Autumn Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

One of my favorite cookies that my mom makes are snickerdoodles!  As they already have some cinnamon which makes them a bit more of an autumn/winter cookie, I decided to try to make them even more autumn. By just adding a little pumpkin and wintery spices the cookie became a completely different one.  I also love how the pumpkin made the cookies even softer than usual.

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You can either cook and mash up the pumpkin yourself, or use a canned version.  I used a canned version so that I could go outside and enjoy the beautiful autumn weather we were having.

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Delicious creamy homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte, inspired by the fall classic from Starbucks. The main difference between the original and my recipe is that in my Pumpkin Latte, there is actual Pumpkin inside! No artificial flavors, no artificial sugars and no dairy products!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

I’ve been thinking of pumpkin recipes these days and was looking for something different, something that isn’t like anything I posted already to the blog. The Eureka moment came to me last Sunday when I was sipping my favorite cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks… I thought I have to try this at home it can’t be too difficult… You only need some pumpkin flesh, cinnamon, nutmeg, freshly ground pepper, vanilla soy milk and a little agave syrup as a sweetener if you like.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

This delicious spicy, sweet and creamy Latte is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and a perfect start to the day or snack to satisfy your sweet cravings in the afternoon.

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Vegan Shopping Guide

Heutzutage ist die Auswahl an Veganen Lebensmitteln sehr groß, vielfältig und muss nicht teuer und aufwendig sein. In der Regel mache ich meinen Haupteinkauf an Grundnahrungsmitteln beim Discounter, ergänze dann mit einigen Lieblingsprodukten vom Supermarkt und Bio Supermarkt. Ab und zu gibt es dann zusätzlich etwas “exotisches” Online, was ich sonst woanders nicht bekomme. Ich habe hier einige Tipps für Euch zusammengestellt, die Euch vielleicht beim veganen einkaufen helfen könnten.

ALDI

1. Discounter

Meinen wöchentlichen Großeinkauf verrichte ich meistens beim Discounter wie ALDI oder LIDL. Inzwischen gibt es in jedem Discounter eine gute Auswahl an veganen Produkten. Ich finde die Obst- und Gemüseauswahl und Qualität sehr gut und greife hier in der Regel richtig zu. Viele Filialen haben auch Sojadrinks und pflanzliche Pasten im Sortiment oder Früchte und Fruchtsorbet im Tiefkühlfach.

2. Supermärkte

Die meisten Supermärkten bieten eine gute Auswahl an veganen Fleischersatzprodukten wie Soja Bolognese, Frikassee, Bratwürstchen, Nuggets, Burger, Gyros und mehr. Daneben gibt es Tofu, Räuchertofu und viele verschiedene Pflanzenmilchsorten. Die größte Auswahl habe ich bislang immer bei REWE und EDEKA entdecken können.

3. Bio Supermarkt

In Bioläden und Reformhäusern ist die Auswahl an veganen Lebenesmitteln richtig groß. Die Lebensmittel sind zudem biologisch produziert, fair gehandelt und meist sogar mit einem Vegan Label versehen. Die Qualität der Produkte ist ausgezeichnet, was sich allerdings auch in den Preisen niederschlägt. Ich verrichte meinen Großeinkauf daher eher nicht in solchen Läden sondern kaufe hier und da mal Kleinigkeiten wie Aufstriche, Müslis und pflanzliche Milchprodukte. Außerdem kaufe ich meine veganen Schoko Naschereien ausschließlich in Bio Supermärkten…

Vegane Schoki

Meine Bio Supermarkt Favoriten sind:

4. Asia Shops

In Asian wird viel mit Tofu, Kokosmilch und Gemüse gekocht, daher ist der Ausflug in den Asia für Veganer und Vegetariar auf jeden Fall lohnenswert. Neben Sojaprodukten wie Seidentofu, Tempeh und Seitan findet man auch ausgefallenen Gemüsesorten und eine Riesenausfall an Ei-freien Nudeln.

Meine Asia Shop Shopping Must Haves sind:

  • Reispapier für Sommerrollen
  • Reisnudeln
  • Kokosmilch
  • Gemüse (z.B. Bokchoy)
  • Ingwer
  • Tofu
  • TK Sojabohnen (Edamame)
  • Soßen

5. Drogerien

In Drogeriemärkten, wie DM oder Rossmann, findet sich im Bio-Lebensmittelsortiment eine Auswahl an veganen Knabbereien, Hafer-, Reis- oder Sojadrinks, Konserven, Pasten und Aufstrichen.

6. Online

Online gibts es  massenhaft Seiten mit schmackhaften, rein pflanzlichen Produkten. Ich bestelle meistens über Amazon oder besuche die folgenden Webshops für vegane Goodies:

Veggie Eating Out – Nuremberg

I’m happy to see more and more vegetarian and vegan restaurants, cafés, delis and menu options appearing even in a small city like Nuremberg. Whether you are on a vegetarian, pescetarian, dairy-free, egg-free or gluten-free diet or just simply want to try something different, the offer is good and constantly growing.  After living 3 year in Nuremberg I discovered some great places for vegetarian or vegan eating out which I’m going to share with you.  All the places below I have tried myself and I’m eager to expand this collection for the future.

Cafés

Mr Bleck

Coffee Mr. Bleck offers a large variety of hot drinks prepared with soy-milk and some delicious vegan bagels. My favorite drink is the soy chai latte.

 

Starbucks

The all-time classic. All drinks can be prepared with soy-milk and within the sandwich offer there is a tasty Vegan Avocado Ciabatta. Right now they have the DELICIOUS Pumpkin Spice Latte in the drinks menu, which they can prepare vegan as well.

Restaurants

The Tasty Leaf

One of the two fully Vegan Restaurants in Nuremberg with this special feel-at-home ambiance. The menu is changing every week, to ensure a versatile, seasonal and regional offer. I had the Italian Cappelletti with a creamy herb sauce (image) and my partner the black bean burger. Both dishes were absolutely spot on! Service was extraordinarily nice and the atmosphere really cozy and inviting. They also sell vegan chocolate candies and bars at the counter, I simply couldn’t pass by without picking some :)

Bogenstraße 43 · 90459 Nürnberg · Tel. 0911 / 80 19 55 29

Tasty Leaf

 

Vegan Food

The second fully Vegan restaurant in Nuremberg offers a variety of Asian Specialities and a Sunday “all you can eat” buffet. I found the interior of the place not very inviting, but the food was overall good. It’s absolutely amazing to see how these guys transform Seitan into meat-look-alike dishes.

Kirchenweg 22 · 90419 Nürnberg · Tel. 0911 / 37844613

Vegan Food

 

Chesmu

A fine vegetarian restaurant which prepares all dishes also vegan upon request. The service is extremely nice, the food delicious and the desserts are vegan and to-die-for. My favorites are the apple crumble and the chocolate cake, to the point that as I’m unable to decide which one to take, I usually take both.

Johannisstr. 40 · 90419 Nürnberg · Tel. 0911 / 390390

 

Tibet

A very cozy restaurant which offers delicious Indian fusion cuisine. The vegetarian dishes are marked in the menu as such and can be  prepared vegan as well. I believe I have tried almost every veggie curry dish from the menu and I can’t decide which is the best one, they are all so good!

Johannisstr. 28 · 90419 Nürnberg · Tel. 0911 / 3000754

 

Thaifood

Probably the best veggie curry in the city! I would recommend this rather as a take-away option, as it is always very crowded, loud and not really inviting inside. But the food is super fresh and tasty!

Bucher Straße 23 · 90419 Nürnberg · Tel. 0911 / 377 80 09

 

Dean & David

Great Deli for lunch or a snack break. Huge variety of salads, smoothies and sandwiches. At lunchtime they have really nice soups and curries. My favorite is the vegan yellow curry and their delicious carrot ginger juice.

Innere Laufer Gasse 35 · 90403 Nürnberg · Tel.  0911 / 211 45 210

 

Auguste Premium Junkfood

Auguste Premium Junkfood is located in the south of the city and serves organic and homemade burgers. The menu has a lot of vegetarian and vegan options too.

Augustenstr. 37 · 90461 Nürnberg · Tel. 0911/9326869

 

Hans im Glück

Hans im Glück is a Burger Joint with a great variety of vegetarian (+ 1 vegan) burgers. You can choose between sourdough or whole grain bun or have your burger without the bun served on a salad.

Königstr. 74 · 90402 Nürnberg · 0911 / 99283661

 

 

I’m still discovering great vegan restaurants and cafés in Nuremberg, please let me know in the comments below if you have another great tip, especially for Breakfast!

 

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

chocolate Chip cookie

This is a great healthy cookie recipe!  They have no flour, sugar or eggs in them! Also making them is very easy.  There is no order for mixing the ingredients, you can just throw everything in your mixer!  The bananas and apple sauce give the cookies a light sweet taste and the chocolate pieces help satisfy my chocolate cravings.

chocolate Chip cookie

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Vegan Diet – The Basics

A Vegan diet is the abandonment of meat, fish, poultry as well as any other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products and honey. The key to a nourishing and healthy vegan diet is VARIETY. This includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, grains and legumes as well as nuts and seeds.

The vegan food pyramid from veganfoodpyramid.com below shows you all important elements for a nutritionally sound diet.  As you can see the base consist of fruit and vegetables, followed by whole grains and completed by beans and fortified dairy products as a source of protein.

Vegan-Food-Pyramid

If you want to know more about where to get all your vitamins and nutrients from I recommend to download the free PDF from happycow.net.

 

For a successful vegan start I recommend:

1. print out the food pyramid chart and stick to your fridge door

2. clean up your fridge and pantry – drop or give away (to friends/family/neighbors) all animal products and animal product containing food

3. start your new lifestyle by discovering new meat-free, dairy-free and egg-free recipes and enjoy the whole variety of delicious foods. I will be posting every week delicious and simple vegan recipe ideas alongside with tips and tricks for a sound vegan nutrition, so make sure you are subscribed to the EatCookSmile newsletter (sign up on the right side bar)

 

Tip: Read the labels carefully. Animal products and by-products can be found in many foods and even foods you don’t expect (e.g. gelatin in gummy bears). Are you wondering whether or not it is ok to buy food which doesn’t contain any animal products but is marked with the comment “may contain traces of milk and eggs”? No worries. This comment just shows that this food has run through the same production plant and might be unintentionally not 100% free of animal products. This is especially important for allergic people as traces of these certain ingredients can already cause an allergic reaction. From a Vegan stand point of view these foods are still ok to eat, as no animal products or by-products have been considered for the recipe of this food.

 

Sources:

“Vegan Food Pyramid” – veganfoodpyramid.com ; “The Vegetarian Resource Group” – vrg.org;  “Peta”  peta.org

Disclaimer:

Please note I’m not a doctor or dietologist. Everything I’m writing about is based on my own research and experience. I’m open for questions and more than happy to share my experience with you, but cannot offer you any medical advice or consultancy. If you need medical advice please consult your doctor.

Vegan Breakfast Recipes

Breakfast

It can be really hard sometimes to pull together and make a nice and healthy breakfast, can’t it? The biggest challenge for me at the beginning of being Vegan was the breakfast. After I ditched milk, yoghurt, cheese and ham, I first felt like I can’t eat anything anymore for breakfast… Than I realized that a vegan breakfast can be so delicious, varied and satisfying. The trick is simply to make a healthy breakfast choice loaded with fruits, veggies, whole grains and healthy protein. During the week I usually prefer smoothies or something that can be jarred, as it needs to be quick or on the go. On the weekend I take my time and enjoy such as a variety of fruit, whole grain bread with avocado spread and a smoothie.

Here my favorite vegan breakfast recipes in a round-up.

1. Vanilla Ricepudding with Cherries

Vanilla Ricepudding with Cherries

2. Bananilla Smoothie

Bananilla Smoothie

3. Banana Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Banana Chocolate Protein Smoothie

4. Almond Milk Rice Pudding with Raspberries

Almond Milk Rice Pudding

5. Sunshine Breakfast Smoothie

Sunshine Smoothie

6. Raspberry Kiwi Smoothiebowl

Raspberry Kiwi Smoothie Ice Cream

7. Banana Peanut Power Shake

Banana Peanut Smoothie

8. Green Protein Oatmeal

Green Protein Porridge

10. Watermelon Coconut Smoothie

Watermelon Coconut Shake

11. Coconut Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding Strawberries

12. Fruity Porridge

Porridge with Fruit

13. Spicy Plums

Spicy Plums

 

What type of breakfast would you like to see more on EatCookSmile ?

Vanilla Ricepudding with Cherries

Vanilla Ricepudding with Cherries
It starts getting really cold in Germany and especially in the mornings it’s so dark and chilly. A great time for some warm comfort food, a blanket and movies. This delicious warm vanilla rice pudding is exactly what I needed for Breakfast last weekend. I made it with vanilla flavored soy milk, frozen cherries and loads of cinnamon. This is perfect!

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This tasty meal is suitable for a dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan diet. You can use frozen, canned or fresh cherries, depending on your taste and availability. I used for this recipe frozen ones as I love the combination of hot and cold ingredients, like ice-cream with hot cherries. This recipe works just the other way round…

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Bananilla Smoothie

Bananilla Smoothie

Sweet ripe bananas, vanilla flavored soy milk and cinnamon. It’s such a creamy and sweet smoothie you won’t believe that there is no artificial sugar on inside.

At the moment I’m a little lazy in the mornings and prefer simply mixing a delicious smoothie which I can worst case grab and drink on the way to work. If you tried and liked my Banana Chocolate Smoothie you might love this one too! The scent and taste of cinnamon, vanilla and bananas in the morning is so delightful…

Bananilla Smoothie

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