Oatastic

img_8153Today a super super easy recipe, but also a very helpful and healthy recipe! Sounds good right? Easy, because it only has 4 ingredients (and one of them is water). Helpful, because you can use it in so many things. Like overnight porridge, smoothies, over cereal, with granola or to make granola, in tea or coffee and anything you can think of needing milk. Healthy, because it includes oats, it only has a tiny bit of agave nectar and a pinch of salt. The only thing you need, what is maybe not that common, is a nut milk bag (or you can also use a cheese cloth). You can easily order those from Amazon, so please don’t let this scare you away. Because it’s super fun and nice to make.

img_8151RAW OAT MILK

-1 cup oats
-4 cups water
-1/2 tsp agave nectar
-Pinch of salt

-Put the water, the agave nectar and the salt with the oats and let it soak for 3 min.
-Blend, for 2 minutes. Strain with a nut bag.

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Coconut milk / Rice cakes

COCONUT MILK
I love curries. It’s one of my favourite dishes to make, but especially to eat of course. It might be because it’s with coconut milk. I love everything with coconut, I’m quite addicted. A bar with coconut, a smoothie with coconut, a shower gel with coconut.. yes, yes and yes! Now to make curry and all these yummy recipes which include coconut milk (you might have spotted quite a few) I use the coconut milk from ‘Pride’. This is because it has more actual coconut in there than any other brand I know. A lot of times it’s around 50% water and 50% coconut or they added a lot of other very unnecessary ingredients (sometimes even sugar!). Pride coconut milk has 75% coconut inside. If you need the cream of the coconut milk, this is definitely your number one brand. Especially when you want to make whipped coconut cream. So much cream! It’s very tasty too. The only thing I don’t like is that it’s not organic, but you can’t have everything I guess. So the next time you make curry, a hot chocolate or a creamy soup, use this. You can get it in a lot of supermarkets, you get more worth for your money.. and it isn’t even expensive

RICE CAKES
A yummy snack or a healthy lunch, rice cakes are very great. Just a rice cake with nut butter is a perfect protein snack and when you put some cream cheese, humous, avocado and veggies on top, you will have a lovely lunch. You do need quite a lot of these ones if you want to have them for lunch though. Because they’re thin it doesn’t fill you up easily. So in general I think these ones are better as a snack. I love rice cakes a lot, also on its own. If I don’t watch out I will eat a whole pack. I actually especially like the thick ones, but I recently discovered a very thin one I like too. The multigrain thins form Sainsbury’s. They are healthy, have a nice bite, have a very different taste and you only need a little bit of something to put on there, perfect. I really like to have them with cream cheese, cucumber and some cracked black pepper. The only thing what is a little less nice is that they break quite fast. Some of them are even already broken in the pack. It is because they’re so thin.

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Little Coconutters / Falafel burgers

LITTLE COCONUTTERS
Not sure if you know the brand ‘The Coconut Collaborative‘, but it’s quite a fantastic brand, with lots of great vegan ice cream. Recently I see more and more stores and supermarkets selling this brand. What is really great! Last time I was at Sainsbury’s I saw these ‘Little Coconutters’, I’ve never seen before. They caught my eye because of the nice design on the packaging, with the blue leaves and cheeky monkeys. Coconut vanilla on a stick.. I couldn’t just walk passed this, could I? I’m totally nuts about coconut, so I got them. Good thing I did, because they’re totally delicious! The Coconut Collaborative did’t use refined sugar, but grape juice to make them sweet. What makes me like them even more. There are just too much products ruined by sugar nowadays. They’re not very big, but it’s also not gone within 2 bites, I would say they’re the perfect size. I didn’t try it yet, but I think if you’d blend them with a glass of plant-based milk and maybe even a piece of fruit (banana?) or a tablespoon of cacao powder, they make an amazing milkshake. I think they’re aiming for children, but they’re a super nice dessert or snack for adults too. With the days getting warmer and summer on its way, I only have one thing to say: Go and try these!

FALAFEL BURGERS
Do you remember the ‘pepper steak style pies‘ of ‘Fry’s Family‘ I reviewed before? This brand is amazing and the last time I was at Holland&Barret I saw these falafel burgers. They were not in a classic Fry’s package and I didn’t realise at first they were from Fry’s. They’re quite new! I really like this packaging much more, because I always thought the other packaging looks a bit cheap. This looks more appealing in my opinion. I obviously had to try them, as I love falafel and I like that there is no crap in these. Guilt free burgers! So I made my boyfriend and myself a nice falafel lunch in the weekend. I toasted some whole wheat pita breads and fried the burgers in a pan. To make them fit in the pita bread properly I cut the burger in half, in length (so I had 2 thin burgers). I put them in the bread, together with some iceberg lettuce, sliced tomatoes, gherkins and a good amount of houmous. It was very good and my boyfriend really liked it too! I was a little sceptical at first, because I thought they might be a little dry, because that is what you get a lot. But Fry’s did it again and created a yummy new burger. I like that there are corn pieces in there and some quinoa too. I bet they are very yummy on a proper burger bun too, with red onion rings and some chilli sauce. Perfect lunch!

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Unroasted Almond Milk / Coconut curls

img_3078UNROASTED ALMOND MILK
Almond milk is one of the best plant-based milks I think. One of the healthiest for sure, if you get a non-sugar one. I tested a lot of plant-based milks and what I like to use for what. I don’t like almond milk in my tea, but I think it’s great for porridge, cereals, smoothies and hot chocolates. I always bought the Alpro roasted almond milk for that, I did like the taste, but quite recently they came with a new one: Unroasted! It’s so much better. It really tastes like raw almonds and it gives a little extra to your hot chocolate, yum! I’m happy they came with this, I think it must be a little healthier too. So if you’re not into ‘milking the almonds’, I think this is a good alternative. Give it a try!

img_6504COCONUT CURLS
Last time when I was in the Whole Foods Market I saw these Ape coconut curls snack bags. Everything what says ‘coconut’ is interesting I think, because I’m in love with coconuts! I looked them up and I liked the story of how it came on the market. If you want to read about it, go to their website. Later when I was at Planet Organic they were on discount and so I bought one. They also have a peppery flavour (what is an interesting combination I think, I should try those too), but I went for the salted chocolate version (of course). First of all, I like the design of the bags, it makes you want to try them. Second.. it’s deeeeelicious!! You have to try this! Just do!

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Sint Twist

img_2682In the Netherlands, every year, we celebrate ‘Sinterklaas’. A lot of people confuse this Dutch tradition with Christmas. Some people even think we celebrate Christmas earlier in the Netherlands, but Sinterklaas is very much separate from Christmas. Though there are similarities: It’s both in December, Sinterklaas en Santa Claus do look like each other a bit, it’s important you’ve been good all year, it’s also with presents and nice food and children love it. We celebrate Sinterklaas on the 5th of December, but as we officially welcome him to the Netherlands about 2 weeks before this date, there is something else we do. You can put your shoe in front of the fireplace, sing a song, leave some treats for his horse and write him a letter if you like. The next morning it’s swapped for a present. So exciting for children!

img_2683On the day itself a lot of people have a nice meal together and after that it’s time.. The presents are waiting at the door and somebody(a family member, friend or neighbour for example) will ring or knock the door really loud. Children will run to the door and of course there is nobody there. When the presents are all inside it’s time to open them and it’s just so much fun! A typical sweet what is given by his helpers, are ‘pepernoten’. It’s like little biscuits. They’re delicious! I thought it would be nice to give you a little recipe today for a ‘pepernoten milkshake’. Very simple, very yummy!

SINT TWIST

Serves 1

200 ml oat milk
1/4 cup pepernoten
1/2 banana
1/2 tbsp palm sugar

-Put all the ingredients in the blender and mix until smooth.
-Sprinkle a crushed pepernoot on top.
tip: you can get pepernoten in the Dutch shop ‘Hema’.

Did you know what Sinterklaas was already? Have you tried pepernoten before and are you going to give this recipe a go? Please let me know in the comments below or share a picture on Instagram using #PlanetManel. Thank you! X 

Yorica

14374749_1242909819086452_269032890_oThis will probably be our last day of summer.. 3 days of 30 degrees and then the temperature will drop with 10 degrees! ‘Last day of summer’, is quite a romantic thing.. isn’t it? All the memories you have made over the sunny (ok it’s London, so it’s only fair to also mention the rainy days.. kissing in the rain maybe?) days. What is better than ending it with 30 degrees and some vegan ice cream or frozen yogurt? Exactly, nothing! I’m sure you can find some time to catch a bus and go to Soho. Because that is where ‘Yorica’ is. ‘Yorica’ is my favourite hotspot at the moment. They are not only 100% vegan, but their ice cream, frozen yogurt and shakes are also wheat, gluten, dairy, egg and nut free!! Also all the ingredients are 100% natural and from a sustainable source. I guess it can’t get any better. OMG!

14359733_1242909825753118_135261789_oThey only opened very recently and I just found out before I went on my holiday (for a month), so I had to wait.. but then when my brother came over as soon as I was back, we went to ‘Yorica’ on our last evening together. It couldn’t get any better!
You can choose a size and a lot of different toppings. We both went for large (duhh) and it was so hard to choose. Eventually I chose ‘Cookies and Cream’, ‘WowButter’ (this was def my favourite WOW!) and ‘Rose’, as I love roses. I wasn’t very good at choosing toppings, because there is so much to choose from. So I went for a lot.. haha.. brownies, oreo, popcorn and chocolates. It was hard to find any space to put it all on. Oops!
14374661_1242909812419786_944793031_oIt was deeeeeeeelicious! I must say that the rose was quite interesting. I liked it, but maybe not with the combination I chose. But it is definitely worth trying. The next time I’m going for the frozen yogurt, because I have a confession to make. I have never had frozen yogurt in my life. So I’m very curious about it.

‘Yorica’ is based in Soho. Wardour Street to be precise. It’s the same street where Vantra used to be. My number one vegan restaurant. They have a super cute, perfect little place and the staff is very friendly. Even though me and my brother came in quite late, they were still overly kind.

14329406_1242909815753119_556124669_oI’m super excited about this new hotspot and thrilled that it’s in London! I’m so happy to share it with you guys. This is a must go hotspot! What is also very cool.. they have really good opening hours. So I’m sure you can find some time to pop in today! Today they’re open from 12:00-00:00 (until  Saturday). On Sunday they’re open from 11:00-22:00 and from Mon-Wed from 12:00-22:00. Oh and check out their beautiful website!

YORICA
130 Wardour Street
London W1F 8ZN

Did you already have a taste of this frozen goodness? What did you think? Or are you very excited to go now? Please let me know when you do! You can let me know in a comment below or show me on Instagram using #PlanetManel. Thank you! X

Simply Heaven

13499836_1178672748843493_1426228282_oSimple and delicious. If this sounds good, then I’m sure you’ll love this recipe! Also it contains peanut butter.. do I need to say more? Chocolate and peanut butter.. I know it gets better and better. Milkshakes are a very good snack. And you can also drink them before or after a sweaty work out. This one especially is very good for that. It’s filling, but filled with energy. I actually made this recipe sort of by accident. I fancied a milkshake and got all the things I liked and could find and put it together. The result was so tasty that I decided to write it down so I can share it with you guys. I hope you’ll like it just as much as me. Enjoy!

13548967_1178672752176826_877614806_o (1)SIMPLY HEAVEN

Serves: 1

300 ml hemp milk
1 (big) tbsp peanut butter
1 frozen banana (chopped)
1 tbsp cocoa
1/2 tsp cinnamon

-Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend until nice and smooth.

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Nutty Coconut

13275400_1157046781006090_253796899_oHow I love coconuts and peanut butter.. it’s 2 of the many pleasures in life! So why not make a combination of these 2? That’s why I came up with this very creamy milkshake. It’s the tastiest thing and so simple to make. I always have these ingredients in my house and I don’t want to come across as bossy.. but so should you! Haha! Remember to at least always have a can of coconut milk in your fridge and frozen bananas in your freezer. Because this milkshake is a perfect snack in the afternoon or to use before/after a work out. I’m sure you can find a good time and a good reason to drink it. Here we go..

13288172_1157049931005775_1685540938_oNUTTY COCONUT

serves: 1

250 ml almond milk
1/2 cup coconut cream*
1 frozen banana
1 (big) tbsp peanut butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
decorate
1 tsp coconut (dried)
1 tsp almonds (chopped)

-Take the cream from the can of coconut milk (you can use the water for smoothies or other recipes) until you have 1/2 a cup.
-Mix all the ingredients in a blender until it’s nice and smooth.
-If you like you van decorate the milkshake with some coconut and chopped almonds.
*the coconut cream is the cream in a can of coconut milk and it works best if it comes from the fridge.

13287978_1157046647672770_1421146283_oDoes this sound mouth-watering to you and are you going to try this? Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard..

13072004_1138751369502298_150816230_oMy milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.. or girls.. or everybody who likes a good healthy milkshake! Because who doesn’t like a yummy milkshake as a treat or with lunch?

My favourite is definitely the ‘Cocoa Vibes’ as it’s rich and thick, and it’s chocolate.. duhh! But on a day with lots of sunshine I’d recommend the ‘Strawberry Flow’. So sweet and fruity, it’ll definitely add some extra sun rays to your day. Both without refined sugars, but with lots of goodness, 2 simple, but tasty milkshake recipes, I like to share with you. Let those Kelis vibes flow..

COCOA VIBES

13078124_1138751396168962_2015615323_oserves: 1

300 ml hemp milk
1 tbsp palm sugar
2 medjool dates
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp chia seed

Put everything in the blender and blend until nice and smooth. You can put it in the fridge for a while or add some ice cubes before drinking, if you like to drink it cold.


STRAWBERRY FLOW

13091872_1138751292835639_1781156959_oserves: 1

300 ml Koko milk
8 strawberries
3 medjool date
1 tbsp chia seed

Put everything in the blender and blend until nice and smooth. You can put it in the fridge for a while or add some ice cubes before drinking, if you like to drink it cold.

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