pie, but look a bit cuter. I decided to share more no-regrets recipes with you. Because that´s how I like to eat. Don´t get me wrong, I am never on a diet, but I like to eat good stuff and treat my body the best way I can. And that means eating desserts yes, but trying to make them as healthy as possible. Continue reading “PUMPKIN PIE SPICED GALETTES”

APPLE CAKE WITH PECANS, A VEGAN CARAMEL SAUCE & APPLE CHIPS

APPLE CAKE WITH PECANS, A VEGAN CARAMEL SAUCE & APPLE CHIPS

Apple pecan cake with a vegan caramel sauce & apple chips

It`s official. Summer is definitely over and autumn is here in all its glory. I wouldn´t complain, never, nunca, niemals. So with this day and this recipe my fall season has started. Before, I used to start with sharing a recipe by first baking, second shooting and thirdly and last by writing a story and the recipe. Completing it by sharing it with you on my blog pumpkin up your life.

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But in the last weeks / months I did not really feel to sit in front of the computer for too long. That means I took action by baking and shooting recipes first. Now that the rainy season has started, I finally feel like sitting my ass in front of my laptop to edit my photography and write recipes for you. And I promise you I took a zillion pictures for upcoming recipes. Currently 4 waiting in line.

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This delicious apple cake with pecans and a vegan caramel sauce, topped with apple chips is the first lucky cake to start the season on the blog. I adore this recipe, I really do. I baked it a few times before in a different way. Now I changed it a little bit to give it a special taste. As I really like Gin lately and we all (should) know that it is made of juniper berries (Wacholderbeeren, germ., among other things) and I like the taste and the smell so much, that I thought why not add it to my apple cake. And I cannot say it was a too bad idea 🙂

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Too keep it short this time, let´s all embrace the variety of the seasons. Using seasonal ingredients and trying out new combinations in our recipes. On top of these endless possibilities we have by doing what we love, nowadays we have the best opportunities to share it with people who think the same way. With that being said on a rainy Thursday in October, I hope and wish that you all have a wonderful fall season with plenty of pumpkins and other delicious stuff!

xoxo, Zoe

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APPLE LOAF CAKE WITH PECANS & A VEGAN CARAMEL SAUCE

Ingredients

CAKE MIXTURE

    • 4 medium sized apples (I used Elstar – sweet sour taste)
    • 200 pecans (optional walnuts) chopped
    • 220 g  flour
    • 80 g wholewheat flour
    •  3 eggs (medium)
    • 200 maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
    • 4 tbsp. apple puree
    • 180 g vegetable oil
    • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp. Natron
    • 3 tsp. cinnamon
    • 5 grounded juniper berries
    • 1 pinch of salt

VEGAN CARAMEL SAUCE

  • 90 g coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. coconut milk creamy
  • 100 g maple syrup

APPLE CHIPS

  • 1,5 apples (just enough for 1 baking tray)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

APPLE CHIPS

  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC.
  2. Wash your apples and slice them into very thin slices.
  3. Remove the seeds and hard pieces from the inner of the apple slices.
  4. Spread the slices separately on a with baking paper covered baking tray.
  5. Gently sprinkle cinnamon over the apples slices.
  6. Turn down oven heat to 80ºC and dry/bake slices for about 2 hours

CAKE

  1. Preheat oven to 180° C and cover a small loaf baking pan (mine was 20x9x9) with baking paper or grease pan and line with flour . You can also use a bigger one, cake will just be a little more flat.
  2. Peel your apples, remove seeds and cut them into small cubes.
  3. Roughly chopp the pecans (or walnuts optional).
  4. In a bowl mix apples together with pecans and cinnamon. Set aside.
  5. Finely grind your juniper berries.
  6. In another bowl mix together flour/wholewheat, baking powder, Natron, salt and juniper berries. Make sure to well combine all the dry ingredients.
  7. In your mixing bowl beat eggs, maple syrup and Oil for about 3-5 minutes, until foamy.
  8. Add dry flour mixture until just well combined. Beat mixture on medium speed.
  9. Fold in apple cinnamon mixture until you have smooth batter.
  10. Pour batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake cake mixture for about 50-60 minutes. Start to check on your cake after 30-45 minutes. When it gets to brown on top, cover it with baking paper.
  11. Remove cake when a toothpick comes out clean, let cake cool.

CARAMEL SAUCE

  1. In a pan melt coconut oil on medium heat.
  2. Add maple syrup and coconut milk. Whisk and bring to a boil on higher heat.
  3. Once mixture starts to boil, immediately turn down heat to medium and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Frequently stir mixture and after a few minutes you will receive a thick gold brown caramel sauce.
  5. Once mixture has reached desired consistence, remove pan from heat and cover your cake with the caramel sauce.
  6. Finally top your cake with apple chips and serve!

 

RAW DARK CHOCOLATE BITES WITH ROASTED, SALTED & CARAMELIZED HAZELNUTS


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These raw (vegan) dark chocolate bites are a dream come true for every chocolate fan out there, including me. For a long time now I wanted to make my own chocolate, but I always thought that it would be too complicated. So I tended to reserve it for an uncertain moment in the future. Once I found out how ridiculously simple it is, I got kind of addicted to it. Continue reading “RAW DARK CHOCOLATE BITES WITH ROASTED, SALTED & CARAMELIZED HAZELNUTS”

Red wine bundt cake with chocolate ganache

Red wine bundt cake with chocolate ganache

Besides autumn, pre-christmas time is my favorite season of the year. I totally sign out from the stress  some people associate with Christmas. For me it is a time when I start to think about the past year and what I accomplished and what it was like to me. Continue reading “Red wine bundt cake with chocolate ganache”