The Body Loving Super Bread

I know, I know.

There are loads of recipes out there for gluten free, vegan, paleo, bla bla bla breads out there. But that doesn’t mean I can’t add my lil’ version now does it? I wanted to make one that would tick most boxes, one that would be grain free and vegan. It’s an all-rounder really.

The only person who this isn’t really suitable for is those allergic to nuts or seeds. Or both. I have a friend who is allergic to nuts, seeds and coconut, so he might as well stay well away from my house while this is happening! Poor guy.

Vegan Paleo Bread

Anyways, back to this bread!

There is room for deliciously fluffy bread in this world, and there is room for the deliciously dense as well. Both have a time and place, and this loaf, of the deliciously dense kind, definitely deserves it’s five minutes of fame! Continue reading

Flourless Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am a the ultimate cookie fiend.

I’ve never met a well-baked cookie I didn’t like.

If there is one thing my knees go weak for it’s a perfectly baked, chewy, warm cookie. I’ll go for any variety really, but if I had to pick one I’d definitely marry the chocolate chip cookie.

Flourless Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

An awesome cookie is definitely something I’ve somewhat struggled to find and perfect since avoiding gluten and refined sugars.

I was so so thrilled with how these ones turned out! They might not be exactly like the ones I used to bake, but it it’s still absolutely delicious and definitely hit the spot. Cravings, be gone! I raise you one delicious, warm, fresh-out-of-the oven cookie!

The outsides were deliciously browned while the inside remained soft and almost cake-y, so that every bite is incredible and the whole cookie is devoured in a heartbeat!

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Puy Lentil, Cauliflower, and Fig Salad

I know it can sometimes be difficult to get excited about a salad.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had some pretty boring leaves in my life. Lifeless, plain, and dull. It just makes you want to put your fork down and go hunt down the pizza delivery guy.

I need my salads to pack a punch. They need to have flavour and texture. I need deliciousness in my life, and I won’t compromise.

Which is why I want to introduce you lovelies to this guy! This salad is anything but boring.

Roasted Cauliflower Lentil Fig Salad

The puy lentils are one of my favourites! They may take a bit longer to cook but they retain a bite and aren’t too mushy, which makes them perfect for salads. The almonds also provide the perfect crunch, and you get a somewhat meatiness from the roasted cauliflower.

The mustard dressing is the perfect balance of sweet and sharp, and it just makes the roasted cauliflower sing. The salty olives contrast with the sweetness of the figs, which in turn are perfectly soft with the tender bite of the lentils.

So yea, get excited about this salad!

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Blueberry Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

I’m the kind of person who will decide what I want for breakfast the night before.

I’ll go to bed dreaming of a delicious bowl of porridge, or possibly a creamy & smooth smoothie, or some toast with mashed bananas and tahini. Or maybe some avocado. Mmnmm I’m always up for some avocado!

Anyways. I had some apples that needed using up, and I wanted something with a bit more oomph than a plain ol’ porridge bowl. I wanted something baked, crispy, warming, and borderline indulgent. It’s not too much to ask for is it? Didn’t think so.

Who knew a blueberry apple pie baked oatmeal was the answer to all my breakfast prayers!

Blueberry Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

The top of this bake is deliciously golden, and the sweet apples pair perfectly with the cinnamon and ginger, while the blueberries take it one step further and give that slightly tart twist that doesn’t let this dish feel too sickly sweet or heavy.

The nutty pecans also really come through, and the warmly blueberries burst in your mouth while the apples are tender and soft. Continue reading

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Home made “Nutella”)

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in confessing that I used to eat Nutella directly out of the jar. I’d grab a large spoon and get as much Nutella as humanely possible on it, before sitting down on my couch and watching Mean Girls (or whatever might have been on that day. This happened a lot!)

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread Home-made Nutella

Now, store-bought Nutella definitely isn’t the most nutritious thing we can eat, no matter how many adverts they make about how it’s “great” for us because of the hazelnuts.

Home made Nutella though, ohooo that is a whole other matter! This delicious chocolate hazelnut spread is so similar to the real deal that I again find myself sitting on my couch, with a heaped tablespoon of the stuff.

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Spaghetti Squash Comfort Bowl

After an intense hour and a half of hip-opening yoga, I needed something to pick me back up and make me feel warm and snug.

Super comforting, this is the kind of bowl you just want to curl up in the couch with while listening to Ed Sheeran in the background. It’s a safe, cosy place, and I love it.

Spaghetti Squash Comfort Bowl Spaghetti Squash Comfort Bowl

I mean, what says cosy more than a hot bowl of spaghetti? It just feels so safe and homely, like nothing can go wrong.

That is what this spaghetti squash comfort bowl brings to the table. Spaghetti squash is a new love of mine. I mean, how incredible is it that a freakin’ pumpkin can be scraped into spaghetti, with little effort at all?! Pretty awesome if you ask me! Continue reading

Raw Carrot Cake with Coconut-Matcha Frosting

Ok so I know Easter is aaaaall about the chocolate, am I right?

We’re bombarded with pictures of perfectly decorated eggs that promise to be oh-so-simple to do at home and that always end up with me getting edible glitter in my eye, melted chocolate in my hair, and cacao up my nose. It’s a beautiful sight to behold.

It is, however, a sight for another post. This time we’re celebrating Easter with Mister Easter Bunny in mind!

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake

We’re making a delicious, spiced, moist, and super indulgent raw carrot cake!

I know, I know, raw carrot cake doesn’t sound like the hoopidy-doo-da does it? But I can promise you right here and now, that this one is worth it.

I too have had many a bland carrot cakes, both baked and raw, and left feeling empty inside. This one though. This is is bursting with flavour and texture, with just the right amount of sweetness to make it indulging without being sickly. Continue reading

Pretty ‘n Pink Pitaya Smoothie

This is hands down the prettiest smoothie I’ve ever made!

It’s just so bright and vibrant that it makes any grey old day seem that bit more special. It’s impossible to be gloomy when I’m holding a glass full of bright pink awesomeness!

Pitaya Smoothie

The reason it has such an incredible colour is the pitaya – also known as dragonfruit – so it’s 100% natural. If you’ve never tried pitaya, it’s similar to a kiwi, but not as acidic.

Pitaya is not an overly sweet fruit, which is funny because since it’s so vibrant you would kind of expect a sweet-fest going on! You can add a pitted date to your if you like it sweeter, but I’ve tried both and I’m fine with it as is! Continue reading

Chilli and Cherry Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Brownies need to be fudge-y. That’s a fact.

My mother used to make the most delicious gooey brownies, that were perfectly soft in the centre and had that crisp and cracking top. While I was the cookie master, my mother was the brownie queen.

They were delicious. They were also filled with white sugar, and flour; things that I’m not very keen to use in my baking.

So, in light of craving some healthyfied home-made brownies, these chilli and cherry chocolate fudge brownies were born. I know these would make her proud!

Chilli and Cherry Chocolate Fudge Brownies

These are super fudge-y, rich, and perfectly dense. The centre is super gooey and moist, which, for me, is absolutely essential in a brownie. It is a brownie after all, and not just any chocolate cake!

That brings me to the chocolate part. This chocolate fudge brownie is super chocolatey, as we’re using cacao powder, which is absolutely awesome, and to make it even chocolatey-er (because who doesn’t love chocolate) and decadent we’re also adding some chocolate chunks to the dough.

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Parsnip, Ginger and Apple Muffins (Gluten Free)

These muffins.

Oh good god, these muffins. If the evil witch from Hansel and Gretel had made her house out of these muffins I would have devoured the whole thing before she even knew I was there.

I want my next pillow to be made out of these parsnip, ginger, and apple muffins just so I can munch on them in my sleep.

Anyways… I think you get that I love these muffins.

Parnsip Ginger Apple Muffins

They were the perfect balance of golden crispy on the outside while the inside stayed moist and fluffy.

The apple gives it that lovely sweetness, especially when combined with the sultanas, that bake beautifully and make each bite so super delicious. Then add the warming spices like ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg and you’ve got yourself a party!

They are sweet without being sickly, which means that you can totally get away with having one (or three) for breakfast. I love adding some honeycomb to mine, it’s just so luscious! Continue reading