Spiced honey roasted nuts – sweet, spicy, salty and utterly addictive! They are great to snack on and would make a lovely home-made Christmas gift.
It is so very nearly Christmas and if you are in need of an easy yet lovely home-made gift then these spiced honey roasted nuts may just be it. If you wrap them up in a nice jar they would make a really good gift, otherwise they are just great to have to hand to nibble on throughout the holidays. (more…)
I opened up my kitchen baking cupboard the other day and was met with a pile of packets falling on my head. That seemed like a pretty clear sign that it was high time I had a bit of a clearout and used up a few half empty packets of ingredients that had been in there too long. These chewy, no-bake peanut butter granola bars were my attempt to finish off a random selection of odds and ends of nuts, seeds, cereal and dried fruit. (more…)
Can you believe that until I made these manuka honey coconut ice cream sandwiches I hadn’t had an ice cream sandwich since I was about 13 years old?! That’s nearly twenty years – unacceptable! I’m not sure why, I guess they just haven’t really been on my radar; which is a shame because after making these ones I was reminded of just how good they are, and how much fun they are to eat. I promise not to leave it so long this time before I make them again. (more…)
More bloomin’ pancakes! I promise that once pancake day is over I will share something that isn’t pancakes, but for now I can’t get enough of them! These ones are baklava inspired – the sweet, syrupy, nutty filo pastry treat in pancake form. These are thick, soft, fluffy American-style pancakes made with Greek yogurt to keep them extra moist and pack in some protein and they are flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon and chopped nuts with a delicious sweet syrup with hints of lemon, orange blossom water and rose. (more…)
I have porridge for breakfast most weekdays (I am half Scottish after all, though I don’t go as far as making it the way my dad insists is traditional, with just oats, water and salt). But at the weekends I like to have a bit more of an indulgent breakfast. I love pancakes and waffles with all the toppings, but they don’t lend themselves particularly well to a healthy eating plan. I am a big believer in balance, so I think that an indulgent breakfast every now and again is perfectly alright, as well as regular slices of cake; but I wanted to come up with something that fit both bills – decadent but good for you. (more…)
These chocolate dipped Lebkuchen are really easy to make, keep well and embody all the flavours of Christmas. Lebkuchen are a traditional German festive biscuit, similar to gingerbread but are softer and more cakey. They are made with honey, ground almonds and lots of spices and are topped with a sweet glaze as well as often being dipped in chocolate. (more…)
I made these little lemon, olive oil & semolina cakes for a picnic last week; they are great for picnics as they are very quick to whip up, and because they aren’t iced they can be transported in their tins or a tub easily if need be. The combination of lemon zest and semolina flour give the cakes a lovely sunny yellow colour, and the drenching of syrup provides a strong kick of lemon flavour and keeps them deliciously moist and soft. (more…)
I honestly thought that these brownies were going to be rubbish; this was my first time baking with coconut flour and I just made the recipe up as I went along. They didn’t look like anything much when I pulled them out of the oven and they don’t have that much coveted shiny, flaky brownie crust; but when I bit into one I was totally converted, they are extremely good. So rich, fudgy and chocolatey that they are practically indistinguishable from the best regular flour/refined sugar/butter laden brownies. And yet they are free from gluten, grains, refined sugar AND dairy and are made using several highly nutritious ingredients so you can enjoy a slice without feeling too guilty. (more…)
I was given a big tub of chia seeds by my aunt a while back and so far haven’t come up with many ways to use them; some went into (very tasty) granola bars but I wasn’t sure what else to do with them, any suggestions would be most welcome! The most common chia based recipe seems to be chia pudding so I thought I’d give it a go; I honestly thought that I was going to hate it, it just seems like such a strange concept and it looks like a bazillion little eyeballs, but actually I really quite enjoyed it! That doesn’t mean that it isn’t odd, this stuff is weird with a capital W and it certainly won’t be to everyone’s tastes…Damian thought that it was disgusting and I have to agree that the texture is somewhat reminiscent of frogspawn (I don’t think that I’m doing a very good job of selling it…); but if you can get past that then it is really quite tasty and incredibly healthy! (more…)
No-bake superfood granola bars – chewy granola bars packed full of superfood ingredients such as chia, pumpkin & linseeds, almonds, goji berries, oats, coconut oil & dark chocolate.
I’ve been trying to keep fairly healthy this month, and other than gradually polishing off the remains of the Christmas chocolates I’ve been doing quite well; I’m not dieting per se, just cutting back on the cakes and biscuits for a while. I still find myself in need of a daily mid-morning snack however, something that I can just grab and go and that satisfies any sweet cravings I may have. (more…)