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.

COOKIE DREAMS

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

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CocoNuts

If it’s with coconut.. yes please! I have a big coconut addiction I’m afraid. I love products and recipes with coconut. It doesn’t matter if it’s chocolate, ice lollies, curries.. if it has coconut, I’m in! Ok, it does have to be vegan too. But luckily a lot of things with coconuts are as it’s used instead of cow’s milk. I also really like cake with coconut, I mean, who doesn’t right? So I created a coconut cake. I can already say it’s not healthy, as I used an area bas. You can of course replace the base for a healthy base if you want to make something a little more guilt free. But I do think this cake does really go well with the Oreo’s. So do you have a celebration coming up soon? Or do you just want to celebrate another day in your life.. this cake is perfect!

CRAZY COCONUT

Serves: 6-8

base
-1 pack oreo’s
-3 tbs coconut oil (melted)
filling
-1 can coconut milk
-1/2 cup plant based milk
-1/4 cup desiccated coconut
-1/4 cup water
-2 tbs agave nectar
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-2 tbs corn flour + 1/4 cup water
-1 tbs agar agar
extra
-desiccated coconut
-palm sugar
-cacao powder

-Baking tin

-Soak the desiccated coconut for about 30 min in the milk.
-Put the oreo’s and the coconut oil in the food processor and blend until it’s sticky.
-Divide the base over the baking tin. Press with the back of a spoon to make it even. Put this in the fridge.
-Put the water and the agar agar in a sauce pan and let it boil.
-Mix the corn flour with the water (I always shake it).
-On a low fire pour in the coconut milk , the milk + the desiccated coconut, the cream, the agave nectar, the corn flour mixture and the vanilla extract. Let it simmer for 2 minutes.
-Pour this on the base and put it in the fridge overnight.
-Sprinkle the coconut , the coconut sugar and a little bit of cacao powder on top.

Party, party?!! Are you going 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

Cookies And Scream

13453005_1168776799833088_537324334_oScream for cookies.. yes! You will scream for it like a toddler after you had some of the amazing creations from this bakery! I came across this bakery via Instagram and as soon as the words ‘vegan bakery’ appeared I was hooked. I mean.. who wouldn’t right? And if you take a look at what they make, boy!, it’s heaven on earth for sure. And if you think there is a lot of gluten and bad sugar going on here, you’re wrong. Because ‘Cookies and Scream’ are not only fully vegan, but everything is also gluten-free, low in fat, low in cholesterol and free from refined sugars. Did I mention the word ‘heaven’ yet? Oh yes I did, it just keeps popping up whilst writing this.

13410515_1168776789833089_1086190890_oThey have over 15 different kind of cookies and 5 different kind of brownies and this on top of a whole range of pies and donuts. To just name a few: Hot Mexican Cookies, Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chillin’ Coconut Cabanas, Gosh! Peanut Butter Brownies, Tofoofoo pie, Chocola donuts and so much more. These names are just mouth-watering by itself. Next to all their baked goodies, they also have a range of shakes. Does a ‘Salted Caramel’ shake sound good to you? Or what about a ‘The Gosh Brownie’ shake, where they actually mix in a brownie? I get it when you’re overly excited by now and want to go right this minute.
13410359_1168776793166422_1630156901_oIn that case, ‘Cookies and Scream’ are in a lovely location in Camden Town. Walking from the tube station, you walk towards the canal, cross it and turn left. You’ll see a ‘Cookies and Scream’ sign what brings you straight to the bakery. This also means it’ll be perfect for a little break whilst discovering the lovely Camden Town. They’re open 7 days a week from 10:00-18:00. But if you want to have a bit more choice, I recommend you to go on time and not last-minute as they often sell out or you can only choose between a ‘Salted Caramel Donut’ and a ‘Gosh! Peanut Butter Brownie’. Which in that case you just get them both, haha!

Though they are vegan and don’t use refined sugars etc. it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. It just means you can feel less guilty. Now get up and get your ass to the multi award-winning, most amazing bakery!

COOKIES AND SCREAM MOVED LOCATION: 
130 Holloway Rd, London N7 8JE.

Do you know ‘Cookies and Scream’ and what is your favourite treat? Are you on your way now? Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Personal Favourites GIVEAWAY!

12822910_1107678942609541_505810167_oYEAH! PlanetManel is online! Lets celebrate!

Celebrating means presents! And no, not for me.. but for you! I created this ‘personal favourites giveaway’ especially for you. (worth over £40!)

It was hard to make a selection, as I have so many favourites.. But I think these are really my ultimates!


All these products I totally love. A lot!

– Bobble Bottle. (I use every day)
– EatPrayLove dvd. (I’ve watched it over 50 times and I’ll never get tired of it)
– The Olive Branch shower gel from LUSH. (I use it for my hair, body and even to remove my make up)
– Pukka Love tea. (Lovely brand, lovely tea! I love everything with roses, so why not tea?)
– Vego Chocolate (No words needed)
– Hurraw Coconut lip balm. (This is heaven!)
– ??? Surprise gift. (pssttt.. I use it every morning)

For a chance to win this giveaway:
-Follow my blog.
-Follow me on Instagram.
-Leave a comment below.