Grittibänz for St. Nikolaus Day

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Welcome back to the blog everyone.

I feel like every post is starting with the same sentence. That it is nice to be back and that it has been a while.

What can I say. It’s nothing but the truth and I don’t feel very happy about it. I feel sad for not writing more as there are so many ideas on my mind. It could be a really good new year’s resolution….

So today I have a recipe for you, that is really dear to my heart, as I was making this every year around christmas. To be exact, every year before St. Nikolaus day.

This day is a very celebrated one in Germany and many other countries in Europe.  The children get bags or small stockings full of clementines, peanuts, chocolates and “Grittibänz”. Little men made out of sweet dough. “Grittibänz” is how they’re called in Switzerland.

When I was little I always loved kneeding the dough and forming little men out of it.  So as it is Christmas time and baking is one of my favourite pastime, I came up with a recipe that included ingredients which are actually good for you and a bit more healthy than the original.

The maple syrup improves the dough with a very light sweetnes and the coconut oil lets it just the very special something for making it slightly different but not taking it over the edge.

I think they taste absolutely devine and became super fluffy which I should probably credit to my love in the kitchen, named “Kitchen Aid”.

I hope you enjoy recreating this recipe and I wish you a very lovely and pensive christmas time with all your loved ones!

xx Lisa

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Grittibänz

Ingredients:

500g of spelt flour (630)
1/4 cup of maple syrup
100g of melted coconut oil
300 ml of almond milk (or any plant milk you like)
1 bag of dried yeast
1 egg (optional for brushing on them and make their skin look golden)

You’ll also need some almonds, walnuts or raisins for decorating your little dough man.

How to:

  1. First preheat the oven to 200° C.
  2. Pour the flour, maple syrup and melted coconut oil in a mixing bowl. Heat the almond milk a little bit and combine it with the dried yeast. Add this mixture also to your mixing bowl.
  3. Combine everything with your kitchen aid or any tool you prefer to use for this procedure.
  4. Let the mixer do its work until you’re left with a beautiful, smooth dough.
  5. Lay it into a clean bowl and let it rise on room-temperature for at least two hours, covered with a fresh kitchen towel.
  6. When the dough has doubled in size, you can put it on a floured kitchen counter and seperate it with a dough card into four similar sized portions.
  7. Take each one of them, form it into a roll and create arms,legs and a nose by cutting the dough with a knife and scissors.
  8. Now be creative by using the almonds and walnuts for giving the little man some buttons and eyes.
  9. If you wish, brush them with a little bit of egg and stick the baking tray into the oven. Leave it there and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden on the outside.
  10. Enjoy with some home-made jam on top!

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Chocolate-Coconut-Chia Granola

Welcome back to my blog everyone,

I’ve been away for quite some time, but my exams are finally over and I’m even back from my holidays already. So as university is still not starting yet, I have some time for my favorite hobby, which is finding new inspiration and putting it into lovely recipes for you all.

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Today I’m sharing with you a lovely granola recipe, which I’ve been thinking about for a very long time.

Since I was a child I’ve always loved chocolate granola, as I can be quite a sweet person in the morning. The sad thing about normal chocolate granola is the fact that it contains a lot of fake sugar and additives, which you just do not want to feed your body.

So I thought it couldn’t be too hard, to create a healthier version, that nourishes your body with natural and healthy ingredients.

The following recipe is  what I came up with and I absolutely love it. It’s exactly what I imagined and it even makes your milk chocolatey as the normal granolas you can buy at the supermarket. It contains the amazing power seed quinoa, oats which are super high in fibre and chia seeds that give you an extra dose of energy for your day ahead.

Of course you can add any seeds or nuts that you prefer, but this is what I came up with in a very spontaneous moment.

I hope you enjoy it.

xx Lisa

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Chocolate-Coconut-Chia Granola 

What you need:

1 cup of oats (glutenfree if you wish)
1 cup of puffed quinoa
1/2 cup of sunflowerseeds
3 Tbsp of chia seeds
1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
3 Tbsp Maple syrup
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp of vanilla powder
1 tsp of cinnamon
pinch of sea salt

How to:

Preheat the oven to 170°C

First you combine all of your dry ingredients in a bowl and set them aside.

Mix all your liquid ingredients, except for the coconut oil, in a small bowl whilst your heating the coconut oil on a medium heat in a non-stick frying pan.

When the oil’s melted, add in the creamy mixture and stir it a little bit, so the oil and the other ingredients combine.

Add in your dry ingredients as well and stir for no longer than 5 minutes.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and put your granola on top. Spread it out nicely, so it has enough space.

Put your baking tray in the oven for 15 minutes and stir it through every 5 minutes, to make sure it won’t burn.

Finally take it out of the oven and let it cool before you store it in an airtight container.

Enjoy it with plantmilk or as a lovely topping on your smoothiebowls.

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