Happy 3rd Anniversary!! + Cookie Dreams

I can’t believe it, Planet Manel is celebrating her 3rd anniversary! When I started 3 years ago I was feeling so motivated, because I finally found something where I could combine all my interests. I love creating.. I always did. As a child I was always drawing, making mood boards, writing short stories, designing.. With this many interests it’s sometimes hard to choose something. As I also really like animals, I studied ‘Animal Care’. After that I also did ‘Interior Design’. For both I have my diploma and for both things I’ve got a huge passion. Hence why I’m vegan, live in a van and design tiny houses for a hobby. My head is always full of ideas. Anyway.. before we get off the subject, I’m super proud that I kept blogging for the last 3 years. Some months I posted a lot and some months a little less, but I always kept going. I want to tank all my readers and people who followed my journey and parts of my life. Also all the people who made my recipes and a huge thank you for all the sweet messages. I couldn’t have done it without all of you. You are the best!

At the moment I can feel that I’m more focused and that the overall quality is improved. This motivates me even more, because it’s nice to see growth. Blogging is something I could only dream about. I tried it when I was a teenager, but without a real goal, I always gave up after a while. But this time the dream is bigger! I want to inspire you, make you feel happy, show you how easy it is to eat plant-based, to live with compassion and to just make the world a little better, starting with YOURSELF! Even when it’s only a little bit and it’s only changing 1 animal’s life at a time or when it’s your life.. to make you smile, to make you feel good and to let you taste yummy recipes. Talking about recipes. For the occasion I created these delicious vanilla, chocolate chip, cookies. To create the ultimate recipe I seriously baked 50+ biscuits. I had something in my head and I didn’t give up until I found the golden combination. I was so happy when I finally succeeded and I’m excited to share them with you! I called them ‘Cookie Dreams’, because they are a celebrations of dreams coming true.


Makes: 6

1 cup plain flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbs corn starch
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1 tbs plant-based  butter
3 tbs plant-based milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
20 gr dark chocolate (chopped)

-Preheat the oven at 200C.
-Mix all the dry ingredients (except the chocolate) together in a mixing bowl.
-Add the oil, butter, milk and the vanilla extract and mix well, until you have a nice sticky dough.
-Divide the dough into 6-8 pieces and flatten them (until they’re about 1/2-1 cm) on the (with baking paper covered) tray. Leave 3-4 cm between each biscuit, because they will go a little bigger.
-Divide the chocolate on top and slightly push them into the dough.
-Put them in the oven for about 12 min.
-Let them all cool down before getting them off the tray.

Make you dreams come true beautiful people! Oh and please let me know what you think of the Cookie Dreams. I’d love to see your creations.. you can do this on Instagram, by tagging me or by using #PlanetManel. Thank you! X


Dutch Style

Some might remember from 2 years ago, when I wrote about Sinterklaas. I created the recipe Sint Twist. Sinterklaas is a Dutch tradition. You can read about this in the Sint Twist recipe too. Sint Twist is a recipe, using the traditional little biscuits called ‘pepernoten’. This years Sinterklaas recipe is about how to make pepernoten itself. You can eat them just like that, as a snack, have them with a cup of tea, use them in cakes, ice cream, drinks.. they’re pretty awesome. Because of the lovely warming spices they’re great for the colder months too. The ‘speculaas’ spices are maybe a little hard to find in the UK, but take some with you when you’re in the Netherlands or google how to make the spice combination yourself. Might be rather fun to work with all these lovely smelling spices. The original recipe is quite unhealthy and that is why I made a recipe which is fairly healthy. I wouldn’t eat them instead of a carrot though, haha.. but looking at the ingredients, you hopefully get what I mean.


Makes: 60

-1 cup spelt flower
-1/3 cup coconut oil
-1/3 cup palm sugar
-1 tbs agave nectar
-2 tbs oat milk
-1 tsp speculaas spices
-pinch of salt

-Preheat the oven at 170C.
-Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them up.
-Then add the wet ingredients and mix it until sticky. The best way is then to use your hands and knead it into a dough.
-Make 2 rolls (from about 2-3 cm thick) and put them in the fridge for about 20 min.
-Cut them into slices of 1/2 a cm thick.
-Shape them a little with your fingers if you have the time and put them on a baking tin (covered with baking paper).
-Put them in the oven for 15-18 min.

Who is going to make this recipe? Even though you do not celebrate Sinterklaas, they’re still super yummy. Please let me know when you’ve tried them. You can do this in a comment below. You can also tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Nutty Treat

A biscuit is a good biscuit when you want to eat another one every time you finish one. Or are they maybe not so good then? Perspective! These Nutty Treat almond biscuits are delicious and I’m sure you can’t just only eat one. Are you having people coming over for tea or do you need some good biscuits for a high tea? These are your biscuits! Also good as a snack or to share with your friends or colleagues (..make sure you have the recipe by hand, because people will ask for it!). They are super addictive and so it’s a good thing they’re made with only good ingredients. So having a second one isn’t a problem. Yay! They’re not hard to make, especially when you have a food processor. So don’t waste any more time.


Serves: 12

1 cup spelt flower
1 cup ground almonds
1 cup palm sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs water
pinch of salt
12-24 whole almonds

baking tray
baking paper

-Preheat the oven to 180C.
-Put all the ingredients, except for the whole almonds, in the food processor and mix until you have a sticky dough.
-Roll it into a cylinder shape (diameter: about 8 cm) and put it in the fridge for 1 hour. If the dough is too soft, then put it in the fridge for a bit, to make it more firm.
-Slice the roll into 1 cm thick biscuits and put them on the baking tray (covered with baking paper).
-Lightly push 1-2 almond (s) into every biscuit.
-Put them in the oven for about 16-18 minutes, until golden brown.
-Let them cool down before eating.

Are you ready to make some addictive biscuits to share? Are you going to try to make this recipe? Please let me know when you’ve tried them. You can do this in a comment below. You can also tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Biscuit Feast #2

img_6795You might have notices that if I use berries in my recipes, it’s most of the time blueberries. I love blueberries. The consistency, the taste, the colour and you can make so many things with them. What is not to like?! Today I used them in the Biscuit Feast recipe. It’s the second Biscuit feast recipe. The last one had 2 varieties: ‘Raise your hand for Raisins’ and ‘Nuts for Coconut’. They were both super healthy. Today’s one is healthy too, but then without the white chocolate. You can easily decide not to add the chocolate, they will still be super tasty! They’re amazing with a nice cup of tea, but you can also have them for breakfast (ok, I’d recommend making them without the chocolate in this case..). One thing is for sure, when you’re feeling blue, I’m sure these will quickly cheer you up. Enjoy!


Serves: 10

-1,5 cup oats
-2 bananas (medium)
-10 blueberries
-20 gr white chocolate
-1/2 tbs coconut oil

-Preheat the oven at 180C.
-Mix the bananas and the oats until it’s a dough. It should be quite sticky.
-Divide in 10 little balls and but a blueberry in the middle. Then make them flat.
-Put them in the oven for 15 minutes.
-In the meantime melt the chocolate a bain marie and add the coconut oil.
-Let the biscuits cool down and put some white chocolate on each. Put them in the fridge for 10 minutes to let the chocolate get hard again.

Are you going to try these simple biscuits? Do you have a request for the next flavour? Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thanks you! X

ChOCO Dream

13499852_1178672795510155_944827911_oFor this recipe I was inspired by a Dutch cake, called ‘Arretjescake’. It’s actually with eggs and a lot of butter. It’s a very unhealthy cake, but super delicious. The recipe I made is not only vegan and super delicious, it’s also healthy. Or actually there is an option to make it all healthy. There are biscuits used in this cake. If you decide to make healthy biscuits before making this recipe, the whole cake would be healthy. The cake is very filling, that’s why it’s quite small. In case you have to treat a lot of people, you can always easily double the recipe. Use a little cake tin or any small dish, but if you double it, you can easily use a standard cake tin.
One of my aunts always made this recipe and whenever there was a party at her house, I always chose this cake. I could really get excited if I knew she made one. I hope you get just as excited after tasting it. It’s super easy, fast and does not require any baking. Everybody can make this!

13523889_1178672802176821_541324566_oChOCO DREAM

Serves: 6

175 gr plain biscuits (crushed)
1/2 cup palm sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/3 cup plain soy yogurt
1 tbsp flaxseed (+ 3 tbsp water)
2 tbsp cacao powder

13555816_1178672805510154_1221867065_o-Mix the sugar, coconut oil, yogurt, flaxseed mixture and the cocoa powder with an electric mixer until smooth.
-Make sure the mixture is not warm anymore (from the coconut oil) before you gently mix in the biscuits.
-Put some cling foil into a baking tin and divide the mixture.
-Place it in the fridge for at least 3 hours, but ideally overnight.

Are you going to make this amazing cake? Are you Dutch and do you know this cake and are you curious about this version? Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Biscuit Feast

13446222_1169109249799843_707711809_oThis is probably the easiest recipe there is. You only need 2 ingredients to have something very yummy. It also doesn’t take a lot or preparation, you probably always have these ingredients anyway, it doesn’t take long before you can enjoy and it’s easy to share. So many reasons to just try this!

These biscuits are amazing, because it’s a guilt free snack and you could even have them for breakfast if you please. Perfect for on the way, but also at home. I once had them with warm almond milk. Yum!
The only thing you need are ripe bananas and oats. Though this is the basic recipe, you can add a lot to it and give it your own personal little twist. I will give you 2 options today and maybe, if you guys like this, I can give you a different version every now and then. Or maybe you have requests? Let me know!


13441636_1169109203133181_365138828_oMakes: 12-14

2 large ripe bananas (mashed)
2 cups oats
1/3 cup raisins

-Preheat the oven to 170C.
-Soak the raisins for about 10 min in warm water.
-Cover the baking tray with baking paper.
-Mix all ingredients gently together with a wooden spoon.
-Use a tablespoon(or use your hands, just know it’ll be sticky) to scoop the dough on the baking tray and then flatten them. Make sure they’re not higher than 0,5 cm. Leave a bit of space in between each biscuit.
-Put them in the oven for about 15 minutes.
-Let them cool down before eating.


13410603_1169109253133176_1222537858_oMakes: 12-14

2 large ripe bananas (mashed)
2 cups oats
2 tbsp peanut butter
3 tbsp shredded coconut
pinch of salt

-Preheat the oven to 170C.
-Cover the baking tray with baking paper.
-Mix the banana and the oats gently together with a wooden spoon.
-Then lightly mix in the peanut butter and the coconut.
-Use a tablespoon(or use your hands, just know it’ll be sticky) to scoop the dough on the baking tray and then flatten them. Make sure they’re not higher than 0,5 cm. Leave a bit of space in between each biscuit.
-Put them in the oven for about 15-18 minutes.
-Let them cool down before eating.

Are you going to try these simple biscuits? Do you have a request for the next flavour? Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thanks you! X