This chocolate pistachio brownies recipe uses ground walnuts as an alternative to flour so not only is this recipe gluten free, but it has all the fantastic benefits that walnuts have to offer and trust me, these guys aren’t messing around. This recipe is also vegan and refined sugar free.
I have been experimenting for a while to make a refined sugar free alternative to the ever so popular lemon and poppy seed cake. As I was using honey as an alternative to refined sugar, the cakes were coming out quite dense, with each cake I became more and more frustrated and hungry. Then it hit me, the idea I mean, not the heavy cakes, that would have knocked me out cold, ground nuts! I tried one last attempt using ground almonds instead of flour and it finally worked! The cake is super light and fluffy with a soft lemon flavour that leaves you with a light, summery aftertaste.
Energy balls are a fantastic way to get a quick boost, whether it be to get through a meeting at work, keep you going in between classes or to see you through that challenging 1am – 2am phase of a Netflix marathon when you’re just so close to the end of the series, but your focus is seriously dropping. The pistachios and seeds add texture and depth to the recipe and the very subtle zest from the lemon brings it all together.
Is there anything in life more satisfying that the contrast between the chocolate layer and puffed rice layer of these Chocolate Coated Vegan Puffed Rice Bars?! Your first pay check, getting your first job? Nope – there isn’t, this is it! These are one of my all time favourite recipes, since you can make a big ol batch of them and keep them in the fridge for 5 days, you can throw one in a sandwich bag, throw that bag into your bag (there’s a lot of throwing happening here, are you going to a basketball game or what?) and enjoy them on the go.
To me, these sugar free roasted hazelnut muffins sum up perfectly what autumn baking is all about. Firstly there is the fact that they are muffins and everyone knows wearing light layers whilst eating a warm muffin with a cup of hot chai tea is totally an autumn thing. Seriously, everyone knows that, ask strangers on the street and they will confirm this. Next, they have roasted hazelnuts, and a maple syrup glaze infused with orange and cinnamon – cinnamon, I tell you! The epitome of autumn!
The thing I love about these sugar free pistachio and raspberry muffins, apart from the fact that they are muffins, which of course is a great thing in itself, are the vibrant colours. The bright green pistachios and deep red raspberries give them such an attractive look they are like your normal muffin if it was the main character was in a rom-com and had a makeover montage scene and came out looking all glamorous and what not. Also, they taste good, real good.
This is a super easy three ingredient sugar free raspberry frozen yogurt recipe that doesn’t require an ice cream maker or any added sugar – what’s not to like! It is so incredibly hot at the moment in London so basically all day long I want to consume endless amounts of frozen yogurt and since there isn’t any refined sugar in this frozen yogurt, it seems like a pretty solid diet plan, right?
So many store bought granola out there are super loaded with added sugars, even the ‘healthy’ ones and can often be pretty pricey too! Well, I say no more to pricey sugar cereal! Here is a recipe of mine that is tried and tested a million times, loaded with tonnes of nutritious ingredients like chia seeds, pistachios and almonds and is naturally sweetened with honey. This sugar free healthy nutty granola recipe yields 6 servings so you can make a batch, keep it in an air tight container and enjoy with Greek yogurt all week!
Now, don’t get me wrong, Summer is great for food, I’m talking frozen yogurt, enjoying the long summer nights while eating outside, picnics in the park, etc. yeah, yeah, that’s all very well and good. Well, bad news Summer, Autumn is coming and I couldn’t be happier! It’s cosy and there is cinnamon, red wine and apples EVERYWHERE. Yes, I know you can technically have all of those things in Summer too but in Autumn, it just feels so right.
This Healthy Blue Cheese and Roasted Walnut Salad with Apple Cider Dressing salad has roasted walnuts, Danish blue cheese and chopped red apples, topped with an apple cider vinegar dressing. It only takes 15 minutes to whip up and goes perfectly with a glass of red wine.
Did you know that many store bought breakfast foods like blueberry muffins, pancake mix and granola actually don’t contain real blueberries?! They are sometimes totally fake ‘blueberries’ or ‘blueberry pieces’ which are made up of sugars, corn syrup and food colouring, some of the brands that do this may shock you – I know it shocked me! It can be disheartening when you are trying hard to eat clean and you find out that the ‘healthy’ breakfast you were eating and instagraming actually isn’t as nutritious as you thought. The appeal of store bought breakfast foods is that they appear healthy and convenient and although some of it totally is, that’s not always the case. Wherever possible, I try to make my own breakfasts for the week in batches so that I know 100% all the ingredients and I can just grab it before work and go.