Raw Mince Pies Recipe - Vegan & Gluten-free This is my first Christmas recipe on the blog this year...yay! Delicious raw/no-bake mince pies that are so easy to make and taste amazing without any added sugar, dairy or wheat! When I first moved to the UK around 11 years ago (my goodness how time flies!) and during my first ever proper Christmas day celebration with my uncles, granddad and cousins, I tried a mince pie for the first time. Did I like it? NO! I actually hated it! First of all I found the name so confusing. You would assume a mince pie would contain minced meat, but instead I had a mouth full of raisins, which I wasn't too keen on. I [...]
Vegan & Gluten-free Christmas Gingerbread Cake Just under two weeks until Christmas (woohoo!). Can you believe how fast time is flying? It doesn’t feel that long ago when we were about to welcome 2017, and look at us now. The year is almost over and we’ll soon be welcoming 2018! Crazy! I’ve created something really special to help you celebrate Christmas in style! A gingerbread cake topped with whipped coconut cream and decorated with gingerbread Christmas trees and stars. A really simple and easy to follow recipe that looks super festive and so impressive! A lot of people put so much time and effort into making the Christmas dinner that dessert often gets neglected. I know you can easily buy [...]
Vegan Gluten-free Gingerbread Doughnuts During the festive season in my pre "healthy eating" days, we used to buy a lot of boxes of Christmas biscuits like Mcvitie's and Fox's and would over indulge on Celebrations and Quality Street chocolates. After all that was the tradition in many households and ours was no different. I used to let myself go and indulge in as many treats as I liked. And I used to wonder how I ever put on 10kg during the first couple of years since moving to the UK! It's all so clear now haha :P We never used to bake anything at home around Christmas. We didn't need to. There were so many treats that they were practically coming [...]
Orange Cranberry Cookie Sandwiches - Vegan & Gluten-free Make these orange cranberry cookie sandwiches over the Christmas period and treat yourself and loved one to something extra special that also happens to be healthy, vegan and gluten-free at the same time! Cranberry cashew cream stuffed between two crunchy orange cookies, what's not to love? Orange and cranberries go so well together and they instantly make anything taste so festive! The shape of the cookies was just important as the taste, so of course I had to use a star cookie cutter and sprinkle them with edible gold dust to create glittery stars :D I was genuinely so happy with the way these cookies turned out. I could go so far as to say [...]
Healthy Christmas Day Recipes - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Most households have their own tradition when it comes to Christmas day meals. There is usually a lot of emphasis on the Christmas dinner, but hardly any thought goes into the other meals during the day. Most don't even eat anything else! Apart from maybe mince pies and chocolate in between. I for one prefer eating 3 smaller meals rather than skipping breakfast or snacking on unhealthy festive foods while waiting for the 'main event' by which time I would be starving and end up eating way too much than my stomach can handle leaving me feeling uncomfortable, lethargic and tired the rest of the day. To me, it makes more [...]
Chocolate Covered Peppermint Patties Here's how to make dairy-free/vegan peppermint patties, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy cane to make them look and taste extra special. Perfect treat to enjoy on Christmas day after indulging in a decadent Christmas meal. After most meals I always crave something sweet to end my meal with, even if it's just a grape. I think growing up feeling deprived of sweets and treats has left me with a huge craving for them. So even after a really heavy meal, I still want something sweet to end with. There's nothing better than enjoying an After Eight mint thin after a heavy meal, which lets face it is unavoidable on Christmas day! It wouldn't be [...]
Christmas Tree Brownies - Vegan & Gluten-free If you're looking for a super healthy Christmas sweet treat that tastes naughty, but is still good for you, you need to make these brownies! It doesn't get healthier than these Christmas tree brownies! Made using East End Foods dry chickpeas making them high in protein, fibre and minerals such as manganese, folate, iron and zinc. Chickpeas make up a big part of my diet, I eat them on a daily basis in the form of falafel, stews, savoury bakes, calzone, pizza and HUMMUS (of course!), but I also love incorporating them into sweet treats to make them as healthy and beneficial as possible. Recent research suggests that the consumption of chickpeas (as well as other pulses [...]
Vegan Cranberry Lime & Coconut Jelly Shots With the festive season fast approaching, we're all looking for recipes, desserts and party food ideas to impress our friends and family with. This time of year also tends to be one of the busiest and most hectic time of the year, it's very important now more than ever that these recipes are quick and easy to make. I've teamed up with Feel Good Drinks to come up with a party season recipe that's perfect for Christmas, New Year's and anytime in between! I'm really excited to be working with Feel Good Drinks as they offer a variety of still and sparkling fruity drinks that are healthy and not loaded with sugar and artificial [...]
When it comes to making healthy cookies, achieving a crunchy texture is not the easiest thing to do. Most of my healthier cookies tend to be soft or chewy, but if I were to make any cookie recipe crunchy, it had to be this one!
Most Christmas dinners are not seen to be complete without meat being the centre piece, but I don't see why that has to be the case. You can create a delicious meat-free recipe that the whole family can enjoy that takes a fraction of the time to make compared to something like a turkey or chicken!