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Vegan Gluten-free Butter Cookies

Light, buttery and crumbly cookies dipped in chocolate and decorated with chopped hazelnuts. These vegan gluten-free butter cookies are a must-try! I made these vegan gluten-free butter cookies for Christmas and dipped them in matcha white chocolate and chopped pistachios. I just had to make a dark chocolate version, this time decorated with chopped hazelnuts. I think we can all agree that chocolate + hazelnuts is one of the most delicious flavour combos ever. These cookies are definitely a lot more indulgent than my usual treats. With butter cookies, you really do need to use a lot of butter (hence the name!), and sugar too, so they're not healthy in any shape or form. However, they are gluten-free and vegan, [...]

Vegan Mini Baklava Cheesecakes

Mini oaty cups filled with smooth cream cheese and topped with roasted pistachios flavoured with orange and aromatic cinnamon and cardamom! Baklava is one of the most popular desserts in the Middle East or any Arab speaking country. It’s such a decadent dessert and one that is served to show hospitality and generosity. Diamond shaped delights made up of layered crispy phyllo pastry, crunchy nuts flavoured with cinnamon and cardamom all drenched in a rose water and orange blossom infused syrup. They're super decadent and delicious, but they're also really heavy, sugary and fatty. I did my best to make a healthier version a couple of years ago (you can find the recipe here), which turned out to be very [...]

No-bake Pistachio Brownies

A super easy and decadent treat - these no-bake pistachio brownies are rich and chocolatey, but made with healthier ingredients! A simple no-bake base packed with oats, cocoa, a little maple syrup to sweeten and a bit of coconut oil to bind everything together. The centre is made up of pistachio butter, whole pistachios and a little more coconut oil and maple syrup. Pistachios are such an underrated nut. It's by far my favourite nut. I do think it's so underrated and under used in the west. Whereas in the Middle East where I grew up, it's the most popular. They use it in so many desserts and even savoury dishes. But they're mostly enjoyed on their own - salted [...]

Vegan Chai Chocolate Tart

*This post is sponsored by Ahmad Tea* A creamy, yet light tart packed with warming spices. This easy vegan chai chocolate tart is perfect on a cold day. This tart is made up of a no-bake chocolate base and a smooth cream filling made up of coconut milk, dairy-free milk and white chocolate. I love using tea and tea bags to flavour desserts. It's such an easy and convenient way to add lots of flavour without using any artificial ingredients. I'm using Ahmad Tea chai spice tea bag. I've been a huge fan of their teas for years. I first came across them when I was looking for cardamom tea, something that I grew up drinking, but was struggling to [...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread

*This post is sponsored by Califia Farms* A decadent chocolate peanut butter banana bread - dense, rich and topped with a lush frosting. Dessert heaven right here! Who doesn't love banana bread? I have never come across someone who doesn't like to indulge in a moist, dense slice of banana bread. However, this is no ordinary banana bread. For one, it's a chocolate banana bread, AND it's topped with a decadent peanut butter frosting. It's impossible to say no to a slice with your afternoon cuppa. Banana bread had a serious moment during lockdown. Everyone seemed to be making it apart from me, which is strange seeing as banana bread is my favourite kind of cake. On reflection, I know [...]

Healthier Vegan Pistachio Halva

A healthier halva that's higher in fibre and healthy fats - these Healthier Vegan Pistachio Halva bars are such a delicious treat and can't be easier to make! Halva is a Middle Eastern dessert that I grew up eating and loving. It's traditionally made of tahini and honey or sugar with added nuts or spices like cinnamon and cardamom. I wanted to create a healthier version, so I substituted the sugar/honey for dates. There is no cooking involved either - all you need to do is blend the ingredients together and freeze! I also added cardamom powder and pistachios because I think they both go so well with dates and tahini. You can use cinnamon instead of cardamom if you [...]

Protein Vegan Skillet Brownie

A delicious brownie that tastes like a decadent treat, but made with better for you ingredients! As well as using ingredients like oats, nut/seed butters, I also love using protein powder in desserts to improve the nutrient content and make it healthier. It's also an easy way to add extra flavour and sweetness without adding extra sugar. This protein vegan skillet is the perfect comforting dessert to warm you up on cold days. There's nothing more comforting than a warm, gooey, chocolatey treat to lift your mood when the weather is getting you down and you're in desperate need for some cheering up. It's also perfect for sharing. I'd say it serves 4 people, but of course depending on your [...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

A super easy treat that's ready in no time - these chocolate peanut butter sandwich cookies are no-bake and so delicious! A smooth 3-ingredient peanut butter filling sandwiched between two rich, no-bake chocolate cookies. What's not to love? I've always thought of chocolate and peanut butter as such a winning combo, but what makes these cookies special is that they're made using healthier ingredients! They're also no-bake and you don't need any fancy equipment to make them. I use oats in a lot of my baking and treats. They've become a staple in my kitchen and for good reason. They're an amazing source of fibre, vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants. Including them in the diet is linked to [...]

Sunflower Seed Butter Chocolate Crunch Bars

*This post is sponsored by KoRo* These sunflower seed butter chocolate crunch bars have the perfect soft and crunchy ratio! A chocolate 'rice krispie' base, a smooth creamy centre and a layer of decadent dark chocolate on top. Oh and it's all vegan, gluten-free and no-bake. Dessert perfection! This is my first time trying sunflower seed butter and it reminds me a lot of tahini. I've always been more of a tahini person than a nut butter person as I grew up eating tahini. I also find it so much easier to use in recipes because it's so much runnier, so makes for better texture in recipes. Like tahini, sunflower seed butter is a lot smoother and thinner, so I [...]

Cookie Dough Chocolate Tart

This cookie dough chocolate tart is such a crowed pleaser! It's my go-to dessert when I'm expecting guests since it's so easy to make and so decadent. Made using healthier ingredients like oats, peanut butter and dark chocolate, yet tastes like a super naughty treat. It's no-bake making it so easy to put together and it tastes 100 times better than any dessert you can get from the shops. It's especially perfect for anyone who loves chocolate and peanut butter! No-bake cookie dough is one of the best things ever. What's even better is cookie dough paired with a velvety chocolate ganache. I've been making this simple peanut butter cookie dough for years and it occurred to me that it [...]

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