Aquafaba Coconut Macaroons

These aquafaba coconut macaroons actually turned out better without egg whites. More crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, almost like your favorite chocolate covered coconut bar. They’re so quick to make with few ingredients using no flour or fat. The chocolate icing is a no-brainer: just pop a little piece of chocolate on top of the macaroons as soon as they come out of the oven and they’ll frost themselves! Just let them cool a few minutes. (if you can wait!) Continue reading

Raspberry Chocolate Layered Chia Pudding

This Raspberry Chocolate Layered Chia Pudding is so easy to make without any cooking involved. You only have to start it the night before (or in the morning to eat it for dessert later) by soaking the seeds in almond milk and a sweetener of your choice. Then to assemble it you only have to melt the chocolate and puree’ the raspberries to compose the delicious layers. Since the chia seeds are nutrient rich with lots of Omega-3, protein and anti-oxidants it can be a healthy breakfast too. Continue reading

Mini Vegan Valentine Meringues

These Mini Vegan Valentine Meringues are so easy and versatile – you can make them any shape, color or flavor you want. And no need to use egg whites either. I’ve discovered that “aquafaba” (the liquid drained from cooked chickpeas) works beautifully. Don’t throw away that precious liquid! You can use it as an egg substitute and it also freezes well. So many dishes from one jar of chickpeas – Hummus, pasta e ceci, and meringues as a dessert! Continue reading

Pistachio Vegan Cupcakes

I made these wonderful little pistachio vegan cupcakes thanks to a vegan pastry course I took at the “Kilometro Bio” vegan restaurant in Monza. Here we learned all sorts of tips on how to substitute egg whites with aquafaba, how to make vegan butter for pastry crusts (crostata) and a wealth of other information on vegan baking. These cupcakes with their rich pistachio flavor also have an interesting souffle like texture which really makes them melt in your mouth. Using these white silicone teacups also made it much easier to bake and serve them. Continue reading

Tearose Deli

I love cooking and baking but now and then I need a break! Just a few steps away from my home in Monza there is the lovely Tearose Deli right in Piazza del Duomo facing the beautiful cathedral. Not just a cafe’ but also a place where you can enjoy a light vegetarian (or more appropriately vegan) meal – everything freshly made including the bakery goods. The fresh flowers and garden atmosphere makes this cafe’ a perfect stop in a busy day. Continue reading