Pumpkin Poppy Crumble

A delicious Halloween-ish pudding.

If you did not already know it, I am half Italian (and half Suisse) and even if the Italian cuisine is fantastic, there is something we do not have. And that is warm puddings. I LOVE hot desserts and -besides Stefan – it did definitely play a role to choose Austria as my new homecountry 15 years ago 😉 . Kaiserschmarrn, Milchrahmstrudel, Scheiterhaufen…comfy, calorie-dense winter soulfood you can enjoy in some old-fashioned Viennese caffee and you should definitely indulge on it if you visit Austria. English speaking countries have also a nice variety of warm puddings and one of them turned to be easy to make and very customizable: crumble. We experimented a lot with it: rhubarb, strawberries, apples…and then it was pumpkin season and I rescued a lot of crushed poppy seeds from a local grocery store where the best before date was exceeded. We love pumpkin and we love poppy seeds. The Pumpkin Poppy Crumble was born.

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Ruby Red Rhubarb Compote

An easy recipe turning a childhood nightmare into something delicious.

Rhubarb has always been one of the few things I refused to eat. In my kindergarden I was forced to eat the sour, tangy, completely overcooked mensa rhubarb compote full of stringy bits. This horrid dish was my early childhood nightmare. But now I am over it and I love rhubarb, especially in the following diet friendly dessert. Let me explain how I fell in love with rhubarb in my sweet and sour recipe.

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Happy Pancake Day!

Two Pancake Recipes.

Pancake day is a very Anglo-Saxon/American tradition, which corresponds to our “mardi-gras” (martedí grasso, Faschingsdienstag). It’s the last day before the Lenten season (quaresima, Fastenzeit) starts and as a good Christian you should eat everything up in your pantry that you are not allowed to eat during that time, like sweets and meat. We are rather good strength trainees than good Christians and to be honest, I do not think you should wait until Pancake Day to have pancakes. Nevertheless, it’s a good excuse to post a bonus blog post with two pancake recipes: a very cut friendly one and the “real deal”.

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Chestnut Shortbread

Crumbly goodness and a bonus version.

Inspired by the Japanese love for chestnut, I am proud to present our chestnut shortbread cookies. They are neither low calories nor protein packed but if you manage your calories wisely, you could have one or two with a good cup of tea 🙂 . Long story short, here is the recipe.

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Honey Curd Ice Cream

One ice cream to hit your macros and please your inner bear.

If you are an ice cream aficionado like we are, autumn and winter can be a tough time for you. Yes, there are cookies and Stollen, but for some reason it’s almost impossible to find good ice cream in Vienna. All the shops are closed! I don’t get it, why wouldn’t you love some ice cream even on a cold winter day? Well, if no one does it for you, you have to make some yourself.

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Pumpkin Pie Two Ways

I love pumkin pie because my mum used to bake it in the early 90s for Halloween even if no one was celebrating it in Milan those times. It was an original American recipe which she brought back from Philadelphia where she lived in the 70s together with my dad and older brother. Of course she shared the recipe with me as I moved to Vienna but I had gut issues and was not tolerating grains, eggs and dairy products well. Therefore Stefan and I developed our own version: it is not cut-friendly if you are very low on calories (check the macros) but it is gluten-free and suitable for the vegan folk too. But if you would like to try the real stuff, I’ve included my mum’s recipe too.

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Bear-pleasing Quick Choc Pot

Your easy chocolate fix.

Originally the choc-pot was the filling of a Jamie Oliver no-bake chocolate tart: a very rich but quite calorie-friendly dessert which we’ll share with you soon. What if you do not want to/need to/can make a whole tart but you want to indulge in a chocolatey dessert? This recipe is the answer!

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The Very Low Calories Dessert #2

Budino al cocco.

We love to have something sweet as a dessert here at Beary Strong, and I bet you do too. When dieting, it can be a challenge to satisfy your sweet tooth without blowing your macros. Enter the low-calorie pudding. This mothership recipe is with coconut flavour, but also contains many variations to make everybody happy.

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The Zero Calories Dessert #1

Coffee granita.

As temperatures climb above the 30°C threshold, my mood goes down and all I want is a cool place to relax and some sort of icecream. This recipe at least solves the icecream problem in an extremely calorie friendly manner, taking you right to Rome for a locat treat. Refreshing, easy to make and always welcome during summer. Try it out and thank me later!

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Incredibly Easy Cheesecake

The three ingredient gluten-free cheesecake.

No matter if I am cutting or bulking, I have this cheesecake every single day for breakfast, adding some milk kefir, skyr or fruits depending on the needs. Isn’t that awesome? If it fits my macros (I am 160cm petite), it should also fit in yours 😉

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