Vegan Gluten-free Maamoul

These vegan gluten-free Maamoul are one of my favourite things to eat! This is my take on the traditional recipe with no added sugar and naturally sweetened only with whole dates. Packed with aromatic flavours like cardamom and cinnamon - if you've never tried Maamoul before, this is your sign to make them!  What is Maamoul? Maamoul is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert that is popular in many countries, including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and other parts of the Middle East. It is typically enjoyed during festive occasions and holidays, especially during religious celebrations like Eid, Christmas and Easter. They're small, shortbread-like cookies/pastries that are often filled with sweet fillings, such as dates, nuts (typically walnuts, pistachios, or almonds), or [...]

Vegan Gluten-free Baked Chocolate Oats

A delicious breakfast that tastes like a dessert! This vegan gluten-free baked chocolate oats recipe is perfect to enjoy on a chilled cold weekend day. * This post is sponsored by FREEE* I'm a huge fan of oats for breakfast in general, but during the colder months, nothing beats a bowl of baked warm oats straight out of the oven!  Oats are a great source of fibre, vitamins (such as B vitamins), and minerals (like manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium). Baking them into a dish can help you make the most of these nutrients. They're also a complex carbohydrate, which means they release energy slowly + will help regulate your blood sugar levels. This will help to keep you full and [...]

Tahini Chocolate Marble Banana Bread

This tahini chocolate marble banana bread is a delicious twist on the classic banana bread recipe. It combines the moist and flavourful goodness of banana bread with the rich and indulgent taste of chocolate with a hint of tahini. Banana bread is one of my favourite kinds of cake. There's something so satisfying about the texture of banana bread compared to other cakes. This moistness makes the bread soft and such a pleasure to eat. Even better if there's added chocolate in there to balance out the sweetness of the bananas.  Ripe bananas are naturally sweet, and when mashed and incorporated into the bread, they add so much natural sweetness without the need for excessive sugar. It's one of my [...]

2023-10-09T17:36:51+01:00October 9, 2023|Cakes, Chocolate, Dairy Free, Desserts, snack, Vegan, Vegetarian|17 Comments

Vegan Raspberry Bounty Bars

A creamy coconutty bar with a layer of raspberry jam all dipped in chocolate - these vegan raspberry bounty bars are like little bites of heaven! I'm sure most of you will know what a bounty bar is, but just in case you've never heard of or tried one before, bounty bars are a popular coconut-filled chocolate bar. They are known for their distinctive combination of sweet, moist, and chewy coconut filling coated with a layer of milk or dark chocolate.  What makes these vegan raspberry bounty bars special?: My take on the traditional bounty bar is one with less sugar, no dairy and I coated them in good quality dark chocolate for a hit of antioxidants. I also added [...]

Vegan Strawberry Chocolate Protein Cupcakes

These vegan strawberry chocolate protein cupcakes are super delicious topped with a simple 3-ingredient protein chocolate frosting. They’re easy, made with healthier ingredients and packed with 15g protein per cupcake!  Why I love making these vegan strawberry chocolate protein cupcakes: I love adding protein powder to my treats. It’s such an easy way to add extra goodness without compromising on taste or texture. The great thing about using flavoured protein powders is that they also add some sweetness, meaning you don’t need to use as much sugar as you would in a regular recipe. Not only are these cupcakes high in protein, they’re also lower in added sugar!  I also love using finely ground oats instead of plain flour in [...]

2-Ingredient Earl Grey Chocolate Mousse

This easy 2-ingredient Earl Grey chocolate mousse is so rich, decadent and luxurious! A simple (and healthy!) dessert to enjoy after dinner when you're craving something sweet to end your meal.  I love finding new ways to incorporate tea into desserts. Brewed tea is such a fun and easy to way to infuse a lot of aromas into a dish without using artificial flavours. I particularly love using tea (especially black tea varieties) to flavour desserts, like this one! Earl Grey and chocolate is a delightful combination of two distinct flavours: the bold, citrusy notes of Earl Grey tea and the rich, creamy taste of dark chocolate. This fusion creates a unique and sophisticated treat that appeals to both tea [...]

2023-09-25T17:24:32+01:00September 25, 2023|Chocolate, Dairy Free, Desserts, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian|9 Comments

Hazelnut Chocolate Protein Bars

These hazelnut chocolate protein bars make a great snack or healthier dessert - perfect when you're craving something sweet and chocolatey. Even better is that they're made with wholesome ingredients and they're no-bake! There's no dairy in them and they also happen to be gluten-free, so a great option for those with allergies/food intolerances.  I'm sure most of you will agree that nothing pairs better in desserts than chocolate and hazelnuts. There's something about those 2 ingredients that when merged together they scream luxury, probably because we associate them with delicious treats like Nutella and Ferrero Rocher. I don't know about you, but I definitely have a weakness for both, especially the latter ?. Nuts in general are a great [...]

Pistachio Butter Chocolate Bars

These pistachio butter chocolate bars are my new favourite thing to make! They're simple, no-bake and only call for 5 ingredients. They also happen to be vegan, gluten-free and packed with nutrients - not bad for a delicious dessert. Pistachios are such an underrated and under-appreciated nut in my opinion. I may be a little biased in saying this, but they're THE BEST nut out there. I say that because I grew up eating them, so they have a special place in my heart. Now that I live in the UK, it pains me to see how little they're used/eaten in the west in general.  What makes matters worse is how expensive they are, so I guess I can see [...]

Healthier Banoffee Pie

This healthier banoffee pie is my take on the classic British dessert. Made with better for you ingredients and also happens to be vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free.  Banoffee Pie is one of my favourite all time desserts. Crumbly biscuit base, rich caramel centre topped with sliced banana and fresh cream…what’s not to like? No one can resist a good slice of banoffee pie!  The base of this healthier banoffee pie is made up of oats instead of plain flour, making it slightly better for you. I used a dairy-free butter alternative to help it hold together since we're not using eggs. The caramel part of a banoffee pie is typically made using condensed milk which is boiled in the can [...]

Sesame Pomegranate Chocolate Bark

This sesame pomegranate chocolate bark is inspired by one of my childhood snacks from the Middle East - sesame brittle aka Simsemieh. It's deliciously crunchy and sweet whilst also being packed with healthy fats and antioxidants!  Sesame seeds have long been cultivated in the Middle East and feature quite heavily in both sweet and savoury recipes. One of the most widely known ways of using sesame seeds (aka simsim in Arabic) is blended into tahini, which is basically sesame paste/butter. They have a rich, nutty flavour that works so well in desserts and sweet snacks. Its uses go way beyond tahini though as it's used heavily in desserts (like halva), savoury dishes (as a garnish), baked goods (a lot of [...]

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