vrijdag 21 oktober 2016

The best bananabread!

First I want to say: all credits go to Yasmin from !

It's her recipe, thank you Yasmin for this amazing recipe <3

I've been back on the bananabread bandwagon for a few weeks now and it's mostly because of this recipe! Tried another one last week, but it just wasn't the same..
I made my fare share of bananabreads, also before going vegan, and this one is the best I've made so far! That's why I'm sharing this recipe, to make sure this recipe reaches as much bananabread lovers as possible ;)

I made some small adjustments for my bread:
-no nuts, but shredded coconut
-cookie spices (and cinnamon)
-'no egg' eggreplacer instead of the flax egg
-added apple cider vinegar to activate the baking soda


2 cups oat flour (make your own by blending oats 'till it's flour)
3 large spotty bananas, mashed
Optional: 1 more banana to top
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup unsweeetened non-dairy milk
2 tbsp flax seed powder or chia seeds + 6 tbsp water
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Optional: 1/2 cup crushed nuts


1. Line a bread pan with parchment paper
2. Mix flax seed powder with water, stir well and leave it aside till gooey
3. In a big bowl add the flour with baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and mix well
4. Using a food processor(or hand mixer, high speed blender..) blend together the dates and liquids until smooth. Add the mashed banana and flax seed mixture and stir well. Add the date and banana mixture to the dry mixture; stir until combined. Add in the optional ingredients.
5. Scoop into the prepared pan. Optional: take the fourth banana, slice it in half lengthwise, and press into the top of the bread, cut side facing up
6. Bake for 50-60 minutes at 180 degrees (350 F) or until toothpick runs clean.
7. Let the bread cool down completely as it will be moist and hard to cut into when it's still hot.

So what are you waiting for? Go make this recipe!Unless you're waiting for your bananas to ripen up ofcourse..

dinsdag 18 oktober 2016

Random thoughts: raindrops

(tip: put on 'the rain' from Joe hisaishi on the background)
As I was walking through the rain I thought about how I never mind doing so.
I never despise the rain. I think it's because I know so deeply that it feeds everything we need and love. The soil, trees, plants.. and ofcourse it makes farmers very happy, especially after a dry period.

'I wonder where these drops came from?' was my next thought.
'Did they travel far?'
'Or not?'
Wish I was a raindrop.
Travelling without thought, just being.

When a cloud gets to heavy, it starts raining.
He let will let everything go.
Like some people do, when everything becomes too much.
They let everything go and disappear. Yes their physical body is still here, but not their spiritual body.

They gotta start from the beginning, start collecting raindrops again and forming a cloud.
That's where we have to stop.
Stop collecting emotions and tasks before it's too late, because the mind will take over and awakens your pain body.

When I was a kid I loved running through the rain in my bathing suit.
Wish I could do that again while being fully present. Without any forcing or thoughts.
Just happiness and feeling free..

I'm on a journey to have that feeling back and I'll tell you some things that really help me, maybe they will help you to..
-reflecting on certain thoughts and actions
-only doing what you truly want, not what is expected
-alone time
-not letting the mind wander
-don't force anything
-walking (through the forest, the shore..just a place you feel like)
-picking up lost, but loved hobby's
-do spontaneous and fun things. Keep surprising yourself with your own actions..

Walking through the rain is so refreshing and the smell after a rain shower.. so wonderfull.
It smells like pure nature, don't you think?

zondag 16 oktober 2016

Vivera meat replacers: fourth out of seven reviews

THIS BURGER..all day everyday please! Oke personally I wouldn't do that, but it IS that good!
It's the spicy bean burger who upgraded my meal today.
I had it with kind of a local dish(and it was my fave when I was a child!): boiled potatoes and rutabaga cooked in water with sugar and cinnamon>mashed together. Here we call it: knolletjes.
Before I went vegan I also put gravy on there and had a meatball or chicken afterwards.
I can only eat a meal like this when I have something extra, like a meat replacer!

Appearance: it looks crispy and damn tasty..on the inside there's a lot going on. Beans, corn, bell pepper, onion and more! This was my second taste test and in the first one I also saw wheat noodles (the oned used to make bami with)..
Texture: the outside gets quite crispy, but the inside stays soft. It has a nice bite thanks to the whole bean pieces.
Taste: when you're dutch you know what I mean with: bamischijf. Yes it tastes kinda like a bamischijf, but a bit spicy.
Ingredients: there's a lot going on on the ingredient list. It's 40% vegetables, soy protein, wheat flour, yeast, dextrose, salt, lots of herbs, corn starch, added B12 and iron..this is the only downside. Especially the wheat, but I understand why it's necessary.
Rating: Because of the taste I forget all about the ingredient list(and the wheat) so a 6/5!

dinsdag 11 oktober 2016

Vivera meat replacers: third out of seven reviews

Here it isss, a third review! I know there are big gaps between every review, but I don't want to eat meat replacers that often. Whole foods lover here haha!

That doesn't mean I don't like the taste of meat replacers, especially from this one..
This is Vivera's mushroom bell pepper burger and I love it! Had it once before on the same bun with the same veggies(spinach, tomato, pickles) and classic hummus. That combination is seriously the best, but lets get on with reviewing this burger shall we ;)

Appearance: it looks like a normal burger, round and a blend colour. It is quite big though and nothing wrong with it looking like a real burger, lots of people prefer it.
Texture: a firm and burger-like texture, really good!
Taste: the taste.. I can't describe it actually. It's just really delicious! It doesn't taste like mushroom or bell pepper or real meat, but it's definitely a good meat substitute. I think a meat eater would like it.
Ingredients: the main ingredients are mushrooms, bell pepper, soy protein, sunflower oil, potato starch, lots of herbs and some stuff to make it a firm and overall good burger. It contains wheat fiber so it's not gluten free.
Rating: hmm let me think..I'll give it a 5/5 WITH the bun, hummus and veggies.           4/5 if I would eat it without anything. Oh and because of the wheat fiber I wouldn't eat it that often ofcourse ;)

zondag 9 oktober 2016

Random thoughts: The danger with humans having animals for pets

So this morning I went to the forest with one of our dogs and my camera.
We played around and I took some pictures of her and nature, but also a certain thought came to my mind. I didn't allow myself to go deep into this thought, because I wanted to enjoy the walk and just be in the moment. When I got home I edited the pictures and decided to make a blog post about that thought+the pictures I took ofcourse ;)

dinsdag 4 oktober 2016

Random night thoughts: life frightens me

Sometimes when I lay in bed at night and I can't sleep right away, the most random things come to my mind. I bet that's the case with most of us.
Sometimes they're nice thoughts, smart ideas, dreaming about winning the jackpot.. and sometimes they are thoughts that make you freak out a bit. This is one of them..

To tell the truth, life frightens me.
Sometimes it feels like thoughts about the future are able to strangle me just thinking about it.
On one side you have the things you know they're going to happen, but you don't know the exact course it will take. Like going on a trip or an upcoming exam.
On the other side, and this is the biggest part, you really don't know what will come to you in life and what will happen. ''How do I evolve in life? Where will I end up? Will certain people still be in my life a couple of years from now?''
These questions make the choices you have to make in life hard. Even the smallest choices like ''Should I go left or right here?''
It's easy so say 'follow your heart', because other people and even your own mind can trick you into thinking that you want different things. The mind is a powerfull tool and we have to learn to controll it, otherwise it will controll us

Should we fear the unknown or embrace it?
I'll say it like this: I want to embrace it. What would life be if there weren't any surprises? Unexpected 'change of plans'? But I can't embrace it..not just yet.
I fear the unknown.
''Is this the right education for me and will I end up somewhere I'll be happy?''
''Should I save money or spend it and live more? But what if it turns out I badly need it somewhere in the future..''

I'm trying to find peace with it all by finding inner peace with myself.
It's hard finding that peace when you don't feel life is in peace with you, or is trying to.

What's your take on a subject like this?
We can't change anything about the unknowing in life, but we can talk about our thoughts on this subject.

So this was something I wrote a few weeks before launching my blog and I wanted to put it up. In the mean time I grew so much and reading The power of now helped me so much with handling thoughts like this! I know they're still wandering around in my head, but I don't let them come out anymore. Still, it is a subject I want to talk about with others. How you guys handle it or do YOU need tips/help?

''Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have''

zondag 2 oktober 2016

Vivera meatreplacers: second out of seven reviews

Last night I felt like adding something to my veggie stirfry and I was lucky to have these :)
So that means.. a second review!

A while ago I had their normal chicken pieces which I really liked and these are the: chicken pieces chili lemon flavored. Hmm sounds good..

Appearance: it looks like..prepared marinated chicken. It scares some people of, but I really don't mind if it's not real meat. What I do mind is that some pieces are really small or more crumbs and other pieces are bigger. 
Texture: Sooo good! Not as firm as chicken, but the texture comes really close. The inside looks JUST like chicken. The pieces really add something to your veggie stirfry, pasta dish, risotto.. you name it!
Taste: I love the chili lemon flavour! Ok you can't really taste lemon, but the overall taste is good. The chili spice is there, but people who are afraid of spicy food could also just eat this. Does it taste like chicken? No it doesn't. On the background you can taste it's own flavour, my guess from the soy ;)
Ingredients: no wheat, big plus!! It's mostly soy, sunflower oil, pea fiber, lots of herbs and some sugar. Oh and quite high in protein for people who are interested in that ;)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5. The flavour is good, texture also and wheat free.. I would buy them. Tastes better than chicken in my opinion!
(so sorry for the picture quality, but autumn is coming so the sunlight is going..) 

 Pandan rice, oyster mushrooms, bell pepper and the chicken pieces!