Sweet Treats

Plenty of indulgent blow outs and healthy everyday treats to keep you on track.

I try my best to make desserts as healthy as possible so that they can be enjoyed more often without sacrificing texture or flavour. I have been experimenting a lot with vegan desserts so there are plenty of those.

This week I’m craving… {raw fudge brownie – with recipe!}

Posted on April 12, 2013

Last week you’ll recall I was craving medjool dates.

Shortly after that confession went live I got a text from my awesome friend Hanna with a recipe for raw fudge brownie and a command-slash-challenge of “Cravings Be Gone!”.

I immediately liked the sound of the ingredients list, but I liked the super short method even better.

Chuck stuff into the food processor, whizz, chill for 2 hours, eat.

I’d like to say that I patiently waited the 2 hours, but that would be a lie. I greedily gobbled about a quarter of the mixture after attempting just a tiny taste before putting it in the fridge.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Deliciousness awaits. (more…)

Chocolate crepe cake (& other sweet easter treats)

Posted on March 28, 2013

I’ve been wanting to make a crepe cake for years, but never got around to it.

Enter inspiration stage right: a dedicated crepe pan*.

I just cannot express to you strongly enough how PLEASURABLE it is to make crepes with a pan that is designed especially to do so.

All these years I avoided making the deliciousness that is a crepe cake because it just seemed like too much hard work. 20 crepes? No thanks, I’ll just sit here and slowly sip my cup of tea instead.

Had I known how easy, quick and downright enjoyable it would be to use a crepe pan I would have gone straight to the shops and purchased one. No, I would have RUN to the shops. Seriously. (more…)

5 minute tropical sorbet {sugar free, dairy free, vegan}

Posted on February 25, 2013

Do you want to hang onto summer for just a little while longer? Me too.

Well lovely, you’re in luck, because I’ve come up with a solution.

First, go and buy the last of the cheap mangoes and bananas, then hurry back to the kitchen. Next, peel and chop up the flesh and chuck it into a container and pop it into the freezer.

The last bit is the tough bit… wait 4 hours or overnight for those fruit babies to freeze. Once they’re completely solid, you’re only 5 minutes away from stuffing your face full of sorbet. Healthy sorbet. (more…)

Spiced plum syrup {vegan, GF, sugar-free}

Posted on February 13, 2013

Crepes are one of my most favourite naughty breakfasts. Or desserts. Or snack while walking around Paris.

I always remember how wonderful they are when Pancake Tuesday comes around each year, as I never seem to make them in between. And, sadly, I don’t take that many trips to Paris.

This year I happened to have a glut of plums from the market. I bought them for Poppy as a substitute for her beloved nectarines, of which the season has ended, however she didn’t really take to them.

Three days in the fruit bowl next to some ripening bananas rendered them too soft to eat, so there was only one thing to do.

Make syrup. Obviously! (more…)

Very Oaty Blueberry Muffins {dairy-free, vegetarian}

Posted on February 4, 2013

I’m a little bit obsessed with blueberries in the summertime and this recipe came about due to a surplus of almost overripe fruit. Although that was a few weeks ago now, and just today I have been portioning out 500g freezer bags and carefully squirrelling them away in the deep freeze like a desperate little rodent.

That surplus seems a long, long time away. Sigh.

If you’re not nearing the end of summer, and let’s face it, almost half my readers aren’t (hello northern hemisphere friends!), then frozen blueberries will work in a pinch. And by in a pinch, I mean they’ll do just fine. No, more than fine, they’ll be great. So don’t let that put you off.

The particular day I decided to make these not-too-sweet, could-almost-eat-for-breakfast muffins, I had a little helper in the kitchen… If you need more ideas for your breakfast check these 5 Ways to Eat Porridge Oats in the Morning.

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