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Homemade Raspberry Chocolate Magnums (Healthier)

These homemade raspberry chocolate magnums are the best magnum flavour I’ve tried so far! They're so easy to make using better-for-you-ingredients and easily adjustable to likes and preferences. One to try this summer!  Everyone loves a magnum on a hot day (or any day really!) and I'm no exception. However, as much as I enjoy a magnum at the time of eating one, I'm always left feeling heavy, sluggish and weighed down afterwards. I'm a bit funny when it comes to dairy - I can eat some products and feel completely fine afterwards, but dairy ice cream for some reason just doesn't sit well in my stomach. I think it's the mixture of the dairy, high fat content and high [...]

Cottage Cheese Pudding (High Protein)

This creamy cottage cheese pudding is as healthy as it is delicious! Packed with 40g protein, it makes a great prepare-ahead-of-time breakfast, healthier dessert or even a post-workout snack.  Cottage cheese is definitely having a moment on social media right now and for good reason. It's such a versatile ingredient that's packed with protein and fairly low in calories and fat (especially the lower fat or fat-free varieties). It's also quite mild in flavour, so it can easily be incorporated into many different recipes.  I never really thought of cottage cheese as a main ingredient in a sweet recipe until I saw the viral TikTok trend of using it to make cookie dough. Although I haven't tried the cookie dough [...]

No-Bake Pistachio Chocolate Cookies (Healthy/Vegan/GF)

These no-bake pistachio chocolate cookies are the perfect summer treat when you're craving something sweet and chocolatey, but don't feel like turning on the oven. They're made with better-for-you ingredients and also happen to be vegan and gluten-free! I've always tended to lean towards making no-bake desserts over baked ones, for many reasons. Even more so during summer when the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven and make the house even warmer!  For all my international readers, the last few summers in the UK have been a little unbearable. We may not experience the kind of scorching hot weather you get in other countries, but unlike other countries, we don't have AC built into our [...]

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Pinwheels (Vegan & Gluten-free)

These no-bake peanut butter chocolate pinwheels make the perfect chilled after dinner-treat during the warmer months. They don’t require baking, easy to make and are healthier than your average chocolate-based treat! I’ve always thought that chocolate and nut butter make the most amazing flavour combination for healthier desserts. Especially when I’m thinking of no-bake desserts that require very few ingredients and a straight forward method. This no-bake peanut butter chocolate pinwheels recipe has been on my blog since 2018, and I must admit that up until recently I had completely forgotten about it! This tends to be the case when I’m busy thinking up new recipe ideas that I forget to appreciate old gems like this one. I’ve decided to [...]

Easy Hummus Recipe (Authentic Middle Eastern)

Hummus is something that I eat every single day without fail! I eat it on the side of main meals with salads and cooked vegetables, and it's also one of my go-to snacks. I like to have some peeled chopped carrots in the fridge so when I'm feeling peckish, all I have to do is open the fridge, take out the hummus and carrots and devour! I also like to have it with rice cakes when I run out of carrot sticks and I'm too lazy to peel more!

Chocolate Protein Chia Pudding

This chocolate protein chia pudding is the perfect prepare-ahead-of-time breakfast on busy mornings. A fuss-free breakfast that's healthy, balanced and tastes like a dessert! If you've been following me for a while, you'll know I'm a big chocaholic. Most of my dessert and snack recipes feature chocolate. I'm not sure when the obsession started, because growing up in Iraq, chocolate was very rarely eaten in my household, or in general. What I remember used to be referred to as 'chocolate bars' were cheap chocolate dipped biscuit wafers. When I say cheap, I mean the chocolate was so thin, you could actually see the wafer pattern underneath. There was barely any chocolate on them!  Maybe that's why I'm so obsessed with [...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Cups

These chocolate peanut butter oat cups make a great healthier dessert or snack in between meals. An oaty cup filled with a simple 2-ingredient homemade chocolate peanut butter. They're also so easy to make!  These chocolate peanut butter oat cups were inspired by the peanut butter chocolate oat cups I made a couple of years ago. They're one of the most popular recipes on my blog, and for good reason. They're easy to make, require only a handful of ingredients and they're good for you. Not bad for a satisfying sweet treat! This version is a little different. I decided to bake the oat base, then I filled it with a simple chocolate peanut butter that I made myself by [...]

5-Ingredient No-bake Pistachio Brownies

These 5-ingredient no-bake pistachio brownies are so moreish, require no baking and are packed with nutrients! Perfect if you’re looking for a super easy and yummy dessert.  Why I love making these 5-ingredient no-bake pistachio brownies: No-bake desserts are my favourite type of treats to make. They’re so easy, call for few ingredients and taste so good! What I also love about them is that you can adjust the taste and texture as you go along rather than having to wait for something to bake before you know whether it’s worked or not. I've made a couple of different variations of these brownies over the years, based on one of my most popular blog recipes so far - these 5-ingredient no-bake [...]

Healthy Blueberry Breakfast Cake

This healthy blueberry breakfast cake is my new favourite way to start the day. Who said you can't have cake for breakfast? Packed with 20g protein, 5g of fibre as well as essential nutrients, antioxidants and healthy fats. It also tastes absolutely delicious!  What makes this healthy blueberry breakfast cake a good option for breakfast? This cake is much lighter than your average cake with less sugar, more protein and nutrients/antioxidants. It's packed with good-for-you ingredients that you would usually associate with a healthy breakfast like oats, almonds, yoghurt, eggs, peanut butter and blueberries.  As well as protein, this healthy blueberry breakfast cake also offers 5g of fibre and probiotics in the yoghurt to help feed your gut microbiome and [...]

Healthier Muhallebi Recipe (Mahalabia) Milk Pudding

This healthier Muhallebi recipe is my lighter take on a classic Middle Eastern dessert popular during Ramadan and Eid. I've sweetened it with whole dates - a great source of fibre, as well as added tahini for healthy fats and flavour. Muhallebi, also known as mahalabia, is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert that originated in ancient Arab cuisine. It is a creamy pudding-like dessert made primarily from milk, sugar, and cornflour (or rice flour), flavored with rose water or orange blossom water, and garnished with pistachios and rose petals. It's served chilled and can be found in various Middle Eastern countries under different names and variations. Muhallebi is known for its smooth texture and delicate flavour, making it a popular [...]

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