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One of the main ideas behind Veganuary is to inspire people and give them a taste of a vegan lifestyle. 

For this blog post we have compiled a number of recipes that are a) tasty and b) have a nordic twist. 

The featured recipes are considered classics in their native places Finland, Sweden and Denmark. They are the perfect proof that vegan food doesn't have to be complicated! 

1. Kesäkeitto (Finnish summer soup)

source: Wikipedia

Kesäkeitto is a popular soup that Finns love to eat in the summer. The name doesn't change the fact that the soup tastes delicious all year round. The traditional recipe can be turned into a vegan version by simply replacing the cow milk with oat cream. 

  • 5 medium-sized potatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 dl peas
  • a handful of green beans
  • about 700 ml of water
  • 1 vegetable broth cube
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • Salt to taste 
  • 4 dl oat cream
  • a handful of fresh parsley

Wash the potatoes and chop them into cubes. Chop the carrot. Remove the cauliflower buds and remove the strains from the green beans.

Put the vegetables in a saucepan and pour water on top until the vegetables just just cover. Add the vegetable broth cube and season with white pepper. Boil the vegetables until soft. 

Finally, mix the oat cream and salt to taste with the soup. Remove the pot from the plate and add the fresh parsley shredded into the soup.

Serve with fresh rye bread.

Please not If the oat cream does not fit, you can exchange it for soy cream or coconut milk.

2. Carrot pancakes 

 

Carrot pancakes are a delicious and beautifully coloured alternative to traditional pancakes. They are super easy to make, children like them and you won't even notice they're vegan! 

  • 2 dl carrots (about 3-5 carrots depending on size)
  • 3 dl vegetable milk
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 1/2 dl wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 dl oatmeal
  • 1tl soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional) 
  • 1 tsp paprika powder 
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • black pepper and salt to taste

Cook the carrots and puree with the vegetable milk until smooth. Add the oil. Mix the dry ingredients together and combine the mixtures. Lift the pancake batter into the pan and spread it out with a spoon/trowel, the pancakes are the best when thick. Bake over medium heat on both sides until ready.

If you like, you can combine the pancakes with a fresh salad.

3. Vegan Blueberry Pie 

Many people believe that being a vegan means missing out on many traditional treats. Nowadays many of the ingredients can easily be replaced with plant-based versions. This blueberry pie is a good example. 

Pie crust:

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 100 g baking margarine
  • 85 grams of sugar 
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 0,5 dl oat milk

Mix the wheat flour and baking powder together.

Whisk the sugar and margarine in a bowl.

Add the flour mixture and oat milk bit by bit, mixing all the time.

Press the dough into a traditional pie tin or loose insole pie tin.

Pre-bake the pie base (200 degrees about 10 min) especially if you use frozen blueberries.

Tip! Make the pie gluten-free by replacing the flour with gluten-free flour! 

Filling:

  • 400 g forest blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon potato/corn flour
  • 1 dl sugar (or less) 

Mix the blueberries, sugar and potato flour together in a bowl.

Pour the berries on the pre-baked pie crust

Bake the pie in the middle of the oven at 200 degrees for another 25 minutes.

Serve as such or with vegan ice cream.

4. Swedish Mocha Squares 

We discovered this amazing recipe on the wonderful food blogThe Nordic Kitchen

Mocha squares are popular in Finland and Sweden. It's a cross between a cake and a brownie - and well, simply delicious! 

In the vegan version butter is replaced by vegan margarine and cow milk is replaced with plant milk. Besides, the vegan version is made without eggs. 

5. Vegan Smørrebrød

 

Smørrebrød which literally means “buttered bread” is Denmark's most famous dish. It's an open sandwich that comes in countless variations. While the traditional toppings often include meat and fish, Smørrebrød also tastes great with vegan ingredients. 

We discovered someamazing recipeson the Vegan food blog Zucker & Jagdfurst. 

The featured recipes include variations with potato and radish, Carrot lox, Beetroot and blackberries and cucumber salad. 

Your mouth will start watering just seeing the images! 

Getting hungry? Start cooking!

Vegan food has reached the mainstream. It has never been easier to find vegan products or vegan alternatives for traditionally meat-based recipes. 

If you are looking for inspiration checkout out Youtube videos, Vegan food blogs or Instagram (#vegan). You´ll be surprised how much incredible information you can find. 

Vegan food doesn't have to be complicated or expensive, especially if you stick to unprocessed, regional and natural ingredients. 

Happy cooking! 



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