Bake with us: Apple crumble

APPLE CRUMBLE

Perfect idea for a delicious Sunday afternoon! 🙂

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APPLE FILLING:

♥ 6 medium/big apples

♥ juice of 1,5 lemons

♥ 2 tablespoons of unrefined brown sugar (you can use healthier coconut sugar, or just normal refined white one if you prefer, all will work)

♥ 2 tablespoons of rolled oats

♥ 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

♥ ½ teaspoon of ground dried ginger or freshly grated one

♥ handful of dried cranberries

♥ handful of chopped walnuts

Crumble pastry:

♥ 150 g whole wheat flour

♥ 125g butter

♥ 75g unrefined brown sugar (again, you can replace it with your preferred version

♥ 50g rolled oats

♥ 50g ground walnuts

♥ Pinch of salt

♥ optionally: handful of chopped walnuts to top it all

Method:

  1. Mix all pastry ingredients in a self-standing mixer or with hand, until it forms a ball. If it seems too dry add a little splash of cold water. Set aside.
  2. Peel the apples. Grate 4 apples and cut 2 of them in small pieces or thin slices using a special knife on the grater. Pour the juice over them and add all of the other ingredients. Mix well.
  3. Butter the casserole or baking tin you plan to bake your crumble in and put the apple filing on the bottom.
  4. Crumble the pastry over; you can simply tear little pieces with your fingers and distribute evenly. If using, put the additional walnuts on top as well.
  5. Bake on 180°C for 40 minutes.
  6. Serve is either warm or cooled, alone or with some extra apricot jam. ENJOY!

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ŽIVA ♥

DO IT YOURSELF! NATURAL DEODORANT

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Do you pay attention to what you put in your body and on your skin? Do you ever check the ingredients cosmetics products you use are made of? I started to pay serious attention to it all when adopting a vegan lifestyle. Did you know than in just a few seconds after application your skin sucks in everything we expose it to? So it is pretty much the same as if you’d have eaten this. And yeah, imagining eating my shower gel, toothpaste or an intensely scented deodorant is not too appealing to me. On average, each person is believed to come in contact with around 100 chemicals each morning even if the ingredients stated are supposed to be natural. Make up and body care products are associated with allergic reactions, liver poisoning, neurological and digestive problems, immune problems, ruining hormonal balance, cardiovascular illness, cancer, muscle degeneration and ruining proper embryo development. Petroleum and other oil derivatives and chemicals are supposed to be some of the main culprits for it. After learning all that I started looking for natural, biologically certified, organic, ecological cosmetics that are not tested on animals. I realized there is actually really a lot of brands offering them and more and more people deciding to use them. And another thing I realized was that I can actually make some products at home and they can be just as functional as store bought ones. This way I can really be sure about all the ingredients in them, about their production process and also save a lot☺

So today I decided to share with you my »recipe« for natural deodorant. It is really easy and you only need 2-3 ingredients for it.

Ingredients:
10 tsp cold pressed, organic, coconut oil
6 tsp sodium bicarbonate (if your skin is sensitive to it you can use cornstarch instead)
Based on what you like, you can also add a few drops of essential oil of your choice, but even without it, coconut scented, it is pretty amazing

Method:
1.    Heat the oil on low heat until it melts, take off the heat and add sodium or starch and the essential oil if you’re using it.
2.    Mix well, pour in an empty cup and leave to cool off on room temperature. And that is it! It is that simple!

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Do you have any great natural deodorant recipes to share with us? Or have you maybe tried mine? I’d love to know your experience!

Wish you a fresh day,

Špela.


Špela U. is a lover of nature and animals. She works as a photographer (Spela Urbanc Photography) and healthy food advisor. She is a proud vegan and likes to spend her free time studying and practicing the power of thoughts. She will share useful advice on self-respect, joy of living and the ways of how you can feel better in your own skin.