Sweet New Start

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Joie de Vivre and Cupcakes has taken a creative break and now the blog is back, filled with energy and creativity. I think we all need it from time to time and now I have a more clear idea of what I want to do with my blog. And in case you missed, a new look too. What do you think about it? I wanted a cleaner, minimalistic look and it took me some time to find it.

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Chocolate and Pistachio Vegan Muffins

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It has been a while since I’ve posted a recipe. Mostly because I haven’t had much time to cook and finding time to try our recipes has been a challenge. These days, I have a bit more free time than usual and I decided to try out something new. I love that sweet and salty combinations, so I decided to mix two of my favourite flavours, pistachio and chocolate.

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Granola over and over again

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After a while, I decided to make my favourite breakfast again. Time kind of stops in December. I find myself not caring as much about my college obligations as I should and instead of that, I want to meet my friends, take some time for myself, bake something good, spend an evening wrapped in a warm blanket, watching a movie. It feels like I have time to do anything. Even time to slowly eat breakfast for a change 🙂

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Peanut Butter Vegan Brownie Dreams

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I think it’s been half a year since I made vegan brownies for the first time. The reasons are usually a party and the fact I have silken tofu in the kitchen that is just before expiry date. Well the old brownie recipe was definitely worth visiting, but I decided for a bit different version than the first one. This one is much more peanut-buttery and it has a really really full taste. Something between chocolate bread and a cup of hot chocolate. These brownies are the only food that includes tofu that made my boyfriend say: You should really make these more often 🙂

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Iced Chai Latte

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I can’t recall a November as beautiful as this year’s. Sun is shining, it’s warm outside (during the day) and I get to see the most beautiful sunsets from my new apartment on the 7th floor.  Even though it’s clearly autumn, I still don’t feel like drinking a cup of warm tea or mulled wine, it’s hard to separate from all the iced coffees, frapuccinos and iced chai lattes. I must say I feel a bit weird ordering one in a cafe, therefore I just had to learn how to make some of them on my own.

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Let’s Learn How To Make Cake Pops!

Let me clear something important first 🙂 This is not a recipe or instructions how to make cake pops. This is just a post about my decision to learn how to make cake pops and my first steps. Through time, I will post some more photos, and hopefully become better and better, until I’m able to do something like this:

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Chocolate Star Banana Vegan Muffins

I’ve been having this association with bananas lately …

Well, this post won’t be about this cute yellow beings (even though you have to see the movie! ;)) It will be about something most of us also adore. Food! 😀 To be more specific, muffins. I know it’s been a long time since I posted a recipe, but I have some more I want to share with you. Some are just waiting to repeat them so I can take photos of the final product before we eat it all. Well, I didn’t allow anyone to eat before I took photos of these. It’s actually an adaptation of my Banana Bread Recipe, but I think it works excellent with muffins. It has fruit in it so technically, they can be classified as breakfast

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