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2-Ingredient Turkish Fig Pudding

A simple pudding made with only figs and milk. I came across this 2-ingredient Turkish fig pudding and just had to give it a try. All I need to say is that it didn't disappoint!  As someone who grew up eating dried figs, this 2-ingredient Turkish fig pudding was right up my street. Like dates, figs (especially dried figs) are a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine. Growing up in Iraq meant they were a big part of my diet. We couldn't afford sweets often, so for us, figs were a readily available and cheap sweet treat that we looked forward to.  For some reason, my palette doesn't seem to appreciate the taste, but mainly the texture, of fresh figs. Dried [...]

2024-01-03T17:41:00+01:00January 3, 2024|Dairy Free, Desserts, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian|10 Comments

Gingerbread Sticky Fig Puddings

These gingerbread sticky fig puddings are a play on the classic sticky toffee pudding, but made with figs instead of dates and other wholesome ingredients like oats and tahini. I also added gingerbread spices to make them more warming, satisfying and festive!  I posted these sticky toffee puddings on my Instagram page a few months ago and you guys seemed to love them! I had so much great feedback from everyone who tried them. I thought why not make another variation, but this time using figs instead of dates.  I think dried figs don't get the love they deserve, which is a shame because they're such an amazing ingredient to use. Especially when making healthier, naturally sweet desserts and bakes. Desserts [...]

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 [...]

Vegan Orange Chocolate Truffles

These vegan orange chocolate truffles are super creamy and easy to put together. They make a lovely light post-Christmas dinner treat! Christmas desserts don't need to be complicated and time consuming to be impressive. These truffles are extremely easy to make and guaranteed to impress anyone. Especially those with a sweet tooth and a weakness for chocolate.  Anything orange + chocolate reminds me of Christmas. Although I'm not one to restrict myself from enjoying that flavour combination the rest of the year. Chocolate truffles are amazing as is, but with a hint of orange they just taste so much more moreish, don't you agree? The combination of cashews, milk, melted dark chocolate and coconut oil creates the perfect texture for [...]

2023-12-18T15:42:15+01:00December 18, 2023|Chocolate, Dairy Free, Desserts, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian|12 Comments

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. [...]

4-Ingredient Protein Pumpkin Chocolate Cake

This 4-ingredient protein pumpkin chocolate cake is so easy to make, no-bake and so delicious! Each serving offers 15g protein! Makes a great post-workout treat, snack or healthier dessert.  I wasn't sure what to call this recipe and whether to refer to it as a 'cake' or a 'tart'. It's technically neither. Unlike a traditional cake, it's not baked in the oven and has no flour or eggs. Then again it doesn't have a tart base, so I guess I could refer to it as a 'crustless tart', but that would make the title too long and complicated.  When making protein desserts, most rules go out the window anyway, so I'm sticking to calling this recipe a cake. I know [...]

3-Ingredient Healthy Mousse

This 3-ingredient healthy mousse is made with only dark chocolate, water and orange zest. Healthy desserts don't come easier than this! Whipped up in the blender for an airy, light, yet decadent texture. This one's a must try!  I shared this 2-ingredient chocolate mousse a couple of months ago that went viral on my Instagram page. Why? My guesses are because it's easy, contains chocolate and only one other ingredient, water. I don't usually list water as an ingredient in any of my other recipes, so essentially it's a 1 ingredient recipe!  A few of you left me comments and messages suggesting I whip up the chocolate & water mixture before refrigerating to set. Of course I had to try [...]

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