Healthy Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

P1070157_lznHealthy cookies. Nope, you have read it correct, these are healthy cookies. Shall I repeat again: healthy cookies. If you take apart the ingredients, they would be like your typical carrot cake oatmeal with a hard boiled egg by the side. Okay, I do admit there is some (ahem) sugar in them too, but it comes from honey, so we can count that one onto the healthier side as well, right?P1070153_lzn

My friend A and me were having dinner together (and studying) before exams and when she was about to leave, she decided to pass by her boyfriend’s house and bring him something. After all my suggestions were rejected, we came up with the idea of making cookies. Now, they had to be fast (she wanted to leave in half an hour), almost flourless (because my house, for once did not have cake flour), sugar-free (same problem) and well, good too (duh). A. said the dough looks like horse-fodder (comment of the boyfriend: “but it was nice horse-fodder though…)

I have had this recipe idea from Amy’s Healthy baking for quite a while now, so in the end, it came out to this. The advantage of using honey is way less chilling time (8 minutes in the freezer are enough), resulting in a thick cookie that is crunchy on the outside and very chewy on the inside. I ate all the cookies she left me (which is why there are only that few on the pictures, that was all that was left!).

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The dough is just melting the butter, mixing the liquid ingredients together, grating the carrot, stirring the dry ingredients into the wet ones and then in goes the carrot. The whole thing needs 8 minutes freezer time, then you can roll it into small balls, flattening them out with your palms a little, and place them onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper. After 15 minutes, they are already done.

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I thought they would get soggy the next morning but they didn’t. Just as good as the night before and guess what, I ate them for breakfast. Can you judge?

With love from the student kitchen,
Johanna

Healthy Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

  • Servings: 20 cookies
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This is what you need
130 g instant oats
35 g whole wheat flour
35 g almond flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinamon
1 pinch nutmeg
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted and then cooled
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
100 g honey
1 medium carrot (70 g)

And this is how we do it
1. grate the carrot
2.  In a bowl, whisk together oats, flour, almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
3. In a seperate bowl, whisk together the cooled butter (it should still be liquid), egg, vanilla and honey.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir with a spoon until just incorporated into a moist dough. Stir in the grated carrots.
5. Freeze the dough for 8 minutes, during that time, preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F
6. Using a tablespoon, drop the cookies on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
7. Bake for 12-15. minutes (they are slightly underdone after that time but they will continue baking on the sheets a little after you take them out).
8. Let them cool down on the baking sheets and enjoy!

Recipe idea from Amy’s Healthy Baking.
Cookies store in an airtight container for a few days.

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Breakfast Quinoa with Mango Rhubarb Compote

P1070231_lzn-1Summer is coming: Fruit, freedom and sunshine!!! But right now it’s raining – ugh! The whole time we have been stuck inside with exams the weather has been great, now we are finally done and yup, it’s going down. Okay, end of the negativity, because I have a really fast, easy and summery-breakfast to share with you guys.

Quinoa is maybe not a typical student food (because expensive), but it was on sale the other day so I thought I might try it. While being at the gym the other day I read this comment in a paper – a woman complaining about someone saying quinoa was their ‘guilty pleasure’, because obviously, how could that be? Well, this is the answer. With all the tender fruitiness, soft sweetness and bursting flavor, this feels like a treat and a healthy meal at once. The sweetness of the mango balances out the sourness of the rhubarb (no pulling faces here because you just got shocked with the immense sourness of rhubarb, I promise) and the vanilla flavor gives it an extra boost. Quinoa is extra light so you don’t feel bloated after eating (good for the bikini shape, huh?). And besides that, it is so easy to make.

P1070229_lznWash your Quinoa and bring it to cook with twice the amount of water in a pot (mine cooked for 20 minutes). Then, simply cut the mango into cubes (they don’t even have to be evenly sliced), wash, peel and cut the rhubarb. Melt some butter in a second pot, add the fruits, some water and vanilla and let simmer on medium heat until the fruit are tender (check a piece of rhubarb after 10 minutes). Your compote is done, now you just need to wait for the quinoa.
When that one is done, mix it all together (some extra yoghurt, maybe?) and enjoy your plate of summer.
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With love from the student kitchen,
Johanna

Breakfast Quinoa with Mango Rhubarb Compote

  • Servings: 1
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This is what you need:
100g Quinoa, uncooked
200 ml water
2 teaspoons butter
1 stick rhubarb
½ mango
¼ vanilla pod (expensive) or 1 teaspoon vanilla infused sugar
2 tablespoons water

And this is how we do it:
1. Wash the Quinoa and set to cook on high heat with the water (it’s best to cover the pot with a lid so that it will cook faster. Don’t forget to stir in between). Cooking time is 20 minutes.
2. Cut your mango into dice.
3. Wash and peel the rhubarb. Cut it lengthwise in half and then across into small cubes.
4. In a second pot, melt the butter. Add the mango, rhubarb and vanilla /vanilla sugar and water .Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, checking in-between if the rhubarb is tender. Don’t forget to stir, otherwise it will burn.
5. When the compote is done, remove it from the stove and wait for the Quinoa. When that one is done as well, mix with your compote (and maybe some yoghurt) and enjoy warm.

This is my own recipe. Please do not use it commercially without my permission. When using it on your blog, please re-write it in your own words and link it to the source to give proper credit:). Thanks! 

Sweet Chai Oats

P1060946_lznIt’s finals time. Woe-hoe. Honestly, I am pretty proud of myself because I am studying and working hard and doing all that stuff I am supposed to do (and I don’t even really dare writing this down because as soon as I say something like that stuff comes crashing down). In finals time, breakfast is especially important. It needs to be quick, nourishing (the brain uses up 20% of our calorie intake) and should taste good (motivation to start the day anyone?). So how about some chai oats to (literally) spice up your morning routine?

Although the Chai-Latte craze has kind of faded (same for bubble tea by the way, I’ve never had one during the time it was basically hyped all over the world and now they found out that it’s pretty unhealthy anyways) a cup of spiced black tea sometimes warms your throat and heart like nothing else can. Except for chocolate. Jup, nothing compares to chocolate.

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Now, if you want to do it quick, there is no time to mix all the spices yourself (although it’s a project I definitely want to do soon), but luckily there are Chai tea teabags readily available at the store. I got a package quite some time ago for around 1,50 Euros so I figured I might as well make some chai oats with it to . Mine is sweet chai (how they make it sweet, I don’t know), so in case yours isn’t you might want to add some sugar.

P1060941_lznSimply bring the milk to a boil, hang in your teabag(s), turn down the heat until it’s only simmering a little and let the milk infuse with chai for 4-5 minutes. Stir in your oats, wait till all the moisture is gone and tadaa, you’re done. You could totally add some raisins for extra pretty-ness!

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I did make this recipe with oat milk, since I was out of soy milk, so please do let me know if you make it with dairy, I am really curious if that works as well!

How do you spice up your morning routine?
Greetings from the student kitchen,
Johanna

Sweet Chai Oats

  • Servings: 1
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This is what you need
350 ml (1.5 cups) milk
1-2 chai teabags (I think if you let it simmer a bit longer 1 bag would also be fine!)
60 g (1/2 cup) quick oats
optional: sugar

And this is how we do it
1. Bring the milk to a boil, if using dairy watch out it doesn’t stick to the pot
2. Hang in your teabags, turn down the heat and let slightly simmer for 5 minutes
3. Stir in your oats and wait till all the liquid has been soaked up keep stirring occasionally so it doesn’t burn.
4. If not using Sweet Chai, you may add some sugar. Enjoy hot!

The oatmeal keeps in the fridge in an airtight container for a few days probably (depending on what kind of milk you’re using), so you could totally make double, refrigerate the rest and heat it up in the microwave the next morning. You might want to add a little extra milk before microwaving because the oats do soak up quite a bit.

This is my own recipe. Please do not use it commercially without my permission. When using it on your blog, please re-write it in your own words and link it to the source to give proper credit:). Thanks!

Basic Magic Milk Overnight Oats

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Most of the days I am glad I don’t live at home anymore (because, guess what, I can eat what I want and take my trash out whenever I want and NO ONE will care – ok I guess the trash was not such a good example because the neighbours might, just might, remark at some point, but you know where I am going, right?).

One thing I miss though is…breakfast. Of course my mom wouldn’t make us breakfast all the time but she had these phases were she would try out all this fancy healthy stuff and, of course, as a kid I didn’t appreciate it, but when you grow up you look back and think “hmm, not that stupid after all”. Esecially on busy mornings it can be hard to make yourself a propler breakfast, so why not have someone else make it for you? Continue reading

Carrot cake oatmeal

P1060489_lznA little kids dream: Carrot cake for breakfast. Heavenly cinnamon smell paired with moist cake and sugary taste…and then mom forcing us to eat a good and healthy breakfast and we secretly thought: “and when I grow up, I’ll eat cake for breakfast every day”.
Now we’re all (somehow) grown up and old enough to decide what we eat for ourselves, but somehow a cake doesn’t last me that well through a morning of class (surprise, surprise, Mom 1 Johanna 0). Still, we can dream, right? Or just make our morningly oatmeal taste like cake. Continue reading

Egg-scelent breakfast bread

Eggs and bread, what can you want more on a (study) morning? Well, maybe eggs in the bread, instead of just on them (for that little extra fancyness, although I am not sure if that word even exists).If you’re sick of the good ole ‘fried egg on bread’,  this is a super quick, yet slightly fancy (because different layout) option that has been a family favorite for many years. Can you imagine how well you can smear that egg yolk all over the bread? Hmmm. Add some fresh fruit and you’ll have a super power breakfast (carbs, protein and vitamins) that’ll last you through the day. And yes mom, I could’ve added some cucumber instead of the kiwi to have less sugars but sometimes you just need sweet. Don’t we all?
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Easy sweet Pfannkuchen (German Pancakes)

IMG_20160401_120451Finally spring is here (at least somehow). Birds are singing, the sun is shining (even here sometimes) and yup, the mood is rising of students all over the country (at least I hope). Are you looking forward to the outdoor picknic season as much as I am? If yes, you might be in the mood for some Pfannkuchen too. Pfannkuchen are a delicious german dish and basically consist of a batter of eggs, flour and milk that is baked thinly in a pan. Can be spread with anything you want. Actually, spring was supposed to be the star here, but the real star are these.  Sweet Pfannkuchen, a thin dough with a topping of your choice. And they’re easy to make and don’t require a mixer. Curious? Continue reading