Dark chocolate & figs oat bars

How is your January going so far? I’m still having a bit of that winter-in-the-city blues because days are so short and most of the time it’s very dark outside what makes it difficult to shoot and also to get up early in the morning! No matter how early I go to sleep, I feel so tired in the mornings and have to fight the urge to cover with my duvet over the head and hide from the world. Anybody else have this problem? Anyway, I think it’s quite normal to feel this way from time to time and I know it will get better soon so in the meantime I just need to do all those things that help. Like having a walk out in the fresh air, a long chat and laugh with a friend, light candles for cozy mood at home, watch light and funny TV program like The Big Bang theory or Two and a Half Men, have lots of black and herbal teas and my beloved chicory coffee and of course dark chocolate! 😀

 

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Two purple detox smoothie bowls (vegan, GF)

How are you dear people and how did your 2017 start? I’m still kind of slow and as always those first few days of the new year, feeling like I should be doing a lot and be all nice and organized and have it all planned out while in the reality feeling a bit lost and overwhelmed, like not knowing where to start. Anyone else feeling the same?  But as I always tell myself, when you don’t know where to start just make that first step no matter how small it is and just start… 🙂

So I’m applying the same concept here on the blog and because I was putting myself under so much pressure that in the end most of the work that I had planned for this first week in January in the end didn’t happen. So instead of feeling guilty, I decided to take those first small steps and go from there. I will tell you about these smoothies in a minute but let me introduce them first! 😀

Ladies & gentlemen, here we have one pretty, healthy and delicious raspberry smoothie, just for you…

And here we have snow inspired also pretty, healthy and delicious blueberry smoothie…

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Cranberry pound cake with coconut frosting (dairy-free)

How are you dear people? Are you getting excited for Christmas? We have only few days left to finish decorating our homes, bake all the cookies and cakes we were planning to, buy and wrap all the presents and do (or not!) other million little things that we wanted to do. 🙂
But at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter if our house is perfectly decorated and if we baked ALL the cookies we were planning to, what matters the most is to spend time with our loved ones, our family or friends, be happy for little but the most important things, put a smile on someone’s face and do some good. In my family we always help somebody in need this time of the year and it’s such a beautiful thing to do, donate to a charity, personally give a little present or financial help to somebody who needs it, spread some love, warmth and positivity. Of course we all love cookies and presents but we should also always remember those who are not fortunate as we are, it’s such an important part of Christmas… <3

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Dark chocolate & orange cookies

I hope you don’t mind another cookie recipe! 😀 Well, it’s 10 days until Christmas (yes, the countdown has started!) so just in time for you to decide to bake these as well together with the ones you were already planning baking. These are soooo good!!! Honestly, these cookies have two major things going for them: 1. they are incredibly easy to make so no skills required and 2. they taste really really good! I’ve always been a huge fan of dark chocolate + orange combination so these are kind of perfect if you ask me. So you basically make a very simple dough, put it in the fridge for few hours, slice it into cookies, bake and than dip into melted chocolate and sprinkle with orange zest and sea salt, so so delicious! And please, please don’t leave out that little sprinkle of sea salt as it takes them to another level, yum.

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Almond cinnamon Christmas cookies (GF, vegan)

It’s two weeks until Christmas and this is the time we all start to bake cookies or look through the recipes to decide which ones we are going to bake for these festive days ahead. I’m sure many of you already have your favourite and I have mine too (you can see some of my favourites here on the blog under Recipes/Christmas) but it’s always nice to change things up a bit and try some new recipes. That’s why I have two new cookies recipes to share with you this week yaaay! 🙂

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Cinnamon & vanilla cooked quince compote (GF, vegan)

Have you ever had quince? It’s such an interesting fruit and I love how perfectly imperfect it is and how it transforms from hard and bitter to sweet and juicy when it’s cooked. After cooking it has beautiful sweet flavour that goes so perfectly with spices like cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, anise star… In Croatia there is kind of nostalgia around this sweet yellow fruit because many of our grandmothers used to put it on top of the cabinets and wardrobes as it has the most magical smell and aroma. Also many songs mention quince and always in some kind of heartfelt, Autumn/Winter melancholy and when translated to Croatian (quince = dunja) it’s also very popular female name. I am often inspired by nature and fresh seasonal produce that I connect with certain emotions and to me quince says: nostalgia, beauty, tradition, home, comfort, warmth.
So you see, for all those reasons I wanted to use it for my last Autumn inspired blog post before I get into festive mood (hopefully!) and start sharing those Christmas inspired, festive recipes and photos. 🙂


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Raw coconut chocolate ‘bounty’ bars (vegan, GF)

Happy Monday and new week dear people! To make the Monday morning a bit sweeter I’m sharing this simple but delicious recipe for coconut chocolate ‘bounty’ bars! I’ve always loved combination of coconut and chocolate and Bounty bars were always one of my favourite but since I changed my diet and stopped (or you could say drastically reduced) consuming refined sugar, I don’t eat those kind of sweets anymore. Internet is full of recipes for healthier version of this popular candy bar and this is my version, hope you like it as much as I do! It’s such a great little treat to keep in the fridge and it’s made with only few basic ingredients so couldn’t be easier really and we love those kind of recipes, don’t we?!. 😉


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Cherry chestnut chocolate chip cookies (GF)

Finally a new blog post! I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting more often lately but life kind of got in a way, you know, that other part of life that doesn’t involve beautiful food and photos. Sometimes when we follow someone online, whether is through blog or social media, we forget that even if that person is daily posting beautifully styled cakes, pretty flowers, lovely moments and scenes from travels or their home town, that doesn’t mean that in his/her life it’s all rainbows and unicorns, you know what I mean…
That is specially important to keep in mind when scrolling through our instagram feeds because often it feels like everybody’s life is better and prettier and more exciting than ours and in most of the cases that is just not true. We all do this work because we love it and because we have a need to share something beautiful and inspirational with our followers but it’s also important to keep real and to show our personalities and yes, occasionally even our struggles. I admit that I also sometimes need to be reminded of that so here it is, our reminder for a day!

And now we can talk cookies!!!! 😀


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Coconut oil cinnamon sugar blondies

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Happy Friday everybody! Any exciting plans for the weekend? I’ve been really busy this week and quite stressed too so it will be nice to just have a relaxing weekend with my family and lots of play time with my little niece and nephew. Hopefully Autumn will treat us with a couple of sunny and not too cold days so we can spend some time outside in the nature.  Some of my friends who live in Sweden have been posting magical photos of snow for the last few days and it made me miss “my” little town in the Swiss Alps where the snow blanket would cover the whole world and made it so peaceful and beautiful… I don’t think I will ever again live in a place so beautiful as those mountains! Of course there were other problems and limitations living there but that’s a whole other story, as far as the peace & beauty goes nothing can compare… But let me get back to here and now! 🙂

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Creamy & healthy chocolate smoothie (vegan, GF)

This chocolate smoothie is perfect for a morning like today, dark and gloomy and rainy! We all know that chocolate makes everything better and on a day like today we need all the chocolate we can get! The best part is when our little treat is healthy (I mean in my book dark chocolate is always healthy, remember cacao = antioxidants and all that!) and this smoothie looks and tastes decadent but it’s actually pretty healthy as it’s full of good healthy ingredients like banana, oats, raw cacao, almond milk, cinnamon…. You see, all good and healthy! 🙂

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