Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Here in Sweden, we really lika “fika”, which is a collective noun for rolls, buns, pastries and the like, but can also just mean a cup of coffee or tea. I prefer when baked goods are included, no surprise huh? Many would agree that the most Swedish fika of all is cinnamon rolls. No wonder we have created a special day for it! So today is #kanelbullensdag or #cinnamonrollday.

We took a shortcut and made cinnamon roll muffins instead of baking a yeast bread. The recipe is from @fridasvegobak and it was delicious. My youngest ate the top of the muffin only, the good bit with the sweet pearl sugar.

Flowers in the colour of the Swedish flag and a very cute cinnamon roll play set from Ikea felt like the right kind of props for this patriotic shot. Do you have a special kind of sweet or pastry where you live, friends?

Blueberry & Apple Rolls

Lovely rolls with two fillings – blueberries and vegan custard, and grated apple with cinnamon and custard. Perfect autumn flavours! Both the dough and the custard recipes are from @fridasvegobak, the Swedish queen of vegan baking if you ask me. Check her feed out if you haven’t already!

The only little mishap here was that my 2-year-old was a bit impatient and apparently turned the heat in the oven down while watching the rolls bake in the oven… So they ended up a bit flat, but still really moist and yummy. And a semi-failed baking experience only means one thing – I have to give it another go. Oh, poor me.

Apple Muffins

A nice little treat for a picknick at the playground with the kids and some friends the other day, when the sun was still shining. This was simple enough to let the two youngest help out, which always makes me feel like Mum of The Year, because truth be told I don’t usually have the patience to let them mess around while I cook.

Ingredients (makes 12 medium muffins)
100 g vegan butter (I use @naturli)
1 dl aquafaba
2 dl caster sugar
3 dl plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
0,5 tsp vanilla powder
a pinch of salt
0,5 dl apple jam or sauce
1 dl plant milk
1 large apple
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp caster sugar

• Melt the butter and let it cool.
• With an electrical beater, whip the aquafaba and caster sugar to a fluffy batter.
• In a separate bowl, mix plain flour, baking powder, vanilla powder and salt. Sift into the fluffy batter and fold in until combined. Stir in melted butter, apple sauce and plant milk until the batter i smooth. (I used my homemade apple sauce with lots of cardamom – yummy!)
• Finely dice the apple and toss the cubes in cinnamon and sugar. Fold this into the batter.
• Distribute in 12 muffin cups. Bake in 225 C for 13-15 minutes, until the top is golden.
• Let cool, dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Apple Ice Cream & Granola

APPLE ICE CREAM WITH BUCKWHEAT GRANOLA
Any fellow food blogger recognise this scenario? You improvise something in the kitchen, add what you have at hand, take a few photos and eat the whole thing up, thinking “This is amazing!” Fast forward a month or so until you find that photo and think “Hmm… this was good, but what’s in it???”

Yep, that’s what happened here. I remember using frozen apple slices, home made apple jam with cinnamon and coconut milk. Probably vanilla powder too. And I know for sure that I made the granola on the stove top in a pan, adding dry buckwheat, walnuts and some kind of sugar. Maybe cane sugar or agave? And more cinnamon. I really wish I remembered, because this combo was so fresh, delicious and crunchy! Well, I guess I have to head back into the kitchen and try to recreate it. Lucky for me that we’re right in the middle of the apple season!

Cinnamon Rolls

It’s getting cooler, and I’d love to curl up in the sofa, have a few of these cinnamon rolls and a large cup of Earl Grey. Too bad we ate them all already. Should have saved some in the freezer, but they were just too good. I found a great recipe from @fridasvegobak and we loved these rolls with lots and lots of cinnamon, vegan butter and sugar in the filling.

Plum Crumble Cake

My plum tree is overflowing with ripe fruit, and I’m trying to use as much as I can. I saw the talented @lesoulfoodist post a beautiful plum cake and got the recipe. I was not disappointed, let med tell you. A perfect cake, well balanced in sweetness that brought out the best in the plums. If you don’t have any plums of your own, you’re more than welcome to stop by and pick some from my tree!

Ingredients
4 dl plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 dl caster sugar
1/3 tsp vanilla powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
100 vegan butter
0,5 dl aquafaba
1,25 dl plant milk
15-20 small plums (300 g)

Crumble
1,5 dl plain flour
1 dl caster sugar
65 g vegan butter

Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a round spring form (20-23 cm) with parchment paper.
Mix all dry ingredients for the batter. Combine with vegan butter, plant milk and aquafaba to a thick, smooth batter. I used the food processor (my best friend). Pour the batter into the spring form and even out.
Cut the plums in half and take the stone out. Cover the batter with plums.
In the food processor, combine the ingredients for the crumble. Distribute on top of the plums. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon on top.
Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until the top is golden.

Zucchini Bread

Two things I love most about Instagram: 1. The endless source of inspiration. I’d never heard of zucchini bread before. Now I have tried it. I’m now a happier person.
2. The incredibly friendly people. I’ve connected with so many kind, generous, genuine people in this vegan corner of IG, and I’m so grateful for that. Take a look at my stories, where I share a few favourites from my #instafamily, and check out their lovely accounts!
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Now about that zucchini bread. You’ll want to make this.
Ingredients:
6 tbsp aquafaba
2 dl caster sugar
1,5 dl neutral oil
5 dl plain flour
1,5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla sugar
2 tsp cacao
1 tsp salt
1,5 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger powder
5 dl coarsely grated zucchini
100 g chopped chocolate
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Pre-heat the oven to 200 C.
With an electrical beater, whisk aquafaba and caster sugar to a smooth, fluffy batter.
In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Carefully fold into the batter.
Add oil and grated zucchini. There’s no need to drain the zucchini beforehand, you want all that moisture in the cake. At last, stir in the chocolate pieces.
Pour the batter into a round baking pan or a loaf tray, approx. 35 x 10 cm (larger than your average bread loaf), lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 200 degrees for about 45 minutes. Check the cake with a toothpick, it should come out dry.
Leave to cool for a couple of hours before icing it. (Combine 2 dl powdered sugar, a squeeze of lemon juice and about 1 tbsp of water just enough to melt the sugar.)

Carrot Cake

Last week, my youngest turned two, and we celebrated with our large extended family. Wonderful! I know that carrot cake is a real crowd pleaser, so that was a must. I’ve simply veganised the recipe by @leilalindholm. By popular demand – here it is! (The recipe for the cashew frosting can be found on my website of if you scroll back in my feed.)
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1,5 dl aquafaba (water from canned chickpeas)
3 dl caster sugar
3 dl plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
a pinch of vanilla powder
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp coarsely ground cardamom
1 tsp powdered ginger
a pinch of salt
1 1/2 dl oil (original says sunflower seed, but I use canola)
5 dl finely grated carrots
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With an electrical beater, whisk aquafaba and caster sugar to a smooth, fluffy batter.
In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Carefully fold into the batter.
Add oil and grated carrots.
Pour the batter into a round baking pan or a loaf tray, approx. 35 x 10 cm (larger than your average bread loaf), lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 160 degrees for about 50-60 minutes. Check that the cake isn’t sticky in the middle before taking it out.
Leave to cool for a couple of hours before covering with frosting.

Carrot Cake with Cashew Frosting

A moist, flavourful, sweet and dreamy carrot cake. There’s hardly anything better, is there? I used a recipe by Swedish queen of baking @leilalindholm and switched eggs for 1,5 dl aquafaba. (Just google it! Let me know if you want it translated to English.) The frosting takes a bit of work, but you’ll thank me when you’re finished. Recipe inspired by @lazycatkitchen

FROSTING
150 g natural cashews
0,5 dl coconut cream
50 g vegan butter
zest from 1 lemon
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 dl icing sugar

Soak cashews in cold water for at least 4 hours, or in hot water for 1 hour. Drain well.
Put half of the cashews, all of the coconut cream and the butter in a blender. Blend until smooth, and then add rest of cashews and lemon zest and juice. Blend again to a smooth cream.
With a spatula, combine cream with icing sugar. Put in the fridge for about an hour before spreading on top of the cooled carrot cake.

Banana Pancakes

We had a little tower of banana pancakes this morning to get ready for the Midsummer festivities. And no Midsummer without strawberries, of course!

1 dl rye flakes
2 dl oat milk
3 ripe bananas
1 dl plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp oil, canola or coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
0,5 tsp salt
0,5 tsp vinegar

For serving
strawberries
mango
blueberries
walnuts
1 tsp sugar

Pour the oat milk over the rye flakes in a bowl and leave to soak in the fridge overnight, or in room temperature for at least 15 minutes.
Add all the ingredients including soaked rye to a mixer. Mix well to a smooth batter.
Toast the walnuts in a dry pan with a pinch of cinnamon and 1 tsp sugar.
Fry small pancakes in oil on medium heat until golden. Serve with fruit, berries and toasted walnuts.