Our Finnish Inspiration: Chef Ulla Keijama

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Our Finnish Inspiration: Chef Ulla Keijama

Chef Ulla Keijama Specializing in healthy, refined-sugar-free, plant-based, mostly gluten-free vegan recipes.

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Triple Chocolate Soft Protein Bars

Bottom layer

½ cup peanut butter

3 tbsp maple syrup, honey, or other

liquid sweetener

¼ cup rolled oats

¼ cup water

½ cup chocolate-flavored protein powder

Upper layer

¼ cup cacao butter

¼ cup coconut oil

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp lucuma

Frosting

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp maple syrup

1½ tbsp raw cacao powder

Garnishing

2 figs

Hemp seeds

For bottom layer, put peanut butter and liquid sweetener in a saucepan and warm up, stirring continually, until peanut butter is melted. Reduce heat and add in water and oats, mixing well. Take the pan off the heat and add in protein powder. Mix until you have an even and soft but a bit sticky batter. If too dry, add more water (the amount of water depends on protein powder you use). Press batter in a tin and put in a fridge to set. 

For upper layer (white chocolate), melt cacao butter and coconut oil in a saucepan on low heat. Add in maple syrup and lucuma powder and mix until well combined. Pour white chocolate sauce in the tin over bottom layer and let set in a fridge for an hour or more.

For frosting, mix together 2 tbsp melted coconut oil, 1 tbsp maple syrup, and 1½ tbsp raw cacao powder. Pour raw chocolate sauce over white chocolate and garnish with sliced figs and hemp seeds. Put back in a fridge to set. 

Cut into slices and enjoy. Store chilled

ulla2Berry-Banana Smoothie

Serves 1

1 small banana

1 cup strawberries (measured chopped)

½ cup raspberries

½ cup blueberries

¾ cup yogurt

1 tsp acai powder

Top with kiwis, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and hemp seeds or your own favorites. 

Cut into slices and enjoy. Store chilled.

Coconut-Chia Pudding

Serves 2

1 cup almond milk

¼ cup chia seeds

2 tbsp coconut shreds

Mix all ingredients together, cover, and let set in a fridge for a few hours or overnight. If you like, add a couple of tbsp maple syrup for more sweetness.

This meal is garnished with plums, cloudberries, raw fig spread, hemp seeds, and blueberry powder.

Banana and Peanut Butter Pudding

Serves 1

2 small ripe bananas

1 tbsp peanut butter

3 tbsp thick coconut milk (the thick part of canned coconut milk that separates and rises to the top)

1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

1 tbsp coconut oil

Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Let set in a fridge around 30 minutes before serving.