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 πŸ˜‰ . 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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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 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 πŸ˜‰ 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-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? 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 Strength 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.

As temperatures climb above the 30Β°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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