Food Porn in SYDNEY – mostly VEGAN Food Guide

Sydney is the best place to eat vegan that I have ever been to. So many health food cafés, restaurants and so many completely vegan places.

I already wrote a general Travel Guide for Sydney with all my tips on where to go, what to do and also some important things to know. So this post is supposed to be the addition to that, talking about all the food hotspots, cafés and restaurants that I tested and loved and recommend to you!

I hope you are ready for some serious mostly vegan + mostly healthy food porn!

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But before I start with the restaurants & cafés, you definitely need to check if the SYDNEY VEGAN MARKET is on! They host it once a month and it’s a paradise for vegans and foodies (and vegan foodies obviously). Unfortunately, I never made it there, but I would do everything to go there next time.

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Speedos Café, Bondi Beach

Goals for every food blogger and photographer. This place is not just heaven for the mouth but also for the eyes. Vegan banana pancake stack, different avocado toast options, amazing juices & smoothies, and a berry-licious breakfast pannacotta. Sounds like a dream? It is. I’ve been there twice and even though it’s pretty loud and squishy, the food is just 100% worth it.

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Bodhi, Asian Vegan Restaurant

Located near Hyde Park and St. Mary’s Cathedral this restaurant overlooks into Cook + Phillip Park and has a wonderfully quiet location. The menu is completely vegan and offers so many different meals and little dishes that it is hard to choose. It is a bit more pricy but soo delicious and great to order different things and share with friends and family.

I remember the Japanese taco, cauliflower chicken, spring rolls, mushroom dumplings and „nachos“ as super delicious.

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Café in Westfield Shopping Centre Burwood

For my last breakfast with my parents, we found this little surprise in the Westfield Shopping Centre in Burwood. We didn’t expect to find something that delicious and pretty in a shopping centre, but we got surprised.

Avocado and poached egg on black sourdough with beet hummus, fruity honey crunchy muesli on yogurt and I also had a great Acai bowl. Super photogenic and great taste – we did not expect that at all! Only the juices where disappointing because they weren’t fresh pressed and super watery…

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Shift Eatery, Surry Hills

I saw them on Instagram and immediately knew that I had to try one of their toasties. 100% vegan, fresh sourdough, tofu ham, creamy „cheese“, garlic aioli and tomato – so freaking delicious and they had so many more options. Vegan bacon, sauerkraut on toast, breakfast toasties and other deliciousnesses. Perfect snack or lunch when walking around in the city all day.

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Preach Café, Bondi Beach

At daytime an epic breakfast and lunch spot. In the evening an 100% vegan restaurant. Unfortunately, I only tried their dinner and not one of their healthy buddha bowls, vegan pancakes or acai bowls, but I can really recommend their vegan mac’n cheese, burger and nacho bowl.

Cali Press, Bondi Beach

Famous for acai bowls, sandwiches and toasts, juices and smoothies. They offer many different options and everything I had was really good. They also make all their juices themselves and you can order juice cleanses with them.

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Lentils as Anything, Newtown

I discovered this amazing chain in Melbourne. They have a daily changing menu with three different all vegan meals and you pay as much as you want/can in the end. I like the vibe & food in Melbourne better, but it was still a super delicious vegan health lunch.

Toast Café, Surry Hills

Australians just love their breakfast. That’s why they have so many cafés that do amazing all day breakfast and so we had no struggles finding a new place to eat every day (and for ever meal).

And even if their Avo toast contains fetta or poached egg, it’s never a problem to ask for vegan options!

Max and Co, Manly

I love good Mexican food, but I think it can be boring and similar everywhere you go. It’s always Burrito, Nachos, Tacos, Enchiladas and Quesadillas. But if a restaurant really knows how to do it nicely, it’s so delicious. And this place in Manly really did it great! But still not as good as the Mexican restaurant I went to in Byron Bay.

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The Sandwich Shop, Haymarket

Between all the big skyscrapers and offices you find amazing bistros to eat lunch or have a snack. Because that’s what the Sydneyaner and business people do in their break as well. At lunchtime, you see so many of them meeting for a quick lunch or coffee with friends, business partners or just to eat and be outside.

At The Sandwich Shop, you get super healthy sandwichs, wraps or salads and mine, with avocado and hummus was really good!

Umu Vegetarian, Bondi Beach

Breakfast heaven, snack bar, lunch spot and daily dinner menu – all vegetarian. Me and my friend shared a dream of a breakfast. Vegan avocado toast, sweet potato zucchini breakfast stack with beetroot hummus and vegan cheese and a berry ricotta pancake. Everything was so so good!

Jet Café & Restaurant, Townhall

I’ve been there 4 times, I know, crazy. Never to eat lunch because it’s pretty expensive, but to have cake. Because their carrot cake is heavenly, so moist, creamy and with pecans on top and it’s only 5$ (3€).

Lord of the Fries

Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Surfers Paradise. This chain is slowly taking over Australia (and hopefully the world soon) with their completely vegan menu of burgers, hot dogs, nuggets and fries. Not healthy and definitely fast food, but you can find all those „cheese burger“, „bacon and egg breakfast burger“, „fish burger“ and more made vegan – how amazing is that! No need to mention that it tastes amazing.

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Two Daughters, Surry Hills

Super cute hippie café that offers amazing vegan options. I had a tofu scramble avocado toast and their juices were really good too.

 


Oh and by the way… it’s not just Sydney that is amazing when it comes to healthy food places, vegan meals and beautiful cafés and restaurants. Australia in general is so so good when it comes to amazing food!

Melbourne is probably Nr. 2 on the vegan heaven! Here are my tips. And I also made a ‚Eating out vegan – What I Eat‚ blog post.

Byron Bay – Acai bowls, fresh coconuts and raw vegan treats everywhere you look around. I tested many places and still haven’t tried them all, but here you find my top tips for you.

Perth also has many great places and I love seeing vegan options everywhere. Here are my tested places.


And there are more blog posts and food guides in planning. One for the whole East Coast and general (vegan) food tips for Australia. A Sunshine Coast food guide because they just know how to make the best breakfast. And I am also freaking excited to eat out in Bali soon!

Which Cities can you recommend for great (healthy & vegan) food? Have you tried a few of these places in Sydney? What are your favourite meals when eating out?

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What I Ate as an AuPair + Get Healthy with Me

My AuPair time was definitely not the healthiest. I enjoyed a lot, tried to not feel guilty and just appreciate to be in great company and surrounded by great food. And I am totally okay about that. I don’t regret anything or wish to change it at all. But I am still excited to get back into a healthy routine, eat plant-based and not all day every day.

So in this blog post, I want to show you What I Eat when I’m back to a healthier lifestyle. Right now I am living with the grandparents of my AuPair family because they offered me to stay with them until I start my job and move into the work accommodation.

Luckily they have a big understanding of health and eat mostly vegan themselves which I think is super cool and we talk a lot about it. They started their vegan journey after facing health problems themselves and are now very passionate about this way of eating.

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9.15am Breakfast

Because I woke up with a cold and a sore throat I started my day a bit later than I was used to from the last week with the kids (Even on weekends you usually get waken at 8am by loud Mamma Mia music or screaming :D).

I had a lot of fresh Ginger Tee over the whole day and some Oatmeal.

Recipe: 3tbsp of rolled oats, 1tsp chia seeds, 1tsp flaxseed flour, cinnamon, turmeric, frozen blueberries, half a banana and lots of oat-milk mixed in a bowl and heated in the microwave for 2 minutes, topped with half a pear, some grapes, walnuts, almonds and lots of pumpkin seeds. Super yummy, quick and nourishing!

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1pm Lunch

For lunch, we had an incredibly delicious dish that I’ve never had or seen before but I completely fell for it! Spicy tomato chickpea stew with „cheesy“ potatoes and garden salad. Besides soaking the chickpeas (what the grandparents do with all their beans and you can really taste a difference and also feel it, because they make you lett bloated) it is also very quick, super healthy and easy to make in bigger portions eat several days.

Recipe

Spicy Tomato Chickpea Stew: soak chickpeas overnight or take canned ones and wash them well. Cut onion in slices, and tomato chunks and let them simmer in vegetable broth. Add lots of Italian spices, turmeric, paprika powder, salt, pepper and lots of herbs. Add chickpeas and let everything cook to a nice stew.

„Cheesy“ Potatoes: Boil peeled potatoes in salt water. Make a cashew-cheese with 2 cups of cashews (can be soaked for around 2 hours when your food processor is not that strong), 1,5-2 cups of vegetable broth, around 4 tbsp nutritional yeast, lemon juice, 2-3 cloves of garlic, paprika powder, turmeric, salt & pepper for taste. Mix sauce through the drained potatoes.

(This cashew sauce is also great with falafel, veggie-fitters, on sandwiches, in wraps, as a dip, cheesy pasta sauce and more)

The Salad consists of romanesco lettuce, tomato, carrot and olives in a lemon, salt&pepper, veggie broth sauce.

I also had an apple at around 4pm as a snack.

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6.30pm Dinner

For dinner, the grandparents love to do so-called „open salad sandwiches“. Super delicious and very filling. Pumpkinseed-rye-bread with avocado, „cheesy“-sauce (same we had for lunch), sesame seed tofu and lots of veggies (tomato, cucumber, carrot, olives, fresh spinach).

Sesame seed tofu: freeze and defrost a block of tofu (gives the tofu a very different consistency), slice it an press all the liquid you can out of the tofu. Mix tahini, curry, chilli, turmeric, paprika, salt, pepper, soy sauce, lemon juice and maple syrup in a bowl and surround the tofu stripes with it and some sesame seeds, then fry in a non-stick pan without oil until crispy.


This was a very idealistic and very good day of eating. Clean, vegan, nutritious. But sadly that’s not how my everyday life looks like. Maybe the one weeks that I’ll be living with the grandparents and hopefully I can continue with that when I start working and live on my own (in a shared apartment) again.

But the last five weeks have not been like that. I had a lot of treats, way too much food in general, lots of animal products, lots of processed food and all that even though my family is generally aware of healthy food. They are vegetarian and I cooked with my mom something good every night. But we also ate out a lot, had a lot of treats etc.

I enjoyed it, I didn’t feel guilty and I don’t regret anything. That’s just how it was and I had a blast, we had the best time ever and luckily the kids kept us moving as well :P

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Hot cross buns were definitely my weakness. I ate so many chocolate or apple & cinnamon buns. They are so fluffy, sweet, delicious…

For my birthday I got some yummy vegan banana pancakes and some extra coconut yogurt. I was so happy!

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Might not be super unhealthy, but soo delicious! Ricotta-Spinach Canneloni in Tomato Sauce with Salad.

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One of my favourite cafés on the Sunshine Coast. This Avo Smash is heavenly, but also full of animal products and not to talk about this French Toast, but really yummy!

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Definitely a healthy Avo and Pumpkin Smash Toast, vegan and the bread was the best I’ve ever had. The french toast was made with the same bread and just so so good! Filled with white chocolate and raspberries.

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Homemade Ricotta Gnoccis with veggie bolognese. So cheesy and delicious! You can tell that I ate a lot more cheese and eggs with my family and it was delicious, but normally I don’t really want to  eat that regularly…

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Fruit with coconut yogurt and cream cheese toast with tomato and cucumber. Yummy brekkie!

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That’s how my breakfast looked like most days when we didn’t went out for breakfast. 2-3 slices of sourdough with avo smash, feta, tomato and greens.

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But we also loved to make the pumpkin smash on toast ourselves (inspired by the café) – I would say it’s just as delicious as avo smash, and that means a lot!

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The kids love baking so I made a loaf of vegan banana bread with pears and pecans. If you want to try out the recipe, you can find it in the Highlight ‚recipes‘ on my Instagram @mind.wanderer. It was really moist and fruit-nutty!

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A very healthy Avo Smash Toast with broccoli kale salad. Very delicious, but the waffle with berries in the background was great too!

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Another healthy meal we loved is rice paper rolls. Something that I never liked in restaurants, but homemade is so delicious! With fried tofu, capsicum, cucumber, carrot, sprouts, avocado, spinach, rice noodles and a sauce of soy sauce, peanut butter, lemon, maple syrup and spices.

A very frequently made dish that I love so so much is ‚haystacks‘. Corn chips (blue or normal), with mexican bean, fake meat, tomato stew, mixed salad and lots of guacamole.

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For the kids‘ school lunches, I made my easy and beloved banana-muffins. Healthy, naturally sweet and the kids loved them! You can find the recipes here!

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Another great snack. Store bought, but just as amazing ingredients as if you made them yourself. No processed sugar, all natural, local from the Sunshine Coast and vegan. The chocolate one is the best! Tastes like a chocolate milkshake.

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Probably my favourite dish was this Indian curry with pumpkin, zucchini, eggplant, peas, spinach and vegan chicken filet pieces (from Quorn – so so amazing!). I hope to share the recipe with you soon :)

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At night (while watching Outlander) we also had a lot of chocolate, sweet potato or vegetable chips, rice pudding with applesauce or coconut treats.


I know it could be much worse and we still ate healthy maybe 50%, but for me that was probably the unhealthiest I ate in years (besides Christmas maybe :D ) and that’s fine. It will always be a great memoryTURQ5691.JPG

With that being said: It’s all about the Balance and enjoying your time!

 

 

 

The Best Vegan Cakes for Any Occasion

Schon lange habe ich euch versprochen endlich die Rezepte zu meinen drei veganen Kuchen mit euch zu teilen, die ich für Ostern gebacken hatte und nun ist es endlich so weit!

Auch zukünftig will ich in diesem Beitrag alle meine Kuchen- und Muffin-Rezepte sammeln, damit ich und ihr für jeden Anlass ein passendes Gebäck finden könnt.

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Himbeer-Kokos-Milchreis Kuchen

Ich liebe Kokos-Milchreis mit Mango und/oder Apfelmus und auch diese Kuchen Variante mit Himbeeren war so lecker! Unserer ist leider etwas zu hoch geworden, da wir zu viel Milchreis gekocht haben und dadurch war ein Stück so unheimlich mächtig :D Beim nächsten Mal würde ich deshalb weniger benutzen.

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Für den Boden:

  • 150 g Dinkel Vollkornmehl
  • 150 g Haferflocken
  • 65 g Stärke
  • 200 g Pflanzenmargarine (Zimmertemperatur)
  • 60 ml Ahornsirup
  • 1 TL Zimt
  • 1 Messerspitze Vanilleextrakt
  • 1 Prise Salz

Für den Milchreis:

  • 220 g Milchreis
  • 800 ml Pflanzenmilch (z.B. Reismilch)
  • das Dicke von einer Dose Kokosmilch
  • 2 EL Stärke
  • 1 Messerspitze Vanilleextrakt
  • ca. 50 ml Agavendicksaft (nach Geschmack)

Für die Himbeer-Schicht:

  • 750 g gefrorene Himbeeren
  • 2 TL Agar-Agar (gibt es im Bio Laden)
  • ca. 20 ml Agavendicksaft (nach Geschmack)

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So geht’s
  1. Die Haferflocken in einem Mixer zu Mehl verarbeiten und mit den trockenen Zutaten für den Boden verrühren. Margarine und Ahornsirup hinzugeben und zu einem glatten Teig verkneten und im Kühlschrank etwas ruhen lassen.
  2. Für den Milchreis die Pflanzen- und Kokosmilch aufkochen lassen, Milchreis hinzugeben und unter regelmäßigem Rühren auf niedriger Hitze garen lassen bis alle Flüssigkeit aufgesogen und der Reis weich ist. Dann Stärke, Sirup und Vanille hinzugeben.
  3. Den Teig in eine gefettete Form (26 cm Durchmesser) an Boden und Ränder drücken und den Milchreis darauf verteilen und bei 175°C für ca. 40 Minuten backen.
  4. Die Himbeeren auftauen und in einem Topf erwärmen bis sie kurz vorm Kochen sind. Das Agar-Agar in einem Schluck Wasser verquirlen und unter die Himbeeren rühren. Weitere zwei Minuten köcheln lassen und abkühlen. Dann mit Agavendicksaft abschmecken (kann leicht sauer schmecken, da es mit dem Milchreis zusammen harmoniert!)
  5. Die Himbeermasse auf den Kuchen geben und für einige Stunden bzw. über Nacht im Kühlschrank festwerden lassen.

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Saftiger Apfel-Möhren Kuchen mit karamellisierten Haselnüssen

Dieser Kuchen ist zu meinem absoluten Favoriten geworden und wir haben ihn nach Ostern schon 3 Mal!! nachgebacken. Er ist so saftig, nussig-süß und frisch ohne groß fruchtig zu sein – einfach ein Traum! <3

Ihr könnt die Haselnüsse auch einfach durch Walnüsse oder Mandeln ersetzen. Das schmeckt sicher auch toll!

Übrigens hält sich der Kuchen auch ziemlich lange und verliert dabei nicht im geringsten an Geschmack oder Konsistenz.

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Zutaten

Für den Teig:

  • 1 große Handvoll Haselnüsse (+ weitere zum Verziehren)
  • 250 g Rohrzucker (für den Teig und zum karamellisieren der Nüsse)
  • 350 g geriebene Möhren
  • 200 g geriebenen Apfel (mit Schale)
  • 100 g gemahlene Mandeln (oder selbst in Küchenmaschine grob zerkleinern)
  • 150 g Dinkelmehl
  • 150 g Paniermehl
  • 2,5 TL Backpulver
  • 1 Prise Salz
  • 1/2 TL Zimt
  • 3 EL Chiasamen
  • 150 ml Pflanzenöl

Für die Glasur:

  • 100g Puderzucker (möglichst aus Rohrzucker)
  • 2 EL Agavendicksaft
  • 1,5 EL Hafermilch

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Zubereitung
  1. Die Chiasamen mit 9 EL warmem Wasser verrühren und ca. 10 Minuten quellen lassen, sodass eine klebrige, gummiartige Masse entsteht – dies ist sozusagen unser Ei-Ersatz.
  2. Die Haselnüsse auf einem Backblech 5-10 Minuten im Ofen bei 175°C Ober-/ Unterhitze rösten.
  3. 100g des Rohrzuckers in einer beschichteten Pfanne bei mittlerer Hitze unter ständigem Rühren schmelzen (Achtung! Das kann schnell verbrennen). Die Haselnüsse in den flüssigen Zucker geben und so verrühren, dass alle von Zucker umhüllt sind. Dann auf einem Backpapier auskühlen lassen und grob zerkleinern.
  4. Die Chia-Mischung mit dem restlichen Rohrzucker (150g) und dem Öl verrühren und die trockenen Zutaten unterheben.
  5. Möhren und Äpfel waschen und reiben, zerkleinerte Mandeln und die karamellisierten Haselnüsse (bis auf ein paar für die Dekoration) ebenfalls unterheben.
  6. Den relativ festen Teig in einer eingefetteten Kuchenform (24-26 cm Durchmesser) verteilen und für ca. 55 Minuten bei 175°C Ober-/ Unterhitze backen (Stäbchenprobe machen!). Der Kuchen soll  allerdings innen noch schön feucht bleiben.
  7. Für den Zuckerguss den Puderzucker sieben und die restlichen Zutaten untermischen, auf dem etwas abgekühlten Kuchen verteilen, die restlichen Haselnüsse darüber geben und vollständig auskühlen lassen.

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Simpler veganer Schokokuchen

Ein schöner fluffiger, saftiger und richtig schokoladiger Schoko-Kuchen ist schon was feines. Und dann auch noch ohne tierische Produkte und super unkompliziert zusammengerüht. Ein Kuchen für Tage, an denen es schnell gehen muss!

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Wir backen den Kuchen in einer Form mit 20 cm Durchmesser. Wenn ihr einen großen Kuchen macht, verdoppelt einfach die Menge.

Für den Teig:

  • 160 g Mehl
  •  40 g Kakaopulver
  • 200 g Rohrzucker
  • 1 TL Natron
  • 1 Prise Salz
  • 240 ml warmes Wasser
  • 1 TL Vanille Extrakt
  • 80 ml geschmacksneutrales Öl (Sonnenblumen/Rapsöl) oder Kokosöl
  • 1 TL Apfelessig

Für den Guss:

  • 100 g Zucker
  • 40 g Margarine
  • 2 EL Pflanzenmilch
  • 2 EL Kakaopulver
  • 2 TL Vanille Extrakt

+ Streusel zum verziehren

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Anleitung
  1. Alle trockenen Zutaten für den Teig vermischen und nacheinander die flüssigen unterrühren.
  2. Den Teig in einer gefetteten Springform bei 180°C Ober-/Unterhitze für ca. 40 Minuten backen, bis beim Stäbchentest kein Teig kleben bleibt.
  3. Für den Guss alle Zutaten in einem kleinen Topf unter ständigem Rühren aufkochen und kurz köcheln lassen, vom Herd nehmen und weiter umrühren sodass ein dickflüssiger, aber nicht zäher Guss entsteht. Diesen im heißen Zustand über dem Kuchen verteilen, mit den Streuseln verziehren und auskühlen lassen.

Weitere tolle & vegane Kuchen:

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Ihr merkt schon – ich mag Kuchen mit Möhren. Die sind so schön saftig, aber nicht fruchtig und einfach super lecker!

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Apfel- oder Birnenstrudel ist zwar nicht so wirklich Kuchen in klassischer Form, aber einfach so so lecker, dass ich ihn hier nicht außer acht lassen wollte. Nur 3 (bzw. 4) Zutaten sind dafür nötig und es geht super schnell! Auch perfekt als Nachtisch mit einer Kugel eis dazu.

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Dieses Schoko – Erdnuss – Bananenbrot ist zum niederknien! So saftig, cremig, süß und dabei auch noch ziemlich gesund.

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Ein Kuchen der bei meiner Familie zu meinem Geburtstag richtig gut angekommen ist und den ich wieder und wieder backen werde: ein Haselnuss – Schoko – Gugelhupf.

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Auch den klassischen Zupfkuchen braucht man nicht mit Quark und anderen tierischen Produkten machen! Probier ihn doch mal in der veganen Variante :)

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Ebenfalls schon mehrfach gebacken habe ich diesen Marmorkuchen mit Kirschen, da er so fix geht und super fluffig ist.

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Der wahrscheinlich beste Schokokuchen der Welt – so unglaublich schokoladig und dabei nicht zu süß! Den muss ich unbedingt nochmal backen, diesmal aber doppelstöckig.

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Habt ihr schon mal Brownies mit Süßkartoffeln gebacken? Kann ich nur empfehlen! Gesund und so  lecker.

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Einer meiner all-time Favoriten, den ich immer wieder backe: Bananenbrot mit Himbeeren.

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Auch diese Muffins sind einfach ein Traum! Super saftig (ihr merkt schon, ich steh darauf, wenn Kuchen schön saftig ist :D ) und die Kombination aus Apfel und Zimt in einem Muffin vereint!

…weitere Folgen!


Welche veganen Kuchenrezepte könnt ihr mir empfehlen, die ich unbedingt mal testen soll? Habt ihr jetzt Lust meine nachzubacken?