PB Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

We’ve been away from home that past three weeks, staying with family for our summer holiday. Some might call me crazy, but I brought my food processor along. Best decision! I’ve used it all but two or three days. For hummus, baking, nut butter and – most importantly – my smoothies.

In this one I’ve put frozen bananas, cacao powder, peanut butter and oat milk, and the toppings are banana, blueberries, cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of my homemade nutella. That’s a smoothie worthy of a holiday breakfast!

Peanut Curry with Falafel

This dish was – as usual – an improvised affair. It resembles Thai Massaman Curry, with some garlic, green chili paste, peanut butter, coconut milk, potatoes and carrots. Instead of adding chicken or beef as in Thailand (never pork, since Massaman means Muslim!), I served it with falafels. Plus rice, a squeeze of lime and peanuts. I was out of fresh coriander (my worst nightmare!!!), so I cheated with alfalfa sprouts, parsley and mint. But go for coriander if you have a choice. I didn’t take any measurements, but I’ll definitely make it again and jot it down for future reference.

Peach, Avocado & Red Cabbage Salad

Let’s see, what’s in my fridge? A bit of this and that, and as usual my standard answer is to make a salad. This one is with baby spinach, thinly sliced red cabbage, sliced avocado, carrots sliced with a potato peeler and pieces of sweet peaches. I sliced a ciabatta and toasted it with oil and garlic in a pan. I topped with a dressing of peanut butter, tahini, a splash of plant milk, a pinch of cane sugar and a squeeze of lime. Lots of flavours and lots of yum!

PB & Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

Breakfast or dessert? No need to choose! Frozen bananas, peanut butter, cacao powder, vanilla powder, a splash of oat milk and a pinch of salt. Get the blender going at high speed until smooth and creamy. Top with goodies like banana, red currants, cacao nibs and hemp seed. Have a lovely day!

Gecko’s Green Pancakes

GECKO’S GREEN PANCAKES
What’s in a name? Sometimes it’s everything! My 3,5-year-old loves PJ Masks, and these green pancakes are named after the green character (obviously). So these pancakes give you strength, agility and makes you able to climb any obstacle. No wonder my kid wanted to eat them! Oh well, they taste pretty good too.

Ingredients
2 dl rolled oats
0,5 dl millet flakes
1 dl green peas or soy beans
1 dl spinach
1 dl coconut milk
1 dl plant milk
0,5 dl crunchy peanut butter
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1,5 dl plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp aquafaba
0,5 tsp salt
zest from lime and grated ginger

In a food processor, mix oat and millet to a coarse flour. Add all the other ingredients and mix to a thick batter. Let the batter rest for 10-15 minutes before frying pancakes on medium heat in a little coconut oil.

Müesli Bars with Apple & Peanut Butter

Not all attempts in my kitchen work out. I browsed through lots of recipes for müesli bars, used a bit here and there and gave it a go. These are really sweet and tasty, but I only need to look at them and they crumble to pieces. Now I’m trying to think of alternative ways of using it. A crust for a cheesecake maybe? Or just as granola on a smoothie bowl? I’ll get back to you on that one. Here’s the recipe anyway, if anyone else is up for a challenge! Maybe a bit more oil and dates will do the trick?

5 dl oats
2 dl sunflower seeds
0,5 dl sesame seeds
1 dl millet flakes
1 dl almonds
1 apple, finely diced
20-25 medjool dates
0,5 dl hemp seeds
2 dl peanut butter
0,5 dl agave syrup or other sweetener
0,5 dl coconut oil
0,5 tsp salt

Roast grains and seeds (except for hemp seeds) plus the diced apple in the oven at 175 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
Meanwhile, put dates in water to soften. Rinse after 5 minutes and finely chop.
Put roasted ingredients in a big bowl and add hemp seeds. Next, add chopped dates and mix very thoroughly, so that the grains start to stick together.
Slowly melt peanut butter in a saucepan, add syrup, oil and salt. Pour over the grains and mix well.
Transfer the mix to a tray, 20×30 cm, lined with parchment paper. Smooth until even. Use another parchment paper and press. Put in fridge or freezer to set before cutting bars.

Fruit For Breakfast

Today it’s absolutely pouring down here in Sweden, and summer has never felt further away. Right now I’m just dreaming myself back to our time in Australia, with sun and heat and clear skies, where a fruit platter with dark roasted peanut butter for dipping was our standard breakfast. Those were the days!

Sweet Potato Bowl with Peanut Tahini Sauce

Here’s a great bowl with sweet potatoes, marinated green lentils and nectarines. I improvised a sauce with tahini and peanut butter, and it was absolutely fab! Already a new favourite.

Ingredients
whole bulghur, cooked in vegetable stock
sweet potato
panko
green lentils
olive oil
lemon juice
garlic
basil
pickled carrots and red onions
baby corn
nectarines or peaches
edamame beans
vegan sriracha mayo

Peanut Tahini Sauce
1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
1 tbsp tahini
0,5 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsp water or almond milk
a squeeze of lemon juice
a pinch of salt

Peel and dice the sweet potatoes, cubes of 1×1 cm is a good size. Cook until fork tender. Drain well.
In a small bowl, mix lemon juice, olive oil, finely chopped garlic and a pinch of salt. Add the green lentils (pre-cooked), chop a few leaves of basil and leave to marinate until the rest of the food is ready to serve.
Slice the necatrines and cook the edamame beans.
Roll the sweet potato cubes in panko and fry in cooking oil on high heat.
Stir the ingredients for the tahini sauce together and add more water or almond milk for a thinner sauce.
Put bulgur in the bottom of a bowl and top with all other ingredients. Finish off with a spoonful of peanut tahini dressing and drizzle sriracha mayo on top.

Noodle Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce

This is like mash-up of Pad Thai and satay. Good? Yes, indeed! Especially if you like peanuts, and who doesn’t? You can add any veggies you like to the stir fry, just make sure to fry them quickly on high heat so they don’t go too soft. Start with the sauce, so the stir fry is hot and fresh from the pan when serving.

Peanut sauce
200 ml creamy coconut milk
1 dl crunchy peanut butter
2 cloves of garlic
3 cm fresh ginger
2 tsp red or green curry paste
1 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp Japanese soy
10 drops of sriracha or 0,5 tsp red chili, finely chopped

  • Finely chop garlic and ginger. Sauté on medium heat in a saucepan in cooking oil.
  • Add curry paste, peanut butter and coconut milk. Stir until the peanut butter melts.
  • Add brown sugar, soy, and sriracha or red chili. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • I like the crunchy peanuts, but if you prefer a smooth sauce, just mix it.

Noodle Stir Fry
300 g rice noodles
100 g cabbage, thinly sliced
2 carrots, coarsely grated
10 cm leek, thinly sliced
100 g fresh bean sprouts
100 g baby corn, cut in pieces
300 g tofu, marinated and fried
salted peanuts, coriander and lime for serving

  • Cook the rice noodles and rinse in cold water. In a large pan, fry cabbage, carrots and leek on high heat in cooking oil.
  • Add noodles, baby corn and tofu.
  • When all is heated, pour the warm peanut sauce over the stir fry and mix well.
  • At last, add bean sprouts, squeeze lime juice on top and sprinkle with lots of fresh coriander and salted peanuts.

Tofu Bahn Mí

No, it might not look like anything special. But it is. An absolute favourite in our house, and a reminder of our amazing time in… no, not Vietnam, but in Australia. We had this at least once a week, and I can almost feel the sun on my face when I eat this, dreaming back to the warm summer nights on our porch. Lovely times!

Simply stuff a baguette until you can hardly close it with:
a thick spread of crunchy peanut butter
lettuce
marinated and fried tofu
avocado
thinly sliced cucumber
pickled carrots
pickled red onions
bean sprouts
vegan sriracha mayo
fresh mint and coriander