Kruidnoten Apple Cake Bars ♦ Soft and Moist

Soft and moist cinnamon cake with a kruidnoten (Dutch cookies) base. This cake is filled with apple and topped with almond flakes. These Kruidnoten Apple Cake Bars are perfect for the holidays. Swap the kruidnoten for Biscoff or gingersnaps if you can’t get your hands on kruidnoten. Also delicious for Christmas.

Kruidnoten Apple Cake Bars 

Sinterklaas month!

Have you heard about the Dutch holiday called “Sinterklaas“? It’s a Christmas-like holiday for kids. In The Netherlands, Sinterklaas is celebrated on december 5th. And in honor of this holiday, November is the month of Sinterklaas recipes on WT. This year I’m starring “kruidnoten” in all of my recipes. Kruidnoten are very crunchy cookies and contain a bunch of spices.

Last week I shared the first recipe with these cookies: a kruidnootjes pie. For today’s recipe, I combined the kruidnoten with a moist cake to make these beautiful Kruidnoten Apple Cake Bars: A crunchy cookies base paired with a soft apple cake. To make the cake look extra festive, I topped the cake with almond flakes and crushed kruidnoten. My favorite kruidnoten are from Albert Heijn (Dutch supermarket, not sponsored) by the way. If you can’t find kruidnoten in your country, sub it with an equal amount of Biscoff or gingersnaps. Read more

Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake bars. Moist and fluffy. These bars get their moistness from the grated carrots. Each bar is stuffed with plump raisins and crunchy walnuts. Finally, you can’t make a good carrot cake without cream cheese frosting.

Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting (+raisins and walnuts)

After quite a few vegan recipes, I thought it was time for some “normal” baking again. So for my boyfriend’s birthday a few weeks ago, I decided to make carrot cake. Because I was short on time, I went for bars rather than a cake. Bars are so convenient because:

  1. Take less time to bake than most cakes
  2. Need little to no decorating skills
  3. Are easier to transport 

I’m happy to say my bf’s co-workers loved these bars. Well, most of them anyway: Some were scared these bars would taste like carrots. But I promise you, carrot cake bars taste nothing like carrots. The carrots only provide moisture and no flavor at all. All the flavor comes from the spices, raisins and chopped walnuts. Trust me, carrot cake bars are a must try! Read more

Fudgy Brownies with Walnuts ♦ Vegan and Soy Free

Fudgy brownies with chocolate chips and chunks of walnut. These brownies are vegan and can be made without refined sugar. The texture of these brownies are cakey but when you take a bite the brownie will stick like glue to your teeth. Yum. Perfect score on the fudge-o-meter!

Fudgy Brownies, Vegan and Soy Free, with Walnuts

Life is crazy at the moment. Trying to balance work and personal, but it’s a bit difficult when each day has only 24 hours. In addition, I want to spend time on treating myself to homemade, healthy food. As I was craving brownies, I decided to test some vegan FUDGY brownies. Now, I’ve shared a recipe for vegan brownies with you guys before. However, that recipe uses tofu. I still believe those are the best vegan brownies ever (soft and fudgy) but as there’s some controversy around soy in your diet, I wanted to experiment on a soy-free, vegan brownie recipe. And this is the version I fell in love with. This recipe makes super fudgy brownies and uses plant based ingredients only. You really have to try these. Really. Read more

Chewy Mocha Bars

Rich bars topped with a lush firm ganache. These bars are very chewy and strong in mocha flavor. These bars are very decadent. One small bar is the perfect treat to accompany your cup of tea.

Do you recognize that when you have a recipe in mind, do some testing and end up with something completely different but super delicious? That’s what happened when I made these mocha bars. I’m pretty sure you can relate if you’re a(n amateur) baker like me. When I was still in middle school (highschool), I used to work at a kind-of bakery (don’t ask) called Bakker Bart. We sold these amazing brownie bars with nuts and a delicious ganache on top. I’m not sure if they still sell it (I doubt it) but I was craving those brownies so bad last week so I decided to make my own. Unfortunately, I didn’t plan ahead very well and ended up missing a couple of ingredients. Being the lazy person I am, I decided to work with what I had and see what would happen. Results? Delicious chewy mocha bars with a ganache topping. These bars are more like a chewy cookie than brownies, but who cares what they’re called when they taste delicious? Exactly. No one. Read more

Best Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Creamy blueberry cheesecake bars made with real blueberries. Finished with a good dollop of whipped cream and fresh berries. Dessert doesn’t get any better.

My bf and I, we’re lovers of fruit. We love fresh fruit (well, he loves it when it’s is served ready-to-eat). A couple of my favorites? Watermelon and mangosteen. Any juicy fruit to be honest. And as an avid baker I don’t just love the healthy stuff, but I also love sugary, fruit flavored, baked stuff. Yup, so good but so wrong! Life needs a bit of everything, right? Anyway, last weekend I decided to shoot my recipe for blueberry cheesecake bars. I love blueberries! And I love bars. Why bars? Because they’re quicker to bake than the real deal. In addition, the portion size is usually smaller than a regular slice of cheesecake (I love “mini” foods). Read more