Vegan Gluten-free Cherry Oat Bars

*This post in sponsored by KoRo* Fruity bars made with healthier ingredients - these vegan gluten-free cherry oat bars make a delicious snack or on-the-go breakfast. It's always handy to have a healthier treat in the fridge to grab when you're feeling snacky, but I also feel these cherry oat bars make a really nice light dessert. Especially now that the weather is warming up, fruity desserts are always my go-to during the summer months. Cherries are by far my favourite kind of berry! They have so much flavour, especially when they're in season - I can just keep eating and eating them. Unfortunately they're not in season here in the UK yet, but I had a major craving for [...]

Vegan Snickers Cheesecake

A creamy cheesecake that's no-bake and made without dairy. This vegan Snickers cheesecake is for all you peanut butter lovers out there! Inspired by the flavours of a Snicker bar - chocolate and peanuts, which is a flavour combination you can never go wrong with. A simple no-bake oaty, chocolate base, a creamy peanut butter centre and smooth, velvety and rich chocolate topping. Super creamy and rich made using healthier ingredients like cashews, peanut butter, peanut and oats. I used almond milk instead of cream/coconut milk to make it a little lighter. So yummy and easy to make! This cheesecake is also VeganDairy-freeGluten-freeWheat-freeSoy-free No-bakeEasy to makeAnd made using healthier ingredients Vegan Snickers Cheesecake Serves: 8-10 Ingredients For the base80g oat [...]

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 [...]

Vegan Oat Date Cups

A healthier dessert made with oats and sweetened only with whole dates! These vegan oat date cups are so delicious and easy to make. I grew up eating and loving dates. It's such a big part of Middle Eastern cuisine and culture. It's especially important during the holy month of Ramadan as it's usually how most muslims break their fast. Growing up in Iraq wasn't easy to say the least, and for many reasons I won't go into in this post. We didn't have the luxury of enjoying treats, especially sweet treats as they were seen as non essential. When we did, it would be something my mum would make. She'd bake a cake or cookies every now and then, [...]

Vegan Quorn Crunchy Strips Nachos

*This post is sponsored by Quorn* Mouth-watering nachos layered with Quorn Crunchy Strips, salsa, guacamole and vegan cheese. Super easy to make and perfect for a speedy healthier ‘fakeaway’. I’m not going to lie, I am partial to a takeaway. My partner and I sometimes order in on a Friday evening and it’s something we both look forward to from time to time, particularly if it’s been a stressful week. I’m the one who usually prepares meals and as a food blogger who spends most of my days thinking about recipes, testing recipes and creating recipes for content, I like to give myself the day off cooking on Friday nights. It’s always nice to have someone cook for me for [...]

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 [...]

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