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Friday, 8 December 2017

Festive Rocky Road

Rocky road is one of my all time favourite sweet treats. I love the combination of different fillings you can get, the gooey chocolate and the sweet flavourings. I made a healthy rocky road recipe which I shared on my blog quite a long time ago now but this year I decided to create a festive rocky road recipe that'll be perfect for a Christmas treat, to give as a gift or to share out at a party.

This rocky road has a fudgey consistency that's pure heaven and the fillings really couldn't be more Christmassy! In there we've got some juicy dried cranberries, chopped nuts of your choice (I like almonds or hazelnuts), bee pollen - totally optional but tastes yum and looks a gorgeous colour, cinnamon spice AND the best part - gingerbread pieces!

Everything about this recipe screams Christmas and I guarantee you'll love it. My batch got gobbled up within a couple of days and I'm already being asked to make more!


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Maple & Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you say you don't like brussels sprouts then you simply haven't cooked them in the right way! When boiled or simply steamed brussels sprouts have a tendency to be bland, boring and go all squishy...that's not what we want. Instead, if we roast them with a mixture of delicious ingredients they come out of the oven like little green balls of deliciousness with so much vibrancy and taste.

These maple & garlic roasted brussels sprouts will convert any brussel sprout loather and be the greatest accompaniment to a roast dinner and of course your Christmas feast.

Cooking your brussels sprouts this way makes the biggest difference to how this green veg turns out, but it requires very little time, effort or ingredients. Lightly steaming the brussels first then roasting them in the oven means they go perfectly crispy on the outside (not at all soggy or squishy!) yet don't burn or get overdone which can happen if you solely roast them.


Saturday, 2 December 2017

Apple Galette (GF & Vegan)

Ever since I came across beautiful pastry galette's I've wanted to try a gluten free, vegan version of my own. The other day when I had some spare time I got myself in the kitchen to test out a free-from galette recipe, and you can see the outcome below!

I'm so impressed with how the recipe turned out. The pastry was a delicious crumbly yet buttery texture and the classic apple filling was a dream! You'd never know this dessert was gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar free.

The pastry itself is made from a mixture of oat flour, brown rice flour, ground almonds and tapioca starch. I always find using a mixture of different gluten free flours tends to result in the best pastry texture and the tapioca starch is a must-have for that too! I used vegan butter in the pastry too but you could also use coconut oil. Then I added flax 'eggs' to help bind everything together, as well as some cinnamon to give the pastry a real warmth.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Warming Chickpea & Cauliflower Curry

A warming is just the best meal on a cold, winters evening don't you think? Full of delicious warming spices, nourishing veggies, plant-based protein and masses of flavour.  Today I'm sharing the recipe for one of my favourite curries, a super filling chickpea & cauliflower curry that really is the biggest crowd-pleaser!

I particularly love cauliflower in curries as it's a vegetable that absorbs any flavours it's cooked with and becomes gorgeously tender in this curry. The chickpeas add so much heartiness to this dish as well as a generous amount of plant-based protein which makes this curry really filling and perfect as a post-workout dinner too! This chickpea & cauliflower curry isn't just completely delicious but it's bursting with nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, iron, fibre and it's very anti-inflammatory too.


Monday, 27 November 2017

Apple + Mixed Seed Crumble

A warming apple crumble is without a doubt my favourite dessert at this time of year. It's so completely delicious, unbelievably filling, wonderfully comforting and also super easy and inexpensive to make. A winner all round!

This recipe for apple crumble recipe has a slight twist, with the addition of mixed omega seeds in the crumble topping which not only add a yummy crunch and different texture but also a boost of omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, known for their ability to support heart, brain and eye health. The mixture of seeds is one I got from Grape Tree (my go-to local health food store) and it contains a nutritious blend of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and also brown & golden linseeds. The mix is so full of goodness and is fabulous value for money too, something I know I can always rely on Grape Tree for.

I actually got most of the ingredients for this crumble from Grape Tree. The jumbo oats, ground almonds, coconut oil, coconut sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla can all be found in Grape actually everything apart from the apples! I do love being able to get everything in one place! Head here to find out where your nearest Grape Tree store is.

This plant-based crumble is heavenly enjoyed hot out the oven, or try adding dairy-free custard or coconut yogurt to the top for something extra special. You can also keep the crumble for up to 2 days in the fridge and is delicious enjoyed cold....hey, you could even have it for breakfast!


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Spiced Cranberry, Orange & Seed Cookies

It's less than 2 weeks until December, so I think it's acceptable to start feeling a little festive now! I've got lots of recipes coming at you during the lead up to Christmas, starting with this one for Spiced Cranberry, Orange & Seed Cookies!

These cookies are super easy to make and taste completely delicious with a big mug of tea. They're really festive too with the dried cranberries, zesty orange and mixed spice running through them.

This cookie recipe is gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free too, which might make a nice change to all the sugary treats over Christmas time or will be perfect as gift to a free-from friend. Why not try adding some sultanas or chopped nuts in as well for a little something extra!

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