Christmas Tree Protein Brownies

A festive treat with a healthy twist - these Christmas tree protein brownies are the perfect healthier treat if you're looking for something tasty, but not overly indulgent. They're no-bake, easy to make and taste so good!  There's no doubt that Christmas is a time of indulgence. There are so many treats around everywhere you go. It's always a challenge to eat healthy with so many temptations around.  Of course there's absolutely nothing wrong in indulging, I would never encourage abstaining from yummy food, especially during a period when many of us socialise with family, friends and work colleagues. However, some of us (myself included) find that the indulging often starts early December and doesn't end until early January. That's [...]

Pomegranate Molasses Roasted Brussels Sprouts

An easy Brussels Sprouts recipe to make this festive season - these pomegranate molasses roasted brussels sprouts are packed with flavours, texture and served on a smooth cream cheese base. Super easy to make and guaranteed to be a crowed pleaser.  Some of you may already know this, but I'm half English, half Middle Eastern. I've spent most of my life feeling out of place, like I don't belong. The first 17 years of my life I spent growing up in Baghdad, Iraq. I was one of the very few people I knew or had even heard of from mixed backgrounds. Out of my WHOLE school, there were only 2 other mixed girls.  Iraq is a very traditional country with [...]

2023-12-11T19:14:30+01:00December 11, 2023|Christmas, Gluten Free, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian|0 Comments

5-Ingredient Vegan Gingerbread Fudge

A simple no-bake and no-cook fudge made using healthier ingredients. These 5-ingredient vegan gingerbread fudge make for a lovely lighter treat to enjoy during the festive season, but also make a wonderful edible gift idea!    I made these chocolate dipped fudge squares last Christmas to take with me when I visited family members. I used one of my favourite ever recipes, this simple fudge recipe, but I gave it a festive twist by adding cinnamon, ginger and allspice.  They're perfect if you need a quick and easy treat to gift to loved ones or a lighter dessert to enjoy on the big day.  I know this is not your typical fudge recipe and I have had people asking why [...]

2023-12-11T15:31:14+01:00December 8, 2023|Christmas, Dairy Free, Desserts, snack, Vegan, Vegetarian|14 Comments

Cauliflower & Chestnut Soup (Vegan & Gluten-free)

This cauliflower & chestnut soup is delicious & warming. Perfect to enjoy during the festive season or even as a starter on Christmas day. There's nothing more comforting than a warming bowl of soup on a freezing cold day. The past week has been so cold that I'm finding myself craving nothing but soup, tea and hot chocolate.  I don't know about you, but we still have another week before Christmas Day and I've already overindulged way too much. It's just too tempting not to want to try all the Christmas foods and treats that pop up in supermarkets shelves around this time of year. The cold weather isn't helping with my insatiable appetite either. I definitely notice I feel [...]

4-Ingredient Vegan Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles

These 4-ingredient vegan hazelnut chocolate truffles are so easy to make and taste divine! They contain no dairy or coconut milk. Perfect for chocolate hazelnut lovers and makes a great post-dinner treat. These truffles are inspired by the orange truffles I made this time last year for Christmas. Instead of using cashews, I used hazelnuts and omitted the orange zest for a simple hazelnut chocolate truffle version.  I feel like I've made a few hazelnut recipes recently, like this chocolate hazelnut granola and these hazelnut protein bars. I don't know what it is, I guess I just LOVE hazelnut and chocolate. To be fair, it is a match made in heaven, I don't think many would argue with that statement. [...]

Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Orange Tart

A deliciously decadent tart that everyone can enjoy! This gluten-free vegan chocolate orange tart is another great dessert to serve this festive season.  *This post is sponsored by FREEE* With only three more sleeps left before Christmas, I wanted to make a dessert that’s really easy to put together, in case you’re looking for a last-minute treat. I’ve always thought of chocolate + orange as the perfect festive sweet flavour combination. They just marry so well together to help create the most luscious & delicious treats. The base is made up of a simple mixture of FREEE Gluten Free Plain White Flour, dairy-free butter and water with a little bit of sugar to sweeten. The smooth velvety filling is made [...]

Vegan Cheese Cranberry Butternut Squash Wreath

A festive vegan recipe that everyone can enjoy. This vegan cheese cranberry butternut squash wreath is the perfect plant-based alternative or addition to your Christmas dinner table.  Whether you're a vegan or not, it's always a good idea to have a plant-based option on the Christmas table. Especially now that more and more people are choosing to eat less meat and include more plant-based meals.  A few years ago I was very strict with my diet. I refused to eat any meat, eggs, dairy or gluten. After a while it started to feel quite restrictive and difficult to maintain. I spent most of my time planning, researching recipes and checking product labels. It became increasingly obvious to me, and everyone [...]

2022-12-17T20:26:22+01:00December 17, 2022|Christmas, Dairy Free, Main Meals, Vegan, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Gluten-free Cranberry White Chocolate Tart

If you're looking for a dessert centre piece to serve to guests this Christmas, you need to make this gluten-free cranberry white chocolate tart. It's so delicious, super indulgent and looks stunning too!  This may not be your typical traditional festive dessert like your mince pies or Christmas puddings, but it's certainly a crowed pleaser. It makes a nice change to the dried fruit packed desserts, which not everyone likes, or the chocolate based alternatives.  Made up of a simple shortcrust pastry base, a fruity cranberry jam layer, all topped with a silky white chocolate topping. A deliciously creamy treat that's perfect for the festive period. Especially when shared with loved ones. The tartness of the cranberry goes so well [...]

Vegan Gingerbread Bundt Cake

All I want for Christmas is a yummy slice of cake in one hand and a warming cup of tea in the other. This vegan gingerbread bundt cake is the perfect treat for this time of year. Packed with spices and so easy to make. I find that the best way to get into the festive spirit is to bake a gingerbread treat. It doesn't matter what it is, whether it's a gingerbread house, gingerbread biscuits, or a gingerbread cake. All will leave your house smelling like Christmas! The warming spices and smell of molasses is enough to leave anyone feeling jolly.  Gingerbread is always my first go-to festive flavour, with chocolate orange being a close second. It never fails [...]

2022-12-12T19:34:57+01:00December 12, 2022|Cakes, Christmas, Dairy Free, Desserts, Vegan, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Millionaires Shortbread

*This post is sponsored by FREEE* Delicious and decadent, these gingerbread millionaire shortbread are perfect for the festive season and they happen to be both gluten-free AND vegan! I can’t believe there’s only a few more sleeps left before Christmas Day! Is it just me or has this year flown by? If you’re looking for a last-minute festive treat that’s both gluten-free and vegan (and delicious!), then you have to try these festive gingerbread millionaires shortbread. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love millionaires shortbread, so I decided to put a fun spin on a classic dessert and make it festive by adding gingerbread spices (ginger, cinnamon and allspice) in the caramel centre. I also used date molasses to add [...]

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