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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.
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