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 Halloweenย  even if no one was celebrating it in Milan on those time. It was an original American recipe which she brought back from Philadelphia where she lived in the 70s together with my 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. Oh, and just in case you matter, that’s even lower in kcals ๐Ÿ˜‰ Continue reading “Pumpkin Pie Two Ways”

Bear-pleasing Quick Choc Pot

…and it’s vegan and gluten-free too, if you use the right chocolate!

Originally the choc-potย 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.ย What if you do notย want to/need to/can make a whole tart but you want to indulge in a chocolatey dessert? Continue reading “Bear-pleasing Quick Choc Pot”

The Very Low Calories Dessert #2

Budino al cocco

First of all, credits to Anastasia Zinchenko, PhD from Science Strengthย who posted a very yummie dessert on her Instagram profile: a chocolate pudding with 100kcal per 1,5 liters! By the way, follow her if you want some evidence-based knowledge gains, diet motivation and some very badass powerlifting and bodybuilding action!

As I did not have exactly the same ingredients as the original recipe, I developed my own version, which is extremly simple, quick and versatile. One of my favorites is the “budino al cocco” (coconut pudding in Italian). It has approximately 20kcal for 0,75 liters and it’s therefore the perfect treat for you sweet-toothy-hard-dieting folks. Enough talking: here is the recipe!

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The Zero Calories Dessert #1

Coffee Granita

Have a look at the picture below if you do not know what a granita is: it’s a delicious Italian dessert with -probably- Arabian roots. We eat it especially in summer but to be honest it is like ice cream: it is always time for it ;-).

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Granita al caffรฉ at Caffรฉ Sant’Eustacchio in Rome

But zero calories ice cream? Are you kidding me?

Stefan and I are dieting and especially for me there is no much room for delicious ice cream and generally gorgeous high caloric treats, like dark chocolate and nut butter. This is also the reason why both of them are in the cellar right now ๐Ÿ˜‰ but more about this issue later. That’s why we developped the recipe below.
Long story short: here is the solution for all of you coffee lovers and sweet tooth people: it is refreshing, it is sweet and it teleports you in Piazza Navona in Rome when you eat it. You can use coffein-free coffee too -as we do- so that you can have this treat also in the evening.

Makes two big servings

  • three ice-cube trays (each ca. 250 ml water)
  • three teaspoons instant coffee (it makes it more fluffy)
  • 250 ml tap water
  • pinch of salt
  • sweetener to taste
  • optional: flavours, spices (cinnamon, vanilla, ginger…)

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Blend everything!

Blend everything in a powerful blender. Enjoy. A lot.
As most if not all of our recipes, it’s a mothership: vary it, experiment with it, make it better and have fun! Of course, let us know how we could do it even better ๐Ÿ˜‰

Suggestions:

…with cacao (no zero calories, but awesome)

…with matcha (add a bit more water)

…with the juice and zest of one lemon