Bday Blast

img_5830Happy Birthday to me!! I turned 28 today! I love my birthday.. so childish, haha! Every year I’m just so grateful that I’ve lived another year. Another year with lots of good memories and valuable lessons. Another year to reflect on. Grateful that I’ll be able to start a new year. I love new beginnings. Also I always feel a little sad, as my family is in Holland and most years I’m in London on my birthday. Though this year I have my amazing boyfriend to join me and I couldn’t ask for more! I love him lots! I always make a cake on my birthday. Last year I made one of my favourites, called ‘Cake My Day‘. Though I would have loved to make that one again (as it’s sooo good), I want to make something different every year. This year I made something healthy. It’s oaty, chocolaty, fruity and very colourful! Oh an it might look like it’s difficult, but actually it’s a very easy recipe, everybody can make this. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!

img_5831BDAY BLAST

Serves: 10-12

-1 cup oats
-1 cup soft dates (pitted)
-1/2 cup desiccated coconut
-4 tbs coconut oil
-1 tsp cinnamon
-pinch of salt
-1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
-2 tbs agave nectar
-1/2 tsp vanille extract
-1/4 cup cacao
-1 cup plant based yogurt (plain-no sugar)
-2 cups blueberries
-1/4 cup berries (blended)
-1/2 cup water
-4 tbs agave nectar
-1,5 tsp agar agar
-1/2 cup cherries
-1/2 cup water
-3 tbs agave nectar
-1/2 tsp agar agar

-Start with he oat-base:
-Put all the ingredients for the oat-base in a food processor until it’s sticky.
-Put some coconut oil on the baking tin, before dividing the base equally. Press with the back of a spoon to make it flat and even. Don’t forget to do the sides too. You can make it as thick or thin as you like. (In case you have left over, roll it into little balls. Then roll them in some desiccated coconut and put them in the fridge for an hour. Yummy energy balls!)
-Put this in the fridge and make the chocolate-base:
-Put all the ingredients for the chocolate-base in a blender and blend until smooth. Then pour it over the oat base and make sure it’s even everywhere.
-Put the base in the fridge for 15 min. In the meantime, make the filling:
-Put the water in a pan and mix in the agar agar. Lower the heat when it starts to boil.
img_5832-Then mix in the yogurt very well.
-Add the agave nectar, the blended berries and the blueberries. Make sure you mix it up well, so that the agar agar is completely mixed in with everything. Let it boil for just a minute, but keep mixing it.
-Pour the filling on top of the chocolate and put it in the fridge for 1 hour.
-Make the top:
-Put the cherries and 1/4 of the water in the blender and blend until smooth.
-Put 1/4 of the water in a pan and mix in the agar agar. Lower the heat when it starts to boil.
-Then mix in the cherry puree and the agave nectar. Let it all boil together for a minute, but keep mixing very well.
-Take the cake out of the fridge and carefully divide the top over the filling.
-Put the cake in the fridge overnight or for at least 2 hours.

Are you going to make this cake? I’d love to see some pictures! You can show them to me by tagging me in the picture or by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. I look forward to it! Thank you! X