Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies | The Only Cookies Recipe You’ll Ever Need

The Easy Plant-based Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies Recipe You’ll Love

This amazing chocolate hazelnut cookies recipe has everything you are looking for in a homemade sweet treat recipe! The rich and complex flavor of the cookies that are chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. On top of that, it is easy to make and doesn’t require any chilling of the dough or some heavy machinery. It basically comes down to mixing the ingredients, shaping the cookies and baking them!

The ingredients are simple and wholesome. It is mostly things you’d usually find in your (vegan or non-vegan) pantry. The list is also flexible, you can replace ingredients according to your own preferences (or the current content of your pantry). For example, if you don’t like hazelnuts (or you’re allergic), you can simply replace them with almonds or another nut. Same goes for flour. Another upside is the preparation time which is super short, only 15 minutes, and then another 15 minutes for baking the goodies.

Now that you got all the info, let’s dive into the ingredients and instructions on how to make it!

Total time: 30 min (prep: 15 min, baking: 15 min) | Serves: depends on you 🙂 you get about 30 cookies

How to make vegan chocolate hazelnut cookies

Ingredients

  • 200 grams / 7 ounces whole grain flour (I usually use spelt or rye flour or even half of each)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (in addition to the baking powder for some extra puffiness, it is not necessary though)
  • 100 grams / 3.5 ounces hazelnuts (chopped or whole)
  • 85 grams / 3 ounces coconut sugar (or some other less processed sugar)
  • 3 tbsp / 45mL plant-based milk (I really use whichever I have – soy, almond, oat)
  • 115 grams / 4 ounces of high-quality vegan dark chocolate (I usually use the 85%)
  • 100 grams / 3.5 ounces of coconut oil

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F.

2. If you got whole hazelnuts, chop them up to pieces by using a “bat” or alternatively a food processor (I prefer the “bat” because you get coarsely chopped hazelnuts, but this is up to you and your preferences. Since going completely vegan I just repurposed my old meat tenderizer and now I use it for crushing different nuts). When your hazelnuts are chopped, mix them together with all the other dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, coconut sugar). Mix until well incorporated.

3. Now to the liquids. Using low heat and constant stirring, melt dark chocolate together with plant-based milk and coconut oil. This will liquify the coconut oil and the chocolate. Mix it all together nicely. Be careful not to overheat it, just enough so that the chocolate melts.

4. When the liquid part is all combined and the dry part is well mixed, it is time to connect the two. Mix in the liquid with the dry ingredients and keep stirring until fully incorporated (I use a mixer with dough hooks, but hands will do).

5. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper and using a spoon or your hands (my preferred way) form cookies as seen in the picture below.

6. Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 14-15 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to completely cool down (if you don’t have a wire rack, a clean dishtowel will do the job just fine).

Couple of notes here:

  • Instead of hazelnuts, you can use almonds and it works perfectly – just replace the same amount.
  • For a lighter version, you can remove 20 grams of coconut oil and add one more tablespoon of plant-based milk.

Now that your yummy cookies are ready, all that is left for you is to wait for it to cool down and enjoy this delicious chocolate and hazelnut treat 🙂

vegan chocolate hazelnut cookies

As you always should, check all the labels, product quality and possible allergens of the ingredients you’re using.


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Plant-based pasta ragu recipe - a tomato and some pasta

Delicious Vegan Pasta Bolognese Recipe

How To Make a Plant-Based Bolognese With Tempeh and Dried Soya Mince

Ever since turning to a plant-based diet, I have been looking for new ways to prepare my favorite dishes. I grew up eating a lot of Italian meals, and pasta bolognese was a regular in my home. I tried a couple of vegan versions, and using soya mince (texturized vegetable protein or tvp) and tempeh as a base for the bolognese sauce is the one that hits my taste buds just as the original meat version. I also learned a couple of tips and tricks on how to make the sauce more ‘meaty’, and I am here to share that with you 🙂

I love this plant-based bolognese recipe because it is simple and budget-friendly. There’s only a handful of ingredients which you’d usually find in a vegan kitchen, and it’s a one-pot recipe (the sauce recipe). It is suitable for both vegans and meat lovers, because it is an absolutely delicious and nutritious meal. Another upside is that, unlike the meat version, it takes a lot less time to prepare it.

So now that I’ve hyped you into making this delish vegan ragú, let’s dive into the ingredients and instructions on how to make it!

Total time: 40 min (prep: 10 min, cooking: 30 min) | Serves: 3-4 people

How to make a simple and nourishing plant-based bolognese sauce

Ingredients

  • Tempeh (200 grams / 7 ounces), or dried soya mince (140 grams / 5 ounces), or half of both (100 grams of tempeh and 70 grams of soya mince)
  • Sun-dried tomatoes (8 pieces, or 15-20 grams), diced
  • 2 onions (I like to use one yellow and one red, but depends on your preferences), diced
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Tomato passata (300-400 grams or 10-14 ounces; if you like a more ‘saucy’ bolognese, go for 400 grams, if not, then 300)
  • Salt, pepper (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli flakes (or adjust according to how spicy your chilli flakes are)
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon od dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil or preferred oil (I like to use coconut oil as well)

Instructions

How to make vegan bolognese sauce

1. If you’re using tempeh, marinate it in a soy sauce of your choice for at least a couple of hours (I like to leave it overnight). After that, you can either break it using fingers or a fork. If you’re using dried soya mince (texturized vegetable protein or tvp), then just follow the simple instructions on the package (pour boiling water over the tvp and let it do its thing for a couple of minutes). After rehydrating your tvp, I like to drain it as much as possible (using a spoon to “push out” the extra water). If you’re using both tempeh and tvp (as I did in these pictures), then just perform these steps separately for each and combine them together afterwards.

2. Once your ‘meat’ of choice is ready, mix in the seasoning (oregano, basil, smoked paprika, chilli flakes, salt and pepper).

3. Chop up your garlic, onions and the sun-dried tomatoes. Heat up the oil in a saucepan and add all the chopped ingredients together. Fry on medium or low heat for 10-15 minutes, while stirring frequently.

4. Add the seasoned ‘meat’ to the saucepan and fry it all together with frequent stirring for another 5 minutes.

5. Add the tomato passata to the saucepan and stir it into the rest. Let it cook for another 10-15 minutes. Stir it occasionally and add some water if needed, if the sauce seems to ‘thick’ (don’t overdo it).

6. Let it rest in a closed saucepan while you cook the pasta, letting the flavors fully connect.

Couple of notes here:

  • I like to mix tempeh and dried soya mince together because their texture and flavor complement each other and as a whole they really hit that meaty spot. However, using just one of them is equally good and definitely less time consuming!
  • Always adjust seasoning according to your own taste. The soy sauce I usually use is quite salty so I don’t use any additional salt. If you don’t like spicy, adjust the amount of chilli flakes accordingly, and so on. You know your own preferences the best!

How to cook the perfect bolognese pasta

  1. Boil a lot of water in a big saucepan. Wait for the water to fully boil before adding pasta.
  2. Add some salt before adding pasta.
  3. Cook the exact amount the box says for it to be cooked al dente.
  4. Drain it immediately after and stir it back in the saucepan with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil before mixing it with your tasty vegan bolognese sauce. Adding olive oil prevents the pasta from sticking and adds extra yummy flavor that goes well with the bolognese sauce.

Couple of notes here:

  • I prefer mixing pasta and sauce in my plate because everyone has their own preference for the sauce-pasta ratio. I am a big saucy pasta fan, so I prefer a lot more sauce than your average person.
  • As for which kind of pasta to use, any kind of whole-grain should be fine. In these photos I used corn pasta (you can see its extra yellow).

Now that your vegan bolognese sauce and pasta are ready, all that is left for you to mix them together and enjoy this delicious meal 🙂

As you always should, check all the labels, product quality and possible allergens of the ingredients you’re using.


Hope you enjoyed this recipe! Please leave your feedback and let me know if you tried it. I’d love to hear how it turned out.

Check out also these tips on how to declutter you mind, body, and soul – nourishing foods are important in fuelling your body’e energy. Also check out these tips on what could be draining your energy levels – sometimes poor diet can be the culprit.

With love,

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spiritual yoga practice - a girl in meditation pose

4 Ways to Develop a Spiritual Yoga Practice

Yoga for Spiritual Growth | How To Create a More Spiritual Practice

There are so many physical benefits of yoga, that even with just those, yoga is a valuable practice. However, taking a step further and embracing yoga fully really is an amazing experience and a wonderful new way to enjoy this supreme practice. When we approach our health in a holistic way, we can see beyond just physical aspects, and deepen the mind, body, and soul connection, growing and healing all three aspects simultaneously. The practice of yoga is rooted in spirituality, it teaches you patience, focus, the practice of loving kindness, and much more.

To put it bluntly, it is a shame to practice yoga and to not embrace the spiritual benefits and the dimensions of the mind-body connections it has to offer. Personally, it took me some time to see this. However, now my practices have deeper meaning, I am mindful of each asana, and I feel the full mind-body connection. Here is how I do it:

Yoga and Spirituality – 4 Beautiful Ways to Make Your Yoga Practice More Spiritual

Aromatherapy and essential oils

Using essential oils for therapeutic benefits in aromatherapy can make a positive impact on your well-being as long as it is used in a safe way. There are a lot of ways you can use essential oils and enjoy their amazing scent and therapeutic effects, however be sure to take certain precautions before using them.

In my case, before each practice, I choose a blend of essential oils and spread them using a diffuser. The scent sets a more calm and mindful tone for me to start with my practice.

Give each practice a higher meaning by dedicating it to someone or something

Now that I’ve diffused some essential oils, I get on my mat, and just before starting the practice, I dedicate that practice to someone (or to some cause) that I care for. This way, my practice has a higher meaning, and through each asana, when things get hard and I notice a little voice inside me starting to complain, I remind myself of why I am doing it, and what is the higher meaning of that practice.

Notice when your mind starts to wander and gently bring it back to the present

Mind-wandering is something we all have in common. All we can really do is notice when it happens, and bring ourselves back to the present. At least a couple of times throughout the practice I notice my mind being somewhere else, working hard on some problem in the future, or reminiscing over something in the past. When that happens, I remind myself of the importance of staying present, and slowly (and gently) bring myself back – to the breath and the position I am currently in. This way while you practice yoga, you are also practicing mindfulness – keeping yourself grounded and in the present moment, improving your overall well-being.

Don’t skip or shorten Savasana – embrace that last asana to the fullest

It might look easy, but Savasana (the relaxation pose) is actually one of the most difficult asanas. It is also a very important one. Work on gradually entering a truly relaxed state, while remaining conscious and alert. Being aware of your body while also relaxing it can help you notice and understand certain tensions in your body and mind, making it possible to release them.


A good yoga practice is one that offers you peace and clarity of the body, mind, and spirit, within and outside the practice. Embracing the spiritual side of yoga offers you ways on how to attain a peaceful mind, while gradually working on improving the posture.

a girl practicing yoga

If you enjoyed this read, you can also check out why you should include yoga into your morning routine.

Namaste my loves,

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4 Reasons To Include Yoga In Your Morning Routine

Reasons to practice yoga in the morning

Our lives get so busy that we sometimes forget to stop and take a breath. Whether you have an elaborate morning routine, or no routine at all, a simple yoga stretch with a few mindful breaths to start your day can do wonders. Benefits of practicing yoga every morning are numerous. The beginning is always the trickiest, so be sure you find poses and practices that suit you best first thing in the morning. There are plenty of basic yoga stretches that you can do in the comfort of your own home, so be sure to check them out!

My morning routine was not built in a day. It started with a stressful waking up and running around the apartment to get ready for work, rushing to catch the tram. Step by step, I started to include different elements to start the day off better. How we set the tone for ourselves in the morning really is important for the rest of the day.

A very important element of my morning routine is a 10-20 minute yoga practice. At first, my body found stretching, bending and lengthening first thing in the morning to be challenging. Slowly but surely, my body started to appreciate it, even love it. What did the trick to enjoy the practice itself was how I felt (my body and my mind) after the practice.

4 Awesome Benefits of a Morning Yoga Practice

Starting the day with some me time

Waking up and not immediately rushing to get ready, to do a task, but first taking some time just for myself, my mind and my body. Even when I have a super busy day, especially then, I feel grateful and thank myself for first finding the time for myself.

Having more focus for the day

Doing the practice helps me ground myself, stay present, declutter the mind, and to approach the day with more mindfulness.

Improving posture, strength and flexibility

Physical benefits are also numerous. Yoga can help you improve muscle tone, build core strength. It can make you stronger and more flexible, and your posture can improve. Even within a couple of weeks of regular practice, I started noticing some of these improvements.

Energized body and reduced stress levels

I’m usually really sleepy and tense at the same time first thing in the morning. Yoga helps me with both – softens the muscles, the body, while energizing it at the same time.

girl practicing yoga

Related topic:

4 Ways to Develop a Spiritual Yoga Practice

In the end, we choose our own time and workout that best serve us – it is all about listening to our own body and what it needs.

Hope you have a great day, namaste!

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How to Use Mindfulness to Cope with Anxiety and Cravings

How I apply what I learned from guided mindfulness meditations to relieve anxiety and deal with cravings

Mindfulness meditation is the process of training your mind to focus, redirect your thoughts, and bring yourself to the present. As my favourite mindfulness meditation guide Sam Harris said: The practice of mindfulness is extraordinarily simple to describe, but it is in no sense easy. If you know nothing about mindfulness meditation, I suggest his page / book / app as a place to start – that’s how I did it anyways. 🙂

It is Sunday around noon, I have just returned from yoga practice and I am feeling amazing. The sun is shining, I am sipping on a fresh cup of coffee, and I have the whole afternoon to enjoy my process of typing my thoughts out loud. It seems so easy to be happy. This, however, is not always the case, right? Sometimes something bad happens and I need time to process it, or out of nowhere I start feeling anxious, even panicky. What now? How did that same girl that was feeling absolutely perfect is now feeling like shit, and sometimes without any apparent reason? This shifts in mood and emotional stages, especially the ones without an apparent reason, I took really REALLY hard, and by doing that, I’d even prolong the negative state.

I am an anxious person and I experience (all) emotions very deeply, I feel so much. It can be hard sometimes to deal with it all at once. A couple of months ago I started practicing mindfulness meditation, and I’ve been pretty steady with it. I still feel negative emotions, I still have thoughts I sometimes don’t even understand, and I still get very anxious. What is different now is that I have a tool – mindfulness helps me become aware of the sensations that happen in those moments. It helps me dissect them and see them for what they really are. I am still a beginner in mindfulness meditation so the best I can give you is my own experience and how it helps.

Using mindfulness for Anxiety Relief

When I’m experiencing sudden anxiety, I become more mindful of how my body feels, where do I feel it the most. Part by part I observe my breath, the pulsating in my hands, sweaty feeling on my palms and feet. I become aware of my thoughts. How they come on go. I don’t try to influence them, nor do I identify myself with them – realizing I am not my thoughts, I just let them come and go, and just like that, they are no longer here. By doing that, I don’t avoid completely the anxiety, but I don’t amplify it and it passes much sooner.

How to Overcome Cravings with Mindfulness

When I get sudden cravings for a glass of wine (or really anything with alcohol), I observe how this craving manifests physically. Realizing that the physical part of the craving (for me) is almost non-existing and that the craving is simply a product of my thought (the thought that is conditioned by the false idea that alcohol will calm me, unwind me, help me cope), I then shift my focus to becoming more aware of my emotional state, my thoughts. Usually, it means something else was on my mind, something was bothering me, or I needed some unwinding or something like that – I don’t just dismiss that emotion, I try to understand it, and then I cope in a healthy way (a cup of tea, stretching, a bubble bath, talking to someone, etc.).

Every body and every mind is different – these are just my experiences with it. If they spoke to you in some way, there are loads of apps with amazing guided mindfulness meditations. All you need is to just start and be patient with yourself – approach it with nothing but self-compassion 🙂

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