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Vegan Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are a great way for us that are reeeeealy tried in the morning, like

“stir oatmeal for five minutes is too much”
tired, and
“I forgot to heat the water before I poured it over my tea”
tired, to get a good healthy, hearty breakfast.

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It’s a lot like uncooked, cold, slightly slimy, flavoured oatmeal, mainly because that is what it is.
I’m really selling it here, I can feel it.
Seriously its tasty! I like it and I’m a picky eater, and you can do like a million variations of it all to you liking, here are three of my favourites.

I found this first recipe for vegan chocolate banana overnight oats, but I lost the source! I have the recipe on a pice of paper but no idea where I got it from. Well not much I can do about that now. (I really looked for it)
Hint: The banana goes in the next morning!!

Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Perfect for us non morning people.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 dl rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 dl dried cranberries
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp of honey
  • 2 1/2 dl of your favourite plant milk
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed

Directions

  1. Start preparing the night before. In a fridge safe container mix the oats and cocoa powder, then add everything else, except the banana. Mix well, cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
  2. Next morning, take out your container, stir everything a bit, mash a banana and stir it in.
  3. Eat and enjoy.

Tips

You have to test around a bit with the amount of plant milk to get the consistency you like. And also maybe a bit of peanut butter wouldn’t go amiss in this one, you could mash it up with the banana. You can of course change the seeds to anything you like and add the sweetener of your choice.

But I am not really a “chocolate first thing in the morning” kind of gal, so I came up with this raisin cinnamon version.

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Cinnamon always works in the morning


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 dl rolled oats
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 dl raisins
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp of coconut sugar
  • 2 1/2 dl of your favourite plant milk
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed

Directions

  1. Start preparing the night before. In a fridge safe container mix everything together, except the banana. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
  2. Next morning, take out your container, stir everything a bit, mash a banana and stir it in.
  3. Eat and enjoy.

Tips


You have to test around a bit with the amount of plant milk to get the consistency you like.
Start with the smaller amount of cinnamon you can always add more later.
You can of course change the seeds to anything you like and add the sweetener of your choice.

And this Blueberry Vanilla one.

Blueberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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This one turns purple!


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 dl rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp of pure ground vanilla, or splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 dl of frozen blueberries, or fresh if you have them
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp of coconut sugar
  • 2 1/2 dl of your favourite plant milk, maybe go a little light on the milk here since the blueberries ad moisture
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed

Directions

  1. Start preparing the night before. In a fridge safe container mix everything together, except the banana. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
  2. Next morning, take out your container, stir everything a bit, mash a banana and and stir it in.
  3. Eat and enjoy.

Tips


You have to test around a bit with the amount of plant milk to get the consistency you like.
You can of course change the seeds to anything you like and ad the sweetener of your choice.


Vegan Overnight OatsI got some more Ideas while writing..

  • how about a chocolate cherry one
  • or chocolate mint
  • maybe cinnamon orange
  • I mean almost any berry or fruit would probably be tasty

I spent the whole week trying and tasting. 🙂 I hope I gave you some breakfast inspiration and if you haven’t tried overnight oats you should definetly give it a go.


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6 Easy Tips to Becoming Vegan

Are you thinking about becoming a vegetarian or a vegan? Are you wondering what that would entail and if you could do it, or want to do it? Here are 6 of my best tips for making it easier to become vegan.

TV1.  Start by watching these documentaries, or one of them, to understand what impact the meat and dairy industry has on the environment, our bodies and how the animals are treated.

And “The best speech you will ever hear” by Gary Yourofsky.
I have linked the titles to their corresponding trailer on YouTube. You can find some of them on Netflix, or free on YouTube.

How do you feel about veganism now?

plantmilksUPp2. Ok, milk. I did a test when I began being vegan.
I love lattes, that’s how I drink my coffee, and I love it, and need at least one a day. So if I was not able to find a milk substitute that I liked, then I was sort of screwed.
I changed to one of the favourite plant milks I had tried, Oatly’s oat milk especially for coffee, called ikaffe = incoffee, for one whole week. Then I made myself a cow milk latte and an oat milk latte and tried both.
The result was that they both tasted funny, the oat one tasted, not surprisingly slightly of oat, and the cow milk one had a weird metallic meaty taste.
I had no problem switching to plant milk after that.
It’s worth a try, right.

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3.
 My third tip is, skip the meat/dairy substitutes to begin with. They won’t taste like “hotdog” or “parmesan”, not while the real taste is fresh in you mind. Go for the vegetables, grains and fruits.
Then after a while, you can try the substitutes and see if you like them for their own taste and not what they are trying to taste like.

Holy-Nut-vegan-treats-450x5504. Your favourite treats. Try to find a vegan alternative to your favourite treats.
There are lots of great vegan chocolate out there.
Cookies, Oreos are vegan in some countries.
Vegan ice cream is usually just as good as other prepackaged ice cream.
Chips often have milk powder on them, but if you go for a “rustic” kind they are usually good, and Pringles have a “vegan” sign on their vegan chips. Yay Pringles!
Nuts and seeds are tasty and so are fruit, but never, ever let anyone tell you that fruit is candy! It’s not, its fruit! But try nice cream, its fruit and yummy!
If you can’t find anything good in you local grocery store, try searching on the internet. I have heard that iHearb is good, but I have never ordered from there myself.

Becoming Vegan

5. Find a community of fellow vegans, whether it’s on Facebook,  Instagram or any other place you feel comfortable, dare I say it, maybe not even a virtual one! A place to swap recipes and get motivated. Maybe someone has found the most gorgeous vegan ice-cream in you area, you would want to know about that right! And the same for knowing about that totally disgusting power bar popping up in the shops.

apples6. Ha, you thought I would stop at five! No, I have Aspergers I don’t like fives. 😀
Important tip number six is; be prepared, have a nut bar or a pice of fruit with you, because you might just find yourself hungry and in a place without vegan options.
Not to say It has to be hard eating out. You can use you vegan community to help you find great eating spots almost everywhere.

Oh, quick tips:

  • you are going to eat a lot of bananas
  • no, you are not going to die from protein deficiency
  • b12 is a good idea
  • learn to read on the back of Everything
  • Why not do some vegan cross stitch, download for free herekrosstitsh

I sincerely hope this helps you who want to go vegan and make the rest of you think about it. 🙂
Love to everyone, even the animals!


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Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake

Vegan Chocolate CakeI love baking, a bit to much, because someone has to eat it all. But since I became vegan I had to redo or find new recipes to fill in the gaps of old favourites.
I have a good vanilla sponge cake covered, but for my birthday, today when this is published 🙂 , I wanted chocolate! Yum!

The best base for my chocolate cake that I found was a “depression” or “crazy” cake, which I tweaked a bit to fit my needs.

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Its called a depression cake because it was invented by crafty housewives during the depression in the United States when there was no eggs, butter or milk, instead it uses vinegar and baking soda to make the batter rise.

Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake

I aded a shot of espresso and a generous amount of vanilla.

Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake

The frosting was tricky. I tried ganache, turns out I’m not that fond of ganache. I didn’t want a buttercream, or a chocolate buttercream. So I turned to an old favourite again and made it vegan.
Its the frosting for a Swedish classic cake called “kärleksmums” roughly translated, with the help from my Swedish vegan friends, Loveyums!

Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake
Kärleksmums – Loveyums

Its a chocolate cake you make a big batch of in a pan, drizzle this lovely chocolate/coffee icing on, and then sprinkle it with shaved coconut. The icing is the best part.
Its served in squares with traditional strong Swedish coffee, if you can see through it, its not coffee.

Its always a good idea to line your cake pan with parchment paper.

I made two separate cakes and layered them with frosting in the middle. And I artistically chose to just ad coconut to the edges.

Vegan Chocolate Cake, with Coffee Frosting

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 40 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Perfect for a birthday cake or when you just need that chocolate kick.


I made two of these cakes to get the double layer cake I made here, the frosting recipe was enough for the whole thing, but if you want a lot of frosting or be really sure you wont run out, make a double batch. Then it serves at least 15.

Chocolate Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp pure ground vanilla powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 shot of espresso plus water to make 1 cup
  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar

Directions

  1. Set oven to 350F or 175C.
  2. Butter and line you baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk the cake ingredients together, sift the flower if you feel like it, and spread/pour the batter in an about 28 cm baking pan.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Let cool before frosting and decorating.

Coffee Frosting

  • 60 g vegan butter
  • 5 tbsp strong coffee, start with four, and ad the fifth if needed
  • 6 dl confectioners sugar, adjust to get the consistency you want
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp pure ground vanilla powder

Decoration

  • shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Melt vegan butter.
  2. Mix with the rest of the frosting ingredients.
  3. Spread between the layers, if you are doing layers, and on the cooled cake.
  4. Decorate with shaved coconut in any way you want, let your creativity loose!


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Life with Aspergers

So today I thought I would start and try to be a bit vulnerable and honest about how my daily life with Aspergers, ADD and panic and anxiety issues works, and describe a typical at home day. This is hard!
I am inspired by EDucating Shanny on YouTube. She is so incredibly brave sharing her life with an eating disorder. And the blog The Cutting Cookies Circus that I mentioned on Monday. It’s so important to share what the reality is for a person with some kind of disability/disorder, physical or mental, to spread knowledge and understanding.

Ok here goes…. scary. This is going to be a long one, since I don’t have a “what is important and not” filter.

My day, sort of starts at midnight, it’s a marker for me that a new day has started. I need a lot of sleep, and I am totally crap at it, so going to bed is a bit tricky.
Firstly I need melatonin to actually get sleepy, Omeprazol for acid reflux, Stesolid  (a benzodiasepine) and Lyrica to not wake up with a full-blown panic attack, I also sleep under an 8 kg chain weighed duvet. But, these things are actually great, because finally, after years of insomnia, I am actually sleeping. I used to look forward to my horrible period pain because then I could take Kodein and get at leas three nights of good sleep, not healthy behaviour.

So, going to bed. Here I have two choices, sort of. I could take the more healthy seeming route and go to bed at about 12, at the same time as my husband, the problem with that is that I almost always wake up when he goes to work, and then I have trouble going back to sleep, and I need more sleep than him. I am awake for a few hours and then finally go back to sleep, wake up really late, like 13 of 14 pm and feel all groggy.

The other route is to wait a few hours, not a problem I am very active and awake at this time, and go to bed at 2 or 3 am in the morning, then I am deeply asleep when my husband gets up and mostly sleep right through it. If I do this I usually get a full nights uninterrupted sleep, but I wake up at about 12 noon, and I have missed a lot of the day and lots of sunlight. Now, I’m not a morning person so I don’t want to get up at 7 in the morning or anything like that, but say 10 would be nice. I haven’t found a way to make that happen… yet.

When I wake up, I usually watch a few YouTube videos to make myself a bit more alert, I have the same problem waking up, as I have falling asleep, I never, ever wake up feeling refreshed and done sleeping, probably because of the ADD. I have to convince myself to get up, and that’s quite hard when I’m alone in the house and have nothing planed for the day, I mean the bed is soft, warm and lovely, and has wi-fi, why leave it!?

I finally drag myself out of bed, grab some comfy clothing, and go feed the bunnies, my husband looked in on them before he left so I know they are not super hungry or anything. They want some pellets, new hay, water and usually a bit of sweeping, because they are messy little creatures. 😉  If its summer and we have our “sheep on loan” I go out on the deck and see where they are, count them in and make sure that they are all looking good. We talk a bit back and forth. 🙂 They don’t answer me when I mimic them, only when I speak human. 😀

Then I go take care of me, peeing and making breakfast, not at the same time! I don’t like breakfast, why would I, that would make things easier!
I think I am getting a bit cynical writhing this down, is it showing through?
But I love my mandatory big cup of black tea with a splash of oat milk. I might make oatmeal, or some other porridge, but that takes five minutes and sometimes I don’t have five minutes of patience in the morning. Or toast with banana and peanut butter or soygurt with muesli. I need something filling or otherwise whats the point. Now I need, at a minimum a full hour of silent waking up time (well, not silent for me, I listen to an audio book, play some “tapped out” on my phone, read or watch more YouTube, but don’t talk to me!) before I am able to do anything. And here is where I should remember to take my morning pills, a low dose of antidepressants, more Lyrica and some vitamins, especially important since I am a vegan. But I forget, say once a week or so, not good at all with these kinds of medications.

Then I have, lets call it “units” of energy to work with. I could go work on the blog, on some art like sewing, weaving, spinning or knitting, I could clean a bit, gardening in the summer or go for a walk. And after each unit I have to rest. The thing is, I have to start with one unit of energy, I don’t know what will happen later, and can’t presume there will be any more units, so I must choose one activity. If I am lucky and remember to get lunch on time (I have actually started to enjoy cooking for myself now that I am vegan) I might have a unit more after lunch and then past say 11 pm at night, my natural waking hours I have all the energy I want, and can complete large projects with precision, right when its time to go to bed.
Sometimes its great and I can work until the wee hours and really get things done and in spring hear the birds waking up and get to see the sunset before I go to bed.
And sometimes it’s totally inconvenient because I might have something to do in the morning and I need my sleep and new unit of energy. Thankfully the melatonin makes me sleepy about an hour after I take them, so even if I am wide awake, I know that after doing my nightly “brushing my teeth, cleaning my face” routine and some YouTube watching under the “very heavy” covers I will become sleepy.

When my husband comes home from work, we have dinner together and talk around the kitchen table, NOT! We are on totally different time schedules and I have usually already eaten and left him a plate in the fridge, but this is “Frida food” and it might not be palatable to everyone, and also he usually has had a big lunch.
Him coming home can go two ways, either I am happy to see him, get a new burst (unit) of energy and want to go do something! Or, I feel he is disturbing my lovely “quiet” alone time with his bursting in (to his home!) making noise and talking, this brings out emotions I didn’t know I felt and I can get really angry, not at him, it’s not his fault, just in general, but this calms down after a while.
And by the way, we eat in the living room each with a computer in our laps. 🙂 Thats how we like it!

(My head is currently screaming at me… “Aah, its just text, why would anyone want to read all this?!” Honesty, remember)


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Hay!

New hay setup for the bunnies! They used to have a fabric bag I sewed a while a go, but it was so floppy and it liked to collect teeny tiny pieces of hay that I could never clean out! This is a “Variera” plastic bag holder from IKEA. I have seen warnings that your bunny can get stuck in these, but Billy and Ivar are quite big and its securely cable tied to that grid.

They definitely seem to approve! They can reach they hay much better now. And these two are very good little hay eaters, I think they go through about tree refills of this size in 24 hours.

As you can see Ivar has had his haircut, and Billy is up next. They are almost exactly the same size…. I promise!


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