Guest Post - Zizi’s Vegan Adventures

by Rita Revy on February 19, 2023

Dairy and food allergies are more and more common these days, and finding dairy-free, kid-friendly recipes are always a challenge. I have been following Zita on Twitter for a while because she is a dedicated foodie, lives in Budapest and her blog is full of delicious vegan and vegetarian recipes. I asked her to share one of her kid-friendly, vegan and VERY YUMMY recipes with us:

Vegan Applesauce Cookies


1 cup (250 g) apple sauce, unsweetened (almaszósz - cukrozatlan, natúr)
1 1/4 cup (150 g) white spelt flour (tönköly fehérliszt)
1 1/4 cup (150 g) whole wheat spelt flour (teljeskiörlésű tönkölyliszt)
1/2 cup (120 g) coconut oil (kókuszolaj)
1/2 cup (120 g) dark cane sugar (lágy sötétbarna  nádcukor)
1 teaspoon aluminium free baking powder (foszfátmentes sütőpor)
1 teaspoon baking soda (szódabikarbóna)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (fahéj)
1 cup (90 g) walnuts (dió), chopped

Preheat the oven to 170°C (350°F, Gas Mark 4). Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a bowl mix together the coconut oil, cane sugar and apple sauce. Mix until smooth then set aside. In another bowl mix together the two different flours, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Add the wet ingredients and the walnut to the flour mixture, combining just until mixed. Take a tablespoon of the dough, form a ball and place on the prepared baking sheet. Flatten the ball slightly, then repeat with the remaining dough. Bake for 12-15 minutes,  until the cookies are golden brown. Makes approximately 40 cookies.

Where to find these ingredients in Budapest:

Unsweetened applesauce can be bought in the baby food section at Rossmann or health food stores (bio bolt) like the Mammut Bio Center.
Different kind of spelt flours are available at some Spar shops and at health food stores.
Coconut oil is available at any health food store or  Middle Eastern spice shops.
Dark cane sugar can be substitute with any kind of sugar or can be found at most health food stores.
Aluminum-free baking powder is available at health food stores (info on why you should use aluminum-free baking powder).
Baking soda, cinnamon and walnuts are available at any supermarket.

My love for cookbooks and delicious food started at the age of 9. Every day after school my little brother and I would wait for our mom to make dinner for us. Until dinner was ready, I slowly turned the pages of her cookbooks and stared at the photographs of the amazing-looking dishes. Little did I know that I would be collecting cookbooks as an adult and would still be, just like in my childhood, drooling over photos of delicious food. The only difference is that I do the cooking now. I love traveling, going to the organic market and browsing food blogs. My vegetarian food and travel blog is Zizi’s Adventures. I also can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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Ison February 27, 2023 at 11:57 pm

Hi Zizi,
Do you know where I can buy some “baking soda” in Budapest? We use it for many other things as cleaning products and helps eliminate odors in kitchen and bathroom drains, etc… Every time I come to Budapest to visit my husband, he asks me to bring baking soda, he says he can’t find it here. It makes me laugh when he says all they sell here are in those little pouches. I asked him are you sure it’s baking soda in those pouches and not baking powder? He replies…huh, there’s a difference? Thanks…/ison


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