Mama Birgitta’s Hazelnut Cookies

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Mike and I think the “everything in moderation” food approach is quite genius. No, we shouldn’t eat cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. But it certainly can’t hurt to have one every so often. We don’t think sugar, in moderation, can do significant damage to our bodies. Nor do we think flour belongs to that category either. In other words, cookies can safely be a part of any balanced diet – and especially if you also make sure to move around every now and then. We eat cookies happily, and Mike does in fact go by the nickname “the cookie monster” in the family. We often enjoy making sweets that are more wholesome and nutrient-dense (such as these Black Bean Brownies, for example), but sometimes, it’s nice to just let go a little. Have the cookies you just loved as a kid and just embrace that. Yes, it’s all butter and sugar and flour… but that’s okey too, sometimes. Do you agree? We’re real people too, who can also down an entire cookie jar in one sitting if need be.

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Spiced Vegan Apple Cake

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Fall equals many things: mushroom foraging, lit candles, crackling fires, gorgeous foliage, frost covered fields, warming soups – and apple desserts, of course. Now is THE time to take care of all the fruit out there. Preserve what needs to be preserved (by baking and making jam, butter, sauce etc.) and store what can be stored (this requires a cool, slightly humid place, such as a root cellar or unheated basement). If you happen to know what variety of apples you’re dealing with, it’ll be much easier to know whether they should be eaten and/or preserved immediately, or if they can be stored. So-called “winter apples” are still picked in the fall, but they will last – provided they’re stored in an appropriate manner – until the end of the winter. 

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Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread

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Yes, yes, we’re going crazy with zucchini recipes here – but hey, the season is actually coming to an end soon! We said bye-bye to a bunch of zucchini plants a few weeks back and started spinach in that spot instead, but have kept a few for an extension to the summer. And while the production rate has dropped significantly compared to July and August, we’re still getting a few fruits every week. This keeps us more than satisfied, and it probably goes without saying that we’re pretty excited for the fall crops to ripen now, after a long summer of endless amounts of crispy cucumbers, said zucchini, chard etc. But before we welcome root veggie galore and go nuts for kale salads again, just one more way of using up the summer squash masses: zucchini bread.

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Plum Sorbet

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While prime ice cream season might be fading away with the arrival of crispy fall weather, some of the best sorbets can actually be made with what nature has in store right now. Apples make wonderful sorbets, in case you’ve never tried that, and plums do too. We’re working with the latter here, and can’t recommend it enough. Plus, many of us (well, not us this year – so thank you neighbors) have more plums than we can possibly eat, making sorbet both an unusual and practical application, since it’ll last for a long time in the freezer. You can actually also just freeze halved and pitted plums just as they are, and then make this sorbet at a later date. We have done that, and it works great. Oh, and if you use purple or red-ish plums, you can also count on a beautiful color, adding a touch of flair to any dinner party dessert.

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Strawberry Parfait

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The very first dessert I ever made Mike (ending the very first meal I ever cooked him) didn’t look all that different from this one right here. Only back then, we weren’t quite as into eco-friendly cooking and staying local as we are now, so the strawberries were in fact no strawberries at all, but kiwi and mango from someplace far away. But the concept was about the same – layers of fresh fruit and yogurt (mixed with mascarpone that first time – I must have sensed Mike’s love for heavy cream early on) and topped with chopped dark chocolate.

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Rhubarb Buns

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Buns are awesome. All buns. If we have to choose though, cardamom might be the winner – but only during fall, winter and spring. Early summer and summer, on the other hand, these will be our go-to from now on (no doubt). The sweet yet slightly tart and very flavorful rhubarb filling is something out of a dream. Despite the idiom sounding somewhat tacky, it really is finger-licking good.

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Vegan Rhubarb Tarte Tatin

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Rhubarb tarte tatin. How romantic doesn’t that sound? I’m just as in love with the name itself, as I am with the actual outcome. It was all Mike’s idea, to begin with. We were just chitchatting away about rhubarb and things to make with it, and all of a sudden, we had decided to try to make a plant-based rhubarb version of the French classic. And while it looks super fancy and everything, making it is very simple – the dough comes together in literally 3 min, and the filling in not that much longer. Assembling it all isn’t one bit difficult, and 25 min later it’ll be done baking in the oven. The flipping thing really isn’t too big of a headache either – so there’s simply no reason to not give this a try! It’s a sophisticated-looking (and sounding) dessert, pretty as can be and perfect for any summer gathering. We love it with a dollop of ice cream on top, and often go for Oatly’s strawberry flavored vegan one for this application. (No affiliation though.) Graduation, midsummer, whatever is coming up – serve rhubarb tarte tatin. You won’t regret it!

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Rhubarb Ice Cream

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I can’t possibly start this intro text without mentioning Mike’s love for ice cream. I’ve never encountered someone as passionate of an ice cream lover as he is, and it makes me just as happy watching him devour his favorites as it makes him eating them. The combination of living in NYC with all its superb ice cream shops and marrying Mike has definitely widened my ice cream horizon as well. I’ve always loved it (duh), but the past 5-6 years have gotten me way past the standard strawberry ice cream I would go for 9 times out of 10 earlier in my life. Mint-chocolate chip is by far Mike’s no. 1 favorite (followed by coffee), while mine is probably salted caramel. There’s also a banana-walnut vegan ice cream at Van Leeuwen Ice Cream (a few blocks away from our old apartment) that blows our minds every time we have it. But this right here might very well sneak its way into our top-5. The rhubarb comes at you at full force, both through a rhubarb flavored ice cream base, but also a cooked down rhubarb swirl. It’s a summer’s dream in a bowl, and we’ll be making this time upon time the coming months. Hope you’ll give it a try too!

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Lemon Blondie Bars

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This whole baking with beans-concept is definitely here to stay. Not that we typically search for reasons to justify eating sweets (we just eat them), but as the devoted legume lovers as we are… well, we need no persuasion. If we can get some of you on board as well, then even better! This recipe balances the line between lemon bar and lemon flavored blondie, and in all honesty, it doesn’t really know where it belongs. But that’s ok! It tastes delicious regardless, and packs some extra nutrients on top of that. We have some whole grain goodness from oats, besides the white beans obviously, which means you can count on these holding you over for a good while. A refreshing lemon flavor, perfect amount of sweetness and chewy consistency added to the mix and we can’t possibly ask for anything else (except another piece, that is). If you’re interested in more recipes for baked goods where beans are used, have a look at these Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies and Black Bean Brownies.

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Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies

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We just couldn’t help ourselves – after we got completely hooked on these Black Bean Brownies we made a few months back, we’ve been eager to experiment with white beans in baking. While brownies are delicious, so are blondies – and all the testing in the kitchen eventually paid off. These peanut butter-chocolate blondies are both decadent and filling, and also give you a nice little boost of nutrients – plus, the recipe comes together quickly and doesn’t require a long list of ingredients either. We can’t get enough of these and hope you’ll like them just as much as we do – and hey, we love hearing about the recipes you try from here so let us know what you’ve made (and hopefully liked)! If you’re on Instagram, using #liveslowrunfar is an easy way to share with us what you’ve been cooking up. Otherwise, the comment section is all yours. That’s all!

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